Why Should We Pray for Israel? A Christian Perspective

by Jack Wellman on January 2, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

Why should we pray for Israel?  Does the Bible instruct us to?  Should we also be praying for the peace of Jerusalem like the Old Testament prophets sometimes did?  Should a Christian be obligated to pray for Israel?

Should Christians Pray For Israel

In Psalm 122:6 it says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.”

God’s Chosen People?

God calls Israel the “apple of His eye” which is a term of endearment (Duet. 32:10, Zech. 2:8).  God adds a blessing to those nations and people who bless Israel and a curse on those who curse Israel (Gen. 12:2-3).  Do these blessings and cursings still apply?  I do not see why they don’t since God changes not (Malachi 3:6).  God was seen as the husband of Israel (Jer. 3:14).  God is evidently still concerned over Israel, saying in 2 Chronicles 6:6, “Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.”  Wherever God places His name is where He still places His love.  Jesus wept over Jerusalem, knowing what their fate held, “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it” (Luke 19:41).

This may be the very reason that God has prospered the United States.  America is one of the few nations that have chosen to be her ally but that seems to have recently began to change.  When America withdraws her support and defense of Israel, God could take His hand of blessing off of the U.S.  Perhaps He has already begun to do so since relations with Israel have cooled off lately.

Israel is surrounded by hostile nations and a religion (Islam) that seeks her destruction.  A blessing is pronounced over those who will pray for and bless Israel (Numb. 24:9).  God will never abandon Israel and in the end, Israel will be saved by God Almighty (Malachi 3:6, Romans 11:1).  Since Paul commands Christians to pray for governmental authorities and leaders, (Rom 13:1-7) why should we not also be praying for peace in the Middle East and in particular, for Israel?  No, Israel is not perfect and she has made many mistakes, but they are God’s chosen people (Duet. 6:3-4).

Listen to what the prophet’s and Old Testament writers say about Israel:

Isaiah 48:12Listen to me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am he; I am the first and I am the last.

Psalm 105:43 He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy.”

Isaiah 41:8-9But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.

Deuteronomy 7:8-9But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

Deuteronomy 14:2For you are an holy people unto the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.”

Why We Should Pray for Israel

There are dozens of Scriptures where God says that we should pray for the peace of Israel.  In Psalm 122:6 it says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.”  Not only does this say that we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and by extension, Israel, we read that “those who love you [will] be secure.”  This is a clear signal that God would be pleased that we pray for Israel’s peace and safety because God is not giving up on Israel (Rom 10:1).

In the New Testament, Paul prayed for Israel’s salvation, saying, “Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved” (Rom 10:1).  If Paul is telling the church that his heart’s desire is to pray for Israel and that “they may be saved” that should clearly be our prayer for them also.  Believers today are grafted into the natural olive tree – described as ethnic Israel – for we are “fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household” (Eph. 2:19).  Romans 11:24 is clear about this: “After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!

What about the Lost 10 Tribes of Israel?

Perhaps you have heard about the lost 10 tribes of Israel which were separated from Judah when the Northern Kingdom was taken into captivity by the Assyrians (2 Kings 17).  The fact is that nothing is lost to God.  They are lost to history perhaps, but to God, never!  Revelation 7:4-8 says that these tribes are not lost if God knows where they are:

Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000, from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000, from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000, from the tribe of Zebulon 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.

The Remnant of Israel

God has not rejected His people Israel and today we are Jews who are ones inwardly as Paul writes in Romans 2:29 “but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.”  Neither has God rejected His chosen people.  Paul testifies to this fact in Romans 11:1-2 “Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel.

Further, Paul says that “If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid” (Rom 11:17-20).

I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in [or has been saved]. And so all Israel will be saved [true Israelites, whether ethnic or spiritual, e.g. Rom 2:29], as it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob [Israel]. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins” (Rom 11:25-27).  This does not mean that all of Israel will be saved…the entire nation and all Israelites of all time, but those who come to believe in Jesus Christ. This will happen someday when Israel finally recognizes Jesus Christ as the Messiah.  The nation will finally accept Him as the Prophesied One.

Today there are Messianic Jews who already believe that Jesus is the Messiah.  The national stock of Israel will join these Messianic Jews, but not until the “fullness of times” or when the last person is saved prior to Christ’s return as King of kings and Lord of lords. That time appears to be fast approaching.  Jerusalem means “king of” (Jeru) “peace” (Salem).   Jerusalem is anything but peaceful right now but the King of Peace is coming.  Until then, believers ought to be praying for the peace of Israel and for the King of Peace to come soon.  Even so Lord, come quickly. That is my prayer and I hope you will join me in praying for His Kingdom to come and for the peace of Jerusalem and for Israel.

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Zatei Aletheia January 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Please don’t treat this as hostile – we all tend to do that on the Internet. But I do have a few questions, and I’m interested to hear what you have to say.

1) If, instead of the United States, we had decided to call ourselves Israel, would we have all of the blessings mentioned in Scripture afforded to us? I say that to illustrate this question: How is the Israel of today connected to the Israel of old? A physical nation of Israel didn’t really exist in Jesus’ day; it was Judea, Samaria, and Idumea, merely provinces in the Roman Empire. It didn’t really exist for the centuries that followed. So when a bunch of people get together, start a nation, and call it Israel, what assures me that this is ordained of God?
2) Is Israel a nation of people or a nation of land? I think that’s a really important question.
3) God does not change, but He set many conditions to the Israelites. If you do this, then I’ll bless you, if not, then I’ll cast you out, and so on. So, when Israel as a nation was dispersed, do those blessings still apply?

Look forward to a discussion!

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Jack January 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Zatei, thank you for visiting us and the questions. As for question one, God will never forget His people. Israel is not so much a physical nation but an ethnic group but still a nation…and God’s chosen whom He will restore to the Promised Land after Jesus returns and Israel finally recognizes Jesus as the foretold and prophesied Messiah. Its like the U.S.S.R. doesn’t really exist anymore, yet the heart of this old nation, Russia, does remain, even though they were scattered out but now just Russia. What makes Israel Israel, is not borders or bounderies but Abraham’s, Issac’s, and Jacob’s children and their descendents. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, but Jacob’s descendants still survive today but are known as Israelies.

About #2, a nation is not the land because God said that He called them out of Egypt to go, eventually, into the Promised Land. The nation existed before they were ever in any land. It would be like saying that the American’s existed in North American while Indians still roamed the land. What made America, America, where the people…the Americans. Israel today is a place on the map but the map is not Israel, the people in the land are Israel. Like my last name is Wellman but where I live, my property boundaries are not Wellman, its just our property. We, our family, are the Wellmans. Make sense? I hope so.

#3, Those national blessings will be fulfilled someday when they finally recognize Jesus as the True Messiah and not really, in their fulness, until that day. God may be blessing them, but not all the prophetic blessings mentioned in the Bible…YET…some day though, yes. Even American is blessed but we are losing that blessing I believe. Blessings come from obedience and this nation is turning away from God and so God will turn (or already has?) from America. God will never allow Israel to ever, ever perish. This nation will always exist, for eternity. Thus in Rev 7:5-8 God still remembers and will save a remnant of Israel, as it says in the Bible:

From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed,
from the tribe of Reuben 12,000,
from the tribe of Gad 12,000,
from the tribe of Asher 12,000,
from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000,
from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,
from the tribe of Simeon 12,000,
from the tribe of Levi 12,000,
from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,
from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000,
from the tribe of Joseph 12,000,
from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.

Sorry so long, Thank you for visiting us.

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Destiny November 5, 2012 at 7:25 am

Exaxtly. America was blessed because we were once a nation built on the PRINCIPLES of the TRUE and LIVING GOD. Allying with Israel was simply a by product of Christian Faith. We are losing favor with God because of disobedience not Israel. I believe the ‘Israel’ that will be saved will be those. Who believe in Jesus as the Messiah. The ones that don’t will be cut off. So the saving FACTOR here is Faith in Jesus not ethnicity. I believe that there will be ethnic Jews who will go to hell because they do not believe in Jesus. Also, I’m not sure if the modern day Jews were the Jews of Jesus’ times or simply converts from Europe.

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janice perjak January 26, 2013 at 3:30 am

Dear Jack, I just “happened” upon your site, as I was wanting to find something to post onto my Pinterest site to encourage those viewing to remember to pray for Israel, (namely myself!) What a great find, I”ll be bookmarking for sure. I have had a growing love for Israel thru my 20 odd years of being a Christian, and in regards to The Bible’s directive, to “pray for the Peace of Israel!” I’m almost embarrassed to admit that once I’ve basically prayed out of my “own understanding” I will usually go into my prayer language.. and was wondering if there was any “light” that you could possibly share on this for me? I would be so happy for your reply.. Very Sincerely, Janice

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Jack Wellman January 26, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Thank you so much Janice. I so appreciate your kind words. There is no need to be embarrassed for so very long I too seemed to glance over this in the Bible and was blinded to the fact that we should be praying for the peace of Jerusalem and that God has not forsaken His people and we are His people too and we are to pray for one another. I see the parallel in this.

Romans 9 v1-5 says,”my brothers, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.” Paul goes on to say, “You, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root”.

And verse 27 says, “For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.”

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, came from the stock of Israel and almost 95% of the first Christians were Jews. In fact, almost the entire Bible, New and Old Testament, were written by Jews!

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Dereck January 5, 2012 at 7:57 am

Hi Jack,

When we read in the word about how Jesus appeared to his followers after his crusifiction and assentionn and he aked for some food, what are we to take from that? That after his crusifiction, He was very much alive?

Thanks Brother

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Jack January 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Yes, He actually prepared fish for the disciples and ate with them…because after we have new bodies after Christ’s return we will still be able to eat. Another reason is that after we have be resurrected and see Christ, whichever comes first, we will be partaking of the Marriage Feast of the Lamb of God which is typical after a wedding because we are going to (the church) marry Christ. Yes, Christ is the first born of those who died and we will also be very much alive even if we die at Christ’s return.

Thanks Dereck.

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Dereck January 5, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Thanks Jack,

I have one other question along the same lines and I may have asked this question before, will those people who have died knowing the Lord, come back to life when Christ returns?

Thanks Brother

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Jack Wellman January 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Thanks Dereck. Paul had this question too asked from the Thessalonians. He said in I Thessalonians 4:13-18, “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

The church at Thessalonica were worried that Jesus would return and that those who had already died were going to be left behind in their graves. That is the reason that Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica. Paul reassures them by writing that “we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep“ (I Thess 4:15).

I hope this helped answer your question Dereck. Thanks friend.

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-is-the-rapture-a-look-at-the-different-views/#ixzz1ii5vc7hz

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Dereck January 9, 2012 at 12:44 am

Hi Jack,

When Christ has returned and set up his Kingdom here on earth, will believers be able to go back and forth between the earth and Heaven?

Thanks Brother

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Jack January 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Great question Dereck. I believe that some things where the Bible is silent, then I must be silent also because speculation is usually unwise and opens up ourselves to error. Believe me, I have learned this the hard way friend. I would think so but I can not say with any certainty. Like the question of whether pets go to heaven or not, the Bible does not precisely say so I can’t say yes or no. I CAN say, “I just don’t know.” Take care friend.

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Dereck January 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Hello my friend,

Believe it or not, that is a great answer!!!! I know that in reading the word and undestanding it, there are a lot of things that are not clear, this is just one of them. I do thank you for your honesty.

I am sure that I will ask you another question soon. Being able to ask you questions and discussing what is actually meant by what we read, helps me with my understanding.

Thanks Brother.

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Jack Wellman January 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Dereck, I think one of the first things that we will say when we get to heaven is “Oh, I get it now!” because there are so many mysteries wrapped up in the Bible that God has chosen to remain silent on…and likely, it is best that we don’t always know the hidden and secret things of God…YET! Thank brother.

I must say that you have a hunger for the Word of God and Truth that is a rare thing indeed my friend. That is truly a remarkable and a good thing.

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Dereck January 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Hey Jack,

It was not always that way, as a lot of things were confusing to me even though I believed in Jesus Christ. I began to think that I was going to have to get and be able to understand a concordance to help with my understanding of certain words and things of the Bible.

I still strugle with a lot of it, but, I find someone like my Pastor or my Bible study or you and I take a lot of notes and ask a lot of questions and try my best to remember it all.

I look at a Bible study on TV Monday through Friday and that person has explained things in clear, everyday language which has made things plain for me.

I still think that I have to do a better job of reading the Word on my own though.

Thanks Brother

Jack January 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Dereck, I too have to study hard, pray even harder, and work at learning but to have a hunger for the Word and to want to know it is commendable still my friend. Thank you for your humility and humbleness in your comments. It makes me reflect on how much I still don’t know in the Holy Bible.

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Wesley Mcgranor March 10, 2012 at 11:37 am

I am concerned in regards to the Judaization of Protestantism. However, i reject the relevancy of pretending a Judaic nation-state, whether religiously secular, or Orthodox in its religious basis. Surely, Israel in not a redeemer, nor co-redeemer. The Jews are not a messianic people in Christianity.

Just as we resist Rome, we should resist Israel.

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Jack March 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Thank you Wesley for your comment. You are correct, Israel is not a redeemer, but only Jesus Christ is the redeemer. I understand that we the Jews are not a messianic people in Christianity but I do not feel that we should resist Israel. God will eventually redeem Israel Himself and He has not forever cast away His people. Today, Christians are His people but truly there will come a day when they will acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah even though not today. but that day will come. I am not suggesting that Israel today is a Christian nation or a messianic people but they will be someday, at least from what I read in prophecy. King David himself will be in a throne under Jesus’ sovereign reign and many of the ancient Israel peoples; Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Noah, Job, Moses, and Joshua will be in this permanent Kingdom of God. Thank you for your comment.

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Sanny Phiri May 23, 2012 at 3:19 am

Thanks a lot for the wonderful work of Christ u r doing. Please do keep it up. As God said it” my people are perishing because of lack of knowledge. It is one thing to perish because of ignorance and another to perish because you knew not a thing. May God bless u in your quest to share the knowledge imparted to you by Christ Himself. Amen

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Jack May 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Thank you so much Sanny. Your remarks are so encouraging.

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Varghese Abraham June 12, 2012 at 5:56 am

great work. please keep posted. Yes, Israel they are our big brothers, we do pray for them. Shalom.

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Jack Wellman June 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Thank you so much Varghese. I appreciate your visiting us and for your grace-filled words my friend.

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Joyce Picker October 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

Dear Jack,

As a Messianic Believer in Yeshua, I agree with your article. It is anointed and well written. Thank you! I have one correction for you. The Scripture reference Deuteronomy 41 should be Deuteronomy 14. I am sure the chapter number got transposed. Deuteronomy ends at chapter 34. Thank you for saying that one day all Israel will be saved and Messianic Believers. Blessings and Shalom in Yeshua.

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Jack Wellman October 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Hello Joyce. I want to thank you so very much and to thank the Lord for you too. I corrected the mistake and I am so sorry for it. This shows you that the Word of God, the Bible, is perfect…me? Not so much! May God richly bless you and thank you for your blessings in Yeshua’s name, amen.

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Marcy Hall October 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Does praying for the Israelites also mean we are to send our armies and money to that nation or are our prayers sufficeint?

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Jack Wellman October 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Thank you Marcy. Great question as to whether America should send armies & money to help Israel. I believe prayers for more effective because weapons do not deal with the will of God, but our prayers will be aligned more often with His will.

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abu abubakar October 28, 2012 at 7:04 am

I thank JESUS CHRIST for what the HOLY SPIRIT has done through you

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Ora November 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Thankyou for helping me understand what my position should be as a Christian. Often times we hear of this place, Israel in church and etc and yet there is rarely a connection made…that we are inextricably linked to the blessings and to potential curses. I have a wonderful leader in my pastor. He is always sure to clarify these things. I sat tonight watching the news about the civil unrest occurring in Israel and it saddens me. And so my quest to understand her better commenced. And here I am…thank you again.

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Jim November 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Hi Jack, I tend to believe that the Ezekiel 37 prophecy of the dry bones growing flesh on them was Israel’s geographic presence in the middle east. I believe we should pray for Israel there and wherever Jewish descendents reside. On the one hand Paul said, “Not all who claim to be Israel are Israel”, on the other, that does not mean that they can never be a true- faith of Abraham- Israelite( i.e. 144,000).
However, I believe that since so many ethnic Jewish people have rejected Christ, He is allowing their current persecution to get their attention, just as He allows major catastrophes to occur in places that have rejected Him and become utterly unrighteous in their behavior. (Again, i.e. 144,00 during the tribulation period). We must remember Romans 11:32: “For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that He may have mercy on them all.” That means all of us at one time or another. So, we must always pray for people even if they are like enemies of God or us. We must rely upon the Spirit of God to enable us to do this. God bless you all.

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Jim November 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Clarification:

Hi Jack, I tend to believe that the Ezekiel 37 prophecy of the dry bones growing flesh on them was Israel’s geographic presence in the middle east—- (in 1948).

Jim

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Jack Wellman November 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Thank you Jim. I full well agree with you sir on this. Also, about the persecution from others against Israel, again, well said. This fits nicely with the Major and Minor prophets warnings and maybe the recent unrest and threats of a ground war may well get their attention because at present, there are far more secular and even Orthodox Jews than Messianic Jews for sure. Great comments.

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Karen November 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

My friend wrote this to me, and I’m not sure how to answer. Please tell me your thoughts on her thoughts and questions.

“Let me state that I do support Israel. The bible says I should not go against them. Does it say that I should fight for Israel? Or support them financially? I don’t think so. I’ve just finished reading several books about the kings of Israel. God very plainly told Israel that they should NEVER be allied with any other country. When did that change? I haven’t found it in the bible yet. Also, have you ever considered that those (Christians) who are so adamant about the United States support of Israel just might be getting in the way of God’s plan to discipline the Jews for any number of things they have done against His commandments? Israel is not a nation that obeys God or even claims His authority over them. God has a way of bringing His people back to Him. I really think we need to step back and let Him do His thing. I don’t think we should enable Israel to continue to turn their backs against God. What they are doing is not biblical and just because they are Jews does NOT make them right.”

Thanking you in advance for your comments. Karen

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Jack Wellman November 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Thank you Karen for your comment and belief that we should not pray for Israel. This is like we should not be praying for America either using your friend’s reasoning because America has turned her back on God and

A careful reading of all of Romans chapter 11 shows that Paul was not giving up on Israel, even though in his day they were not obedient. I suggest our friend read all of Romans 11 & 10 & see if she or he still feels that we should not pray Israel. I believe we should pray for the lost that they might come to know Christ, the Messiah. Rom 11:1-3 says, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.” Paul’s heart desire was for Israel.

Ask your friend that today we are praying also for America aren’t we? I hope your friend is…and this despite America since 1973, there have been approximately 50 million abortions performed in the United States which is murder in God’s eyes. Are we not supposed to pray for Israel which is much, much more pro-life that Americans are? In Israel, a woman that wants to undergo an abortion has to pass a committee of two doctors and a social worker. The committee can approve the abortion if the women is below the age of 17 or after 40, if the pregnancy is a result of an illegal act (rape, incest, etc.), if the baby is expected to have a physical or mental defect, or if the pregnancy might cause a physical or mental damage to the woman or endanger her life.

What America is doing is most certainly doing things that are biblical and based upon your friend’s logic, then we should not pray for America either or for that matter, any lost person and therefore I believe your friend is wrong based upon reasoning and upon Scriptural support. Thank you for your question Karen.

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Peter Hooper December 27, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Over Christmas I watch a DVD series “Israel – A Journey Through Time” from Christians For Israel. Whilst I found it both interesting and thought provoking, I was concerned with their apocalyptic interpretations and predictions.

I accept the fact that they and many similar organisations are overtly pro Israel (as a physical country) and that they are entitled to present their views. I think that I can understand their desire to claim/reclaim certain territory, although I have difficulty in reconciling the land currently sought with that shown in my Bible atlases.

I am also curious why most of their Christian support appears to be from evangelical (using the word in the USA sense, which differs from Australia and UK) churches only.

I have long supported “Jews For Jesus” which is aimed at bring Jews to the wonderful realisation that the Jesus is their long awaited Messiah. However I have not previously come across those bodies using the Bible as justification for the state of Israel or their interpretations of an imminent Armageddon etc.. Reading various sites on the Internet leaves me with the impression that some may be trying to hasten it, and Jesus’ return!

I wonder if you wish to share your opinion/knowledge of these groups and their claims. I also appreciate that the topic may not be appropriate for this forum.

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Jack Wellman December 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Thank you for your comment sir. I don’t know about these groups or who exactly the groups you mean Mr. Hooper. Do you mean the evangelicals or the Jews for Jesus or the ones who are emphasizing the prophetic issues with Israel. I am sorry, it’s probably my lack of understanding what you wanted. Paul wrote in Romans 15:27 “For if the Gentiles have shared in their (the Jews) spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things.” Jesus and nearly 100% of the early church Christians were Jews.

You said that you have difficulty “understand[ing] their desire to claim/reclaim certain territory, although I have difficulty in reconciling the land currently sought,” God gave this land to Israel (Joshua 21:43) and it was intended for Abraham’s seed. The New Jerusalem that will come out of heaven will be centered where the old Jerusalem is now. Psalm 122:6 also encourages us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Paul said that Israel will again become the center of God’s focus after He’s finished His work with the Church (Romans 11: 25-27). When you pray for Israel you are actually praying for the Lord’s return because that’s when the believing remnant of Israel will be redeemed. And while these things will happen regardless, we are commanded to pray for them, and will be rewarded for doing so. (Psalm 122 & 2 Tim. 4:8)

My question to you sir, is that you don’t believe we should pray to Israel? Thank you again my friend. I hope that I answered your questions…that is if I understood it correctly.

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Peter Hooper December 28, 2012 at 5:38 am

Mr Wellman

Thank you for your prompt reply, and I apologise for giving an incorrect understanding of what I meant.

To respond to your final paragraph: I definitely DO AGREE that we should pray for the Jewish people/Israel. No question, no argument what-so-ever. We are specifically bound to pray for them in addition to being called to pray for all peoples of the world.

I wrote: “I CAN understand their desire to claim/reclaim certain territory” and continued “… I have difficulty in reconciling THE LAND currently sought with that shown in my Bible atlases.” (Caps used to emphasise my original meaning.)

My difficulty is reconciling the land which the state of Israel is claiming in 2012 with what God gave them in the scriptures. My difficulty being two-fold: 1) Boundaries are not identical in all atlases of biblical times (because they were far from the nice and neat boundaries precisely surveyed today) and 2) the land broadly called “Israel” today doesn’t appear to fit any precise biblical boundary.

I readily admit to being a failure in geography, and not a lot better at history. I am not disputing Israel’s claim to land including Jerusalem, just trying to fully understand it.

The current area of Israel appears to roughly cover the size of ‘United Kingdom of Israel’ in the time of Saul and David, but excludes land to the east of the Jordan River and includes the portions of the land of Edom and Amalek. I don’t understand the inclusion of Edom and Amalek.

My other question related to organisations such as ‘Christians for Israel’, ‘Christians United for Israel’ etc and their apparent interpretation of the time of the Second Coming, Armageddon etc.. If you aren’t familiar with their theology that’s fine.

Again, thank you for your reply and my apologies for my lack of clarity.

I always enjoy your writings, especially when I might have a different view point. I’m then challenged to justify my views, change them or leave the matter open until I gain further insights. Hopefully I’ll keep learning forever.

With blessings

Peter H.

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Jack Wellman December 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

Thank you for your kind reply Mr. Hooper. Concerning prophetic events related to Israel, I think we (not you) Christians get so concerned about Bible prophecy that we take our eyes off of Jesus. I apologize for not responding correctly sir and I see that I did not properly understand all you were saying. I am still learning too and will never arrive during this life on earth.

The boundaries of Israel being so large are those that were originally meant for Israel from my understanding of Scripture. Even when they were first coming into the Promised Land, some were given the land on the East of the Jordan River and so the land that reached its apex during the times of David’s and Solomon’s reign were what God originally intended for them.

I appreciate your patience with my sir and may God richly bless you in your studies for I sense you have a hunger and thirst to know more about God. I truly admire that for that seems to be more rare these days among Christians.

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Leah June 6, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Shalom! Thank you for this informative and insightful article. I’m also an online supporter and a prayer warrior for Israel. Very recent I also came to know about the importance of knowing the Hebraic roots of Christianity. Why the sudden interest in Israel? Yeshua was a Jew and He was born in Israel, He lived as a Jew too! Yeshua said He didn’t come to abolish the law but to fulfill them.

In my country some Christians now are very active in supporting Israel. A fellow Filipina of mine even made the Israel’s largest flag. And we have opened our doors to Israel during WWII when no one in the world would accept them.

YHVH loves Israel, so its natural I’m His child so I love also what He loves.

I wrote two articles about Israel and its Defense Forces you may check out my blog. Thank you! (Toda!) To ELOHIM be the glory always!

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Jack Wellman June 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Amen our Great God will not forsake His own children and I believe strongly in praying for Israel and for God’s hand on these people of God’s own choosing. Israel is the major topic of the Bible. The word “Israel” occurs 2,565 times in 2,293 verses. More than enough prophecies have already been fulfilled in Israel’s unique history to prove that “the God of Israel” (203 times) is the true God.

God Himself thunders:

THOU ART MY PEOPLE” Isaiah 51:16

“the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel.” – Isaiah 43:1

“for I have created him for My glory.” – Isaiah 43:7

“I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.” – Isaiah 43:15

I have checked out your blog…and it awesome! Well done.

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Leah June 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm

To Ptr. Jack,

So far this write-up of yours is the most comprehensive short article that I read with regards to praying for Israel. I will share this article of yours in my blog.

Thank you! I hope you will write other articles about Israel like the 12 tribes.

I have always been curious to how does the early Jews look like. Most Israelites I’ve seen now are Caucasian looking. Do they look like Arabs?

Looking forward to more articles. GOD bless!

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Jack Wellman June 7, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Thank you so much Leah. I believe that we are failing in praying for Israel in the churches of today. Jesus was Jewish, so was Paul, and the majority of the Apostles/Disciples…and in fact, there would be no Bible without the Jewish nation.

As for the other tribes of Israel. I believe they still exist for God will not lose one single one of His and how much more than an entire tribe. Some say the 10 tribes are lost but is anything ever lost to God? No! Impossible with God. I have met some Orthodox and non-orthodox Jews and most have a light, olive-toned skin but still a lighter complexion than Indians and some Arabs.

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Jack Wellman June 7, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Should have said “and IN fact” not “if fact” regarding the Jewish foundations of the Bible, both Old and New Testament. I apologize for my typo which I have no corrected.

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Nimal June 8, 2013 at 2:11 am

Jack,
God has put it in my heart to raise up a “Prayer Army” to pray for Jerusalem, for Israel & for the Jewish people.
I would be extremely grateful if you could give be specific things to pray about, giving appropriate Bible references if relevant.
Looking forward to your reply.
Prayers & Blessings.
NIMAL

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Jack Wellman June 8, 2013 at 10:56 am

I would certainly include praying for the peace of Jerusalem and when we pray for Israel, we are actually being blessed as Psalm 122:6 says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.”

We should also rejoice with Israel when good comes and grieve with her when bad things happen as Isaiah 66:10 says, “”Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn over her.”

Jeremiah 29:7 says that we must “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

Paul prayed for this in Romans 10:1 “Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.” so we can pray for the Jewish people’s salvation too.

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Georgi August 15, 2013 at 6:39 pm

If jacobs name was changed into Israel why is Israel a “she” or “her” in isaiah 66:10 ? When Jacob is a male name?

And Myself and my family are 7thdaysadventist, but I understand it as we are jews, I Cant really find anything resonable for me to understand about 7thdaysadventist, but I Call myself a jew because God says we are his children and God(Jesus) is a Jew.

Thank you :)

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Jack Wellman August 15, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Thank you Georgi. I believe Israel is called a “she” because she is supposed to be married to God in the Old Testament. The same with the Body of Christ, the church, she is a “she” because she is Christ’s bride, to marry Him at His return and we Christians are now engaged or betrothed.

As for the Seventh Day Adventist, I would be cautious about joining them. You are right that we are Jews who are one inwardly. That is correct. No, CARM does not recommend attending the Seventh-day Adventist church. There are too many problems within Seventh-day Adventistism to recommend it as a safe church. Though there are Seventh-day Adventist groups that are within orthodoxy, there are too many of them that are not.
One of the problems with Seventh-day Adventism is Saturday worship. They are certainly free to worship on Saturday. That is not unbiblical. However, the problem is when any Seventh-day Adventist group asserts that the proper day of worship is Saturday, not Sunday. The early church practiced worship on Sunday and the scriptures mention the church gathering on Sunday, the same day Jesus rose:

The Christians also heard a message from Paul on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).

Note: the reference is until midnight which is not the Jewish method of measuring days, but the Roman system.

Paul instructed the churches to put aside contributions on the first day of the week (1 Cor. 16:2).
Furthermore, Romans 14:1-12 speaks of our freedom in Christ, particularly our freedom to worship on any day we choose.

I cannot recommend any church which would openly deny the biblical doctrine of predestination (in contradiction to Eph. 1:1-11), deny the doctrine of the immortality of the soul (in contradiction to Luke 16:19-31; Matt. 25:46), and deny eternal hellfire (in contradiction to Rev. 14:11). Nor can we recommend a church that affirms that Jesus is Michael the Archangel, and that the wicked are annihilated (in contradiction to Luke 16:19-31; Matt. 25:46).

Unfortunately, the SDA church now publishes two of their own Bible translations. The Study Bible and the Clear Word Bible, which further separates them from the Christian denominations.

The concept of the “remnant church” is well covered in the chapter titled the “Marks of A Cult”. This shows the Christian church that. although the SDA church might want to be considered just another Christian denomination, they consider themselves the true “remnant church”.

In their view, all Christian churches would need to join the SDA “denomination”, as they believe that they are exclusively called to proclaim the “three angel’s messages of Revelation chapter 14. (Cultic Doctrine of the SDA, pp. 296 – 301).

The various references (and footnotes) reveal the official SDA “denunciation of other Christians” and their harsh view of the “fallen churches” that reject the SDA “truths”. This information should be of particular interest to those Christians who take a sympathetic position, and perhaps will enlighten them in this area.

Yes, we are a Jew if we are Christ’s and he is a Jew who is one inwardly says Paul.

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Bismark December 19, 2014 at 5:35 am

Georgi, the pronoun ‘she’ is used to refer to countries due to the fertility of land. she is, however, used alternatively with ‘it’.

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Georgi August 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I understand that God says in Exodus 20:8-11 that we should keep the sabbath Holy and do no work, If it says so in my bible, what does is say in the Christian bibles exodus chapter?, I mean did the man change the day?

Since God ordained that the Hebrews remember the Sabbath Day (Deut. 5:12-15), and since God revealed his will to them through Moses, (Deut. 29:1), it is reasonable to assume that God would have indicated to them the day he wished them to observe as their Sabbath. This is hinted at in Neh. 9:13-14 which says, “Thou camest down also up Mount Sinai … and madest known unto them thy holy sabbath” Since the Sabbath day traces it roots back to the seventh day of creation, when God rested from his work (Gen. 2:2-3), it is also reasonable to think that the human race had some awareness of the day which he later called the Sabbath. The day on which God’s work of Creation began was called day one by the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:5). The entire creation project was finished in six days and God rested on the seventh day. That established the weekly cycle of seven days. The day following the Sabbath would be another first day. God gave us the moon to calculate our months and the sun to calculate our years (Gen. 14).. He gave us the seven day week as well. Jesus was resurrected on the day following the Jewish Sabbath (Matt. 28:1; John 20:1). We know that the Jews observed the seventh day as their sabbath, thus we know which day is the day of the resurrection and our day of worship (Acts 20:7; I Cor. 16:1-2). And again in Exodus 20:1-17. Speaking about keeping the sabbath Holy, If we break one, we break Them all.

In Exodus 17, we are told that during our journey in the desert, manna fell every day except for one—the Shabbat. So what did we eat then? A double portion fell every Friday so that we would have what to eat the next day as well. On the first Friday after the manna began to fall, the people were surprised to see so much manna—double that which they had received on each of the past five days. When they came to ask Moses about this phenomenon, he revealed that the next day would be the Shabbat and that no manna would fall at all.

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Jack Wellman August 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Did you not ask me about them? Did you read what I wrote about them? However, some Seventh-day Adventists believe in much more than a Saturday Sabbath / worship day. Seventh-day Adventists have been known to believe in the annihilation of the wicked instead of an eternal hell, and believe that believers who die enter a state of soul sleep and that a person must observe the Saturday Sabbath in order to be saved. Other problems with some Seventh-day Adventists are belief in Ellen G. White, the founder of Seventh-day Adventism, as a true prophet of God, even though many of her “prophecies” failed to come true, and that Jesus entered a second phase of His redemptive work on October 22, 1844, as “prophesied” by Hiram Edson.

So, what is Seventh-day Adventism, and what do Seventh-day Adventists believe? Should a Christian attend a Seventh-day Adventist church? Due to the potential doctrinal issues mentioned above, we would strongly encourage believers to not get involved in Seventh-day Adventism. Yes, a person can be an advocate of Seventh-day Adventism and still be a believer. At the same time, there are enough potential issues to make attending a Seventh-day Adventist church questionable at best.

If you want to keep the Sabbath, which was given to the Jews in the Old Covenent, then would you stone those who broke the Sabbath rules? If you break them, according to the Sabbath law you should be killed by stoning:

Activities that cannot be performed on the Sabbath are basic tasks connected with preparing the showbread (sowing, plowing, reaping, binding, threshing, winnowing, selecting, grinding, sifting, kneading, baking), work related to making the coverings in the Tabernacle and the vestments used by the Kohanim (shearing sheep), bleaching, carding (changing tangled or compressed material into separate fibers), dyeing, spinning, stretching (material), making two loops (meshes), threading needles, weaving, separating, tying (a knot), untying (a knot), sewing, tearing, activities concerned with writing and the preparation of parchment from animal skin (trapping or hunting), slaughtering, flaying (skinning), treating skins (curing hides), scraping pelts, marking out (to make ready for cutting), cutting (to shape), writing, erasing, construction (building, demolishing), kindling a flame (lighting, extinguishing), carrying (from private to public domain, and vice versa), and putting the finishing touches to a piece of work already begun before the Sabbath.

More….
Adding fresh water to a vase of cut flowers (sowing–any activity that causes or furthers plant growth).

Making a bouquet of flowers (making a sheaf).

Removing good fruit from spoiled fruit (winnowing, selecting, sifting).

Brushing dried mud from boots or clothes (grinding).

Adding cold milk directly to hot tea or coffee (baking-cooking in any form, including adding ingredients to a boiling pot).

Cutting hair or nails (shearing sheep-removing outer covering of a human or animal).

Applying makeup (dyeing).

Braiding hair (weaving).

Drawing blood for a blood test (slaughtering).

Rubbing soap to make lather, applying face cream, polishing shoes, using scouring powder for utensils or other surfaces (scraping-smoothing the surface of any material by grinding, rubbing, or polishing).

Sharpening a pencil (cutting to shape-altering the size or shape of an item to make it better for human use).

Painting, drawing, typing (writing, making durable marks on a durable material).

Tearing through lettering on a package (erasing).

Opening an umbrella or unfolding a screen (building).

Smoking a cigarette, using the telephone (kindling a fire).

Switching off an electric light (extinguishing a fire).

Setting or winding a clock or watch (finishing off).

Wearing eyeglasses not permanently required (carrying from private to public domain and vice versa.

Do you keep every single one of these. If you drive a car on the Sabbath you are starting a fire and that’s breaking it. If you travel more than a few hundred cubits to service, then you are breaking the Sabbath. In your own words….”If you break one, you break them all!”

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Georgi August 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

And what are the problems in 7thdaysadventist Church????

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Jack Wellman August 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm

300,000 Seventh-day Adventists are leaving the church every year. Over five years, that’s 1.5 million members. Why are so many leaving the “truth”? Could it be that they have discovered what you are about to discover, that SDA truth is not Bible truth? To found out why they are leaving nearly as fast as they come in, click on the following link:

http://www.nonsda.org/sda_losing_members.shtml

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Georgi August 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Sorry my phone was kinda slow. I read it thanks :)

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Jack Wellman August 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Please, enough Georgi…quit condemning people and judging everyone…you are going to be blocked and your isp reported as trolling for that’s what you are doing. Please stop. Find someone or somewhere else to attack.

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Jack Wellman August 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Thank you for coming. I can see that you only want to argue. Where did Jesus ever say that we should keep the Sabbath. Maybe there is a forum somewhere that you can debate since that is apparently what you want to do and you are only right and everyone else who doesn’t keep Saturday is headed for judgment and destruction, as you insinuate. Good bye and God bless. I see why Paul said “But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless” Titus 3:9 and that we are not to judge others on days, Sabbaths, new moons, etc. but I guess you didn’t read that in the Bible either. Take care. I am done with you.

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Dereck August 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

Hello Georgi,

I wanted to stay out of this, but, I just could not take it anymore. Now, Jack s answering all of your questions about the 7th day adventist church. Don’t you see that Jesus came and gave us a new covenant. We can now worship whenever we want to not because the covenant tells us to. We could not keep the law, we messed it up. The 10 commandments were given to us by the word, then we (meaning people) added to it and it ballooned to 613.

Now, can you imagine waking up everyday and thinking that before you make any move, you have to think whether you are violating the law. Jesus got rid of ALL that.

Now, if you get involved with ANY religion, you need to check and see if Jesus is the backbone of it. If it is not, then I would move on and find another place to worship.

Peace and Love

Dereck

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Jack Wellman August 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

You said it well Dereck and i for one at so glad that you chimed in. Unfortunatley, many want to add works to their salvation but when you add it up it is; Christ + Works = Nothing. If we contribute anything to our salvation it is only that we come with hands full of sin and a broken, humble, contrite spirit. Nothing do we bring but simply to the cross I cling as one old hymn said.

By the way, you are always welcome to comment anytime you wish brother. Please never feel that you are intruding but you are always welcome my brother in Christ to which I truly thank God for you sir.

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Dereck August 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Well Jack,

As I said, I just could not take it anymore. He seemed to be running down the work of the Cross. I do not like butting into peoples conversations because I am trying to get and keep myself straight.

Jesus and the Cross has to the bottom line. What people have to realize is that the way the law worked was that if one broke one law, they broke them all.

Now, I for one am so glad for the Cross and the matchless name of Jesus Christ!!!

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Smith September 28, 2013 at 10:12 am

I have understood one thing, the Old testament is a Shadow, Surface, Opaque & Ritual but the New Testament it is a substance, Crux, Transparent and Reality. When it come to pray for Israel, you really need Revelation. Greater the Relationship, higher the Revelation. Today many pray for Israel without Revelation, many go to Israel where Jesus was born, died, buried and rose again. If you are going as a vacation it is well and good. You cannot worship the Cross but the one who died on the Cross. You cannot worship Bethlehem but the one who was born to virgin Mary. You cannot worship the Donkey but the one who sat on the donkey. You cannot sense the presence of the Lord in the Empty tomb. Reply: smithwiggles76@yahoo.com

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Todd November 23, 2013 at 1:01 am

Hello and much thanks to you for all your time that you are putting into this. I have a few questions that I am looking forward to your opinion on.

1. I understand that we should pray for peace in Israel. Oh, how I yearn for that peace. But, I must ask about the Gaza Strip and the Israeli settlements within. To me, it appears that Israel is issuing the Palestianians an ultimatium. That is, get out or die. I can with a clear consciousness support Israel with prayers for peace as well as pray that they find Jesus. However, I find it very difficult to “support” them with material things such as money or guns or anything that could be sold and thus turned into funds for the purchase of weapons. I fully support self defense. However, I can’t believe that Jesus would have me “support” Israel right now in a materialistic way with money or anything that could be converted to money that would be used to kill Islamic Palestinians, Christian Palestinians or innocent children. So, should I send them funds or objects that can be turned into funds?

2. If the answer to the above question is yes, should we send our sons and daughters over there to help Israel conquer and move out the Palestinians? My heart says that Jesus would say no.
3. If it is true, that “Blessed are the peacekeepers for they shall be called sons of God,” how in the world can I answer yes to the previous questions?
4. I don’t want to think that God would ever contradict himself, but I have to ask how I can be a son of God as a peacemaker and on the other hand support Israel with funds that I know are going to be used to kill in an effort to obtain a piece of land whether it is God’s command that Israel have?

5. One can say that God works in mysterious ways. I totally agree. But He can’t contradict Himself.

I’m sorry if these are difficult questions. They sure are confusing to me. I just can’t wrap my mind or heart around them. If you are not sure, can you please post anyway so that maybe another soul could help me understand. I’m just confused to say the least. Thanks very much and yes, I am praying for peace.

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Jack Wellman November 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

1. I understand that we should pray for peace in Israel. Oh, how I yearn for that peace. But, I must ask about the Gaza Strip and the Israeli settlements within. To me, it appears that Israel is issuing the Palestianians an ultimatium. That is, get out or die. I can with a clear consciousness support Israel with prayers for peace as well as pray that they find Jesus. However, I find it very difficult to “support” them with material things such as money or guns or anything that could be sold and thus turned into funds for the purchase of weapons. I fully support self defense. However, I can’t believe that Jesus would have me “support” Israel right now in a materialistic way with money or anything that could be converted to money that would be used to kill Islamic Palestinians, Christian Palestinians or innocent children. So, should I send them funds or objects that can be turned into funds?

As for your question, number one, if we don’t support them with guns or anything that could be supported, would they be able to defend themselves? They are giving the Palestinians an “ultimatum” of “get our or die?” I have seen them give up more and more land since they first became a nation. The Palestinians have been the first to send rockets into Jerusalem, right? Aren’t innocent children dying on both sides? They only respond with first after first being attacked, according to the news reports.

2. If the answer to the above question is yes, should we send our sons and daughters over there to help Israel conquer and move out the Palestinians? My heart says that Jesus would say no.

No, I don’t think we need to send military force because they have their own army. I am not aware that the U.S. have sent any troops that have engaged in battle. Where does that come from sir? Jesus overturned the money tables in the Temple when He saw the evil nature of it. Jesus said to the disciples at the end of His ministry to take a sword with you from now on I believe in Luke 22:36.

3. If it is true, that “Blessed are the peacekeepers for they shall be called sons of God,” how in the world can I answer yes to the previous questions?

Who was Jesus saying this “blessed are the peacekeepers” too. This is not to the world in general was it for he said that “they shall be called sons of God.”

4. I don’t want to think that God would ever contradict himself, but I have to ask how I can be a son of God as a peacemaker and on the other hand support Israel with funds that I know are going to be used to kill in an effort to obtain a piece of land whether it is God’s command that Israel have?

How can you explain Jesus coming with a sword in His mouth to defeat all the nations of the world that will oppose His Kingdom? There is no contradiction in God? True. Are you saying that if Israel defends herself this is contraditory or wrong? Wouldn’t we as a nation defend ourselves? You don’t believe that Israel is the promised land to the Jews? What Bible verse tells us this?

5. One can say that God works in mysterious ways. I totally agree. But He can’t contradict Himself.
He isn’t contradicting Himself. God never lies but men are liars at heart. I am sad that you don’t agree that we should support Israel as the whole world has always been against them because they are God’s own peculiar people. You seem to want to pray for peace but don’t want to because of Israel seems to be in the wrong. Jesus said to pray for one another…even thou we are still sinners. Is praying for one another based upon a person’s perfection or that Jesus commanded us to do so?

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CJ January 29, 2014 at 5:14 am

Romans 2:29 “No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart

Just wondering… Looks like a miss-quote…?
“inwardly” to “outwardly”…?

Shalom…and thanks for your insights.

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Jack Wellman January 29, 2014 at 8:44 am

Thank you CJ. It wasn’t so much a misquote on Rom 2:29 but a different translation of the Bible and so I revised it as the New King James Version and it does read better my friend. Thank you for pointing out the awkwardness of the previous translation of Romans 2:29.

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Roy Hale March 9, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Hi Jack,
Can you advise me of how to explain the trinity to others? I find myself lacking in this area.

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Jack Wellman March 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Thank you Mr. Hale for asking how to define the Trinity. For one thing, no human mind can ever fully comprehend, not to mention, explain the Trinity in its fullest. That is why God is God and infinite and we are finite and have finite minds. God has created us to bring glory to Himself (for His creation purposes).

The Father calls those who will be saved to Christ (John 6:44).

The Son has provided the perfect sacrifice by His work on the cross (redemption provided).

The Holy Spirit draws us to the knowledge of truth (redemption applied by the Spirit).

The unity of the Trinity can be seen in the picture of God redeeming us and bringing us into a right standing before God. God has bought us with a price of the blood of the Lamb on the cross of Calvary.

The word Trinity cannot be found in the Bible, but the truth of it can. While there’s only one God, the Godhead consists of three distinct persons – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All are equally omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, eternal, and unchanging, but each one has unique functions.

Scripture shows how each member of the Trinity fulfills His specific role, and it also reveals how those three roles interrelate. Let me express this idea in simple terms: The Father creates a plan, Jesus Christ implements the plan, and the Holy Spirit administers the plan.

The way of redemption showcases these roles in a clear manner. The Father designed and organized how mankind would be redeemed (Galatians 4:4-5). He set into motion a complex set of events, actions, and prophecies which culminated in the life and death of a Savior. The Son carried out the plan (John 6:37-38). He followed the Father’s instructions to come to earth, even though that meant He would have to die. The Holy Spirit sees to it that every person feels a call toward God’s saving grace (John 14:26, John 16:8; Romans 1:19-20). Furthermore, He transforms the lives and hearts of those who receive salvation through Jesus Christ.

The Father, Son, and Spirit are equal in their divine attributes. Yet each relates to mankind in a different way because He has a specific role. It’s very important to understand this distinction: We do not have three gods; we have one God in three persons functioning uniquely and perfectly.

All sinners that need a provision and sacrifice to enter a relationship with God:

By the Holy Spirit;

Thru the Son and

To the Father

I have one child left in the nest…and she is going to college soon. There are three of us living at home. My wife, my daughter, and myself. We are the Wellman family. We are all one family; the Wellman’s but three distinct persons. Poor analogy but that is the best I can do from a human’s standpoint trying to explain the unexplainable attributes of God. Hope it helps.

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Patricia Schneider August 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Hello, Pastor Jack!
Thank you ever so much for leaving this article with Scripture on my Facebook blog! As one of the commentators wrote, this is the best, short explanation re:praying for Israel. (paraphrasing.) Exactly what I needed to share among my FB sisters & brothers in Jesus!
Appreciated reading ALL the comments. (I will especially keep ‘Georgi’ (August, 2012) in my daily prayers for Jesus’ Holy Spirit to enlighten him/her(?) to the TRUTH in GOD’S WORD. AMEN!!!)
As always, Pastor Jack, thank you for being such a terrific, humble instrument/vessel of our Father God!!
God’s wonderful blessings & His sustaining graces be showered upon EACH person on this page!!
SOLI DEO GLORIA! (Glory To God Alone!)
Forever your Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

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Jack Wellman August 10, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Thank you Patty. I love that you are such a prayer warrior…prayer is a vital sign of life of the presence of the Holy Spirit, although knowing you, I didn’t need convincing…because you have a pure heart for Christ.

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