The Israel Of God …”I and the children”
Speaking before of the promise of the Father, the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Lord promised a “pure language” would be established in a people. This stands in stark contradiction to the present state of things, in which all the nations of men, the political, the ethnic, the social and the religious nations are speaking the confused language of Babylon. And “for the record”, religious nations includes the sects of “Christianity”, as they exist in the world, bumping along in the ditch, grasping the coat tails of self proclaimed leaders and prophets. The very name “Babylon” means ‘confusion by mixture’. If one would read Revelation 2 and 3, one would see that the Spirit is addressing the assemblies, but He does not have “the floor” alone. There are clearly described, many contrary and confusion-gendering voices, all coming, not from “among the ranks”, but from persons and entities which give the impression of speaking from “on high”, speaking as though they were intermediaries and conduits of expression, between the Lord, and His people. If I may say directly and in few words, that is Antichrist. Anything which denies that Christ is come in His people, and has turned to His people, each and every one, a pure language, is a thief and a robber. Anything that denies Christ is in you, and claims that position, is a thief and a liar. What are the earmarks of the speech of Babylon? the God-ordained confusion, which when salted among the sects and subdivisions of man and his self imagined works and devices of redemption, which can bring no redemption? Among these characteristics, which can be read in the account Moses gave in the book of Genesis, are the inability for those exercised in such vain undertakings, to realize the vanity of their undertakings, to see that their is no solution to complete their works, and they are unable to cease to look for one.
As an example of a pure language, which, for the Word of God that it is, separates the living from the dead, the substance from the symbol, the wheat from the chaff, let’s consider two things, only two, of the volumes of things needing clarification. Consider “Jerusalem” and “Israel”. What do these few letters, arranged into words, call to your mind when you read them?
When David, many generations ago, captured a city of a people called Jebusites, and took a tower in it called Milo, it says that he took residence their, and that men began from that time and forward, to refer to it as the “City of David”. A simple internet search of “City of David”, will reveal the confused speech of identity theft, of usurping a name and applying it to something it does not belong to… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_David . But when the son of David, according to the flesh, came and took upon Himself, flesh and blood, what did the angel of God, speaking the pure language of heaven, say to the shepherds abiding in the fields? He said , “Unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a savior, which is Christ the Lord”. If you know the physical city in which Christ was born, you now have a decision to make. Is the City of David the former city of Jebus, the city of David, as proclaimed by man? or is Bethlehem Ephratah the city of David, as declaired by one speaking the pure language of heaven? The scriptures speak of two “Jerusalems”. One above, and from above…one beneath, and from beneath. Which is the heavenly? the Spiritual? or the misnamed piece of real estate? Paul wrote that Jerusalem beneath is a city of bondage, and pertains to Hagar, Ishmael, and is the Mount Sinai of bondage and servitude. Again, in the book of Revelation, the Jerusalem beneath is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, and is identified as the place where the one born in the city of David, was later crucified.
The name, “Israel”, means “Prince with God”. A prince is heir. Heir of the throne and kingdom. When the name “Israel” was conferred upon Jacob symbolically, it was said that his name would no more be called Jacob (which means deceiver) , but his name would be called “Israel”. Yet from that point and on in the scriptures, the name “Jacob” and the name “Israel” were alternately used in describing the events of Jacob and his sojourn. Who was it in Jacob, that the name “Israel” applied to? Who would be Prince and Heir with God? The prophet Hosea spoke by the Holy Spirit, and proclaimed, “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt”. But what says the account of the Gospel of Matthew?
[Mat 2:12 KJV]
“And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.”
If the words of the prophet Hosea were not fulfilled until Christ, to whom then does the name Israel, “Prince with God” , belong? who is the “Israel of God” upon whom Paul confirms blessings?
[Gal 6:15 KJV]
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace [be] on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirit. Amen.”
Jesus is the Israel of God, and all begotten to God in Him. All other considerations are not true. The name does not apply to anyone to come out of Abraham’s flesh, save the one seed of promise, Christ, who is heir of all. To Christ, in His resurrection, are born the true ans Spiritual nation and Israel of God, A nation not born of flesh, nor of the will of man, nor of blood, but of God.
In our present time, many professing Christ, are living in a fog. They have progressed no further in their comprehension, than the place the two disciples leaving for Emmaus were in, until Christ came to them. All eyes are seemingly upon a place spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, waiting for a nation using the name “Israel”, awaiting a man to come sit on a chair and “redeem” Israel , and make unredeemed flesh behave. Their minds were upon a piece of dirt, when the very Nation and Israel of God stood before them, spoke with them, and they did not recognize Him….not until he proclaimed their former understanding to be foolishness, and becan to open the scripture to them, as He does to this day, by His Spirit in you (if you will hear). The Israel of God was called out of Sodom and Egypt, a place which the disciples errantly called Jerusalem. Jesus in no stranger in Jerusalem, He IS the Jerusalem of God.
[Luk 24:13 KJV]
“…And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem [about] threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed [together] and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications [are] these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found [it] even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”
When we read of Aaron’s rod that budded, we must consider that it not only budded, but it produced a crop of almonds, a generation with it, in it’s resurrection. This was pointing to the true resurrection, and the saying of Jesus, how that except a corn of wheat fall to the earth and die, it abides alone, can be comprehended in the raising of that almond branch, those many years before.
The prophet Isaiah, speaking before of the resurrection, said, “Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion”. The apostle Mark spoke how that signs would FOLLOW them that believe (not proceed them). Consider carefully, that all the expectation of the creation, groans and travails together, as in labor pangs, awaiting, not a man to “come” sit on a chair in a corrupt city, making corrupt flesh behave itself. This false notion will have it’s manifestation. But it will be short lived. The true revealing of Christ, that is awaited, is bound up in the manifestation of the Sons of God. (Sons is generic…no gender applies). There is one Israel of God. It is the Resurrection from among the dead. It is not a lifeless copy.
Read Revelation 2 and three, and ask the question, which is the Body of Christ, which are them fashioned like Him in resurrection? the assemblies, abiding still in the valley of decision? or the one plainly described as one like unto the Son of man? whose throne is found after the words “come up here”? There is a described seat and throne in the assemblies, and a throne described as above, and not in the assemblies. The body of Christ stands in the midst, but has not part with the seat in the midst of the assemblies.
Judge what I say.