As I am concluding this mini-series of the “UNoccupied Land”, I wanted to write some final thoughts.
During the past 16 years, I have had the great privilege to lead “Hope for Israel”. One of the best parts of leading this ministry is to travel around the world, fellowship with wonderful people, and teach in many various places. I also have the privilege to host groups of Believers here in the land of Israel. I must confess though, at times I am astonished at how little Believers know about Israel’s place in God’s plan for the future. This, I believe, is a result of misunderstanding the Word of God.
One of the most unfortunate parts of our history as Believers in Messiah Yeshua has been the separation between the “Old Testament” and the “New Testament”. This is unfortunate because they are inextricably connected, and fully complement one another. They are to be viewed as one book and cannot be separated. In fact, the “New” cannot make sense without the “Old”, because it completes what came before! Israel is very predominant in the “Old”, but just because Yeshua fulfills the “Old” does not mean that Israel loses its significance; Israel is still very much present in the “New” Covenant and will play a central role in the future (see Romans 11). The Word of God is one Word; it speaks of the past, gives us understanding of the present, and gives us revelation of the future.
The fact is, however, that the world is in complete opposition to the Word. This is evident in how the world views Israel. But despite what the world may say, despite what the UN and its leaders may imply, the Land belongs to God and God gave this land to Israel as an inheritance, to care for it, and cultivate it. It is a Land of the Promise.
My dear brothers and sisters, as I wrote last week, I am writing this blog with much love that comes from a great concern for many followers of Yeshua. The verses from Zechariah 14, and Joel 3 show us that there will be no middle ground; we either choose to side with the Nations, i.e. the world, or with God; when it comes to the issue of Israel, there is no middle ground and my concern is that many are choosing the wrong side for a variety of reasons that they may not even fully understand.
As I quoted in my last blog entry from Zechariah: “Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.” Zechariah 14:16
When I ask followers of Messiah who they think this verse speaks of, they will often reply, “US, the Believers”. While I believe that this is true, I like to give a more specific definition; it’s not just “Believers”, but the Believers who say “no” to the nations who will gather against Israel, and who choose God with all their hearts, no matter the cost.
As a watchman on the wall, I am calling for us to wake up, be alert, prepare ourselves, and wake up those around us. His return is near!
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