Saturday, September 22, 2012

Have You Thought Much About Israel?

I don't often remark on specific countries because I believe there are no borders for those of us who follow Jesus. Our pledge of allegiance is not to a single flag but to our King. We are not citizens of a piece of territory defined by a line on a map because we are citizens of a Kingdom that is far above the definition of man. However, I do want to point out why Canada appears to be a nation blessed above other nations in recent days.

Where the world has suffered terrible financial hardships, Canada has breezed along relatively unscathed. There have been some natural consequences to a financially struggling world but, despite the nay sayers, Canada is doing excellent. Many don't understand why, citing that perhaps it is because of our strong banking system. There is another reason but most people don't want to consider it: Canada has stood by Israel, defending and supporting her when most of the world turned their back on her.

It is clear that Israel remains important to God and the Word of God speaks truth: Those who bless Israel are blessed and those who curse her are cursed. As Christians there are even more important reasons for us to stand with Israel.

We may not agree with what is going on there and it is true that much of that nation has turned its back on God, but that is for God to deal with. The reason we need to stand with Israel is because the word is clear that they will turn to Jesus. They are part of us and we are part of them:

In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-6)

Even though this is a revealed mystery it seems it is still a mystery to most Christians. Some actually think that we have replaced Israel, that we have replaced the Jews. But God has said that he has brought the two together and has created a new thing, so now we are all the Church, the Body of Christ.

Some blame Israel for the Middle East Crisis but Israel is not to blame for bringing beauty to a wasteland. Israel is not to blame for protecting herself. It was the world who came into agreement to give Israel back part of the land that was taken from her many years ago. It was God's judgement to take away the land those many years ago just as giving Israel back is part of the end time prophecies fulfilment. We need to be watching Israel because the signs of Jesus' return is seen there.

I know this may seem uninteresting to you but it is important for us as fellow members of the Body of Christ to realize. Seek the blessing of Israel and stop with the cursing. Don't be indifferent to her plight but support her in prayer. Don't ignore what is going on there but instead diligently watch and look for the signs of our King's return. Israel remains an important place for all of us.

1 comment:

David Bergsland said...

I am very upset at what the US is doing to Israel. I seems very dangerous to me. I think your comments are very accurate.

I pray for the peace of Jerusalem—though I know there will be no peace there until the Prince of Peace returns.