If We Remember Zion

By Maria Erokhina

One of the most remarkable things about the recent inauguration of the 45th American President, Donald Trump, was the prayer of Rabbi Marvin Hier. It was the first time since 1985 that a rabbi invoked a blessing at such an important historic event. “Eternal God, bless President Donald J. Trump and America, our great nation,” Rabbi Hier started his benediction. Among other declarations, he also cited Psalm 137: “By the rivers of Babylon, we wept as we remembered Zion. If I forget thee, Oh, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.” What a powerful statement that was!

Throughout the Bible we find God lovingly call the nation of Israel “Zion.” The name Zion refers to a hill in Jerusalem. When God speaks about Zion, He is describing the very heart of His nation.

“Zion!” I can only imagine the tone of God’s voice when He pronounces this name. Waves of love, passion, mercy and jealousy are mingled in it. The truth is, God has never removed the nation of Israel from His front burner, as shown in Isaiah 49:14-16. “But Zion said, ‘…My Lord has forgotten me.’ Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.”

Unfortunately, the nation of Israel has been forgotten by  many countries, including America. Even the Body of Christ is guilty! It’s scary to ponder the years that Israel has been neglected, despised, persecuted, suffered pogroms and the Holocaust. Its very existence has been questioned since its inception. The world has overlooked the fact that the land that lawfully belongs to Israel (historically and according to God’s ordinance) has been inhabited by hostile strangers. We condemned Israel for claiming her rights. We introduced sanctions; we gathered troops; we threatened and manipulated; we ignored her interests. Under the mask of guarding peace, we took upon ourselves the right to decide what is right or wrong for Israel, while God had already spoken about it in His Word.

Zechariah 2:8 makes a strong statement: “For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.’” We can see that God is not passive when it pertains to His people. His wrath rages against those who rob and devastate Israel; everyone who harms it, pokes God in the eye!

With America’s new President, there’s hope that Israel will be remembered again. Let us pray that the hearts of our government officials will be aligned with God’s heart toward  His  nation. Let us pray that after so many years of neglect, America will finally remember Zion, not only in words, but in action. Let us pray that America will be a nation that stands with Israel, defends her interests and protects her! Because if we bless Israel, we will truly be blessed.

CFNI travels to Israel every year. To be part of this powerful trip and learn more about the biblical history of Israel, go to cfni.org/israeltour.

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Why Should I Tour Israel?

By Pastor Billy Allen

When it comes to the subject of Israel, this is possibly to most asked question among Christians: “Why should I go to Israel?” There are so many reasons that could be listed, but here are just a few.

  1. Without the Jewish people and Judaism we would have no Savior in Jesus Christ and no Christian faith. It’s a bit overwhelming how many Gentile Christians have no real sense of the history of their Christian Faith. A trip to Israel can immediately rid any Christian of this unfortunate ignorance.
  1. The Apostle Paul refers to Abraham as the spiritual father of all Christians. What more inspirational thing can you do but visit the land of our spiritual foundation and our spiritual father?
  1. Contrary to popular secular mentality, the most important place on earth is not New York, Los Angeles, London or Paris; it is Jerusalem and the Jewish nation of Israel. The Scriptures are very clear as to God’s position to and priority for Israel.
  1. The Jewish people are God’s chosen people.
  1. Anything God has ever done in covenant history with His people, in both the Old and New Testament, has taken place in and around the nation of Israel.
  1. The land of Israel is God’s chosen property and nation.
  1. God will bless those who bless Israel.
  1. The city of Jerusalem is “the city of God” and “where God has put His name.”
  1. It is the birthplace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  1. It is the place Jesus where lived and did all His ministry.
  1. It is the place Jesus promises to return.

For these reasons and even more, why wouldn’t any Christian that loves God and understands what God has done for them visit the place of their own spiritual heritage?

To be part of CFNI’s 2017 Israel Tour, led by Dennis and Ginger Lindsay, contact Marianne Allen at 214-302-6215 or hospitality@cfni.org. Details of the trip are on cfni.org/Israeltour.  

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Our Stand With Israel

By Gordon Lindsay

This article is an excerpt from The Voice of Healing April 1969. CFNI Founder Gordon Lindsay laid out a case for why Christians should support Israel. Coming just two years after the Six Day War, this was a controversial stand at that time. We are rerunning this article as we are at another crucial time in Israel’s history, when she is standing against foes determined to destroy her. With Iran growing ever closer to having nuclear weapons, it is more important than ever that we stand with Israel. Our support has remained unwavering. Here our founder explains why.

It has been said that although many Christians of America believe that Israel’s return to her homeland is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy, few if any, will take a strong public stand for her. Christ For The Nations (formerly called The Voice of Healing), which came into existence the very year (1948) Israel became a nation, has always stood for the Jews’ right to their historic homeland, and we have often stated that America must also take that stand.

God said that He would bless those who blessed Israel and curse those who cursed Israel (Genesis 12:1-3). Witness how the tide turned in favor of Great Britain in World War I when Lord Balfour made his famous declaration, promising Palestine to the Jews for their homeland. In contrast, notice what happened to her when she went back on her promise in 1939. World War II came upon Britain, and afterward the liquidation of her vast empire.

Should America fail in her obligation as a Christian nation to stand with Israel, deliverance will arise from another quarter; but from precedents set before, we can expect a national disaster, similar to that which happened to Britain.

Above all it is the duty of all Christians to pray for Israel. As the Psalmist has said, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that lovethee” (Psalm 122:6). One of the main purposes of this article is to encourage Christians to pray for the Jews. The fulfi llment of God’s purposes for this age is closely related to Israel’s discovering and accepting the Messiah.

The reason Israel is in her historic homeland today is that it is God’s time. It was not always God’s time. The Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate (A.D. 316-363) thought to disprove the prophecy that, “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:24). He set at once to work to restore Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. What was the result? The New Standard Encyclopedia, Vol. XVI, page 509 says, “His (Julian’s) attempt to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem was intended to falsify the prophecies of Christianity . . . the balls of flame which brought the work to a standstill were accepted as evidence of the interposition of heaven.” We see there was a time, apparently, when it was not God’s will for the Jews to return to Jerusalem. At last the times of the Gentiles are drawing to a close, and Israel has returned to her land as God had promised by the prophets.

The nations of the world, including Israel, are moving swiftly toward Armageddon. Jeremiah the prophet, speaking of the event in Jeremiah 30:7 said, “Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Israel has had to fight for her life against enemies on every side. Eventually, her courage and her own strength will not be enough.

stand-for-israelWe at Christ For The Nations have stood for Israel from the beginning. Since 1948, many articles have appeared in our magazine concerning Israel’s return to her historic homeland as a fulfillment of prophecy. Our position for Israel has always been clear, and readers throughout the past 20 years are well aware of our stand. We are now reaffirming our stand for the Jews.

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