It’s Israel’s 64th Birthday!

Today Jewish People around the world are celebrating Israel’s Independence Day. In 1948 the Jewish state was reborn…and immediately plunged into war. Those first few desperate weeks saw hundreds of under-trained and poorly equipped Jewish soldiers fight off vastly superior numbers of Arab invaders who came from every side to try to destroy Israel before it could become a nation.

God worked a miracle of deliverance then, and He has done so again and again through the intervening years. Yet the price has been high—more than 23,000 Israelis have been killed defending their nation in a series of wars over the years. Today Israel once again faces a grave threat to its continued existence as Iran proceeds rapidly with its work on a nuclear weapons program. But just as has been true for every one of the 64 years since Israel’s rebirth, “He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4).

None of us knows exactly what will happen in the Middle East. Many experts predict an outbreak of open war before the end of the year as Israel takes action to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons work. Others see a longer time frame. A few think that some deal will be reached so that there is no war. But regardless of what happens, we must be faithful to pray for the peace of Jerusalem as commanded in Scripture.

Today Jewish Voice is working with dozens of ministry partners inside the nation of Israel to meet the needs of the Jewish People and to share with them the Good News that Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world. This is the most important thing we can do right now. Yes, we must pray. Yes, we must speak out in support of Israel. But nothing in this world compares to the power of the Gospel.

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