This past Friday evening and Sunday morning we had the pleasure of hosting special meetings with Willem Glashouwer, president of Christians for Israel International. The theme of the meetings was “Why Israel, Why End times, Why Jerusalem?”. Willem’s desire is to inform the church regarding God’s purpose and plan for the nation of Israel, or as he put it, to “convert the church regarding Israel”.

He clearly demonstrated from Scripture that God’s plan is to bring His people Israel back to the physical land from all over the earth. This is being borne out “from the north, the south, the east and the west” as Willem shared evidence, news stories and anecdotes regarding Jewish people performing aliyah – returning to the land of their forefathers, as promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

One notable point was that God has decided to use His elect servant, the Lord Jesus Christ, to accomplish this, as He uses Gentile nations and the church as His instruments in bringing Israel back to the land.

Willem also convincingly debunked the notion of a pre-tribulation rapture of the Church, comparing Scripture with Scripture to show how both Israel and the Church will endure this time of suffering before the return of Christ Jesus.

He pointed out that if God were not faithful to His covenant obligations to the nation of Israel, then we can have no confidence that He is going to be faithful to the Church, or to us as individual believers. Because God is displaying His great faithfulness to His people Israel, we can be assured He will be faithful to all who trust in Him.