To all proponents of replacement theology

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Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham

As I am certain of life and death, and the Earth goes around the Sun, so am I certain that the Jewish people have returned in our days to the Promised Land of Israel after 2000 years, and that YHVH, who is called the God of Israel, is the Sovereign of history, and so this is not merely “a political accident” as some contend. All the prophesies are right there black on white in that same Bible that some otherwise take so very literally, for those with eyes to see. Otherwise, YHVH is not the Sovereign ‘who raises up kings and brings them down’, but is a liar, and everything is just chance occurrences, like Godless evolution wrongly suggests.

TO THE ACCUSERS, DETRACTORS, & ENEMIES OF ISRAEL

Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham

Hopefully you will meditate on these facts: You are either ignorant of, or conveniently dismiss from memory the fact that between 1948 and 1967 the Arabs had all they claim they want today for “peace”- including complete control of Jerusalem (where Jews were verboten from entering, and the synagogues were destroyed, including the Great Synagogue), and Judah and Samaria aka the West Bank, and Gaza were completely in the hands of the Arabs- and there were no Jewish settlements in those areas- and yet in June 1967 the Arab armies came to launch a declared war of extermination, which by no small miracle they failed to achieve- in Six Days the Jews prevailed. Then in Israel’s efforts to trade that land for a peace agreement, the Arabs replied, “No Peace, No Recognition, No Negotiations.” Six years later Arab armies staged a devastating surprise attack on Yom Kippur- the Day of Atonement- and lost again. No, it has nothing whatsoever to do with Israeli “settlements” back on the land where our fathers are buried, replete with our long history and presence here, redeemed and recognized by the UN as a legitimate state after the massive destruction of Jewry in Europe, where Jews may now live and defend ourselves against our detractors, and Jerusalem is now open to all to pray and worship freely according to their faith.

This is what the Lord says:

“Only if the heavens above can be measured
and the foundations of the earth below be searched out
will I reject all the descendants of Israel
because of all they have done,”
declares the Lord.

Moreover the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying,

Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the Lord hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.

25 Thus saith the Lord; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;

26 Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.

“Moreover the word of YHVH came to me, saying: “Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own ways and deeds; to Me their way was like the uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity. 18 Therefore I poured out My fury on them for the blood they had shed on the land, and for their idols with which they had defiled it. 19 So I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them according to their ways and their deeds. 20 When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name—when they said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they have gone out of His land.’ 21 But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went.

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says YHVH God: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. 23 And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. 28 Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. 29 I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. 30 And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will [e]loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!”” – Ezekiel 36.

Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham
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Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published five illustrated books of poetry, painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, and most recently produced THE JERUSALEM ILLUSTRATED BIBLE, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.