Israel is important because God has made Biblical promises to her that drastically affects every people group on Earth. Historically, Israel came about when God made a promise to Abraham, which eventually led to Jacob being born in the Promised Land and developed into a nation over many years.
Biblical prophecy was fullfilled in 1948 when Israel was rebirthed as a nation.
“In that day, the Lord will reach out His hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of His people… and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth” Is. 11:11-12 (emphasis mine)
God has tied the salvation of every nation to Israel. He promised that out of Israel the Messiah would come. When Jesus the Messiah did come, the people of Israel rejected Him. As a consequence, salvation came to the Gentiles while Israel was put on a side-track.
“…through their trespass [rejection of Jesus as Messiah] salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. Now if their trespass means riches for the world [salvation]… how much more will their full inclusion mean! [acceptance of Jesus as Messiah]” Rom. 11:11-12 (my notes added)
"For if their rejection [of Jesus] means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? [Jesus’ return]” Rom. 11:15 (my notes added)
God has given Israel so much favor that even their failures are turned into blessings for the earth. I speak of their "rejection” and the Gentiles’ salvation. Jesus goes one step further and bases His return (Second Coming) on the condition that Israel accepts Him as their Messiah.
“For I tell you, you will not see Me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’” (Matt. 23:39)
Jesus loves Israel so much that His return on the Day of the Lord to restore all things is conditional on Israel’s acceptance of Him. That’s the real crux of why Israel is important. Can you see now why Israel is among the most despised nations? The Devil’s schemes throughout history has been to annihilate Israel so that Jesus cannot return. That understanding puts a whole new perspective on the holocaust during WWII and Iran’s hatred of Israel.
We partner in prayer with Israel because 1) God’s Word commands us to partner through prayer with His sovereign decision to call them His people, 2) The Day of the Lord and the earth’s restoration is dependent on Israel’s acceptance of Jesus as Messiah.
Israel is important because:
- God made a sovereign decision to call them His People
- God’s salvation plan began with Israel by sending His Son to be a descendent of Abraham
- The Second Coming of Christ and subsequent restoration of all things is dependent on Israel’s acceptance of Him as Messiah
As believers, we are commanded in the Word to pray for Israel. It’s a deception to think Israel is not pertinent to our lives, or that it’s a peripheral prayer topic. Israel is arguably the most important issue to commit to in prayer.
I challenge you to pray for Israel at least 20 minutes a day. Or join our prayer room in prayer on Tuesdays from noon – 1pm.