Christian acceptance in Israel is increasing. A few proofs are the increase of organizations promoting cooperation, a yearly increase of global Christian tourism, promotion of Christian support by much of Israel’s government, and the increase of open Messianic churches. However, the ultra-religious Jewish groups find this very offensive and are vocal (sometimes violent) about their objection. JPost reported one Rabbi as saying, “All forms of Christian assistance to Jews have but one purpose: erasing Israel in one way or another…we shouldn’t be lured by statements of love, hugs and kisses.” He believes our intent is deceptive, and is not alone in his thoughts. Three young Jewish extremists vandalized the Church of Loaves and Fishes in 2015 (Times of Israel) because of resentment toward a Christian presence in Israel. They see us as a threat and believe Zion should not and will not be built up until Messiah comes. The religious group sees the progress going on now as man’s initiative to imitate the will of God. We Christians, to them, stand in violation of the Torah as well as all of the other Jews standing with us. So, we pray for them and love genuinely in spite of the erroneous opinion.
Yes, we do feel that the time of “building up” is now and that God uses people (the foreigners) to help fulfill His will. I feel this verse is relevant to what the Lord is doing in the Land today: “When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory” (Psalm 102:16, KJV). Christians come and give of their time and resources to show their love. We love sincerely and know that there is a work that only God can and will do for the nation of Israel and through the Jewish people!
In Genesis 45, Joseph sent everyone away before he revealed himself privately to his brothers. Yes, Messiah has a revealing planned…and I’m NOT invited to that future private, precious moment! For now, and always, I stand WITH Israel and the biological children of Jacob around the world. May Christians be bold in their stand for Israel. May we keep the faith that we will be One.
Pray for the Jewish people–especially the ones who don’t trust you. Pray that those with mistrust will accept our love and the timing of our God for us to come to Israel and love Israel’s people.