Section 1: Yehuveh’s Love, Article 8

Who Is Israel?


“Thus saith Yehuveh, Israel is My son,
even My firstborn.”
Exodus 4:22.


W
hat do you make of Yehuveh bold promise to “the land of Israel, . . . the mountains, . . . the hills, . . . the rivers, and . . . the valleys,” that He “will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it? First who is Israel; then who are all . . . of Israel? Ezekiel 36:6, 10.

Resolution Options
        Reading
Ezekiel 36:1-11 as a literal and very-soon-to-be-fulfilled prophecy to “the land of Israel, and . . . unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys” of this Middle Eastern location, how do you understand the promised restoration Israel, especially of all the house of Israel,” to their “old estates”?


           1.  Do you simply
dismiss the statement as something impossible to achieve, a prophecy that has
                no practical fulfillment and can therefore be applied to the church to some specific nation or land,
                such as the United States, or in any other way spiritulized away? This approach makes nonsense
                of the passage; it does no justice to Scriptures which are written very literally to a
very real land;
                it ignors the context which describes a
very real return of very real people who “are at hand
                to come”
and to whom Yehuveh promises He will “settle you after your old estates, and will do
                better unto you than at your beginnings”
as they till and sow and harvest the “fruit” of this
                land.
Ezekiel 36:8, 11, 9.

          2.  Do you seek to understand who “all” this “house of Israel” is based on the meaning of
               
the new name given Jacob? This is a reasonable appraoch since one of the literal meanings
                of the name
Israel in Hebrew is “to seize, take hold.” Simply put, Israel describes “those who
                persistently continue to stay with Yehuveh.”
It would make sense that “all” who stay with 
                Yehuveh would be delivered and restored to His original plan for mankind.
But to believe
                every Yehuveh-loving person from any geneological background
will inherit that land which was
               
specifically promised to the descendents of Abraham and Jacob is inconsistent with Scriptures.

          3.  Do you attempt to find and identify the now-living physical descendents of Jacob by
                tracing
the migrations of ancient Israel, as some authors have done: Abrahamic Covenant
                by E. Raymond Capt and
The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel . . . Found by Steven Collins? This
                solution raises two significant problems. First, not all the blood-line descended of Jacob are now
                choosing to
confirm the covenant with Yehuveh during this final seven years, and therefore
                they will not be among His restored people.
Locating them is not the only key. Secondly, how
                could you fit
all these millions of descendents into that small piece of real estate? Daniel 9:27.

           4.  Do you resolve the matter by combining aspects of the insights in options 2 and 3 above?
                Do you come to see that
“all” this “house of Israel” are only those descendents of Jacob
                described by
Isaiah 10:21 as The remnant” which alone “shall return, even the remnant
                of Jacob,
unto the mighty Elohim,” that is, those descendents of Jacob who have willingly
                and joyfully returned [
Isaiah 35:10; 51:11] to all of Yehuveh’s instructions and ways. This
                conclusion alone reconciles the promises of
Ezekiel 36 with the statement in Isaiah 65:8-9:
               
“Thus saith Yehuveh, . . . I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an
               
inheritor of My mountains: and Mine elect shall inherit it, and My servants shall dwell there.”


Gael Bataman
Originally Written:         11 September 2005
Latest Update:                 1 March 2011


                                                       
Complete Study Guide to Article 8   

         
1.  Dismissing “Scriptural” Truths?        How Do You Determine Which Beliefs to Dismiss?       
                                       
2.  Identifying “All Israel” by Name-Characteristics       
            
3.  Identifying Israel as Jacob’s Descendents        Covenant Relationship With Yehuveh       
            
Nations and Kings from Abraham        Covenant Established with Abraham and His Seed       
                  
Promises Repeated: to Isaac    to Jacob    to Jacob’s Sons    to the Nation of Israel  
                       
The Nation of Israel Includes Us        Decreed Consumption is Righteous       
                
4.  So . . . What Defines Israel?        Awesome the Promises Awaiting True Israel!       
                
Books Which Discuss the Identity, History, and Migration of Jacob’s Descendents       

       
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