Against an alarming backdrop of insidiously growing anti-Semitism the question has to be asked, where is the God of Israel in all of this? It’s my contention that God, in our own day, is fulfilling Bible promises concerning his ancient covenant people Israel!
You and I are chosen and especially privileged out of all of the billions of people who’ve ever lived to be a supporting role in these momentous days as intercessors and as ambassadors from Israel to our world.
These are perilous days of testing for Israel and our nations.
While the world focuses on tiny Israel, Iran is making the same dangerous and evil threats against the Jewish people and against the destiny of Israel just as Hitler and the Nazi Party did before WW2, and the world is too pre-occupied to make the connection. Islamic nations continually demand a Global March to Jerusalem… and alarmingly these enemy combatants are armed with the sympathy of the international community and with a slick weapon of propaganda furnished by anti-Jewish media. Israel is struggling to win such a propaganda war.
What a tragedy that the nations are biblically illiterate! They’re marching against Jerusalem in vain. Rioting in the streets of Paris and elsewhere reveals the unrighteousness of the nations. Some churchmen are full of self-delusion that by turning on the Jews, they can bring peace.The Church used to sing the old spiritual, “We’re marching to Zion,” not as protestors, but as genuine believers… what a tragedy that anti-Jew misguided zealots are marching now to the beat of a satanic drummer. Tragically most in the institutional churches don’t know the Word of God that all the nations will be required to march to Jerusalem during the Millenium, but they’ll be marching by divine decree to worship King Messiah during the Feast of Tabernacles. Zechariah 14: 16 declares, “Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.” That is the real and legitimate global march on Jerusalem!
Psalm 2 is more relevant than ever: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.”
As in the days of Moses when there was rebellion amongst the tribes, Moses drew the proverbial line in the sand and shouted, “Who is on the Lord’s side?”—come over to safety! The line has been drawn. Are you on the Lord’s side? We say prophetically to the nations today, whose side are you on? Are you on the Lord’s side? It’s so very dangerous to be on the other side. Jesus will judge the nations and say “as you have done to the least of my brethren, I will do unto you”—either you will belong to a sheep nation or to a goat nation, heaven forbid! Intercessors, guard your nations in prayer to be sheep nations approved by God and not set against him and his holy purposes in these dangerous days!
Israel’s capital used to be an insignificant backwater throughout much of history, but Jerusalem is now center stage because the jihadists salivate over it. Yet even though the so-called super powers attempt to move the heavy stone that is Jerusalem, God simply says Jerusalem is not for sale and it will not be moved. Anti-Yehovah nations will be crushed by the significance God holds for His city.
Have you ever been in a meeting when somebody has fallen down under the power of the Holy Spirit and they haven’t been able to get up off the floor, sometimes for hours? I’ve seen this many times in our meetings about the world, and if you tried to pick them up, they felt like they weighed a ton of bricks? They were immovabeable because the glory of the Lord was resting upon them, and the Lord’s presence is heavy. The Hebrew word kavod (glory) also means heavy, a great weight. So Jerusalem will be heavy because of the kavod of the Lord, and nobody will be able to budge Jerusalem.
A few years ago, the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, initiated a coalition of Jews and Christians called the Christian Allies Caucus. Israeli political leaders were the courageous visionaries who recognized a genuine movement of the Holy Spirit of God to bring together a holy alliance between Jews and Christians. Since Jews and Christians both worship and serve the same God of Israel, we have common enemies that we must face together. The Caucus is not without its detractors— many Jewish persons understandably have genuine fears and concerns about the movement of Christians and Jews uniting because of centuries of ignorant and costly misunderstandings and betrayals on the part of Christians. I believe no genuine born-again believer in Jesus can be an anti-Semite, but the lies and libels against Jews within the institution of “Churchianity” have cost millions of Jewish lives. Christian anti-Semitism left a trail of blood that has caused untold sorrows for the Jewish people and a river of tears from the eyes of Jewish Mothers like Rachel still weeping for her children.
On a number of important occasions over the past decades Christians have publicly and shamefully acknowledged and repented for the horrors of our past, but now those who vow to stop Jews and Christians from reconciling and coming together are out of step with the times. Rabbi Gamaliel in the Book of Acts in the New Testament gave a word of wisdom to the Jewish people of his day not to fight the followers of Jesus because he said if they tried to stop the move of God they would be fighting God himself. Now the same word is true for today. Anbody who tries to stop Jews and Christians from uniting will be fighting the God of Israel himself. Our times call for a close and extraordinary alliance between Jews and Christians in order that we might not just survive…. but triumph in the face of the most pressing evil of our day.
Together we say with David to the Goliaths of Jihad who threaten our very existence, “You come against us with sword and spear and javelin, and an arsenal of missiles, flotillas and nuclear threats, but we come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you are defying.” Notice, those words of King David in 1 Samuel 17:45 are not that Goliath was defying Isael but the God of Israel. Who do you think will ultiamtely win this battle? Who is on the Lord’s side? While every form of the most modern weaponry is needful for Israel to survive, we must never forget David’s secret weapon, and it was not his slingshot! David’s real weapon was the Name of the Lord Almighty, YHVH, Yehovah, the God of the armies of Israel, whom Satan is defying through many nations today.
And so although technically David took down Goliath with a stone and a slingshot, it was really the principle of Zechariah 4:6 that won the day. Zechariah 4:6 declares “not by might nor by power but by my spirit says the Lord.” And providentially that is the verse engraved on the national menorah in the rose garden outside of the Israeli parliament building in Jerusalem. No matter how sophisticated are the modern weapons of Israel, the invisible hand of the God of Israel is keeping this nation. There are many stories coming out of the Gaza conflict such as a miracle grenade that caught an enemy bullet while the grenade was in an Israeli soldier’s pocket. It’s being called a double miracle because the bullet missed the soldier’s body and didn’t detonate in the grenade.
Another case in point is the sophisticated Iron Dome mobile defense system that Israel has developed to intercept rockets fired from terrorists. Recently the head of a Jewish seminary near Tel Aviv reported a miracle story concerning the Iron Dome. One of the soliders who operates the Iron Dome missile interceptors said he tried three times to shoot down a rocked headed for the main population center of Tel Aviv. He fired three missiles and each failed to intercept, despite the accuracy of the system, and yet suddenly from nowhere a gigantic whirlwind propelled the incoming rocket in a totally different direction into the Mediterranean sea where it exploded harmlessly. The young solder said, “I saw it with my own eyes, and there is no other possible reason for this to have happened except that there is a God in heaven protecting this nation. Where the Iron Dome, failed, God prevailed.”
Intercessors, pray: “For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.” (Isaiah 14:1)