Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 01/07/2012

The Suffering Servant – ISRAEL

The Christian Zionist movement – pro-Israel Christianity, is constantly gaining new recruits by the millions worldwide. Even Arab Christians are accepting the promised biblical restoration of the nation of Israel. Yet, there is a division among Christians; there is a counter movement which sympathizes with the Palestinian suffering and questions the Zionist motives of fellow Christians who stand with Israel. They blame Israel for ‘blocking peace’ and for ‘hastening the Apocalypse’. (They also wrongly allegorize the hundreds of prophecies promising the restoration of the land of Israel to the Jews, believing that God has dismissed the Jews from His plan and replaced them with His Church.)

Yet what truly motivates Zionist Christians to care deeply for Israel and the Jews? If we are truly demonstrating the fruit of the Holy Spirit, we must demonstrate love, peace, kindness, goodness, patience, etc. toward them and no fellow Christian should question this. Jesus Himself told us this in Matthew 25:40 “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”  Clearly, ‘my brethren’ refers to the Jewish people, the relatives of Jesus.

Granted, the Palestinians have suffered depression and loss; yet this suffering is due largely to their own Arab leaders, who have used ordinary Palestinians as political pawns in their racist struggle to snuff out the Jewish state. What’s more, many other people groups have suffered from man’s inhumanity to man, and yet the Palestinians seem to receive the most pity and support. Why not the Jews, who have suffered more throughout history than any other people on earth?

According to the bible, however, it’s not just their suffering that should move our hearts.  What truly sets Jewish suffering apart is that it was mainly INFLICTED BY GOD HIMSELF and was for the sake of all other peoples!! Israel was called to be a SUFFERING SERVANT for the sake of the nations. God has always used the Jews to deliver to the world, through much tribulation, the WORD OF GOD, THE LAW OF GOD, THE PROPHECY, SERVICE AND WORSHIP OF GOD, and finally – THE MESSIAH OF GOD! (Romans 9:4-5) ”. . . the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.” All of this is necessary for salvation. Yet, because Israel was not always obedient and faithful to their God, God Himself corrected them through painful uprootings and exiles, promising ‘double’ for all her sins (Isaiah 50:1-3; Jeremiah 16:18). God himself hardened Jewish hearts to their own promised Messiah and committed them to disobedience so the mercies of God could flow to gentiles. The Jews’ ‘stumbling’ meant ‘riches’ for us gentiles. Their ‘casting off’ was the ‘reconciling of the world’ to God. They were ‘made enemies of the Gospel’ (for a time) for the sake of the Gentiles. This ‘incurable’ wound on the Jewish people (Jeremiah 30:12-17) can only be truly healed by God Himself, and this through the ‘mercy’ we show to Israel (Romans 11:31 “. . . so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you.”). God has promised to restore Israel ‘double’ for all their loss and dispossession and to bring them ‘double’ honor. “Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”( Isaiah 61:7); see also Zechariah 9:12 “Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.”

We Christian Zionists yearn to see this suffering people, who suffered so for our sake, healed of their wounds and fully restored to their God given inheritance, reaching their promised national destiny in Him. No bible believing Christian should question this!

Some info taken from the Jerusalem Post, Christian Edition, David Parsons

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  1. Here is a partial list of reliable Christian figures and ministries who support Israel and believe the prophecies regarding Israel:

    Ann Graham Lotz
    Billy Graham
    Bridges For Peace
    Charles Stanley
    Christians For Biblical Israel
    Christian Friends of Israel
    Christians United For Israel
    Chuck Pierce
    Chuck Smith
    David Jeremiah
    Dick Eastman
    Dick Germaine 😉
    Elwood McQuaid
    Friends Of Israel
    Intercessors For America
    International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
    International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
    Israel My Glory magazine
    Jack Hayford
    Jack Van Impe
    James & Shirley Dobson
    Jay Sekulow (ACLJ)
    Jerry Falwell (late)
    Jews For Jesus
    Jimmy DeYoung
    John Hagee
    John Walvrood
    Joyce Meyer
    Kay Arthur
    Messianic Jewish Alliance of America
    Michael W. Smith
    Myles Munroe
    Pat Robertson
    Paul Cedar
    Perry Rockwood
    Ravi Zacharias
    Regeant University
    Renald Showers
    Sid Roth
    T.D. Jakes
    The Christian Coalition
    Tim LaHaye
    Zion’s Fire magazine
    Zola Levitt


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