Responding to War

The State of Israel is constantly battling assaults from its neighbors.  The media is constantly asking the question of who is to blame.  “Who started it?”  There are many different ways to answer this question depending on the history which one accepts and the theology which one believes.

Whatever it was that started this immediate conflict one thing is definite, it is not the first conflict and it won’t be the last.  The issue of the Land of Israel and the Jewish people are at the center of the conflict in the Middle East.  This has been conflict for over three thousand years now and the Scriptures tell us that these things will continue until the Messiah comes back and brings peace and true redemption for those who know Him (Luke 21:7-24).

How should believers in Jesus the Messiah respond to wars and conflicts such as occur in the Land of Israel?  Depending on where one is located will dictate how one will respond in the natural.  In the spiritual realm, however, Jesus gives us very clear instructions:

“When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.” (vs. 9)

Jesus instructs His followers to not be terrified for He has already warned that these things will happen.  We should not stand in wonder that there are wars and rumors of wars, especially involving the nation of Israel.  This teaching does not lead one to apathy either, rather to action.  Jesus continued to teach in this section of the Gospel of Luke:

“ But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man. (vs. 36)

We are not to be terrified nor to stick our head in the sand and ignore what is going on around us.  Rather, we are to stay alert and pray.  We are to pray for strength to escape these atrocities.  We are to pray for strength to stand firm in our faith despite the horrific things going on around us.  We are also to pray that we may be found faithful at the coming of Jesus, the Messiah.

The events in this world that cause great distress should be a constant reminder of Jesus’ words and of His return to this earth to bring salvation to those who are His and judgment to those who reject Him.  Let us be ever vigilant in these days to stand firm, share the good news of hope in Jesus the Messiah with Jew and Gentile alike, and be found faithful until He returns.

We here at the Bible Society in Israel invite you to pray for us and support our work in Israel.  Pray that we would be a faithful witness during this time of struggle in Israel.  Pray for the hunger of God within Jew and Arab alike for true peace.  Pray for peace in Jerusalem and in all the surrounding Land.

Please also consider supporting our efforts as we seek to bring the Word of God to the people during this time by distributing the Psalms in Hebrew with Messianic prophecies included.  We will also be reaching out to Arab and Jew alike in a message of reconciliation with our various resources.  Lastly, we will give funds as we receive them for the comfort of local citizens that are affected by the conflict here by offering them stress relief and counseling.  To support our efforts in any way please click here!

Psalm 122:6-9

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
“May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces.”
For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will now say, “May peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.

Scripture taken from the NASV Bible Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation