Wherever there are tourists,
but nowhere do they jolt your Scriptual memory as the sight of this sign within the walls of Old Jerusalem. Visions of an angry Jesus come to mind. Today Israel is on my mind. How should a Christian pray for Israel in light of prophecy?
The nation is not a Theocracy, and some would have you pray for Israel as if it was. Someday it will be as Christ sits on David’s throne and David rules over the houses of Judah and Israel as the again become one. In the mean time it is ruled by those who deny God’s Christ.
Not all are Israel.
The prophecy is that two-thirds of Israel will be destroyed and not enter God’s kingdom. (Zachariah 13:8) “It is not as though God’s word has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.” (Romans 9:6) From the time of Abraham it has always been God’s sovereign choice, not descendency.
God has appointed a time to bring judgment to the descendants of Israel. And all of His choosing will be saved. “As it is written ‘Out of Zion will come The Deliverer. He will banish ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them when I take away their sins.” (Romans 11:26-27)
To pray for Israel is to pray for the souls of men, women and children. Only now, through the gospel, does man determine his own fate by hating Christ’s light or coming into it. (John 3:16-21) Pray that God’s Spirit removes their spirit of stupor. (Romans 11:8)
To pray for the peace of Jerusalem is to pray for Jesus’ return, for there can be no peace until the Prince of Peace reigns. Bless Israel through your prayers that they receive Jesus as their Messiah and you will be blessed. “I will bless those who bless you …. “ Genesis 12:3)