Agreeing with God About Israel
by Lonnie Lane
We live in a tremendously significant period in God’s timetable of events. As those who pray for God’s will in the earth today, there can be no higher calling than to be yoked with God in this endeavor. This is a history making era! It began with the restoration of Israel. Four thousand years ago, God promised a Land to Abraham and his descendants through Isaac. Now after 1,900 years this same people are again living in that Land.
No other nation has been divided and conquered, displaced and dispersed without being assimilated and disappearing, never to be a sovereign and distinct people again. Even great civilizations which once seemed impervious to destruction are no more. But the Jews remain.
They are still identifiable as the same people they were 2,000 years ago. The Jews still follow the same religion and traditions and celebrate the same holidays as they did millennia ago. They speak the same language as their forefathers. They still have the same identity as the people of The Book. Even Jews outside of Israel are known no less as Jews. Despite the intention of others to destroy them over the centuries, still the Jews survive. There has never been another nation that even begins to approximate the history of persecution or survival as the Jews.
There is only one reason for this survival. God declared it. Through the prophet Jeremiah God stated that as long as the moon and stars light up the night, the offspring of Israel would never cease to exist (Jeremiah 31:35-37). Over and over again, God declared that He had made an “everlasting covenant” with Israel. The promises include the Land, the survival of the people and the coming of Messiah bringing salvation — everlasting salvation.
Another sign of the significance of these days is the unprecedented number of Jewish people coming to faith in their Messiah. Not since the first century have there been as many Jewish believers as there are now. More Jews have come to know the Lord in the last 40 years than in the past 19 centuries combined.
Following the 1967 war, when Jerusalem and the Temple Mount once again belonged to the sovereign nation of Israel, spontaneously Jews began to come to the Lord all over the world. The Bible tells us that things happen in the natural (physical realm) first, and then in the spiritual.
When Jerusalem was returned to the Jewish people, a spiritual revival was released into the world. That same year the “Jesus movement” and the Charismatic Renewal began — Jerusalem was restored and so was the Holy Spirit to the church in a measure not known since the first century. These are things to rejoice about.
If God is for her, why then all the persecution, why the wars against her, why the attempts to divide the Land which God clearly gave to Israel? One reason. The devil. He knows that “salvation is of the Jews” and therefore he has sought to obliterate them from the earth. But he has been unable to do so. He knows that Messiah will return to a Jewish Jerusalem and so his plan is to divest the Jews of their Land little by little until Jerusalem is no longer theirs.
The devil also knows God’s Word cannot be broken, but he will do all he can to make God look like a liar. To what extent he can, he influences men and nations to agree with him against the Jews.
However, we who are the Lord’s love what He loves and will love Israel and the Jewish people. We who agree with God can open up our Bibles and turn to the Torah or the Psalms or the prophets and find verse upon verse to pray back to God on behalf of Israel. We can pray for the salvation of the Jewish people, singing back to Him the hundreds of verses of His promises, rejoicing that He keeps His Word.
Please stand in agreement with me for the following prayer:
Lord, You said if any two agree, it will be done. We agree with Your Word and each other. You said You would defend the city of Jerusalem and would save it for Your own sake (Isaiah 37:35). Defend Jerusalem, Lord. We praise You that Jerusalem is Yours and that You will save her for Your Name’s sake.
We thank You, Lord, for the many Jewish people who have come to know you. We take this as a sign that we are in the “last days” for You have said that Israel will return to You and seek the Lord their God and (Yeshua) their king, and they will come trembling to You and to Your goodness in the last days (Hosea 3:5).
We pray for those who don’t yet know You are their Messiah. Reveal Yourself to Your Jewish people that all Israel might be saved. Glorify Yourself in Israel once again, in Yeshua’s name. Amen.
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Lonnie Lane comes from a family of four generations of Jewish believers, being the first one saved in 1975. Lonnie has been in church leadership for many years, and has planted two “one new man” house fellowships, one in Philadelphia suburbs and the other in Jacksonville, Florida, where she now lives near 6 of her 8 grandchildren. Lonnie is the author of “Because They Never Asked” and numerous articles on this website. She has been the Producer of Messianic Vision's radio and TV shows and the International Prayer Co-Coordinator for Messianic Vision's intercessors. Click Here to order Lonnie's book, "Because They Never Asked."