GRAFTED TO THE FATE OF ISRAEL

YES WE ARE! 

BELIEVERS IN JESUS CHRIST, GRAFTED BY HOLY COVENANT AND DECREE TO THE FATE OF ISRAEL!

Many of us are watching Israel very closely these day.  This little country, big in blessing with God's hand firmly in control of a supernatural destiny, is an island of sanity in the midst of chaos. It's just like God to use something small and seemingly overwhelmed by odds as a visual demonstration of, not only His power and might, but of His faithful and loving character.   
 
Our hearts hurt over what is happening in Egypt as our brothers and sisters in Christ are being persecuted, their churches and homes burned, nuns accosted in the street and believers murdered. We also look at Syria and grieve for such horrible suffering and especially for women and children.  In Syria we are hard pressed to find one side even slightly better than the other.  In 1994 President Clinton negotiated giving Syria a piece of Promised Land-territory, the Golan Heights.  This brought about the betrayal of those that lived on that land by their own government, forcing them to leave their homes so that uninformed political players could construct the enemies game of appeasement. 

Winston Churchill, who learned a thing or two about confronting evil said: "An appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."  

The Palestinians used the Golan Heights to launch further attacks on Israel, even more recently promising a nuclear holocaust via a partnership with Iran, the true invader of Syria.  Today we see the dire consequence for Syria as Arab has turned against Arab making Syria a battleground; destroying all vestiges of a civilized society.  We see also how Israeli politicians, when they trade land for a false security, are not trusting in the promises of God.  The land is not even their property to give away.    
 
It is hard to imagine what it is like to live in Israel at such a time and yet God says that there will be a certain adaptation to "normal" right up to the end, right up until the final judgments of Revelation which make it very clear that life will never be the same and that apart from faith in Jesus Christ there is no rescue. 
 
For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be (Matthew 24: 38, 39).   

Jewish people gathered from all parts of the world returning to their ancient lands.  Even today, many are making the decision to return to, not a mythical homeland, but a legal homeland.  That the larger more wealthy countries, including that known as the United Nations as well as The United States, Russia and the European Union expect Israeli politicians to negotiate with people that openly hate them and unashamedly disclose intentions to "drive them into the sea" must logically be recognized as insanity in partnership with a satanic agenda. There are already so many broken promises, including betrayal by some elected officials in Israel, that we have clear history of how these  recommended compromises fly in the face of reason. The degree to which Israel is abandoned is the measure of consequence that will come to nations and people groups.   
 
Being familiar with scripture we've read of and believe that God has a special love and plan for Israel.  The New and Old Testament both are filled with references to the special role that Israel has played for 4000 years.  The boundaries of the Promised land were recorded in scripture and repeated in Ezekiel 47: 13-20.  Thus says the Lord, God, "This shall be the boundary by which you shall divide the land for an inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel" (Ezekiel 47: 13).  The passage goes on to describe the specific landmarks naming all four points of the compass. 
 
The boundaries are very specific.  Two wars, one in 1948 and the other, The Six Day War, in 1967 saw Israel beat overwhelming odds in what could only be viewed as supernatural intervention by an unseen force.  We know that unseen force as Jesus Christ.  And we are not surprised by that outcome because we hold to the many promises in scripture, having an understanding of the prophetic role Israel is now and in the future destined to play.   

These two wars allowed that beleaguered country to win more of the promised land; more than what was originally planned by Great Britain and the United Nations at the time. The Jews and the Jewish nation is intimately tied to Christianity.  Jesus was a Jew, the first converts were Jewish and Paul a Jew, was sent and called to bring the message of grace and salvation in Jesus Christ to us, the Gentiles.  We are not apart from Israel, but are grafted into that people group according to God's plan - Romans, chapter 11.  Two of many roles played by the Jews have insured our faith.  Through the chosen remnant of Jews, the Messiah was born of the line of David via the Virgin Mary.  Because of this remnant, just as we believers form a remnant, Jews, inspired by the Holy Spirit, penned on parchment or papyrus the Old and New Testament.  Our Bible today is the oldest existing book and one upon which there is far more evidence per specific manuscripts than what can or does support any other classic writing of antiquity.   

For if their rejection is reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?  If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too (Romans 11: 15, 16).  ...that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob."  "This is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins (Romans 11: 25b - 27). 

For this reason we are wise to understand what is going on in Israel in the context of current events juxtaposed with Bible prophecy.  In both the micro and macro context judgment is tied to our treatment of Israel.  If we should be so foolish as to share any anti-Semitic bias we must ask God to replace that with knowledge and wisdom from His word.  A good read and an interesting book on the topic is THE ISRAEL OMEN by, David Brennan.  We are blessed when we support and pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters.  In doing so, we are praying in God's will and a special blessing will come our way.  

Yahweh, Father God, decreed the geographical land mass of Israel to all Jews.  We are seeing bias and hatred of Jews grow across the world.  Sharing the same Father, it is no surprise that this satanically inspired hatred extends to true believers; seeing the rise of persecution.  Christian faith and tenets are a threat to any despot nation, bully authority figure, or power hungry agenda.  Why?  Simply put because God values the individual so very, very much.  He loves and values you.  

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him (John 3: 16, 17).   

Deeming us immensely valuable God gives us eternal life as a free gift to grasp and take into ourselves as a living breathing power and presence. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Ephesians 2: 8-10).

As His workmanship, created in the image of God, we have these spiritual gifts and a very rich heritage.  If we will not give it up to any man or satanic enemy of God, He has gifted us with the ability to think independently, self determining a course of action, even when doing so means we reject Him or decide that a political policy should forget God's promises to Israel.  God says He made males and females different, but equal in His eyes.  We can judge the health of a home, a people group and a nation by how women and children are treated and valued.  Evidence of a cult is that woman, or more rarely men, are subjugated. Many cult leaders see other men as competition and find ways to marginalize them by one means or another. 

Israel is constantly under pressure from the cult of unmitigated arrogance and misplaced power by larger nations that think they can formulate plans that fly in the face of God's promises; not only to the Jewish people but promises over the specific land mass that is the Promised Land.  It's important to remember that our history, as believers in Jesus Christ, as a grafted branch, is intimately and prophetically tied to that of the Jews. 

And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed (Genesis 12: 3).   
 
THE ISRAEL OMEN by, David Brennan ties specific world judgment with the collaborative decision of nations to work against God and His plan for the Promised Land.  When the United Nations established Israel as a nation in 1947, perhaps to appease collective guilt over the fate of the Jews during under World War 11, did they know that they were actually fulfilling the ancient Hebrew prophecies?  Looking at the United Nations today we can only assume they look back and regret the choice that was made at that time for they are today no friend of Israel.  And yet, we know that at that time the United Nations and Great Britain were pawns to the will and prophetic plan of God.  There so called choice, was no choice.   

Many of my friends believe that we will go through the tribulation.  We are certainly seeing more than birth pangs.  God does not want us to live in fear, but to be sober of spirit, watching for His return.  In that too there is a special blessing.  PRAY FOR ISRAEL; PRAY FOR THE JEWS and receive this special blessing.   
 
And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed (Genesis 12: 3). 
 

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