Each time we meet with Arab
Christian leaders, whether here in Israel, or in the context of Global
Gatherings, there are new levels of revelation about God's destiny
for Arabs and Jews. At the recent Gathering in Jerusalem, one of the Arab
pastors pointed out that there are only four people in the Bible who were
given names before their birth: Ishmael, Isaac, John the Baptist and
The pastor saw a parallel between Isaac and Yeshua, and therefore a
parallel between Ishmael and John the Baptist. In other words,
the destiny of the Arab Christian community is to pave the way for end
time revival, the Messianic remnant in Israel and the Second Coming,
in a similar manner to John preparing the way for Yeshua's first
Focussing on the Positive
There were many sins and mistakes in the personal biographies of our
forefathers, including Hagar and Ishmael and Abraham and Sarah. Despite
these sins and mistakes, God still has a destiny for the Jewish people
and for the Arabs as well. We have a great challenge to look past the
negative histories of our peoples in order to find God's positive
destiny for each.
Even the thought that the Arab peoples have a positive destiny, is
scandalous to some of us as Jews.
Perhaps in a similar way, even the thought that the Jewish people have
a positive destiny is scandalous to some Christians and Arabs.
The destiny of Ishmael and the Arab peoples is connected to the Jewish
people because of the Messianic covenant that came through Isaac.
Messianic Jews and Arab Christians need one another.
Ishmael was circumcised into the Abrahamic covenant before Isaac was even
born. God promised to bless him; and named him before his birth because
He had a pre-destined plan for his life. One Egyptian pastor shared with
me that Ishmael, and therefore the Arab peoples today, were destined to
be Isaac's protective "big brother". Ishmael was strong,
warrior-like and prosperous.
Today's Arab Christian leaders are beginning to see a divine calling
to help the Messianic Jewish community in Israel, and to recognize
God's covenant purpose for the nation of Israel. Let us remember
that in every nation God's destiny is not found in the "unbelieving
majority" but in the "believing minority". This is true for Europe, for
Asia, for America, for Africa, for the Arabs and for the Jews.
The Arab peoples have a positive destiny that was pre-destined by God.
That destiny is not found in Islamic extremism or politics, but in the
Christian Arab community: the born-again, Spirit-filled,
Bible-believing remnant present in each nation. We are in covenant with
them through our mutual faith in Yeshua, and we believe they will stand
with us and our nation in the difficult times ahead.
This article was previously published on November
on the Revive Israel website and on November 24th
here on Kehila News Israel