‘There’s none so blind as those who will not see,’ as the saying goes. This is certainly true of replacement theology within the worldwide Church.
It saves the Church a lot of empathy, sympathy, energy, time and money to believe that ‘Israel’ under the New Covenant is not referring to either the people of Israel or to the Land of Israel, but rather to the Church. This is wrong! Derek Prince, the great Christian statesman-like teacher of the 20th century, would say that in the Bible, “Israel is Israel and the Church is the Church“.
Because not all believe like Derek Prince, however, then empathy, sympathy, energy, time and money that could be given to aid the cause of Zion goes instead in all sorts of other directions. Not that God’s purpose for the Jews requires all the resources of the worldwide Church, nor even a significant part of it.
But if the whole Church were fulfilling her God-given obligation to assist the cause of Zion, then at least the little that each church could set aside for Israel would far outweigh that which is currently being given. I believe that in the coming years we should expect to see, indeed pray for:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for the salvation of everyone who believes, of the Jew first and of the Greek as well. – Romans 1:16
More and more Church leaders, pastors and teachers coming to see the full light of the gospel shining through the cracks of replacement theology and Palestinian liberation theology. They should start to see that the gospel they once received was only half of what the Bible has given. The full revelation that the good news (the gospel) was given to the Jews first and then to the Gentiles (Romans 1:16) should so impact them that the response would be equally dramatic.
- As the wider Church around the world begins to see the full light of the gospel, an unprecedented
increase in support for the Jewish nation will take place.
And now, says the Lord, who formed you from the womb as his servant to bring Jacob back to him so that Israel might be gathered to him — and I am honored in the Lord’s sight and my God has been my help – he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Israel and bring back those of Jacob I have preserved. I’ll also make you as a light to the nations, to be my salvation to the ends of the earth.” – Isaiah 49:5-6
This gospel Paul wrote about was first mentioned in the prophets: salvation to the ends of the earth for the Gentiles (Isaiah 49:6b), but a more universal salvation for the nation of Israel. A salvation that would begin with God gathering Israel to Himself (Isaiah 49:5-6a) in the greatest gathering of Jewish people to their God-given
Land ever witnessed in history.
This would simply be the prerequisite of the gathered nation being gathered to their Shepherd in a spiritual awakening and revival mentioned in such places as Ezekiel 37:1-14; 39:25-29; Zechariah 12:10; Romans 11:15 & 26. [expand title=”Show these scriptures” swaptitle=”Hide these scriptures” trigpos=”below”]
I will pour out on the house of David and on the residents of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and of supplications, and they will look to me — the one whom they pierced. – Zacariah 12:10
For if their rejection results in reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance bring but life from the dead? Romans 11:15
In this way, all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion; he will remove ungodliness from Jacob.” Romans 11:26
The Lord laid his hand on me and brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord to the middle of a valley that was filled with bones. He led me here and there throughout the valley, and I was amazed to see that the surface of the entire valley was covered with myriads of very dry bones! The Lord asked me, “Son of Man, will these bones ever live?”
“Lord God,” I replied, “you know the answer to that!”
Then the Lord told me, “Prophesy to these bones. Tell them: ‘You dry bones, listen to the message from the Lord: This is what the Lord God says to you dry bones! ‘Pay attention! I’m bringing my Spirit into you right now, and you’re going to live! I’m going to grow tendons on you, regenerate your flesh, cover you with skin, and make you breathe again so that you can come back to life and learn that I am the Lord.'”
So I prophesied, just as I had been ordered to do so. Immediately there was a noise and a rattling — and then all of a sudden the bones came together by themselves! Each bone came together, all of them attached together! As I continued to watch, I saw tendons growing on the bones, and muscles growing and covering them, and then skin covered the flesh from above. But the bodies weren’t breathing. Then he ordered me, “Prophesy to the Spirit, Son of Man. Tell the Spirit, ‘This is what the Lord God says: “Come from the four winds, you Spirit, and breathe into these people who have been killed, so they will live.'” So I prophesied as I had been ordered, breath entered them, and they began to live. They stood on their own feet as a vast, united army.
“These bones represent the entire house of Israel,” the Lord explained to me. “Look how they keep saying, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our future is lost. We’ve been completely eliminated!’ “Therefore prophesy to them, and tell them, ‘Watch me! I’m going to open your graves, lift you out of those graves, and bring my people back into the land of Israel. Then you’ll learn that I am the Lord, when I’ve opened your graves and caused you to come up out of them, my people. I’m going to place my Spirit in you all, and you will live. I’ll place you all into your land, and you’ll learn that I, the Lord, have been speaking and doing this,’ declares the Lord.'” – Ezekiel 37:1-14
“Therefore this is what the Lord God has to say: ‘I’m going to restore the resources of Jacob and show mercy to the entire house of Israel. I’ll be zealous for my own reputation and for my holiness.
They’ll forget their shame and all of their unfaithfulness by which they behaved so unfaithfully toward me. They will live on their land in confidence, not in fear. When I bring them back from the nations and gather them together from the lands that belong to their enemies, I will demonstrate my holiness through them right in front of the eyes of the world, and they will learn that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into exile and who gathered them back to their land. I will not leave any of them remaining in exile. I’ll no longer hide my presence from them again when I pour out my Spirit on the house of Israel,’ declares the Lord God.” – Ezekiel 39:25-29
The Church needs to see this. She must see that the present re-gathering of the Jewish people to their biblical
land is the forerunner of their national revival. Some Christians would argue, ‘But the returning Jews are not coming to faith in Jesus.’ Others with more understanding of scripture will say, ‘They are being re-gathered to their holy land in anticipation of the greatest altar call ever!’
“For on my holy mountain, on Israel’s high mountains,” declares the Lord God, “the whole of Israel’s house — all of it — will serve me there in the land. I’ll accept them there. And there I’ll demand your offerings, the first fruits of your portions of all your sacred things. – Ezekiel 20:40
Scripture is clear that it is the Lord’s desire for the Jewish people to come home. Jeremiah 32:41 passionately declares: ‘Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul.’ If, therefore, we become involved with aliyah we are cooperating with the desire of His heart. This verse also reveals the amazing and glorious love of the Heavenly Father towards His people.
The Lord will reveal Himself to Israel in their own land (Ezekiel 20:40). The place of their rejection will be the place of their acceptance. When we see this we understand the importance of Christians supporting the current worldwide re-gathering of the Jewish people. Our assisting them to go home is actually ‘looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along’ (2 Peter 3:12, NLT).
esperando y apresurando la venida del día de Dios, en el cual los cielos serán destruidos por fuego y los elementos se fundirán con intenso calor! – 2 Pedro 3:12
Those who help Jewish people make aliyah in these last days are doing so in fulfilment of scriptures such as: ‘The
LORD will have compassion on Jacob; once again he will choose Israel and will settle them in their own land. Aliens
will join them and unite with the house of Jacob. Nations will take them and bring them to their own place…’ (Isaiah 14:1-2); ’they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders’ (Isaiah 49:22); and ‘For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings’ (Romans 15:27).
May God permit us to see the full light of the gospel!
However, the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and will once again choose Israel. He will settle them in their own land, and foreigners will join them, affiliating themselves with the house of Jacob. Many nations will take them and bring them to their land and their own place. The house of Israel will put those nations to conscripted labor in the Lord’s land. They will take captive those who were their captors, and will rule continually over those who oppressed them. – Isaiah 14:1-2
For this what the Lord says, “Watch! I’ll lift up my hand to the nations and raise my banner to the peoples. They will bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters will be carried on their shoulders.” – Isaiah 49:22
Yes, they were eager to do this, and in fact they are obligated to help them, for if the gentiles have shared in their spiritual blessings, they are obligated to be of service to them in material things. – Romans 15:27