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Our Responsibility towards the Jewish People.
By Heriberto Gonzalez  February 20, 2002

With the renewed growth of anti-Semitism, and the rapid deterioration in the economic condition of the former Soviet Union, there is an increasing perception that time is short before the exit doors will be closed again. God is calling on the Church to stand up and act – loving and helping His chosen People, before the prophetic fulfillment of His repatriation plan. We as Christians must work together in response to the calling of the Biblical Prophecy that the nations shall bring the children of Zion in their arms, back to their homeland.

In these final days the Lord want us to understand why the regathering and restoration of Israel is so important in His eternal purpose. Below you will find ten very important spiritual and prophetic reasons for the returning of the Jewish People back to Israel and also six specific responsibilities we as Gentile Believers have towards them.

Why is God returning the Jewish People back to Israel?

  1. FOR HIS NAME TO BE HALLOWED
    EZEKIEL 20:41: I will accept you as fragrant inscence, when I bring you out from the nations, and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered; and I will show myself holy among you in the sight of the nations. EZEKIEL 28:25: Thus says the Lord God: "When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob.
  2. TO BLESS THE NATIONS
    GENESIS 12:1-3: Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves."
    ROMANS 11:11-12: I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!
  3. FOR HIS GOSPEL TO BE KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE NATIONS
    EZEKIEL 36:23-24: 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.
    ZECHARIAH 8:22-23: Yes, many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.' Thus says the Lord of hosts: "In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."
  4. TO ANNOUNCE THE SECOND COMING OF YESHUA
    JEREMIAH 23:3-8: "But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking," says the Lord. "Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord, "That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: 'The LORD is our righteousness." "Therefore, behold, the days are coming," says the Lord, "that they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land."
  5. TO CLEANSE ISRAEL FROM ITS ABOMINATIONS
    EZEKIEL 11:18: And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there
    EZEKIEL 37:21-23: "Then say to them, "Thus says the Lord God: "Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
  6. SO ALL ISRAEL MAY BE SAVED IN THEIR LAND, THAT THEY TOO MAY COME TO KNOW THEIR MESSIAH
    ZECHARIAH 12:10-13:1: "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.
    ROMANS 11:25-27: For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins."
  7. TO POUR THE HOLY SPIRIT OVER ISRAEL
    EZEKIEL 37:12-14: "Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it," says the Lord."'
    EZEKIEL 39:28-29: then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer. And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,' says the Lord God."
  8. TO MAKE A NEW COVENTANT WITH HIS PEOPLE
    JEREMIAH 31:31-32: "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-- not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord.
    JEREMIAH 32:37-40: Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.
  9. TO RESTORE HIS HOLY PLACE IN ISRAEL
    AMOS 9:11-15: "On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, And repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name," says the Lord who does this thing... I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them," says the Lord your God.
    ISAIAH 2:2-3: Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob...
  10. FOR THERE TO BE ONE FLOCK AND ONE SHEPHERD
    JOHN 10:14-16: "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me —just as the Father knows me and I know the Father— and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
    1 PETER 2:9-10: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
    What is the Gentile Believer’s Responsibility towards the Jewish People?

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Does it really matter why Christians support Israel?

Jonah Goldberg  Oct. 9, 2002
http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/jonah.html

As the name Goldberg might indicate to some of you, I am no expert on Christian theology. And, perhaps contrary to what you might infer from the name Goldberg, I'm no authority when it comes to Jewish theology, either. So if I fail to cross some doctrinal T's or dot some ecclesiastical I's, please forgive me. But for the life of me, I cannot figure out why so many Jews are upset that so many Christians love Israel.

Let me explain. Many evangelical Christians take the Bible literally when it says that Jews are G-d's "chosen people." Quite a few Jews think this too but, surprisingly, fewer than you might think. Anyway, because evangelicals believe this, some of them support Israel out of a bedrock faith that G-d gave all of the land of biblical Israel to his chosen people. They also believe - and here's the tricky part - that the Christian savior will not return until the Jews have reclaimed Israel and the final battle of the end times begins.

According to Christian biblical prophesy, two-thirds of the Jews will die by the final battle at Armageddon and the final third will convert to Christianity by accepting Jesus upon his return. This will begin the Christian savior's thousand-year rule.

"The Jews die or convert," explained author Gershom Gorenberg on a recent - and pretty lopsided - edition of "60 Minutes." "As a Jew, I can't feel very comfortable with the affections of somebody who looks forward to that scenario." A liberal political journalist, Gorenberg has written a book, "The End of Days," about the evangelicals who love Israel, but he wants Israel to turn its back on them .

There are plenty of pragmatic objections to the support of evangelicals; they primarily take the form of worrying that the support of Christian conservatives in America will embolden Israeli hawks to avoid compromise with the Palestinians. This is a perfectly legitimate argument, though I don't agree with all of it. But it is not the one getting the most attention.

What's got so many folks upset is that the evangelicals support Israel for religious reasons. And sure, it'd be nice - from a Jewish perspective - if Revelations envisioned a happier ending for Jews. But, first of all, if you are Jewish (as I am), why should you care what Christian prophesy holds if you don't expect it to happen? And, if it does happen, and Jesus returns to Earth to establish his kingdom, who's to say a few Jews won't listen to him? And if it turns out the Jews are right and the Messiah will show up for his first visit, isn't it possible that he'll have an explanation handy for everyone?

No one can say their biblical interpretation will actually bind G-d's hands at the end of the day, because man is not more powerful than G-d. In short, leave the details of the end of the world up to G-d because he's the one calling all the shots.

But let's come back to Earth for a moment. Other peoples' religions say all sorts of unpleasant things about non-believers in general or Jews in particular; the only relevant question for us humans is how people translate their theology into moral action because morality is the only thing we can objectively judge.

In the past, supposedly authentic Christian readings of the Bible justified all sorts of terrible things be done to the Jews. Call me crazy, but the fact that evangelicals believe the Bible commands them to love and respect the Jews seems like a huge win for the tribe, historically speaking. Only a fool would complain, "Oh, you're just being kind to people because the Bible tells you to!"

"60 Minutes," because of its ongoing mission to show Christian conservatives as the downfall of human civilization, portrayed evangelical supporters of Israel as caricatures, incapable of multidimensional thought. But I've discussed this with dozens of evangelicals, and I didn't recognize the people shown on "60 Minutes."

Yes, the evangelicals I've heard from believe that Israel has an important place in G-d's plan and that Jews are G-d's chosen people. But that's a backdrop for them, a theological context that allows them to see the plight of Jews in a sympathetic light. Most of the ones I hear from are much quicker to talk about Israel as a democracy or an ally - not as the tripwire for Armageddon.

And, let's point out there's no shortage of Israelis who believe Israel exists because G-d intended it to. They only disagree with the evangelicals over what G-d's intentions are. And that argument is only going to be settled on G-d's timetable.
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Didn't God say about his Jews?, "I had planted you like a choice vine of sound and reliable stock". Jeremiah 2:21 (NIV) The Living Bible says: "....when I planted you, I chose my seed so carefully - the very best"

Is there anything dumber than repudiating Christians who support Israel?

By Jonathan Tobin. Oct. 14, 2002
http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/tobin.html


A "peace protest" in New York's Central Park was the scene of vicious anti-Israel epithets uttered from both the podium and the Palestinian flag-waving audience. It was organized by a group called "Not in Our Name," which previously sponsored a full-page ad in The New York Times opposing war with Iraq, and also denouncing Israeli policies but not Arab terrorism. It was supported by Hollywood leftists like Susan Sarandon, Ed Asner, feminist guru Gloria Steinhem and the Jewish far-left's Tikkun Community impresario Michael Lerner.

Last Friday, Oct. 11, the Christian Coalition rallied for Israel and voice its support for the Jewish state in front of the White House. There were speeches from American and Israeli political leaders, including the Rev. Pat Robertson, U.S. House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert.

Guess which of these events is setting off alarm bells for many mainstream liberal American Jews?
You got it - the latter one.

Yes, the prospect of American Christians gathering in Washington to express their devotion to Israel and to demand that the administration do nothing to harm its interests is very scary to many Jews.
WAITING FOR A DIFFERENT MESSIAH

It is so scary that according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a feminist Jewish group called Jewish Women Watching has launched a mailing in which prospective funders will be sent an envelope with a condom. The appeal asks why the Jewish community is "in bed" with leaders of the Christian right, such as Robertson, Jerry Falwell and Ralph Reed.

For such people, Christian support for Israel is not nearly as important as the fact that most Jews disagree with them about issues like abortion or school prayer. Fearing Jewish gratitude will spill over into other issues, some liberals are doing their best to discredit the evangelical Zionists.
 
An example of this was on display on Oct. 7, when the CBS "Sixty Minutes" program did a feature on the issue. Yossi Alpher, the American Jewish Committee's representative in Israel, and Jerusalem Report editor Gershom Gorenberg used the show to urge American Jews to repudiate Christian Zionists.

The piece claimed the reason for Christian support for Israel was their apocalyptic belief in a coming battle of Armageddon, which will leave two-thirds of the world's Jews dead, with the remaining third converting to Christianity. All this would, of course, take place after Jesus' second coming.

The mere mention of such ideas is enough to give some American Jews the creeps. The experience of pre-Hitler Europe, where anti-Semites were more likely to be found among religious Christians than among nonbelievers, has conditioned many of us to see any religious Christian as a potential foe.

But this is no longer the case. Religious Christians have been the Jewish people's No. 1 ally on issues affecting the survival of Israel. Nothing better illustrated this fact than what happened last spring when the Bush administration debated how harshly it would respond to Israel's post-Passover massacre response to Palestinian terrorism.

When the administration appeared to be tilting against Israel, it was overwhelmed with criticism from President Bush's political base: conservative Christians. Most observers credit the full court press from this group with having a far greater impact on Bush's ultimate tilt back toward Israel than anything that the divided American Jewish community did.

Surprisingly, it was Abe Foxman, the national head of the Anti-Defamation League, who was the one Jewish voice of reason on the "Sixty Minutes" segment. He rightly explained that agreement on Israel Wouldn't mean that Jewish groups will roll over on other issues where they disagree.

Foxman's stand is significant because it was the ADL that issued an over-the-top, book-length report denouncing Christian conservatives in 1994. At the time, he was criticized by some Jewish observers (including this writer), who thought ADL was making a strategic mistake. But give Foxman credit for understanding that when the chips are down, Jews need to embrace all available allies, whether or not they support abortion rights.

As for the motives of the Christians, Foxman explained that there were a variety of motives at play, including a genuine affection for the Jewish people and the State of Israel on the part of many Evangelicals. He also took a philosophical tone, saying that while Christians were expecting the second coming of the Messiah, he, as an observant Jew, was still waiting for the first. Without explicitly saying so, Foxman seemed to be telling us that post-Messianic era questions should be sorted out then, not now.

He's right. Indeed, even if all Christian support for Israel were based on the expectation that after the second coming, Jews will convert, why should Jews who don't believe Jesus is coming back at any time worry much about the eventuality?

Silence from Hollywood Jews As Foxman appears to have learned, the notion that American Jews can do without Christian conservative support on Israel makes little sense today. After two years of a Palestinian terror war that followed a generous Israeli peace offer, anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Zionism is on the rise in Europe and on American college campuses. Anti-Israel rhetoric seems to have increased in direct proportion to the growing toll of Jewish casualties from Arab terrorism.

While most rank-and-file American Jews have rallied around an embattled Jewish state, some of our liberal elite have not found their voice on the issue. Most conspicuous by their silence on the issue have been the Jews of Hollywood. Few of the numerous Jews who sit in positions of power in the entertainment industry have used their bully pulpit or their access to political power to voice their support for Israel during the current crisis. Iconic Hollywood Jews, such as Rob Reiner or Barbra Streisand, can be found beating the drums for a host of liberal causes, but not an Israel that is under attack.

The juxtaposition of their silence with the vocal support for Israel coming from Evangelicals whom many American Jews still wrongly assume are Jew-haters sounds more like science fiction than political reality, but it is true nevertheless. But rather than getting angry about the anti-Israel rhetoric from the left, there are still too many Jews who are more worried about right-wing Christians.

Do feminists really think Jews have more to fear from Falwell than Yasser Arafat? If so, they need to take a moment to read the list of Jewish women and children who were murdered by Arafat's henchmen and their allies this year. Disagree all you want with Robertson, but how many Jews have the Christian Coalition killed lately? They have been better friends to Israel than many Jews.

If the main source of anti-Semitism in this country is currently located on the political left, why are some of us foolishly still fixated on the pro-Israel right? Telling our friends from our foes isn't really so hard. Though the answer may still surprise some of us, just look at who is demonstrating for Israel and who is against it these days. 

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To those who think it is all up to Israel!

Jan Willem van der Hoeven, Director International Christian Zionist Center. December 20, 2004

We are, if we abide in Christ and walk with Him, the sons and daughters of the living God of Israel, as the Bible says: to those who received Him, to them He gave POWER to become the sons of God. (John 1:12)

As His sons we bear a greater responsibility to the land, our God and Father calls His own, than even His own people.

Therefore if God said that He has given this, His land, to His own people as an everlasting possession - and announces that He will bring the nations to judgment also for dividing His land; we as His sons and daughters should be in the frontline (not in the backseat!) to insure, like Joshua and Caleb of old that His will shall prevail!
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