Why Christians Must Support Israel

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Unless one has lived in a cave with no access to any type of internet, television, radio, or print journalism, then one probably knows that there are currently problems in Israel. Actually, to say there are problems may be putting it too mildly.  The Palestinians, spurred on by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Hamas, are seeking to once again lay ownership to at least a part of Israel.   Really, the bitter truth is that Hamas wants to destroy Israel.  There is another truth in this whole debacle in the Middle East which is that those who claim to be part of Christianity cannot support the agenda of Hamas and Christians must stand firm in their support of Israel.

Christians that have supported allowing the Jews to once again lay claim to their ancient motherland have been around for as long as those claiming to be Christians have been able to read the scripture on their own.  Once Christians understood scripture on their own merit, it became clear about God’s agreement with Abraham in which he promised him and all in his future bloodline a land that was known as Canaan. Canaan would eventually be called Israel. It became apparent through the reading of the Hebrew prophets that even though the citizens of Israel might be displaced from their land for a period of time, God was going to eventually return them to what the Bible calls the “promised land” one final time.

Of course, since a large portion of the history of Christianity is against the Jewish faith, a first glance at the current support of Israel from Christians may appear to be new. It may even to appear to be something that is a passing fad and will not last long.  However, it is important to realize that it came about over 500 years ago with an event that would forever alter the relationship between Christianity and the nation of Israel. That event was the translation of the scripture into a language that could be understood by the average layperson. This had a huge impact. Once the average layperson could understand scripture, attempts were made to change the state church. Christians fled from their homes as a result of this new revelation because of disagreements with their own families over attitudes toward the nation of Israel.

With the understanding of the scripture came an awareness of the Hebrew origins of Christianity. This led to studying the Hebraic language and gaining knowledge about the Jewish Feasts.  Soon, Christians found themselves empathizing with the persecuted citizens of Israel.  An understanding was also gained concerning God’s promise to one day restore the Jewish people to their homeland. Christians began praying to this end.  The reality is that four hundred years before Israel actually was reestablished as a nation, Christians were already praying to that end.

In time, the number of Christians who supported the inerrancy of scripture would grow.  As that number grew, the sphere of Christian influence broadened.  As the sphere of influence broadened, so did the involvement in seeing Israel once again reestablished.  Soon, Theodore Herzl would coin the term “Christian Zionists” at a meeting in 1897.

Scripture is black and white that the nation of Israel was given a land known as Canaan and that the gift came directly from God himself.  It was given to Abraham and to all of his descendants through his son Isaac because God had plans to form a nation that he would eventually use to reach the world with his plan of redemption.

The existence of Canaan as a homeland for the nation of Israel was crucial to God’s ultimate purpose of redemption. It was through the nation of Israel that he made known to the world the truth of the scripture with all of its prophecies, promises, and especially the prophecy, promises, and ultimate story of the Messiah.

Scripture foretold that the nation of Israel would be exiled into captivity as a result of their own disobedience. However, it also tells of God’s promise to return them to their land. This would not be a one-time occurrence. It would actually occur twice.

The story of God’s plan for Israel is not yet over.  In fact one day, she is supposed to become the chief of all of the countries of the world. God’s word is expected to come out of Jerusalem and go all over the world with the message of Jesus Christ.  The Savior of Israel is expected to return and rule with a righteous hand over all the nations of the world. There will be no more war. There will be only peace.

For this reason, the majority of people who wear the title of Christian will always support the return of the Israelites to their homeland to begin the rebuilding of their country.  Today, just as it has always been, the enemies of Israel are seeking to destroy Israel and remove it from the face of the planet in such a way that it can never exist again. Christians feel they have no choice but to be outspoken in their support and continue to stand with Israel.  They see part of their calling as being on a mission to comfort, bless, pray for, and encourage Israel.

Without the nation of Israel, Christians believe they would have never heard the message. God uses the nation of Israel to send his message. Christians believe that for this reason, they owe Israel a huge debt of a spiritual nature.  To that end, they offer the Israeli people their respect, support, and honor.

At the same time, Christians also are sorrowful and repentant concerning the part that many Christians have had in the persecuting throughout history of the Jewish people. It is their desire to right this wrong and forge a new relationship based on a shared understanding and respect.

There is a reason that Christians support Israel that goes beyond the scripture. Christians know the historical background of the modern nation of Israel. A careful examination of undisputable historical facts make Israel the clear victor. Israel has legally acquired its status as a nation. It acquired its territory through legal channels.  For this reason, it is right to want to continue to exist and especially to maintain that existence in legally protected borders.

Israel is not a perfect nation.  The people of Israel are not always right in the policies they enact.  However, Israel is a nation that is morally and legally correct in its existence and establishment. It is sad that the land surrounded on all sides by countries that want Israel completely destroyed.  Christians must always stand for the right of this long persecuted nation to exist.

Opinion by Rick Hope

 Christian Post

11 Responses to "Why Christians Must Support Israel"

  1. Herbert   October 11, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Christianity has been hijacked by Rothschild Zionists. The same Zionists who put Hitler into power and genocided their own people to gain Palestine (Balfour Agreement). The same Zionists who propagate their fascist views through the likes of John Hagee and Kenneth Copeland to name a couple. The same Zionists whose goal is to place every New Testament church back under the Old Covenant through tithing and other laws that applied to the Levitical priesthood only and NEVER to the NT church or Gentiles for that matter). God already fulfilled His promises to Abraham (read Joshua 21:45) and is not obligated to do it again. IF the Jews are supposed to reclaim their land and have it back, then they have to receive Jesus as the FULFILLMENT of their covenant with God; otherwise they are thieves and robbers according to John 10:1; also read 14:6). Nothing anti-Semitic about this BTW. Take it up with Jesus.

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  2. Chris   August 6, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Anyone who is paying attention, or has any ability to think logically, or understands scripture and has not been completely brainwashed by evil men who have perverted Christianity, should be able to see what a load of B.S. this is. Let me guess. You believe without question the whole “support the Israeli government, no matter what they do, or else God will punish us” philosophy and your bible is a Scoffield Reference Bible? Or you listen to and believe whatever comes out of the mouths of men who were trained, via the Scoffield Reference Bible, to “minister” to you? Or you have been manipulated by the fearmongers/warmongerers to be fearful of muslims? Or you have a vested interest in the success of the Israeli governement’s agenda? Or you are paid to propagandize in favor of the Israeli government? It has to be one or more of these.

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  3. Rick Hiltz   August 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Kissinger said that the Criminal state of Israell will not exist in 10 yrs he said that 2 yrs ago so they have 8 or less yrs left . he should know he is a criminal as well and sooner or later all criminals will get caught

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  4. mark   August 1, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    LMAO!!! B you havent the mustard seed required to understand.

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  5. B   August 1, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Is God really going to reward these people who reject His Son with power FIRST, and then hope they change their minds about Christ SECONDLY?! This is a lie that Christians need to wake up from. Read your Bibles for yourself for a change and show me real scriptural support for this. God cast them down because they rejected Christ in pride. Now He’s going to change His mind and REWARD this pride with POWER?!

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  6. The SandCracker   August 1, 2014 at 12:05 am

    This is pretty blatant and uneducated propaganda. Are you aware Israel created Hamas. Are you aware the 3 Israeli teens used to start this genocide was false information by the Israeli government and Hamas had nothing to do with it? That Israel waited many days knowing that the kids were dead by the hands of two men (not disclosed as Palestinian or Israeli) to increase sympathy. Hamas’ official statement is they want Israel to be removed because it was an illegal acquisition of Palestinian land and they believe Israel is anti-semitic and anti-Jewish, which it is according to the Torah. The promise land was not to be received until the messiah came and led them there. I don’t think that has happened unless you believe Christ is that messiah, which is not true because the Bible is a mishmash of pagan Sun god myths. The fact is Israel fabricated a reason to commit genocide. This has nothing to do with religion and is just the sadistic execution of Zionist fascism. It is unfortunate that people cannot differentiate Zionism with Judaism but they actually oppose one another. Love humans and please stop spreading hate based on propaganda and false religious myths. Thank you with universal love.

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  7. Acts238   July 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    The end of the Jewish age (world) officially ended in AD 70 when God used the Romans to destroy Israel just as Jesus prophesied would happen within the generation living when He said it. The true Israel is church… the NEW Jerusalem. The promise to Abraham came through Jesus (the SEED not seeds) who taught a SPIRITUAL Israel not a physical Israel and that started to happen on the Day of Pentecost in AD30. The ONLY way into the spiritual kingdom of God is through the DOOR…. Jesus Christ. That makes you a true Jew. It is not because one’s flesh is circumcised that makes one a Jew but having one’s heart (spirit) circumcised. God’s promises to Israel were always based on their obedience. If they disobeyed that broke the covenant… and by turning their back on their own Messiah and adding insult to injury by killing Christians certainly brought God’s “Day of the Lord” judgment in AD70. Jesus came to fulfill all prophecy and He did so. There are no more prophecies left. It is FINISHED. Repent and believe the gospel. Acts 2:38.

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  8. Acts238   July 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    The end of the Jewish age (world) officially ended in AD 70 when God used the Romans just as Jesus prophesied would happen within the generation living when He said it. The true Israel is church… the NEW Jerusalem. The promise to Abraham came through Jesus who taught a SPIRITUAL Israel not a physical Israel and that started to happen on the Day of Pentecost in AD30. The ONLY way into the spiritual kingdom of God is through the DOOR…. Jesus Christ. That makes you a true Jew. It is not because one’s flesh is circumcised that makes one a Jew but having one’s heart (spirit) circumcised. God’s promises to Israel were always based on their obedience. If they disobeyed that broke the covenant… and by turning their back on their own Messiah and adding insult to injury certainly brought God’s “Day of the Lord” judgment in AD70. Jesus came to fulfill all prophecy and He did so. There are no more prophecies left. It is FINISHED. Repent and
    believe the gospel. Acts 2:38.

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  9. RG   July 30, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Two sentences stand out here:

    “In fact one day, she is supposed to become the chief of all of the countries of the world. God’s word is expected to come out of Jerusalem and go all over the world with the message of Jesus Christ.”

    The author really believes Israel is going to rule over Russia? China? The United States, Europe? South America, the Muslim World, India? Japan? Korea? All of Africa, the rest of Asia, and Australia, too? The number of Christians stands at around 31% of the world population. Muslims at 23%. Jews at .2% (Pew Research 2012). The rest are various non-Abrahamic faiths and atheists/agnostics. Israel is going to rule over this? They can barely contain Gaza and West Bank! And on top of it, they’re suddenly going to start preaching the Word of Jesus? After so many of their own people struggled for hundreds of years to keep their distinct faith and traditions, they are suddenly going to give it all away? Seriously?

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  10. Aby   July 30, 2014 at 6:22 am

    All INDIANS supports Israel.. India and Israel are true friends.. ISRAEL LONG LIVE. GOD BLESS ISRAEL

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  11. Ryan   July 30, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Christian Zionism is the byproduct of the eschatological and hermenuetical implications of Dispensationalism- a modern perturbation of Christianity. The men who died to bring the Bible to the laymen held to Covenant theology which teaches that the promise to Abraham was fulfilled through Christ, not the nation-state of Israel. This was the dominant protestant theological paradigm until the late 1800s.

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