A few years ago, as I was about to leave for a speaking tour to the USA, I felt the Lord was impressing upon me to share a word of warning to the Church. The word was that a deep division was coming into the Church, and it would be over the issue of Israel.
Today, one can see the fulfillment of this warning. Today, there is a great division in the Church over the issue of Israel; a deep rift is forming slowly but surely. Some are taking the side of Israel while some take the side of the Palestinians.
Those who take the side of Israel at times will go to the extreme of almost idolizing Israel, where Israel can do no wrong, and praising every move that Israel makes without considering the fact that Israel is not a country run by God-fearing people, nor is it a country that looks to God for direction. On the other side, there are those in the Church who go to the other extreme and blame Israel for every bad thing happening in the world today. Many of these people are calling to boycott Israel in all areas including cutting relations with Israeli companies, ceasing to buy Israeli products, not collaborating with Israeli universities, etc.
During the past few weeks, I have devoted my blog entries to exploring some very important yet basic issues connected to our faith, and as people who claim to believe in the God of the Bible.
As I said in past blog entries, as followers of the Messiah, we have to first accept the authority of God in this world, the authority of His Word, and His Authority over our lives. I am well aware that not everyone will agree with all that I write; while we are all entitled to hold our opinions, I want to exhort us all (myself included) to approach God’s word with clean hearts – free from our own agendas – and see the pureness of God’s Word. Read it, study it, try to put your feelings and biases aside, or even what you have learned for so many years in your Seminary or denomination, and see what the Word really says. It is our own personal responsibility to study the Word and submit to it, for on Judgment Day, we will each give an account for ourselves.
As we begin a new series of writings on the subject of Israel, we need to be ready that, just like any other issue in our lives, we may need to repent before the Lord, or die to ourselves in order to accept His will. We may even go through the fire, or need to allow the painful yet cleansing burning of the salt on unhealed wounds.
This weekend I am asking each of you to ask God to prepare your hearts for the next blog series about Israel. I am also asking you to invite others to join our study from the Word of God about Israel.
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