The writings of the Israelite
prophets have a renewed significance today in the light of current events
in the Middle East. Therefore, in order to build a biblical framework for
interpreting these events, it would be correct to examine the perspectives
of the ancient prophets and anointed leaders of Israel. Those prophets
often spoke of God's will concerning "political" events in the Middle
There is a wide range of viewpoints within the prophetic scriptures, which
may confirm or contradict many political views today. On one side (perhaps
the extreme right), we find Joshua. In his generation, the Israelites were
commanded to kill all the inhabitants of Canaan and conquer all the land.
On the other hand (perhaps the extreme left), we find Jeremiah. In his
generation, God passed judgment on Israel; the nation was destroyed and the
people exiled. Neither the Joshua nor Jeremiah models fit all the
circumstances of the Middle East today. (In the time of the early apostles,
who preached in the generation leading up to the destruction of the Second
Temple, the context of the prophet Jeremiah was quite relevant.)
There are other varying viewpoints. Amos called for justice on
social-economic issues. Jonah was sent to preach to a Gentile nation.
Isaiah described the coming of a spiritual kingdom with a divine Messianic
king. His teaching might be comparable to an "evangelical" type message
today. Daniel had visions of angels fighting wars over nations that would
affect history for hundreds of years.
Particularly relevant for the Messianic community today are the prophets
who spoke to the remnant in Israel after they returned from the exile in
Babylon. Their message was one of encouragement to keep building the
nation, both spiritually and materially, despite the attacks of evil around
them. Among those prophets were Zechariah and Haggai.
We who have received the Holy Spirit today, through faith in Yeshua, may be
seen in some ways as a continuance of those early prophets. As the
Messianic remnant in Israel today, we feel a certain spiritual
identification with that remnant who returned to the land in the time of
Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah.
Yet we must be careful when looking at ancient Scriptures and comparing
them to ourselves. We must consider the full range of perspectives in both
the Gospels and the Prophets before we choose any one particular aspect to