There are many in our political correctness-obsessed, secular and so-called tolerant society, who see Israel – and, by extension, the Jewish people – as the source of all that is wrong in the present Middle East. And there are others who feel that actually all of the world’s problems should be laid at Israel’s and the Jewish people’s doorstep. Sadly, there are even some in the Church who hold such views – or similar. For those who support Christian Watchmen Over Zion (CWZ), our perspective is through a different set of lenses: the lens of the Word of God – all of it – from Genesis to Revelation.
We stand on the Word of God – the God Who spoke to a Mesopotamian businessman; the God Who called Abram (later to be renamed Abraham) to step out in faith and go to an as yet unknown land; the God Who promised that same Abram that whoever blesses him (Abram) will be blessed, and whoever disrespects him (and his descendants) will be cursed, and that in him (Abram) all the nations of the earth will receive blessing (Genesis 12:1-3).
We stand on the Word of God – the God Who, by Himself alone, and without any condition whatsoever, made an eternal, binding covenant with this same Abraham and his descendants (through Isaac and Jacob) to give to them all the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession (Genesis 12:6-7; 13:14-17; 15:7-21; 17:1-8; 26:1-5; 35:10-12).
We stand on the Word of God – the God Who eventually took Jacob and his family down into Egypt to rescue them from famine, through the leadership and saving intervention of his son, Joseph. This same God, Who then redeemed Jacob’s descendants, the Children of Israel, from slavery in Egypt over 400 hundred years later; the God Who brought them to Himself, Who gave them His Torah – His teaching and instruction for life – and Who entered into a marriage covenant with the Children of Israel at Sinai; the God Who then brought these same Children of Israel forty years later into the Promised Land – all in fulfilment of His promise to Abraham centuries before (Genesis 15:12-16).
We stand on the Word of God – the God Who warned the Children of Israel that, if they did not live according to His instructions, He would discipline them for their disobedience, with the ultimate correction being thrown out of the Promised Land. Yet even though God eventually did have to do this, still He promised that He would not cast them aside forever and, through the Hebrew prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel in particular, He promised and foretold that one day He would bring them back from their exile, never again to be thrust out of the Land He had given them (Deuteronomy 4:27-31; 30:1-5; Isaiah 11:11-12; 43:5-6; 49:22; Jeremiah 16:14-15; 29:11-14; 32:37-41; Ezekiel 11:16-17).
We stand on the Word of God – the God Who, right back in the Garden of Eden, promised that a Redeemer would come to undo the death and decay brought about by Adam and Eve’s disobedience; the God Who reconfirmed the coming of that Saviour throughout the Hebrew Scriptures of the Old Testament, and Who fulfilled that promise in the Person of Jesus the Messiah.
Israel and the Church: What Is God’s Plan? is the title and guiding theme for a series of seminars and meetings planned by Christian Watchmen Over Zion (CWZ) for December 11th, 12th and 13th 2014 at the Dominion Centre, The Broadway, High Road, London, N22 6DS. As a relatively young ministry, CWZ is nevertheless bringing together a speaking team of international and national Christian leaders to address this theme, and to bring the truth of the unchanging Word of the Living God to bear on what has become an increasingly “hot topic” in many Christian circles and beyond.
Christian Watchmen Over Zion is a non-denominational group of Christians, including many from different streams of the contemporary Church. As believers in the Lord Jesus the Messiah, we have received from the God of the Bible – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel – a love and concern for the Jewish people, and we want to bless them in Jesus’ Name. At a time when many in the Jewish community in the UK are genuinely fearful for their safety, and at a time when Israel, as a nation, is being demonised from almost every direction on a daily basis, CWZ seeks to build bridges of friendship with the Jewish community in this nation and in Israel itself.
We stand on the Word of God – on the absolute and unchanging Word of the only true and living God. It is on that Word that CWZ’s Prophetic Prayer Conference 2014 will focus, from December 11th to 13th. Come and join us.