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Why Christians are linked to Israel
Israel: A State of Affairs
All you have to do is turn on the evening news to hear reports coming out of the Middle East. Israel vs. Palestine-while many think it is an ongoing war over land, others believe outsiders should not concern themselves with private affairs. As Christians, we should know and believe, as it is spoken in Revelation, the second coming of Christ will be out of Israel. However, until that day arrives, we the Gentile Christians have a specific part to play. The question is, what is our part?
You can hear the chatter around "End Times." Everything from zombies, demons, the final apocalypse to the more realistic versions of God's truth played out in movies and books. Many are becoming inquisitive about this “end times phenomenon” while the rest of us are not surprised and are also called to play a specific part.
I recently attended a Messianic Jewish Synagogue celebration for Rosh Hashanah- Feast of the Trumpets. This celebration revolves around the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. From a Messianic Jewish point of view, this is a celebration for the second coming while for the traditional Jewish faith; it is a celebration for the only coming of Christ.
As I participated in the ceremonial celebration many things crossed my mind. Why do they do that? And what does that symbolic crown like statute represent? Why are they kissing it and touching it? There were a few moments that I struggled to understand such tradition. In some instances, I only chose to watch and not participate. Yes, I was questioning some things and at times even felt uncomfortable. Admittedly, I did leave the service early, but only after a Rabbi out of Georgia started speaking about how he came to receive Christ. He spoke about the differences between the traditional Jewish ceremonies verses how they celebrate from a Messianic Jewish people. I really didn’t hear anything about Christ. I realized that he didn’t know about the power of the Holy Spirit in us, how to use the authority and power through Christ to protect us from spiritual warfare, what part we are called to play or how to grow in a personal relationship with Christ.
At times the joking around eating favorite junk food while hiding in the closet seemed funny in context but it showed a lack of reverence for Christ and the cross. Bottom line, those held as high regard shared nothing about Christian living. They did however, know a lot about Old Testament God. The old covenant was very well versed and celebrated in song and Hebraic words but nothing from the New Covenant was spoken about or glorified in song.
As I exited, I thought what a waste of time! But in that same moment I heard an inner voice say, No! It was not a waste of time because now you know what to pray for! Now you have been given a firsthand glimpse into what is missing and what prayers need to be prayed for the Jewish People! We are called to bring the Jewish Nation to Christ.
This is the part we play!
I want to share some scripture that reminds us of the specific part we are called as Christ followers. According to Derek Prince, he states that regions of the world are now referred to the “10/40 window” being the hardest to penetrate with the truth of the gospel. These are the countries found between ten and forty degrees north of the equator. There may be a correlation to the opposing forces of Muslim faith and the lack of ours. Every day, 5 times per day these people fall before their God and pray. This has been happening everyday for the last 1,400 years. Imagine, faithful chantings of there "is no God but Allah and our prophet is Mohammad" what a powerful proclamation for the Muslim Nation.
No matter what is being proclaimed into this world, good or bad, pure or evil, it is only God's truth that can overpower evil. Remember what is bound on earth is also bound in the heavenlies. We and God’s holy angels play an interdependent role, we on earth and they in heaven come together to change events through prayer, faith and walking in holiness. It is our personal responsibility to be an active part in praying for Israel and the Jewish Nation to come to know who Christ says he is and to seek to grow in relationship with him. For it is said, that no one comes to me who does not first come through my Son, Jesus Christ.
He who scattered Israel is gathering him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock- Jeremiah 31:10
Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion. Let them be grass upon the housetops, which withers before it grows up. -Psalm 125:3
For the Lord will not forsake his people, for His great name's sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make Israel His people - 1 Samuel 12:22
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