Christians around the world celebrated the 70th Anniversary of Israel on April 18, 2018, pointing not only Israel’s survival in the midst of hostile Muslim nations, but also its economic progress.
Yet, because they love Israel so much, Christians have ignored major issues that affect the spiritual and earthly survival of Jews.
If given the divine opportunity to be risen today, would the old Israel’s prophets celebrate modern Israel’s economic progress?
They had spiritual eyes and even when the old Israel was having earthly progress, they pointed that their sins would bring destruction.
They especially condemned idolatry, which involved child sacrifice and homosexuality.
These three sins are present in the modern Israel. There is an idolatry of materialistic ideologies that support abortion — which is child sacrifice — and homosexuality, which is “sacred” in the Israeli laws. In fact, Israel is a champion of these two sins in the Middle East.
* Abortion is legal in Israel.
* Homosexuality, with its parades in Jerusalem and other cities, is legal in Israel.
The old prophets often cried out to Israel,
“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. ” (Isaiah 59:2 ESV)
“Your wealth and your treasures I will give as spoil, without price, for all your sins, throughout all your territory.” (Jeremiah 15:13 ESV)
Why should Christians think that their message would be different today?
Often conservative Christians in the United States — the largest Protestant nation in the world — and Brazil — the largest Catholic nation in the world — condemn abortion and the homosexual agenda in their own governments and nations. They also condemn abortion and the homosexual agenda in other nations and in the United Nations. But they keep silent about the same sins in the Israeli government. They celebrate Israel constantly, regardless its sins.
If risen today, would the prophets do what Christians are doing? Would they celebrate? No. They would do today what they used to do in the old Israel: they would cry for Israel to repent from its sins. They would proclaim to today’s Jews that they need to accept the Messiah Jesus.
Many Christians seem to think, “How can I point the sins of abortion and homosexuality to Israel if there are greater concerns, especially that Israel is surrounded by Muslim enemies, who want to destroy it?”
Nothing has changed. When the old prophets prophesized against Israel’s sins, Israel was also surrounded by enemies who wanted to destroy it.
Economic and technologic progress is important, but without salvation in Jesus Christ, there is no real gain after all. And when abortion, homosexuality, socialism and other sins are advancing in Israel, is the God of the old prophets celebrating or crying? Is the God of Israel celebrating or crying?
Jesus came to Israel not only as a Jew, but especially as their Messiah. Yet, the Jews did not welcome him. The Bible says,
“He went to his own people, and his own people didn’t accept him.” (John 1:11 GWV)
Christians should behave as Apostle Paul, who was a Jew. He said:
“Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God on behalf of the Jewish people is that they would be saved.” (Romans 10:1 GWV)
Christians should engage in constant prayer for Israel’s salvation in Jesus Christ.
Christians can celebrate when Israel prosper economically.
Christians can celebrate when Israel is able to defend itself from Muslim terrorists.
Christians can celebrate when Jerusalem is finally recognized as Israel’s capital.
Yet, Isaiah, Jeremiah and other old prophets would say:
We cannot celebrate the economic prosperity of Israel when abortion, homosexuality and other destructive sins are advancing in Israel.
We cannot celebrate the Israeli military strength to defend itself when we know that sins destroy the real defense of a nation. In fact, homosexuality destroyed Sodom, which was an old city that is in the land of Israel.
We cannot celebrate Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when this holy city celebrates homosexual parades every year and sheds the innocent blood of their children through legal abortion.
How could we celebrate when Israel is not saved? How could we celebrate when Israel does not know its Savior Jesus Christ?
Christians should cry and pray for Israel’s salvation, because the greatest celebration is salvation. Jesus said,
“Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10 ESV)
When Israel repents from its sins — including abortion and homosexuality — and accepts its Messiah, there will be joy and celebration in heaven and among true Christians on the earth.
Portuguese version of this article: Os profetas de Israel celebrariam o aniversário de 70 anos do Estado de Israel?
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