I'm going to step into seriously dangerous water now.

I always supported Israel, but I always wondered just how much the hand of God was involved in the rebirth of the state called "Israel". I'm aware that many Christians see the fact of the state called Israel's existence as clear evidence of the hand of God.

However, just as the account of Joseph and the Israelites teaches us, and more importantly, just as the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus teaches us, God is able to turn around whatever man does, to bring about God's own will and purpose, but this does not mean that whatever man does, is God's will.

The New Covenant was promised to "the house of Israel and the house of Judah" (Jer 31:31), and God has already remembered His covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah:

"For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
(Matthew 26:28)

If you believe in Jesus, you become a fellow-citizen with the saints (Eph 2:19) in God's chosen nation, and you become part of the church of Christ (Eph 2:20-21); and in Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile (Gal 3:28).

However, Jesus says to all humanity (including the Jews):

"He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God." (John 3:18),

and Paul made it very clear that on the remnant of Jews who believe in Jesus remain part of the Olive tree (Romans 11:17).

If every single Jew in the world were to repent and turn to Christ today for forgiveness, would they become fellow-citizen with the saints (Eph 2:19) in God's chosen nation, and become part of the church of Christ (Eph 2:20-21)?

Of course they would.

If we take a look at how the modern-day state of Israel came into existence, we find a process:

1) August, 1897: Theodor Herzl founded the Zionist movement in Basel, Switzerland. He was non-religious, a secular Jew.

2) 02 November, 1917: The Balfour Declaration:

"His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."

It was handed to Lord Rothschild, a non-religious, secular Jew, by British Foreign Secretary, Earl Arthur Balfour.

3) 29 November, 1947: United Nations Resolution 181 recommends partitioning Palestine into two states: An independent Jewish state and an independent Arab state, with the U.N governing Jerusalem.

4) 14 May, 1948: Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization, David Ben Gurion, a non-religious, secular Jew, issues the Zionist state of Israel's Declaration of Independence.

Many thousands of Orthodox Rabbis believe that the creation and existence of the state called Israel is against the will of God, because they say that the prophecies state that God Himself will bring the Jews back, and they say the modern state is entirely man-made, and exists in defiance of God.

Forgetting what the Rabbis believe or don't believe though, let's move on:

The modern-day state called "Israel" is:-

1) 100% legitimate in terms of man's laws (and therefore has the right to defend itself against any enemy which seeks to destroy it); and

2) The above fact caused a great injustice to be done to the other inhabitants of what was formerly Palestine, since it was done without their consent and against their will; and

3) The finest diplomats of the world have never been able to fix the dilemma caused by the above two facts; and

Searching for the "Messiah"

Most Jews are non-Christian, and many Jews, regardless of their tolerance of Christians, actually have contempt for Jesus' name and what they regard as the "Christian notions" regarding Him, and are looking for another Messiah to come, who they believe will finally sort out their dilemma in the modern-day state of Israel.

They believe this "Messiah" is to cause the Dome of the Rock and adjacent mosque to be demolished, and that he will ensure that the temple in Jerusalem (which was destroyed by the Roman armies in 70 A.D), is rebuilt, and he will re-establish animal sacrifices for sins, and begin ruling the world from Jerusalem.

Why?

It's because they reject God's covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah in Christ, the new covenant in His blood.

All of the above, if it comes to pass, will be a great insult to God and to His Christ.

Was Theodor Herzl and the Zionist movement the hand of God? Was the British government's Balfour Declaration the hand of God? Is the United Nations with their resolutions God? Is God the United Nations?

Let's turn this the other way around. It was not the will of God for Babylon to destroy Jerusalem and the temple, but God removed His protection from Zion and allowed man (the Babylonians) to do his thing. Likewise when the Romans did their thing: God removed His protection. He did not inspire either Nebuchadnezzer's heart, or the heart of Ceasar and Titus to destroy Jerusalem and the temple, He simply removed His protection of Zion.

The Chabad/Lubivich and Temple Institute are examples of man trying to force the hand of God (which is the chief gripe of the anti-Zionist Orthodox Rabbis):
The Cabad members sing "We want Moshiach now! We want Moshiach now! We want Moshiach now!" Over and over they sing it.

The Temple Institute in Israel is similarly trying to force the hand of God for what they regard as the full restoration of Israel, complete with its Old Testament Temple.

Both the chabad movement and Temple Institute used to be fringe movements, but they are becoming more and more main-stream.

Like-wise with the Zionist movement which began near the close of the 19th century - at first it was a fringe movement, but gained traction, and world events (the defeat of the Ottoman-Turk Empire at the end of WWI for example), seemed to make the dream of a Jewish state come closer to reality.

To many Christians, it may seem that the hand of God was working for the rebirth of the state of Israel, however, the same Christians keep forgetting that the only real and true Messiah has already confirmed God's covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah - in His own blood.

I have no doubt that God will turn these activities of man and the man-made state of Israel around to bring about His own will and purposes, but God does not compromise with man and man's will:

Jesus says to all humanity (including the Jews):

"He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God." (John 3:18),

and Paul made it very clear that on the remnant of Jews who believe in Jesus remain part of the Olive tree (Romans 11:17). The rest are not considered Israel. They are not. They are considered Israel by man (Jews and many Christians) maybe, but neither Jesus nor His apostles teach it.

If every single Jew in the world were to repent and turn to Christ today for forgiveness, they would become fellow-citizen with the saints (Eph 2:19) in God's chosen nation, and become part of the church of Christ (Eph 2:20-21) - but that has not happened - not since the birth of Zionism till now, and not from the time Jesus was crucified, till the birth of the Zionist movement.

God does not compromise on who HE regards as Israel, just because Jews who reject Jesus, and many Christians do. god is not turning His attention "back to His ancient people, Israel" - He already did so, when Christ shed His blood for the house of Israel and the house of Judah (Jer 31:31; Mat 26:28).

Man (including the Jews) has to change His mind about God and His salvation in Jesus, not the other way around.