The nation of Israel almost came to a complete stop Tuesday afternoon September 25th in observance of Judaism’s holiest day of the year.
Yom Kippur began Tuesday evening and ended Wednesday at sundown. During this period of time, the country as a whole stopped air traffic coming and going, ceased operation of buses and trains, and closed all border crossings. Restaurants, businesses and schools were closed, government ministries were idle, and Israeli television and radio stations were silent. Highways and roads were emptied almost entirely of their vehicles. Yom Kippur is a national holiday for secular, non-Jews as well as practicing Jews and the orthodox.
This is the Jewish day of atonement, the day on which devout Jews ask God for forgiveness.
This is also the day Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chose to describe Israel as a “fake government” before the United Nations and claimed that Israel continues to threaten Iran over its nuclear program even though the program is intended solely as a domestic source of energy, they say.
In the past, Ahmadinejad has called for the destruction of Israel and its annihilation from the face of the earth.
There can be little doubt that from a worldly point of view the future is uncertain for Israel and her allies. However, we have the promises of God as they relate to Israel. He will never leave her or reject her. The Jews will always be His people and He their God. The land will be theirs forever. As for her allies, God promises in Genesis 12:3 that He will “bless those who bless you [Israel] and curse those who treat you [Israel] with contempt…” (NLT)
Now, more than ever, is the day to stand alongside Israel in her fight to survive as a nation.
References: Joshua 1:5, Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 17:8, Genesis 35:11-12, Leviticus 26:12