Today was the day of Yom Hazikaron, or Memorial Day in Israel. This is a significant holiday, as Israel takes time to remember not only the fallen servicemen and women who have died in the line of duty defending Israel, but also to the victims of terrorism. Yom Hazikaron literally means, “Memorial Day”, and as such we should take time as believers to remember all of those who died in defense of Israel.
Most people when they thing of Israeli Memorial Day, they think of the soldiers, sailors, victims of terror, who gave up their lives for the nation of Israel. However, we must also remember those from thousands of years ago who also sacrificed and gave up their lives for Israel. Remember men like Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) who was killed simply because he refused to bow before the Roman leader, and that he called out his sin. All but one of the original 12 Apostles, were killed for their faith, and for spreading the Good News of Yeshua’s saving grace. Yeshua Himself gave up His own life not just for Israel, but for the entire human race, so that we as believers can be grafted into the spiritual nation of Israel and live forever with Him in Heaven.
During this holiday, the air raid sirens play for one minute. During this time all traffic stops, people get out of their cars and stand in reverence, soldiers salute, and school children in class stand very still to remember the sacrifices made so that they can live in a free land. Yeshua ensures us all that we have freedom in Him.
John 8:36 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
36 So if the Son frees you, you will really be free!
Please take the time today for a moment of silence for our Jewish brothers and sisters who have lost loved ones in defense of Israel, as well as those affected by terror. Also, pray that they will receive and accept that the Mashiach (Messiah) that they have prayed for so long to come, has already come and is coming again! Pray for a mighty harvest of souls to be set free!