Today I’ll share final thoughts and insights from the Israel: Seventy and Strong Gala & Summit, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) and American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI) earlier this week. (If you missed previous reports from the conference, please scroll back through the past few days of posts.)
Israel’s 70th anniversary and the moving of the US Embassy to Jerusalem were the obvious points of objective for the gathering of hundreds of Israel supporters from across the US and around the globe. Within that objective, we heard from world-renown experts on various related topics. The final day began with comments from several Congressmen who often quoted Scriptural references to Israel and to our responsibility as Christians to pray for and support Israel. It was refreshing to hear our nation’s leaders reflect on God’s Word.
In one of the most interesting comments of the day, Pennsylvania Congressman Keith Rothfus said rhetorically that, in going “up to Jerusalem” with the embassy, America made aliyah.
Another highlight was hearing from David Parsons, Vice President and senior spokesman for ICEJ. As an attorney, Parsons lent his expertise to the crafting of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. There was no one more excited to see the fulfillment of that legislation!
In his remarks, he looked back to the years leading up to Israel’s rebirth in 1948. Prior to then, the Jewish people endured the Holocaust. Yet, if there had been only the Holocaust and not the rebirth of Israel, Parson surmised that perhaps the world would have seen the Holocaust as simply further curse for “killing Christ.” Yet, the rebirth of Israel, partially fulfilling Ezekiel 37, seemed to be God’s way of confirming the Holocaust was not His curse and that He will faithfully fulfill all His promises to the Jews.
We were also reminded that Israel’s rebirth was a religious and cultural shock to the Arab-Muslim world as well. Muhammad claimed to reveal truth, thus proclaiming a superior faith and a superior people. When “inferior” Jews defeated “superior” Arabs in the early years of Israel’s rebirth, conspiracy theories arose. One theory was that the Holocaust never happened, or that it was much, much smaller in scope than history has recorded. Others proposed that Jews actually collaborated with the Nazis. The results have been varied, but the protests we are seeing from the Palestinians are based on the theology of Mohammad and the conspiracy theories suggested.
Finally, a thought about Matthew 22:21:
Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.
Jerusalem belongs to God…let’s render it to Him!