Last Friday night, April 19, 2013, Nettleton Baptist Church hosted the second annual Arkansas State University Christians United for Israel “Night to Honor Israel.” Guest speaker was ACT! for America member and former State Representative Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro. Mr. Hubbard graciously allowed us to reprint his speech below, so in case you were unable to attend you can enjoy reading it. Special thanks go to Pastor Stan Ballard of the Nettleton Baptist Church for hosting the event, and Korey Speaight of ASUs CUFI chapter for working tirelessly to promte the event. If you want to learn more about CUFI, please visit their website here – Burkasrugly
Hubbard speech –
Barack Obama so proudly refers to the emergence of a global “Muslim Brotherhood.” I submit to you that this world needs to acknowledge the existence of a Christian-Israeli Brotherhood, one based on God’s love and commandments, and not designed for the obliteration of God’s chosen people!
Ask yourself this question. Is it really that important for Christians to stand up with the nation of Israel today, and if so, why? What is happening in the world today that makes it necessary for us to even ask this question?
I can answer those two questions very simply; (1) Yes, it is of the utmost importance that Christians around the world unite, and stand up with Israel in the ever-increasing hostile global environment we find ourselves in today.
And (2) why should we stand with Israel? The most important reason is because God stands with Israel. In fact there are many reasons for the United States to support Israel. One is our longstanding history as a nation with the Jewish people. After all, The United States was instrumental in Israel becoming a nation in May 1948. Until this recent flood of Muslim immigrants into the United States, Judaism had always been America’s second religion, after Christianity.
Some Reasons Why Every Christian Should Stand With Israel
The Bible Is Filled With Israel. All Bible believing people should stand with Israel. The Bible introduces The God of Israel and 2/3 of the scriptures are dedicated to the people of Israel, their history and their destiny.
Christians Have A Common Destiny With Israel. Our Bible tells us that our ultimate destiny is the manifest Kingdom of God in which Jesus rules from the throne of David in the City of Jerusalem. If we truly believe the Bible, then we most surely believe in the future good of Israel.
Israel Is A Unique And Special Nation To God. Deuteronomy 14:2 “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a (peculiar) special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. (NKJ)
Christians Also Are A Peculiar Treasure To God. Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (KJV)
God Says He Will Bless Those Who Bless Israel. Genesis 12:3: “I will bless them that bless thee and curse them that curse thee, and in thee shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.”
We Owe Israel A Debt For What We Have Received Through Them. It was through Israel that the promises and covenants were given. Through Israel came the law, the prophets, and the Messiah Jesus, who has opened up access to God for all. It was through the Jewish apostles that the gospel first went to the nations.
God Has Promised To Bring Israel Back To Their Land. (Ezekiel 37:21-22) “I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all sides and bring them to their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all.”
The Times Of The Gentiles Are Fulfilled. (Luke 21:24) ‘Jerusalem will be trodden down underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.’
Jesus foresaw that the Roman Gentile armies would overthrow every vestige of Jewish rule in Jerusalem; but He also saw that Gentile domination of Jerusalem would come to an end. In 70 AD Jerusalem fell to the Roman army.
In 1967, during the course of defending themselves against an attack from their Arab neighbors, the Israelis regained control of the entire City of Jerusalem for the first time since 70 A D. thus fulfilling this prophecy of Jesus. All believers in the words of Jesus should know that the ending of Gentile control of the city is God’s plan. (Luke 21:28) “When you see these things happen look up, your redemption draws nigh.”
We Are To “Comfort God’s People”. In Isaiah 40:1-2, God says ‘Comfort, comfort my people says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins’.
This is a call to Christians to comfort the Jewish people. Isaiah also envisioned that the leaders of the nations would help the Jewish people and nurture them in their re-gathering. Gentile believers must do more than just observe what God is doing with the Jewish people…God is asking us to get involved in helping them, and we must help our Israeli Brethren!
We Need To Make Reparation For Anti-Semitic Teachings And Actions.
Throughout the history of the Church, Christian leaders have been guilty of the most vicious anti-Semitic remarks. Often those who claimed to be followers of the Messiah have perpetrated these actions. We who should have been their nurturers, have so often been their enemies and tormentors. The spirit of anti-Semitism did not begin nor will it end with Adolf Hitler, but can find a landing ground on Christians who have not yet been awakened to their responsibility towards Israel. Opposition to Israel’s right to fulfill their God-given destiny in the land of promise is the most dangerous form of anti-Semitism today.
God Is Working With Israel To Work Out His Plan For World Peace. Romans 11:15: ‘For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?’
The Messiah is coming back to Israel to be reconciled with His own people. He will reign from there with His overcoming saints ‘from every tribe and tongue and people and nation’ over all the nations.
Need more reasons Christians should stand with Israel?
Christians worldwide owe a debt of eternal gratitude to the Jewish people for their contributions that gave birth to the Christian faith. Consider what the Jewish people have given to Christianity:
a) The Sacred Scripture
b) The Prophets
c) The Patriarchs
d) Mary, Joseph, and Jesus Christ Himself
e) The Twelve Disciples
f) The Apostles
It is not possible to say, “I am a Christian” and not love the Jewish people. The Bible teaches that love is not what you say, but what you do. (1 John 3:18) “A bell is not a bell until you ring it, a song is not a song until you sing it, love is not love until you share it.”
Jesus considered the Jewish people His family. Jesus said (Matthew 25:40) “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren (the Jewish people… Gentiles were never called His brethren), ye have done it unto me.”
We support Israel because all other nations were created by an act of man. The nation of Israel was created by an act of God! The Royal Land Grant that was given to Abraham and his seed through Isaac and Jacob was an everlasting and unconditional covenant.
One day in the late 19th Century, Queen Victoria of England reportedly asked her Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, this question:
“Mr. Prime Minister, what evidence can you give me of the existence of God?”
Mr. Disraeli thought for a moment and then replied, “The Jew, your majesty.”
Think of it, according to Disraeli, the primary evidence that God exists is the existence of the Jewish people… A people who in 586 BC were deported to Babylon, yet returned after 70 years to rebuild a nation. A people who were again brutally massacred and dispersed by the Romans in 70 AD, yet after countless centuries of expulsions and attempts at genocidal extermination, have clung to their faith, their customs — and now after some 2500 years of wandering, they have returned to the land promised by God to their ancestors. A new nation began in that land in 1948 named after their ancestor Jacob, whose divinely appointed name Israel means “Prince with God.”
The survival of the Jewish people is itself a miracle of God. The return of the Jewish people to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is a miracle of God. The remarkable victories of Jewish armies against overwhelming odds in successive battles in 1948, and 1967, and 1973 are clearly miracles of God. The technological marvels of Israeli industry, the military prowess, the bounty of Israeli agriculture, the fruits and flowers and abundance of the land are a testimony to God’s watchful care over this new nation and the genius of this people.
And we should clearly take note that evangelical Christians serve a Jew that we believe was the divine Messiah of Israel, spoken of by the ancient prophets, to whom He entrusted the worldwide dissemination of His message to 12 Jewish apostles.
We are with you in your struggle. We are with you as a wave of anti-Semitism is engulfing the earth. We are with you despite the incredibly hostile resolutions of the United Nations. We are with you despite the threats and ravings of Wahabi Jihadists, Hezbollah thugs, and Hamas assassins. We are with you despite oil embargos, loss of allies, and terrorist attacks on our own cities.
On Christmas Day in 1974, Pat Robertson interviewed Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on his television program, The 700 Club. Rabin lamented the fact that after Israeli military victories, the nation had been stopped from achieving a peace treaty.
That was almost 40 years ago. Israel seemed as isolated and alone then as it does today. As Pat Robertson concluded this interview, he asked Prime Minister Rabin one final question. “What would you want the United States to do now for Israel?”
Mr. Rabin replied without hesitation. “Be strong! Be strong!”
Under previous US administrations, there was no question that if anyone dared attack the nation of Israel, it was understood that they would suffer the same consequences as if they had attacked The United States of America itself! However, today we are dealing with a totally different set of rules than ever before. There is little doubt that this administration promotes an agenda that is totally opposed to those American values and principles that allowed this nation to become that “Bight and shining city on the hill,” as described by President Ronald Reagan. Saying we support Israel is one thing, but the actions of this administration suggest something far more sinister! Perhaps the most frightening flaw yet witnessed in the people of this country is the one that made it possible for someone who hates everything this nation stands for to actually occupy our White House.
In my humble opinion, today the nation of Israel more closely resembles that nation which was envisioned by our Founding Fathers in 1776, than does this nation we call America! The United States of America was once the one bright light in a fading and dying world, but under Obama, America has gone from being Israel’s greatest ally, to one that now seems to have aligned itself ideologically with Israel’s most dangerous and determined enemies. Under this administration, Christians in America today find themselves in a very similar situation as that which is faced by the nation of Israel itself; we are both outcasts within our own territories. In fact, Christians around this world have a great deal more in common with the nation of Israel than we do with any future we might have within a socialist-Marxist-globalist agenda.
Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, which is reason alone to stand with her. She has been a staunch ally of the US since the earliest days of her modern founding, and simple friendship and loyalty dictate that we return the favor. And unlike the Muslim nations which surround Israel, Israel does not want to destroy the United States. Israel shares intelligence with America. Israeli military intelligence is one of the best in the world, and America can always use one more ally that helps us to keep our country secure.
It can be strongly argued that no other group of people in the Middle East but Israel is capable of running that region of the world successfully. Who else could govern Palestine/Israel if not the Jews? Would placing the Palestinians in charge of that entire strip of land make the region more secure? I don’t think so! Does anyone want Israel’s neighbors, who already have terrorist camps within their borders, to govern what is currently the state of Israel? The answer should be obvious. Israel has done far more than most countries with only limited resources. Nations with greater resources, like Mexico or Venezuela, trail behind tiny Israel in terms of infrastructure and modernization.
The Palestinian Authority has given the US absolutely no reason to trust it or to believe that any two-state solution has the remotest chance to work. The UN offered Arab Muslims a two-state solution in 1948. While the United States recognized the state of Israel within minutes of that 1948 UN declaration, the surrounding Muslim nations spat on the two-state solution and went to war. The sober truth is that the vast majority of Muslims in the Middle East are interested only in a one-state solution: a Muslim state with Israel wiped off the planet. Palestinian school children today study maps of the Middle East on which Israel does not appear. It would be the height of folly to believe any single thing Muslims say about living in peace with Israel. They do not want to live in peace with Israel, they want Israel obliterated!
As I said before, beyond all these quite sound reasons to stand unapologetically with Israel against the UN and against the Palestinian threats, there is one over-riding reason. We should stand with Israel because God does. God made a profound promise to the father of the Jewish people, a promise which he has never revoked and which is still in effect today. And God included all of us in that promise when he said “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse them that curse you” (Genesis 12:3). God here declares one simple, abiding truth: He will deal with the nations of this world, as they deal with Israel. Do you want a blessing? A nation which stands with Israel will receive a blessing from God. A nation which stands against the Jewish people, will rest under a curse.
And there is yet one more reason to support Israel. America owes the Jewish people a lasting debt for preserving for us and the world the “oracles of God,” as Paul describes them in Romans 3:2.
The Jewish people zealously protected, preserved, and passed on the very words of God as recorded by the ancient prophets and historians in Israel. Our faith as a Christian nation is rooted in Jewish soil. It is very simple; No Judaism, no Christianity! Abraham is our father in the faith; the Ten Commandments are our guiding principles for both personal and public morality.
Nobody pays attention to the ancient code of Hammurabi any more, but the ancient code of Moses has always provided moral and public policy guidance for the American people and still does today. The 55 framers of the US Constitution cited the Bible more often than any other external source in their writings and speeches, with a full 34 % of all their citations coming from the pages of Holy Writings. (The next most frequently cited source came in at eight percent.)
The bulk of these citations are from the book of Deuteronomy, which records the public policies and laws God gave to ancient Israel, and which served as an inspiration and guide for the Founders as they established American law and jurisprudence. Ten Commandments monuments can be found today in city after city in the United States, and copies of this Holy Document once hung on the wall of virtually every classroom in America and can still be found in courtroom after courtroom, including the United States Supreme Court, at least for now. For the preservation of that abiding standard, the Jewish people are to be honored and appreciated.
Let us never forget Pastor Martin Niemöller’s famous and provocative poem concerning the mindset of German intellectuals following the Nazi’s rise to power and the subsequent purging of their various chosen targets, one after another. “First they came…” There may be some disagreement over the exact wording of the quotation or when it was created, but there is most certainly no disagreement over the significance of its content, and its timely comparison to what is taking place in our world today.
First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then, they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.
This speaks volumes about the “politically correct” mindset this world has assumed for itself today, and the fatalistic outcomes ahead for those who do not fall into lockstep with this globalist agenda!
Again I ask, “Is it really that important for Christians to stand up with the nation of Israel today? Israel is preciously short of friends these days. For the first time in the history of America, the Jewish people do not have a friend in our White House, so it is imperative that they can count on the friendship, loyalty and support of the American people. We must do everything within our power to make sure that we never let Israel down.
Thank you, and may God bless.