I STAND WITH ISRAEL – WHAT’S REALLY BEHIND THE SLOGAN?

Many Western Christians have been indoctrinated with an end time theology by which they embrace the slogan, “I stand with Israel”, as a show of support for the modern state of Israel, and for the Jews who live there. Yet many of the same Christians do not demonstrate the same support for Jews who live elsewhere throughout the world.

I once heard a minister say “I run with Israeli Jews” as if Jews living in Israel were more special than Jews living elsewhere.

This sort of thinking is rooted in a religious and political idea, fueled by an end time theology which has no true Biblical foundation.

In scripture, the Israelites were called Israel, not because they were in the land, but because they were the descendants of Jacob.

They were called Israel while they were slaves in Egypt. They were called Israel during the 40 years in the wilderness. They were called Israel while in captivity by the Assyrians and the Babylonians. They were called Israel in the book of Acts, even though they were living in other countries.

If a Christian claims to truly support Israel, then they must support Jews in New York city, or Iran, just as much as they do Jews in Israel.

But here’s the thing: Many Christians have never taken the time to really think through their Israel theology, because they have been told what to believe by “pro-state of Israel” ministers who don’t have good theology about Israel themselves.

The customary practice of those who hold to this theology is to project onto the modern state of Israel texts which applied to ancient Israel regarding their return from captivity, because those text are viewed as prophetic of the modern day state of Israel. Yet, amazingly, all the other texts which express God’s displeasure and judgment on the sins of Israel in the land are left out and not considered prophetic.

This is evident by the “ignorance is bliss attitude that many have been conditioned to take regarding the ungodly things that go on in Israel.

Please consider what I say. If the state of Israel host celebrations for the LGBT and permits vulgar displays of sexuality in streets of Tel Aviv (which begins on June 8th this year), nothing is said. Yet if an American city does the same, then judgment is coming. A double standard to say the least!

If the IDF kills 50 Palestinian protesters, there is no out cry from Western Christians who hold to the end time theology referenced above.

Yet many of those who stand against the atrocities that go on in the land of Israel are Jews (Israel) in other countries, such as The True Torah Jews, who care about truth and sanctifying the God of Israel in the eyes of the world. These Jews are often ignored by Western Christians (who hold to the end time theology already mentioned).

In the Bible, God is opposed to Israelites who commit such evil things in the land. And his blessing is on those who opposed such things, and who do righteous deeds in his sight, regardless if they are in the land or not. Daniel and his three friends are perfect examples of those who pleased God, while not living in the land.

Conversely, consider the following regarding those who do evil in the land:

“Forge a chain! For the land is full of bloody crimes and the city is full of violence. ~ Ezekiel 7:23

Then he said to me, “The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. The land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice. For they say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see.’ ~ Ezekiel 9:9

“Son of man, when the house of Israel lived in their own land, they defiled it by their ways and their deeds. Their ways before me were like the uncleanness of a woman in her menstrual impurity. ~ Ezekiel 36:17

I could go on and on, but the point is, Christians have been sold an end time theology that has made a mess of their understanding of (1) who Israel is in the eyes of God, (2) the purpose for which God gave the promised land to Israel, and (3) how the New Testament is not an intermission in the story of Israel, but the continuation of the narrative of their story.

Jesus is the King of Israel now according to the New Testament, and the promises God made to Israel have been fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. God’s calling of Israel was never for them to build some grand temple, for God never asked for such a temple – yes that is clearly stated by God in scripture.

That which God always wanted was a holy people, who would obey his voice and walk in his ways, and God has fulfilled this through his Son Jesus. This is why the story of Israel turns heavenward and is no longer earthly in the New Testament. A true Jew is not one who is a Jew outwardly, but one inwardly, born from above with a circumcised heart.

Yet the end time theology of many disregards this in support of those who continue to defile the land with their wickedness, even cheering them on from their “prophecy watch” recliners hoping for a rebuilt temple (something God never desired) with animal sacrifices which are apostate now that Jesus has died as the true lamb of God, and risen again.

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2 thoughts on “I STAND WITH ISRAEL – WHAT’S REALLY BEHIND THE SLOGAN?

  1. Michael, one question.
    A Jew is an Israelite, but not all Israelites are Jews. Because Jews are the descendants of Judah (part of Israel.)
    Is that the reason why the gospel (Matthew, John, Luke and Marcus) called them Jews because only the tribes of Benjamin and Judah returns from captivity.?
    Is that maybe the reason why Paul wrote in Romans 2, a true Jew has nothing to do with outer thing, but with curcomcision of the hart.
    In Christ there is no more ethnicity. Is that
    Any thoughts?

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  2. Thanks for the inquiry. In response, I would say the following;

    The term Jew does not refer only the southern tribes in every place in scripture. There are many places where the term “Jew” or “Jews” is a reference to any, and all Israelites.

    Though Jew may have been a reference to Judah in the beginning, it became a reference to “all Israelites.” For example, many who were descendants of the dispersed from among the 10 tribes were scattered into the nations referenced in Acts 2. These Israelites, who were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost in Acts 2, were called “JEWS.”
    And there were dwelling at Jerusalem JEWS, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. ~ Acts 2:5.

    In his sermon in Acts 2, Peter refers to these Jews as “Ye men of Israel” and “the house of Israel.” ~ Acts 2:22,36

    Verses 6-10 mentions the nations that these Isrealites (called Jews) were living in. Isaiah the prophet foretold of this in chapter 11.

    And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover THE REMNANT OF HIS PEOPLE, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble THE OUTCASTS OF ISRAEL, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. ~ Isaiah 11:10-12

    The places referred to by Isaiah in the scriptures above, corresponds with those mentioned in Acts 2.

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