Zechariah has no words to describe what he was seeing, but he knew that Israel was to be central to future events and was to have a God-given impact to the nations, it would still remain as “the apple of His eyes” through which
everything else would be seen.
By : Pastor Ovet Tamayo
Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful
man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and most remarkable race which has appeared on this world.
What is the Jew? What kind of unique creature is this whom all the
rulers of all the nations of the world have disgraced and crushed, and expelled and destroyed; persecuted burned and drowned, and who, despite their anger and fury, continues to live and to flourish. What is this Jew whom they have never succeeded
in enticing with all the enticements in the world, whose oppressors and persecutors only suggest that they deny and disown his religion…and cast aside the faithfulness of his ancestors?! The Jew is the symbol of eternity… he is the one who for
long have guarded the prophetic message and transmitted it to all mankind. A people such as this can never disappear. The Jew is eternal! He is the embodiment of eternity.
JOHN F. KENNEDY
Israel was not created
in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can never be broken by adversity, nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.
I will insist the Hebrews have contributed more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an atheist, and believed in blind eternal faith, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most
essential instrument for civilizing the nations…They are the most Glorious nation that ever inhabited this earth. The Romans and their empire were but bubble in comparison to the Jews.
The Jews are
a peculiar people; Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks
and Algeria a million Frenchmen. Indonesia threw out God knows how many Chinese—and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs were eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every
single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms.But when Israel is victorious, it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the
Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.
Matt 21:43-45 43 "Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.
44 He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed. 45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus' parables, they knew he was talking about them.
THE MAIN BELIEFS OF REPLACEMENT
1. Israel was formerly chosen by God for His redemptive purposes, but Israel is no longer relevant to Gods future purposes on the earth, nor is it prophetically significant.
2. Since the majority of the Jewish nation rejected
the Lord Yeshua as the Messiah, the blessings promised to Israel had been removed and given to His new chosen people “The Church”. The Church is now the spiritual Israel, all the Old testament blessings belong to the Church, and all the Old
testament curses belong to Israel.
3. The Church has replaced Israel as the vehicle of Gods Eternal Kingdom coming to earth. The Lords return is not connected to Israel’s land or its people. The kingdom of God will not contain elements of Old
Testament Law, and the Jewish people have no destiny as a nation. They are out of favor with God, and they have lost all her blessings irrevocably.
All these lies and deception of Satan have crept in under the radar, and had become widely acceptable
in the Christian faith, but it is time we expose this great deception of anti-Semitism, if we are to fulfill Gods mandate for us in the end times – we must support our “root”!
Jer 31:35-37 (THE PROMISE) 35
This is what the Lord says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar — the Lord Almighty is his name: 36 "Only if these decrees vanish from my sight,”
declares the Lord, "will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me." 37 This is what the Lord says: "Only if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject all the descendants of Israel
because of all they have done," declares the Lord.
Gods intention was that Israel would reflect His light into the dark world, to the extent that Gentile nations would crave salvation instead of darkness.
Isa 49:6b I will also
make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth."
Just as we get rid of the darkness by switching on the light, Israel was to be the lighting system of the world, and God was to be its power supply.
Gen 12:2-3 "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through
God had chosen Israel, a stiff-necked people from the least of all the nations to be uniquely set apart, it was to stand out as His example of righteousness in a world that had turned its back on Him, how HE would bring them back and forgive
all their sins! Israel was to express a standard by which His purposes for all nations might be measured and to be His channel of salvation to the gentiles. Israel was to be “the apple”, the iris of His eye, the most precious and sensitive part
of His very being, the lens through which everything else on earth was to be seen. This is why God had promised that He would love Israel with an “everlasting love”, and nothing would ever diminish His love for His people. As a husband should
love his wife, unconditionally and forever, regardless of how she responded, God would love Israel; this covenant was everlasting, even if there was still to be an ongoing process. Israel was to be a showpiece to other nations, but if it was to demonstrate
to the world blessing for obedience and curse for disobedience, it needed nothing less than an assurance of His faithfulness.
That’s why right from the very beginning, God gave Abraham an irrevocable promise, “I will establish
my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.” Gen 17:7
THE CRUCIAL QUESTION:
Rom 11:1-2 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew.
Rom 11:11-12 Again I ask:
Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches
for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring!
Rom 11:25-29 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number
of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27 And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins." 28
As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable.
Clearly the coming of Yeshua had not changed
Israel’s calling; it would begin with Israel’s hardening in part until the fullness of the Gentiles come in, and then Israel would experience a softening which would be nothing less than coming back to life from the dead! This was why “all
Israel would be saved”, and only at that point would Israel become the light to the nations that God had intended it to be. All this shows how central the whole of Israel is in the outworking of Gods purpose, it’s not them coming over to us, but
us working together with them;
Heb 11:40 “God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”
Jewish and Gentile believers have the same spiritual status with Yeshua, “there
is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for they are all one in Christ Jesus. However they do not have the same spiritual calling; in Him a Jew remains a Jew, and a Gentile remains a Gentile just as a woman remains a woman and a man remains
a man; their status is the same but their calling is different. Because “God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable”, the calling of a Jew, saved or unsaved, remains the same, but his status of being saved or unsaved through Yeshua, greatly
affects the outworking of his Jewishness.
Eph 2:14-16 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations.
His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
When we jointly shine God’s light, we
will release immense spiritual riches and power into the world. It is hard to imagine what it would look like, but we know it will get easier toward the end as more Israel receives Yeshua as its Messiah, the gap will narrow as it does between a man and a woman,
when they progressively become one in marriage. In repentance, many will come to accept Yeshua, then God will sanctify them as;
Zech 13:1 "On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse
them from sin and impurity.
This will be followed by much persecutions, but then again, God will rescue them;
Zech 14:2-4 I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked,
and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. 4 On that day his feet will stand on
the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.
Then God will reveal His Glory over all the earth;
Zech 14:8-9 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter. 9 The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name
the only name.
Finally, Israel and all the nations will worship God together;
Zech 14:16 Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and
to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.
Zechariah has no words to describe what he was seeing, but he knew that Israel was to be central to future events and was to have a God-given impact to the nations, it would still remain as “the
apple of His eyes” through which everything else would be seen.
Isa 55:10-11 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields
seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
God has called Israel to serve so that the
nations might be saved and His righteousness might be displayed. The Church’s part is to love the Jewish people unconditionally, regardless of whether or not they recognize Yeshua as their Messiah. To only love them in order to evangelize them is to
fall into the same trap as Luther, to love them means respecting their right to reject Yeshua as their Messiah, and not to demand that they become Gentile as their persecutors tried to do in the middle ages, their Jewish heritage is a precious blessing.
When the church understands what all this means, it will recover the truth of its identity and of its destiny.