We cannot overlook the fact that the situation in the United States and in Israel have more going on than one can realize. If we take events going on in both leaders and both countries we can see many similarities. AS Israel was chosen by God to be a light to the nations, so I believe, like many others, that the United States was chosen to bring the ‘gospel of the kingdom of God’ to the New World, without governmental favoritism, or intervention.
The modern state of Israel, however does not espouse its Biblical roots, and furthermore was intentionally founded with socialistic ideas. The first prime minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion used to Old Testament Prophets and their writings and the New Testament to help form the initial Israeli government. However, they allowed freedom of Religion, and many socialistic ideas were espoused.
Israel today is by and large a ‘secular’ nation. Even though the majority population is Jewish and it is a Jewish state, most Jews are just ethnic Jews and do not identify with any particular religion. This sounds good that there is freedom of religion, yet Orthodox Judaism seems to set the tone and policy for many rules and regulations.
The United States was founded upon Judeo Christian values and the earlier founders were mostly Christian or of those who considered themselves ‘deists’ they espoused those same morals and ethics. Both The US and Israel espoused the same Biblical standards with several deviations. Today there is a fight on as to which way each country will head in social, religious, economic, defense, and political arenas. The current situation in the US looks grim if you are a Christian or tend to have a Biblical worldview, or just believe in decency and order.
Likewise in Israel there are many who want to go back to more socialist ways and do away with all religion or even have all religions merge as one. Some would like to do away with borders, walls, etc. and there be one or two states but with Arabs and Jews mixed in and as they would have it, ‘all just get along.’ While it would be ideal for Jews and Arabs to live side by side and get along, etc. and in some areas they do but they are usually disciples of Jesus, it won’t work without Jesus at the head ultimately.
The US is face with a rapid increase of ultra socialist leaning ideas and a sudden rise to give everything away. In Israel healthcare is available to all and while there are many opportunities, the poor still remain poor, even poorer in some instances than third world countries. Abortion is legal, yet is in decline. Prostitution is legal but recent changes in the law will cause a decline in that as well. In two countries that one would consider to be bastions of Judeo Christian morals, ethics, and laws one would think that it wouldn’t be this way.
Both Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, the current leaders of The US and Israel respectively, are not considered ‘religious’. Prime Minister Netanyahu was raised in Tel Aviv by secular parents. Before politics his background was in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces). President Trump has a strong background in business, has amassed an ‘empire’ before becoming the 45th US President.
Both men have been targets of investigation for various reasons. No one ever expected Donald Trump to become president, let alone accomplish what he has. He has turned the US economy around and recognized the proper capital, Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He has done away with bad trade deals and bad deals with rogue nations like Iran, among other things. PM Netanyahu has beefed Israeli defenses to an all time high. He has strengthened ties with allies like the US and Middle Eastern nations.
Netanyahu has been described as a proponent of the ‘free market.” he has developed better counter-terrorism capabilities, yet I don’t support his views on same-sex marriage. Neither do I always agree 100 % with everything President Trump says or does I still believe that overall he is the man that God has raised up to turn America around from the path of destruction it is on.
Both Donald Trump and PM Netanyahu lost their defense ministers, and have shae ups in their cabinets and governments. Accusations constantly are hurled regarding business decisions, or military decisions. Netanyahu had to call for early elections because he barely had a coalition government. He currently faces possible indictment for bribery charges regarding his business. The Democrats have been calling for impeachment and investigating Trump since day one of his administration.
Yet, despite all of the things against these governments I believe that both men are there for ‘such a time like this.’ They both understand evil, and terrorism and seek to root it out on all levels. PM Netanyahu understand that the land should not be divided. God gave it to Israel thousands of years ago, despite what people say or believe, and it was forever. Both of these leaders stand alone in the World political community, as they are opposed to one world government, one religion etc.
So, with the similarities and differences between these two men and countries how shall we pray? Why should we pray for Netanyahu and the Likud party to be re elected?
The Likud is considered a right wing party and as I mentioned Pm Netanyahu understands the military and how to deal with the situation in the Middle East. He and President Trump will continue to work together to rid the world and the Middle East of terror, particularly from Iran. There is an agenda that has been set forth from heaven and we need to pray as the US has come into alignment by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the world will follow likewise. Pray that President Trump will continue to be a voice for Christians to be heard and not silenced.
Pray for the US to continue to be a strong ally of Israel, and to stand against anti-semitism. Pray for God to use PM Netanyahu to bring revival in Israel.
In the end of the age all nations will gather to battle against Israel, and somewhere in there Jesus will come back and set up His kingdom for 1000 years. See Zechariah 14
But all of the nations will come to Jerusalem, to Mt Zion to worship the Lord there.
Micah 4:1 “ It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established, as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills;
2- and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come and say: ‘Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us His ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”
Donald Trump nor Benjamin Netanyahu is my saviour. Both are fallible men capable of sin like we all are. Yet I believe as so many others do that theses men are sent from heaven to do a job, to help prepare the nations to come to Jerusalem.
Psalm 122 tells us to pray for the ‘peace of Jerusalem.’ may they be secure who love you! Peace be in you for the sake of the Lord!