Terrorism Normalized

Terrorism Normalized

In just the last 10 days, the United Kingdom has come under attack twice by ISIS.  First there was the suicide bombing of the Ariana Grande concert, and then this past weekend at London Bridge, terrorists drove a van into a crowd of people and killed 7 people and injuring dozens.  Just three months ago in Westminster, a terrorist mowed pedestrians down with a vehicle, which then ended with him stabbing his victims.  That is a total of 3 attacks inside of a quarter of a year, and all claimed by ISIS.

The writing on the wall is pretty clear.  Terrorism is now normalized in the UK.

How did Britain get to this point?  It’s really quite simple.  It’s called political correctness.  Britain, like other countries in Europe, have the misconception that you can coexist with extremists, and if you talk to them long enough about individual liberty and try to espouse tolerance, then they will come around and stop wanting to blow you and your kids up.  This of course is complete nonsense, and shows a complete lack of understanding of just who exactly they are dealing with.

The members of ISIS have just one thing in mind.  They want to establish a caliphate, and indeed, in many areas of Syria, they already have.  However, they want this caliphate to be worldwide, and if you do not agree with their plans of grandeur, then they will just kill you because you are in the way.  Let me repeat that, ISIS are nothing more than cold blooded killers.  Convert to Islam or die is their motto, and it’s how they live and die.  This is the nature of the enemy of not just the people of Great Britain, but the entire peace loving world.

Yet, in the hours after the attack, American media, British media, and other news sources were very skeptical to call this what it is.  It’s Islamic Terrorism plain and simple.  No, they did not want to offend their muslim viewers, or possibly incite more attacks like these they thought.  However, the eye-witness accounts of hearing and seeing one of the terrorists shout, “This is for Allah!” removed all reasonable doubt.  After this, we saw the hashtags, “United with the UK” banners, and memes popping up all over social media, and of course people expressing their “outrage”.

However, none of that is going to matter, unless something is done about it.  Terrorists are not scared by people being in “solidarity” when there is no action to go along with said togetherness.  Britain, is dealing with an enemy that is several thousand years old, and it is one that the country of Israel is very familiar with.  The attack tactics against those on London Bridge, and the other incidents are exactly the same as the stabbing and car ramming attacks that happen against Jews at the hands of the Arabs.  The only difference is, Israel is very careful of who they allow to live in their country, and yes, they profile which I know sends liberals reading this into shock.

But this is also a spiritual warfare.  The Bible says very clearly:

Ephesians 6:12 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

12 For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.

These men and women who live a life of terrorism, they are agents of the enemy.  That is to say, the devil himself.  Therefore, when we see acts of terror against people, be they English, Jewish, American, or whomever, the real operator behind the scenes is Satan.  He is the author of confusion, the father of lies, and he had deceived these people into believing that they will be rewarded in heaven for killing people in the name of Allah.  However, the Bible is also clear on where terrorists(murderers) will wind up.

Revelation 21:8 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

But as for the cowardly, the untrustworthy, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those involved with the occult and with drugs, idol-worshippers, and all liars — their destiny is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, the second death.”

The people also who are being lied to are those that try to coexist with people bent on killing them.  Instead of seeking G-d for an answer as to what to do, they turn to analysts, so-called “Middle East Experts”, and the like seeking a secular way of how to deal with terrorism.  It is interesting to note that prior to the D-Day Invasion of Normandy in WW2, allied troops all over the impending invasion force implored G-d to be with them, to give them victory over a murderous regime which were the Nazis.  They were not just victorious, but overwhelmingly so.  Germany is not a threat to any country anymore.

They achieved total victory, but only because G-d was behind it all.  Our G-d is one of justice, and ultimately, these terrorists who are dead now, are facing the judgement of our L-rd Yeshua.  However, just as we have seen many times in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, very often G-d would be with the Israelites who prayed for victory against their enemies, and they would win.  However, this was only when Israel was serving the one true G-d, and not corrupting themselves by worshiping other things, like money, other religions, and the like.

So for Britain, and indeed, the rest of the world, there needs to be a return to G-d first.  Seeking His face and repenting of our sins the way that David did when he said, “Create in me a new heart O G-d.  And renew a right spirit in me.”  Once our spirit has been renewed through the power of the Holy Spirit of Yeshua, then and only then can we hope to defeat Islamic terrorism.  It is time for the world to go back to church, seek G-d, repent of our sins, and then humbly ask Him to help us stop this madness that we are witnessing.

Shalom

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Will Trump Move Embassy to Jerusalem?

Will Trump Move Embassy to Jerusalem?

In the 2016 Presidential race, Donald Trump made a promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  For many who voted for him, this was one of several reasons why Americans cast their vote for him.  It certainly was among evangelicals who believe that Jerusalem is the eternal capitol of Israel.

Next week, President Trump will visit Israel for an official state visit.  However, reports started to surface a week ago that the USA may not move it’s embassy after-all.  There are also reports from the Trump Administration that some are stating that the Western Wall is not even in Israel, but Palestine.  This is an obvious dismissal of the fact that Israel has been in control of Jerusalem, to include the Western Wall, since 1967 during the Six Day War.

So the question is, will Trump direct the Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, to give up their lease in Tel Aviv and move to Jerusalem?  Only time will tell on this question, but one thing is clear.  There is already a congressional act, that was passed more than two decades ago, that authorized such a move.  Please see “The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995” for more information.  Suffice to say, every President since Clinton has rejected to follow this law, and it would seem that President Trump is starting to lean that way.

Why is it so important that the USA recognize Jerusalem as the eternal, undivided capitol of Israel?  For one, it’s simply a historical fact.  Not only does the Bible confirm that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel, but many other history books acknowledge this fact, such as the works of Josephus, the famed Jewish historian for the Roman Empire.  While Jerusalem, and the entire nation of Israel for that matter, has been invaded and conquered several times over, the fact remains that Jerusalem always has, and always will be the capitol of Israel.

Second, the entire land of Israel was promised to Avraham and his descendants by G-d Himself.  Genesis 12, among many chapters in the Torah, make it clear what Israel’s boundaries are.  To that end, Jerusalem is within those boundaries, and as such, the city itself is 100% G-d given and wholly belongs to the Jews.  While other people, like Arabs, live in the city, it is not theirs and never has been by any legal means.  In fact the book of Zecheriah says the following:

Zechariah 8:3 ESV 

Thus says the Lord: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain.

Now I do not know about you, but when G-d Himself is calls Jerusalem the “faithful city”, and “Mountain of the L-rd of Hosts”, I think you can take it to the bank that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel.

Finally, the USA, and for that matter the rest of the world, would do well to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel simply because they will be blessed by G-d Himself!  Genesis 12 again tells us that:

Genesis 12:3 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

3 I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Who does not want to be blessed by G-d?  Well, if we are to look at world governments, to include the United States, it seems some do not.  Do not get me wrong, America has been richly blessed, and for many decades, we have supported Israel.  We were the first country to recognize in 1948 that she is a sovereign state.  However, we are still holding back on this one area, which is to recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel.  What better way to do that than to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem?  By making such a move, not only does that solidify America as a global leader, but most importantly, we will be blessed!

Let us pray that President Trump keeps his promise to move our embassy to Yerushalayim.  Pray that G-d speaks to his heart and gives him the courage to do what is right.

Shalom

 

Memorial Day – Israel

Memorial Day – Israel

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!

 

Shalom

 

Refocus

Refocus

The purpose of this blog started out as a place to bring about the news of the day, and relate that to the prophecies of the “last days”, as well as how this all ties into Israel.  For a time this took place, but I must admit of late, there has been a loss of focus on my part.  I have allowed the Presidential Election of 2016, other odds and ends news stories, to interfere with the mission of this blog.

This truth convicted me one late night, when G-d spoke to me and told me that “The Watchman Report” had lost it’s focus.  He commanded me to return to the original purpose that I mentioned earlier, and I asked forgiveness, repented, and now I offer my apology to you the reader.  In this day and age, as a believer, we have to be focused, both as writers, as well as readers, of current events and not squander the opportunity to bring forth the message of the Gospel, by being led down the rabbit trails of petty politics, pop culture, and the like.  Make no mistake, they absolutely should be discussed, but when it gets into an attack, instead of a teaching opportunity, that is when I missed the mark.

Right now, so many profound things are happening worldwide, to include the USA, that are showing glaring signs of the imminent return of Yeshua the Mashiach.  Now more than ever, this is a time for believers who are in media, writers, consumption of the two I just mentioned (which includes all of us really), to use this time to educate ourselves on the scriptures.  We really need to pray to Yeshua for understanding of His Word, so that we can be ready, “in season and out of season”, to give an answer to those who simply do not know who Yeshua is.  That manifests itself in various forms from the truly unknowing individuals, to those who thrive on attacking believers, which is usually born out of some type of hurt that they feel the church inflicted on them.

Moreover, I strongly believe, that the entire community of believers in Christ, really need to seek G-d and ask Him to give us all a revelation of our Hebrew roots of our faith in Yeshua.  To continue to deny those Hebrew roots, in effect, is a re-emergence of a form of antisemitism.  For far too long, Protestant Churches have done Christmas and Easter pagents, showing Jesus as King of the Jews, but the other days of the year, nary a mention of the biblical feasts, or even how such things as the birth and death and resurrection of Christ relates to the feasts.  This even goes to denying Romans Chapter 2, which clearly states that a convert becomes a “real Jew” when their heart has been changed by the power of the Holy Spirit.  This has to end.  We’ve lived in the dark ages of our faith for far too long.

So again, this blog is going to focus on the things I mentioned above.  That is, end time prophecy and Israel.  Yes, that may mean that odds and ends news stories will be moments to bring about the message of the gospel, but it will not be an opportunity to attack just for the sake of attacking.  G-d’s Word is supreme, and thus, it is His Word that will be brought about for revealing the truth for His Honor and Glory!  Amen!

Shalom

Disney – I am done

Disney – I am done

The Walt Disney Company has, for generations, been a wonderful company of imagination, excitement, and has put smiles on the faces of children and adults alike.  From Mickey Mouse cartoons, to their wonderful and elaborate theme parks, Disney has always been a safe place, where the entire family could have some wholesome entertainment.  Personally, I have visited Disney theme parks on a number of occasions, and they all were fantastic vacations that I will remember for a lifetime.

In recent years, Disney has been on a buying spree of sort, like purchasing the ABC television network, acquiring Pixar, and Marvel Entertainment.  The latter of which many people have become quite familiar with through movies like “Iron Man”, “Captain America”, and “The Avengers.”  Simply put, just about anything that Disney has touched in the last decade has turned to gold overnight, which has netted them massive profits at the box office, all the way to merchandising, and of course, hordes of visitors to their theme parks all over the planet.  Things sound like they are firing on all cylinders at Disney and pretty much it would seem that nothing they do can go wrong.

That is until now.

During this month, the much anticipated “Beauty and the Beast” live action movie, was released to theaters nationwide.  However, there was controversy when it was revealed in the days prior to its release, that the director, Bill Condon, who is openly gay, said there would be an, “exclusively gay moment…that LeFou one minute wants to be Gaston, and then next minute kiss him.”  So a film, that was supposed to be a family affair, has now been turned into a platform to normalize homosexuality, and make it seem “OK” to kids.  More about this in a moment.

The next controversy was when “Girl Meets World” TV star, Rowan Blanchard, sat down with an interview with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, and essentially called her, Richards, her role model.  That’s right folks, she actually called the CEO of the largest abortion mill in the United States a “role model”.  So Rowan Blanchard, who is looked up to by thousands of teenage girls who watch her show, have heard that it’s o.k. to have an abortion.  One of the most outrageous statements she made was that she is for “equality”.  I guess that only applies to those who actually make it to live birth, but as long as you are in the womb, that’s a different story.

And then there is of course Blanchard’s coming out on Twitter as “queer”.  So on top of her being a supporter of infanticide, she now endorses another sin of homosexuality.  All of this, and she uses her popularity of the show she stars on as a platform to get the word out to the masses of people in her age group, and likely younger, that it’s o.k. to kill your baby and be gay.

Is this the image Disney wants to project now?  If it does, then I am out.

Companies like Disney have literally capitulated to the gay lobby of this country, and they have done it for one reason, and one reason only:  Profit.  Homosexuals make up 3.8% of the population of this country, and yet, they are in overdrive to push on children these horrific ideals like the ones mentioned above.  They are banking on the fact that most people will not research their company, what they support, and who they hire and put two and two together.  They literally are hoping that ignorant and lazy Americans will continue to just line up at Cinderella’s Castle and spend their money making Disney richer, all the while they use that money to promote ungodly principles.

Think about this for a moment.  Disney hired a gay director to direct a film that largely targets young children.  In the process of making the film, the gay director inserts a “gay moment” into the film.  Do you think that done was by accident?  Of course not.  Disney knew that the director was gay and hired him anyway.  They saw nothing wrong with it, and some would argue that due to the box office success of the film money wise, nothing is wrong with it.  Disney saw this entire film before it was released, so they saw the “gay moment” and endorsed it by allowing it to stay in the film versus sending it to the cutting room floor.

Let us also not forget that Disney each year sponsors a “Gay Day” at it’s theme parks, which is nothing short of openly celebrating and inviting depraved, sinful people to come out in the open and flaunt their sinful lifestyle for everyone to see.  One can only imagine that any day now on the Disney Channel, one of their sitcoms will feature a gay character, or one who is seeking an abortion, and everyone just gathers around them for a big old hug and say that “it’s o.k.”

What is very sad is Christians know that Disney promotes ungodly messages, and will literally turn a blind eye and continue to support Disney by buying their products.  Why are they doing this?  The answer is very simple.  They choose to satisfy their flesh instead of taking a stand for what is right.  The Bible is very clear:

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

22 but keep away from every form of evil.

Thus, as  believers, we should not be supporting a company, or a form of entertainment that we know is at odds with the Bible.  To continue to give Disney future business is to essentially endorse what they are promoting.  Also, what are we filling our spirits with as believers in Yeshua?  We are filling it with things that are anti-Christ.  We are supposed to be like Christ, so how can we do that if we are filling our spirits, through watching movies with themes, images, and the like that are 100% against His Word?  The answer is, we cannot.

We have to separate ourselves from the pleasures and sinful nature of this world.  G-d’s Word says the following:

2 Corinthians 6:17 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

17 Therefore Adonai says,

“‘Go out from their midst;
separate yourselves;
don’t even touch what is unclean.
Then I myself will receive you.

G-d’s Word is very clear here.  If we do not separate ourselves from what is unclean, and in this modern era that includes forms of entertainment that run counter to the Bible, He will not receive us.  As for myself, as much as a fan I have been to comic book heroes, Mickey Mouse, and the like, my relationship with Yeshua takes precedence over all things.  Therefore, I cannot in good conscious support the Disney company with my money, and my time, when I know it literally has turned into a morass of unholiness, and devoid of any true goodwill.

Companies like Disney have essentially sent the message that believers opinions and points of view do not matter anymore.  They do not care that you object to portraying homosexuality and abortion as being o.k., because again, they are banking that you will turn a blind eye, and continue to patronize them with your business.  Why not take a stand, like many did in the Target trans-gendered bathroom situation, and boycott Disney altogether?  It has had a significant impact on their sales, despite Target’s PR campaign to try and mitigate these facts, so there is every reason to believe that if the entire community of believers in America would boycott Disney, they would take notice and perhaps change their policies.

In conclusion, the following statement will upset some, but you know what, you cannot please everyone.  That statement is, if you as a believer continue to give your dollars to Disney, knowing full well they are leading a campaign to indoctrinate kids and adults alike into accepting sinful behavior, then you need to check your heart with Yeshua right now, because something is seriously wrong in your spiritual life.  I pray that if this is speaking to you, that Yeshua will clear the confusion, because our G-d is not a G-d of confusion.

 

Shalom

 

History Will Show Barack Obama Sides With Evil Everytime

History Will Show Barack Obama Sides With Evil Everytime

Barack Obama has taken his fair share of parting shots at America, at decency, and sided with what is wrong as opposed to what is right.  After spitting in the eye of every Jew on the planet for the last 30 plus days, Obama has now commuted the sentences of nearly 1400 criminals.

The latest, Bradley Manning, the Army Specialist that divulged classified information to Wikileaks, and thus put people’s lives at risk, had his sentence commuted by none other than Barack Obama himself.  This is a man (Manning), who is mentally ill and was able to get us, the American taxpayers, to pay for his hormone therapy to turn himself into a woman.  Of course, he never can be one because you cannot alter DNA, but that is for another discussion (or maybe not because frankly, it’s a gross thing to think about).

What we witnessed today in commuting the sentence of a man who compromised US Intelligence, is just further proof of a pattern with this outgoing President. Barack Obama, since day one in office, has stood on the side of immorality.  He sides with terrorists by releasing them from prison only to see them return to the battlefield and hurt innocent people.  Obama pushed forward the homosexual agenda, by misusing his position of power to promote gay marriage.

This lame duck President decided to negotiate a nuclear agreement with Iran, and kept Israel in the dark for years while the negotiating went on behind their backs.  Again, a country who swore to “wipe Israel off the map” he decided to negotiate with!  Of course the pinnacle of his antisemitism was the snub in the UN last month.  This President for his entire two terms in office has thrown law enforcement under the bus, by meddling in local law enforcement’s work at protecting the public, by painting them as blood thirsty, racist animals.

Of course, we cannot forget that this President demonstrated zero leadership in the wake of the intelligence debacle that was Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.  Her level of violation of our national security laws was literally unprecedented in terms of her complete and utter stupidity in handling classified information.  Yet, not one time did this President use his office to bring down the full force of the law against her.  You would think that given her being a former rival, he could cut ties, but I guess the bond of Democrats supersedes all areas of decency and morality.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Bradley Manning is going to get out of jail in just a little over 3 months from now, after divulging 270,000 classified and unclassified documents to Wikileaks.  Take a look at the following quote from a news article regarding this travesty of justice.

In a statement posted on the White House’s website, the Administration states that “we must remember that clemency is an extraordinary remedy, granted only after the President has concluded that a particular individual has demonstrated a readiness to make use of his or her second chance.”

Let me get this straight.  So the President thinks that someone who put on our nation’s uniform, swore an oath to defend her, even unto the death, and then summarily turned his back on everything he promised, divulged our nation’s secrets, and most likely put other servicemen and servicewomen, along with various other intelligence assets around the world in mortal danger, should get a second chance?  Funny, because usually a traitor, which Manning absolutely is, does not get a second chance.  How he’s alive today is another testament that we as a nation have lost our backbone when it comes to dishing out punishment for violating the nation’s trust.

However, that is what this President does.  He is without honor.  He is without decency.  He is the most un-American President in US History, and no I’m not harking back to the birther argument by saying that.  Instead of standing up for the rule of law, instead of standing up for what is the natural and moral order of things in a civil society, instead of standing up and should to shoulder with our ally Israel, instead of backing our nation’s military by properly and rightfully letting traitors rot in prison for their full term, he chooses to side with the opposite.  In the simplest of explanations, he sides with evil, and bear in mind, America elected him twice.  What does that say about our nation?

In three days time, Barack Obama will vacate the White House, and a new President will take his place. From this blogger’s point of view, he cannot leave soon enough.  Every moment that he continues to stay in that honorable house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he soils the sanctity of the Office of President of the United States of America. Unfortunately, he has chosen to take up residence in Washington DC after he leaves office, so that he can continue his legacy of interference and general being a pain in the neck.  My greatest hope is that America will ignore this man once he is out of office, and focus on trying to piece back together this great nation.  I hope that this is a shared hope by all my fellow Americans.

Donald Trump is not a saint, and I resent members of the evangelical community that try to paint him as such.  However, I believe that Donald Trump loves America.  I believe that he respects the Oval Office, and I believe him when he says that this country is an absolute disaster.  I am hopeful that he will respect the rule of law, and work to make this country great again for all Americans.  Let’s pray for our incoming President-elect that he will listen to the voice of G-d and do what He wills.  That he will choose to side with what is right.

Shalom

Why We Should Pray For Israel

Why We Should Pray For Israel

As I am writing this blog article over Thanksgiving weekend here in America, that nation of Israel is literally on fire right now.  While the reports are still coming in, what we do know is that the fires that are raging in and around Haifa were in fact acts of arson.  Thousands have been evacuated and over 700 homes have been destroyed.  We really need to say some special prayers for Israel right now.

That leads me to the point of this blog article, which is, why should we as believers pray for Israel?  Is this something that we are biblically commanded to do?  Also, why does it even matter?  The reason why I am writing about this is that I am seeing an alarming trend among believers of having an indifferent to an “I don’t care” attitude towards the Jewish state.  If you are a believer reading this article, I strongly encourage you at this very moment to pray to G-d for understanding about this subject, and not react with emotions, but with the spirit and wisdom of our L-rd Yeshua.

First, is praying for Israel something we are biblically commanded to do?  The simple answer is a resounding “yes”!  The bible says in the book of Pslam 122:6:  “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  May those who love you be secure.”  This is a clear example that not only should we actually pray for Israel, but that by doing so, we ourselves will be safe and that G-d will be pleased with us.  Jerusalem is the city where G-d Himself chose to establish His physical presence here on Earth in regards to the Holy Temple.

Staying on that subject for a moment, there will be a new Jerusalem that will come down from heaven as we read in the book of Revelation 21:1-2.  Therefore, we must understand that Jerusalem now, and the Jerusalem to come, is the holy dwelling place of G-d Almighty and His Son Yeshua.  The very name of the city means “peace” (from root word shalom) and since He is the Prince of Peace, why would we not pray for the nation of Israel as a whole and the city of Jerusalem?

Another reason to pray for Israel, is that by blessing Israel, we in turn will be blessed.  In Genesis 12, G-d tells Avraham, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.  And in you all the families of the Earth will be blessed.”  That’s pretty clear cut.  When we pray for Israel, be it for peace, for protection, for prosperity, we are in fact blessing Israel.  G-d says Himself that when we do we will be blessed as well.  Who does not want to be blessed?

To answer “Why does it matter?” I believe it has already been answered.  However, lets address this from another perspective of those who choose not to bless the nation of Israel.  Clearly the alternative is that if we are not blessing Israel through our prayers, our speech, and our conduct, then by default, we are cursing the nation of Israel.  In this modern era, the most noticeable way that I am seeing in terms of not blessing Israel is an apathy or indifference towards the Jewish state.

That indifference comes about with attitudes like some of the following things I have heard people say.

“I look at it this way.  I’ve got no business over there.”

“Well, there will be a new Jerusalem.”

Probably the most shocking is, utter silence from believers on the topic of Israel.  I have asked for people that I know, who are believers, to join with me in praying for the peace of Israel, or maybe bring up the topic of Israel and literally will hear nothing but silence.  What is clear from such behavior is that they do not care.  They do not see the need because honestly, many believers in Yeshua think that it was the Jews that killed Him, and thus, while they will not admit it outright, there is an undercurrent of resentment to downright hatred of the Jews.  That type of resentment or hatred has a name: antisemitism.

These are bold statements to make, and I have had some people tell me, “anti-Semite” is a strong word.  Comments such as these are typically a way for someone to shame the person who said it, because the person hearing it thinks it’s offensive to say.  What they do not realize or recognize is that anti-Semitic behavior or rhetoric is itself offensive.  Therefore, if someone is acting in an anti-Semitic way, what else is one to call such a person?

Back to the subject at hand, according to G-d’s own Word, if a believer has an indifferent or apathetic attitude towards Israel, then it is a sin pure and simple.  We need to search our own hearts and ask G-d to deliver us from the deceptiveness of antisemitism, which masks itself in replacement theology.  Such theology we see today is the complete absence of mentioning that our Messiah is Jewish.  One person I heard recently state that Yeshua is not human anymore.  If that is the case, when He ascended into heaven as a resurrected human, He stated that He would “return in a like manner.”  One has to ask, if He is not human, then what form is he coming back in exactly?

This is a way that different denominations over the centuries have divorced G-d’s people from their Hebrew roots of their faith, and as such, makes it easier to essentially cast Israel aside as a lost cause.  Many believers today are under the impression that they are the chosen people of G-d alone, because “the Jews had their chance, but killed Jesus.”  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Many Jews today are starting to embrace Yeshua as the Mashiach (Messiah).  In fact, in Israel today, it is the only country in the Middle East where Christianity is growing.  One wishes we could say that about America, the so-called “One Nation Under G-d.”

Finally, believers need to understand that, according to scripture, they are Jewish themselves.  Romans Chapter 2 is very clear on the subject.  Also, there are verses about believers being grafted into the olive branch, but that we are not the root, so we should not boast.  Boasting is not just about walking around saying how great we are in the general sense of bragging, but that also includes thinking that we have somehow supplanted the Jews as G-d’s chosen people.  There is nothing in scripture that remotely suggests that G-d has ever broken covenant with the Jews.  While the Jews in their storied history have rebelled many times against G-d, G-d Himself never broke His promises with His people.  So when believers choose not to bless Israel, in essence, they are being anti-Semitic, which is to be anti-Christ, and the latter of course, is the most egregious.

Speaking from personal experience, when I started making Israel a party of my daily prayers, there was a change.  I am a happier person, and most certainly I have been blessed many times over which lines right up with scripture in Genesis 12.  Moreover, getting in touch with the Hebrew roots of my faith in Yeshua, which will inevitably lead back to the land of Israel, has enriched my study of the Bible, in that, I am understanding more deeply what G-d’s Word has to say.  Blessing Israel is a commandment and as such if we are to call ourselves believers in Yeshua, then we must comply when Yeshua said Himself:

“If you love Me, you will keep My Commandments.”

Let us all know continue to pray for Israel and to bless the land and the Holy City of Yerushalayim.  If you have never included Israel and our Jewish brothers and sisters in your prayers, I encourage you to start today.

 

Shalom