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I Can Not Be Cursed – Why I Support the Nation of Israel, but Not CUFI & End Time Fears …

All their talk about the law is gas. Theythemselves don’t keep the law! And they are highly selective in the laws they do observe. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast of their success in recruiting you to their side. That is contemptible!

14-16 For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. Can’t you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do—submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life! All who walk by this standard are the true Israel of God—his chosen people. Peace and mercy on them!

I believe we (the United States) made a commitment to Israel and we should stand behind them. I understand their struggles, and I support the efforts to push the President and government to stand by their word to be their ally and defend them.
What I don’t understand is this:

I have many people that love Israel and the Jewish people (seemingly) more than they do the church at times. They use biblical rhetoric to convince people they are in downright sin if they do not support the nation of Israel, or worse God is going to curse them and anyone who doesn’t rally the U.S. to get on board and blow up all of their enemies.

I was in a church which strongly supported Israel and the “Christians United For Israel” organization (John Hagee). I attended several gatherings of Jews and Christians together to support Israel. The church organized trips to Washington to be involved with the CUFI rallies, and took special trips to Israel. What amazed me in all this, whether intentional or not, the message seemed to not be about trying to reach the Jewish people to Christ, but rather there was a heavy tone that they did not need to be reached. So then one can only assume it was a purely political rally, yet they used scripture (inaccurately I might add) to infer that I would be ‘cursed’ if I don’t support the government of Israel.

Before an event hosted at our own church the Pastor actually stood in the pulpit and said “Now, we are not here to convert the Jews, and we don’t need to be praying ‘in the name of Jesus’ …” I couldn’t believe it. I remember thinking to myself, we can’t pray ‘in Jesus name’ at football games, public schools, and now CHURCH? for offense of offending someone? They are coming here to rally our support for them, including political leaders from Israel, but we are told we can’t even say “Jesus” for fear of offending? Wow, politically correct has crossed a line now.

This really confused me and I began asking myself some hard questions… do Jews need to be saved? If there is a “last days” of God opening the Jewish people’s eyes what would that look like? What does that mean? Does that mean that every Jew before and after are exempt from accepting Jesus? There is no longer Abraham’s bosom, so where is the atonement for their sins to allow them into heaven? (and even if sacrifices of animal blood were still acceptable to God, they have not been made for a long time.)

Very few could answer these questions with certainty, even those radically supporting “CUFI”. I have only met one ministry couple who could tell me that attending a Messianic church (A church of Jewish people who accept Jesus as the savior) was about them seeking to understand the culture because they actually have a heart to be missionaries to Israel. In other words, they want to share Jesus with the Jewish people, not shy away from him in order not to offend. (I am pretty sure Paul nor any of the other apostles who walked into the synagogues ever held back the name of Jesus.)

Since no one could (or wanted) to definitively answer my questions on this I had to go to the source. The answer lies in understanding the covenant. Not two covenants, the covenant. There is one covenant spanning from Abraham to now, with Jesus bringing the fullness of the covenant. To understand my point of view on this we would have to take a little history lesson. Come with me for a few moments….

Long, long Ago in a faraway land..(j/k – but not really 🙂 )

Genesis tells us the story of God’s covenant with Abraham and why he chose Abraham: 

Twice God promises to bless Abraham, 1st in Genesis 12 when God tells him to leave his father’s land:

“I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2-3

Then again, in Genesis 22:15-18 after God stops Abraham from sacrificing Isaac on the altar:

The angel of God spoke from Heaven a second time to Abraham: “I swear—God’s sure word!—because you have gone through with this, and have not refused to give me your son, your dear, dear son, I’ll bless you—oh, how I’ll bless you! And I’ll make sure that your children flourish—like stars in the sky! like sand on the beaches! And your descendants will defeat their enemies. All nations on Earth will find themselves blessed through your descendants because you obeyed me.” Genesis 22:15-18

God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son on the altar. God stops Abraham just before killing his son Isaac, to whom God promised, and then because of his obedience and great love God  tells him this:

a) “BECAUSE you have gone through with this not refusing to give me your son, I am going to bless you – your children will flourish like stars in the sky, like sand on the beaches… And your descendants will defeat their enemies.”

I think we can all agree, This promise has already been kept…. Moving on…

b) “ALL nations on earth will find themselves blessed through your descendants because you obeyed me” = Jesus


Because Abraham loved the Lord so much he was willing to give his son as a sacrifice, God in turn gave his son to be the sacrifice for all of our sins, and all nations on earth can find themselves blessed through the descendant of Abraham – Jesus – fulfilling the promise to Abraham.

… Seeing a pattern, promise kept…

What about the scripture that says “Those who bless Israel are blessed and those who curse Israel are cursed”? Well, it does not mention Israel, it mentions Abraham. No matter what translation you look up, it says the same. In the KJV it states “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Gen 12:3)

Those who bless ABRAHAM will be blessed, and those who curse ABRAHAM will be cursed. I have never cursed Abraham, nor had an opportunity to bless him, since he lived thousands of years before I was born. I am going to say I am pretty sure I am free from that curse or blessing.

For further understanding of the position of the Jewish people today (those since Jesus) let’s look at what Jesus had to say. (Most reliable source I would say)

As Jesus entered the village of Capernaum, a Roman captain came up in a panic and said, “Master, my servant is sick. He can’t walk. He’s in terrible pain.”Jesus said, “I’ll come and heal him.”
“Oh, no,” said the captain. “I don’t want to put you to all that trouble. Just give the order and my servant will be fine. I’m a man who takes orders and gives orders. I tell one soldier, ‘Go,’ and he goes; to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; to my slave,‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
Taken aback, Jesus said, “I’ve yet to come across this kind of simple trust in Israel, the very people who are supposed to know all about God and how he works. This man is the vanguard of many outsiders who will soon be coming from all directions—streaming in from the east, pouring in from the west, sitting down at God’s kingdom banquet alongside Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Then those who grew up ‘in the faith’ but had no faith will find themselves out in the cold, outsiders to grace and wondering what happened.” Matthew 8:5-12

 

“Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, ‘Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.’ “The son answered, ‘I don’t want to.’ Later on he thought better of it and went.”The father gave the same command to the second son. He answered, ‘Sure, glad to.’ But he never went.

“Which of the two sons did what the father asked?” They said, “The first.”
John came to you showing you the right road. You turned up your noses at him, but the crooks and whores believed him. Even when you saw their changed lives, you didn’t care enough to change and believe him.

“Here’s another story. Listen closely. There was once a man, a wealthy farmer, who planted a vineyard. He fenced it, dug a winepress, put up a watchtower, then turned it over to the farmhands and went off on a trip. When it was time to harvest the grapes, he sent his servants back to collect his profits.”The farmhands grabbed the first servant and beat him up. The next one they murdered. They threw stones at the third but he got away.The owner tried again, sending more servants. They got the same treatment.The owner was at the end of his rope. He decided to send his son. ‘Surely,’ he thought, ‘they will respect my son.'”But when the farmhands saw the son arrive, they rubbed their hands in greed. ‘This is the heir! Let’s kill him and have it all for ourselves.’They grabbed him, threw him out, and killed him. “Now, when the owner of the vineyard arrives home from his trip, what do you think he will do to the farmhands?” “He’ll kill them – a rotten bunch, and good riddance,” they answered. “Then he’ll assign the vineyard to farmhands who will hand over the profits when it’s time.” Jesus said, “Right – and you can read it for yourselves in your Bibles: The stone the masons threw out is now the cornerstone. This is God’s work; we rub our eyes, we can hardly believe it! “This is the way it is with you. God’s kingdom will be taken back from you and handed over to a people who will live out a kingdom life.Whoever stumbles on this Stone gets shattered; whoever the Stone falls on gets smashed.” When the religious leaders heard this story, they knew it was aimed at them. They wanted to arrest Jesus and put him in jail, but, intimidated by public opinion, they held back. Most people held him to be a prophet of God. Matthew 21:28-46

If you have taken the time to read these scriptures so far surely you know he is talking to the religious leaders of the Hebrew/Jewish faith and he is foreshadowing their destiny should they continue to reject first the prophets (i.e. John the Baptist), and then the son of God himself – Jesus.   Jesus drives the point home again with this:

“Who do you think my mother and brothers are?” He then stretched out his hand toward his disciples. “Look closely. These are my mother and brothers. Obedience is thicker than blood. The person who obeys my heavenly Father’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12: 48-50

(Jesus was a Jew by blood…. think on this.)

Jesus was clear that no man comes to God, except through him. (John 14:6) “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him will have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Once the covenant with Abraham was fulfilled (Jesus) we are all now able to come into the new covenant of grace. This was not a replacement of the covenant with Abraham, this was the fulfillment. We (the Christian church – including Messianic Jews ) are not a “replacement” of the Jewish people but, instead, it was always the plan of God to reconcile all mankind to himself. It was through Abraham, and those of his lineage that followed God, that God was given the door to send Jesus, but it was always God’s intent that we all be in this covenant.

The apostles have to deal with this issue in Acts 15 when the ‘Jewish converts’ are attempting to require the ‘Gentile converts’ to Christianity to follow the Jewish customs and religious practices of the Jewish faith:

“Friends, listen. Simeon has told us the story of how God at the very outset made sure that racial outsiders were included. This is in perfect agreement with the words of the prophets:
‘After this, I’m coming back. I’ll rebuild David’s ruined house; I’ll put all the pieces together again; I’ll make it look like new So outsiders who seek will find, so they’ll have a place to come to, All the pagan peoples included in what I’m doing.
“God said it and now he’s doing it. It’s no afterthought; he’s always known he would do this.” Acts 15:13-18

The former way of doing things, a system of commandments that never worked out the way it was supposed to, was set aside; the law brought nothing to maturity. Another way —Jesus!— a way that does work, that brings us right into the presence of God, is put in its place.The old priesthood of Aaron perpetuated itself automatically, father to son, without explicit confirmation by God. But then God intervened and called this new, permanent priesthood into being with an added promise:
God gave his word; he won’t take it back:“You’re the permanent priest.” This makes Jesus the guarantee of a far better way between us and God—one that really works! A new covenant. (Hebrews 7)

It was no afterthought! We from the beginning, starting with Abraham, were already apart of God’s plan to be in the covenant with him. This being true the Jewish people of today stand no more ground of inheritance or rights to the covenant than we do now, except through Jesus Christ.

Is God done with the Jewish/Israeli people? no – I don’t think so. But then again, the whole point of New Testament is the inclusion of anyone who accepts Jesus, not exclusion of the Jews… Paul talks about this here:

Does this mean, then, that God is so fed up with Israel that he’ll have nothing more to do with them? Hardly. Remember that I, the one writing these things, am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham out of the tribe of Benjamin. You can’t get much more Semitic than that! So we’re not talking about repudiation. God has been too long involved with Israel, has too much invested, to simply wash his hands of them.
Do you remember that time Elijah was agonizing over this same Israel and cried out in prayer?
God, they murdered your prophets,
They trashed your altars;
I’m the only one left and now they’re after me!
And do you remember God’s answer?

I still have seven thousand who haven’t quit,
Seven thousand who are loyal to the finish.

It’s the same today. There’s a fiercely loyal minority still— not many, perhaps, but probably more than you think. They’re holding on, not because of what they think they’re going to get out of it, but because they’re convinced of God’s grace and purpose in choosing them. If they were only thinking of their own immediate self-interest, they would have left long ago.

And then what happened? Well, when Israel tried to be right with God on her own, pursuing her own self-interest, she didn’t succeed. The chosen ones of God were those who let God pursue his interest in them, and as a result received his stamp of legitimacy. The “self-interest Israel” became thick-skinned toward God.
(Romans 11:1-10)

Paul goes on to say that:

There was a time not so long ago when you were on the outs with God. But then the Jews slammed the door on him and things opened up for you. Now they are on the outs. But with the door held wide open for you, they have a way back in. In one way or another, God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be outside so that he can personally open the door and welcome us back in Romans 11:28-29

One minister said “Jews can be Jews without Christians, but Christians can not be Christians without Jews.” This is true. I have a high regard for the truths of the Old Testament, and all that has been given to me through the blood line of Abraham.

It was Jews who began the church. Jesus, Peter, Paul, and all the disciples, were Jews. I believe that those who have have ears to hear have heard and, still, many will hear. I believe that there will be a great revival in the last days before Jesus returns, which may very well begin in Israel and draw again the Jewish people. Remember Peter and Paul always started in the synagogues first, beckoning the Jewish people to believe. It would make since that the last, greatest, world wide revival would start in Israel. (Hopefully there will be missionaries who are daring to use the word ‘Jesus’ over there.) However, I do not believe that being born a Jew gives you automatic atonement, or exemption from accepting Christ. It didn’t even in the Old Testament, otherwise they would have not needed sacrifices. 

We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) including the Jewish people. We all need the salvation of Jesus Christ and no one comes to the father except through Jesus. (John 14:6)

Paul tells us, again, there is hope for them, but by hearing and believing the truth of Jesus Christ, as with any other.  “… if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again” (Romans 11:23)

I support Israel politically because I don’t think we need to leave them over there to stand alone.  I believe in learning from history – as in WW2 – we turned a blind eye and it wasn’t our problem until it came on our shores. If we ignore and allow their enemies to continue to prevail over them that seeks to destroy them, then they will come after us next.

“The only thing for evil to reign is for good men to stand by and do nothing.” Leaders like Iran’s, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have made it clear it is their mission to destroy Israel, and then us. So whether we disagree about how much land really belongs to them or not (based on biblical or U.N. standards) we need to remember “the enemy of our enemy is our friend”. 

I also support the reasons for giving Israel the land back to them to begin with, so that they have a place to call “home”; that they never suffer the persecution that they suffered in Germany again. It’s why Christians came to the Americas and began a nation where we could have freedom to worship the way we wanted without persecution and, I believe, they deserve the same freedom.

But…

 Not supporting the nation of Israel’s political status, while not right in my opinion, is not a biblically immoral choice.

Truth be told God never intended Israel to have a king or have a “wordly/traditional” government, and their real problems began when they cried out for that.

“…now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”
But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.”

Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”
When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord.The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” -1 Samuel 8:6-21

Every king they ever had either was corrupt, at least at some point, or they wound up in captivity under other ungodly leaders. When Jesus came they were looking for a savior, not of the spiritual kind, but a king who would overthrow the Roman Empire and establish them as their own government once again.

They rejected Jesus because he wasn’t there to do exactly what so many Christians are crying out as a mandate from God for us to do today, establish them as an unshakeable government.

Remember they are still looking for a savior. (My problem with men like John Hagee is they seem to be attempting to place themselves in such a position, even eliminating the need for Jesus. He becomes the political savior they are looking for.)

So if you are going to address the support of Israel as a nation and a government that the U.S. should support,  then you should do this from a political argument not a spiritual one. You are not going to be cursed if you do not support the nation of Israel, and you will not be any more blessed than you already are through the blood of Jesus Christ.

(all references are from the Message for plain understanding, however they have been crossed referenced for accuracy. You are welcome to look them up. Greek/Hebrew/ or KJV )

Here is another interesting post on the topic my husband led me to as I was writing this. He has a bit of different reference on the subject. Very insightful… Catch Kevin.com

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