In the story recorded in the Old Testament Book of Esther, Mordecai and Esther exposed a plot by Haman to exterminate the Jews. Esther risked her life by going to the king and “pleaded with him to avert the evil plan”(Esther 8:3). Previous to this, Esther had been admonished to not be silent because, “who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this”(4:14)? As Esther was, so are we as people living at the present time in history, “for such a time as this” to speak up for the Jews and not be silent. There are four reasons for doing so.
One, Israel has never been an aggressor nation, but has had to defend herself against enemies on every side. All through history the Jews have done nothing to justify continual persecution and hatred. In fact, just the opposite is true. It has sought peace.
In the 1967 Six-Day War Israel had an overwhelming victory with the help of supernatural miracles by their God of Abraham, who was on their side. Israel “gained enough land to triple its size, yet most of it they would willingly exchange in future peace agreements”(John Hagee, “Earth’s Last Empire”, Hatchette Book Group, 2020, pg. 18).
Two, Israel has been a blessing to the nations of the world in fulfillment of Genesis 12:1-3. The Jews have done much to advance civilization in science, technology, and health. Hagee points out that they have discovered compounds that disable cancer cells, developed the world’s first bone implant, invented new ways for paraplegics to walk, and have provided free heart operations to more than 5,000 children (Hagee, pgs. 44-45). This is just a small sample of what the Jews have done for humanity. Much more can be found through simple research.
Three, Israel is the focal point for Bible prophecy. Many of the world events given in Revelation and other Bible passages take place in Israel. For example, the building of the Third Temple (Rev.11:1-2), the two witnesses (Rev. 11:8), the anti-Christ taking his seat in the temple (II Thess. 2:4), and the rule of Jesus from Jerusalem, the future world capitol during the Millenial Age (Jeremiah 3:17).
Four, God is on the side of Israel in defending her militarily, as was seen in the Six-Day War. God has done supernatural acts to lead Israel to victory. I think we are going to see more of God’s hands in upcoming battles.
After all the thousands of years of history we are living at the end of the Church Age of Grace, “for such a time as this” to see prophecy fulfilled before our eyes. And Israel is at the center of it all. We have an obligation to keep awake and to warn others of things to come, sharing the gospel of God’s love and salvation, and to keep a watchful eye on Israel – to pray for the nation as a whole and that Jews will come to recognize Jesus of Nazareth as their Savior and Messiah.