In Support of Israel!
Israel has been threatened with or engaged in war since the beginning of her existence. Her early history is well documented in the Bible, and the present/future wars were likewise predicted—leading up to the conflict we see today.
The good news is that God has promised to keep Israel and has guaranteed her future existence. Moreover, Scripture declares that Israel shall be exalted to the head of all the nations.
In Deuteronomy we read, “And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them” (Deuteronomy 28:13 NKJV). It is obvious that Israel has not heeded the commandments of the Lord in the past, and is not doing so today! However, that day is coming.
God has regathered Israel making her the only “born again” nation that has literally been raised up from the dead (think May 14, 1948). As mentioned above, Israel is still in rebellion against the Lord but shall soon be spiritually revived, recognize Jesus as her Messiah, and be climactically rescued from all her enemies. Moreover, Israel shall never cease to be a nation before the Lord. She has a guaranteed future (see Jeremiah 31:31–40, Ezekiel 36:19–36, Zechariah 12–14, Ezekiel 38–39 and Revelation 19).
Of Israel the Lord said,
“…I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them according to their ways and their deeds. When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name—when they said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they have gone out of His land.’ But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went. Therefore, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. Not for your sake do I do this,’ says the Lord God, ‘let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!” “Thus says the Lord God: ‘On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say, “This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.” Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it” (Ezekiel 36:19–36 NKJV).
“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah” (Jeremiah 31:31 NKJV).
He said it and he will do it!
Christians are compelled to support Israel—not her present rebellions and blindness. Thus, we pray for her peace, and seek to bless her in every way possible. We seek to demonstrate our love for God’s Chosen People by missionary effort and material support.
God told Abraham,
“I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3 NKJV).
Therefore, even amidst the present distress, we are planning a trip to Israel and want to invite you to join us for the trip of a lifetime. We are planning to take a group—leaving the USA on April 3, 2024 and returning April 18. We will be visiting several Biblical sites as well as engage in encouragement opportunities that are intended to bless the people of the Land.
If you are interested in going with me on a safe, guided, tour, please contact Liz@Candlelight.org.
Pastor Paul D. Van Noy, Candlelight