- ISRAEL HAS OTHER NAMES -
What A Difference A name Makes
Who and what is Israel? Mistaken identity of an individual can lead to very serious and embarrassing repercussions.
Likewise, mistaken identity of a whole race of people can lead to serious errors in judgment and
understanding. The risen, ascended Lord Jesus warned John, a prisoner for his faith on the island of Patmos,
about racial identity theft when He warned about ‘those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and
are not, but lie!’ (Revelation 2:9; & 3:9). Then there are those who jump on the bandwagon
of the modern-day Israelis phenomenon as if they were the whole House of Israel, set to inherit all the
promises of God. The fact is, after nearly seventy years of trial and effort, using a title that strictly
speaking and according to the Biblical birthright titledeed is not theirs to use, they are still very much a
puppet state dependent on the goodwill and funding of hoodwinked western governments to survive, attempting
to usher in a Messianic state without the Messiah. And then there are always those who audaciously write-off
God’s Chosen People completely and attempt with all their unsuccessful might to make the four-square peg of
God’s physical promises to the House of Israel fit the spiritual round hole of the New Testament Church. On
this issue it is important to remember that because our 'western' history, philosophy and doctrine has
been influenced by Rome, both imperial and papal, for more than 1,500 years, serious questions have to
be asked about the validity of this teaching.
- When did the One who stated, "I am the LORD, I change
not;" change His mind about His nation of choice?”
- When did God actually abandon His congregation of Israel to start another?
- Was God actually mistaken or perhaps even deluded when He said, 'I change
- Did God in fact find Himself in a hopeless situation when it came to working with
the stubborn and rebellious people of Israel and abandoned them when He banished them into exile?
- Has in fact, God turned His back entirely on the world, unable to cope with the
wilful nature of mankind?
Or——on the other hand, because these scenarios reflect the way we humanly tend to think, and
because God's thoughts and ways are rarely the same as ours, has He a plan in motion that will yet bring about
an awesome display of His power, and at the same time defeat an age long enemy thrown out of the courts of
heaven for his rebellion against God.
In line with what the Scriptures teach, it is my firm belief that since the foundation of the
world and particularly since the time he chose a man in Abraham, a family in Jacob, and a nation in
Israel, He has been constantly at work to bring about an astounding, awe inspiring result as part of the
continuous, longterm partnership and covenant with the nation of His choice.
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