Jubilee Weekly February 5, 2019

“Israel”

I love Israel and the Jewish people. I have been there about ten times and have witnessed first-hand the determination of these people to survive. I feel sorry for any individual or nation that speaks against these people. God chose this nation many years ago to be a witness to the world of what it is like for people to be in a right relationship with him.

God will bless any individual or nation that blesses Israel. By the same token, He will judge any individual or nation that opposes His people. I am convinced that the reason America has been blessed, in so many ways, is because we have stood with this tiny nation of slightly more than seven million people.

Land size, Israel is hardly larger than our third smallest state of New Jersey, It is 260 miles, at its longest point, and 60 miles at its widest and 3 miles at its narrowest.

They have never possessed all the land that God had deeded to them. One day, they will. When that time comes, they will control present day Israel, Lebanon, the West bank of Jordan and considerable portions of Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. You can understand why those nations would like to destroy Israel.

In Isaiah 11:11, the LORD said, “It shall come to pass in that day that the LORD shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left.” I believe that prophecy and promise began to be fulfilled on May 14, 1948, when the United States voted to recognize the new state of Israel.

In Ezekiel 36:24, He promised “I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.”

I think it is intriguing how Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would have an appointment role in the future of Israel and the nations of the world.

“There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse. And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD.” (Isaiah 11:1-2)

Folks, this promise was fulfilled in John 1:32 when Jesus amazed all who heard Him. “And John (the Baptist) bore witness, saying, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.’”

Jesus and the Jews are inseparable. In John 1:10-12, we read, “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know him. He came to his own and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God…”

God is not done with Israel. When He first came, He didn’t fit the picture they had in mind for their promised Messiah, so they rejected Him and ultimately, He was crucified. Death could not keep its grip on Him and three days after His crucifixion, he was resurrected.

Several weeks after He returned alive, He returned to heaven with the promise, “I will return. I will come back” and folks — He will!

Listen to what John recorded in Revelation 1:7,
“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him.
And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.”

When Christ returns, Israel and the whole world will see Him for Who He is and for what He is and for what He has done for us and we will all mourn, but we will also rejoice as we recognize Him for Who He is and what He had accomplished for us.

Listen to the words of Jesus Christ in Revelation 22:20 − “Surely, I am coming quickly.”
Our response should be – “Amen. Even so come, Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:20b

He is not done with Israel and He is not done with you or me.

Glory to God,
Pastor Leonard