I’ve been praying for some big things, for some time, without seeing the results I want. I was talking to the Lord about it, just the other day. I know these things are His will, but I was a bit discouraged. The Lord reminded me that the lesson of Israel is, if anything, proof that He is faithful—but not always on our timetable.
Think about it. God made amazing promises to Israel about her restoration and her redemption. But, before we saw that, things got worse – a lot worse!
In 70 CE, Jerusalem was destroyed. In fact, Josephus tells us of the brutality of the Roman soldiers as they razed the city. Not one stone was left upon another in the Temple, as Yeshua predicted. Over one million Jews were slain.
In 130 CE, there was another revolt and, this time, the Jews were deported. So complete was the defeat of the Jewish people, that replacement theology seemed confirmed in the headlines. Surely God is against these wretched Jews.
Then, for 1,800 more years, the Jews roamed the earth as the most consistently, persecuted race that ever existed, culminating in the Holocaust.
Before I go on, is there any one of you reading this who has suffered anything close to what the Jewish people have endured? My guess is no.
However, God was faithful. After all those years, after the Jewish people had become an afterthought in world history. Then, after 52 attempted genocides…God brought forth His promise. The Lord said:
Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children. (Is. 66:8)
For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. (Ezek. 36:24) See, I will bring [the Jewish people] from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth. (Jer. 31:8) He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd. (Jer. 31:10)
God remembered His promise and Israel became a nation on Friday, May 14th, 1948, at 4:00 PM, just before the Sabbath.
If God was able to remember His promise for over 2500 years and, then, bring it to pass at the lowest point in Jewish history, then He will remain faithful to you. God was not faithful to Israel because of our obedience. In fact, despite of our disobedience, He honored His word.
The second part of the Ezekiel passage speaks about Jewish people receiving salvation after the physical restoration.
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (Ezek. 36:25-27)
In my lifetime, we have seen the resurrection of the Jewish wing of the body of believers. I am proof. God did it. And, if He did that, He will answer your prayers as well. Whatever we ask of the Father, in the name of the Son, He will do. Of course, we must ask according to His will. Then comes the waiting, the struggle, the intercession and the warfare.
The lesson of Daniel is that God dispatched angels the moment he prayed. But the angel encountered warfare. It was Daniel’s fasting and praying that caused the angel to breakthrough:
[The angel said}, “Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.” (Dan. 10:12-14)
Biblical waiting is an active waiting. We continue to seek, knock and ask. Don’t give up.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Gal. 6:9)