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Why Christians are linked to Israel

Updated on September 30, 2014

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.


Scripture

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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      Jay C OBrien 3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Rather than referring us elsewhere, why not just give a synopsis for Hubpages to read. It will maintain continuity.

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      Amy Casale Choisser 3 years ago from Melbourne Fl

      We are called to pray for Israel. I would challenge you to read one of the books I posted and see what you think after reading. Thank you for your comments.

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      Jay C OBrien 3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      OK, instead of the word "convince" how about, "discuss?" It is not manipulation to discuss. Hopefully after discussion someone will gain new insight.

      Animal sacrifice does not and has never removed sin. Sin is in the mind in the form of negative emotions. Forgiveness ends negative emotions. Jesus taught not to condemn, but to forgive. Any form of human sacrifice also does not remove sin.

      Jesus did not shed blood to remove sin, he died in order to resurrect. The resurrection is the point because it proves an afterlife actually exists. He could not come back from nothing. A state or condition must first exist before there can be a return. The resurrection is objective proof of an afterlife. Without an afterlife God would be meaningless.

      Jesus taught God is a loving, forgiving, personal father. This is contrary to the teachings of the OT, God is a wrathful, vengeful, killer. God never changed. Jesus pointed out what God is really like and He is not like the description of the Rabbis. Pick one to follow, the Rabbis to be Jewish, or Jesus to be Christian. The two are incompatible.

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      Amy Casale Choisser 3 years ago from Melbourne Fl

      Thank you, Marlene. It is easy for us to get side tracked. I do it often.

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      Amy Casale Choisser 3 years ago from Melbourne Fl

      Jay, I hear your point of view. I will say, I never said convince. We cannot convince anyone of anything, and if we try, then we are now trying to make something happen out of nothing. I'm not into that type of manipulation. Thank you for your insight. I do believe the old and new testament are one in the same. They are prophetic to each other. Christ replaced the animal sacrifices and sin of humanity (sin for life) with his shed blood. We are now cleansed through his blood. That is the difference between old and new testament books.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      "For it is said, that no one comes to me who does not first come through my Son, Jesus Christ." That is the ultimate message. I have come to believe, like you, that nothing is a waste of time. It seems like there is a lesson in everything we do. I'm glad I read your hub today. It is a reminder that I should spend more time praying for others so that they may have the opportunity of entering into the kingdom of God.

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      Jay C OBrien 3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Greetings, you wrote: "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."

      Let me go one step further and see if you understand. There is the Old Testament (OT) God and the New Testament God (NT). The OT God is the God of Israel, the God of the Rabbis. The NT God is the God of Jesus. If you follow the God of the Rabbis you are Jewish, if you follow the God of Jesus you are Christian. The OT and NT are contradictory so you cannot be both. Judeo-Christianity cannot exist because it is contradictory within itself.

      Here is why: The OT Rabbis depict God as a Jealous, Vengeful, Killer. The Rabbis wrote the Book of Joshua and claim a divine right to kill others for their land. "The Lord fought for Israel" is the theme. The command by the Lord is to kill everyone in the Land of Canaan: man, woman, young and old. As a parent you should instinctively know not to believe these claims.

      The NT depicts God as a Loving, Forgiving, Personal Father. The NT God is separate and apart from the OT God. One cannot be the other. One does not transcend into the other.

      Now for the point. It is as you say, our job is to convince the people who follow the God of Israel to begin to follow the God of Jesus. What may be new to you is the idea that the covenant in the Book of Joshua never occurred. God would never make a covenant to kill. The Lord would surely never order the death of infants. Therefore it is our job to renounce the OT Rabbinic thought and embrace the NT thought of Jesus.