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GOD IS REDEEMING ISRAEL TODAY: THE FIRST AND THE LAST – 19 Mar 2011

YHVH God is the same God today as in the days of Mordecai and Esther, acting sovereignly and “behind the scenes” to watch over His people, while also performing His word.

Rom 1:16   For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Messiah, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first, and also for the Greek.
–historic precedence (Mt 10:5-6; 15:24; Acts 3:26; 13:46)
–not a personal obligation
–primarily about the demonstration of God’s power in saving, delivering, setting free the Chosen People, with the pride of life and the stronghold of religious self-righteousness  (consider also Rom 2:9-10 judgment and honor to the Jew first)

Balfour Declaration   “the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people” (see Ezek 36:23-25)
–significant for us today:  not a Jewish state, but a state for the Jewish people
–Jewish, Zionist state excludes from its understanding believers in Yeshua/Jesus as Messiah, the Son of God.
–Judaism (Pharasaic, Talmudic, Rabbinic) rejects Jesus as being God’s Anointed One, and of salvation by grace, through faith in YHVH and in His Word
–rejection and hostility to Jesus and the gospel, and of the righteousness of God
–works of law; self-righteousness; seeks man’s approval; uncircumcised heart
–Today the world is actively working to nullify the Balfour Declaration.
–God used man and the world powers to carry out His sovereign will for bringing back the Jewish people to the Land of promise, both in 1917 and in 1947.

Gen 15:16    “But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet   complete.”  (see also with respect to God not being a respecter of persons:  Ezek 14:6-23; Rom 2:11)
–righteous ways of YHVH, and He has not changed; giving us an example for a pattern
–return of the Jews when the iniquity of the Muslims was fully exposed; when the British had reneged from their own commitments and obligations; when the Church, through unbelief and arrogance had presumed that God had finished withIsrael already; when the Arab Christians had largely become Islamized in their thinking and outlook, especially regarding the promises of God to the Jewish people and Israel as a nation
–amongst Christians in the West and in the Middle East, a lack of sympathy over the calamity of the Jews in the Holocaust
–Yeshua/Jesus will open the seals of judgment near the end of the end of the age when the iniquity is full in all the nations, including Israel, against the Word of God and Jesus, and against Israel as God’s chosen land and people.  His righteous judgments will be necessary for the sake of His Holy Name.
–Jerusalem is still being trampled down by the Gentiles until today; the Biblical city is in what today is East Jerusalem,

Lev 26:40-46    The Israelis/Jewish people are required by the LORD to admit and confess her guilt and sins against Him, despite the sins of other peoples and countries against them.
–The Law and commandments of YHVH’s covenant are given to the children of Israel, and she is obligated to Him in a way different from the other nations.

As Christian believers God is looking for those who will stand in faith for His holy name’s sake concerning Israel – like Moses and Paul – and not fall away from Him due to Israel’s continued unbelief and unrighteousness, as the voices of the world would tempt us to do.  Yeshua also willingly took upon Himself the reproaches of the Father, and was thrown out of the vineyard – outside the camp – bearing His reproach, being a scapegoat. (Eng Ps 69:6-9; Ezek 36:21-24; Heb 13:13)

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