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Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Call to Prayer Regarding the Middle East (Malcolm Hedding)

“Moreover the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Have you not considered what these people have spoken, saying, ‘The two families which the Lord has chosen, He has also cast them off’? Thus they have despised My people, as if they should no more be a nation before them.” Jeremiah 33:23-24

As revolt and chaos spreads through the Middle East it turns out that the only stable Democracy in the region is Israel and indeed that the Apartheid State of today is not Israel but the Arab nations around her. These nations are imploding with discontent as people take to the streets protesting their lack of freedoms and their subjugation under the hands of thugs, murderers, despots and leaders who have made themselves rich on the backs of their people!
Israel by contrast is a shining example of freedom, the rule of law, an independent judiciary and the freedom of the press and yet the educational institutions of our world have decided to boycott Israeli academics and to annually hold what is called, “Israel Apartheid Week” and the European Union is now moving to boycott Israeli products made in Judea and Samaria. Nothing is more hypocritical, and indeed shameful, as this. While totalitarian dictators, throughout the Arab world, suppressed their people and even murdered them in huge numbers as they protested on the streets of their capitals these people decided to focus on Israel and condemn her. Sadly, many Church movements have also joined themselves to this hypocrisy. This is all part of a sinister desire to discredit Israel, delegitimize Israel and in the end dismantle Israel. Anti-Semitism is at work here for sure. It is unbridled and unashamed and sadly attracts many followers.
We, who have been “washed” by the scriptures, recognize this evil root that again and again seeks to find fertile soil where it can flourish and grow. Thankfully, we stand in its way and we will stand alongside Israel in her endless struggle to exist in a dark world. Jesus said that, “This nation (generation) would not pass away until all things are fulfilled” (Matthew 24:34) and the Prophet Jeremiah declared that as long as the sun, moon and stars are in the firmament just so long will Israel exist as a nation before God. (Jeremiah 31:35-36)
The struggle will be a challenging and difficult one but we will stay the course because we have a God in Heaven who watches over Israel day and night (Psalm 121:4) and Who invites us into a place of dedicated prayer and intercession on her behalf. (Isaiah 62:6-7) In the end He will be glorified in the nations in this growing contest as He will arise and defend His people in a way that we never thought possible (Zechariah 12:1-9). Let us therefore ignore the anti-Israel antagonists and be faithful to God in this respect.
Malcolm Hedding


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