“In that case, I say, isn’t it that God has repudiated his people?” Heaven forbid! (Romans 11:1)
10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples–of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious. 11 In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea. 12 He will raise a signal for the nations and will assemble the banished of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. (Isaiah 11) **See page The Return of The King
The topic of weather or not God has moved beyond Israel, or that Israel is to be replaced by the Church is forever being discussed in Messianic Judaism and Christianity. Yisrael is the heart of God, his treasured possession, right down to the land. It is the physical representation of our spiritual relationship with God. Yeshua united with the Father came down to live and dwell among us in the land. In order to unite us all together as one, where he is so shall we be. Yisrael is our promised home, the physical seed of Avraham. It was formed by God and is the place where he dwells among his people in love.
And in union with us, the nations too will know the glory of God. And receive what was promised through Avraham, to be included in the covenant made through him. That Avraham would have more offspring than the stars in the sky, as nations and kings will all come from him. And that the Land from the River of Egypt to the River Euphrates was Avraham’s and his physical descendants. He will be our God and we will be his people, in an everlasting covenant.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. 2 I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”
Here God is confirming the promise he made in Gen 15 that Avraham would have as many offspring as there are stars in the sky, if you could count them.
3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.
One part of the covenant says Avraham will be the father of many nations, and kings will come from him. (Gentiles)
7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”
Another part of the covenant says Avraham’s physical descendants will forever have ADONAI as God, and will receive the whole of the Land as an everlasting possession.
The Land is Avraham’s and his physical children’s forever, and He is our God, forever. (Israel/Jews)
9 Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner–those who are not your offspring. 13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. 14 Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”
And yet another part of the covenant says Avraham’s physical descendants are to be circumcised as a sign of the covenant. Not only his physical descendents but anyone who would live in/under his household.
What follows is a paraphrasing commentary of the Torah and the Prophets in regards to what God has said about us, and our eventual return to our place in His heart.
We know that we have been scattered among the people of the nations. And that the curse of the Torah is upon us. We have been made without Land and Nation. Though in our day, a miracle is occurring through the modern state of Israel. But the Spirit is not yet „returned‟ as promised. His anointed have yet to be placed in their Land. We are still waiting to be gathered out of the nations. (Deut 4:25-28)
From here in the nations we will seek ADONAI our God; and we are finding Him! In our distress, in the world that came about after Israel‟s exile, we are returning to ADONAI our God and listening to what he says. He has not failed us, nor destroyed us. Nor has he forgotten the covenant he made with our ancestors which he swore to them. He has had mercy on us! As we have searched after him with all our hearts. (Deut 4:29-31)
Indeed, there has never before in all of God‟s creation been anything as wonderful as the way God loved our ancestors and chose them to be a nation among the nations. He gave us the Torah so that it would go well with us and that we may prolong our days in the Land ADONAI our God is giving us forever. (Deut 4:32-40)
A tree of life has arisen in Tziyon, and the Spirit of ADONAI rests on him. He stands as a banner for all the people. And when he comes back and rests, he will be glorious! On that day Adonai will raise his hand again, a second time, to reclaim the remnant of his people who remain. He will hoist a banner for the nations, assemble the dispersed of Yisra’el, and gather the scattered of Y’hudah from the four corners of the earth. (Isaiah 11:1-16)
So don‟t be afraid, because he has redeemed us; and called us by our name. “You are mine”, he says. When we pass through water, he will be with us; when we pass through rivers, they will not overwhelm us; when we walk through fire, we are not scorched – the flame does not burn us. He is ADONAI, our God, the Holy One of Israel, our Savior!! He regards us as valued and honored. He loves us! And he is with us. He will bring us from the east, and will gather us from the west. He will say to the north, „Give them up!” and to the south, „Don‟t hold them back! Bring my sons from far away, and my daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone who bears his name, who he created for his glory. He made us ALL!! (Isaiah 43:1-7)
The time is coming when he will gather together all the nations and they will come and see his glory. He will give them a sign. He will send a remnant to many nations throughout the world where the glory of God has not been made known. There in the nations this remnant will proclaim the glory of God; and they will bring all our kinsmen out as an offering to ADONAI. We will be brought back to Yerushalayim, says, ADONAI. Because just as the new heavens and the new earth that he is making will continue in his presence, so will the descendants and the name of Israel continue! (Isaiah 66:18-24)
We will rebuild the ancient ruins, restore sites long destroyed. Strangers will work for us, and we will be called cohanim of ADONAI, spoken of as ministers to our God. Who will be faithful to reward us and make an eternal covenant with us. We and our children will be known among the nations; all who see us will say that we are the seed ADONAI has blessed. (Isaiah 61 4-9)
ADONAI will not destroy us, never! He will bring us to his Land, his mountains, and we will posses them and be his servants. (Isaiah 65:8-10)
Our King will come and succeed; he will do what is just and right in the land. When he comes, Y‟hudah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety. He will be called ADONAI our righteousness. And the day will come when people no longer swear, „As ADONAI lives, who brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt, but, „As ADONAI lives, who brought the descendants of the house of Israel up from the land to the north and from all the countries where he drove us. Then we will live in our own land. (Jeremiah 23:1-8)
Jeremiah 33:25-26 25 Here is what ADONAI says: ‘If I have not established my covenant with day and night and fixed the laws for sky and earth, 26 then I will also reject the descendants of Ya’akov and of my servant David, not choosing from his descendants people to rule over the descendants of Avraham, Yis’chak and Ya’akov. For I will cause their captives to come back, and I will show them compassion.'”
Yes, God has removed to the nations and scattered us among the countries; nevertheless, he has been a little sanctuary for us here in the nations we have gone. So, ADONAI says he will gather us from the peoples and collect us from the countries where we have been scattered, and he will give the land of Israel to us. There we will remove all of our disgusting ways, and he will give us unity of heart. He will put a new spirit within us, removing the hearts of stone. We will live by his ways and act by them. We will be his people, and he will be our God. (Ezekiel 11:14-20)
Ezekiel 37:21-28 Adonai ELOHIM says: ‘I will take the people of Isra’el from among the nations where they have gone and gather them from every side and bring them back to their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Isra’el; and one king will be king for all of them. They will no longer be two nations, and they will never again be divided into two kingdoms. 23 “‘They will never again defile themselves with their idols, their detestable things, or any of their transgressions; but I will save them from all the places where they have been living and sinning; and I will cleanse them, so that they will be my people, and I will be their God. 24 My servant David will be king over them, and all of them will have one shepherd; they will live by my rulings and keep and observe my regulations. 25 They will live in the land I gave to Ya’akov my servant, where your ancestors lived; they will live there – they, their children, and their grandchildren, forever; and David my servant will be their leader forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant. I will give to them, increase their numbers, and set my sanctuary among them forever. 27 My home will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.
28 The nations will know that I am ADONAI, who sets Isra’el apart as holy, when my sanctuary is with them forever.'”
After reading these verses I always feel a huge sense of love and peace, knowing this is what God says he will do with/for us. THIS IS HIS PROMISE to US, ISRAEL! And when I realize this is the heart of God, I cry with joy. May you all feel the same.
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