Millions of Evangelical Christians Pray for Israel

Evangelical pastors, parliament members, and leaders from across the globe gathered at the Knesset in Jerusalem to proclaim their support for Israel during a meeting of the Caucus, which was also attended by Knesset Members from across the political spectrum.

The representatives reported Wednesday that millions of evangelical Christians around the world are supporting and constantly praying for Israel.

"We see Israelis as our spiritual mothers and fathers. It's an honour for us to be here," Pastor Norman Miller of Australia said. "We love your God, Israel," Miller told the meeting, to a round of warm applause.

"The line between the political and the biblical is disappearing," Josh Reinstein, Director of the Caucus, told the meeting. "Around the world, we see the rise of radical Islam come against our Judeo-Christian values, and we must meet it with a well organised response," Reinstein said. "We formed the Christian Allies Caucus to coordinate, cooperate and communicate with our Christian allies around the world... we want to work with you, and we thank you for your support," he told delegates.

Reinstein noted that modern events were shaping up to fit well with Torah prophecies. "If you can read the newspaper, than you can read the Torah, because things are coming into place like people have predicted many years before us."

"This isn't just a time to shake hands... this is really the start of a relationship, of a political relationship, and that means an economic relationship, a social cooperation, and that also means political support for the State of Israel," he said.

Addressing concerns voiced by some about an alliance with evangelical Christianity, Reinstein said: "Of course we have to be vigilant to make sure that we're not working with organisations that are just befriending us to convert us, but what we are doing is finding real friends and creating real relationships, so we can promote each other.

"Evangelical Christians around the world are the greatest friends Israel has. And for us to turn our noses at them because of past transgressions is a ridiculous idea... the relationship between Jews and Christians in the 21st century is going to be the most important issue of our time, I think."

Reinstein said concerns about the evangelical belief in the second coming of Jesus were unfounded: "We also have our own beliefs. For our purpose, it's completely irrelevant. If you're a Jew and you're concerned about what's going to happen in the Christian faith, you're not really a practicing Jew, because that's something you shouldn't be concerned about."