California megachurch pastor Greg Laurie shared with the congregation of his Harvest Church on Sunday what Jesus taught about Israel in the end times, and said that the United States needs Israel more than Israel needs America.
Israel is a tiny little piece of land, and yet we hear so much about the country in news, Laurie said in his message, titled, “What Jesus taught about Israel in the end times.”
“Israel is at the eye of the hurricane of the great events of the end times,” he stated.
Laurie added that God has said that He will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel.
“One of the reasons God has blessed the United States is because of our support to Israel. … America needs Israel more than Israel needs America … because we need the blessing of God,” the pastor said.
Israel is under attack from all sides, he emphasized. It is also under pressure, including from the U.S., he went on to say, referring to the recent 50-day conflict between Israel and Gaza. More than 4,500 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, and America pressured Israel to stand down, the pastor said, disapprovingly.
What’s common between the enemies of Israel and the enemies of the U.S. is that they are radical Islamists, and their objective is to establish a Caliphate through jihad and rule through Shariah, Laurie added.
He said the Islamic State terror group is targeting Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Both Sunni and Shiite radical Muslim groups want Jerusalem, he said, quoting Zechariah 12:2-3, “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the Earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.”
Laurie preached his message mainly from Matthew 24 and 1 Thessalonians 5.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post