Conflict

The Jerusalem Conflict
and the Church

The conflict that is raging across the world today about the fate of the City of Jerusalem has far wider reaches than the mere city itself.  It reaches deeply into the very being of Jewish people everywhere for Jerusalem is not only the capital of the nation of Israel; it is the very heart of every Jew.  Because of the relationship between Christians and their heritage as children of Abraham, the conflict also touches, or should touch the heart of every Christian as well.  The City of G-d is so much more than the scene of the tragic death of the Messiah, but is the location to which He shall return, according to the word of G-d and to our faith.  To allow it to become only another spot on the map declared by Moslems as "the Home of Islam" is a tragedy that the Church must not allow, and must certainly not support. 

To give "Arab East Jerusalem" to the Arabs who have pledged the total destruction of "first, the Saturday people, then the Sunday people" is completely at odds with the teaching of the G-d of heaven and earth.  To ascribe the Eastern part of this City of our King as "Arab" is such a false misnomer of the liberal media that it belies the fact that the Eastern part of the city is where the major events of the Biblical account of its history took place.  It is on the very Mount of Olives that the bones of the Prophets are buried and it was here, in this same area where the Tabernacle of the L-rd stood in the City of David.

"We war not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers in heavenly places."  To attribute this conflict to a local disagreement between Arabs and Jews is to overlook the very nature of these peoples.  The Arabs are not the enemies of G-d, nor of His people, Israel.  The enemy is satan himself, clothed as the Allah of the Moslems, to whom their pledge of allegiance is made without reservation and without retreat.  The eyes of countless Moslems are blind to the fact that the god they worship is the enemy of the only true G-d.  This is to be expected, but the real tragedy is that so many Christians are also blind to this fact and go one believing what was recently published in Christianity Today magazine, that "many Moslems love G-d, they just need Jesus."  The one that they love and worship is no god at all, but is, rather the enemy of G-d and of all who love Him.  This is the foundation of the conflict over Jerusalem.

The Church must soon awaken from its slumber and come to the side of Israel, for that is the side of G-d and of all of His people.  Christians have no choice of sides to take if they are to follow the G-d to whom they pledge their love.  The land of Israel is an inheritance to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob forever and to give even one square meter of it to the enemies of these people and of their G-d is an abomination that cannot be tolerated by those who hold His word dear.  Too many would not only tolerate, but advocate such a miscarriage of G-d's purposes and to these, shall fall the judgment of G-d.  Now is the time for Christians everywhere to unite as one and to stand as "watchmen on the hills of Ephraim (who) shall call out, 'Arise, let us go up to Zion, to the L-rd, our G-d.'"  " For thus says the L-rd, 'Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob and shout among the chiefs of the nations; Proclaim, give praise and say 'O L-rd, save Thy people, the remnant of Israel. (Jeremiah 31: 6-7)  In Hebrew, there are three words for "watchmen."  The word used here is used nowhere else in scripture.  It is the word "notzrim."  This word, in Modern Hebrew, is the same word used for "Christians!"

Soon, "all the nations of the earth will gather against (Jerusalem)."  And in that day, the L-rd will use "the clans of Judah" to do battle against those who would destroy the city and its inhabitants.  "In that day, He will "set about to destroy all the nations that come up against Jerusalem."  (Zechariah 12: 3, 9)  Who are these clans of Judah?  In Exodus, when Moses chose one representative from every tribe to "spy out the land."  From Judah, he chose Caleb, the son of Jephunneh.  But in Numbers 13, we learn that Jephunneh was a Kennizite; he was not Jewish at all.  He had joined himself to the Israelites when they escaped the bondage of Egypt and had aligned himself with these people and with their G-d.  He and his family were grafted in!  Today, the Church enjoy the same position as Caleb, they are grafted into the promises of G-d to His people.  And through Whom is this achieved?  Through faith in none other than the Lion of the Tribe of Judah!  So, if there is a tribal identity for the Church, it is in the clans of Judah.  I believe with all my heart that when the nations come up against Jerusalem that the only source of support will be from the Church, who will rise up from across the world, even at the risk of their own destruction, laying down their very lives, to destroy all the nations that come up against Jerusalem, for "when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah."  (Zech 12:2)

 What effect does the Jerusalem conflict have on the Church today?  Much in every way.  This very issue is the division between those who walk a broad path to destruction and those who will pursue a narrow way of Truth.  This one issue will be the point that divides denominations and local congregations.  This one issue will divide communities and even families.  Now is the time for the Church to rise up and stand with the G-d of Israel and with the people of Israel.  Now is the time for America to choose whom it will serve.  Now is the time to throw off the yoke of the Oil Cartel and the false hope of stability and to see the Islamic lie for what it is.  This menace threatens every nation in which it has a foothold.  As the fastest growing religion in America, the threat is drawing closer every day.  What effect does the Jerusalem Conflict have upon the Church today?  It must cause it to arise and to stand for Truth and for G-d's word and to allow no compromise of His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  "For the gifts and the callings of G-d are irrevocable."  This is one promise that the Church must not revoke in His stead.  Church, America, world, choose you this day whom you will serve; as for me and my house, we will serve the L-rd."

Written in Israel 
February 26, 2001
Rabbi Marty