Our relationship to Israel

Arno Froese

It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things” (Romans 15:27).

Our relationship to Israel is exemplified in the above Scripture. We have been “made partakers of their spiritual things.” True: the Bible is a Jewish book from Genesis to Revelation. Jesus Himself stated, “Salvation is of the Jews.” There should be no question, no debate, no theological discussion. The Church, the one consisting exclusively of born-again people, owes its position to Israel. God was revealed in the flesh in Israel. He walked the land from the east to the west, from the north to the south.

While on earth, He told a Gentile woman who petitioned Him about her daughter, “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs” (Matthew 15:26). At first glance, that seems heartless, cold, and extremely prejudiced to foreigners. Reading the story, we notice that this woman of Canaan did not act in accordance with her position. She addressed Him, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David.” That form of address was reserved for the Jews, not the Gentiles. Apparently, she realized her mistake; in verse 25b she cries out, “Lord, help me.” 

It is not our task or calling to analyze Israel’s behavior and their political maneuvering—our relationship is spiritual. In proper alignment with Scripture, we also minister to them in carnal things. We are organically connected.

Israel has received multiple promises about their future, one being the borders of the Promised Land. No other country can be called the Promised Land—only the land of Israel. Yet we as Christians should never get actively involved in the political process of the nation of Israel. 

A recent article in the Jerusalem Post stated, “129 nations ignore Jewish ties to Temple Mount.” The resolution was approved 129 to 11 by the United Nations General Assembly, stating that the Temple Mount should be called solely by its Muslim name al-Haram al-Sharif. But an EU representative said, “The EU reiterates that whenever referring to the Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif in the Jerusalem resolution, both terms, i.e., Temple Mount and al-Haram al-Sharif should be used.”

In view of these developments, something else is of great interest, revealed by another headline, “Israel signs Horizon Europe deal despite West Bank exclusion.” Here an excerpt:

Israel signed a major research and innovation agreement with the European Union known as Horizon Europe, despite the exclusion of West Bank settlements, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights from the program.

Horizon Europe, which will be in place through 2027, is the largest global research program in the world with a budget of €95.5 billion ($106.8b.).

“Today’s agreement will allow Israelis and European scientists, innovators and researchers to continue to work together on the solutions of tomorrow through cutting edge technologies,” Science, Technology, and Space Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen (Blue and White) said during a short virtual ceremony held between Jerusalem and Brussels. “This agreement gives a voice of recognition to Israeli innovation and reaches what is our most precious natural resource.”

According to the European Commission, “Israel ranked third in terms of overall participation in the program [Horizon 2020] and was among the best performers.” For the purpose of these programs, Israel is granted the same status as the 27 EU member states.

-www.jpost.com, 7 December 2021

This is the world’s largest global research program, with a budget of 95.5 billion euros. Considering that most European nations are either neutral or somewhat anti-Israel, why was Israel invited to join this exclusive scientific club? A number of other countries have applied for associate membership, but only Israel has been accepted into Horizon Europe.

Another gigantic European project involves over 10,000 scientists from around 100 countries. Under the leadership of 21 countries, all are European but one: Israel. The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s largest and most powerful energy particle collider. Its location is the Swiss-France border just outside Geneva. It is home to the world’s largest physics laboratory.

When we consider these facts, we first of all realize that Israel is special. But we also understand that the Europeans need Israel. Otherwise, Israel would not have attained membership in this prestigious European project. Is Israel’s knowledge essential for these gigantic projects? Apparently.

But there is a different knowledge that Israel will seek after. Amos writes: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord” (8:11). Israel has not yet seriously searched for the Truth. They will find Him, who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Midnight Call - 02/2022

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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