More than at any previous time in history we need you to partner with us in our 8th annual Night to Honor Israel on March 30, 2014, which is an initiative of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). The aim of CUFI has always been to stand for Israel and to encourage our leaders in Congress and the Senate to do the same.
Historically our nation’s uncontested bi-partisan support for Israel has been unwavering. It is simple — the United States has stood with Israel because its values align with our own: Israel stands as a beacon of hope, freedom, democracy and life, in a region of the world where hope is failing, oppression is cloaked as democracy, and terrorism is becoming common place. The Judeo Christian values that lay at the foundation of Our American values are the same principles upon which the democratic state of Israel was formed.
In our nation’s founding documents, we acknowledge that our country is united under one God — the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Likewise Israel’s Declaration of Independence calls upon the “Rock of Israel” (the name for God, used in the Old Testament) to indicate the trust and faith that the State of Israel places in an immutable God.
It is clear that our nation’s stand with Israel goes much deeper than superficial politics. However, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the political realities of our day. I wish I could say that that the United States stand with Israel has never been stronger, and that CUFI has turned the tide in the Middle East. In reality, we are living in a sobering day where peace initiatives are failing, conflict is increasing, and politicians are frantically searching for solutions to quell an unsettled world.
Since the Arab Spring, close to three years ago, the Middle East is more unstable than ever. Egypt (once at peace with Israel) now joins the ranks of the “not so friendly” Israeli neighbors. Israel (approximately the size of the state of New Jersey) is engulfed by hostile neighbors in Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt (not to mention the continued threats from terrorist organizations like Hamas living side-by-side within Israel’s borders). Despite these immense challenges, the biggest existential threat that Israel faces from Iran increases daily. As Iran continues to violate UN Security Council resolutions by building up their nuclear weapons arsenal, the agenda of the Mullahs, the IRG, and those who hold power in Iran has not changed. The reality is that the threat to Israel and the Jewish people has never been greater.
Most of you are aware of the unprecedented decision by our current administration to ease sanctions on Iran (against Israel’s pleas). Essentially, we have turned our back on Israel in the hour of her greatest need. Israel, now betrayed by her closet ally, has initiated meetings with Russia to forge friendlier relations.
Friends, we are truly living in a day that is eerily like the time spoken of by the prophet Zechariah chapter 12– a time where “ALL the nations of the earth lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.” BUT—we will not despair and loose hope.
Throughout the history of the world, there has always been a scheme of hell to thwart the redemptive plans of God in the earth. The State of Israel and the Jewish people stand as a testimony of the eternal promise of a covenant-keeping God. From the time that Abraham was called and chosen to carry the promise of God to a hurting world, this spiritual battle between God’s redemptive purposes has played out in every generation. What we are witnessing today (with our nation turning against Israel) may be unprecedented in our generation, but make no mistake — what we are witnessing is an ancient spiritual battle.
In fact, the book of Zechariah foretold a day when ALL the nations of the earth would come against Jerusalem. In that portion of Zechariah, it says that the Lord Himself will fight on behalf of Jerusalem and the nations that come against Jerusalem will be judged. Earlier in chapter 8 of Zechariah it says:
“People shall yet come, inhabitants of many cities: the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying ‘Let us continue to go and pray before the Lord, and seek the Lord of hosts, I myself will go …yes, many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of host in Jerusalem and pray before the Lord.’
Thus says the Lord of Hosts: ‘in those days, ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”
There is an interesting and familiar phenomena observed over and over again in the Word of God. The pattern is this: God establishes His redemptive purpose, and all of Hell seeks to thwart these plans. We (as His people) are invited to side with Him in this battle.
Friends, the battle is not over. Even though the ALL nations of the earth are waging war against the plans and purpose of God, God is looking for those who will stand with him. God is looking for His covenant people (positioned throughout the earth) to grab hold of the sleeve of a “Jewish man” and say….”Come, let us go with you and pray before the Lord of Host in Jerusalem, for we have heard and we have seen that God is truly with you.”
The hour for us to stand with Israel is NOW. World opinion has never been more anti-Israel than it is today. There has never been greater distance between the government of the United States and Israel than there is today. Never has the hatred toward Israel been more intense. In general, the countries of the Middle East are becoming emboldened with their anti-Israel rhetoric and antisemitism continues to increase.
Finally let me suggest some very practical actions you can take to “Stand for Israel.”
- Demonstrate your support for the State of Israel by attending the Eighth Annual Greater Rochester Night to Honor Israel to be held at Bethel Christian Fellowship on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
- Equip yourself with accurate information and become familiar with Middle East history so you can recognize and filter through the anti-Israel media bias.
- Accept, with continuing faithfulness, the Bible’s call to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” and pray that our nation will govern in the light of Genesis 12:1 where it says “I will bless those who bless you…”
- Visit Israel with us in 2014. We will be taking a tour to Israel to from September 8-18, 2014. During that tour you will receive valuable teaching (lead by John Hagee) about the historic and modern-day significance of Israel. You will also have the opportunity to stand in solidarity at the Jerusalem Night to Honor
- The Holy Land Pilgrim Tour will take place on September 8-18, 2014,
- For information call Bethel Christian Fellowship at 585 232-1136 *21 or e-mail us at Israel@bethelcf.com
Most importantly, remember that this is a spiritual battle. Ask God to strengthen you to stand with Him and to receive revelation on what you are specifically called to do. Then let us stand together for His redemptive purposes in the earth.