For Zion’s Sake I Will Not Be Silent: How About You?

Having been a Jewish Yeshua believer for 50 years, and even living in California, you might be surprised to discover that I have never been a “prophecy freak,” not at all. I’ve never been preoccupied with the Rapture, the end of the world, Gog and Magog, Armageddon, the Antichrist, the identity of 666, the Common Market and the Book of Revelation, the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group, the Illuminati or any of that stuff. Any minimal interest I now have in matters of prophecy is a late, reluctant, and cautious development. And the leading edge of that interest is something found in the twelfth chapter of Book of Zechariah, something that sounds to me like tomorrow’s news:

1The oracle of the word of the Lord concerning Israel: Thus declares the Lord, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him: 2 “Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah. 3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.

My private and tentative opinion is that it is not difficult at all to imagine “all the nations of the earth” gathered against Jerusalem, with her being a cup of staggering to all the nations around her. Which of us cannot imagine the United Nations sending an expeditionary force up against Jerusalem, perhaps to force “those stubborn Jews” to relinquish their hold on Jerusalem, because this issue has become a major focus of international unrest, perhaps exacerbated by chaos in member countries of OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

What astounds me is that the Book of Zechariah was written 2500 years ago. Yet when referring to a seemingly insignificant little state in the Middle East, and how events surrounding this state will be pivotal in the end of world history, we find that Zechariah seems like tomorrow’s news, echoing dynamics already evident in the world around us.

Many people would not find it remarkable that I am interested in developments in Israel. After all, I am a Jew. But my interest goes beyond that.  I am also an avid student of Scripture, and the more I read it, the more impressed I am with the central role the people and land of Israel play in God’s dealings, past, present and future.

But another reason also drives my growing sense of urgency to master biblical, contemporary, and historical material concerning the Jewish State, and that is the need to defend this state and the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own within recognized and defensible borders. This urgency is energized by seeing public opinion turn sharply against her, seeing propaganda accepted as fact, and the Christian theological establishment politicized and turned against those whom they derisively term “Christian Zionists,” as if those who hold for a biblical justification for a Jewish state are naive, unsophisticated yahoos, promulgating a defective theology in the name of Christ.

Make no mistake: I don’t believe Israel can do no wrong. But I do believe that we who love her could and should do a better job of defending her.  I intend to make some small contribution to the effort through the material I report here from time to time, some of it biblical, some of it reports on books I have been reading, some of it thoughts about the events of the day, as I seek to equip myself, and perhaps others, for the task of defending a people and country loved by God, and despised by many others.

I hope you will join me here,  finding ways to protect the reputation of the only Jewish state in the world, termed racist by Muslim nations, of which there are 56 in the world, with some of them one hundred percent Muslim. We never hear these nations called racist, but even the United Nations makes that accusation about the one and only Jewish state.

Sounds like Zechariah chapter 12 to me.

For Zion’s sake I will not be silent. How about you?

 

About Stuart Dauermann

The blog of Rabbi Dr. Stuart Dauermann, teacher, mentor, radio talk show host, denizen of Los Angeles, and a visionary with a long career in Messianic Jewish activism. You can hear Rabbi Dauermann as he hosts Shalom Talk, a weekly radio show, and even listen online at ShalomTalk.com. Rabbi Dauermann spends time traveling nationally and internationally, and throughout the year is in Israel as a Scholar in Residence at the MJTI Jerusalem Center. He has plenty to say about Jewish-Christian relations, the need for shalom in the world, and the agenda of Messiah, the Son of David.
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1 Response to For Zion’s Sake I Will Not Be Silent: How About You?

  1. Calvin Smith says:

    “But I do believe that we who love her could and should do a better job of defending her.”

    Which goes right to the heart of the matter. There are various of us who advocate a nuanced, academic and sophisticated theological response to the Middle East situation, together with a robust and persuasive refutation of both supersessionism and those who deny the Jewish people’s historic claim to reside in the land. My ongoing experience is that in genuine forums such arguments, when presented cogently and supported biblically, are actually quite highly persuasive among the majority of undecided believers exposed to and currently flirting with militant Christan anti-Zionism.

    Unfortunately, those of us on this side haven’t quite learned to be anywhere near as united and project a powerful narrative as the Chistian anti-Zionists gave. Instead we’re riven by divisions between dispensationalists and non-dispensationalists, MJs divided over how to prioritise the issues of evangelism, calling and culture, dvided theological responses to politics and the public square, and (among those of us who seek to be nuanced and eschew sensationalism) how to respond to some of the more fringe “Israel right or wrong” elements within Christian Zionism, unfortunately popularised by some of the more dodgy televangelist ministries.

    More work needs to be done on building grand alliances on this issues, whereby we all set aside our own doctrinal and dogmatic differences on what are often quite minor doctrinal or hermeneutical issues which divide us, in order to speak with a more united voice against what I can only describe as a bizarre, irrational (and thus one wonders supernatural) demonisation and indeed hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. If only we could get our act together…

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