The World in Turmoil
The only reliable source of light upon the current situation in the Middle East and the entire world is provided by God’s prophetic word. If we do not seek the light that comes from this source, we will inevitably find ourselves in the dark, subject to many forms of confusion and deception.
The destiny of both Israel and the Church has been determined by God in eternity on the basis of His foreknowledge. Its outworking in time is guaranteed by the irrevocable covenants that God has established with each of them. For all the good that God has promised to Israel and the Church, both are equally and totally dependent upon God’s grace, which can be appropriated only by faith.
Tremendous tests and pressures lie ahead for both Israel and the Church, but those who faithfully endure will be privileged to share God’s kingdom with Him throughout eternity. Christians from Gentile backgrounds owe their entire spiritual inheritance to Israel. One appropriate way for them to acknowledge their indebtedness is to stand by Israel in the midst of their present pressures and to uphold them with faithful intercession.
The peoples of the Middle East, the United States of America, and all the Nations of the earth will never know true justice or lasting peace until they are submitted to God’s appointed ruler, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the central figure, outshining all the rest and drawing us together around Himself.
Heaven will vindicate the confession that every orthodox Jew has maintained through the long centuries—even on his way to the stake or to the gas chamber:
I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah; and even if he tarries, still I will wait every day for him to come.
Thus, too, will heaven answer the prayer of the aged apostle John on the Isle of Patmos—the prayer echoed by every true Christian as he closes his New Testament: "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus."