This is only one of a number of similar articles I’ve come upon which has greatly disturbed me. It appears a greater number of Israeli Messianic Jews, then I originally believed, are now caught up in Israeli Nationalism. This summer I became engaged in a discussion with one Israeli believer at a discussion board, who confirmed this move was catching on within the community. A number more vocally involved, as you can see in this article, are American Messianic Jews now living in Israel. From what I’ve been told, these are ‘American’ transplants who have moved to Israel in order to work in the illegal settlement program.
What is most disturbing is the fact these Messianic Jews are failing to understand they are falling back into the same mind-set in which Israel found itself 2000 years ago: one which focused on a National, political restoration, which was totally contrary to “why” Jesus came; And their failure to grasp that Jesus IS the Temple now, and has been since the finished work of Calvary.
Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and you say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. (John 4)
Where-ever two or three are gathered in His name, the Word tells us, Jesus is there. He is The Temple to which we gather! (Matthew 18:20). In turn, our being in Christ and His Spirit residing within us, makes each individual Believer, the temple of God (1 Corinthians 6:19). God will no longer dwell in any temple made by human hands (Acts 17:24). This is simple, basic, new Covenant teaching.
I feel the need to pray for these brothers and sisters. Will you pray? Nationalism is a strong delusion my friends, and it is grievous to see so many fellow believers in Israel, now falling into this same trap which has ensnared many American Christians: and to see much of this is being transported from America itself.
*See article (and video clips) at Mondoweiss, What is the vision of Jews who want to replace Al Aqsa mosque with temple?