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Israel Christians

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Christians United For Israel
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Company Description: • CUFI educates millions of Christians about Israel and the Middle East through our regular email alerts and myriad of social media channels. • CUFI's Nights to...   more
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Christians United for Israel - We speak and act with one voice in support of Israel: Learn about Christian Zionism
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Everything Christians do should be based upon the Biblical text. Here are seven solid Biblereasons why Christians should support Israel.
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Christians owe a debt of eternal gratitude to the Jewish people for their contributions that gave birth to the Christian faith.
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Excerpts of the article that appeared in Christian Action for Israel Christians have good biblical reasons, past present and future, for supporting modern Israel.
Christianity was birthed by biblical Judaism. Moses prophesied of the disobedience, dispersion, return and ultimate restoration of Israel, due to the faithfulness of Jehovah. Some eighty percent of our Bible (what we call the "Old Testament") was written in Hebrew, by Hebrews, for Hebrews; and although Gentiles could come to God, they had to come through Israels God-given religion. Jesus himself instructed the disciples to go only "unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel", and reminded the Samaritan woman, and us, that "salvation is of the Jews". (John 4: 22)
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Christian Zionism can be defined as Christian support for the Zionist cause - the return of the Jewish people to its biblical homeland in Israel. It is a belief among some Christians that the return of Jews to Israel is in line with a biblical prophecy, and is necessary for Jesus to return to Earth as its king. These Christians are partly motivated by the writings of the Bible and the words of the prophets. However, they are also driven to support Israel because they wish to "repay the debt of gratitude to the Jewish people for providing Christ and the other fundamentals of their faith," and to support a political ally, according to David Brog, author Standing With Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State.
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Israel and its people are central to their vision. They interpret passages from the books of Ezekiel, Daniel, and Isaiah as foreshadowing the coming Christian era. The New Testament Book of Revelation is read by many Christians as a prophetic text of how the world will be in the End Times.
Christian support for Israel is not a recent development.
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For over 1000 years most of the church believed that Christians had replaced the Jews as God's covenant people. There were isolated instances of Christians who read the scriptures differently but until the Reformation few Christians considered the possibility of a Jewish return to Israel.
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Israel was among the priorities of the Christian Right from the start.
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While Israel was always important to evangelicals, a recent event did make Israel even more of a priority. On September 11, 2001, evangelicals recognized along with many other Americans that radical Islam was the greatest threat facing our country and that we were in a war with its proponents. And in this war, Israel is seen as an ally and as the first line of defense of Judeo-Christian civilization.
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Why do certain evangelicals support Israel so strongly?
Brog: "Christian Zionism" is a devotion to Israel as a Jewish state that is widespread and growing in the Christian world.
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And this devotion to Israel is the direct result of Christian theology. These theological roots come as a surprise to many, since Christian theology has typically not been very friendly to the Jews or their dreams of a state in their ancient homeland. But during the course of the 20th century there was a revolution in Christian theology towards the Jews which has dramatically changed the way that many Christians feel towards the Jewish people in general and Israel in particular.
To briefly summarize, for most of Christian history the dominant Christian theology towards the Jews was "replacement theology," which held that when the Jews rejected Jesus as their messiah, God rejected the Jews as his chosen people. The Church replaced the Jews as the "Israel" to whom so much is promised in the Bible. Once the Jews were thus removed from God's love, the door was opened to man's hate. And this was a door through which generation after generation of Christians walked.
But ever since the Reformation, there have been some small groups of Protestants who have rejected replacement theology and who believe as Jews do -- that the word "Israel" in the Bible means the Jews. Under this reading, the Jews are still the chosen people, they are still in covenant with and beloved by God, and they are still the rightful heirs of the land of Israel. Christians who read their Bible this way tend to reject anti-Semitism and embrace both the Jewish people and their national aspirations in Israel. In early twentieth century America, the nascent fundamentalist movement embraced this minority view and rejected replacement theology. As the fundamentalist movement grew and spread throughout America, the number of adherents of this positive theology towards the Jews grew as well, to the point that it is the ascendant strain of American Christianity today. Thus fundamentalist/evangelical support for Israel is not a trend, fad, or public relations ploy -- it is a bedrock religious belief. It is hard to find support for Israel that is more deeply rooted.
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One of the most effective ways that you can help us educate more Christians about the need to stand with Israel is to become a CUFI member.
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We see here in the wisdom of ancient the covenant of Israel a foreshadowing of the later new covenant collaboration between God and his people.
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If we translate kingdom of God as "kingship of God" or the "reign of God", which in fact is more literal, it means that Jesus realized the full reign of God in his life and taught others how to live that way, as if God reigned over Israel in reality. Since God is king, his kingship is made evident, or realized, by the lives of his subjects.
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But the entire concept of the rule of God rests on the historical foundations of biblical Israel.
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Why did God choose Israel? "It was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath that he swore to your ancestors" (Deut 7:8). Through the Mosaic covenant God established a way of life for the covenant people that included blessings or curses, the consequences of obedience or disobedience. He established the laws of the kingdom. By the Promise to David & house of David, God set up a throne from which he ruled his people.
Israel was the central picture of God's relationship to all the earth, but in reality God's relationship to his creation was a process in the making. It was historical. It would take time. As human understanding grew, the divine goal became clearer and he end came into view.
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Leap over a few centuries and we find the serpent cult established in Israel. The Israelites had treated the bronze serpent as a god of healing. The symbol had become idol worship. "[King Hezekiah] removed the high places, broke down the pillars, and cut down the sacred pole. He broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it; it was called Nehushtan" (2Kings 18:4).
Nothing could be more natural than to treat a sacred object as a means for continued divine aid. As far as we can tell, this practice went on during the reigns of David and Solomon and all the other kings of Judah, until finally, the reformer King Hezekiah (715-687), in the year 715 BC, finally destroyed the symbol. It was part of the maturation of Israel, the removal idolatry from its midst as they attempted to distinguish themselves from all other peoples and learn to worship the God of no images.
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Israel was to build the household of God with the help of God according to the will and desire of God.
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The Wayalso bears a curious similarity with the rabbinic word halakhah, translated as law or custom, but probably comes from the verb "to walk," hence the way in which Israel should walk. The Way for the followers of Jesus may derive from his own version of the way to walk versus the way of the Pharisees.
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In Israel Christians are Notsrim, Hebrew for Nazarenes.
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Christians suffered for the name. Early in the second century that we find followers of Jesus speaking of themselves with pride as Christians. And this is by Ignatius, the bishop of Antioch who was on his way to martyrdom in Rome sometime around 117 AD.
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Christianism was a distinct set of beliefs and practices that marked Christians from Jews within what was understood to be a single covenant tradition with God.
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The history of early Christianity is a history of conflict in the church on how to define the practices and beliefs of Christians. On Paul's own testimony, his ministry was in a perpetual state of conflict. He confronted Peter publically in Antioch, which we may assume went down very poorly with the Jewish believers.
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Christians in the east, from Turkey to Israel, thought we should celebrate Easter on the Jewish Passover, while Christians in the west wanted to choose the date for Easter independently from Judaism.
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Within a generation, the percentage of Christians in the Roman Empire went from about 10% to 50%.
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There are millions of Christians in China, worshiping in underground cell congregations, still under the scrutiny of a suspicious dictatorial government. In Muslim countries and in North Korea, Christians are still persecuted.
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That is what Satan wants: pretending Christians.
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If we are raised in a church environment, we think of ourselves as Christians.
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Peter concludes: "Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified" (Act 2:36).
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God said: "Israel is my firstborn son. (Ex 4:22).
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In ancient Israel all things associated with the tabernacle or temple rituals were holy.
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We are made holy in Christ, and like Israel, we are devoted to God. The separateness that applied to ancient Israel is spiritualized. We are to be spiritually, or morally, pure, in the place of being ritually pure. But like ancient Israel, we are to maintain our holy status, separated from sin, devoted to God.
The translation Spirit of holiness better emphasizes the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, especially when seen in the lives of the saints, the holy ones. The evidence of the Holy Spirit is the spirit of holiness. That is how we test for the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Long ago God said to the people of Israel: "Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation" (Exo 19:5-6). Israel was to mediate between God and all the earth.
Gentiles of all places were granted entrance into the covenant of Israel with God through the atonement of Jesus Christ, and upon entrance they become part of the holy nation.
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Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior. (Isa 45:15 ESV)
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"Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god'" (Isaiah 44:6).
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Greek polytheists considered Jewish and Christian monotheists to be atheists because they did not acknowledge all the gods, and Jews and Christians saw all polytheists as atheists because they did not worship only the one true God. Everyone in antiquity, however, viewed atheism (being without god) in the practical ways of how one lived. If you lived as if God or the gods did not matter, then you were an effective atheist, regardless what you thought about the deity. In antiquity behavior mattered far more than what beliefs you claimed to hold.
The God of Israel
Despite the fact that Israelites evolved in their thinking about Yahweh along with the development of religions worldwide, there is something unique about how Israel viewed God, and as believers in God, we attribute the uniqueness to God himself. Despite the social factors at work in Israel, we also see the subtle inspiration of God at work. According to our sacred narrative: Moses said to God, If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them? (Exo 3:13 ESV)
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It was the same great monotheistic poet-prophet of Israel who also declared: "Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior" (Isaiah 45:15).
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Saint Paul argued for a law-free gospel that liberated Christians from most regulations of the Old Testament, such as eating shrimp and succulent pork ribs.
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There is a wide variation in the celebration of the Eucharist, and different ways churches baptize new Christians.
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As Christians, we believe the Bible is unique because it is inspired by God.
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Narrative is highly selective and easily remembered, but may rely on records of events, especially court records of the kings of Israel and Judah.
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The vine is the metaphor that speaks of Israel and of Jesus.
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Søren Kierkegaard urged Christians to read the Bible as if it were a mirror.
Christian-Zionism.org: Telling the True Story about Christian Zionism - Battalion of Deborah
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Christian-Zionism.org: Telling the True Story about Christian Zionism - Love of Israel
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