A Response to “A Call for Unity – Mission Impossible”

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Editor’s Note: This blog entry is written in response to Jack Sara’s article “A Call for Unity- Mission Impossible!“, which was posted October 19, 2015.

I felt compelled to respond to Jack Sara’s article not because I doubt Jack’s sincerity for our nation and our body to be unified but rather to scripturally clarify some of the holes in what he presents as both the problem as well as what he deems to be the solution.

The frustration, anger and rage which Jack describes, culminating in stabbing after stabbing is a true displacement of feelings if ever there was one. In fact, it is a displacement engineered by Satan himself. The real deception here is that Palestinian anger and rage should be directed at their own leaders – individuals who have continuously been presented with comprehensive opportunities for peace, land and good will to create two countries side by side with mutual respect. Each offer has been met with swift rejection – a rejection of a normal life for the Palestinian people, a way to help them advance and flourish and an opportunity to end the “victimhood” of calling themselves a displaced people.

Satan has a very special interest in perpetuating myths, and one of the biggest is that Palestinians were displaced because of the Jews and the concept of Zionism – the desire for a Jewish homeland. Indigenous Arabs willingly left this land at the behest of their leaders who convinced them that the Jews would be wiped out during the War of Independence and that consideration of living side by side in peace should not be contemplated.

Since then not much has changed. The offer to live side by side in peace has been on the table with each administration but still summarily rejected, because “resolution” simply does not serve the interest of the Palestinian leadership. There needs to be a festering wound, and the Palestinian people are held out to be that bloody, pus-oozing sore that no one wants to look at, let alone help to heal. The billions of dollars given to the Palestinian leadership has been squandered and privately pocketed – money given for the purpose of helping this people to have a real chance at life, education, wellness and prosperity of every type. We’ve read hundreds of these stories and have seen the corrupt enrichment of Palestinian leaders who live celebrity lifestyles to the detriment of their people who are handy pawns. All this has been obscured from the eyes of Palestinians by the enemy of their soul – the one who is the author of destruction, theft and murder.

So I will agree with Jack that there is rage and frustration on the part of Palestinians, but the spiritual blindness to which they are prey does not allow them to direct their attack upon the real perpetrators of their misery.

Jack says they’ve lost their hope and wonder if peace is still possible. For Israelis, it was never “impossible.” It was always right in front of their eyes, but the Palestinian people don’t get to choose. Their leaders do, and it is clearly their leaders who are rejecting peace and their betterment.

Jack says they resort to violence, and we know to whom that violence is directed, but why at us? Not hard to figure out. Satan is using them to try to destroy God’s Chosen People, so he has devised the very blindness that keeps them in bondage, poverty and death to further the destruction of the Jewish population of Israel – two for the price of one.

So Jack asks, “In the middle of all of this, where is the believing community? Where are those who are willing to say no to the boundary lines, no to hate and enmity, no to death and destruction?”

Here I am Jack. I’m saying no to Satan’s hate, enmity, death and destruction, for it is he who has duped so many into thinking that Israel is the problem and that the world must find a solution to this unsolvable dilemma.

Jack, as a believer, I’m sure you know that Satan is out to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). I’m also sure you know that Satan is the father of all lies (John 8:44), and that he disguises himself as an angel of light (II. Cor. 11:14)

What could seem more light-filled than the notion that “believers – both Arab and Jewish” need to come together to do their part to bring an end to this conflict? It is the perfect blend of spirituality and political correctness.

Jack, you accuse some in the body of having fallen into an apathetic slumber. Are you speaking about those who reject enabling a wrong and convoluted perspective on why this conflict never seems to resolve?

You say there are no cries for the violence to stop, no cries for reconciliation, no cries even for repentance before God. Are you sure about that? I would have to believe that every Messianic congregation in the land, just like mine, is promoting and advancing prayer to the Almighty for the violence to stop, but reconciliation and repentance cannot be achieved by covering a festering wound with apologetic words for a crime not committed.

I believe that reconciliation can only come from an end to the deception and blindness which has held this people hostage for so long. It can only come from a true understanding of God’s sovereign order and the role that He designed for each people group starting with Israel whom He chose, entrusting them with the oracles of faith to a lost and dying world (Romans 3:2). Israel is “the root” – which supports the olive tree and which gives nourishment, not the other way around (Romans 11:17).

Rejecting that order is directly rejecting God’s plan, and so it’s entirely possible that repentance needs to come from the people who have been unwilling to accept what the Creator of the Universe determined from the beginning of time.

Jack, you say that “we” (I’m assuming you mean believers) have let the evil one rule our land. We have given him the keys to the souls of our peoples. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth. Most believers I know pray for their enemies, the very ones who attack us here in Israel, to be given revelation by God that what they’re doing is against His plan. We pray for their salvation. We grieve at the thought of their young people so willing to embrace death with the false promise of paradise beyond the grave.

You call “national dreams” – other gods to which we give allegiance. What does that even mean? Are you suggesting we stop serving in the army, stop promoting the scriptural fulfillment of the Jewish people returning to their homeland, denounce the nationalistic pride that we feel when we sing the words to “HaTikvah?” When is it enough for you? When we call it Palestine and “live as one?”  

Replacement theology would say that “together we are part of ‘a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light’ (1 Peter 2:9).” Replacement theology would say that Jews ARE reckoned with the nations and that there is no distinction, and so if there is no distinction – no need for a Jewish homeland called Israel. Satan wins. He has cleverly covered his Israel destruction argument in spiritual gift wrap.

But then what do you do with scriptures such as:

Zech 8:23  “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.'”

Or

Zechariah 14:16-19   Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The Lord will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.

Even in the end of days, there is a distinction from Israel, the Jews and the nations which God clearly intended to remain separate and apart.

No, we have not forgotten that we are sinners fallen short of the glory of God nor do we think that anyone deserves to die. If we agree with God, then we, too, are not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (II. Peter 3:8-10)

No, we are not “called to give up.” We are called to continue to intercede and to ask God for His Shalom – both physical and spiritual.

I agree that God is able to soften and change hearts that were hard and angry, making them clean and loving, but that comes as a result of true revelation, and revelation comes from understanding what God has ordained.

May the Lord truly pour out revelation knowledge upon those whose eyes and hearts are blinded to the liberty, freedom and true peace that comes from a willingness to fully acknowledge and support God’s faithful promises to both the Arab people and the Jewish people reconciling them to Him and to one another:

The LORD will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the LORD, and He will respond to them and will heal them. In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth,…    Isaiah 19:22-24