Pastor David Jeremiah, Precept Ministries founder Kay Arthur, and a Holocaust survivor took the stage at Proclaim 18, the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention, to celebrate the modern state of Israel and encourage Christians worldwide to unite in support of the Holy Land.
Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries, began by stating that God's covenant with Abraham in Genesis 12 includes an unconditional promise to bless Abraham, he said, "and that promise has been lavishly kept."
"Apparently God finds Abraham and the Jewish people to be of enormous importance," he said.
"That point is dramatically illustrated in so many ways, but I've chosen just one. It is illustrated by the disproportionate number of Nobel Prizes awarded to the Jewish people," he continued, pointing out that from 1901 to 2017, about 900 Nobel Prizes were awarded in recognition of significant contributions to mankind. Of that total, at least 195 have been awarded to Jews.
"Of the 7.6 billion inhabitants of the world, about 15 million are Jewish — less than one quarter of 1 percent of the total world population," he said. "That miniscule percentage of the population has won 22 percent of all the Nobel Prizes awarded to date. It's an amazing thing."
"God's promise to bless Israel has been without question, fulfilled," he said. "God promised to bring out of Abraham a great nation."
God also promised to make Abraham a blessing to many, Jeremiah said. "Just think of what the world would be without the Jews. Without them we would have no Bible, without them we would have no Jesus. Without the Jewish Jesus there would be no Christianity. Without the Jews there would be no Ten Commandments."
Finally, God promised to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse them, "and He has kept that promise faithfully," Jeremiah said. "No nation in history has blessed Israel like the United States of America, and no nation has been as blessed as the United States of America."
While the issue of who controls Israel is one of the "most volatile" in international politics today, Jeremiah said, "we who know the Bible stand back and we don't worry because we know the right to the Promised Land has already been determined by the only One who has the authority to determine it."
"God's promise and the prophecies of His Word are overwhelmingly challenging us to place Israel in the center of our prayers, of our purposes, and of our protection," he concluded. "What a thrill it is for us to gather here in this place and hold this nation, this prophetic nation, this God-breathed nation, with our prayers and our support."