My Friend Pastor John Stocker - Resurrection Fellowship, Loveland, Colorado

“Why Christians must support Israel”                              

Pastor John Stocker-Senior Pastor of Resurrection Fellowship, Loveland, Colorado.

 

“Every born again Christian ought to be as passionate about their love for Israel and about helping the Israeli people as what this pastor is.

Let me tell you a couple of the reasons why I feel the way I feel and believe that you should join me in my pursuit of blessing Israel.

Folks, I want to ask you a question. If someone walked up to you today and said to you, ‘prove to me that Christianity is valid and prove to me that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the only true God, and that Allah is not the true God’, what would you say to them? You’d have a hard time proving anything. Hello?! Think about it for a minute. How can you prove anything? How can you even prove that God exists? It’s quiet in here right now! Let me tell you something. You need something to say to those people.  When somebody comes to you and says, ‘can you prove that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob exists?’ You ought to have something to say to those people.

The one thing, and just about the only thing that I know that I can say is simply this: I can take you to the Scriptures, not the Koran and not the book of Mormon. I can take you to the Holy Scriptures and I can show you that thousands and thousands of years ago, God made a covenant with a man named Abraham. God said to that man some very specific things and made promises to him. One of those promises was that He was going to give him a land, and that that land was going to be passed down from generation to generation. And then God spoke to his son Isaac and his son Jacob and reconfirmed the promise of that land. And then God also said something else. He said that ‘if my people do not serve me…my chosen people do not serve me…I will drive them…I will punish them…I will drive them out of that land.’ Then God said something else. He said, ‘I will never ever cut them off, never reject them, and at some point in the future, I’m going to bring them back to the land that I promised Abraham that I would give to him. I will bring those people back and I will establish them in their land’, and as Eliezer has already pointed out, in the last verse of the book of Amos, ‘They will never again be plucked up out of that land.’  Now church, please hear my heart when I say to you, that the validity of your Christian faith depends on whether or not God is a God of His word. Either the Bible is true or it is a myth, and if any part of it is a myth then all of it is a myth.

 And if what God said to Abraham is not real and is not going to be fulfilled? I just tell you right now…we’ll just close the doors (of the church), lock ‘em up, close shop and say that we have been believing a lie. I made a statement a number of years ago. I shocked people when I said it.

Afterward I asked myself, ‘John, have you spoken too quickly?’ I thought about it a lot and I’ll say it again today. If the State of Israel ever ceases to exist and those people are driven out of that land, I will become a Muslim. NOW YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY I AM SO PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS CAUSE? Some of you are thinking…’Well I don’t think that’s right that you would say that, Pastor; your faith should be stronger than that.’

Well, my faith is in the word of God and if the word of God isn’t true then I have nothing to put my faith in. And so, for me, this has become a cause. I am a zealot. I realize that at stake is the very believability of the word of God. God tells us this is the way it’s going to be.

Where do the Replacement Theology people come along? I need to talk about Replacement Theology. Some of you don’t know what that is. It’s basically a belief system, a teaching that says that the Church has replaced Israel, that the promises God made to Abraham have been fulfilled in Christ and that when Israel rejected God and served idols, then God rejected them. It states that God has picked a new people and that they are the Church. Israel as a nation has been cut off from God and God no longer deals with them as a nation. Folks, that would be believable except for one fact. That fact is the modern nation of Israel. Yet in spite of the fact that they have not accepted Jesus, God is obviously still bringing them back out of the nations to their homeland, establishing them in their homeland, and causing all the things God said would happen to these people to happen. And so your Replacement Theology goes out the window.

You can say whatever you want to, but the facts are this is what is happening and God has not forsaken Israel. God has not forsaken the Jewish people. So you look at all of that and begin to realize why this is one of the most important things to the heart of God. And if you want to know why it’s so important to my heart, well it’s because it’s important to the heart of God. Boy, I hope you get a hold of that. I hope you understand that Israel is a passion in the heart of God. It is more important to Him than just about anything else in the world.

I will educate people that they have the wrong attitude; the kind of attitude that allowed six million Jews to die because Christian people said, ‘It’s not my thing.’ I said I would educate from the pulpit. I will also educate by taking people to Israel. Once they are there, they are never the same. I’ve had entrenched anti-Semites go with me to Israel and, while there, repent with tears. So we keep going to Israel.

And last but not least, I’ll give whatever I can to see to it that that land is established as a Jewish homeland for the Jewish people.

So that’s where I’m at. You want to know why I do something for this man (Eliezer Braun/Shuva Israel) that we don’t even do for our own missionaries, which is give a whole Sunday morning service? Because this, to me, is even more important. So, will you do what God tells you to do? Will you allow yourself to stand side by side with the Jews in the re-establishment of their Homeland and in the bringing to fulfillment the Scriptures that God gave thousands of years ago…that prove, Halleluya, that the Bible is true and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the one true God….and proves that God is still alive and well on Earth today…and He is going to do what He said He is going to do! What a day we are living in, folks! What a day we are living in. I thank God that I am alive to see it. I’m telling you, I began to weep when I was watching the video (Shuva Israel Video) because I’ve been there and I’ve seen it.  I walked through the land of Israel and I’ve seen the fulfillment of Bible prophecy before my eyes. It’s the most incredible experience to see it first hand for yourself, and if you know your Bible, be able to say it’s happening exactly as He said it would.”

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