December 19, 2015 (No Comments) by Christian Israel

The truth about Christ sums up all other truths, and in Him are all things bound up, whether creation and redemption, the curse of sin and the blessings of life, or even the numbering of the transgressors in judgment and the establishment & building of the triumphant church, for Christ the Son of God is the foundation of His church.

Christ is the foundation of Israel and the consummation of what Israel is in truth; the truth regarding the identity of Israel finds itself only and always in Christ, and apart from Him, there is no Israel at all. And of this truth, as all other truths, points just as definitely to Him as the identification of Israel, and if the identification of Israel is truly and only found in Him, it is verily true that apart from Christ, any profession to be “Israel” utterly fails. Scripture speaks so definitely of this truth, that it is necessary that we should here mention who constitutes the truth of Israel, who nothing less than Jesus Christ.

TWO BROTHERS AND THE BIRTHRIGHT

The ancient custom of passing on the spiritual blessing of the promised seed of the Messiah was the right given to the firstborn child of the father, who was also called “the beginning of his strength” (Deut. 21:17). Yet not in all cases was the firstborn given this sacred birthright, but disobedience and wickedness would often forfeit the blessing of the promised Messiah, and it would be passed on to another. It is evident that from this lineage of firstborns, Christ was to come, and still more evident that Christ is the seed of Israel. Yet when we look at the rise of the name “Israel”, an incomplete understanding of Scripture would seem to overthrow the law of inheritance for the firstborn. So when did the name Israel have it’s rise?

Isaac had two sons. The name of the firstborn was Esau, and the name of the younger was Jacob. Jacob coveted the spiritual blessing given to Esau as his birthright, and Esau “despised his birthright” (Gen. 25:34). God saw the desire in Jacob’s heart, and Jacob, in his strong desire for the birthright, willingly deceived his firstborn brother into selling his birthright, “for one morsel of meat” (Heb. 12:16).

The names of all created beings in heaven were given names that held significance, from Lucifer (meaning A bearer of light) to Adam (meaning Man), and that was even true for the names of those who were heirs of the true faith, even though in modern culture, this practice has largely been lost, . Jacob, being interpreted, meant deceiver. Being true to his name, he deceived not only his brother to receive his birthright, but also his father Isaac, now stricken from blindness, in giving him the blessing by declaring that he was the firstborn Esau. Infuriated that Jacob had gone to such great lengths to receive Esau’s birthright, he “hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, ‘…I will slay my brother Jacob.”

THE NAME “ISRAEL”

Jacob fled for years from the face of his brother Esau, and by doing this, from his deception also. Yet Jacob was to meet with his sin, and only by meeting his sin could God honor Jacob with the promised blessing. Esau now had become a great company with armies, and had entered into covenant with many woman of the surrounding pagan nations, and would approach the place of Jacob, his family, servants, and flocks by the next day. God was now bringing Jacob face-to-face with the sin he had so long run from. It was necessary for Jacob to have a new experience that would triumph above the experience his deceptive name had brought upon him, and he entered all night into desperate prayer.

Yet something that Jacob did during this prayer is to be characteristic of all of what Israel is, and must go through, and embraces all of Israel in the single experience which he had. Jacob felt the weight of his sin pressing upon him now at the face of his brother before him, and the Scripture declares: “Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled with a man with him until the dawning of the day.” (Gen. 32:28) Yet Jacob perceived that the very One he wrestled with was the very One in which the blessing of the birthright pointed to: The Seed of Abraham, the Son of man. Christ, the One in whom we are “blessed…with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places” (Eph. 1:3), was the very One that Jacob held so tenaciously to in prayer: for He was the very Object of the blessing Jacob so greatly desired, and sought to obtain through transgression of the law of God, who alone could truly bestow the blessing of Christ upon Jacob.

Jacob knew what it meant to hold onto Christ, and saw the need to wrestle with the “Man” that he might obtain the very experience we all must go through. When tempted to let go of Christ, when it seemed as though his resolve should have become weaker, and thus forfeit the blessing, Jacob’s grip grew more firm under the trial, and by faith he said “I will not let You go, except You bless me.” (Gen. 32:28) Then the Man required the name of Jacob, as a sign of his confession and repentance, and as a reminder that he, himself, was not Esau, though Esau had forfeited the inheritance, but was Jacob, a deceiver. In so doing, he testified that he would no longer exercise dishonesty toward man in seeking the blessing that God alone could give, but would “walk in the light, as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7). Therefore Christ said to him, “What is your name?” and Jacob confessed his true name, “Jacob…” Then the Man bestowed upon Jacob that blessing for which he sought:

Genesis 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

THE NAME ISRAEL

What happened to Jacob at that very moment is telling of every experience of those bearing that name. Israel means “One who prevails with God” or “Overcomer with God”. Jacob overcame his sin by the power of the blessing that the Son of Man could alone bestow upon him, and it is that experience which everyone who names of the name of Israel must necessarily pass through to be truly Israel.

Isaiah 65:15-16 And you shall leave your name for a curse unto My Chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay you, and call His servant by another name: (16) That he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

This was the experience of Israel and it is for us. Yet Jacob was no firstborn after the flesh, but as Israel, he and every other child may have access into that very blessing of being what is truly means to be a partaker of that Firstborn blessing.

THE BLESSING OF THE FIRSTBORN

While in Egypt, God “remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” (Exodus 2:24) at the cries of Abraham’s seed because of the oppression they met with while in Egypt, and it was that seed that God determined to deliver. Notice the language of God while speaking to Pharaoh regarding Israel:

Exodus 4:22 “And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is My Son, even My firstborn:”

Israel is called “the Son of God”, even His “firstborn”. It was this, and only this, that could give the birthright to Jacob. Therefore the firstborn birthright, though being manifested through the fleshly seed, was to be first and foremost, passed on as a spiritual birthright of a spiritual seed, far above the first of the flesh, but not to discount the first of the flesh so long as that firstling would continue in the faith delivered to him.

Of that “Seed”, it is said in the very first promise of the gospel:

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee (the serpent) and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it (that seed) shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.

Now that Seed is declared to be an overcomer of the Satan, but it is evident that the firstborn of Eve was not sufficient to be declared as that “seed”, in a literal sense, seeing as Cain, Eve’s firstborn, was denied that spiritual blessing because he did not seek after it according to the manner which God had ordained, but Abel, Cain’s brother, did. Of that spiritual blessing which Abel would have received and Cain did not, it is said:

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

Though Cain was rejected, and his brother was accepted, Cain in his anger persecuted and slayed his brother, “And wherefore did he slay him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.” (1 John 3:12) Now that more excellent sacrifice was “by faith”, but faith is not of a sacrifice that is seen by fleshly eyes, but that which is not seen, because “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1), and there is only one way we might be declared “righteous”, and that is through Christ. Therefore, Cain was rejected because he did not take hold of God’s ordained sacrifice, which was Christ, but Abel was received inasmuch as he offered it by faith, taking hold of “the man” declared to be “My Chosen”:

1 Peter 1:20 “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,”

It is more evident that the blessing of the firstborn “Seed” is a spiritual blessing when it was promised in covenant with Abraham, when it was said to him, “in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;” “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to Your seed, which is Christ.” (Gen. 26:4, Gal. 3:16)

THE TRUE ISRAEL

Christ, therefore, it may be concluded is the sum of all that Israel, which is nothing less than the church of God, is. He is truly heaven’s firstborn, being “the only-begotten Son of God”, and as that Son of Man, God’s “Chosen”, whom Jacob held with unyielding grip, He is appropriately declared to be “the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” (Col. 1:18) Thus in Christ, our old name was buried, that we might be “born again” of God in Him, for “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:6) This is what “the commonwealth of Israel” is, and has always been. (Eph. 2:12)


This is the reason why God declared Israel in Egypt to be “His Son”, not by virtue of the flesh, but by virtue of the promise He made with Abraham that they should be a spiritual seed, and heirs of the faith delivered to the saints, and the only ones who can be called “heirs” of that true faith, are those who are part of this Firstborn.

The overcoming church, declared to be Israel and God’s Son, was as soon as the promised seed, which is Christ, was given in Eden. It was faith in that Word which alone could make any born of the spiritual blessing, even at that time “being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1 Peter 1:23) Now, Israel continued, went into Egypt, and was called out of Egypt, then “baptized…in the cloud and in the sea” (1 Cor. 10:2), to wander the wilderness for forty years, teaching them that “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.” (Deut. 8:3). Understanding this, that it is by virtue of the Son of Man, that true Seed, that can alone constitute Israel, we should not marvel that the life of Christ perfectly lives out the experiences of Israel. For Christ Himself was born as the Son of God, as a man, promised in Eden and manifested as that very “Word made flesh” (John 1:14). And Matthew relates the genealogy of this “Seed” in his gospel, declaring Him to be the true Israel by which that Israel of old had it’s existence and finding it’s consummation and fulfillment in Him:

Matthew 2:13-15 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. (14) When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: (15) And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

After coming forth out of Egypt, the gospel writer relates the baptism of Christ, and His wilderness temptation for 40 days, being sustained without physical food, but living by the Word of God alone.


Matthew unequivocally declares Christ to be Israel, and it was only by that “Man” which Jacob wrestled with, that he received the name of “One who prevails with God and man”, and this is to be true of all of the church to the very end of time. For it is written:

Revelation 3:21 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”

THE ROCK

Christ is the “Rock that begat you” (Deut. 32:13) to be “living stones, built up a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5) to make up the living church of God. Pertaining to Israel, He is “the Rock of salvation”; the word for salvation in Hebrew being appropriately “Yahshua”, being the name of Christ in the Hebrew language. God’s people are admonished of God: “Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.” (Isaiah 51:1)


To look unto the rock from which you are hewn is nothing less than to “look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:2), and this is the very rock upon which the church was built upon, is built upon, and will always be built upon. Christ declaring this truth more fully spoke to Simon, giving him the name Peter, even as Jacob was given the name Israel to declare one and the same truth:

Matthew 16:16-18 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (17) And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (18) And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (a stone), and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”


Therefore, the confession of Christ as the very Rock is the foundation which overcomes all the gates of hell, and just as Israel prevails with God and man, even so the gates of hell will not prevail against true Israel, God’s firstborn:

Hebrews 12:22-23 “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, (23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven”

That church of the Rock, who is Yahshua (Salvation), is the “church of the firstborn”, and God has appointed all who look unto this Rock, to be stones like Peter, from the Rock of the Son of the living God, and receive a portion with Christ in His inheritance, “Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong:”

THE MESSAGE OF ELIJAH

The Elijah message is to be the final message to come in the world, but who was Elijah? He was a messenger of the true Rock. Of him it could be said that the gates of hell did not overcome him, despite that it had overcome almost all of professed Israel in the days of Elijah. He recognized the great truth regarding the Rock of salvation, when in the time of apostasy the “altar of the Lord…was broken down”:

1 Kings 18:30-32 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. (31) And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: (32) And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.

Those stones were named Israel by Elijah, and why Israel? Because those stones were to build up that true altar, upon which Christ the Lamb is to make these “living stones” a “living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (Rom. 12:1) by Jesus Christ. John the Baptist, the Elijah-messenger of his day, bore a similar message, declaring that Israel was only the spiritual seed, and not the fleshly seed which was overrun by apostasy.

Matthew 3:9 “And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.”

Likewise, for the sake of Israel to be blessed, they must be turned from their iniquities by Christ that they might be restored to the blessings of Abraham and be the light of the world:

Acts 3:25-26 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. (26) Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

Therefore the final message to come to the earth shall be no different. The churches made with dead stones are rampant with Babylonian apostasy, which cause the spiritual blessing to be removed from the children to claim to be heirs of that promise, and it is for this cause that the Elijah message must come and to bear the same distinction of restoring the promise of blessing to God’s people:

Malachi 4:5-6 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: (6) And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

ISRAEL’S PORTION

These things are sufficient enough to show that Christ alone can constitute who Israel truly is. For “if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3:29) The inheritance given to the firstborn is only given in Christ, and by Christ is the name of “Overcoming” Israel given.

1 John 5:4-5 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (5) Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Of the Son of God, it is said
Psalms 89:27-29 Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. (28) My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. (29) His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.

And in Christ, shall “His seed” be made to “endure for ever”, that “whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

In Summary:

Now, who is Israel? It is the seed of Abraham, the overcoming seed of the woman. Who is Israel? It is the firstborn of God, declared to be none other than His Son. And we are Israel only by that Chosen, in whom our names are left as a curse, that in His death and resurrection, we might be partakers with Him of the blessing that alone is His birthright.

Let us therefore hear the conclusion of the matter pertaining to Israel as is written in Revelation:

Revelation 21:7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

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December 19, 2015 (No Comments) by Christian Israel

The truth about Christ sums up all other truths, and in Him are all things bound up, whether creation and redemption, the curse of sin and the blessings of life, or even the numbering of the transgressors in judgment and the establishment & building of the triumphant church, for Christ the Son of God is the foundation of His church.

Christ is the foundation of Israel and the consummation of what Israel is in truth; the truth regarding the identity of Israel finds itself only and always in Christ, and apart from Him, there is no Israel at all. And of this truth, as all other truths, points just as definitely to Him as the identification of Israel, and if the identification of Israel is truly and only found in Him, it is verily true that apart from Christ, any profession to be “Israel” utterly fails. Scripture speaks so definitely of this truth, that it is necessary that we should here mention who constitutes the truth of Israel, who nothing less than Jesus Christ.

TWO BROTHERS AND THE BIRTHRIGHT

The ancient custom of passing on the spiritual blessing of the promised seed of the Messiah was the right given to the firstborn child of the father, who was also called “the beginning of his strength” (Deut. 21:17). Yet not in all cases was the firstborn given this sacred birthright, but disobedience and wickedness would often forfeit the blessing of the promised Messiah, and it would be passed on to another. It is evident that from this lineage of firstborns, Christ was to come, and still more evident that Christ is the seed of Israel. Yet when we look at the rise of the name “Israel”, an incomplete understanding of Scripture would seem to overthrow the law of inheritance for the firstborn. So when did the name Israel have it’s rise?

Isaac had two sons. The name of the firstborn was Esau, and the name of the younger was Jacob. Jacob coveted the spiritual blessing given to Esau as his birthright, and Esau “despised his birthright” (Gen. 25:34). God saw the desire in Jacob’s heart, and Jacob, in his strong desire for the birthright, willingly deceived his firstborn brother into selling his birthright, “for one morsel of meat” (Heb. 12:16).

The names of all created beings in heaven were given names that held significance, from Lucifer (meaning A bearer of light) to Adam (meaning Man), and that was even true for the names of those who were heirs of the true faith, even though in modern culture, this practice has largely been lost, . Jacob, being interpreted, meant deceiver. Being true to his name, he deceived not only his brother to receive his birthright, but also his father Isaac, now stricken from blindness, in giving him the blessing by declaring that he was the firstborn Esau. Infuriated that Jacob had gone to such great lengths to receive Esau’s birthright, he “hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, ‘…I will slay my brother Jacob.”

THE NAME “ISRAEL”

Jacob fled for years from the face of his brother Esau, and by doing this, from his deception also. Yet Jacob was to meet with his sin, and only by meeting his sin could God honor Jacob with the promised blessing. Esau now had become a great company with armies, and had entered into covenant with many woman of the surrounding pagan nations, and would approach the place of Jacob, his family, servants, and flocks by the next day. God was now bringing Jacob face-to-face with the sin he had so long run from. It was necessary for Jacob to have a new experience that would triumph above the experience his deceptive name had brought upon him, and he entered all night into desperate prayer.

Yet something that Jacob did during this prayer is to be characteristic of all of what Israel is, and must go through, and embraces all of Israel in the single experience which he had. Jacob felt the weight of his sin pressing upon him now at the face of his brother before him, and the Scripture declares: “Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled with a man with him until the dawning of the day.” (Gen. 32:28) Yet Jacob perceived that the very One he wrestled with was the very One in which the blessing of the birthright pointed to: The Seed of Abraham, the Son of man. Christ, the One in whom we are “blessed…with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places” (Eph. 1:3), was the very One that Jacob held so tenaciously to in prayer: for He was the very Object of the blessing Jacob so greatly desired, and sought to obtain through transgression of the law of God, who alone could truly bestow the blessing of Christ upon Jacob.

Jacob knew what it meant to hold onto Christ, and saw the need to wrestle with the “Man” that he might obtain the very experience we all must go through. When tempted to let go of Christ, when it seemed as though his resolve should have become weaker, and thus forfeit the blessing, Jacob’s grip grew more firm under the trial, and by faith he said “I will not let You go, except You bless me.” (Gen. 32:28) Then the Man required the name of Jacob, as a sign of his confession and repentance, and as a reminder that he, himself, was not Esau, though Esau had forfeited the inheritance, but was Jacob, a deceiver. In so doing, he testified that he would no longer exercise dishonesty toward man in seeking the blessing that God alone could give, but would “walk in the light, as He is in the light” (1 John 1:7). Therefore Christ said to him, “What is your name?” and Jacob confessed his true name, “Jacob…” Then the Man bestowed upon Jacob that blessing for which he sought:

Genesis 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

THE NAME ISRAEL

What happened to Jacob at that very moment is telling of every experience of those bearing that name. Israel means “One who prevails with God” or “Overcomer with God”. Jacob overcame his sin by the power of the blessing that the Son of Man could alone bestow upon him, and it is that experience which everyone who names of the name of Israel must necessarily pass through to be truly Israel.

Isaiah 65:15-16 And you shall leave your name for a curse unto My Chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay you, and call His servant by another name: (16) That he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

This was the experience of Israel and it is for us. Yet Jacob was no firstborn after the flesh, but as Israel, he and every other child may have access into that very blessing of being what is truly means to be a partaker of that Firstborn blessing.

THE BLESSING OF THE FIRSTBORN

While in Egypt, God “remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” (Exodus 2:24) at the cries of Abraham’s seed because of the oppression they met with while in Egypt, and it was that seed that God determined to deliver. Notice the language of God while speaking to Pharaoh regarding Israel:

Exodus 4:22 “And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is My Son, even My firstborn:”

Israel is called “the Son of God”, even His “firstborn”. It was this, and only this, that could give the birthright to Jacob. Therefore the firstborn birthright, though being manifested through the fleshly seed, was to be first and foremost, passed on as a spiritual birthright of a spiritual seed, far above the first of the flesh, but not to discount the first of the flesh so long as that firstling would continue in the faith delivered to him.

Of that “Seed”, it is said in the very first promise of the gospel:

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee (the serpent) and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it (that seed) shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.

Now that Seed is declared to be an overcomer of the Satan, but it is evident that the firstborn of Eve was not sufficient to be declared as that “seed”, in a literal sense, seeing as Cain, Eve’s firstborn, was denied that spiritual blessing because he did not seek after it according to the manner which God had ordained, but Abel, Cain’s brother, did. Of that spiritual blessing which Abel would have received and Cain did not, it is said:

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

Though Cain was rejected, and his brother was accepted, Cain in his anger persecuted and slayed his brother, “And wherefore did he slay him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.” (1 John 3:12) Now that more excellent sacrifice was “by faith”, but faith is not of a sacrifice that is seen by fleshly eyes, but that which is not seen, because “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1), and there is only one way we might be declared “righteous”, and that is through Christ. Therefore, Cain was rejected because he did not take hold of God’s ordained sacrifice, which was Christ, but Abel was received inasmuch as he offered it by faith, taking hold of “the man” declared to be “My Chosen”:

1 Peter 1:20 “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,”

It is more evident that the blessing of the firstborn “Seed” is a spiritual blessing when it was promised in covenant with Abraham, when it was said to him, “in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;” “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to Your seed, which is Christ.” (Gen. 26:4, Gal. 3:16)

THE TRUE ISRAEL

Christ, therefore, it may be concluded is the sum of all that Israel, which is nothing less than the church of God, is. He is truly heaven’s firstborn, being “the only-begotten Son of God”, and as that Son of Man, God’s “Chosen”, whom Jacob held with unyielding grip, He is appropriately declared to be “the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” (Col. 1:18) Thus in Christ, our old name was buried, that we might be “born again” of God in Him, for “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:6) This is what “the commonwealth of Israel” is, and has always been. (Eph. 2:12)


This is the reason why God declared Israel in Egypt to be “His Son”, not by virtue of the flesh, but by virtue of the promise He made with Abraham that they should be a spiritual seed, and heirs of the faith delivered to the saints, and the only ones who can be called “heirs” of that true faith, are those who are part of this Firstborn.

The overcoming church, declared to be Israel and God’s Son, was as soon as the promised seed, which is Christ, was given in Eden. It was faith in that Word which alone could make any born of the spiritual blessing, even at that time “being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1 Peter 1:23) Now, Israel continued, went into Egypt, and was called out of Egypt, then “baptized…in the cloud and in the sea” (1 Cor. 10:2), to wander the wilderness for forty years, teaching them that “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.” (Deut. 8:3). Understanding this, that it is by virtue of the Son of Man, that true Seed, that can alone constitute Israel, we should not marvel that the life of Christ perfectly lives out the experiences of Israel. For Christ Himself was born as the Son of God, as a man, promised in Eden and manifested as that very “Word made flesh” (John 1:14). And Matthew relates the genealogy of this “Seed” in his gospel, declaring Him to be the true Israel by which that Israel of old had it’s existence and finding it’s consummation and fulfillment in Him:

Matthew 2:13-15 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. (14) When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: (15) And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

After coming forth out of Egypt, the gospel writer relates the baptism of Christ, and His wilderness temptation for 40 days, being sustained without physical food, but living by the Word of God alone.


Matthew unequivocally declares Christ to be Israel, and it was only by that “Man” which Jacob wrestled with, that he received the name of “One who prevails with God and man”, and this is to be true of all of the church to the very end of time. For it is written:

Revelation 3:21 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”

THE ROCK

Christ is the “Rock that begat you” (Deut. 32:13) to be “living stones, built up a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5) to make up the living church of God. Pertaining to Israel, He is “the Rock of salvation”; the word for salvation in Hebrew being appropriately “Yahshua”, being the name of Christ in the Hebrew language. God’s people are admonished of God: “Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.” (Isaiah 51:1)


To look unto the rock from which you are hewn is nothing less than to “look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:2), and this is the very rock upon which the church was built upon, is built upon, and will always be built upon. Christ declaring this truth more fully spoke to Simon, giving him the name Peter, even as Jacob was given the name Israel to declare one and the same truth:

Matthew 16:16-18 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (17) And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (18) And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (a stone), and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”


Therefore, the confession of Christ as the very Rock is the foundation which overcomes all the gates of hell, and just as Israel prevails with God and man, even so the gates of hell will not prevail against true Israel, God’s firstborn:

Hebrews 12:22-23 “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, (23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven”

That church of the Rock, who is Yahshua (Salvation), is the “church of the firstborn”, and God has appointed all who look unto this Rock, to be stones like Peter, from the Rock of the Son of the living God, and receive a portion with Christ in His inheritance, “Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong:”

THE MESSAGE OF ELIJAH

The Elijah message is to be the final message to come in the world, but who was Elijah? He was a messenger of the true Rock. Of him it could be said that the gates of hell did not overcome him, despite that it had overcome almost all of professed Israel in the days of Elijah. He recognized the great truth regarding the Rock of salvation, when in the time of apostasy the “altar of the Lord…was broken down”:

1 Kings 18:30-32 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. (31) And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: (32) And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.

Those stones were named Israel by Elijah, and why Israel? Because those stones were to build up that true altar, upon which Christ the Lamb is to make these “living stones” a “living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (Rom. 12:1) by Jesus Christ. John the Baptist, the Elijah-messenger of his day, bore a similar message, declaring that Israel was only the spiritual seed, and not the fleshly seed which was overrun by apostasy.

Matthew 3:9 “And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.”

Likewise, for the sake of Israel to be blessed, they must be turned from their iniquities by Christ that they might be restored to the blessings of Abraham and be the light of the world:

Acts 3:25-26 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. (26) Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

Therefore the final message to come to the earth shall be no different. The churches made with dead stones are rampant with Babylonian apostasy, which cause the spiritual blessing to be removed from the children to claim to be heirs of that promise, and it is for this cause that the Elijah message must come and to bear the same distinction of restoring the promise of blessing to God’s people:

Malachi 4:5-6 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: (6) And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

ISRAEL’S PORTION

These things are sufficient enough to show that Christ alone can constitute who Israel truly is. For “if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3:29) The inheritance given to the firstborn is only given in Christ, and by Christ is the name of “Overcoming” Israel given.

1 John 5:4-5 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (5) Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Of the Son of God, it is said
Psalms 89:27-29 Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. (28) My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. (29) His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.

And in Christ, shall “His seed” be made to “endure for ever”, that “whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

In Summary:

Now, who is Israel? It is the seed of Abraham, the overcoming seed of the woman. Who is Israel? It is the firstborn of God, declared to be none other than His Son. And we are Israel only by that Chosen, in whom our names are left as a curse, that in His death and resurrection, we might be partakers with Him of the blessing that alone is His birthright.

Let us therefore hear the conclusion of the matter pertaining to Israel as is written in Revelation:

Revelation 21:7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

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