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Why Christians Should Support Israel The Apple Of His Eye

John Hagee

“For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After He has honored me and has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for  whoever touches you touches the apple of His eye - I will surely raise My hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent Me. Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion...” Zechariah 2:8-10

There are several biblical reasons why Christians should stand with Israel, her people and their claim to the land.

1- Israel is the only nation on earth created by a sovereign act of God.

Israel belongs to God himself! As Creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1), God has the right of ownership to the universe and therefore can give His land to whomever He chooses.

God gave the title deed of the land of Israel to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants forever. (Genesis 15:18; 17:2–8; 26:3)

2- Christians owe a debt of eternal gratitude to the Jewish people for their contributions, which gave birth to the Christian faith.

No matter from what nation or people—every Christian owes their thanks to the Jews for their spiritual inheritance. Paul is primarily writing to the believers of Gentile origin in Romans 11 “I am talking to you Gentiles...” (Romans 11:13 NIV)

God has shown Christians mercy because of the Jewish people and it is now our obligation to show mercy to them by:

  1. Demonstrating indebtedness for our faith
  2. Expressing unconditional love
  3. Praying for the peace of Jerusalem
  4. Displaying practical acts of kindness

3- Jesus never denied His Jewishness.

While some try to deny the connection between Jesus of Nazareth and the Jews of the world, Jesus never denied His Jewishness. Jesus told the Samaritan woman in John 4:22 NIV, “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.” The “we” in this verse refers to the Jewish people—Jesus was identifying Himself with His own people.

Jesus considered the Jewish people His family for He said, “...‘Truly I tell you,whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine [the Jewish people], you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:40 NIV) He spoke as one of them. Jesus is called “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” in the Book of Revelation. The words Judah and Jew are derived from the same root word— there is no doubt that Jesus identified with the Jewish people during His time on earth and throughout eternity.

If Jesus didn’t deny His Jewish roots why should we?

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