ISRAEL - Building Ties with Evangelical Leadership

Arno Froese

Former Knesset speaker and health minister Yuli Edelstein, who intends to run against former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the Likud leadership, obtained a good launching pad for his run when he was named co-chairman of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus.

“Over the years, I have had the pleasure of participating in the caucus’s activities and met with numerous Christian leaders and organizations,” Edelstein said. “I cannot stress enough the importance of strengthening cooperation between Christian leaders and the State of Israel. Our goal is to build direct lines of communication and cooperation between members of Knesset from all parties with leaders of churches and Christian political representatives worldwide. I also hope that we can bring to the attention of the Israeli people the immense support Christians have given and continue to give to Jewish aspirations in the Holy Land.”

The caucus includes representatives from eight political parties: Ruth Wasserman Lande (Blue and White); Ya’acov Margi (Shas); Merav Ben-Ari (Yesh Atid); Idit Silman (Yamina); Evgeny Sova (Yisrael Beytenu); Alex Kushnir (Yisrael Beytenu), Zvi Hauser (New Hope); Michal Shir (New Hope); Gila Gamliel, May Golan and Keren Barak of Likud and Bezalel Smotrich, Simcha Rothman and Michal Waldiger of the Religious Zionist Party.

“Faith-based diplomacy is one of the most important tools that Israel has in its diplomatic arsenal,” KCAC Director and Israel Allies Foundation President Josh Reinstein said.

-www.jpost.com, 3 August 2021

Arno's Commentary

Who is Yuli Edelstein? He was born in the former Soviet Union, now Ukraine, to a Jewish family. His mother Anita Edelstein was Jewish, while his father Yuri Edelstein is the son a Jewish father and Christian mother, according to Wikipedia.

Politics, in any way, shape, or form, is always dangerous to the body of Christ. We do not have a calling to change the world, to be an influence in the world, but to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

Members of the real Church are defined in 1 Corinthians 1:26-28: “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.” 

Yet we are deeply connected with Israel spiritually. We love, we pray for, we donate to causes in favor of the Jewish nation. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:19: “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” One day—prayerfully in the not-too-distant future—this spiritual house composed of strangers and foreigners, the embodiment of the spiritual temple, will be completed and raptured into His presence. That will be a mighty, world-shaking fact, which incorporates the removal of the light and the salt from planet earth. Utter chaos will follow. But Jeremiah 30:7 proclaims: “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.”

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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