God uses Israel to expose the intents of our hearts. It has always been so, even for the One we follow, Yeshua crucified and resurrected. “Greater love,” he said, “has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).
In God’s hand and plan, Israel will prove a point of division among humankind—a last day’s great divide. The Church will not be exempt. Lies will arise about the Jewish people obscured in a worldly reasonableness that will persuade and pervert many. Slowly and subtly, as in the past, devilish deceptions about Israel/Zionism/the Jews will overtake the nations, including many Christians … It is already happening.….
Professor Robert Wistrich, [a] foremost scholar on anti-Semitism, concludes in A Lethal Obsession that less than 70 years after the Holocaust, “the politics of genocidal anti-Semitism—and the indifference that made it possible—are still with us.”
Basilea Schlink wrote decades ago [in Israel: My Chosen People] that future Christians who support anti-Semitism may suddenly find themselves on the wrong side, just as many German believers failed to recognize Nazism and its theology as an enemy of God. …. ”As God’s plan nears its final consummation…. if we have been opposing God’s people or condoning attacks made on them by powers hostile to God, woe betide us later when the whole world is caught up in rebellion against God! Then without noticing it, we shall suddenly find ourselves on the side of the antichristian kingdom, whose prime target will be the Jews. . . [For] our relationship with them is indicative of our true relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ, showing whether it is a relationship of love. If we love Jesus, we shall love the people whom He loves and always will love and who yet will be the centre and blessing of all nations.”….
Israel’s overt battles have been with the Palestinians and terrorist groups. But signs point to a change. The slightest spark could ignite regional conflagration in the tinderbox of the Middle East.
Israel’s overt battles have been with the Palestinians and terrorist groups. But signs point to a change. The slightest spark could ignite regional conflagration in the tinderbox of the Middle East. Expect Israel to be at the center of it—along with the Commander of the armies of heaven. The Jewish nation will remain a testing ground in years to come. … God’s tests are designed to conform us to the image of His Son … He wants us shining as beacons of light to a dark, perplexed world in the throes of kingdom conflict.
Jesus cautions that in the last days, because of the increase of wickedness—a significant degree of which will revolve around Israel—the love of most will grow cold. Both good and evil will simultaneously increase. Nations, organizations and individuals will polarize over the controversy of Zion. Unprecedented dimensions of heaven—and hell—will impact the earth. Riptides of revival will meet with reprisal. But in the end, the Bride of Christ—those fervently loving Him and denying themselves for Him will align with the Jews.
Will that include you?
This article is an excerpt from Sandra Teplinsky’s book, “Why Still Care About Israel?” Sandy is an Israeli Jewish believer who has been in Jewish ministry for more than 30 years. She is president of Light of Zion, an outreach to Israel and the Church.