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.
Church 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.
the 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.
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
Word 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."
why stand with Israel today?
are 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).
is 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
Eight Reasons for Standing With Israel
Every 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.
-Every 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 Lamb.
-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 you."
-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 Jews."
Scripture 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
Our 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.
we 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.
-Scripture declares that, spiritually speaking, when you
receive the Lord, you become a Jew (Romans 2:28-29; Galatians
-If you are a believer, you cannot be consistent with
the whole of Scripture and take a position that is passive
toward the Jews and Israel.
God has made unique declarations regarding the land of
Israel which have never been rescinded:
-Leviticus 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
-2 Chronicles 7:20 - God says if the people violate Me
"...I will uproot them from My land which I have
-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
- 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
-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
we 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
-Not only 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..." (Isaiah 54:8-10)
-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).
Israel's present conflict is neither by their initiative
nor perpetuated by expansionism or racism on their part.
general 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.
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
has 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.
The 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
forces 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.
The same spirit driving these animosities is equally opposed
to Christians as to Jews, and in time will eventually
bring persecution to both.
as 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.
hostilities 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
-God as 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,
-God as the moral Lawgiver of all humanity - to Whom we
owe a responsibility in terms of our behavior.
A biblical assignment and a divine promise summon our
stand in faith, our intercession with expectancy, and
our support with promise.
are 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"
Equip 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 past
Accept 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..."
Prayerfully consider visiting Israel as a point of practical
Show friendship toward Jewish friends. Affirm that, as
a believer, you stand with Israel as a point of your Bible-based
commitment to God.
While acknowledging the terrorist habits of radical Muslims,
be gracious to others.
action 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
final 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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