The Nation of Israel; March 9, 2018

Ezekiel 37:28 “Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them for ever.”

It is very interesting to see the different responses to the existence of the nation of Israel today. However, hardly any nation is completely neutral on the issue. Israel resurrected as a political entity the same year I was born, but not even the nations that assisted with that have been unwavering in their support. The antipathy of others has been astounding, and can only be explained in spiritual terms. The recent brouhaha over America acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital, to move the American embassy there this May, has been telling indeed. Parallel with that, recent archaeological excavations have brought one confirmation after another that the Biblical record is accurate, rather than the fantasy the Arab nations have been claiming it is. Secular people don’t like to acknowledge the spiritual reality behind all these events, but it is clear to all who have eyes to see. Those who are in rebellion against the Creator, who named Himself as I AM to the people He chose for Himself out of all the peoples of the earth, have nothing but hatred for Israel, precisely because they do recognize the connection between that nation and their Creator, just as this verse says. There was plenty of antisemitism in the centuries before 1948, but the reemergence of Israel as a political entity in their ancestral home ignited it to fever pitch. Those who know God in truth through His Son will certainly stand against antisemitism in all its forms. Paul makes it very clear that Jews need to confess Jesus as Lord just as much as Gentiles do, but he also makes it clear that they are still very much part of God’s eternal plan, so every disciple of Jesus Christ needs to pray and work so that the Jews may acknowledge and receive their Messiah.

Thankfully, I was never tainted by “replacement theology,” that says the Church has taken the place of Israel in God’s plan. In fact, I had never even heard the term until Benjamin Berger wanted to confirm my position on the subject before I interpreted for him here in Japan. In fact, I have delighted in the fact that I share the birth year of the modern nation of Israel. I was in college in Tennessee when the 6-Day War happened, and I’ll never forget my delight at the outcome. However, the happiest person on campus was an Arab Christian exchange student. He wasn’t Jewish, ethnically or religiously, but he was very proud to be Israeli! Israel seems far removed to most Japanese, but there are Japanese Christians who are active in their support. Such support isn’t part of my ministry as such, but I am to continue to pray for them, and especially for those who are sharing the Messiah with them, that all of God’s plans for them may be fulfilled, on His schedule and for His glory.

Father, thank You for the insight You give me on some of the spiritual realities behind current events. Help me remember that physical distance is no issue for prayer. May I be faithful to pray according to Your will, both in content and frequency, so that I may be useful to You in establishing Your kingdom on this earth, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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3 Responses to The Nation of Israel; March 9, 2018

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Good thoughts on Israel. We went last year and it was so awesome. Some have moved beyond Replacement Theology to outright hostility towards them. Crazy. God clearly made a covenant with Israel, and it was not conditional. He clearly has not yet fulfilled it, so that means He still will, which in turn has to mean He is not done with Israel….as a nation. Seems obviious to me.

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