His Dwelling Place: The Lord Has Chosen Zion
As I prepare to leave for Israel and Aglow's annual trip into the land, April 29 to May 8, my heart is excited to be back in the place that truly is the focal point of all the earth!
God is intentional in all that He does. He chose to place Israel in the most strategic geographical location on the face of the earth. It is the crossroads of Africa, Asia and Europe – a place where the world's attention is drawn repeatedly.
As Believers, it is important that we understand the ancient prophecies related to God's purposes for the people and for the land.
And who is like Your people Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people – to make for Yourself a name by great and awesome deeds, by driving out nations from before Your people whom You redeemed from Egypt? For you have made Your people Israel Your very own people forever; and You, Lord, have become their God. I Chronicles 17:21-22
Longest Held Hatred In Human History
Anti-Semitism is still the longest held and deepest hatred in human history. This animosity had its beginning in the garden when God promised Eve that one of her descendants would crush the enemy's head in Genesis 3:15. This hatred later centered in Abraham and his descendants.
Endeavor To Destroy the Seed
In Genesis 22:18 God's word to Abraham was, "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." Satan has focused on that seed, to destroy them before the seed destroyed him! The ultimate seed of Messiah was in them – the one who, for all time, would bring the destructive blow to the enemy. His followers would continue to enforce that victory down through the ages.
A Mandate To Survive
In astounding ways, we have seen God's supernatural protection of the Jewish people. They have survived unspeakable hatred, and continue to endure the wrath of the nations. Yet, while the enemy has targeted this people for extinction, God's prophetic purposes for the Jewish people has remained because they will be a witness to the world of the ultimate authority of God's Word, which cannot and will not be nullified.
A Test For All Mankind
The focal point of the conflict related to Israel is, at its core, the issue of God's authority. God chose the place and He chose the people as a reference point of His authority. That is the issue!
The Lord has chosen Zion. He has desired it for His dwelling place: "This is My resting place forever. Here I will dwell, for I have desired it." Psalm 132:13
I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion. Psalm 2:6
God has established His authority on earth through a person and a place. The hill and the person represent His authority. It is a governmental issue of who is in control.
Messiah's Return To Jerusalem
When Christ returns to earth, He is not coming to an Islamic nation of "Palestine." He is coming back as King of the Jews to His people. From Jerusalem, the city where He has chosen to set His name, He will reign!
Even while being crucified, Yeshua promised that He would return as King of the Jews. That sign above His head was a prophecy of His second coming. It was an eternal statement of His identity and authority.
Israel is the Holy Land NOT because it is the place where Jesus walked two millennium ago. It is the Holy Land because it is where He will walk in the Millennium when He returns.
The enemy continues fighting to save himself. However, it is the connection between Yeshua and Jerusalem that will ultimately destroy him!
Aglow Stands In Agreement With the Declared Word of God
As Aglow walks the land where Yeshua will return, walk with us in your spirit. Stand for the people and the land God Himself has chosen. God has said of His people, "I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off."