As I have been watching the television news stories about the fighting in the Middle East and how Palestinian missiles have been fired at Jerusalem, I have been thinking about how this situation is similar to the prophecies found in Zechariah 12:2-3, 8-9 (NASB):
“Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also come against Judah. And it will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; and all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it . . . In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the LORD before them. And it will come about in that day that I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”
While it seems that the fighting hasn’t escalated to the point described in those prophecies-where a military task force from all nations (this could possibly be from the United Nations) will come in battle against Jerusalem; there have been many nations supporting the Palestinian attacks and only a few nations supporting the Israeli side in this conflict.
However, even though they are a small country, the Jewish people in Israel can ask God to remember the covenants and promises that God made with their Patriarch Abraham and fight with them in battle. One of those promises was about God giving them “the land of Canaan [modern-day Israel] for an everlasting possession.” (Genesis 17:8) Another promise that God gave them said: ”I will bless them that bless you and the one who curses you I will curse.” (Genesis 12:3)
A special promise that God gave Israel is found in Jeremiah 31:35-36:
“’Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for light by day, and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its wave roar: The LORD of hosts is His name: If this fixed order departs from before Me’ declares the LORD, ’Then the offspring of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me forever.’”
As the people of Israel pray and ask God to remember those promises and act on their behalf, they can also ask God to fulfill some of the above mentioned prophecies of Zechariah 12:8-9 about strengthening them and trying “to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” (v.9)
Therefore, as God’s people hear about Israel being attacked, they need to consider the above-mentioned covenants and promises of God and follow God’s command found in Psalm 122:6 (KJV): “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee” as they decide which side to support in the Middle East