Yes, I am standing with God on His established plans and purposes for Israel! That should get to every reader’s heart and mind that what I am standing with Israel about is not political but rather Biblical and spiritual. This is how the Lord answered my question about how I should let the critics and naysayers know what I am really standing with and for Israel.
It was a few Sundays ago that while I was listening to the Messianic Pastor preached about God’s will and purposes for raising up Jacob/Israel that the Holy Spirit gently spoke that what was written on stage that says: “We Stand with Israel Now and Forever” should be “We Stand with God on Israel…”
Israel is the apple of His eye, whether we like it or not. It is His Word and no one has the right to twist its meaning although as children of God by adoption through the blood of the Messiah, we also become the apple of His eye. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel who is also my God is not shortsighted. He saw the end from the beginning. He is not surprised that Israel didn’t recognize the Messiah when He came, rejected Him and caused Him to be crucified; and He’s not surprised that many Jews still don’t recognize Him to this day. Didn’t He Himself cause them to be blind? Yes, He made them blind so that salvation would reach the gentiles. Now many of the gentile believers who call themselves Christians have also become blind that they do not see that their salvation by grace isn’t meant to replace Israel in His established plan for humanity. Many Christians are so blind that they so believe that they have replaced Israel in the heart of God. If that was God’s intention, to remove Israel and turn His heart to the gentiles, then He should have sent Jesus/Yeshua as a gentile and not a Jew. He would have been born outside of Israel and would not have been a Jewish Rabbi.
Furthermore and most importantly, the Father who revealed these things to me is not powerless to act on His Word so powerfully spoken in Ezekiel 36. Who dare say that the Word of the Lord here is not literal but only symbolic and applicable to the “spiritual Israel” and does not apply to the Land and people of Israel today? If you have no reverence for Him and His Word, then go ahead and interpret it the way you want it. But this is the basis for everyone who wants to stand with Israel. You must stand with God on His plans and purposes for Israel. Your prayer and intercession must be directed towards this end. If your standing for Israel is merely political and for the hype of it, forget it for you will only be frustrated and angry. Stand with God on Israel, stand with His Word. Remind Him day and night of His covenant with them, His promises for them and His purposes for them, for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ whom the Christian Church is waiting hinges on the Jews’ acceptance and acknowledgment of Him as their promised King and Messiah.
Pay close attention to His message as you read Ezekiel 36. All the unbelieving Christian’s accusation of today’s Israel is addressed by the Lord clearly so that you have no excuse for denying Israel.
36 “Now you, human being, prophesy to the mountains of Isra’el. Say: ‘Mountains of Isra’el, hear the message from Adonai. 2 Adonai Elohim says: “The enemy is boasting over you, ‘Ha! Even the ancient high places are ours now!’ ” ’ 3 Therefore prophesy, and say that Adonai Elohim says, ‘Because they desolated you and swallowed you up from every side, so that the other nations could take possession of you; and now people are gossiping about you and slandering you; 4 therefore, mountains of Isra’el, hear the message of Adonai Elohim — this is what Adonai Elohim says to the mountains and hills, the streams and valleys, the desolate wastes and the abandoned cities, now preyed on and derided by the other surrounding nations — 5 therefore this is what Adonai Elohim says: “In the heat of my jealousy I speak against the other nations and all of Edom, since, rejoicing with all their heart, they have arrogated my land to themselves as a possession and, with utter contempt, seized it as prey.”’
6 “Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Isra’el, and say to the mountains, the hills, the streams and the valleys that Adonai Elohim says this: ‘I speak in my jealousy and fury, because you have endured being shamed by the nations. 7 Therefore thus says Adonai Elohim: “I have raised my hand and sworn that the nations surrounding you will bear their shame. 8 But you, mountains of Isra’el, you will sprout your branches and bear your fruit for my people Isra’el, who will soon return. 9 I am here for you, and I will turn toward you; then you will be tilled and sown; 10 and I will multiply your population, all the house of Isra’el, all of it. The cities will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. 11 I will multiply both the human and animal populations, they will increase and be productive; and I will cause you to be inhabited as you were before — indeed, I will do you more good than before; and you will know that I am Adonai. 12 I will cause people to walk on you, my people Isra’el; they will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; never again will you make them childless.” 13 Adonai Elohim says, “Because they say to you, ‘Land, you devour people and make your nations childless,’ 14 therefore you will no longer devour people, and you will not make your nations childless any more,” says Adonai Elohim. 15 “I will not permit the nations to shame you, or the peoples to reproach you any longer; and you will no more cause your nations to stumble,” says Adonai Elohim.’”
16 The word of Adonai came to me: 17 “Human being, when the house of Isra’el lived in their own land, they defiled it by their manner of life and their actions; their way before me was like the uncleanness of niddah. 18 Therefore I poured out my fury on them, because of the blood they had shed in the land and because they defiled it with their idols. 19 I scattered them among the nations and dispersed them throughout the countries; I judged them in keeping with their manner of life and actions. 20 When they came to the nations they were going to, they profaned my holy name; so that people said of them, ‘These are Adonai’s people, who have been exiled from his land.’ 21 But I am concerned about my holy name, which the house of Isra’el is profaning among the nations where they have gone.
22 “Therefore tell the house of Isra’el that Adonai Elohim says this: ‘I am not going to do this for your sake, house of Isra’el, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have been profaning among the nations where you went. 23 I will set apart my great name to be regarded as holy, since it has been profaned in the nations — you profaned it among them. The nations will know that I am Adonai,’ says Adonai Elohim, ‘when, before their eyes, I am set apart through you to be regarded as holy.
24 For I will take you from among the nations,
gather you from all the countries,
and return you to your own soil.
25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you,
and you will be clean;
I will cleanse you from all your uncleanness
and from all your idols.
26 I will give you a new heart
and put a new spirit inside you;
I will take the stony heart out of your flesh
and give you a heart of flesh.
27 I will put my Spirit inside you
and cause you to live by my laws,
respect my rulings and obey them.
28 You will live in the land I gave to your ancestors.
You will be my people,
and I will be your God.
29 I will save you from all your uncleanliness.
I will summon the grain and increase it,
and not send famine against you.
30 I will multiply the yield of fruit from the trees
and increase production in the fields,
so that you never again suffer the reproach
of famine among the nations.
31 Then you will remember your evil ways
and your actions that were not good;
as you look at yourselves, you will loathe yourselves
for your guilt and disgusting practices.
32 Understand,’ says Adonai Elohim,
‘that I am not doing this for your sake.
Instead, be ashamed and dismayed for your ways,
house of Isra’el.’
33 “Adonai Elohim says, ‘When the day comes for me to cleanse you from all your guilt, I will cause the cities to be inhabited and the ruins to be rebuilt. 34 The land that was desolate will be tilled, whereas formerly it lay desolate for all passing by to see. 35 Then they will say, “The land that used to be desolate has become like Gan-‘Eden, and the cities formerly ruined, abandoned and wasted have been fortified and are inhabited!” 36 Then the nations around you that remain will know that I, Adonai, have rebuilt the ruins and replanted what was abandoned. I, Adonai, have spoken; and I will do it.’
37 “Adonai Elohim says, ‘In addition, I will let the house of Isra’el pray to me to do this for them: to increase their numbers like sheep — 38 like flocks of sheep for sacrifices, like the flocks of sheep in Yerushalayim at its designated times, in this degree will the ruined cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am Adonai.’”
God is in the business of removing the veil from the eyes of both the Jews and the gentiles. For the Jews, that they will recognize Yeshua as the Messiah; and for the gentiles, that we will see and understand that our own place in His family is not to replace them but to provoke them to jealousy so that they will see their Messiah through us.
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For those who believe in their role of upholding Israel in prayer, I am inviting you to join the global Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem on Oct. 5, 2014. You can pray alone or in groups. I suggest the prayer points listed in the previous article, “How to Pray for Israel;” or you may go to the DPPJ website. In all your praying, pray as the Spirit leads.
(1) I was glad when they said to me,
“The house of Adonai! Let’s go!”
2 Our feet were already standing
at your gates, Yerushalayim.
3 Yerushalayim, built as a city
fostering friendship and unity.
4 The tribes have gone up there, the tribes of Adonai,
as a witness to Isra’el,
to give thanks to the name of Adonai.
5 For there the thrones of justice were set up,
the thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for shalom in Yerushalayim;
may those who love you prosper.
7 May shalom be within your ramparts,
prosperity in your palaces.
8 For the sake of my family and friends, I say,
“Shalom be within you!”
9 For the sake of the house of Adonai our God,
I will seek your well-being.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may more and more overflow in fullness of knowledge and depth of discernment, 10 so that you will be able to determine what is best and thus be pure and without blame for the Day of the Messiah, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Yeshua the Messiah — to the glory and praise of God.
Love in Yeshua,