6 November 2016


By John Ollis

I had the privilege forty years ago to visit the land of Israel for the first time, immediately I felt a connection with the land and the people. I kept thinking of some words from a song “I walked today where Jesus walked”. Some would say the connection was purely emotional, but forty years later that connection is stronger than ever. I have been back twice since, and wish it was possible to visit again.
I guess there could be many reasons why I feel connected to the land and its people, I am sure not ashamed to call myself a Christian Zionist. In 1917 Lord Balfour declared that the Jews should have their own land and thirty years later the U.N. decreed it to be so. In May 1948 Prime Minister Ben Gurion proclaimed the birth of the State of Israel. Sixty eight plus years later the nation continues to go from strength to strength.
The Jews return to Israel fulfilled many prophecies, sadly they returned in unbelief, but I see there have been and continue to be exciting changes. Despite having to live almost continually in a state of war since 1948 Israel  (being surrounded on every side by nations that hate Israel) has continued to go from strength to strength.
Where do the Jews fit into God’s plan? Let us turn to the Word of God.
Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on me who they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. NKJV
Here the Old Testament Prophet, not only speaks of Christ’s crucifixion but of the remorse and regret the Jews will feel when they realise they had rejected the Messiah. But there is some great news declared by the Apostle Peter in Acts 5:30-31 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exulted to His right hand to be Prince and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. NKJV
The day is coming, and I feel it is getting very close when there is going to be a massive turning of the Jews to see Jesus as their Messiah, there are right now Messianic Assemblies springing up across Israel and around the world.
Does that mean that everyone who considers himself a Jew will be converted? Sadly the majority of Jews living in Israel are atheistic, but the day is coming when so many will have their eyes opened by the Holy Spirit to see Jesus as the promised Messiah. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 9:6 For they are not all Israel who are of Israel NKJV. I believe there are many who in this last generation will bow the knee and declare Jesus Christ is Lord.
What can we do to be involved in God’s program for the Jews?