Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Yeshua:

Many thousands of Jews gathered at the Kotel (the Western Wall) on the 2nd day of Chol HaMoed Pesach 5771 (the intermediate days of the Passover festival of 2011) for Birkat Kohanim (the Priestly Blessing) in accordance with the Torah's commandment in the book of Bamidbar (Numbers) chapter 6 verse 23-27.

In this difficult season, we are continuing to pray for and stand with Israel and the Jewish people. Unfortunately, much of the American church is unaware of what is happening spiritually with them. It is important to acknowledge that many in the church do pray for Israel and accept biblical prophecy concerning their future promises. But there are far too many that are biblically illiterate. This problem is further complicated by religious leaders who have been improperly indoctrinated into a culture of dispensationalism, supersessionism, and replacement theology, i.e., believing that God is finished with Israel and the Jewish people, and now the church has replaced them as the new Israel and the new people of God. Further, much of the American church is ambivalent towards Israel’s prophetic destiny, treating them as common while in fact they are a holy people that have a destiny that is central to God’s eternal kingdom (Romans 11:16). Often in this camp are apologetic theologians looking to share blame with Israel concerning the conflict with the Palestinian-Arab people. On the more extreme side are Christians who are outright anti-Semitic, even blaming them for the death of Christ. All of these views are wrong and anti-biblical.

Concerning future events in Israel, the American church will likely split into one of three camps. Some will clearly stand with and pray for Israel. Others will turn their heads and ignore their plight. And yet others will begin to mischaracterize God by saying such things as: Israel is being punished by God for rejecting Christ. Even greater concern will be the policy of the United States government towards Israel during this time of persecution, although it appears hopeful at the moment with the new Trump administration.

There is a biblical message that transcends the separation of the church from Israel, and is contained within the scriptural teachings of the Apostle Paul, written in Ephesians chapter 2 and Romans chapter 11. These scriptures address the grafting in of the gentiles into God’s kingdom and cultivated Olive tree; the tree and its natural branches being true Israel and the natural descendants of Abraham. These are now joined together, contrary to nature as one people of YHVH. And these are the children of the promise and are called the church, the Ecclesia, comprised of every tribe, tongue, people, and nation (Revelation 5:9), even the gentiles who are called by His name (Amos 9:12).

The truth concerning the church is that God has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is the law of commandments contained in ordinances so as to create in Himself “one new man” in Christ Yeshua from the two, thus making peace (Ephesians 2:15). The truth concerning the gentiles is that they, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them (Israel), and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree (Romans 11:17), and fellow heirs of the same body, and partakers (sharers) of His promise in Christ (Ephesians 3:6). And the truth concerning Israel is that God loves them beyond measure, as is says, concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers (Romans 11:28). Israel is still God’s chosen people and His inheritance. The Portion of Jacob is not like them, for He is the maker of all things, and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance (Jeremiah 10:16). The Lord desires that all Israel be saved for He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). And it is the gentiles who have been called and anointed to provoke Israel to jealousy (Romans 11:11).

The hostilities against Israel are spiritual, not political. Those who discern of the Holy Spirit should understand this. Simply, the enemy of our souls is trying to deceive and manipulate our nation and other nations to persecute and ultimately destroy God’s chosen people, occupy His holy land, and bring their false religions that are steeped in idolatry and false worship into His Holy temple.

We would like for you to prayerfully consider helping us and others spread this message across our nation, of standing with and praying for Israel and the Jewish people. This prayer mandate is for the whole church, and must become a travail of prayer from the Holy Spirit, and our surrendered unconditional love and support for the Jewish people. We must pray in earnestly and in agony, so that even our sweat might became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground (Luke 22:44). And this message of praying for Israel must be undergird with a teaching on the “one new man.” From this foundation, awareness for Israel we pray will become a reality for the American church. God is standing with Israel, and we as the American church must stand with them just as God YHVH is standing with them. Thank you for joining us. We pray many blessings over you.

Your brother in Christ Yeshua,

Eric Michael Teitelman
Pastor-Teacher-Worship Leader