Sunday, May 19, 2013

THE LAND OF ISRAEL BELONGS TO NATURAL AND GRAFTED IN ISRAELITES


In the war of ideologies that is raging around and within the nation of Israel, in America, and in all the other nations of the world, a very important point often gets overlooked. This is the fact that the land of Israel belongs to ALL of Israel. This includes the Jews or Judah, but also the Lost Israelite Tribes, as well as all the grafted in Israelites who are considered to be the Seed of Abraham or the Promise by their faith in Yahshua. As the Apostle Paul said:
~*~ Galatians 3:27-29 ~*~ 
“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
In this passage of Scripture, Yahshua referred to Abraham, who was an uncircumcised Shemite named Abram when God first made the promise to give the land of Israel to Him:
~*~ Genesis 12:1-3 ~*~ 
“Now the Lord had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth
shall be blessed.”
What this means is that every single person who has faith in YHWH, the God of Abram and Abraham, and believes that Yahshua is the Son of God and our Messiah and Bridegroom, is a heir to this promise. However, they must never forget that they are joint heirs of the promise with the Jews! As Scripture says, all of Israel - both natural and grafted in - are heirs to this promise, and they don't need to become Jews to inherit it. Instead, to become heirs of the promise, both Jews and Gentiles need to follow Yahshua in Spirit and in Truth:
~*~ Romans 11:19-24 ~*~
“You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?”
As this Scripture says, due to the unbelief of the Jews, the Gentiles or Wild Olive Tree branches are being grafted into the Cultivated Olive Tree signifying the Jews. Therefore, if it was not for the unbelief of the Jews in accepting Yahshua as their Messiah, there would be no way for the Gentiles to be grafted in to inherit the promises made to Abraham. So we who were born Gentiles, but now believe in Yahshua owe an enormous debt to the Jews, or Natural Israel for their unbelief! Yahshua also illustrated this truth with “The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers” (Matthew 21:33-46; Luke 20:9-19).

On the other hand, we also need to remember that, in order to be saved, the Jews also need to accept Yahshua and follow Him to be grafted back into the Cultivated Olive Tree that they have been cut off of for rejecting their Messiah. But, as Scripture points out, the Jews are a very stiff-necked people (Exodus 33:3-6;  Deuteronomy 9:5-7; Acts 7:51-52). So it will take nothing less than the terror of the Great Tribulation to get them to accept Yahshua as their Messiah! This is the truth, no matter how upsetting this might be to Jews or their supporters.

The fact is that when Yahshua returns and sets up His Millennial Kingdom, He will enlarge Jerusalem to include much of what is now the land of Israel, and He will also absorb the surrounding Arab and Muslim nations as part of the new Kingdom of Israel under His rule. This will make Israel large enough for representatives of all those who love Yahshua from every people and nation on Earth to reside there one day, including the Jews.

During Yahshua's Millennial reign, there are Scriptures that indicate that the land of Israel will be greatly enlarged, reaching to the Nile River in Egypt to the south, then northward all the way to the Euphrates River just north of Syria:
~*~ Isaiah 19:22-25 ~*~
“And the Lord will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the Lord, and He will be entreated by them and heal them. In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria - a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.’” 
The new Kingdom of Israel will therefore mimic the size of the ancient Kingdom of Israel during King David's reign
~*~ Deuteronomy 11:24 ~*~
“Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea, shall be your territory.”
This passage is also mirrored in Joshua 1:4, indicating that the land that Israel now occupies is indeed the property of all Israel, just as Yahweh God promised. Because it will be greatly enlarged one day soon, many resurrected believers will be able to make their home in the re-established Kingdom of Israel. I’m looking forward to that day. But in the meantime, all believers must remember that the Jews are going to be a part of the Kingdom of God one day, no matter what! So it's up to us to love them into it, just as Yahshua asked us to do when He said:
~*~ Matthew 5:43-45 ~*~
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
In the case of the Jews, the rain that is falling on them is the blessings of the Holy Spirit, and it is our duty as believers to love whomever the Holy Spirit loves, and to protect and guide them to the truth until all who can be are saved in the Kingdom of God. This mandate does not depend on whether the Jews are Jews by blood, or if only their culture is intrinsically Jewish. We are still commanded to love them, even if they despise us, and this also holds true for the Muslim nations surrounding Israel, who actually are currently enemies of God, Jews and Christians everywhere. We need to love them into the Kingdom too, and preach the Gospel to them whenever and wherever we can - just as Yahshua did, and asked us to do:
~*~ Mark 13:9-11 ~*~
“You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. 11 But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.”
As for those attacking Israel by saying they are not really Jews by blood, a Jew is also a Jew by faith, and many Jews still keep their religious traditions - whether they have faith in God or not. We therefore owe it to God to love Judah as it exists today, just as God loves the rest of the Lost Israelites, even though many of them don't know who they really are. Until we all know who we are in God's Kingdom, may our Father God Yahweh in Heaven and His Son Yahshua fill us all with divine peace and, and help us to love our enemies by preaching the Gospel to them.

Hallelu-Yah, and Maranatha! Yahshua is coming soon!

Love and Blessings from
Your Sister in Yahshua,
Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry
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