The Hebrew nation/Israel has always been the Biblical picture of a, "burning bush" that will never be consumed. Israel God's Elect, has burned through the pages of history without destruction. Israel has been captive many times, dispersed throughout the world, persecuted, and even slaughtered by the thousands for centuries, but never to a complete annihilation. Even today there are 28 Gentile nations that oppose Israel to a complete destruction. Why, because of Anti-Semitism that has existed since the destruction of the Temple in 70AD? The inquisition, the holocaust, and the Arab Israeli conflict. Anti-Semitism has existed through the pages of history and will continue until Christ establishes His Kingdom on Earth that is promised to be established and restored in Jerusalem during 1000 year reign of Christ.
Did you ever notice how Israel has always been the apple of God's eye? Israel is the instrument the God used to birth and bring forth the promised Messiah and confirmed this truth with hundreds of prophecies. Israel is the vehicle God used to compile and write the Word of God; Old Testament and New Testament. Israel is the vehicle God used to bring in the Law and Commandments of which there are 613. Israel was the vehicle God used to bring the Kingdom Message during Christ's Earthly ministry. Israel was the vehicle God used to bring the Gospel to a Gentile World. All the Apostles were Jewish! The Gospel was according to the Jewish Prophets. The Gospel was a message of salvation through the person of Christ, birthed through the nation of Israel.
Luke 24:44-45...And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
1 Cor 15:1-4...Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Think about the miracle of perfect genealogies all the way back to Adam in Luke and Matthew. Think about how these genealogies have been "preserved" through the pages of history. This knowledge has been kept track of "orally" and "scripturally" by the nation of Israel since the days of Moses. Moses wrote the Torah, which are the first five books of the Bible. Think about the oracles of God were spoken, written, and preserved. Even the Bible today in 2010 is a miracle in itself! How it was compiled! How it was preserved! How it was translated! Think about the prophets (all Jewish) that were given Divine revelation concerning the Messiahship of Christ. Think about the perfect blood lineages of the Levitical Priesthood. The precision of Israel's writings and Israel's dedication to God in obedience! Somehow someway these oracles were preserved and kept track of for thousands of years.
Before Christ came,The Law of Moses was the "greatest blessing" Israel had ever encountered. Since Christ came a, "greater blessing than Law has come". This "greater Blessing is the covenant of Divine Grace with the promise of the Holy Spirit" not for the Jew only but also for the Gentile! This is the Church the spiritual body of Christ! Israel is still the burning bush today, even since the Church came into existence. Why? Paul said,
Rom 1:16...For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
The church (Christ's body) is a testimony to the nation of Israel. This testimony from a Gentile people who believe in Christ is God's way of provoking Israel to an acceptance of Christ as the promised Messiah. Still today, God's plan includes Israel. Israel still burns in the limelight. Israel is the burning bush.
Israel was given the promise of the land and; the Kingdom to be established in Jerusalem. Israel was the nation that brought forth the promised Messiah. Israel was promised to have outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Regardless of man's ideals or opinions Israel's position is foreknown of God from the foundation of the World. Israel plays a huge role in the Bible and should never be robbed of her promises. Unfortunately many today take what is written to Israel and apply it to the Church. The outcome of the tragedy is a mixed up and confused understanding of God's Word. This is very harmful to faith.
That's one reason why I write these Blog's. We Gentiles have very little knowledge of the nation of Israel. This lack of knowledge affects the way Gentiles understand the Holy Scripture. Gentiles are prone to mix up Bible truth because of a lack of knowledge about Israel, their history, culture, and religion. For the past couple of weeks I have posted material strictly pertinent to the message of the Kingdom Promised to Israel. I admit it's a very taxing study and not real popular in the mainstream. That doesn't make it wrong. One reason I am compelled to teach this truth is because of Gentile World's lack of knowledge concerning Israel God's Elect.
The Bible contains a vast background from the Jewish perspective. Gentiles had limited knowledge about that perspective. I am not Jewish. I am a just common folk in the rural area of southern Ohio. I am blessed by the Spirit of God and believe Christians have a clean and holy heart! The holy heart allows God to minister His truth freely. God piped in the light of Glorious Gospel to this preacher 23 years ago and I'm thankful for it in 2010. I have been fortunate to study under rabbinical teachings of the Law of Moses but still I know very little. I write these words not to be a "know it all" but only to encourage others to study the whole Bible with an open heart and mind toward the nation of Israel who has always been, and always will be the burning bush spoken of in the Bible. Especially on Christ's Kingdom message to Israel.
May the Christ of our Salvation continue to open the eyes of our understanding of His Word which in turn gives us a better faith in Him? Blessed be His Holy name forever! I appreciate ChristianBlog.com also as God has opened doors at this ministry for this concealed truth of the Kingdom message to Israel to be revealed! All this said to say one thing, "Israel is the burning bush that burns through the pages of history".
Ex 3:2-6...And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
Israel will never be consumed...but when you see the Arabs and Israeli's say peace in the middle East...be ready for the Rapture...because wrath and Judgment is on its way.
1 Thess 5:3...For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
Israel fathered Abraham the father of the Hebrew nation, Isaac, and Jacob which means Israel in Hebrew. Did you know these forefathers of Israel will step down to the Kingdom of Heaven when it is established in Jerusalem? Jesus said they would! Glory! This shows the Kingdom of Heaven is an earthly Kingdom.
Matt 8:11..And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.