The ‘mystery’ of Israel: hidden from the eyes of the proud

editor - 22 September 2022

The 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) opened in New York on Tuesday, 13 September 2022. The first day of the high-level General Debate was on Tuesday, 20 September 2022. Global leaders are gathering to discuss the major issues of the day.

This annual meeting of the General Assembly occurs in the midst of a momentous shift in geopolitical relations – a shift that has major ramifications for Israel. With the Western nations (traditionally led by the United States) decreasing in global influence, we are seeing countries like China, Russia, Iran and Turkey having significant influence well beyond their own borders. Most of these nations are not friends of the State of Israel.

As the world’s leaders discuss the major crises facing humanity, many will criticize and condemn Israel, but you can be sure no-one in New York will be talking about the greatest miracle of all: the restoration of the Jewish people to the land. There seems to be almost a willing blindness to see and understand what the God of Jacob is doing in our midst. And the tragedy is – they are missing the fact that God is restoring the Jewish people to the land in order to be a blessing to the nations!

Worse, many UN member states actively oppose the existence of the State of Israel and promote its destruction. It is outrageous, for example, that the UN allows Iran to be represented by its President Raisi, who openly disputes the legitimacy of the Jewish State, promotes its destruction, and even casts doubt on whether the Holocaust actually happened.

On the other hand, there are some world leaders who clearly appreciate the importance of the Jewish State of Israel. This week was the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. After 70 years on the throne, she is succeeded by her son, King Charles III. Queen Elizabeth represented stability, integrity, love and service. She also had a deep Christian faith, and a close bond with the Jewish people. Although she never visited Israel, it is understood she supported the Jewish State. It remains to be seen to what extent her legacy will be continued. But the facts that King Charles has a deep affection for the Jewish people, and that Liz Truss is now his Prime Minister, give cause for hope.

In this week’s teaching, Johannes Gerloff explains the ‘mystery’ of Israel referred to in Romans 11:25 – the revelation of God’s truth that “Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved.” God does what He promises, His purposes are irrevocable.

This mystery is hidden from the eyes of those who seek power and influence in the world at any cost.

Let us pray that the leaders of our nations – especially leaders, like King Charles and Prime Minister Liz Truss – will receive extra revelation of God’s mysterious dealings with Israel, the church and the nations, and abundant courage to stand boldly on God’s promises when meeting the leaders of other nations in New York.

Let us also pray for Israel’s representative in the UN, Gilad Erdan.

And as we seek to interpret the signs of the times, let us keep our eyes focused on the Lord, and remain vigilent – “waiting, watching and praying” for the coming of Messiah.

The Editorial Team – Israel & Christians Today

‘Some signs’: Iran’s president casts doubt on Holocaust, calls Israel ‘false regime’
Michael Bachner reports at Times of Israel: “In 1st interview with Western media outlet, Ebrahim Raisi tells CBS he can’t trust Americans, brands US sanctions ‘tyrannical,’ as he heads to New York for United Nations gathering.”
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Outraged Israel Tries to Bar Iran President From UN Assembly
Aryeh Savir at Israel Today: “Move comes after shocking remarks President Ebrahim Raisi made to American media. He is slated to address the UN General Assembly this week.”
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Germany wake up! Do you know what Holocaust denial you are funding?
Itamar Markus at Palestinian Media Watch: “Why is Germany paying Palestinian Authority teachers to teach Holocaust denial that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said “disgusted” him, and is “outrageous… intolerable and unacceptable?””
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Britain’s troubled relationship with the State of Israel
Andrew Tucker writes at C4Israel: “Should King Charles and Prince William wish to speak out more favorably about the modern State of Israel than they have done so far, they will not only have to overcome obstacles within the Foreign Office, they will also inevitably face opposition from within the Anglican church.”
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Liz Truss’s world view and its implications for UK-Israel relations

Toby Greene writes in Fathom: “Israel and her supporters can take comfort that Truss will continue the run of UK prime ministers who are instinctively well disposed to Israel. But they should perhaps be wary of the politicisation of support for Israel, in an increasingly polarised British political culture.”
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Turkey and Israel: Dating with Hate
Burak Bekdil writes in Gatestone: “Blessed are the peacemakers: it sounds so nice that Turkey and Israel have decided to be friends again. After a four-year hostile chill in relations has thawed gradually in recent months, the former allies have agreed to restore full diplomatic relations, exchanging ambassadors. Nice? Very nice! Champagne to celebrate the peace? Sloooow down.”
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A Mystery| Romans 9-11 with Johannes Gerloff #64

In biblical thinking, a mystery is not something to be kept secret, but rather a fact that God wishes to reveal. He is a God who reveals mysteries. And without His revelations we are not able to understand His mysteries.



When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble?
When disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it?
7 Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
8 The lion has roared—who will not fear?
The Sovereign Lord has spoken—who can but prophesy?

Amos 3:6-8

25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,26 and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written:
“The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”
28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.
Romans 11:25-29