Commentary by Lyle Rapacki:
Approximately 40 Norwegian leaders and Christian pastors held a very special ceremony in the Knesset Wednesday in Israel to formally apologize on Norway’s behalf for the role Norway played during WWII and the Holocaust, as well as the 1993 Oslo Accords. The delegation from Norway was comprised of representatives from 21-different organizations. The Norwegian delegation delivered a speech expressing support for Israel, as well as reservations about the Oslo Accords. Mentioned below is the truly exceptional and breathtaking declaration given to every Knesset member. As you read this remarkably beautiful and humble expression from Norway, please pause and give thanks to the Lord for the humility of the country of Norway, the leaders of Norway, and the leaders of Israel who graciously accepted the apology and declaration from Norway. Why is the church in America so strangely silent? May the United States of America be so humble and obedient to the Word of God: “Those that bless Israel I will bless and those that curse Israel I will curse” (Genesis 12:2).
Commentary by πίστις:
I feel compelled to add to this commentary after reading this declaration from those in Norway. This is beautifully stated and should move us all. Where are the rest of God’s people on this? Where does the U.S. stand…surely not with Israel in light of recent events with Iran. The recent agreement with Iran on nuclear issues is like a slap in the face to Israel and it’s people. This agreement says louder than words that the U.S. does not stand with Israel as we once did but have decided to leave Israel out in the cold and shut the door after them.
Where is the outrage of the Church? Why are there not many voices condemning this deal? The Obama administration has sealed a deal with a country (Iran) that has stated time and again that they desire to wipe Israel off of the face of the planet and Iran has made their feelings very clear about us (the U.S.) as a nation…they hate us. Yet Obama on behalf of this country signs a deal with them, and we the people are supposed to trust that they (Iran) will honor this deal? How is it that anyone can be so incredibly ignorant?
Then I am reminded of the fact that the U.S. has done little to bring about the freedom of an American citizen imprisoned in the most notorious prison in Iran–Pastor Saeed Abedini.
It is bad enough that the U.S. has not supported Israel as we should, but where are the voices of the American Church? Why is there no loud outcry amongst our Church? It seems that many in the body of Christ have turned their backs on Israel, or even express dislike and disdain for Israel…my brothers and sisters this should not be.
Israel and her people should be prayed for, and supported by us, not swept under the rug to fend for themselves.
Let us dispense with this foolishness that Israel is not special, or that Israel only refers to all in the body of Christ. God Himself has said in His Word…Israel is Mine.
The Land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me (Leviticus 25:23)
I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. And I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God (Genesis 17:7-8)
For behold in those days and at that time when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgement with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land (Joel 3:1-2)
Have you not observed what this people have spoken, saying, “The two families which the Lord chose, He has rejected them?” Thus they despise My people, no longer are they as a nation in their sight. Thus says the Lord, “If My covenant for day and night stand not, and the fixed patterns of heaven and earth I have not established, then I would reject the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, not taking from His descendants rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them (Jeremiah 33:24-26)
God bless one and all, let us support Israel and the Jewish people
DECLARATION FROM PASTORS AND CHURCH LEADERS IN NORWAY
WE SPEAK AS CHRISTIAN LEADERS IN NORWAY. WE SPEAK AS LEADERS OF CHURCHES, MINISTRIES, MISSIONS, CHRISTIAN TV AND NEWSPAPERS IN NORWAY. WE REPRESENT THE DIFFERENT REGIONS IN NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST. WE REPRESENT THE TWO ORIGINAL ETHNIC GROUPS OF NORWAY: THE NORWEGIAN AND THE SAMI.
AS CHRISTIAN LEADERS IN NORWAY, WE REPENT AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS FOR NORWAY’S ATTITUDE BOTH IN CHURCH AFFILIATIONS AND ELSEWHERE IN OTHER SPHERES OF THE NORWEGIAN SOCIETY.
WE AS LEADERS FROM THE NORWEGIAN PEOPLE AND THE CHURCH IN NORWAY, AS WE REPENT WE ALSO PROCLAIM THAT WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO LEAD OUR NATION INTO CHANGE. IN GRATITUDE TO GOD AND TO THE ISRAELI NATION WE WANT TO SEE A CHANGE IN NORWAY.
Forgive us Israel, as a Nation:
FOR THE OSLO AGREEMENT, DIVIDING UP ERETZ ISRAEL.
FOR THE MONEY FROM NORWAY ENDING UP SUPPORTING TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS.
FOR NOT MOVING OUR EMBASSY FROM TEL AVIV TO ISRAEL’S ETERNAL UNDIVIDED CAPITAL CITY, JERUSALEM.
FOR NOT STANDING UP TO DEFEND ISRAEL IN A WORLD WITH INCREASING HOSTILITY.
FOR THE ANTI-SEMITIC AND ANTI-ZIONISTIC ATTITUDE FROM POLITICIANS AND MEDIA IN NORWAY.
Forgive us Israel, as a Church:
FOR NOT STANDING UP MORE CLEARLY TO STOP THE NORWEGIAN ANTI-ISRALI POLITICAL ATTITUDE.
FOR THE FACT THAT GREAT PARTS OF THE CHURCH HAS REJECTED ISRAEL’S ROLE IN GOD’S PLAN.
FOR OUR LUKEWARMNESS TOWARDS THE PERSECUTION THAT YOU HAVE SUFFERED.
FOR THE INDIFFERENCE TOWARDS YOU AS GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE.
FOR CHURCH LEADERS ANTI-ISRAELI AND ANTI-ZIONISTIC STATEMENTS AND OUR FEAR OF TAKING A STAND AGAINST THIS.
FOR ALLOWING REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY TO SPREAD IN THE CHURCHES.
WE, AS A NATION, HAVE A CALLING TO BE AMONG ISRAEL’S STRONGEST ALLIES! WE BELIEVE AND WILL PRAY, WORK FOR AND CALL FOR NORWAY TO STAND AS A STRONG FRIEND AND SUPPORTER OF ISRAEL THROUGH GENERATIONS TO COME!
We want to acknowledge that:
ISRAEL IS THE SPIRITUAL MOTHER OF THE CHURCH AND HAS GIVEN US THE HOLY SCRIPTURE, THE PROPHETS, THE APOSTLES AND EVEN THE MESSIAH HIMSELF, THAT HAS BROUGHT SALVATION TO THE WORLD. THE SPIRITUAL REJECTION OF ISRAEL HAS LED TO AN EXTENSIVE REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY BOTH IN THE NORWEGIAN LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SPREADING IN THE FREE CHURCHES. GOD HAS CONFIRMED HIS PROMISES TO ISRAEL. WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT GOD WILL KEEP HIS PROMISES TO BOTH ISRAEL AND THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. THE CULTURE AND TRADITION OF OUR NATION IS BASICALLY BUILT ON A FOUNDATION OF JUDEO-CHRISTIAN VALUE WITH CLEAR JEWISH ROOTS.
FORGIVE EVEN THE GREAT NUMBER OF FRIENDS OF ISRAEL AND GENERALLY THE CHURCH IN NORWAY THAT WE HAVE UP TILL NOW NOT VOICED OUR SUPPORT OF ISRAEL CLEARLY IN OUR NATION.
Forgive us Israel, as a Nation:
FOR THE STRONG FORCES AND LOUD VOICES THAT DEMANDS A BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL ON ALL LEVELS EVEN INTO TRADE.
FOR THE MONEY TRANSFERRED FROM THE NORWEGIAN STATE WHICH INDIRECTLY HAS BEEN USED TOWARDS THE SUPPORT OF TERRORISTS.
FOR THE MANY POLITICAL LEADERS THAT REPEATEDLY HAVE ANTI-ISRAELI COMMENTS AND OUR PASSIVITY NOT SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THEM.
FOR THE WIDESPREAD ANTI-ZIONISM IN MEDIA, TV, NEWSPAPERS, RADIO AND INTERNET.
FOR OUR CONSTITUTION THAT HINDERED JEWS TO ENTER THE KINGDOM UP TO 1851.
FOR SENDING JEWS OUT OF NORWAY INTO NAZI DEATH CAMPS DURING WWII.
FOR REJECTING JEWS TO COME TO NORWAY AFTER WWII.
FOR NEGLECTING TO GIVE ISRAEL CREDIT / HONOR FOR THE COUNTRY’S SUBSTANTIAL CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE BENEFIT OF HUMANITY. WITHOUT ISRAEL’S EFFORT, OUR HOSPITALS WOULD NOT FUNCTION AS THEY DO TODAY, NEITHER WOULD OUR COMPUTERS OR CELLPHONES.
FOR MAKING ALLIANCES WITH FORCES SEEKING TO DESTROY THE NATION OF ISRAEL. AS A NATION WE HAVE MADE ALLIANCES WITH FORCES THAT WANT TO DESTROY THE NATION OF ISRAEL. WE WANT, AS SPIRITUAL LEADERS IN NORWAY, TO BREAK THESE ALLIANCES.
THE OSLO AGREEMENT SEEKING TO DIVIDE THE LAND. THE AGREEMENT HAS LED TO A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF FUNDS TRANSFERRED FROM THE NORWEGIAN STATE TO PALESTINIAN GROUPS WHICH HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN TERROR. FOR OPEN FALSIFICATION OF HISTORIC FACTS AND SLANDERING OF ISRAEL.
We acknowledge that:
ISRAEL IS A GREAT BLESSING TO THE WORLD!
THE REVELATION OF GOD CAME THROUGH/FROM ISRAEL.
THE WORD OF GOD CAME THROUGH/FROM ISRAEL.
MESSIAH, OUR SAVIOR WAS BORN AS A JEW IN ISRAEL.
NORWEGIAN MEDIA HAS FOR YEARS GIVEN A BIASED/UNBALANCED COVERING OF THE CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST WITH A NOTICEABLE BIAS AGAINST ISRAEL.
THE ORGANIZATION OF SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE (OSCE) HAS REQUESTED THAT STEPS WILL BE TAKEN WHICH PREVENT THE DEMONIZATION OF ISRAEL IN THE NORWEGIAN MIDDLE EAST DEBATE.
ISRAEL ALSO TODAY IS A BLESSING TO AND FOR THE WORLD. ISRAEL IS A BLESSING IN THE SPIRITUAL, FINANCIAL, CULTURAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL AREAS, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER AREAS.
As leaders of the different churches in Norway we want in addition to proclaim:
NORWAY AS A NATION HAS A CALLING TO BLESS ISRAEL.
NORWAY AS A NATION HAS A CALLING TO HELP ISRAEL IN SECURING HER BORDERS.
NORWAY AS A NATION ACKNOWLEDGES THE JEWS’ RIGHT OF OWNERSHIP TO ERETZ ISRAEL.
WE, AS A NATION, HAVE A CALLING TO BE AMONG ISRAEL’S STRONGEST ALLIES.
WE BELIEVE AND WILL PRAY FOR, WORK FOR, AND CALL FOR NORWAY TO STAND AS A STRONG FRIEND AND SUPPORTER OF ISRAEL THROUGH GENERATIONS TO COME.
AS HENRIK WERGELAND, TRYGVE LIE, KÅRE KRISTIANSEN AND MANY OTHER FATHERS OF OUR NATION, WE WISH TO SEE A NATION AND A PEOPLE WHO BLESS THE NATION OF ISRAEL AND THE JEWS AS A PEOPLE.
“Those that bless Israel shall be blessed and those that curse Israel shall be cursed.” GENESIS 12.2
WE PRAY WITH ALL OF OUR HEARTS: “LORD, BLESS ISRAEL!”
SOURCE: The Jerusalem Connection
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