By Shira Sorko-Ram
Today, many believers in the world not only don’t understand why they should stand with and support Israel, but openly take a stand against her.
Is our little country perfect? Of course not! But perfection was never a prerequisite for God’s love.
Quite the contrary! But that does not preclude God’s command to every true believer to stand with Israel, love Israel, pray for the Jewish people and support Israel.
REASONS TO STAND WITH ISRAEL
- The Lord commands us to do it!
The Word of God also commands us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. (Psalm 122) Jerusalem is not an imaginary place. It is the capital of Israel—the ancient country and the modern State. It is referred to as the “city of the Great King” (Psalm 48:2, Matthew 5:35) and it is where Yeshua, our Messiah is returning to reign.
- God loves the Jewish people, and gave salvation to everyone through them.
In his conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well, Yeshua says, “We know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.” (John 4:22)
- The future of the world depends on it. For us, for our families, for our friends, for our nations—Israel’s salvation is the key, and the Gentiles have an instrumental role in that salvation.
It is through the Jewish people that Yeshua came to this world, and it is because of their rejection [to provoke the Jewish people to jealousy] that the Gentiles (the nations) received salvation. (Romans 11:11) In other words, God loved the Jewish people so much, that even when they rejected them, He devised a plan to redeem them still—through provocation to jealousy by saving the Gentiles. (Romans 11:11)
If salvation came through the Jewish people because of their rejection of the Messiah, the writer of the book of Romans says, “… what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?” (Romans 11:15)
The Jewish leaders rejected the Messiah when he came to give His life for our sins. Multitudes of Jews followed Him and believed in Him, but the authorities, in their corruption, did not understand what was happening. Yet the promise of the Scripture is “All Israel will be saved.” (Romans 11:26) This national salvation will be a turning point for the entire world in a capacity never seen before, as Israel’s appointed destiny is to be light and blessing to the world.
- The promise of blessing.
Freda Lindsay, former co-founder of Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX, addressed the student body at the beginning of each semester. Her first question to the students was, “Who wants to be blessed?” Naturally, the entire auditorium raised their hands. Her next question was, “Who wants to be cursed?” No hands went up. She then quoted the Lord’s promise to Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you [the great nation God will make out of Abraham], and curse those who curse you.” (Genesis 12:3)
Israel is that nation of the promise. It has always been, it is now, and it will always remain so. Just as parents discipline their children when they misbehave, but the children remain their children forever, so the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob disciplined the children of Israel when they forsook Him. Nevertheless, Israel is still God’s firstborn, His chosen, and His promises to her—including that of Genesis 12:3—are forever.
- Yeshua’s return is directly linked to Israel’s salvation.
For generations, believers all around the world have been anticipating Yeshua’s second coming. What many fail to realize is that Yeshua’s return is directly linked to Israel’s salvation. He will return as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, as the King of Israel—and He will only return when the people of Israel cry out, “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!”
God loves His firstborn so much, that He chose to return for the final chapter of this earth only when the Jewish people cry out for Him and call on His Name.
If you are looking forward to Yeshua’s Second Coming, when the world as we know it will change, you will want to stand with Israel. Today more than ever before, you can help us spread the Good News of Yeshua’s love to the Jewish people who are being awakened, whose eyes are being opened and whose hearts are being changed.
THIS IS THE TIME TO TAKE A STAND—A STAND FOR ISRAEL!