The world gets it, and yet the church is missing out. How is it that the world, generally speaking, being directly opposed to the King of the Universe “gets it” and the Church, the body of Messiah is generally missing out on what He is doing? How did we get here??
In the media, Israel is front page news every day. This tiny strip of land that is about 250 miles long at it’s longest point, 60 miles wide at it’s widest but less than 9 miles wide at it’s narrowest point, is the focal point of the world?? Do you want to see an example? Front page news from the New York Times yesterday (July 5, 2010). I’m serious, look at the article.
Israel, the people, are the apple of G-d’s eye, His chosen people, His special treasure. Israel, the land, is a special place, it is where G-d brought Abraham to because He thought it was something special in all the earth and He will return there because He has placed His Name there forever. If we claim to be seeking after His heart, we need to understand that His heart beats for the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and that His eye is on a particular piece of real estate above all others.
The world gets it – Israel (the land and the people) is in the news every day, she’s in the forefront of their minds. How often is Israel in the forefront of our minds? The world is often times fully consumed with Israel, are we? Why is this little speck of land so all consuming to the world if it’s not on account of G-d Himself? When was the last time you heard about Israel at Church? Maybe you go to one of the few churches that takes Israel seriously, but most do not. We have GOT to wake up! Do you understand what we’re choosing to miss out on?? Simply put, we are opting to miss out on the heartbeat of The True and Living G-d! And for what?
When Messiah comes, where will He come to? To Jerusalem, in Israel. Who is He coming to? His brothers. Yes, He’s coming to be the King of the World but He’s not coming to the world – not to New York, London or Shanghai. He’s coming to the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in their land of Israel, specifically Jerusalem. This is the first time since the Messiah walked the earth that His brothers are back at home, waiting for Him to come. Then, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess the amazing wonder and awesomeness of our G-d and King. He will reign the world from His throne, the throne of David, in Jerusalem. He’s not going to return to a desolate land where not a single Jew can be found. He’s returning to a bountiful land, flowing with milk and honey, filled with His brothers. It’s just how the heart of G-d beats. How do I know? “The Bible tells me so…” Are you getting excited yet?
When Messiah returns there will be a wedding feast. Can your mind grasp what that will be like?? The last wedding you went to, what was the food like? Delectable and plentiful? Imagine the wedding banquet that our Heavenly Father will provide!! Where do you think the oil, the wine, the meat, the bread, etc. will come from? How will it happen? Will it be a miracle, or will it already have been prepared ahead of time? I believe that the land will have already been being restored and that the items necessary for the wedding feast will be prepared ahead of time, just waiting for the return of the Messiah of G-d to claim His throne in Jerusalem. The people will be prepared as well. There are verses in the Prophets that talks about the return of Israel to their land, that the people of the nations (that’d be us) will be rejoicing and helping them along on their journey home, even bearing their children on our shoulders. We will be there to help, to serve (like our Master served), and to minister the love of G-d to our adopted brothers and sisters. What I don’t understand is, what are we waiting for? Israel is back in the land, G-d is blessing the land incredibly and moving on behalf of His people in ways that simply defy the imagination. What are we, the church, doing? Are we helping, serving, loving and ministering or are we primarily unaware (or worse yet, apathetic) regarding what is going on? A wedding takes a lot of preparation, it’s time we prepare for HIS sake. It’s not about us, it’s all about Him. It’s time we strive to be that pure and spotless bride, that we have our lamps filled with oil and that we are working with the children of Israel to bring in the abundant harvest in preparation for the return of the King. It’s time we first wake up and listen to the heartbeat of our G-d. It’s time we take seriously that our Master has called us to be servants, to display love so that the whole world will know that He is indeed the Messiah of G-d. Are you getting excited yet?
So, what is “The Occupied West Bank”? Take a look at this 2 year old entry. It might change your perspective a bit…
Then there’s this video…
You may also remember the book Eye to Eye: Facing The Consequences of Dividing Israel by Bill Koenig that made connections between catastrophic events in the USA (such as financial downturns, hurricanes, earthquakes & tornados) and the turning against Israel by the American government. I did not read the book myself but I did see the author interviewed on a few programs and it was very interesting as I have looked into the facts he presented. I have found myself wondering over the last year and a half or so, “Our leaders seem to be growing in an anti-Israel stand, so what might we expect to see happen as a consequence like we’ve seen in the past?” Financial demise, earthquakes, tornados, floods, etc. This video speaks to that question.
G-d is serious about His children, His land and His Word. Of all the real estate on planet earth, it is Israel He chose and Jerusalem where He chose to rest His reputation forever. Of all the peoples of the earth, it is Israel – the children of Abraham, the children of Isaac, the children of Jacob that He chose to be His incredibly special treasure. Those of us who have been grafted into this lineage by our faith have got to start paying better attention to His heart. We’ve got to wake up, people.