Why Christians Should Support Israel by Mike Evans
Why should Christians support Israel? Mike Evans states the many reasons, some being the following:
Explore in detail each reason above and understand why God has commanded blessings upon those who would bless and pray for the Jewish people.
If the revealed will of God and the record of history mean anything to followers of the Jewish Messiah-as they must-we can only conclude that Christians have a heaven-ordained duty to love and support the Jewish people in every possible way. More than a duty, we should consider it our great privilege to bless the people who have blessed us; especially by being the channels through which our sacred Bible and our precious salvation have come to us.
Jesus himself said that the Son of Man will pass judgment on the nations when He comes to rule on His glorious throne as King of Kings. (Matt. 25:31) He went on to reveal that the main criteria for judgment would be how Gentiles treated His brothers (25:40). Of course, all of us who are faithful followers of the Great Shepherd are the Lord’s spiritual brethren. But Jesus’ Jewish kin will always be His basic family stock, and thus His particular brethren. There is good reason to believe that these are the ones the Lord was referring to in the twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew.
When we pray for Jerusalem we are saying, “Maranatha, come Messiah!”
The Messiah is indeed coming back, and He is coming to Jerusalem. That is something on which both Jews and Christians agree. As Christians, we believe that we know His name, while the Jewish people say they don’t. But there is no question that when Messiah comes, everyone will know His name.
Our Lord was asked by His disciples in Matt. 24:3, “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the age.” He clearly gave them the signs beginning with the destruction of the Temple. In verse 2, Jesus prophesied that the Temple would be taken apart stone by stone 40 years before it happened. The fig tree has always been a symbol of the Nation of Israel. In verses 32-36, Jesus laid out the key sign of His return, and the end of the age….the sign of the fig tree. That “fig tree” bloomed on May 14, 1948 in fulfillment of Isaiah 66:8: “Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?” Jesus warned to not set dates for “no one would know the day or the hour.” The generation that saw the blooming of the fig tree would not pass away until He came.
Jesus is coming soon! We had better be sure that what we are living for is worthy of Christ having died for, and that we ask ourselves this simple question: How will what we do to Israel through our apathy or our actions matter in light of eternity?
Mike Evans (June 30, 1947- ) is an author, award-winning journalist, commentator and the head of several prominent international non-profit organizations in the U.S. and the Netherlands.
Evans has written 38 books and has provided analysis and commentary on Middle East affairs for a variety of media. He has appeared on many network television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Cross Fire, Nightline, The Good Morning Show (Great Britain), and appears frequently on the Fox Network, CNN World News, NBC, ABC and CBS. His articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Times, The Jerusalem Post and others. He serves as the Executive Director of The Corrie ten Boom Fellowship, as well as Chairman of the Board the Corrie ten Boom Foundation in Ha'arlem, Holland, which operates the ten Boom Holocaust Museum. He also founded The Jerusalem Prayer Team with a reunified Jerusalem's second mayor, Ehud Olmert.