The Physical Representation of the Spirits in the Air
A Moslem Arab once said to me (in a political discussion about peace and the claims of Jews and Arabs to the land mandated to the Jews): "Jerusalem actually belongs to the Christians because they have to come here on pilgrimages to their holy sites." My immediate reaction was, of course, to tell him that he had it wrong, that Christians** don't need to make pilgrimages - that is a basic principle in Islam. Moslems need to make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca in their lifetime to qualify for salvation (heaven) - unless they die as martyrs of Jihad (holy war). ** Meaning Protestants.
Some days later, as I was thinking about ways to explain why physical Israel is so important, it occurred to me that there needs to be a physical dimension in religion as well. Most basically we need buildings where we can meet to worship, from where the idea has developed that the church is the house of God. The Jews were commanded to pray "towards their God's Temple" and the Moslems pray facing Mecca because that is where their moon god, Allah, resides. Ps 3:4 I cried out to the Lord, and he heard me from his Temple in Jerusalem. TLB
How, though, do the gods (spirits in the air), let us people know that they are "up there?" It is by having something on earth to represent them. These are not buildings, but objects. For this reason the followers of Elohim (the God of Israel) are forbidden in numerous scriptures not to possess/worship objects related to gods, viz.
Lev 26:1 "You must have no idols; you must never worship carved images, obelisks, or shaped stones, for I am the Lord your God. TLB
Our God of Israel does not have an object representing him, but a person, Messiah Jesus. For this reason Jesus could say,
..."Don't you even yet know who I am, Philip, even after all this time I have been with you? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking to see him? 10 Don't you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I say are not my own but are from my Father who lives in me. And he does his work through me. 11 Just believe it-that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or else believe it because of the mighty miracles you have seen me do. John 14:9-11 TLB
Since the God of Israel is a person, you cannot belong to him unless you've met him personally, have presented yourself to him, have confessed to him that you're a sinner and have asked him to forgive you and to be your God and Saviour, to take control of your life from there on and show you how to live a holy life that pleases him!
Jesus' meeting with the woman at the well points to the first step that needs to be taken to be saved: YOU HAVE TO MEET THE ONE WHO CAN SAVE YOU! One cannot be saved by being part of a religion by birth, tradition, going to church, serving, rituals, a lifestyle, personal understanding or belief, pilgrimages, feasts, formal conversion, trying to keep laws, studying at a seminary, yeshivah, etc.
John 4:10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." 11 "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"
Ps 36:7 How precious is your constant love, O God! All humanity takes refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 You feed them with blessings from your own table and let them drink from your rivers of delight. 9 For you are the Fountain of life; our light is from your light. 10 Pour out your unfailing love on those who know you!** Never stop giving your blessings to those who long to do your will.** TLB ** Shows that God's love is actually conditional. Ps 78:5 For he issued his decree to Jacob; he gave his law to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, [WHY] 6 so the next generation might know them--even the children not yet born--that they in turn might teach their children. 7 So each generation can set its hope anew on God, remembering his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. 8 Then they will not be like their ancestors--stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God. NLT
THE "MUST EXIST" STATUS OF THE JEWS AND ISRAEL
Most of all, it has to do with God's honor since he made a covenant that they would exist until the end of time and the land he had given them would be theirs forever and ever.
Jer 3:18 At that time the people of Judah and of Israel will return together from their exile in the north, to the land I gave their fathers as an inheritance forever. TLB Ps 105:8 Though a thousand generations pass he never forgets his promise, his covenant with Abraham and Isaac 10 and confirmed with Jacob. This is his never-ending treaty with the people of Israel: "I will give you the land of Canaan as your inheritance." TLB Ezek 36:22 "Therefore say to the people of Israel, 'The Lord God says: I am bringing you back again, but not because you deserve it; I am doing it to protect my holy name, which you tarnished among the nations. 23 I will honor my great name, that you defiled, and the people of the world shall know I am the Lord. I will be honored before their eyes by delivering you from exile among them.
If Satan could therefore wrench Israel from their/our God, it will prove that he isn't all poverful. In our day he is trying to use the Arabs and pressure of conspiring world (global) leaders, including the U.N. to push Israel into the sea by means of initiatives like the Oslo and the Roadmap peace plans.
From what Jesus told the woman at the well about the Jews, we see that they need to exist as a nation to be instrumental in God's plan of salvation of everybody:
John 4:22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. NIV Isa 2:3 Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. NIV My Christians say, "but the Jews haven't accepted Jesus," to which we have Paul's answer: Rom 11:12 Now if the whole world became rich as a result of God's offer of salvation, when the Jews stumbled over it and turned it down, think how much greater a blessing the world will share in later on when the Jews, too, come to Christ. TLB From this it is clear that we "ain't seen nothing yet" in terms of what's available in Christ - over and above the wonderful things we we have already experienced. It is also important to note that the New Covenant, that now also applies to reborn Christians and according to which they should live (vs. legalism), was actually promised to the Jews. Ezek 36:24 For I will bring you back home again to the land of Israel. 25 "'Then it will be as though I had sprinkled clean water on you, for you will be clean-your filthiness will be washed away, your idol worship gone. 26 And I will give you a new heart-I will give you new and right desires-and put a new spirit within you. I will take out your stony hearts of sin and give you new hearts of love. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you so that you will obey my laws and do whatever I command. TLB
OUR RESPONSIBILITY CONCERNING THE PHYSICAL ASPECTS OF GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION
My experience is that Christians in the nations and their Churches are only concerned about God's involvement in their lives on a local level of interaction and growth. They have not been taught that the Christian plan for salvation is totally dependant on the continued existance of God's HOME TEAM (the Jews) and their HOME BASE (Israel) to be SUSTAINABLE.
Believers and their leaders should therefore become actively involved in the absolutely vital carrier (medium) of God's plan of salvation. Stand in solidarity with him, because Jesus won't return before Israel has not been restored to a format that befits his homebase. At the moment he can't even return to the Mt. Olives and his Tempel Mt. because it is occupied by a moon god from Babylon. Identify with God's trauma of having to listen to Islam's disharmonious wailing from minaret loudspeakers five times a day over his city. These so-called prayers are a proclamation of Allah's glory (Allah hu akhbar) and his claim of the city. Refute world leaders' attempts to divide and weaken Israel so that she won't be an opposing force to counter their plans to control the world in a New World Order (NWO). Refute the world's overturning of Jehovah's sovereign ruling that Isaac and Jacob (Israel) and their descendants are the sole heirs of the Promises to Abraham - that Ishmael and Esau have no part in it.
Ezek 36:5 My anger is afire against these nations, especially Edom, for grabbing my land with relish, in utter contempt for me, to take it for themselves.' TLB
Jesus will be the eternal ruler in the line of David over his kingdom and also God's kingdom all over the world. Why would Jesus be willing to rule from a kingdom of Israel that is smaller than that of David and Solomon? Actually, if world leaders could have their way, Israel will be left with a sliver of land along the Mediterranean Sea, a "Tel Aviv" state without Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Bless the Name (baruch HaShem), they will not have it their way:
Ps 72:8 Let him reign from sea to sea and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth. 9 The desert nomads shall bow before him; his enemies shall fall face downward in the dust. 10 Kings along the Mediterranean coast-the kings of Tarshish and the islands-and those from Sheba and from Seba-all will bring their gifts. 11 Yes, kings from everywhere! All will bow before him! All will serve him! TLB
Jews, except those who stand on scripture and are persecuted and branded as rightwing by the Israeli leftist government and media because of it, don't know about the scope these promises them - and the importance of them returning to Israel. It's therefore our duty to inform and to encourage them. Jesus left us with the great assignment to preach the Gospel, but there is more to it when it comes to the Jews, since Israel's restoration and the return of the people to their land will precede their spiritual rebirth - see "And All Israel will be Saved!" When it comes to the Jews, most of our time should be applied to help them and love them like God does:
Using Highways to Jerusalem, as a vehicle to create awareness of the importance of the Jews and Israel in God's plan. to save us.
The main strategy in this project is to establishing tent tabernacles as a means to start highways, because it is such a "visible" and versatile way. In fact, it's the Physical Dimension of the project. Everybody will ask, "what is this tent about?" Especially if it has an Israeli flag on top or a big minorah, that gives you the opening to tell them - even set up a little exhibition, (including a map of
Israel stretching to the Euphrates!), display a few Israeli products -- especially from the settlements! What a turnover you'll soon have of Israeli products from 1... 10 ... 100 tabernacles!
Please folks, visit the Highways site and consider using it as a strategy. Contact me for whatever help or advice you need. Who knows, the "highways" may soon serve as escape routs from persecution!
For His GLORY. Philip Blom