REASONS TO SUPPORT ISRAEL
Personal – Millions of Christians have visited Israel and its holy sites, and seen their Bible come alive in profoundly life-transforming ways. It only stands to reason that these pilgrims return home with an excitement about Israel and deep appreciation for the country.
Corporate – All Christians should support Israel in gratitude for the protection of the Christian population and the atmosphere of peace and security they enjoy as full citizens of the Jewish state. Israel provides the only safe haven for Christians in the Middle East and is consequently the only country in the region in which the Christian community is growing.
Moral – As Christians, we should condemn the current anti-Semitic demonization of the Jewish people going on in campuses and social media and stand with Israel. It is the right thing to do.
Practical – Everyone should support Israel in light of her incredible contributions across the fields of healthcare, agriculture, and technology that are saving lives, creating jobs, and enriching communities around the world.
Political – It is vital for all Americans to maintain support of a strong alliance with the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, a country that advances our national interests and shares our values of freedom of speech, freedom of worship, and human rights.
Legal – We can boldly support Israel whose founding was completely legal and formulated by the community of nations.
Biblical – We need to also understand the biblical foundation for Christian support of Israel which is the subject of today’s talk.
GOD’S PLAN TO REDEEM MANKIND
The story of the Bible is the story of Israel. It is:
1) The story of God’s love for the world.
2) The story of God’s plan to redeem the world.
3) The story of the battle against God’s plan.
An Eternal Plan
Ephesians 1:4-5 says God’s plan was set before the foundation of the world when we were predestined to be adopted into His family through Jesus. There is no Old Testament plan and New Testament plan. Jesus’ atoning death for our sin was always plan A. God was not surprised by man’s failure, or Israel’s sin, or Jesus’ crucifixion. Rev. 13:8 says Jesus was the lamb slain before the foundation of the world.
God announces the plan in Genesis 12:1-3
The story, of course, begins in Genesis where after the Garden of Eden man is dead in sin, dominated by the devil, and destined for destruction. It was a place of complete hopelessness. And then one day, God tells Abraham he is going to initiate His plan to redeem that fallen world.
This is the watershed moment in history. It is from here the biblical narrative takes off. It drives the whole Bible, and in fact, events taking place today.
1 Now the LORD had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country, From your family, And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you, And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.
3 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.” (Genesis 12:1-3)
The Apostle Paul said that last verse was the first preaching of the gospel (Galatians 3:8). God had decided to create a people to work through to bring about His eternal plan to redeem for Himself men and women from every tribe and tongue. Anyone who helped or blessed this people would be blessed because they would be helping God’s plan. Anyone who opposed and cursed those people would be cursed because they would be opposing God’s plan.
Three concepts to understand before we continue with our story:
The Chosen People – Did not choose them above anyone else. He chose Abraham, and from him and Sarah miraculously created a people to be His own—His children—through whom He would reach all other peoples.
The Land - The land of Canaan is an everlasting possession because it is part of an everlasting covenant (Genesis 17:8). The land is like a stage – the place where God carries out this plan.
Exile - It is God’s land–a holy land, therefore, for a holy people. A consequence of sin and rebellion against God would be exile from the land. It was still their possession, but they could not live on it. The Bible tells the story of their entry into the land, their first exile, and first return, and it predicts the second exile and second return.
Israel is Central to the Plan
The calling of the Jewish people is to be the vehicle of this redemptive plan. It is a birthing call—to birth the redemptive products needed for our salvation.
1. Thanks to their care and custodianship we have the Word of God (Romans 3:2).
2. Through them God gave us the covenants, the law, the service of God, the promises, and the Messiah (Romans 9).
3. Jesus said “salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22). It was bought by the Jewish Messiah.
4. In summary, all what we hold dear as Christians is Jewish. Christianity is Jewish.
BATTLE AGAINST GOD’S PLAN
But this unique and special role would come at a price. They would suffer great persecution and animosity because of this calling. God warns Abraham of this in Genesis 15: 7-12.
Here God makes a covenant with Abraham to seal the deal over his promises. Abraham brings the sacrificial carcasses to the place where the covenant will be made, and he cuts them in two. Then, suddenly, the vultures come down to attack this covenant that God is making with Abraham.
The vulture is a symbol of the evil and demonic powers of darkness. From that day onwards the vulture would descend upon the Jewish people seeking to eliminate them and to destroy them. The devil knows that if he can wipe out the nation of Israel, he would bring to an end the great plan of God to redeem a people from every tribe and nation.
Abraham fought off the vultures to the point of exhaustion. When he falls into a deep sleep, deep horror filled his soul. This revelation filled Abraham with dread.
The new Testament confirms this evil pursuit of the Jewish people In Revelation 12: 1-2. John the Apostle has a revelation and sees a pregnant woman clothed with the sun, the moon, and twelve stars which symbolize the twelve tribes of Israel. Moreover, the woman—Israel—is pregnant with a male Child who is destined to rule the world. Waiting to devour the child is the dragon—a symbol of evil. The woman is whisked into the wilderness for safety.
Psalm 83:1-4 describes this relentless spirit of destruction: “O God… those who hate You… have said, come, Let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” Why? What God is doing through them will one day end with the demise of demonic influence on earth.
When you look at this history—the evil pursuit of the Jewish people—that flares up generation after generation there is no explanation except a spiritual one. Their survival is a miracle and was promised by God (Jeremiah 31:36).
ISRAEL HAS RETURNED HOME
God’s birthing people have come home. The stage is being set for all God’s promises to them to be fulfilled. We have moved into the final act of history, which the Hebrew prophets foretold.
Isaiah 11:11 – God Himself would regather them a second time.
Ezekiel 36:24-26 – It will be in two steps: Physical return, followed by spiritual restoration, and then they would dwell in the land.
Jesus affirmed a future return:
Luke 21:23-24 Jerusalem will be trampled by the gentiles until the times of the gentiles comes to an end. One day Jerusalem would be back under Jewish control.
Acts 1:6-7 Disciples asked if he was going to restore the kingdom to Israel now. He did not correct them. He replied the timing is up to the Father, in the meantime, you will receive the power of the HS and be witnesses to Me to the ends of the earth.
The Jewish people have provided us with wonderful redemptive products as the Bible, and our Messiah. Their journey has been filled with exiles, persecutions, threats of annihilations. When the Messiah comes, the Bible teaches us, all demonic influence all over the world will come to an end (Revelation 20:1-3). The vultures will now resist this people more than any other nation.
What Are We To Do?
1) Go forth and make disciples of all the nations!
2) We have a debt to pay to the Jewish people.
Bless them and support them.
Out of a grateful heart we should be blessing the Jewish people. We should do everything we can to help this people because we need to be standing on God’s side in this equation.
Pray for them.
The powers of darkness are waging a battle against Israel’s existence. Must fight the battle in the spiritual realm. It is not a rote little prayer “for the peace of Jerusalem” that is needed. The Bible describes prayer that is persistent, intense and ongoing in Isaiah 62:6-7.
Defend them against the lies of the Enemy!
A new form of anti-Semitism is growing to epic proportions. It is a global propaganda campaign to demonize Israel and bring into doubt her right to exist. Its goal is the end of Israel.
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