New Hope for Israeli Christians

25 04 2014

Christian IsraeliA new report in Israel Today Magazine 4-23-14 gives hope for Christian Israeli citizens: The Israeli defense establishment this week decided to begin actively recruiting local Christians into the Israeli army. The move comes after years of encouragement by the Nazareth-based Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum for young Arabic-speaking Christians to voluntarily join the IDF so as to better integrate into Israeli society.

I have reported for several months about the changing attitude toward their Christian citizens. Where they were lumped in with Palestinian Muslims, there is a major change. The Christians themselves are asking to join the IDF and serve in other areas. They trace their roots back to early Christians hundreds of years before Islam.

The Israeli government is taking notice and taking action.

Knesset: Christians Are No Longer ‘Arabs’ Israel’s Knesset on Monday signed into law a bill that legally distinguishes between local Christians and the bulk of the Arabic-speaking population, which is primarily Muslim. The stated goal of the law is to boost Christian employment rights by recognizing them as an independent minority, and thereby granting them separate representation on local councils and employment committees. Israel Today 2-26-14

As a Christian Zionist, I am especially blessed to see this development. I see this as a first step that will lead to a great prophetic fulfillment. The time is coming when the middle wall that separates Jews and Christians, “the People of the Book,” will disappear. Jews and Christians will agree on the true Messiah and will rejoice together.

Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Messiah Yeshua you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Messiah.
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to Yehovah in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Ephesians 2:11-18
Notice the past tense: “you, once Gentiles”. I consider myself a former Gentile, I grafted into the people of Yehovah. If a Hindu accepts Jesus as the Messiah, he is a former Hindu. If a Muslim believes in Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God (Yehovah), he is a former Muslim. I used to be a Gentile, alienated from God and living in my own selfish rebellion, but now I am adopted into the family of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I am a former Gentile. Hallelujah!
Pray for the shalom of Jerusalem!
Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists         (READ MORE)
(As is my custom, I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah!) (for deeper study click here.)
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28 04 2014
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