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Why Christians Should Support Israel
by Pastor John Hagee
|Everything Christians do should be based upon the Biblical text. Here are seven solid Bible reasons why Christians should support Israel.
1. Genesis 12:3 "And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed." Point: G-d has promised to bless the man or nation that blesses the Chosen People. History has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the nations that have blessed the Jewish people have had the blessing of G-d; the nations that have cursed
the Jewish people have experienced the curse of G-d.
2. St.Paul recorded in Romans 15:27 "For if the Gentiles have shared in their (the Jews) spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things."
Christians owe a debt of eternal gratitude to the Jewish people for their contribution that gave birth to the Christian faith. Jesus Christ, a prominent Rabbi from Nazareth said, "Salvation is of the Jews!" (St. John 4:22) Consider what the Jewish people have given to Christianity.
a) The Sacred Scriptures
b) The Prophets
c) The Patriarchs
d) Mary, Joseph, and Jesus Christ of Nazareth
e) The twelve Disciples
f) The Apostles
It is not possible to say, "I am a Christian" and not love the Jewish people. The Bible teaches that love is not what you say, but what you do. (I John 3:18) "A bell is not a bell until you ring it, love is not love until you share it."
3. While some Christians try to deny the connection between Jesus of Nazareth and the Jews of the world,, Jesus never denied
His Jewishness. He was born Jewish. He was circumcised on the eighth day in keeping with Jewish tradition. He had His Bar Mitzvah on His 13th birthday. He kept the law of Moses. He wore the Prayer Shawl Moses commanded all Jewish men to wear. He died on a cross with an inscription over His head, "King of the Jews!"
Jesus considered the Jewish people His family. Jesus said (Matthew 25:40) "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren (the Jewish people ... Gentiles were never called His brethren), ye have done it unto Me."
4. "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee" (Psalm 122:6). The scriptural principle of prosperity is tied to blessing Israel and the city of Jerusalem.
Why did Jesus Christ go to the house of Cornelius in Capernaum and heal his servant, which was ready to die? What logic did the Jewish elders use with Jesus to convince Him to come into the house of a Gentile and perform a miracle?
The logic they used is recorded in Luke 7:5: "For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue." The message? This Gentile deserves the blessing of G-d because he loves our nation and has done something practical to bless the Jewish people.
6. Why did G-d the Father select the house of Cornelius in Caesarea (Acts Chapter 10) to be the first Gentile house in Israel to receive the Gospel? The answer is given repeatedly in Acts 10.
Acts 10.2: "a devout man. (Cornelius) and one that feared G-d with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and
prayed to G-d always." Who were the people to whom Cornelius gave these alms? They were the Jews!
Again in Acts 10:4 "... thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before G-d."
Again in Acts 10:31 "... and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of G-d."
The point is made three times in the same chapter. A godly Gentile who expressed his unconditional love for the Jewish people
in a practical manner was divinely selected by heaven to be the first Gentile to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
These combined Scriptures verify that PROSPERITY (Genesis 12:3 and Psalm 122:6) HEALING (Luke 7:1-5) and the OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT came first to Gentiles that blessed the Jewish people and the nation of Israel in a practical manner.
7. We support Israel because all other nations were created by an act of men, but Israel was created by an act of G-D! The Royal Land Grant that was given to Abraham and his seed through Isaac and Jacob with an everlasting and unconditional covenant. Genesis 12:3; 13:14-18; 15:1-21; 17:4-8; 22:15-18; 26:1-5 and Psalm 89:28-37.
|John Hagee Ministries: Why Christians Should Support Israel is part of a Special Edition Magazine from John Hagee Ministries
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