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Over the years we have prayed for the Middle East and Israel in particular. We know that God loves all people and all nations and that in Christ he has no favourites. We are made right with God through faith in Christ alone and God is completely righteousness and fair in all he does. He does of course say though that whoever touches Israel touches the “apple of his eye” – see Zechariah 2 verse 8.

Taking this into account we strongly believe that the Lord has called us to specifically pray for and support the nation of Israel along with a backdrop of prayer for the whole of the Middle East.

Given the massive space and prominence given to the people and land of Israel in the Bible it would be very true to say that our understanding of the full purposes of God as set out in the Bible will be incomplete unless we have an understanding to the place of Israel in the plan and will of God. In the Old Testament the name “Israel” or “Israelite” appears over 2500 times. In the New Testament it appears 79 times and never once referring to the Church. The Church is one thing,Israel is another.

In the Bible there are 16 main prophecies concerning the people and land of Israel. We shall list these elsewhere on this website but just to give an example, it is written in Genesis 50 verse 24 “Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” This was exactly fulfilled when God led the Israelites out of the land of Egypt and into the land that he had earlier promised to Abraham. In fact 13 of these 16 main prophecies about Israel have have been exactly fulfilled, giving a total of 81% so far which have been exactly fulfilled. We should have no doubt in our minds that the other 3 prophecies which make up the other 19% will be fulfilled exactly. We shall examine these last three in more detail elsewhere but again to give an example, it says in Zechariah 12 verse 10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.” This is yet to be fulfilled as the Jewish leaders and people as a nation have not yet repented for crucifying their Messiah. When they do the Scripture will come to pass that says “..all Israel will be saved..” – Romans 11 verse 26. Another very important Scripture that will come to pass then is where Jesus says in Matthew 23 verse 39 “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Unlike his first coming when many of the Jewish leaders vehemently opposed Jesus, they will cry out for him at the time of his second coming.

An examination of the Scriptures will show us that it is for the Church to co-work with God and bring about the fulfilment of these last 3 prophecies. An obvious Scripture is Psalm 122 verse 6 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” and another among many others is Isaiah 49 verse 22 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders.” This is being carried out before our very eyes today as God is using his Church to bring the Jewish people back to the land of Israel from all the lands where he has scattered them for over 1900 years. Elsewhere, we will look at some of the people and ministries that God has raised up today to bring this about.

We need to be very clear that to oppose these things or to be indifferent to them is to oppose or be indifferent to the will of God. The late Preacher and Teacher Derek Prince often asked in his teaching for people to look at the history of those who have opposed Israel and pointed out that the decline of the British Empire began at the same time that Britain went back on the promises it made in 1917 and actively opposed Israel becoming a nation again in 1948. The Bible tells us that the Church is to make Israel envious by showing her all the good things that we have in Christ – see Romans 11 verse 11.

Sadly, a look at the history of the Church shows that we have not carried this out, in fact, the contrary is the case with so much anti-Semitism coming from within the Church over the centuries. It is said that the Church sowed the seeds of anti-Semitism and Hitler reaped the harvest of it.

Several years ago, in 1998, during a time of prayer and fasting God surprised us with what he led us into praying for. It was rather like the way that he surprised the apostle Peter when in Acts 10 verse 9 he went up on to his roof “to pray” and ended up having his theology completely turned upside down and some of his beliefs totally changed. One day, in a similar way we were praying in a certain way and in a moment of time God had us praying in a totally different direction – towards the nation and people of Israel. It says in Romans 8 verses 26 and 27 “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” Peter found himself leaving the natural realm that he was in and entered into the heavenly realm where God communicated to him what he was wanting to show him. In the same way that The Holy Spirit told the apostle Peter to turn his eyes away from his own people the Jews and towards the gentiles, we believe the Holy Spirit has led us to not only pray for our own local situation but also to do all things possible to make the Jewish people envious by showing them all the good things that we have in Christ.

This will be achieved by:-

1. Through prayer.

2. By supporting actively those involved in directly bringing the Gospel to the Jewish people inside and outside of Israel.

3. By “comforting” the people of Israel by supporting them where possible. See Isaiah 40 verse1.

We do not believe that everything that present day Israel does is right there is much sin in the land. We also believe that Israel is so often maligned and spoken against in a way that defies logic. For example, Israel is so often portrayed as the big bully when in fact she is surrounded and vastly outnumbered by those who are against her. As this website expands we shall expand much more on what is written above.