Something that gives me hope each day is knowing that in the midst of our daily struggles, trials, temptations, and suffering, our God has a plan that is bigger than each of us, a plan to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). As we go about our daily grind, we can often forget that Elohim (Triune God) is constantly working behind the scenes to use each of our seemingly small, insignificant lives to bring THIS WORLD one step closer to the completion of His Grand plan, His plan of Redemption and Restoration. This broken world in which we live is NOT going to stay this way forever, even though it sometimes feels like it will. Just because we can’t SEE God visibly in this world doesn’t mean that He doesn’t care, that He’s unaware, or that He’s not there. Our God SEES us and our God will FINISH the Good Work that He’s started….sooner than many people think.❤
In Ezekiel 37, we see DRY BONES coming to LIFE. YHWH says He will pour out HIS HOLY SPIRIT, He will BREATHE LIFE into the DRY BONES of the WHOLE house of ISRAEL, the Southern two Tribes (Judah/Jews) and the Northern 10 Tribes/Gentiles (Ephraim). YHWH is going to open our GRAVES and REDEEM our DEAD FLESH, our DRY BONES!!! Jesus has a plan to revive the WHOLE HOUSE of Israel, Jew and Gentile. The dead in Christ rise first, this is the Christian’s Blessed Hope and is the event that occurs just before the “Catching away”, the Rapture!! The Jewish people who do not yet recognize their Messiah YESHUA, must endure the 1260 day Tribulation before they will Recognize Jesus as the Messiah and say “Blessed is HE who comes in the Name of the LORD!”. However, during the Tribulation, a good portion of them will be taken “to the wilderness” where they will be nourished (manna from Heaven?) for 1260 days (3.5 years) until Yeshua returns to rescue them from the antichrist! This “event” is described in Revelation 12:5-6 utilizing apocalyptic (symbolic) imagery.
Revelation 12:5 “apocalyptic” imagery…
- The dragon is satan/antichrist,
- the woman is Israel (Jewish people),
- the “male child” refers both to YESHUA (head/leader) and also the Raptured Saints (body of Christ). Notice that the male child is “caught up”, (harpazo) referring to a violent snatching away, as from the jaws of death. This is a picture of the Rapture.
Revelation 12:5-6 shows us a picture of the Rapture and the protection of the Jewish remnant during the Great Tribulation. None of this will occur UNTIL the fullness of the Gentiles have come in! This is what we’ve been WAITING FOR! The FULLNESS of the GENTILES! The Jewish people have been partially blinded for over 2000 years during the “Mystery” of the Church Age. The Lord Jesus Christ has been offering the NEW COVENANT to the Gentiles (including the Northern 10 Tribes of Israel who have been “swallowed by the Gentiles”) during this “Age of Grace“. MANY are CALLED, but FEW are chosen (Matthew 22:14). After the FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES has come in and the Rapture of the Church, Jesus will turn His Face BACK to the Jews. Because they REJECTED their MESSIAH, YESHUA (JESUS), they must go through the “final indignation/time of Jacob’s Trouble), also known as the Great Tribulation (Jeremiah 30:7). The purpose of this final indignation is not only punishment, but also to AWAKEN the Jewish people to the TRUTH that JESUS IS /WAS/ and always HAS BEEN their PROMISED MESSIAH! However, as we saw above, YHWH has a remnant of Jewish people that He will shelter, protect and nourish even during the most difficult days that have ever existed on this earth. Although the Jewish people REJECTED JESUS, HE still LOVES THEM!
Who is Israel?
Jesus, the SON of the LIVING GOD, is the ONLY ONE who can TAKE AWAY SINS via the NEW COVENANT written in HIS BLOOD! Jesus IS MAKING the NEW COVENANT with the WHOLE HOUSE of ISRAEL! But who is Israel really? When people think of “Israel”, they think of the Jews, they think of the State of Israel. Replacement Theology will tell you it’s the church, but that theory has definitely been debunked because YHWH NEVER divorced JUDAH!
Origins & meaning of the name “Israel”
The Patriarch of the twelve Tribes of Israel (12 sons of Israel) was Jacob, the Grandson of Abraham. Jacob was renamed “Israel” after spending a night wrestling with God. (Genesis 32:28). . This name (ISRAEL) is a combination of the Hebrew words for “wrestle” and”God” (because sareta [you have wrestled] with God [‘el] and men you will be called yisrael). When Jacob had returned to Canaan, God commanded him to settle in Bethel “house of God”; there God appeared to Jacob again and repeated that his name was no longer Jacob but Israel. This confirmation of the naming was followed by God confirming HIS ABRAHAMIC covenant with Jacob ( Gen 35:9-12 ),emphasizing specific elements of the covenant he had made with Abraham ( Gen 17:1-8 ).
The name ISRAEL expressing the concept of wrestling, clinging firmly to God, and overcoming, and God’s confirming of HIS COVENANT with Jacob (ISRAEL), indicates that ISRAEL is to be understood as Jacob’s COVENANT NAME.
Israel”s 12 sons became known as “the 12 tribes of Israel”, and later the kingdom of Israel. The Kingdom of Israel became a “divided Kingdom” with 10 Tribes living in the north (Ephraim) and 2 Tribes living in the south (Judah/Jews). Both Judah and Ephraim sinned against YHWH, breaking His COVENANT OF THE LAW (MOSAIC), and both were sent into exile. The Northern Tribes were sent into a permanent exile because YHWH wrote them a writ of divorce (Jeremiah 3:8). The Southern 2 Tribes (Judah) remained in Covenant with YHWH (married), and returned to Jerusalem after being exiled in Babylon for 70 years. The Covenant that both “houses” of Israel broke, The MOSAIC COVENANT, was NOT meant to be a PERMANENT Covenant! The Mosaic Covenant was ONLY IN PLACE because of SIN, and to LEAD ISRAEL (Jew and Gentile) TO the MESSIAH YESHUA (JESUS)! The PERMANENT COVENANT IS the ABRAHAMIC COVENANT, which is FULFILLED by YESHUA in the NEW COVENANT.
The Abrahamic Covenant -EVERLASTING
Let’s quickly go back to the book of Genesis (1st book of the Bible) and review the promise that was given to Abraham. God promised Abraham that through his lineage would come a descendant (the Messiah) who would be a blessing to all the nations of the world. He was also told that he would be the father of many nations, or melo ha’goyim (multitude of nations/gentiles).
The Lord God YHWH told Abraham that he would be the father of a multitude of nations, which in Hebrew is “melo ha’goyim” (Gen. 17:5). The word for Gentile is “goyim” (also the word for nations). Abraham was prophesied to be the Father of not only the Jewish nation, but also Gentile nations.
Even Abraham realized that the dwelling that he longed for was not just a physical reality but a spiritual one.
Jesus is the ultimate seed of promise. Like Isaac, whose birth was miraculous, Jesus miraculously was born to fulfill the covenant made with Abraham and to fulfill every promise God ever made to mankind.
God told Abraham that through him every nation on earth would be blessed. Jesus is that blessing! Isaac, Jacob, Judah, David, Solomon- these offspring do not bless us. At least not eternally. Jesus IS the blessing because he is the substitute for all humanity. He is the one who would be born to the woman, born without sin, born to die. He would courageously carry his cross and die the death for you and me that we deserve.
The WHOLE house of Israel will be SAVED
In Ezekiel 37, YHWH promised to breathe LIFE into the DRY BONES of the WHOLE HOUSE of ISRAEL, Ephraim and Judah. YHWH states that He will SAVE the WHOLE HOUSE of ISRAEL!
Israel was Jacob’s COVENANT NAME! The name ISRAEL speaks of being bound with a bond (COVENANT) of LIFE and LOVE to God. THE NEW COVENANT!
When YHWH says that ALL ISRAEL will be saved, He’s stating that ALL those who BELIEVE in HIS SON YESHUA (JESUS), who are COVERED by the NEW COVENANT, the fulfillment of the ETERNAL ABRAHAMIC COVENANT, will be saved! This is a Covenant of LOVE!. All who reject the Savior, YESHUA (JESUS), whether Jew or Gentile, are NOT in the NEW Covenant and will NOT be saved. The Old Covenant (Mosaic Covenant) was TEMPORARY and is OBSOLETE and is passing away (Hebrews 8:13)! Because the Jewish people have been PARTIALLY BLINDED UNTIL the fullness of the Gentiles comes in, they are being permitted to remain in the Old Covenant UNTIL YESHUA returns, and then they too will have to make a choice, choose YESHUA and LIVE…or not. Jesus will then bring BOTH HOUSES of ISRAEL, Jew and Gentile together, as ONE STICK in HIS HAND, ONE PEOPLE with ONE KING, YESHUA (JESUS). They will be HIS PEOPLE, and HE will be THEIR GOD!