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Summary: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

Psalm 122:6-9, “6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

"May those who love you be secure. 7 May there be peace within your walls

and security within your citadels."

8 For the sake of my brothers and friends,

I will say, "Peace be within you."

9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,

I will seek your prosperity.”

We live in a world that is directly opposed to the things that would promote peace or would seek to understand the language of peace. Although our world desires peace and preaches it on the airwaves and byways the reality is that it is not peace. Peace can only exist when it comes in contact with a source, and the lack of a source is the problem that our world is sadly leading itself into the fiery pit. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, this is not an option we are given this is a command, pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

There is perhaps no greater thing wrong in Christianity today than our lack of acceptance of our Hebraic foundations. Some would like to say that the Law was totally done with and over with. Yet if that is true then we are not connected to Abraham through faith in Christ and thus deny the clear New Testament teaching of Paul in Galatians 3:23-29, “23But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

As we can see the modern view of opposing one’s biblical roots would be to directly deny the source from which our salvation came from. This is perhaps the greatest struggle with modern Christians today in the 21st century world that we live in. We would rather view our roots as abolished and done with, as the Law done with. Yet the conflict that would present in light of Romans 7:21-24, “21I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” Are you starting to feel the heat of what is being said?

The opposition to Israel starts with Satan, and his hatred of the Jewish nation. Satan will seek to destroy the nation of Israel during the Tribulation and has since the dawn of time through chaos and confusion, in one shape or another has tried, deliberately to destroy God’s nation through persecution, killing, war and holocaust. Yet the Jewish nation has survived and the message of the Jewish nation goes forth to the world. In fact Jews live all around the world. I’m not advocating Judaism here, as a born again believer in Christ I believe firmly in Christ as my Lord and Savior but I have over the course of my young life, have been in all of the modern popular denominations who refuse to teach the reality of the truth that is being presented to you before. I am of course speaking of bible churches as well since they all claimed to be of biblical heritage. My only question to the American church and all those who will not pray for the peace of Israel is this in the form of a statement.

If you do not pray for the peace of Jersualem then you are not really seeking God’s face, for God stands on Israel side, for that is His nation, while discipline is His, it is not ours, our choice is to stand on Israel’s side, because our Lord does, because He loved the Jews and the message of the Gospel was first for the Jew and then the Gentile. Jesus was Jewish not Catholic, nor any other denomination. The problem that we are facing is not a new problem in Christianity or any other sect which claims the name of Christ.

The problem goes back to the early church in fact during the time of Paul’s writing of the Book of Romans. Romans 11:15-25, “ 15For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

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