Strong relationship with Israel is vital

Jan. 11, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

I am troubled after reading an Associated Press article about President Obama’s appointment of Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon. Hagel has a fine military record, but something more important about him should be considered: his stand on Israel. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., said he would be "the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of Israel in our nation's history."

It is vital for America to maintain its strong relationship with Israel because the Holy Bible tells us they are God's chosen nation and people. The fact that this little nation has survived, not losing its identity after more than 3,500 years, is one of the most convincing proofs that God's Word is true. Although greatly persecuted, even driven out from their land, the Jews have returned and are (along with their formerly dead Hebrew language) revived. 

God has kept his promises regarding Israel and his chosen people, and he will continue to do so. God said to Abraham in Genesis 12: 2-3, “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." Israel's salvation that God began with Abraham will be completed at the second coming of Christ, who is the son of Abraham, the son of David, the king of Israel and the savior of the world.

When we pray “Thy kingdom come on earth,” we look forward to the time when Christ will rule: “Yes, many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord. In those days, 10 men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you’” (Zechariah 8: 22-23).

I do not know what America will be like before Christ's return to this earth. America's morals and values are rapidly changing. The Bible doesn't mention our existence in the last days, but it does promise that Israel and the Jews will be there. I hope and pray we will remain allied to them. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you” (Psalm 122:6).

Robert A. Watson