Today’s article has a two-fold purpose. First, it is brief commentary on the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) recent resolutions to disavow Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, to the call for Israel to return to pre-1967 state lines, and to withdraw from the Golan. Second, it is to contrast the godless unity and peace of the UNGA to the divine call upon the body of Christ to exhibit true unity and peace under the headship of Christ.
The UNGA, led by assembly President Abdulla Shahid, voted 129-11 on Wednesday, December 1 to disavow Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. The UNGA is the main policy-making organ of the United Nations. It has many functions, but everything it stands for and represents is to support the UN’s goals to attain peace, security and disarmament, along with a myriad of human’s rights and environmental goals. Their resolutions in regard to Israel are in keeping with the UN’s interpretation of these goals. While not unanimous, votes of 129-11, 148-9, and 94-8 on the three resolutions above, submit to us a level of unity and participation rarely seen among the nations. Only the third resolution concerning the Golan had any significant number of countries who abstained from the vote.
While it should concern us that there is almost unrivaled unity among the nations regarding Jew hatred, it also should not surprise us. Moreover, it should alert us and hopefully provoke the body of Messiah globally to stand in unity together against the will of the nations. The prophetic testimony of Scripture tells us that this land belongs to Israel and to the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. Though there is much merit to creating dialogue, to political involvement (for political involvement has led to at least eight countries affirming God’s covenant with Israel), and to awareness of this issue on social media, my appeal to you today is that we consider something even greater.
Jesus calls His disciples to be His government, His “General Assembly” if you can accept me borrowing the terminology. Some call it “church”, but Jesus called it His Ekklesia. The body of Messiah throughout all the earth is called, commissioned, and anointed to be His heavenly government on the earth via the general assembly to prayer, that we might declare that which is lawful and unlawful concerning the Kingdom and righteousness of our God. This is the true ministry of prophetic intercession, which means we “by prayer and petition” declare the prophetic testimony of Scripture in unity with the body of Messiah to the principalities, rulers, and powers in the heavenly places. We have been made Messiah’s emissaries, pilgrims, and ambassadors in foreign nations for this purpose.
Now, so that you do not mistake my meaning, Jesus’ Ekklesia is also called to evangelize, make disciples, baptize, and fellowship (among other things). What I am speaking of today is a very specific and narrow aspect regarding the much greater mission of Messiah’s people. But this “very specific and narrow aspect” of our mission is one that every believer of Jesus is called into. If you have vocal chords and the ability to pray, you have been called and anointed for this purpose.
So now, as Jesus’ body, let us come into unity in this purpose. The highway of salvation is very narrow and it goes directly through God’s covenant promises in Jesus Messiah to save and deliver Jerusalem from the counsel of the nations. The apostle Paul even tells us we are susceptible to being “cut off” from the promise of salvation if we turn our backs to His promises concerning Israel. We are called to hold the line as His interceding emissaries on this issue throughout Jerusalem, Judea, and to the ends of the earth.
Speaking of the ends of the earth, those who opposed the UNGA’s most restrictive resolution are Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
We are called to stand against these demonic resolutions first of all in prayer as those who answer to a higher authority. Then we are called to win others to this cause, to make disciples, and to love even our enemies who oppose us. Who will stand together and pray for the Lord’s will to be done, so that the increase of His government and peace will know no end, beginning in Jerusalem?
“All hail Yeshua HaMaschiach, King of Jews and hope of the nations!” He alone is King of kings and Lord of Lords.
– J. S. Marek