Why Still Care About Israel? by Sandra Teplinsky

In this insightful book, ordained minister and president of Light of Zion Ministries, Sandra Teplinsky explores the sanctity of God’s everlasting covenant with Israel. According to Teplinsky, this book was written with 4 types of people in mind:

– Bible believers who are interested in Israel and wish to learn more from a Messianic Jewish Israeli perspective
– Christians who already love and support Israel and want to stay up to date on issues, as well as gain deeper insight
– Christians who question or doubt that God still has prophetic plans for Israel
– Non-christians puzzled or troubled by controversy and quandry of Israel, who are willing to look at the matter through the lens of scripture.

As a Messianic Jew from an Orthodox Jewish background, Teplinsky proves that God is not finished with Israel by taking the reader through the scriptures to reveal God’s true intentions. She explores the theory of “replacement theology” and shows how it cannot stand in light of scripture. She introduces the reader to “Pardes”, a traditional Hebraic hermeneutic used since the 3rd century BC (which I especially found fascinating), explaining that there are often several “layers” to scriptural meaning, but that they cannot be taken out of context or order without corrupting God’s word.

The book also explores Israel’s prophetic destiny, the rise of christian anti-semitism, and the discrimination and struggles of Messianic Jews in Israel. Teplinsky traces the beginnings of Islam, revealing the marked differences between Allah and God, as well as the reasons of Islam’s hatred towards Israel.

Other topics covered include:

  • Significance of the Arab spring/Islamist awakening in light of Israel and biblical prophecy
  • The Palestinian/Israeli plight, and media’s role in it all
  • Taqiya, Islamic justification for dishonesty
  • Anti-Israeli lawfare at UN
  • Christian Palestinianism versus Christian Zionism
  • Israel’s fulfillments of Bible prophecy
  • The wars of Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38, and Zechariah 12

Near the end of the book, the author asks a pivotal question- “can we be neutral bystanders?” This is an interesting question, which is clearly answered in Obadiah 15:

“The day is near when I, the LORD, will judge all godless nations! As you have done to Israel, so it will be done to you. All your evil deeds will fall back on your own heads.”

This book covers enormous terrain in a short amount of time, but still manages to be extraordinarily thorough. I was very impressed with the level of compassion the author has towards both Israelis and Palestinians- displaying the true love of Christ towards all people, while at the same time taking an “eyes-wide-open” approach to the current events and behind-the-scenes dealings which make the middle east the hotbed of unrest it is today. Wonderfully written and highly recommended!

Rating: 5 stars


I received this book for free through Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review.

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