WHY PRAY FOR ISRAEL?

A commandment from the Holy Spirit!
     —Ps 122   Pray for (Ask about) the peace of Jerusalem
                      –this present Jerusalem (the heavenly New Jerusalem does not need any prayers!)
                      –still being trodden down by the gentiles

Understanding the times
 —1Chron 12:23 (24 Heb), 32 (33 Heb)   those prepared for war; . . .the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do

Dan 9:2   in the first year of [Darius’s] reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of years by the word of YHVH through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations ofJerusalem
                          —Dan 9:24   seventy weeks of years to accomplish God’s plan forIsrael’s redemption

 —Mt 16:1-4   the Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus, seeking a sign. . . .You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.  A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah   . . . .(Jon; Hos 6:1-3; Ezek 36; Mt 24; Lk 19:42,44; Rom 9 – 11)
                                    –returning to the whole of the Bible (Mt 5:17-18; 2Cor 1:20)
                                    –it is high time to awake. . . and put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 13:11-14)        

     —1Cor 10:11   Scriptures written for us living at the end of the age

For the sake of the Name of YHVH God and of His Son, Messiah Yeshua
     —Ezek 20:5-44   I acted for My name’s sake (9,14,22,44), that it should not be profaned amongst the Gentiles. . . .I will rule over you. . . .Then you (they) shall know that I am YHVH (19,26,38,42,44,48) when I have dealt with you for My name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways nor according to your corrupt doings, O House of Israel, says the Lord GOD.  
                                            —Ex 32:9-14  attitude of Moses with God for His (his) people

     —Ezek 36   . . .I will also require of the House of Israel to do this for them
                                    –Blessed is He who comes in the name YHVH! (Mt 23:38-39)  
                                    –Come, Lord Jesus!

Israel’s salvation connected to the Church’s reigning with Messiah 1000 years
     —Rom 11:11-36   For if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the gentiles, how much more their fullness!. . .For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 
                                  –(blessings for other nations—Egypt,Assyria,Lebanon, isles– bound withIsrael’s) 
                                
                                    If God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. 

Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are    beloved for the sake of the fathers. . . .For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. . .that God might have mercy on all.   For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever!

      —Mt 19:28   Jesus said to His disciples, . . .in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes ofIsrael.

      —Rev 19:1-6   Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. . .they shall be priests of God and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years over this earth.   
                             —1Cor 15:22-28  no more rule, etc., in the new heavens and new earth

Message to Jewish and Israeli People The Same Now as at the Beginning of the Church 
     —Acts 2:22-24,36-39  personal and national responsibility by the Jews andIsrael for the crucifixion in sovereignty and wisdom of God for His eternal purposes 
                                               –Jesus the stone of offense 
                                               –cross a necessary cause of stumbling (1Cor 1:17-25)
                                               –God’s judgment for sin – rejection of Jesus as Messiah and the Son of 
                                                  the Living God – remains; we ‘always’ resist the Holy Spirit of  God ( Jn 16:8-9; Acts 7:51)
                                               –repentance required 

     —Acts 15:10   Jews given a yoke (Law) which no one could bear. . .so have mercy on them 
                                 –they will not see Jesus until they bless Him and call upon His name for salvation

     —Acts 15:11   through grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we Jews/Israelis will be saved in the same manner as you who are gentiles (i.e., not Jews/Israelis). . .so provoke them to jealousy for Israel to fulfill her calling to be a holy nation unto YHVH God, a kingdom of priests (not a western democracy) 
                                 —Rom 10:14-15   How will they hear without a preacher who is sent?!

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