Why the Church Should Support Israel, by Michael Evans www.jerusalemprayerteam.org
Many Christians ask me, “How do I know if my church is a Bible-believing church that doesn’t teach replacement theology, progressive dispensationalism or supersessionism?”
Ask yourself some questions:
If the answer to these questions is “No,” then you may be a member of a church that refuses to believe the Bible, and rejects God’s Eternal promises to the House of Israel. If your church seems powerless, and appears not to be blessed by God, perhaps this is the reason.
We must be part of God’s dream and His team and support Israel and the Jewish people. Their existence and the rebirth of Israel is a miracle. As Christians, we believe in miracles. The resurrection of our Lord was the greatest miracle. If He can live again, it is no problem at all of for Him to restore the Nation of Israel.
Israel was not born in 1948. It was born in the heart of God and revealed to Abraham many years before the birth of Isaac. God made a blood covenant with Abraham that the land of Canaan would be given to Abraham’s seed through Isaac. (Genesis 15:18) As part of that vision, God told Abraham that for 400 years his seed would be strangers in a land that did not belong to them. (Genesis 15:13) The seed of Abraham from Isaac spent 400 years in Egypt before Moses led them out, and Israel, the nation, was born.
Unique as this religious centrality is, there is one reason above all others why committed Christians must stand with Israel: The God of the Universe, the God that we worship, has chosen to make an everlasting convent with the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob-the Jewish people.
The word “everlasting” has nothing temporary or confidential about it. It clearly means, “lasting forever.” And although Jews are found today in North and South America, Australia, Russia, Europe, many parts of Africa, and virtually every other continent on earth their historic spiritual and physical center was, and always be, the Promised Land of Israel.
God’s Eternal covenant with the descendents of Abraham featured the promise to give them the land of Israel as an everlasting possession. This is recorded in the very first book of the Bible, Genesis, in chapter 17.
Why the Church Should Support Israel? Because God Does!
Israel is God’s dream, and we are called to be a part of His team. The title deed belongs to God Almighty. When God made His eternal promises to Israel, there was no United Nations. There were only pagan nations to challenge this dream, to challenge God and His word.
To be apathetic toward of God’s Divine plan or Eternal purpose, and our role as Christians in it, means to reject Our Lord’s Divine Assignment to the Church and heavenly opportunity. God’s prophetic time clock has been set on Jerusalem time! And the spotlight of Heaven is still on the Jews. It all began with them, and it will all end with them. God’s plan is an eternal one! If what we do as Christians does not matter in the light of eternity, then we had better stop doing it. As Christians, can no more neglect our responsibility to stand with the House of Israel then we can neglect believing in the promises of God.
Jerusalem is the only city for which God commands us to pray. He also commands a blessing on those who pray for Jerusalem! When you pray for Jerusalem, Psalm 122:6, you are not praying for stones or dirt, you are praying for revival (2 Chronicles 7:14), and for the Lord’s Return. Also, you are joining our Lord, the Good Samaritan, in His ministry of love and comfort to the suffering. “If you’ve done it unto the least of these, my brethren (the Jews) you’ve done it unto me.” It is our divine commission.
King David explained precisely why God Almighty has commanded us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and has commanded a blessing upon us for doing so. The revelation is found in Psalm 122:8: “For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.” God is telling us to pray for the souls of Jerusalem. David felt that prayer needed to be offered up for all of his brothers, and friends who lived there. Prayer needs to be offered today for the House of Israel, for those who live there from over 120 nations of the Earth. It is the city most targeted by terrorists, simply because it is Jerusalem. It has drawn the Jewish people of the world like a prophetic magnet…those who have prayed, “New Year in Jerusalem.”
In Psalm 122:9, David’s revelation says, “May there be peace as a protection for the Temple of the Lord.” Ultimately, we are praying for Satan to be bound. In Isaiah 14, Satan said he would battle God from the Temple of the Lord, on the sides of the north. When we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we are praying for the souls of the City of Jerusalem; we are praying for the Temple of the Lord; and, we are praying for the Messiah to come. The prophecies of the Bible point to the Temple of the Lord as the key flashpoint that will bring the nation of the world to Jerusalem, and ultimately result in the battle that will end Satan’s reign over the earth for all eternity. It will spell his final death.
In 691 A.D., Islamic adherents in Jerusalem built the Dome of the Rock over the Foundation Stone, which was the spot of the Holy of Holies in the Bible. Islam later attributed another event to the Foundation Stone: the binding of the son of Abraham the “Hanif,” the first Monotheist. As the Koran does not explicitly mention the name Isaac, commentators on the Koran have identified the son bound by Abraham as Ishmael. Thus Islam teaches that the title deed to Jerusalem and the Temple Site and all of Israel belong to the Arabs – not the Jews.
If fact, Mohammed never set foot in Jerusalem, nor is the city mentioned by name in the Koran. His only connection to Jerusalem is through his dream or vision where he found himself in a “temple that is most remote.” (Koran, Sura) It was not until the Seventh Century that Moslem adherents identified the “temple most remote” as a mosque in Jerusalem (perhaps for political reasons.)
The truth remains that this site which now stands the Dome of the Rock, as is sacred to Jews as the Temple site, will be the basis for the battle of ages that will be fought.
There is a divine reason the Church was born in Zion! All roads lead to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. The world is hopeless, not knowing what to do. Heaven and Earth met in Jerusalem, and will meet there again. The destiny of America and the world is linked to Jerusalem. It is epicenter of spiritual warfare and affects the entire world.
Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria are the battle zones. It is no accident that the Great Commission is directed toward these prophetic areas. If Christians are not salt and light then the Great Commission will become the Great Omission! “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
If Our Lord and Savior reached out in compassion to Israel, and made prayer for her His highest priority, do we dare make it our lowest? There is a direct correlation between the power that Heaven promises for the Church and its birth in Jerusalem, and the Church’s obedience to be a witness In Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. The church cannot, and must not, ignore Christ’s Eternal mission for her, and at the same time, expect power from on high. If His disciples’ obedience was directly related to a power surge from Heaven and the birth of the Church, can disobedience empower the church and lift her heavenward to fulfill her final mission?
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3)
Why the Church Should Support Israel (Part II)
Because God’s Word is True.
“The Law will go out from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:3)
The survival of the Jews is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. IF the Jews had not survived, God’s word would not be true! Satan attempted to force Christ to pervert the word of God, but Jesus rebuked him. We must do the same. “I am not ashamed of the word of God, for it is the power of God unto salvation.” Throughout the Bible God has made Eternal promises to the people of Israel that He will yet fulfill. You either believe the entire Bible, or you do not believe any of it. Israel is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy; she is the apple of God’s eye. To purposefully close our eyes to the cries of His people is like willfully and disdainfully poking our finger in God’s eye. The fact that the Jewish people exist is a miracle. The rebirth of the Nation of Israel is a miracle. The restoration of the Hebrew language is a miracle, as are the return of the Jewish people to their homeland, and the reunification of Jerusalem. You either support Israel or you oppose Israel. It’s just that simple. Why do we as Christians support Israel? Because God supports Israel, and His Word supports Israel. I have heard some Christians say with pride, “I will not support the Jews in Israel. They are sinners, and the nation is a sinful one.” How easily we forget all the mercy God has shown to a sinful America to whom He made not one direct promise. How can we sing, “God Bless America,” when this nation has killed 42 million babies…then curse Israel with our silence and self-righteous attitude?
I seem to remember a scripture about a Jew who had compassion on Gentiles and said, “While they were yet sinners, I loved them.” If Christ, a Jew, could love us, can we look in the face of His seed – those He lived with and wept over – and say, “I will not love you”?
To summarize the 66 books of the Bible in one word, you only have to say the word “Israel.” The Bible begins with and ends with Israel. There is no word used more. There are no promises given to any people more than to Israel. Israel’s existence demonstrates the faithfulness of God, the inspiration and infallibility of the Bible, and the sovereignty of God.
There is a doctrine in vogue at the present time, spawned by Hell, which teaches that the Church has replaced Israel in the plan and heart of God. This doctrine is known alternately as replacement theology, progressive dispensationalism or supersessionism. The early Church did not teach this. Its roots date back to the European church. The doctrine stated that the Church has supplanted Israel in God’s plan for the ages, and that the Jews have been rejected. They are blind in that they crucified Christ. Israel failed God and as a result was replaced by the Church. It teaches that the Church is a spiritual Israel and that Jerusalem is any town in which there is a church.
To believe that God broke His covenant with Israel is heresy. You would have to accuse God Almighty of being a promise breaker! Do you believe God broke His covenant with Abraham, Isaac or Jacob, and that He would break His covenant with you?
Another significant reason why Christians should rejoice in Israel’s physical restoration and strongly support her continued existence in the Middle East is the prophesied future of her ancient and modern capital city, Jerusalem. Holy writ reveals that Zion is to be the very seat of the Messiah’s earthly reign. The nations of earth will come up to visit Jerusalem when Jesus rules from the holy city as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
It is evident from scripture that the Sovereign Lord of Creation has chosen the city of Jerusalem as His earthly capital. This decision was made by the very same God who promised to restore His covenanted Jewish people to the sacred city and surrounding land in the last days before the Second Coming. How can Christians look for and welcome Jesus’ prophesied return, and not rejoice in and actively support the Jewish return that was foretold to at least partially precede it?
God described the details and boundaries of the land in Genesis 15:18-21: “On this day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, ‘to your descendants I will give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.” This was a royal land grant, perpetual and unconditional. Genesis 17:4-9: “This will be given as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you, and I will be their God.” Genesis 28:13: “I will give you and your descendants the land.” God has never revoked Abraham’s title deed to the land, nor has He given it to anyone else.
The spot where God confirmed His covenant is an area north of Jerusalem between Bethel and Ai. It is in the heart of what is called the West Bank, or Judea and Samaria. (The United Nations refers to this as “occupied territory,” and demands that Israel relinquish it.) An inalienable right is one that cannot be given away. The Bible declares this to be so in Genesis 25:23. The people were forbidden to sell the land because, “The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.”
Jerusalem is the only city God claims as His own; it is called the City of God and the Holy City in scripture. He declared to Solomon in 2 Chronicles 37:7, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever.”
In October of 1991, the now world-famous Middle East peace conference was convened at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain. I was sent by God to be a witness there. I was the first person to speak after then-Secretary of State James Baker concluded his remarks. I asked, “Why can’t America recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital? Secondly, we are moving a military presence into Arab world for security. Why can’t we have a military presence in Israel to help its security? It has suffered so greatly, and has especially paid a dear price during the Persian Gulf War.” Baker was hot at my remarks and said he refused to be entangled in a fruitless debate and that the status of Jerusalem should be determined by negotiations.
To this date, America has refused to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This is a grave mistake. I have shouted this warning from the White House in Washington to the Royal Palace in Madrid as I rebuked world leaders with the words, “God does not recognize America’s non-recognition position!”
The above is an excerpt from Dr. Evans’ book Why Christians Should Support Israel.
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