Who is Israel?
Israel is synonymous with, “Children of The Living God” Hosea 1:10
Israel is Not synonymous with any of man’s religious sects/divisions. Israel has nothing to do with doctrines of man, including, replacement theology. Israel is Not an ethnic group or ethnocentric in any way. On the contrary, Israel is All inclusive, whoever knows their Creator and does what He says, will be called Israel/Victorious.
Israel came out of Egypt as a “Mixed Multitude”
A Mixed Multitude also went up with them, along with flocks and herds, a very large number of livestock,” Exodus 12:38
“Israel” is Synonymous With “The Children of God”
“But to All who did receive Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become Children of God;” John 1:12; 2 Samuel 7:14; 1 Chronicles 17:13; Isaiah 43:6; Genesis 6:2; Leviticus 23:24; Philippians 2:15
“For All who are led by the Spirit of God are Children of God.” Romans 8:14
“The creation waits in eager expectation for the revelation of the Children of God.” Romans 8:19
And: “It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ they will be called Children of the Living God.‘” Romans 9:26
And: “I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters”, says YHVH, (The Living One) Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18
“You are All Children of God through faithfulness (obedience) in Christ (Messiah) Jesus (Yehoshua).” Galatians 3:26
“But to All who did receive Him, to those who believed (trust) in His Name, He gave the right to become Children of God.” John 1:12
“Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called Children of God. And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” 1 John 3:1
The Meaning of Israel is Described by God
He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have Prevailed/Overcome/Endured/Persevered/Victoriously, (Yakol #3201)“ Genesis 32:28
We can Find the Meaning of Israel in Our English Translations
“because you know that the testing of your faith develops Perseverance.” James 1:3
“You will be hated by everyone on account of My Name, but the one who Perseveres to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:22
“But the one who Perseveres to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:13
“To those who by Perseverance in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, He will give Eternal Life.” Romans 2:7
“Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces Perseverance,” Romans 5:3
“You need to Persevere, so that after you have done God’s will, you will receive what He has promised.” Hebrews 10:36
“By your patient Endurance, you will gain your souls.” Luke 21:19
“To the one who is Victorious, I will grant the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I Overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelation 3:21
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches/Assemblies. To the one who is Victorious, I will grant the right to eat of the tree of life in the paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7
“And to the one who is Victorious and continues in My work until the end, I will give authority over the nations.” Revelation 2:26
“Israel” and “Jewish” are Not Synonyms
“Is God the God of the Jewish (Judah) only? Is He not the God of All people too? Yes, of All people too. Romans 3:29
“Haven’t All people been created by One Creator? Didn’t All people come from one man, (Adam), from the One Father Who created All?” Malachi 2:10; Acts 17:26; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; Isaiah 63:16; Isaiah 64:8
YHVH’s unchanging instructions (Torah) reveal what is Right, Just and Fair and what is not. Like two paths, The Way of Life and Death are defined as clearly as Light is from darkness. Those who know Torah can recognize the liar as the one who removes YHVH’s Commandments and/or adds their own heavy burdens: Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32…
“Don’t you add to his words, lest he reprove you, and you be found a liar.” Psalm 30:6
Our religious divisions are a direct affront to our Creator’s Character, His Name, YHVH, (meaning He Is, Was and Will always Be) Is One, as is His Will, and His Word; Deuteronomy 10:17; Deuteronomy 16:19; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11…
Physical Israel Reveals a Bigger (Spiritual) Picture
I pray that each person reading up to this point will be granted Spiritual eyes to perceive the parable, (the physical example of a Spiritual reality) foreshadowing Israel’s Spiritual Salvation/Deliverance.
We know Israel was originally the name God gave to Jacob, Genesis 35:10. We know it’s meaning, “because you have striven with God and with men and Prevailed, (Yakol),” Genesis 32:28. Israel is the key to our Creator’s redemption plan for All people, even from before creation: 1 Peter 1:20; Revelation 13:8; Hebrews 1:2; Ephesians 1:4
Israel, like his father Isaac and his grand father Abraham, received the same, unique, promise from God:
“In your Seed All the nations/peoples of the earth shall be Blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Genesis 22:18; Galatians 3:8; Genesis 12:3; Genesis 18:18; Genesis 26:4; Genesis 28:14; Jeremiah 4:2; Romans 3:30…
My Voice is a common Hebrew metaphor meaning His Word. It connects us to the original promise/covenant given to Adam and Eve. The “Seed,” (Messiah) would put the serpent (satan/death) under His feet, (Victoriously!) Genesis 3:15; Ephesians 1:22
The Origin of Israel
Physical Israel began as a tribe of only 70 people. A seven year famine brought Israel/Jacob and his family to Egypt where they settled and eventually became slaves for 400 years, just as it was prophesied by YHVH to Abraham; Genesis 15:13; Exodus 1:5; Acts 7:6…
Jacob/Israel’s son Joseph had previously been sold into slavery by his half brothers. Joseph endured 13 years as a slave, unjustly imprisonment in Egypt until he was freed from the dungeon and miraculously appointed second in command of the entire land because YHVH gave him the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams about the coming 7 year famine, Genesis 41:25.
YHVH delivered Israel from their oppression in a very specific way, with miraculous signs: First the 10 plagues according to their god’s, and then the first Passover; the great Exodus; the people crossing the Sea on dry land as Pharaoh and his army (representing satan meaning YHVH’s adversary).
We are Called Out of the World As Israel Was Called Out of Egypt
Abram (Abraham) was Called Out of Mesopotamia, Genesis 12:1. Israel was Called Out of Egypt, Hosea 11:1 , Yehoshua (Jesus) was also Called Out of Egypt, Matthew 2:15, All people are Called out of the world (from their bondage to satan), 2 Corinthians 6:17.
Y’hoshua Means YHVH Is Salvation
Y’shua (Salvation) for short, is the the prophesied Scepter, (Authority/Head) that did come through the line of Judah; Genesis 49:10; Numbers 24:17; Psalm 60:7; Isaiah 49:6; John 4:22; Colossians 1:18; Psalm 89:27; Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 12:27
Y’shua Is, Was and Will always Be the Light of the world; Romans 16:26; Isaiah 42:6; Luke 2:32; Isaiah 9:2; Matthew 4:16; Acts 26:23; Acts 13:47; Isaiah 49:6; Acts 13:47. (See Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled).
“and we (the Assembly of God’s Children) are members of His (Y’shua’s) Body.” Ephesians 5:30
Oneness in our Creator’s Body reveals a spiritual mystery. It’s the same Good News of Salvation promised to Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses. We await the full number of peoples who will be grafted into Israel, (Y’hoshua) then All Israel will be saved: Ephesians 3:4–Ephesians 3:9; Ephesians 6:19; Romans 11:25; Romans 11:26; Colossians 1:26; Colossians 4:3
Firstborn Son is a Metaphor for Israel, Ephraim and Y’shua
“When Israel was a youth I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.” Hosea 11:1
“…to the Assembly of the (Spiritual) Firstborn, who’s names have been written in heaven, to God, the judge of All, to the spirits of the Righteous who have been perfected…, Hebrews 12:23
“Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says YHVH, “Israel is My son, My Firstborn.” Exodus 4:22; Hosea 11:1; Psalm 2:7; Psalm 2:12; Psalm 89:27; 1 ; 2 Samuel 7:14; Matthew 2:15; Hebrews 1:5; 1 Chronicles 17:13; Hebrews 5:5; Acts 13:33;
“For I am a father to Israel, And Ephraim (half Egyptian) is My Firstborn.” Jeremiah 31:9
“He has fulfilled for us, (the descendants of Abraham,) by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son, today I have become Your Father.” Acts 13:33
Study the Original Hebrew Word Meanings
Bible translations refer to God’s children as the Assembly, Congregation, Convocation, Company, Army, Multitude, Gathering, Synagogue, Church, Body of Messiah and His Called Out Ones. Still there is only One Assembly of YHVH’s Children, because, “God is One,” Deuteronomy 6:4; Galatians 3:20; Romans 3:30.
The original Hebrew word is Qahal. It’s primary meaning is Assembly or Congregation. The Greek word, Ekklesia, has the same meaning although it is most often translated Church. The “Church” and “Assembly” of YHVH’s Called Out Ones, Israel is one and the same.
The Oneness of God, His Kingdom and His Children
God’s Word consistently tells us there is One God, One Kingdom and One Assembly.
The Assembly in the desert was called Israel, Acts 7:38. God put Israel through a 40 year refining process in the desert before they inherited the physical promised land to reveal His greater (spiritual) purpose, mankind’s Spiritual Salvation and Inheritance.
“They (His Called Out ones) are not of the world, just as I am not of the world,” John 17:16.
YHVH’s Children Set Themselves Apart From The World/Satan
God’s Eternal Name was revealed to Moses as YHVH, (He Exists, I AM Who I AM, The Eternal, Living One) Exodus 3:15. YHVH gave Moses His Words of Life, in writing. This is how YHVH’s children know the distinction between the Blessing of Life and the Curse of Death. Romans 7:7; Deuteronomy 30:15.
(Y’hoshua, is The Word of YHVH, John 1:1; Revelation 19:13). He came with a Sword, which is The Word of YHVH, Hebrews 4:12. Not to make peace with the world (His adversary satan) but make the distinction between, the blurred lines of man-made doctrines, Matthew 10:34; James 4:4.)
There is an Assembly of Satan Who Twist Truth
“Woe to those who call bad good, and good bad; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20
You may notice satan is translated from the original Hebrew hasatan meaning the satan, and it’s not a name. The devil, demon, dragon, and Lucifer are all mistranslations. Satan simply describes anyone and anything against, adverse to, or enemies of our Creator. Also, those who are enslaved to the accuser, Revelation 12:10; Zechariah 3:1, under the curse of the murderer from the beginning, because he is the father of all lies; Revelation 2:9; Revelation 3:9; John 8:44; Matthew 16:23; John 6:70; John 8:38; John 8:41; Genesis 3:4; Matthew 13:38; Matthew 4:10…
The promised Seed, Messiah Yehoshua, was prophesied to prevail victoriously over the serpent/satan/adversary… The promise first appears at the same time as the serpents curse, “And I will put enmity Between you (the serpent) and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed (Y’shua); He (Y’shua) shall bruise, (crush) you on the head, (a metaphor for Victory) And you shall bruise (strike) him on the heel.” Genesis 3:15.
This same promise of the “Seed,” through whom All nations/peoples would be Blessed, is next given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, (Israel) and then even more specifically, to Israel’s 4th son Judah, (each lineage was set apart to reveal the Messiah Y’hoshua), Genesis 49:10.
Note that Abraham’s firstborn son Ishmael, is also given a physical promise of becoming a great nation, Genesis 17:20.
We trace the eternal/spiritual (olam #5769) covenant promise through Abraham’s wife Sarah, Isaac, Israel, and continues through his forth son Judah to Terah, King David and finally to Y’hoshua, Genesis 17:19; Isaiah 9:7; Jeremiah 23:5; Jeremiah 33:15; Matthew 1:1; Hebrews 7:14; Revelation 5:5; Revelation 22:16
The “Seed,”being singular, is Jesus (Yehoshua), Galatians 3:16
YHVH Loves All people without partiality or favoritism, Deuteronomy 10:17. Not wanting even one to perish, but All to turn from their bondage of death to the Promised Inheritance of Lasting Life in His Kingdom; John 3:16
Until then, we Patiently await the fullness of the nations who will be grafted into the Olive tree of Israel. Romans 9-11
Now, “There is neither Jewish nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are All One in Messiah, Y’shua,” (as shown in the metaphorical Olive tree), Galatians 3:28