Israel, My Beloved

I grew up in East London (UK not South Africa) just a 15 minute bus ride from a community of Orthodox Jews, my secondary school (Convent type) was smack bang in the middle of the same community so I had quite a bit of exposure to Jewish life.   Even though I could see the Jewish community, it was always from the perspective of an outsider, and even though many of my peers thought their behaviour strange and ridiculous, to me they held a certain type of mystique because they represented a physical connection with the God of the Bible.

As I got older and as I wandered from church to church, denomination to denomination I began to realise that every Christian that i met seemed to have a view about Israel and the Jewish people.  I found that many in mainstream Christianity tended to have a negative perspective of Israel which resulted in subtle signs of anti-Semitism whilst those who were either Jewish Believers or who had adopted the Hebrew roots belief were more likely to have a prideful and almost idolatrous perspective of Israel and ethnic Israel.  As a Messianic Believer I find both of these extremes upsetting, they are definitely not godly emotions or thoughts; but what does God think about Israel and who does He view as being Israel?  The answers to these questions are in the bible but I think we might be surprised by what is revealed and I hope that these answers will change our opinion about Israel and the Jewish people so that we become more aligned with God’s heart.

The Abrahamic Covenant

God promised Abraham 3 things and bound these promises in covenant with him, God promised Abraham that:

  1. all nations would be blessed in Abraham and his seed  (Gen 12: 1-7)
  2. Abraham would be the father of innumerable children (Gen 17: 1-8)
  3. that One of his seed would conquer our enemies and bless all nations (Gen 22: 15-18)

The first promise relates to physical or ethnic Israel, so Israel will be a blessing to all nations.  The second can not relate to ethnic Israel, so must relate to spiritual children which is confirmed in various places within the bible, so here we see an introduction of more children by faith into Abraham’s family.  The last promise relates to the Messiah who will bring peace to mankind and restore all things.  As promises 1 and 2 have not yet been fulfilled it stands to reason that the Abrahamic covenant is still in affect.  What has this got to do with us or Israel?  Well, it shows that there is still a physical or ethnic Israel and that they have a divine purpose in the world and in our life.  Secondly, as Christian/Believers we are not to separate ourselves from them because we are members of the same family.

What is the purpose of Ethnic Israel, what is God’s plan for the Jewish people?

Deuteronomy 7:6-8 reads

For you are a people set apart as holy for YHVH (the LORD) your God. YHVH your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his own unique treasure. YHVH didn’t set his heart on you or choose you because you numbered more than any other people – on the contrary, you were the fewest of all peoples. Rather, it was because YHVH loved you, and because he wanted to keep the oath which he had sworn to your ancestors, that YHVH brought you out with a strong hand and redeemed you from a life of slavery under the hand of Pharoah king of Egypt.

So we see that God’s love for Israel has nothing to do with the Old Covenant but the Abrahamic promise.

I once watched a Christian program called Prophecy Today (which is rare for me as I try not to watch TV at all) and a Messianic Jew was being interviewed.  The host asked this man why he thought Israel was so hated in the world, this was his response (please excuse my inaccurate memory).

Israel represents God’s promise to save mankind, while there is a Israel then there is the threat of this promise coming to fruition because Israel is instrumental to this plan being realised.  If there is no Israel, there is no hope, it proves God to be a liar and this will result in many people turning away from God and falling into sin which will lead them to ultimate death.  The plan of the enemy is to destroy Israel because of what it symbolises.

When I heard this, I knew that it was true, the devil hates Israel.  I have never seen a land so hotly fought over, I’ve never seen a people so misunderstood and vilified, I’m not saying that the Jewish people are perfect but are we?  Let me ask you a question?  Have you ever thought about why Believers are hated by the secular world, why amongst all faith systems in the world Christianity and Judaism are the ones people are most threatened by?  Have you ever wondered why Christians are persecuted so unremittingly?  The same reason for Israel is the same reason for Believers, because the Bible says that Israel will have more children, that those who were not a nation would also become His (God’s) people, true Born-again Believers are now grafted into Israel and as such we prove the validity of God’s word plus we are called to make disciples (bring in more and more Children)…Can you feel the enemy getting afraid?

I don’t want to go into too much depth concerning God’s plan for Israel (maybe some other day), but suffice to say that Israel has been given a mandate to be the one who suffers in order to bring the light of God’s glory to mankind.  You just need to read the prophets and the New Testament to know that even though Ethnic Israel has suffered in the past, it really is nothing to compare to what they will face before the Messiah’s return.  Let me just give you a snippet here:

Behold, the day of the YHVH cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city .

(Zechariah 14)

This is part of the destiny and purpose of Israel, to suffer so that God’s Kingdom will finally be ushered in.  Remember what Yeshua says, “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, ‘Baruch haba b’shem YHVH’ (Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord)” (Luke 13: 35), what type of suffering and pain would make Israel do a volte-face?  We (Believers) will not see the Messiah again until Israel utters these words as a heart-felt cry during that time of immense tribulation.

Zechariah 14 continues and says:

Then shall YHVH go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and YHVH my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

This is confirmed again in Matthew 24:

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

These images remind of 2 visions the Lord gave to me

When will all of this come to pass?

 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

Matthew 24: 32-33

The Fig tree is used symbolically for Israel in certain places within the Old Testament (Hosea 9:10, Jer. 24:5), so this scripture refers to when Israel begins to be Israel once more ie, a nation in their own land and when the fullness of the Gentiles is ripe (and all the trees) and ready for harvesting.  I hope that you can see that Israel is very much still a part of God’s plan, that He has not forgotten them, that He still loves them very much and wants to save them and that in His love for mankind He has made provision by causing Israel to have more sons and daughters in faithful believers of the Messiah.

So, if you have ever felt anything outside of love for Israel please repent on this because not only are you bringing a curse on to yourself, you are actually joining allegiance with the enemy and allowing him to manipulate you, also never forget that you have now been grafted into Israel and her ultimate destiny is your own too.

Pray for Israel and remember her in her daily struggles, pray for the Jewish people to find their Messiah because He loves them so deeply.  I don’t know how much time is left until the end but I do know that we could die tomorrow, so every second they spend away from their Messiah is the possibility of an eternity of suffering and separation.

Be blessed in Yeshua Messiah

And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.

And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

Zechariah 14: 8-9

Amen.

If you have questions about the relationship between Israel and the Church, this article goes into quite a bit of depth on this subject.

Watch 3 great videos to help you pray for Israel.

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14 thoughts on “Israel, My Beloved

  1. Hi Florence thank you for your message there is much to ponder on and looking at the Scriptures as a whole we do indeed see the full picture . God tells us in Scripture that the Jews as a Nation would turn away from Him and worship other God’s which they did, money being one, they also rejected Jesus as the Messiah which was also prophesied but like us all they will be saved if they come to heart repentance and as Romans tells us there will be a remnant that does and God will graft them in again. I have known a few Jews personally that have accepted Salvation through Christ Jesus and Wow they are just so committed and on fire for Him .

    Romans 9 :4-8 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

    Romans 9:26-27 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the Children of the living God. Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

    John 14:6-7 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    Christian Love Anne

  2. I adore your heart! Good post. If I may, I would like to note one thing.

    You said: “As promises 1 and 2 have not yet been fulfilled it stands to reason that the Abrahamic covenant is still in affect. ”

    In no way am I intending to argue your point, nor your conclusions you based on that point. Your message as a whole, as I said, is adorable. I would just like to present a perspective that shows how the 3 have been fulfilled.

    (1) All nations are blessed in Abraham and his seed; because of the work of Yeshua, all nations have access to the Holy One of Isra’el. His Spirit, His presence, and all his blessings. Because of the shed blood of our Messiah. Our freedom ‘has been’ purchased, the blessings belonging to Abraham ‘have come’ upon the nations; because of Messiah today we may receive the promised Spirit.

    Galatians 3:14 Our freedom has been thus purchased in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing belonging to Abraham may come upon the nations, so that through faith we may receive the promised Spirit.

    (2) And because of this fulfillment the children of Abraham are as innumerable as the stars in the sky and the sands on the seashore. Both Jews and Gentiles. One body in Messiah. Being formed from the creation of the world.

    (3) Yeshua, The Seed of Avraham ‘has’ conquered our enemies. He is our shield, strength and honor here in this world. In this world we are protected by God through His Spirit from the evil one, all believers. So, for all believers he has conquered our enemies, if we stand fast behind His Shield. The minute we move out and battle for ourselves we are doomed to be defeated.

    John 17:14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. 20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

    Our Master has requested that the evil one have no power over us. I believe his request is honored. We are not of this world, but we live in this world. As long as we remain One with the Father through the Spirit we remain sanctified in the truth of his word. And remain united with Messiah and the Father, through the Spirit. We know the evil one has no power against us, as we are united with the Almighty.

    He is in the process of making the enemy His footstool, but his power has gone out, his hand has been stretched out to save, and nothing the enemy can do will gain those in his hand. The enemy has lost the battle by the blood of the lamb, and has only more wrath to store up for himself as he seeks to devour those who have not yet made it to his hand.

    The only enemy left to conquer for God is death. The rest of our enemies have no power over those who are filled with the Spirit, our shield and comforter.

    Again, I loved reading another who has the heart for Isra’el and the understanding of God and his people. So I wanted to share with you my perspective on your 3 points so as to broaden your view of them.

    shalom in Messiah

    1. Amen, thanks sweet Debbie, a part of me feels like all the spiritual upheavel many believers are facing is directly linked to Israel, as she suffers so do we but I also feel like God is using all of this to strengthen us and prepare us in some way. There is a battle, it has been in the spiritual for a long while but now it seems to be seeping into the physical…. this is a immense time of sifting, refining and pruning, we are being tested in the heat to become battle ready.

  3. The LORD bless and keep you Florence… Your faith is wonderful!
    I have put a link to this page on my post today about “INTERCESSORS PRAY FOR ISRAEL”… which also touches on the divine protection /sealing of God and the restoration of the Sabbath truth as well.
    I don’t have all the answers, who does.. but it’s all food for thought.
    All will be revealed… we are here for such a time as this and it’s AMAZING!
    Blessings in Yeshua from Susan. (Australia)

  4. 🙂 Amen. The Word makes it clear over and over again that Israel is to be redeemed, and all its tribes. The Gentiles shall also join with Israel and become part of any tribe they wish.

    –The name Israel itself also is a prophetic name pointing to Yeshua who stands as a Prince before the Lord and sacrifices himself upon the mount for the sake of His people, Israel and those, us, who would be adopted. For the sheep shall be gathered together and shall become one fold. Be blessed continually and seek always the Heart of our Father and Lord who saves us

  5. Thank you for your courageous post. As you mention, this is a controversial subject. I would like to help us to consider our Palestinian Christian brothers and sisters, like Rev. Mitri Raheb in Bethlehem, who are experiencing persecution under the hand of Israeli’s. These need our prayers for protection from the ones you would privilege as Ethnic Israel. I think it would be difficult to determine who, of those occupying Israel-Palestine, have the blood of Avraham, Isaac, Jacob… in their veins. What about those have converted to the Jewish religion and claim the promises we agree belong to the heirs of Avraham?

    May I recommend a recent 60 Minutes program that is consistent with my own personal experience in Bethlehem and Hebron (http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7406228n&tag=contentMain;contentAux).

    I believe that in Jesus there is neither Jew nor Greek. And my hope is consistent with Psalm 89 – that the Land of Israel (Jerusalem) will be a city for all nations.

    1. Reply, thanks so much for the link which I will check out. Regardless of your ethnic identity, if you are a Believer in Christ/Yeshua then Israel is your homeland too. At the end of time, only those who are God’s own will inherit the earth including New Jerusalem it has nothing to do with nationality or what blood runs through your veins. I will watch the documentary and get back to you.

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