Psalm 122:6-7 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
This prayer has been urgent at many times throughout history, but certainly now. Those who don’t know history, and particularly those who aren’t aware of spiritual warfare, are often mystified at “all the fuss” that’s made about the nation of Israel and Jerusalem its capital. Anyone reading this is likely to have some ideas about it, however. The significance of the nation, the people-group, God chose the vehicle for His revelation of Himself to the whole world can’t be overstated. There have been genocides against various people-groups dotted throughout history, but nothing with the ferocity and persistence of that aimed at the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Their very existence is a statement that God exists, and He cares about the affairs of men. Those who are in rebellion against Him, starting with Satan, can’t stand that, so they try to wipe them out. This is in no way to claim that Jews are perfect, or even that they don’t need Jesus, the Messiah they have overlooked for 2000 years, but it is to say that they have a special place in God’s plans, as the Bible proclaims from Genesis to Revelation. The current sharp resurgence in antisemitism is one of the many things that indicate that these could well be the Last Days indeed. As John recorded, “Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” (Revelation 12:12) We will not stop God’s plans, as laid out in Daniel, Revelation and the like, but we can pray that the devil be thwarted, and that means praying for the peace of Jerusalem. It is interesting how easy it is to see the spiritual position of political movements by their attitude toward Israel. That should be a clear indicator to all disciples of Jesus Christ what their politics should look like! Among politicians there are rats by every label, and no perfection anywhere, but there are clear indicators for anyone who is looking for them.
As long as I can remember I have been proud that I was born the same year as the modern nation of Israel, 1948. Probably the best-loved non-Christian music book in our house was The Fireside Book of Folk Songs, and I learned Hava Nagila at a young age. Through no specific intent on our part, my wife, children and I were adopted into the Messianic fellowship when we were in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and we still have contact with some of those brothers and sisters in Christ. I have no Jewish genetics, (at least as far as My Heritage can determine) but I have always felt a deep affinity for that branch of the Children of God. Ministering in Japan as I do, my interaction with Jews, Messianic or otherwise, is rare, but I do get Internet newsletters that keep me informed of the situation on the ground in Israel. I’ve never been, physically, but I have a remarkable sense of connection. I do pray for Israel and the Jewish people frequently, though not on any sort of schedule. I certainly look forward to my Lord’s return to the Mount of Olives! When and how that will happen, and my part until that day, is in His hands.
Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for how clearly the lines are being drawn all over the world, showing who is on which side. I do pray that Your children would rise up, not in vengeance but refusing to be plowed under, so that those who are on the fence, or even ignorant, would see Your truth and choose it, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!