is a land about which God says uniquely, prophetically, redemptively,
and repeatedly in the Bible This is Mine. God refers to Israel as
He does to no other land on Earth. Israel was raised up to be a
light to the Gentiles.
at its inception was virtually entirely Jewish, and it remained
so until the Gospel began to spread. Ultimately the Gospel spread
to Antioch, where the first Gentile congregation began, the base
from which the Gospel spread into all the world.
book of Romans, chapters 9 through 11, the apostle Paul deals with
the question of the Jews in God's providence and purpose. Within
the whole of the Bible, these three chapters virtually stand alone
as an elaboration of the theology of God's dealing with Jews.
were the "firstfruit" ...the "first people"
(through Abraham) to understand a covenant God. They then relayed
the riches of that truth to the world, and through their agency,
the Messiah came into the world.
of God calls Jews the "root" and Gentiles the "branches."
We're reminded that while "because of unbelief, some of them
were broken off and you stand by faith," we are not to become
haughty but to fear: "For if God did not spare the natural
branches, He may not spare you either." When the fullness of
the Gentiles is completed, "all Israel will be saved."
stand with Israel today?
living in a sobering moment in history that calls us, as believers
in Jesus Christ, to take a stand with Israel. We could be people
of the last hour. We are not to be passive in the face of prophecy;
we are called to pray with passion, to intercede, and to minister
according to the words of the Savior who said it is not our task
to speculate when the end will be. It is our responsibility to do
Kingdom business until He comes (Luke 19:13).
not about politics; this is about the Word of God, but the political
ramifications are extremely dramatic. Scripture declares there will
come a time when all the nations of the world will turn against
Israel. It is so highly conceivable this could happen in our time
that it is critical to outline why we should stand with Israel today.
Eight Reasons for Standing With Israel
believer is charged to make the Jews a priority in their value system
and to render thanksgiving from their hearts for God?s work via
them as a people.
the basis of the attention that we give to the Jews has to do with
understanding God's divine order and things that God said. It involves
a people and a land.
believer is charged to make Jews a priority in their value system
because God has.
-The Lord selected a people...He began by selecting a man named
Abraham. The Lord said that through the seed of Abraham (in relationship
with his wife, Sarah, giving birth to the promised child, Isaac)
all the nations of the Earth will be blessed...every human being
having access to the divine blessing of Almighty God.
-In Genesis 12:3, the Lord says in the covenant He makes with Abraham:
"I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who
curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
-This relates not only to a people (the Jews), but it also relates
to a land (Israel).
-God will judge nations and deal with them for their decisions,
just as He does individuals.
-The Lord chose them for purposes: "...who are the Israelites,
to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving
of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the
fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who
is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen." (Romans 9:4)
-The Adoption: God's divine choice of the seed of Abraham as a people.
-The Glory: the manifest presence of God revealing Himself.
-The Covenants: commitments that God makes:
-The Abrahamic Covenant: God says, "I will give you a people
and a land, and through this seed the nations of the Earth will
be blessed." (Genesis 17)
-The Mosaic Covenant: The revelation of the law, given as a teaching
means to lead us to Christ: redemption through the blood of the
-The New Covenant: In Jeremiah and Ezekiel, God says in words almost
parallel: "For the time will come that I will take My law and
I will make a new covenant with you, and I will put My Spirit within
-The Greatest Gift: the wonder of the gift of Jesus to mankind.
"God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..."
He gave Him through the Jews, and He came as a Jew. Jesus Himself,
speaking to the woman of Samaria, said, "Salvation is of the
speaks to us very clearly: We're dealing with the roots of everything
that has to do with the revelation of God to humankind. The proof
of this is in the very existence of the Jews as a people and the
fact that they've been recovered as a nation. Today the struggle
is over Jerusalem, over Israel, and over the presence of Jews and
their right to have a land. There are few nations willing to make
an abiding commitment to stand by the Jews and Israel, but the Bible
says God will honor those who do.
place in God's present order inextricably links us with the Jews
as a people, and thereby the land of Israel, according to the Word.
put our faith in the Redeemer who came through the Jews, we enter
into a line of those who have trusted God according to His revealed
grace and redemptive purpose.
declares that, spiritually speaking, when you receive the Lord,
you become a Jew (Romans 2:28-29; Galatians 3:26-29).
-If you are a believer, you cannot be consistent with the whole
of Scripture and take a position that is passive toward the Jews
has made unique declarations regarding the land of Israel which
have never been rescinded:
25:23 - The land is the Lord's land, and it is His to assign and
dispose of: "The land shall not be sold permanently, for the
land is Mine..."
-Deuteronomy 32:43 - "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people...He
will provide atonement for His land and His people."
-2 Chronicles 7:20 - God says if the people violate Me "...I
will uproot them from My land which I have given them..."
-Psalm 85:1-2 - "Lord, You have been favorable to Your land;
You have brought back the captivity of Jacob. You have forgiven
the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin."
-Isaiah 8:8 - This land belongs to Father God and it is the land
of His Messiah: "...and the stretching out of his wings will
fill the breadth of Your land, O Immanuel."
-Jeremiah 2:7 - The Lord tells the people why there will come the
loss, the destruction of the city of Jerusalem. "I brought
you into a bountiful country...but when you entered, you defiled
my land and made my heritage an abomination."
- Ezekiel 38:16 - God is speaking to people in the end times who
rise up against Israel. God is speaking of a confrontation that
will take place in His land. "You will come up against My people
Israel...I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may
know Me, when I am hallowed in you..."
- Joel 1:6, 2:18, 3:2 - Three times in this book, the land is referred
to as belonging to the Lord. "For a nation has come up against
My land..." (1:6) "Then the Lord will be zealous for His
land..." (2:18) "I will gather all nations, and bring
them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment
with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom
they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up
My land." (3:2)
-Hosea 9:3 - This refers to the scattering of Israel: "They
shall not dwell in the Lord's land, but Ephraim shall return to
Egypt, and shall eat unclean things in Assyria."
-Zechariah 9:16 - "The Lord their God will save them in that
day, as the flock of His people, for they shall be like the jewels
of a crown, lifted like a banner over His land..."
talk about Israel, we are dealing with: 1) a piece of property that
God has made pronouncements about and 2) God's people to whom He's
given the land. It is a major issue with the Creator of all things,
and it is non-negotiable. Things that God has said uniquely about
Israel have never been rescinded.
does the land belong to God, but also God has committed the land
to Abraham and his offspring via Isaac forever. (Genesis 17:7-8)
-"With a little wrath I hid My face from you...but My kindness
shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed..."
-The loss of governance by Israel through sin and dispersion has
not altered God's announced commitment to make it theirs forever.
(Read Ezekiel 37:1-28).
present conflict is neither by their initiative nor perpetuated
by expansionism or racism on their part.
attitude of the world today regards the Palestinians as the underdog,
but Israel is defending the land covenanted to them in 1917 and
established by the United Nations Assembly in 1948. The Palestinian
goal is not to secure a homeland but to drive Israel out altogether.
For the sake of mounting public opinion against Israel, surrounding,
well-resourced Arab nations have never offered refuge to the Palestinians.
The majority of the world doesn't know this, and nobody is bothering
to tell them because sympathies are so overridden by other forces.
5. To stand
with Israel is not to oppose Arab peoples as an entity nor to oppose
the rights of Arabs living in Israel to a peaceful, politically
secure, and prosperous life.
no disposition against any human being, certainly not Arabs who
are the offspring of, Ishmael, the other son of His chosen leader
Abraham. Standing for Israel doesn't require an anti-Arab stance
and doesn't require us to be loveless toward other peoples.
relentless animosities of sectors of the Arab world are not merely
political causes but are driven by spiritual powers that will not
be satisfied until Israel ceases to exist.
opposed to Israel are not simply those of people who don't like
Jews. We are caught in the stream of spiritual forces greater than
humanity, forces that cannot be overthrown politically or by the
power of persuasion. These forces can only be broken by intercessory
prayer where principalities and powers are cast down.
same spirit driving these animosities is equally opposed to Christians
as to Jews, and in time will eventually bring persecution to both.
Scripture states there are two witnesses that will be put to death
in Jerusalem at the very end of time (Revelation 11), there have
been two witnesses that have stood for God throughout history: the
Jews and the Christians.
and animosities are just as leveled at believers as they are at
Israel, because there is a spirit in the world that is against all
that is called God and everything about Him.
Creator - to Whom we owe our worship.
-God as Judge - to Whom we owe our accountability.
-God as Redeemer - Who has shown Himself through His Son, Jesus.
-God as the moral Lawgiver of all humanity - to Whom we owe a responsibility
in terms of our behavior.
8. A biblical
assignment and a divine promise summon our stand in faith, our intercession
with expectancy, and our support with promise.
called to stand with Israel today because we could be people of
the last hour. The Lord has called us to be people with moral and
biblical conviction, walking wisely and knowing His Word. He will
honor those who make an abiding commitment to stand with the land
He's called uniquely His (Psalm 122:6).
You Can Take To "Stand Up for Israel"
yourself with reliable information, avoiding bigotry and disallowing
"blind spots." Recognize the disposition of the popular
press. Assess reports cautiously but not with paranoia. Become familiar
with the basics of history in the Middle East, and understand the
with continuing faithfulness the Bible's call to "Pray for
the peace of Jerusalem" (Psalm 122:6), and pray that our nation
will govern in the light of Genesis 12:1-3 ..."I will bless
those who bless you..."
consider visiting Israel as a point of practical support.
friendship toward Jewish friends. Affirm that, as a believer, you
stand with Israel as a point of your Bible-based commitment to God.
acknowledging the terrorist habits of radical Muslims, be gracious
because it's such a pivotally important time. Today, the showdown
that we face is so close to being the nations of the Earth against
Israel and whoever is left that stands with them.
issue will be "Who is for Christ and His way and who isn't?"
The Lord has called us to be a people who will touch people and
will stand with moral and biblical convictions for critical issues...and
this is one.
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