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With the arrival of spring, the Jewish people will be once again observing
the Feast of Passover as they have been faithfully doing for 3,500 years,
whether in good times or bad. Israel's mighty deliverance from bondage in
Egypt has so shaped their identity and faith, the Exodus remains an
unforgettable experience to this day.

Yet consider these words from the prophet Jeremiah:
"Therefore behold, the days are coming," says the Lord, "that it shall no
more be said, 'The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the
land of Egypt,' but, 'The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel
from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.'
For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers."
Jeremiah 16:14-18
In other words, God promised that one day there would be such an amazing
Israelite return to their ancient homeland from all corners of the world
that it would eclipse in magnitude the memory of the Exodus.
We have been privileged in modern times to see that promise coming to pass
before our very eyes. No other people on earth have ever been exiled from
their homeland, only to return and be re-established as a nation. Yet this
has happened to Israel not just once but twice in history, and what makes it
even more amazing is that the Bible actually tells us all this is going to
happen ahead of time. Indeed, we can look upon it and say "the Lord
lives..."
Nonetheless, many Christians do not want to hear anything about God still
being faithful to the Jews. They cling to Replacement theology, an erroneous
doctrine that holds Israel was exiled and accursed forever for rejecting and
crucifying Jesus, and 'replaced' by the Church as God's redemptive agent in
the world. This teaching has caused untold harm to the Jews over the
centuries and persists to this day. One of the favorite Scriptures cited by
the Replacement camp to prove their point reads:

"The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people
producing its fruits." (Matthew 21:43)
To truly understand what Jesus meant by this saying will lead us to the next
major feast on the Hebrew calendar - Pentecost.
In context, Jesus was speaking to those who controlled Temple worship and -
drawing from the Hebrew prophets - he warned that the "abominations" being
committed at the Temple would soon lead to its destruction (see Ezekiel
5:11). "Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!" he cautioned in
Matthew 23:38.
Again in Luke 19:46, he upset the Temple priests by saying, "It is written,
'My house shall be called a House of Prayer,' but you have turned it into a
'den of thieves.'" The latter phrase comes from Jeremiah 7:11, which harkens
back to God's destruction of the Tabernacle at Shiloh due to the thievery of
Eli's sons (I Samuel 4). The priests instantly knew that Jesus had just
invoked a divine judgment on their Temple livelihood.
Thus we see that Jesus gave clear warning that the Temple would be destroyed
due to the sins of the priesthood, and that the 'kingdom of God ' - the
unmistakable presence of God that had rested there - would be lifted. But
what happened to that kingdom, that divine presence?
The second chapter of Acts records that it was then entrusted to a small
band of 120 Jewish followers of Jesus when the Holy Spirit fell on them on
the Day of Pentecost. The Church was born that day, but it was not made up
of another "people" - they were still Jews, still Israelites and sons of the
covenants. The fact that within 200 years the Church was largely Gentile is
not a testament that the Kingdom was ripped from the Jews forever. Rather,
it is a testimony to the effectiveness and zeal of the original Jewish
Apostles in preaching the Gospel to all nations.
God intended the Church to be an ever widening 'movement' that would not
replace Israel, but enlarge her. Gentiles were being added or "grafted into"
the existing olive tree of Israel, according to Paul in Romans 11:17-21;
while in Ephesians 2:11-22 we who were once "excluded from the commonwealth
of Israel" are being "brought near" or included through Christ, now "fellow
citizens... in God's household."
No doubt, within natural Israel many "branches" (individuals) have been "cut
off" down through the ages because of unbelief, but the olive tree itself
remains, as does the "everlasting" covenant that God made with Abraham and
his seed by solemn oath (Hebrews 6:13-18). Unlike the Mosaic sacrifices
referenced in Hebrews 10:9, the Abrahamic covenant - being God's decision to
bring salvation to the world through Israel - was never abolished. In this
regard, Romans 3:2 tells us the "unbelief" of some "will not nullify the
faithfulness of God" to His covenant promises to Israel, while in II Timothy
2:13 Paul further says of his fellow Israelites, "If we are faithless, He
remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself."
Whether Replacement adherents realize it or not, we are in the midst of an
incredible deliverance for Israel as unforgettable as the Exodus. God has
promised to free His ancient people from exile and unbelief, and to restore
them to their land and to Himself. This promised national redemption in the
fullness of time involves a most dynamic return of the Kingdom of God back
to the Temple courts (see Joel 2; Zechariah 4; Revelation 11). One day, we
will all be able to look back at this and say, "the Lord lives."
 
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God has
promised to free His ancient people from exile and unbelief, and to restore
them to their land and to Himself. This promised national redemption in the
fullness of time involves a most dynamic return of the Kingdom of God back
to the Temple courts (see Joel 2; Zechariah 4; Revelation 11). One day, we
will all be able to look back at this and say, "the Lord lives."
 
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There are also references to what God will do in Jeremiah 31:33........ But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Also you find the samething repeated in Hebrews 8:10......... For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

Then in Hebrews 10:16-17............16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
 
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Greyfeather, I think what God is saying is that He will etch the gospel(His laws) in their hearts and minds. There could be reason for argument, but I believe this will be achieved through the power of the Holy Spirit.

I am not literate regarding this subject, so here I pose another question, does the Holy Spirit live in believers alone? Or non believers aswell?

My belief is that we, being not clear descendants of Israel, but followers of Jesus Christ, could also regard ourselves as the house of Israel. Feel free to state your opinion regarding my opinion.
 
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teraside said:
I am not literate regarding this subject, so here I pose another question, does the Holy Spirit live in believers alone? Or non believers aswell?
The Holy Spirit dwells in believers alone. John 14:15-17 "If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."
 
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Thanks for the response Sunshine307, I learned alot from those Bible verses.
 
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The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel.

Zechariah 12

Jerusalem to Be Attacked

1The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. Thus declares the LORD who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him,
2"Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah.

3"It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.

4"In that day," declares the LORD, "I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.

5"Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, 'A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the LORD of hosts, their God.'

6"In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples, while the inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their own sites in Jerusalem.

7"The LORD also will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem will not be magnified above Judah.

8"In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the LORD before them.

9"And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10"I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

11"In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo.

12"The land will mourn, every family by itself; the family of the house of David by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself and their wives by themselves;

13the family of the house of Levi by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself and their wives by themselves;

14all the families that remain, every family by itself and their wives by themselves.
 
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I would like to hear your input, like I said in my earlier post, I believed it would be through the power of the Holy Spirit, the verses above confirm my belief.

This poses a question. Why does God only give conviction by the Holy Spirit to the Jews and not the entire earth? Is it because they are the nation of God? The holy nation of God? Anyone with an idea, please post your comment.

This is indeed a very interesting subject :smile:
 
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stephen said:
God has
promised to free His ancient people from exile and unbelief, and to restore
them to their land and to Himself. This promised national redemption in the
fullness of time involves a most dynamic return of the Kingdom of God back
to the Temple courts (see Joel 2; Zechariah 4; Revelation 11). One day, we
will all be able to look back at this and say, "the Lord lives."
Romans 10:1-4
1*Dear brothers and sisters,* the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is that the Jewish people might be saved. 2*I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. 3*For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Instead, they are clinging to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. They won’t go along with God’s way. 4*For Christ has accomplished the whole purpose* of the law. All who believe in him are made right with God.

God intended the Church to be an ever widening 'movement' that would not
replace Israel, but enlarge her. Gentiles were being added or "grafted into"
the existing olive tree of Israel, according to Paul in Romans 11:17-21;
while in Ephesians 2:11-22 we who were once "excluded from the commonwealth
of Israel" are being "brought near" or included through Christ, now "fellow
citizens... in God's household."
Romans 8:29&30
29*For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. 30*And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory.

God is not intending to make us Jewish through Christ. He wants everyone, including the Jews to be conformed into the image of His Son, Jesus the Christ.
 
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God is not intending to make us Jewish through Christ. He wants everyone, including the Jews to be conformed into the image of His Son, Jesus the Christ.

Amen Jiggy, Amen
 

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