Jerusalem is the city of the great King — Yeshua the Messiah, Son of David. That day will come when He will sit on the throne of His glory in this Jerusalem, in fulfillment of the covenant promises made to David (Mt 25:31-34); but presently, this holy, set apart Capital of Israel has the spirit of Sodom and Egypt. (Rev 11) The current Jerusalem is under bondage to the Torah from Mt Sinai, by which they (or any others) are unable to be justified. (Gal 4:24-26) It is clearly not for now the spiritual center for the Body of Messiah, but of the Antichrist. (Dan 11:29-39) Our prayers — or both Jewish and Gentile believers — are directed towards the Jerusalem above, wherever we may be living. (Jn 4:19-26)
Should this affect our prayers and support for the nation of Israel? It depends on how you already may be praying and supporting Israel as a nation. As just noted from the Revelation, God knows about the present spiritual reality on the ground. The more Jewish that the Jewish state of the Jewish people becomes, the more difficult and challenging it will become for the believers in Yeshua/Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God (with all that that means). We need your prayers and support to be overcomers in trusting and obeying our Lord under such circumstances. (You need ours, too!) Your support for Israel and the Israeli Jewish people cannot be based upon sentiment or guilt, or on “common values”, but must be grounded in the heart’s desire to see the sanctity of our Father’s name, and of His Messiah — His beloved Son — who came as a Jew in particular, and as a human being in general, in order that He would be our Redeemer and Savior. An angel — even the Angel of YHVH — could not accomplish this; but He had to take on flesh and blood so that He could actually die on that cross.
The Jewish religious nationalists — similar, probably, to Simon the Zealot, whom Jesus chose to be one of the 12 apostles — are going to try to move things along, which the Scriptures have foretold, even though they are probably not aware really that this is in the New Testament, and in the Book of Daniel, both of which they do not now respect as the Word of the God of Israel, whom they profess to serve. Yeshua is sovereign (Mt 28:18-20), and things are unfolding in accord with the will and purpose of God.
For you who are Gentile believers, Israel’s religious “zeal” serves at least two purposes that come to my mind for now: first, that more Gentiles can still be saved, get a new heart and new spirit/Spirit, in order to show mercy to the Jewish people and to the nation; and to provoke them to jealousy for their God and King whom you know. Secondly, because of seeking to take the kingdom by force by their own might and power and self-righteousness — and being that they [mis]represent the God of Israel who chose them — all nations of the world will be drawn by YHVH against them. This will be His righteous chastisement and final “calamity” against His own people for their sin against Him that they might call upon the name of the only One who will save them; and that He will judge and destroy those nations that are against His sovereignty to choose whom He will and pledge with an oath to protect them from their enemies bent on their destruction in their resentment and hatred of Him who chose them.
A question for us: are we willing to be hated because of our faith in Jesus/Yeshua, and have everyone turn against us? (Mt 24:8-14)
This article originally appeared on Streams in the Negev, December 6, 2022, and reposted with permission.