What's happening in Israel today is just one part of a much bigger story. Darris McNeely brings it into perspective.
[Darris McNeely] We've been doing a series here on Beyond Today Dailys about the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War in Israel, when the state of Israel expanded its borders in a very major battle with Egypt and other Arab states that surrounded it at that time, and explaining the importance of the state of Israel to the modern world, to history, especially when it comes to Bible prophecy. There's a key that I want to focus on in this particular part here that talks about the role of the state of Israel, the Jewish state, because as we all know, Israel today is essentially a Jewish state comprised of Jews that came together in 1948, founded the state of Israel after having a presence there for several decades, and establishing the state of Israel and they have been at war and beleaguered but holding their own quite well for all of this time. But there's a critical key to understand about the Jewish state when it comes to the biblical record, and it's this. The Jewish state is only one tribe or one part of the entire story of the story of Israel as told in the Bible.
Again, students of the Bible understand that the descendants of the patriarch Jacob, who had 12 sons, it's his 12 sons whose descendants formed what became the original nation of Israel in the biblical record. The tribes that came out with Moses at the time of the Exodus, that were led into the Promised Land and established that sovereign state, those descendants of Jacob became Israel. Now there were 12 sons, there were 12 tribes, they had a confederation, they had a nation, eventually all united under King David and his son Solomon. Afterwards, there was a revolution. The nation actually split. It became a nation of Israel, and there became a nation called Judah in the biblical record. And in fact, we can trace this as we go through the story within the Bible because there is a scripture in the book of 2 Kings 16 (2 Kings 16:1-20 2 Kings 16:1-20  In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign.
 Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD his God, like David his father.
 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yes, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel.
 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.
 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.
 At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drove the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelled there to this day.
 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, saying, I am your servant and your son: come up, and save me out of the hand of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of the king of Israel, which rise up against me.
 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.
 And the king of Assyria listened to him: for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin.
 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.
 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it against king Ahaz came from Damascus.
 And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered thereon.
 And he burnt his burnt offering and his meat offering, and poured his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings, on the altar.
 And he brought also the brazen altar, which was before the LORD, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the LORD, and put it on the north side of the altar.
 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, On the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king's burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle on it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brazen altar shall be for me to inquire by.
 Thus did Urijah the priest, according to all that king Ahaz commanded.
 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the brazen oxen that were under it, and put it on the pavement of stones.
 And the covert for the sabbath that they had built in the house, and the king's entry without, turned he from the house of the LORD for the king of Assyria.
 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.
American King James Version×) that talks about the distinction between Israel and the nation of Judah. At one particular time, they were warring against each other, they had skirmishes against each other. The Bible record shows us that there's a distinction between Israel and Judah in the days after the death of King Solomon. Now why is that important? Well because the nation of Israel eventually disappeared into history. They were taken captive by the Assyrians. They have become known in history as the so called lost 10 tribes of Israel.
However, there are biblical prophecies that talk about the existence of those tribes of Israel at the time of the end, being regathered. There are other prophecies that point to certain descendants of individual tribes having a modern fulfillment, the promises to Abraham and the blessings that were given through to Issac and Jacob and Jacob passed on to the sons of Joseph. And so when we look at that, we understand that what is in the land of Israel today, the state of Israel, a Jewish state is really the record and the existence of only one of those tribes and their descendants, the nation of Judah, the tribe of Judah, now occupying that land. And that's very important to the biblical story, as we have been showing. But there's another part of the story that's important.
If you go back into the book of Genesis 49 and 48 (Genesis 48:1-22 Genesis 48:1-22  And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, your father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
 And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, your son Joseph comes to you: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat on the bed.
 And Jacob said to Joseph, God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
 And said to me, Behold, I will make you fruitful, and multiply you, and I will make of you a multitude of people; and will give this land to your seed after you for an everlasting possession.
 And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
 And your issue, which you beget after them, shall be yours, and shall be called after the name of their brothers in their inheritance.
 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.
 And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?
 And Joseph said to his father, They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray you, to me, and I will bless them.
 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near to him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.
 And Israel said to Joseph, I had not thought to see your face: and, see, God has showed me also your seed.
 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near to him.
 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it on Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long to this day,
 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the middle of the earth.
 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head.
 And Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.
 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
 And he blessed them that day, saying, In you shall Israel bless, saying, God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
 And Israel said to Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again to the land of your fathers.
 Moreover I have given to you one portion above your brothers, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.
American King James Version×; Genesis 49:1-33 Genesis 49:1-33  And Jacob called to his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.  Gather yourselves together, and hear, you sons of Jacob; and listen to Israel your father.  Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:  Unstable as water, you shall not excel; because you went up to your father's bed; then defiled you it: he went up to my couch.  Simeon and Levi are brothers; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.  O my soul, come not you into their secret; to their assembly, my honor, be not you united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they dig down a wall.  Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.  Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise: your hand shall be in the neck of your enemies; your father's children shall bow down before you.  Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, you are gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?  The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and to him shall the gathering of the people be.  Binding his foal to the vine, and his ass's colt to the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:  His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.  Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be to Zidon.  Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:  And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant to tribute.  Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.  Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.  I have waited for your salvation, O LORD.  Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.  Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.  Naphtali is a hind let loose: he gives goodly words.  Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:  The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:  But his bow stayed in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from there is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)  Even by the God of your father, who shall help you; and by the Almighty, who shall bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:  The blessings of your father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brothers.  Benjamin shall shred as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.  All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spoke to them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.  And he charged them, and said to them, I am to be gathered to my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,  In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a burial plot.  There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.  The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth.  And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered to his people.
American King James Version×), you see details about this. In 48 of the book of Genesis, you see where the patriarch Jacob blessed the actual sons of Joseph: Ephraim and Manasseh, and put his name, the name of Jacob, which at that time had been changed to Israel, he put his name Israel upon the sons of Joseph. And that story, when it comes to Bible prophecy and modern world history and understanding our modern world, is a very critical piece of the puzzle to understand why the state of Israel matter, also why the English-speaking peoples matter.
Again long-time viewers of "Beyond Today" understand that this is told in our booklet, our free booklet, "The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy." This booklet traces in more detail that story of how and why the English-speaking nations today have inherited the blessings God originally gave to Abraham. And it made such a difference, and a very critically and important difference in the modern world, and even in their relationship with the state of Israel, the United States, and Great Britain historically. It's a fascinating story that you want to understand. You can get a free copy of that booklet on our website or just write to us for your own copy of that.
But when you put all of this together, you recognize that what is happening in...with the state of Israel today, is part of a much larger biblical story, but it's only one part, and it involves other nations, and ultimately, all nations in the world, which is what we'll talk about in the next installment on BT Daily. Join us next time.