There are many beliefs and notions in life that will change over time. There are many things that we once thought to be true that we no longer believe in. But one thing that never changes, is that as Christians we must support Israel.
We have friends who are Jews and we have friends who are Muslims, but while they are all good people, our Christian fidelity must lie with the nation of Israel.
Why do real Christians support Israel? There are many reasons that may require spiritual depth and knowledge that I can only aspire to, but let’s start with these simple three first.
1. God created Israel and He Is A Promise Keeping God
7 Before she was in labor, she gave birth. Before her pain came, she delivered a male child. 8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children. 9 “Will I bring the moment of birth, and not give delivery?” says Adonai. “Will I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God." (Isaiah 66:7-9 - Tree of Life Version)
What the prophet Isaiah said came true in 1948 with the Israeli Declaration of Independence. And yet, long before that, Israel was promised to her people by God when He made a covenant with Abraham (Gen 15:1 – 4, 18 – 21, TLV)
Never was a nation created solely for the purpose of loving and serving our Creator. All the nations of this world came into being through human hands. Israel and her people are the only ones who are the true testament of Abba’s faithfulness.
Remember Saul of Tarsus (Latin name Paulus) said:
16 For I am not ashamed of the Good News, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who trusts—to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 In it the righteousness of God is revealed, from trust to trust. As it is written, “But the righteous shall live by emunah." (Romans 1:16-17 TLV Version)
If God does not keep his covenant with the Jewish people, why would He keep His covenant with anyone else? It is by emunah/faith that we love Abba and His works in our lives, and it is by that same faith that we love and support His firstborn, His chosen people, His bride (Exodus 24:7-8, Jeremiah 2:2, Jeremiah 31:31-34).
2. God has Favorites
Ask any parent, and they will tell you they love all their equally. But that’s just not true! There’s always something about one child that they show more favor than the others.
And God does the same. He loves Israel more than He’ll love any other country, person, people, nation. He created them with a single purpose, to love Him!
Why else would He say, ‘Blessing I will bless thee’ (Genesis 22:17)?
Yes, God loves all His children infinitely, and He loves all of us a thousand times more than we’ll ever love Him. But He does show a bit of favoritism.
'And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.' (Genesis 12:3 KJV)
It’s quite simple, love and support His people, and Abba will bless you in return.
Need more? Saul says we can’t boast about being grafted in. Judaism is the root on which Christianity stands. Replacement theology and all the likes are pure hogwash. Without Judaism, there simply is no Christianity.
17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. (Romans 11:17-18 KJV)
3. Jesus is a jew (not was, is!)
There is no Christianity without the Jews. Jesus came to be born of a chaste Jewish girl named Maryam (who the world changed to Mary). He was born in a Jewish family, and received Jewish circumcision, and grew up as a ‘root out of dry ground’ (Isaiah 53:2).
When He offered the Samaritan woman water, He did not refer to Himself as a Christian (Christians didn’t exist at the time), Jesus referred to Himself as a Jew.
21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:21-24 - NLT
Jesus kept the Jewish feasts.
He celebrated Pesach (Passover) – Luke 2:41-43, Luke 22:7-8, Luke 22:15 KJV
He celebrated Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) – John 7:2-14 KJV, John 7:37 KJV
He celebrated the Feast of Dedication (now called Hanukkah) – John 10:22-23
Yeshua also fulfilled the feasts, but let’s not digress here.
And finally, in the book of Revelation, Jesus is referred to as the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. (Revelation 5:5 KJV)
If Jesus didn’t deny His Jewishness, why should we?
Are we Christian Zionists? If you want to put a label on it, maybe. But more importantly, we are lovers of Jesus Christ (not just followers); and as Christians, how can we profess to love Yeshua and not love and support the ones He came for?