Sermon Outline

Ezekiel 36:22-24
A resurrected Israel is not for the Jewish people's sake, but to show God's power and holiness. October 7 was an attack on the promise of God.
The Gaza Strip, or simply Gaza, is:
" A narrow piece of land on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea
" Bordered by Israel to the east and north and Egypt to the southwest
" Home to 2.2 million people, it is a densely-populated enclave, 25 miles long and 4-6 miles wide.
After David rose to power, he and Solomon established the first Jewish kingdom. From 605 BC, the Jewish people had been under foreign rule for all but 100 years. Rome came in a few years before Jesus is born. In 70 AD, 30-35 years after Jesus, the Jews rebelled against Rome. In 132 AD, the Jewish people rebelled again.
Scriptural insight - We see this as an attempt of the enemy to keep God from keeping His promises.
According to Ron Rhodes book, The End Times in Chronological Order:
" Before 1881, just a few Jews were in the land we now call Israel.
" From 1882 to 1900, 30,000 Jews who had been persecuted in Russia, moved to Palestine.
" In 1887, the first Zionist Congress met with the goal of establishing a home in Palestine for Jewish people.
" From 1904 to 1914, 32,000 more Jews come from Russia.
" From 1924 to 1932, 78,000 Polish Jews move to Palestine.
" From 1933 to 1939, 230,000 Jews from Germany and central Europe move to Palestine.
" From 1940 to 1948, 95,000 more Jews move to Palestine.

Scriptural insight - God is drawing them back for His name's sake.
The Jewish bought land and farms and began to build. There was trouble at times between the Jews and the Islamic Arabs. After WWII, in May 1948, Israel became a country.
The lines for Israel had been drawn by the British and UN, but the nations around Israel declared war.

From the book The Case for Israel:
" The Six Day War in 1967 was with the same countries determined to wipe out Israel.
" However, Israel took the Golan Heights, Sinai, the West Bank, a portion of Jerusalem, and Gaza.
" The UN passed Resolution 242.
" The argument today is that Israel is illegally occupying territory taken during the Six Day War. This is the cause of the violence.
" Israel immediately accepted the principles of Resolution 242.
" Years later, Israel returned territory to Egypt and Jordan as part of a peace agreement.
" As recently as 2000, Israel offered to return nearly all the territory remaining from Jordon to the Palestinian Authority.
In 1988, Hamas published its charter calling for the destruction of Israel and the establishment of an Islamic society in historic Palestine.
The problem the Palestinians have in Gaza is not Israel, but Hamas.
Why do these people hate Israel so much?
If Satan can destroy the promises of God, he has taken God off the throne.
How does this fit in prophecy?
Ezekiel 38 - Is this the day?
Right now, a few things are not in line.
" The nations from the North have not come.
" Many other nations have not yet joined in the fight.
" Israel will stand alone.

Keep your eyes open. Things could change quickly.
Watch for America to back away from Israel.
Prophecy would be fulfilled if suddenly America and Europe back away and leave Israel alone. Then, some combination of nations from the North, plus Iran, Libya and other countries will come together to attack Israel.

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