Will Zion Prevail?

by | Aug 25, 2009 | Israel, Standing With Israel

If ever there was a justification for despair and terrorism, the Holocaust provided it. After the Nazis and their allies systematically murdered 6 million Jews, it would have been easy for survivors to abandon their faith in God and humanity and succumb to hate. Yet the Jews who survived the Holocaust never sought revenge or destruction. They wanted only to get on with life, to build families, homes and cities.

This embrace of life characterizes Israel down to the present day. But those who wish to destroy Israel—and the Jewish people—remain. They have armed themselves and continue to attack. Meanwhile, the Israelis continue to build.

Every time I go to Israel I am struck by its progress. The Tel Aviv skyline continues to grow broader and push higher. An ever expanding list of Israeli companies churns out a steady stream of innovations that improve our daily lives. Israeli culture produces books, poetry and music at astounding rates.

Israel has absorbed immigrants from around the world into a beautiful Mosaic. This beauty extends beyond the physical to the spiritual. Israelis are truly beautiful in their passionate embrace of life in the face of so many threats of death. Yes they can be brusque and pushy. And Israel has produced its share of crooks and men of violence. But the overwhelming rule of the day is to inspire humanity under the toughest of circumstances.

While this embrace of life is difficult to convey, certain scenes capture it well. For example, there was the night I, along with students involved with Christians United for Israel, attended a concert by Shlomo Artzi, one of Israel’s most popular musicians. Artzi’s concerts are vibrant, energetic and hopeful. At one of his concerts, you find families, sometimes three generations, dancing together to music that is neither simplistic nor saccharine.

Artzi’s songs pay homage to the importance of family and the beauty of life. In one song, he issues a parent’s lament over children growing up and leaving home, but exults that “it is fun to get old.” In another song, Artzi recalls a trip abroad with his aging father, and the panic that struck him at the thought of his father’s mortality. “Oh father,” he cries, “how much time do we have left?” Not exactly the stuff of an American pop hit.

In one of his most famous songs, Artzi sings of a soldier who learns that some of his comrades have fallen in battle. The recruit responds by running out to a disco, where he “dances with soldiers dead in their hearts.” It’s a moment of despair, yet at the concert we attended, groups of soldiers were dancing to this very song with anything but despair.

They were expressing a painful emotion in a hopeful way. They danced with mothers and children, and were very much alive in their hearts. There is a difference between venting pain and succumbing to it.

Israel’s enemies often predict their eventual victory over the Jewish state because they embrace death, while the Israelis are allegedly weakened by their love of life.

Israel’s enemies are right. Israelis do love life. And the terrorists who intentionally murder innocents clearly do worship death. But Israel’s enemies are tragically wrong about which sentiment will ultimately prevail. On this point, the Judeo-Christian tradition speaks clearly. To cite Paul’s famous formulation, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

It takes faith to build. It takes hope to build. And most of all, it takes love. The attacks keep coming. And Israelis continue to live out their creed by building homes and families, offices and companies, cities and culture.

From America, Israel’s situation can appear bleak. We see the danger and the bloodshed on the evening news. Yet from up close, Israel is brimming with energy, progress and love. Israel is producing beautiful people who go out to defend their country both aware of the necessity and the tragedy of the task. Their hearts are big enough to hold both patriotism and humanity. Their heads comprehend both action and restraint.

Dear friends, we are privileged to stand with our Israeli brothers and sisters. They are proving the resilience of democracy. They are demonstrating the power of love. They are living our Judeo-Christian values, and they are prevailing.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

It was a Pentecost bloodbath and most Christians never heard about it. More than 50 Christians were killed in one of the deadliest terror attacks on Nigerians this year. Scores of gunmen rushed in to kill Christians in the midst of worship. All told, over 360 million...

The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

In 1998, God gave me a life-changing vision of hell. I receive many questions about my experience from people all over the world, but one question I'm often asked is, "Who did you see in hell?" There are others who say they've had an experience like mine, and they...

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

One of the most amazing facts about the Founding Fathers of our nation is this: The one referred to as the "voice" of the revolution (John Adams) and the one referred to as the "pen" of the revolution (Thomas Jefferson) both died on the same day—July 4, 1826—exactly...

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

It’s a question I frequently hear. It’s one I’ve asked. And maybe it’s one you’ve asked, too. The question is, “God, why did You give this to me?” This can be any number of issues, from emotional or psychological struggles to symptoms or sicknesses, disabilities or...

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

I sense it. And I perceive a growing number of people in massive proportions sense the increasing momentum of power and might worldwide. Something is on the horizon—something more eerie and ominous than what the people of the world have ever before experienced. Even...

Curt Landry: 6 Ways to Open Your Heart and Mind to God’s Voice

Curt Landry: 6 Ways to Open Your Heart and Mind to God’s Voice

We are told that we must listen to God’s voice when we need to make important decisions. What does the Bible say about hearing God’s voice? How do we apply this to our everyday lives? 7 Bible Verses About Hearing God’s Voice “So then faith comes by hearing, and...

RECENT ARTICLES

Abortion Restrictions Don’t ‘Force Religion’ on Women

After the Supreme Court ruled last week 6-3 that there is no constitutional right to abortion, pro-life supporters cheered while angry pro-choice activists took to the streets to denounce the...
Prophetic Word: The Books Are Open and the Scales Have Tipped

Prophetic Word: The Books Are Open and the Scales Have Tipped

As we were coming into the month of June, the halfway point of the year, the Lord began to speak to me that we are at a tipping point. How we position and posture ourselves in this month will set the tone for the next six months. A tipping point is a series of small...

Prophecy: The Spirit of Delusion on America Will Come Crashing Down

Prophecy: The Spirit of Delusion on America Will Come Crashing Down

A lot has transpired in the last few weeks in America. With the reversal of Roe vs. Wade and the decisions on abortion reverting back to the states, many have mistaken abortion as a Constitutional right. The Supreme Court’s ruling is a sign that God is breaking...

Are You Being Trapped by This Wily Scheme of the Enemy?

Are You Being Trapped by This Wily Scheme of the Enemy?

A predator ensnares his prey with a trap meant to weaken and disarm the life so easily enticed by the bait set before it. Once the predator catches his prey, his goal is to steal, kill and destroy. Do you know this is exactly what the enemy is trying to do to you...

3 Things God Can’t Do

3 Things God Can’t Do

 Most people will be surprised and may even gasp at that statement. You mean there are some things God can't do? Yes, it’s true. He can do anything except for these three things. {eoa} Bill and Annette Wiese founded Soul Choice Ministries in 2000 for the purpose of...

What Is the Difference Between Revelation and Understanding?

What Is the Difference Between Revelation and Understanding?

“I got a word from the Lord, but I don’t understand it.” “I’m feeling called in this direction, but I’m waiting for full understanding before I act on it.” These and statements like them are common during that all-too-familiar waiting time between a word being given...

Pin It on Pinterest