“Unless Yahweh builds a house, its builders labour at it in vain. Unless Yahweh guards a city, a guard watches in vain”. Psalm 127:1, LEB
Unless YAHWEH builds our nation all those nation-building efforts by anyone are in vain. Unless YAHWEH blesses us with safety, prosperity and peace in our country, we will never be a safe, prosperous and peaceful nation. “Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, with whom there is no change or shifting shadow.” James 1:16-17 BSB The only hope for South Africa is YAHWEH. When He blesses us, we will be a truly blessed, prosperous and peaceful nation. All the good things such as peaceful national unity, safety and prosperity for all citizens, economic development and good inter-racial relations can be received only if YAHWEH gives them to us. These and many other good and beautiful things we all desire are blessings of God which only God Himself can provide. Choice is ours. We can choose “life and prosperity” or “death and destruction” (Deut 30:11-20). If we choose “life and prosperity” and humbly submit ourselves to the statutes of YAHWEH, He will bless us. If, however, we choose to ignore His ordinances and do the exact opposite of what He asks, we will be cursed. Our economy will get so bad that the petrol and diesel prices will go up every month and unemployment will increase. We will be scared to walk on our own streets because of crime. Our people will attack and harm each other like mad dogs. There will be no water in our taps; no food in our kitchens; no fuel in our cars. We will be scared to sleep in our own houses because of the fear of our neighbours coming in and harming us in our sleep. Our government leaders will harm and abuse us and use our national resources for their personal interests while our people get poorer and poorer day by day. Our children will go astray, some serving foreign gods, some becoming homosexuals, some others killing their own babies. We will be a hopeless and miserable nation in our own land. The other nations of the world will talk of us as a cursed nation, a cursed country. Furthermore, wicked and evil men from other countries of the world will come to exploit us. They will take over everything we have built, they will use and abuse our national resources and even our children and we will be powerless to stop them. Eventually, our country will be ruined, our nation will be wasted. We will cease to exist as a nation and the remnants of our people will be scattered all over the world as strangers. To receive His blessing, however, we have to be in a good standing with YAHWEH and do what He asks. Claiming to be Christians, going to church meetings and babbling the name of Jesus Christ will not do it. YAHWEH is not stupid to be fooled by anyone's babblings and fruitless religious practices. If we want His blessing, we have to literally do what He says. Among other requirements such as Deuteronomy 6:4-7, one of the most important prerequisites for receiving the blessings of YAHWEH is that we bless and maintain a good relationship with His chosen people Israel (Jewish People). “The nation is like a mighty lion; When it is sleeping, no one dares wake it. Whoever blesses Israel will be blessed, And whoever curses Israel will be cursed.” Numbers 24:9 GNT But the nations that are against Israel will be cursed. The nations that condemn, boycott and attack Israel will be cursed. The nations that join hands with the enemies of Israel will be cursed. The nations that do not want to maintain a good relationship with Israel or support Israel will be cursed. Furthermore, those nations will be utterly destroyed. “For the nation or kingdom that won’t serve you (Israel) will perish; yes, those nations will be utterly destroyed.” Isaiah 60:12. Sadly, our South African nation is plagued with both spiritual and political anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism. Many of our churches subscribe to “replacement theology”, i.e. they do not acknowledge Jews as God’s chosen people and refuse to bless them. They claim that Christians are the new chosen people of God, replacing Jews - thus the phrase “replacement theology”. At the same time, our government and the majority of our politicians are among the enemies of Israel. At every opportunity they curse and condemn Israel. Long ago they befriended the enemies of Israel and co-operated with them to curse and bring about the destruction of the state of Israel. Economically, our nation is also a friend to the enemies of Israel, together with them attempting to boycott Israel with the intention of causing financial damage to Jews. It is ironic that nearly 80% of our population claims to be Christians, believing in the God of Jews, yet our nation is champion of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism in Africa and beyond. How can we expect to be blessed by the God of the Jews while we keep cursing and undermining Israel? All in all, our South Africa is an internationally distinguished enemy of Israel on almost all fronts. I hope you can now see why our nation is in the terrible state that it is. Because of our deep enmity against Israel, because of our endless pronouncements of curses and condemnation against Israel, because of our alliance with and support of the enemies of Israel, our nation has been receiving curses upon curses, instead of blessings of YAHWEH, the God of Jews. If we humble ourselves, repent, realign ourselves with Israel, cut our ties with the enemies of Israel, gladly and joyfully bless and support Israel, then the God of Jews will bless us and restore our land. He will make us prosperous and give us safety and peace in our land. Otherwise, it will only go from bad to worse, every new President we will get will be worse than the previous one. Crime and corruption in our land will make life unbearable for all of us. Like a bunch of mad dogs, we will devour one another. If we want to receive the blessing of the God of Jews, we must first bless the Jews of God. If you begin to understand the gravity of this problem and you have not yet been blessing Israel, sincerely and joyfully, repent now and start to bless Israel and Jewish people. If you have already been aware of this problem and are in agreement with what I say here, then you can pray and ask God to make South Africa a friend of Israel. Please also prayerfully consider what can you do practically to make a difference on this matter. If you would like to join one of our intercession groups which regularly come together to intercede for and bless Israel and pray for God’s mercy and intervention for South Africa, please let us know via an email. When our nation becomes a true friend and a true blessing to Israel, then God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will bless us as a nation. May South Africa be a true friend and a blessing to Israel.