Why Jerusalem? Why Israel? Why End-times?
‘I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite,
of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew…’
Romans 11:1-2 CJB
So much of the church these days has become aligned with the enemies rather than the friends of Israel, inadvertently perhaps, by supporting the Palestinian Arabs against Israel.
The BDS movement (Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions) is advancing in the West, not only in secular society but among people, as Christians, who claim to love and believe the Word of God.
Israel’s disenfranchisement as a legitimate entity re-established by God and sanctioned by the then League of Nations and the International legalities of the San Remo Conference back in April 1920 is a reality of enormous proportions. (We recommend the DVD on this subject… ‘Whose Land’ — Order form on the back page.)
In the final analysis it is not about media hype, Arab propaganda, human rights lobyists nor political opinions but for Christians, the ultimate word on Israel should be the scripture itself. The Word of God foreshadows the return of the Jewish people in the Last Days to their ancient Promised Land in readiness for the coming Messiah.
What can be clearer than the words of Paul in Romans…
“Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy…”
– Romans 11:28-9
That Israel, to this day, remains a significant and distinct people from the New Covenant church and yet are still the inheritors of God’s national promises by Covenant is abundantly clear.
How this can be denied is a mystery, as the gifts and calling of God in this regard are irrevocable. (ie. Not to be repented of)
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” – Numbers 23:19
To deny God’s Word in relation to Israel’s destiny is to challenge God’s integrity and to question His Holy Name.
In Ezekiel 36:23 & 24-26 we read these words of the Lord regarding Israel…
“And I will sanctify My great name…
For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
What we learn from this passage is that:
1. Israel is to be restored to her own land in the last Days.
2. That this would lead to a spiritual revival in the terms of the New Covenant.
3. That the primary purpose of all of this is to preserve the integrity of God’s Holy Name.
There is no doubt, that the BDS movement and all other Anti-Israel/Pro Palestinian movements are inspired by Satan, not just as an attack on Israel, but primarily as an attack against God’s Holy Name and His Prophetic Word.
Hence Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel sentiment is in fact Anti-God AND His Word
THE PRIMARY CALLING OF CHRISTIANS FOR ISRAEL, INTERNATIONALLY IS TO BRING THIS VITAL, END-TIME MESSAGE TO THE CHURCH
To ignore God’s Word on this vital subject is to reject His Authority and the veracity of Scripture.
A vital clue to this problem is to confuse Israel and the Church. Clear promises to Israel were not about the Church, in fact the Church is never referred to as Israel, nor as some would have it… Spiritual Israel.
Here are some vital basic scriptures on the subject…
Unconditional Promises made by God…
Genesis 12:1-3 – ‘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. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 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.”‘
God’s Everlasting Love for Israel…
Jeremiah 31:3 – ‘The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. ‘
Israel to be regathered by God in these Last days…
Jeremiah 31:10 – ‘Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, And declare it in the isles (coastlands) afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, And keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’
Israel to always be a nation in His sight…
Jeremiah 31:35-37 – ‘Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for a light by day, The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, And its waves roar (The LORD of hosts is His name): “If those ordinances depart From before Me, says the LORD, Then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.” Thus says the LORD: “If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, says the LORD.’
Israel is His Glory…
Isa 46:13 – ‘I bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off; My salvation shall not linger. And I will place salvation in Zion, For Israel My glory.’
Promises to the Nations and Israel…
Zechariah 2:11-12 – ‘Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem.’
Marg and I were formerly involved in leading up the ministry of Christian Friends of Israel in Australia and we had opportunity during a period of 15 years to minister to thousands of people in many churches around Australia on the subject of Israel and End-times. Having been a Pastor for almost 30 years, I understand the need to be balanced and sensible in presenting this message to the church.
“Israel, to this day, remains a significant and distinct people from the New Covenant church…”
We would be delighted to come to you and your church, or small group, to minister in these areas and to bring Praise and Worship music and Messianic songs if you wish, on behalf of Christians for Israel here in Australia. There is no up-front cost for you or your church, but an offering would always be appreciated.
The message of Israel and End-Times is a vital message for the Last Days in which we now find ourselves.
We enlist the assistance of you the reader and churches who already receive this material to help us fulfill this primary objective. We desire to partner with you and to be a blessing to you.
We would ask Pastors and church leaders to consider appointing a liaison person to relate to this ministry on your behalf. Please contact us about ministry in your church or area as we prepare for a new year to bring this vital message to the church.
We offer some free resources that we make available on request…
We have stock of ‘Why Israel?’ ‘Why Jerusalem?’ and ‘Why End Times?’ DVDs by Rev. Willem Glashouwer (Limited supply) if you or your church group would like to do further study on this important Biblical topic.
Attractive Brochures and Bookmarks.
If you would like additional copies of Israel and Christians Today to distribute, please contact us. You can request copies with our easy-to-use online form at www.c4israel.com.au/newspaper or by using the form on the back page of this paper.
We also ask you to get behind us with your prayers and support as we reach out to the body in 2018.
Understanding God’s purposes for Israel is not a side issue but a central theme in God’s plan of Redemption.
Remember Jesus’ own words…
‘You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.’
– John 4:22