Who else wants to know that Israel is living proof of the living God?

People think the Bible is about religion, but we beg to differ.  It is about reality.  God is real, His Kingdom is real and what He does has to do with reality.  For example, Israel is living proof that the God of the Bible is alive and well and keeps His promises:

#  Abraham was the original ancestor of the nation of Israel.  

  • God called Abraham to move from Haran and go to Canaan, about 1921 BC  (nearly 2,000 years before Christ). 1
  • God promised the land of Canaan to Abraham’s descendants.  ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’  2
  • The history of Abraham’s descendants had many ups and downs.  There were two exiles where they were removed from their promised land (first by the Babylonians from 605-586 BC and then by the Romans in 70-136 AD).  From then on they were banned from Jerusalem, except for the Passover Feast.
  • Then the miracle happened.  In 1948 on May 18, ‘for the first time since September 8, A.D. 70, the Holy Land by official Gentile action belonged to the Jews.’ 3  The Jewish state is living proof that God kept His promise to Abraham.

#  God would bless all people on earth through Abraham.

‘…and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ The promise has to do with Jesus.  He was a descendant of Abraham and through Jesus all nations on earth have the potential to be blessed.  The followers of Jesus are part of the multitudes who have been blessed through Jesus.

#  God promised blessings to Israel’s friends and curses to its enemies.

  • God promised that those who curse Abraham’s descendants will be cursed and those who bless them will be blessed.  ‘…I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.’ 5
  • Abraham’s descendants, almost like Jesus, are hated without reason.  People invent  false reasons on which to base their hostility.  It all boils down to hatred of God. But God warned people that it is a dangerous exercise to curse Israel, as many do.

#  Are the Jews as numerous as the stars in the sky?

  • Did God’s promise to Abraham come true that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky? 6  It doesn’t seem so because Israel is a small nation.
  • Yet Galatians 3:7 says, ‘Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.’  So not only the Jews but also gentile children of God through Jesus, are Abraham’s descendants. 
  • Jesus told the parable of the rich man and Lazarus to illustrate this.  The rich man is in hell after his death (he probably did not prepare for eternity but concentrated only on material wealth).  The poor man is in heaven at Abraham’s side. 7
  • So Abraham welcomes every person who dies as a believer in Christ, in heaven, as another of his children.  There must be multitudes of Abraham’s ‘descendants’ already in heaven with him – as numerous as the stars in the sky.

# Remarkable hatred against God

  • The following scene describes the hostility against God, ‘When the thousand years are over [while Satan will be in the Abyss], Satan will be released and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth….  In number they are like the sand on the seashore.  They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city He loves.’ 8
  • Look at the remarkable fact.  For a thousand years the devil will be inactive.  The moment he is released, he begins to deceive people to prepare to attack God’s city, Jerusalem.  Isn’t it a remarkable proof that he is alive and hates God and His people?
  • Incidentally, that is also the devil’s last act of rebellion on this earth, ‘And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into to the lake of burning sulphur.’ 9  Then the devil will inherit his final destination where he will be tormented day and night for ever.


The hatred of the devil and those he influences against God’s people, is an outstanding evidence in real life that there is a God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He is alive and well.  Israel is living proof of the living God and we can trust Him to fulfil His promises.


  1. Genesis 12:1-3
  2. Genesis 15:18
  3. Willmington’s Guide to the Bible, Dr H L Willmington, Tyndale House Publishers, inc., 1981, p 977
  4. Genesis 12:3b  
  5. Genesis 12:3a  
  6. Genesis 15:5  
  7. Luke 16:22-23
  8. Revelation 20:7-9
  9. Revelation 20:10

The Bible has 66 books

Sometimes followers of Jesus forget that the Bible has 66 books.  They think that the Old Testament is old and of no value.  So they only concentrate on the New Testament.  Therefore they describe themselves as ‘New Testament Christians.’  What do they mean by that?  Basically they consider the Old Testament as part of an ancient revelation that has no bearing on today’s followers of Jesus.  So they can disregard it.

Please note:  We refrain as far as possible to talk about ‘Christians’ since the term has become very malleable.  People do what they want, live as they please, and then claim they are ‘Christians.’  The terms ‘Followers of Jesus’1 or ‘People of the Way’ 2 are more precise.  Jesus said, ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.’ 3  Thus both ‘follower of Jesus,’ and ‘people of the Way’ refer to disciples of Jesus, ‘… the Author and Perfecter of our faith.’ 4

Why did God give us two Testaments?

Logically a shorter Bible would have been very nice, easy to read, and probably easier to understand.  Yet there are some logical reasons for the Old Testament.

The two Testaments explain who Jesus is and why He came.

  • It is the Old Testament that gives us His genealogy, the preparation for His coming and the reason He came.  Genesis 3:15 already promised that He would come.  We can trace the genealogy of Jesus from Adam, Abraham, David and many others.
    • Why is the genealogy of Jesus important?  It teaches that Jesus is not only the Son of God, but also the Son of Man.  That is why He can forgive people’s sins and restore us to God the Father. 5
    • Without the Old Testament witness, the devil might object to God why he cannot be forgiven also?  If Jesus was only the Son of God He might have been obliged to redeem the devil and his fallen angels.  But as fully Son of Man He only redeemed man.  Since the demons are not human they were not redeemed.
    • Jesus took ‘…the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.’ 6   Without the information of the Old Testament, it would be illogical to say that Jesus became a man.  God is a God of logic.  Thus the Old Testament is very important with its background information in history.
    • In an age of growing unbelief, it is important to show that the Bible is not ‘religion.’  It is reality.  Jesus is not just some mythical figure.  Because His ancestors were real historical persons, He is real, alive and well and sits at the right hand of God the Father in glory and majesty.
  • The New Testament reveals that Jesus was co-creator with God and the Holy Spirit. 7  Thus the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit were all involved in creation.
  • The Old Testament and the New Testament agree about the central doctrines.  For example the resurrection.  Many people think it is a New Testament teaching. No, the book of Daniel already mentions it, ‘Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.’ 8

Types link the two Testaments.

A type is a picture which God gives to teach us some important facts.  It is not just a story.  A type is a real event that happened, but it is also a picture of some future event.  There are many types in the Old Testament that point to Jesus and link the Old Testament to the New.  Please note that these types again rule out a human origin for the Bible.

  • Joseph was a type of Christ.  He was rejected by his brothers, suffered unjustly and became a ruler.  There is no mention of any sin Joseph committed.
  • Abraham and Isaac were a type of God the Father who would sacrifice His Son on our behalf.  With Isaac’s sacrifice, God provided a ram.  It demonstrates that we don’t have to die for our own sins.  God would provide the substitute, Jesus.
  • The tabernacle and temple are a type of God’s presence among His people.  God appeared to Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses.  He spoke to them, but when the Israelites came out of Egypt, God wanted a visible dwelling place among them.  So He instructed Moses how they had to construct the tabernacle.  It was a very precise plan, because it pointed to Jesus who would come and tabernacle among people. 9
  • The sacrifices and priesthood.  The lamb is another picture that we continually meet throughout Scripture.  God made clothes of animal skins for Adam and Eve.  So He probably killed innocent animals that died in their place.  That is why Abel’s sacrifice of a lamb from his flock was acceptable to God.  Besides the many sacrifices throughout the Old Testament, we meet the Passover Lamb again in 2 Corinthians  5:7, ‘…For Christ, our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed.’

The two Testaments show that God is faithful.

The big question today for many is whether they can trust God, especially when it comes to problems?  The Old Testament history testifies to God’s faithfulness.

  • God promises Abraham a country, ‘The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.’ 10
  • Because the Jews were unfaithful, they were exiled.  God brought them back.  Then they were again exiled and banished from their land after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD by the Romans under Titus.  The land was basically ‘expropriated’ from them.  Yet in 1948 the miracle happened and it became their country again.
  • This shows us that God fulfilled His promise to Abraham.  The reason the world hates Israel is that they show that God keeps His promises.


The Old Testament in particular teaches us in history that the united Trinity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are real, faithful and we can trust them completely.


  1. Revelation 17:14
  2. Acts 9:2; 19:9; 22:4; 24:14,22
  3. John 14:6
  4. Hebrews 12:2
  5. Colossians 1:15-23
  6. Phillipians 2:7
  7. John 1:2; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2
  8. Daniel 12:2
  9. John 1:14
  10. Genesis 17:8

Mighty God or mighty Mickey Mouse?

Does God and Mickey Mouse or Superman fall in the same category?  Is Richard Dawkins right when he reminds us that God is a ‘myth?’  The reason we ask is a comment we had from an atheist friend who claims that, Atheists do not hate god any more than they hate Superman or Micky Mouse. 

Another similar version goes like this: We atheists believe in one less god than you Christians.  You don’t believe in Zeus, Venus, or presumably Superman.  But you believe in God.  We just believe in one less, namely we don’t believe in the God of the Bible.  Note that atheists like to write ‘god’ to demonstrate their disdain.  But they write Zeus or Superman’s name with a capital letter.  That immediately demonstrates their ‘impartiality.’

What makes the God of the Bible different?

It can be summarized in one word: Israel.  The country and nation of Israel stands as an indisputable historical proof that God is no myth and the history of the Bible is true.  Can Mickey Mouse, Superman or Zeus produce historical, visible and real evidence that they exist?

The nation and country of Israel show the mighty works of the ‘myth:’ 

The God of the Bible is intimately connected to the long history of Israel and the Jews.

  • Around 2,000 BC God called Abram from Ur of the Chaldeans, to leave his country and his people and go to what was then known as Canaan.  Abram, 77 years old, his wife Sarai, Lot, his deceased brother’s son, servants and possessions left and settled in Canaan.
  • God’s promises to Abraham were, ‘I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you.  I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ 1  Another promise in Genesis 12:7, “The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.'”  God gives this promise at least 20 times in the Old Testament.
  • The promise was only fulfilled around 1,400 BC when the descendants of Abraham, the Israelites (later the Jews), conquered Canaan.
  • Israel divided into the Northern and Southern kingdoms and in 722 BC and 586 BC the Northern and Southern kingdoms were exiled out of Israel.  Some returned around 538 BC when the ruler of the Medes and Persians who conquered the Babylonians, gave them permission to return.  The returnees began the construction of the second temple (the first was destroyed by the Babylonians).
  • In 70 AD and again in 135 AD the Jews revolted against the Romans, but they were overpowered.  Especially during the 135 Bar Kochba revolt, the Jews suffered tremendously.  Hundreds of thousands were killed and others sold as slaves.  They were forbidden to enter Jerusalem, except on one specific day.  Jerusalem’s name was changed to Aelia Capitolina and Israel’s name to Palestine.  The Romans wanted to destroy any resemblance of a Jewish country or nation. The second temple was destroyed by Titus’ soldiers in 70 AD and it was never rebuilt.  It is because Jesus Christ, the Sacrificial Lamb, replaced the sacrifice of animals.

The modern history of Israel shows how real God is.

  • On May 14, 1948 (more than 1,800 years later), Israel was declared a Jewish state.  It was a miracle.  The Jews still existed as an exclusive nation, even though they had been scattered throughout the globe.  Nothing like that has ever happened in the history of the world.
  • The next day five Arab nations attacked the newly born state of Israel.  This was followed by the Sinai war in 1956; the Six Day war in 1967; and the Yom Kippur war in 1973.
  • Despite the fact that the Jews survived, the attacks and harassment against them from the Arab nations and the Palestinians never stopped.
  • The fight is not territorial, because Israel is a small country of about 8,000 square miles (about as big as New Jersey in the United States of America).  The countries of its enemies are huge.  Iran is 636,294 and Saudi Arabia 830,000 square miles.
  • So what is the hostility about?  The Bible explains it.  When God said to Abraham, ‘…and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you,’ 2 God meant that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, would be born from the descendants of Abraham.
  • So the hatred is actually against God’s nation because the promised Messiah came from them.  The chief hater is Satan, the ruler of this world.  Why does he hate Jesus?  Jesus crushed his head at Calvary, as predicted in Genesis 3:15, ‘…He [Jesus] will crush your head, and you [Satan] will strike his heel.’
  • The hostility against God’s people existed from the beginning, ‘And I [God] will put enmity between you [the devil] and the woman, and between your offspring and hers….’ 3  In Genesis 4, Cain who rejected God’s ways and belonged to the devil, 4 killed his brother who followed God’s ways and was a righteous man.

The God of Israel is no Mickey Mouse.

Atheists who believe that God and the Jews are similar to Mickey Mouse, Superman and Zeus, should answer the following:

  • Which other nation of antiquity was conquered by an enemy, driven from their homeland and survived with their national heritage intact?
  • Which other nation was ever so sure that a specific country belongs to them?  The Jews base their belief on the promises of God to Abraham.
  • Which other nation ever suffered so long for no other reason than that they are the people of God?
  • Which other nation ever revived their dead language (Hebrew) and installed it as their national language?
  • Which other country daily faces the hostility of the Arab nations?  For what reason?
    • The Koran teaches that it is the last revelation of ‘God’ (Allah).
    • So especially the Old Testament, is inferior to the Koran.
    • If that is true, the promises of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob must be nullified.  The Jews must be destroyed and removed from Israel.
    • The Palestinians are just the pawns, because it is the Koran that fuels the hatred.  Allah, does not love the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
  • Do Mickey Mouse, Superman or Zeus have unique nations and people that show their care and planning of events in history over thousands of years?

Supernatural hatred against God’s people

Unfounded Jewish hatred is no modern phenomenon.

  • The Bible book, Esther, tells the story of Haman.  He was a high official in the court of Xerxes, the Persian monarch.  He focussed on one man who irritated him, a Jew, Mordecai.  He decided to kill not only Mordecai, but all the Jews in the Persian kingdom.  That was most of the Jews.  With the help of queen Esther the disaster was averted.
  • The same hatred was displayed through the ages, for example by Hitler, the modern Haman.
  • Jewish hatred has a basis in Psalm 83.  Verses 4-8 say, “‘Come,’ they say, ‘Let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.’  With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you – the tents of Edom, and the Ishmaelites [descendants of Isaac’s half brother Ishmael]….’   The passage mentions various nations that all conspire together to destroy Israel.  They actually want to get rid of God.
  • The key verses are 1-2, ‘O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still.  See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads.  With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.’
  • Psalm 2:1-3 also shows the hatred against God and His Messiah, “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?  The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Holy One.  ‘Let us break their chains,’ they say, ‘and throw off their fetters.'”

Do people hate Mickey Mouse and Superman like they hate God?

  • Unless a person totally lives in a fantasy world, he or she cannot deny that there is a united effort in the Western World to get rid of God.  For example the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United and many, many atheistic organizations and individuals are mute testimony to this hatred against an invisible real God and His plan for man.
  • Are there many laws and court cases to remove Superman, Mickey Mouse or Zeus from schools, universities, the media, et cetera?


Israel is a testimony to the work and promises of God.  Where are the historical proofs that Mickey Mouse and Superman are real?  If God is a myth, how does one explain why Israel is so different from all other nations?  Why are they separate from the world especially in the way other nations treat them?  People have very fine sounding arguments to disprove God.  To look the fact of Israel straight in the face takes courage.  Atheists like Richard Dawkins doesn’t have that grit.  He and other atheists are usually silent about Israel, the history of the Jews, and the Bible’s witness about it.


  1. Genesis 12:2-3
  2. Genesis 12:3
  3. Genesis 3:15
  4. 1 John 3:12