Q. I write this with a great deal of anguish concerning the upcoming so-called peace conference to be held at the end of this month. I feel so compelled to pray against it and pray for Israel that my heart aches and tears fall.
My concern is whether I am praying contrary to God’s will if these events are leading up to the Rapture/tribulation period and in His divine plan. I know that we are commanded to pray for the peace of Jerusalem – which really is praying for Jesus’ return. I try to do this daily but I just keep feeling like what is going to take place is so wrong. How can I know what God’s will re: this event is?
A. The Scriptures say that Israel has to be put into a position where they think they’ve achieved peace but are in fact very vulnerable to attack. This is the condition necessary for the Battle of Ezekiel 38 and the kick-off of Daniel’s 70th that follows it to occur.
Many American Christians are saddened by what our government is doing to Israel right now, and feel a sense of betrayal. We’re also very concerned for Israel, because we can see what the near term outcome will be. We must remember however, that this is part of God’s plan and will result in Israel’s reunion with Him, and their eventual salvation.
Keep praying for the peace of Jerusalem, and for God’s mercy upon His people. The prophet Habakkuk prayed, LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” (Haba. 3:2) It’s a valid prayer for today as well.