(excerpt from “The Everlasting HATRED-The Roots Of Jihad” by Hal Lindsey)
Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, while on his Palestinian campaign, asked one of his generals, “Can you give me proof that the Bible is the Word of God?” he replied, “Your Majesty, the Jew. Against all historical precedence, he has survived centuries of dispersion and yet has remained a distinct people—a nation in exile—though scattered over the entire world and terribly persecuted, just as the Hebrew prophets predicted he would be, patiently waiting for his promised return to the land of his fathers.” – NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, 1798
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict occurred more than 4000 years ago. A man was called for a special mission that would forever change the course of human history. It is impossible to understand the present Middle East crisis without knowledge of exactly what happened then and why.
This all began at a time when all nations were determined to push the knowledge of the one true God out of their culture and memory. The Bible records that because of this, God chose a man for the purpose of creating a special nation. God’s purpose for this nation was to preserve a true revelation about Himself, to reach out to the world through it and ultimately to provide salvation for all mankind.
The Bible records how God chose a man named Abram, whom He later renamed Abraham, from Ur of the Chaldeans and made a special covenant with him and his descendants to facilitate this purpose.
In this covenant, God’s plan for all mankind is laid out in broad outline. In terms of its effect upon the history of mankind, nothing else can compare with it. It is truly amazing, but the rest of the Bible is commentary on the promises it contains. To put its importance into perspective, the main focus of the Bible message from Genesis chapter twelve to Acts chapter two are the recipients of its promises—Abraham and his descendents.
(Next: The Irrevocable Covenant)