Watchmen from Jerusalem, Issue 2, 2010
Shalom from Zion,
As Israel enters her 63rd year, she continues to be attacked both physically and via "lawfare" - the attempt to declare as illegal and a mistake the UN's 1948 recognition of the State of Israel. All this opposition originates in the spiritual realm, where the Adversary presses for Israel's destruction to stop or delay the return of Yeshua, but also because this people's restoration and salvation brings God glory by the fulfillment of His Word.
Israel - For God's Sake
We stand with Israel in prayer and action based on scriptural truth. Here is biblical proof that God created her, chose her and is restoring her for His holy name's sake.
Water: God promises to provide all Israel's water needs - for His glory:
I will open rivers in high places, fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water...That they may see, and know, consider, and understand, that the hand of LORD has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.(Isa.41:18, 20; also Psa. 68:9)
Aliyah: God brings His people home for His praise:
Bring My sons from far, My daughters from the ends of the earth; every one that is called by My name: for I have created him for My glory ...This people have I formed for Myself; they shall show forth My praise.(Isaiah 43:6b-7, 21; also Ezek. 36:22-24)
The IDF: God promises that when He restores Israel, He will be her protection and He will make her a mighty army! Both sides of this promise are seen in Isaiah 41:14-16:
Fear not, you worm Jacob, and you men of Israel; I will help you, declares LORD, Your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make you a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: you shall thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and make the hills as chaff ... And you shall rejoice in LORD, and glory in the Holy One of Israel.(See also Jer. 51:20-23 and Mic. 4:11-13)
Salvation: Israel's protection is vital for her salvation, and her salvation brings glory to her God.
I will place salvation in Zion for Israel My glory.(Isa. 46:13b);
Your people shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land forever...that I may be glorified.(Isa. 60:21; see also Ezek. 20:41-44; 36:21-28)
Gentiles: Often God's promises to Israel have gentile salvation as a fruit.
LORD has made known His salvation: His righteousness has he openly showed in the sight of the gentiles. He has remembered His mercy and His truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.(Psa. 98:2-3; see also 67:1-7);
...LORD shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you. Gentiles shall come to your light.(Isa. 60: 2b-3a; also 45:22-25)
Yeshua: His first coming and His return are closely linked with Israel's destiny.
And now, says LORD that formed Me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob again to Him...It is a light thing that You should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give You for a light to the Gentiles, that You may be My salvation unto the end of the earth.(Isaiah 49:5-6; see also Luke 2:32)
Many other verses tell the same story. They encourage us to intercede for Israel with God's glory as our goal. For the sake of God's Kingdom, persist in prayer and support for His nation and His people here and in exile.
... whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Cor. 10:31b)
Table of Contents
- Israel - For God's Sake
- As the global economy shakes - Aliyah increases
- Netanyahu at Auschwitz
- Netanyahu and Christian Zionists
- Netanyahu and AIPAC
- The American administration vs. Israel
- Americans vs. Obama's anti-Israel policies
- The sound of peace?
- Against Islam, the West needs a hero
- Iran - the continuing saga
- Anti-Semitism and burning synagogues
- The Bible's increasing influence in Israel
- Final Thought