Internecine Warfare

Yeshua/Jesus has changed our lives, and brought us into His ministry of peace and reconciliation with those who are naturally our enemies or antagonists. Of course, we find it more difficult when it becomes a personal issue with someone, and not only a national or ethnic matter. But Israel’s salvation as a nation is necessary for the full blessings to the nations. Oftentimes reconciliation is limited to individuals and people groups, but God’s plan to save nations, with Israel the key, is left out.

As Israel becomes more of a religiously Jewish state in its orientation, it will also become less democratic, making it more restrictive on evangelical believers in Jesus. Historic Judaism does not accept those who believe in “that man” any more than it accepts Him as being the Messiah. God is working to take away this ungodliness from Jacob, so that “all Israel” will be saved.

We hear various reports of thousands — even millions — of Muslims being saved out of their darkness and brought into the kingdom of light. These being Gentiles (non-Jews), God’s wisdom is to bring the fullness of the Gentiles into the olive tree before the salvation of His chosen nation. May the new heart and God’s Spirit in them cause them to provoke Israel to jealousy and to show mercy upon her. Please pray for more Gentiles to be save, even as you pray and work for the salvation of the Jewish people.

Israel is, as usual, going through much internal political in-fighting. Some former defense ministers are denying that Iran is a serious threat to Israel, despite the Islamic religious and political jihad against the existence of the sovereign Jewish nation in the land promised by YHVH to the descendants of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. This is like denying all of the Muslim links to the terrorism happening around the world. On the other hand, the unrestricted time which a particular person can be Prime Minister entrenches power and breeds corruption. This is simply a reality of human nature and sin. What to do? Evangelize, pray, be diligent at what the Lord has called each of us to do, and watch expectantly for the signs of the coming again of the Lord! But we also need to be prepared mentally and spiritually for the serious troubles which lie ahead as the Day approaches (which is still some years to come).

Israeli military leaders have expressed extreme self-confidence in Israel’s capability to decisively defeat both Hamas and Hezbollah whenever the next wars break out in Gaza and in Lebanon. The Word of the Lord says that it is not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the LORD that victory will ultimately come. (Zechariah 4:6) But woe to those world powers who would actively weaken Israel’s capabilities to defeat those who are intent on defeating and destroying her! Pray for Israel’s repentance back to her God, and for God’s grace and mercy still upon the nation that she and her enemies will know that YHVH is God in Israel.

This article originally appeared on Streams in the Negev and is reposted with permission.