Israel, the Church, the Bride
Being part of the body of Christ we are in Him. In Him there is a part of His body that is taken out of Himself to produce His bride; just as Eve was taken out of Adam. She will be as Abraham was a “called out one” or a “drawn out one”; hence the meaning of the word church according to the Strong’s concordance. All who have been “called out”; have been called to a nation (kingdom) not a religion. All who made Israel where the first “called out ones”. Abraham in Genesis 12:1-2, Isaac in Genesis 26:2, Jacob in Genesis 31:11-13. Sarah followed Abraham in Genesis 12:5. Rebecca made a decision to go with Isaac in Genesis 24:50, and Leah and Rachel agreed to go with Jacob in Genesis 31:14-16. Since the number for the church is seven; they are not just the foundation of Israel; they are also the first church and the foundation of it. If the church is the body of the Lord; then the body of the Lord produced the nation. It was the Lord who enabled Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, and Rachel to conceive. In Ephesians 4:5 the Word says there is “one Lord.” That means that the Lord who helped these women conceive is the same Lord who died on the cross, and is the same Lord that gives eternal life. Israel is likened to a woman in Ezekiel 16:1-14, and the Lord enabled that woman to conceive. It was the Lord that gave Sarah the egg in Genesis 21:1. Then He answered the prayer of the son for his wife to conceive in Genesis 25:21. So He opened the womb for Leah in Genesis29:31, and then opened the womb for Rachel in Genesis 30:22. He did all of this so Mary could receive the Seed that would produce His body in Luke 1:28-31. The church is also described as a woman in Ephesians 5:25. The woman that is Israel is also the woman who is the church. It is not a matter of one replacing the other, but of one producing the other. No where in the word does He say He would replace Israel. He says He would restore her. Israel could not be Israel without the people that make her up, and the Lord could not call people out unless He had a place for them to go. The Lord told Abraham in Genesis 12:1, “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.” Just as there is one Lord there is also only one body; Ephesians 4:4. The church did not start in Acts; it started in Genesis. The Lord himself says in Isaiah 46:9-10, “I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning”. The church could not be in the end if it was not in the beginning. What happened in Acts was that the call was going out beyond the city limits of Jerusalem and Israel to the entire world in every language so all could hear and understand. The invitation to all in Revelations 22:17 is; “And the Spirit and the Bride say come.” The world is not being called to a religion, but to a nation which is the body of the Lord; His kingdom. Abraham did not start out as an Israelite. He became Israel. The same is true for the other six members of the foundation of this nation. That is what it means to be born again. In John 3:15 the word says, “That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”, and in Genesis 15:6 it says; “And he (Abraham) believed in the Lord (Jesus), and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” Paul says in Romans 12:2; “and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” The word Israel is not just a name. It is also an acronym. It is a word made by taking the first letters from the name of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, and making a name out of them. Let me show you what I mean.
These seven people are Israel. That is why Exodus 3:15 says; "Moreover God said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: "the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations." All who come after are the children of Israel. They are natural children; Genesis 35:23-26 says “Now the sons of Leah were Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, and Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun; the sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin; the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s maidservant, were Dan and Naphtali; and the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s maidservant, were Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Padan Aram. There are also grafted in children by the spirit of adoption. Romans 8: 15-16 says; “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” What makes Israel so uniquely different is that it is the only nation that the Lord has called and birthed. It exists both physically and spiritually in the sight of God. This is why all other nations will be judged by how it treats this one. It is the only nation where its authority comes from heaven to earth. It’s lands, law, buildings, citizens, King, Priest, harvest, food, water, wine, riches, precious things, and nature all come from heaven. Her power is not in weapons or riches. Her power is in how much she loves the body that she comes from; which is the body of the Lord. This is the reason the greatest commandment is; “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. The word of God tells us however that not all of Israel is Israel. Romans 9:6-7 says; “But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect; for they are not all Israel who are Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” It is those who obey the Lord, and follow the Lord, and have the heart of Abraham. John 8:39 says; “They answered and said to Him “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.” This applies to both the natural child and the grafted in child. To the foreigner or the stranger He says in Isaiah 56:6-8; “Also to the son of the foreigner who join themselves to the Lord, to be His servants- everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath and holds fast My covenant- even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer….” Now that we have established that the “called out ones” make up the body of the Lord; which is His people Israel; what part of His body is taken out to produce (build) His bride? It is the Holy Jerusalem. The natural Jerusalem is the Holiest part of Israel, because it was the place were His temple resided. In the New Jerusalem it to will be the holiest of all because the holiest of all of us will be the temple of the living God. The Lord tells us in Leviticus 11:44, and in 1Peter 1:16; “Be holy for I am holy”. He will not be unequally yoked. In Revelations 21:9-21 an angel of the Lord shows John the Bride arrayed in the glory of God. She is described as having a wall that separates her from everything else, and the wall has twelve foundations which bare the names of the twelve apostles of the lamb. She also has twelve gates by which you enter, and the angels that guard the gates bare the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel. The great wall is made up of precious stones, and the gates are made of pearl. The stones where given to the priest to represent the children of Israel in Exodus 28:21. To the gentiles he says in Isaiah 56:3-5; “Do not let the son of the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord speak saying “the Lord has utterly separated me from His people.” Nor let the eunuch say; “here I am, a dry tree.” For thus says the Lord; “to the eunuch who keep My Sabbaths, and choose what please Me, and holds fast My covenant, even to them I will give in My house and within My walls a place and a name better than that of sons and daughters.” To the compromising church He says in Revelations 2:17 “To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat, and I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” That is why Peter when speaking to Israel in 1Peter2:5 he says; “Coming to Him as a living stone rejected by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Christ.” Going back to the beginning we can understand in greater depth the meaning of the prayer the Lord Jesus Christ prayed in John 17:20-26; “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their words; that they all may be one, as you Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me, and the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one; I in them, and You in Me that they be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You have given Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, that world has not known You, but I have known You, and these have known that You sent Me, and I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.
” God bless all of us. Amen Hebrew graft from “The secrets of Hebrew words” by Benjamin Blech
” God bless all of us. Amen Hebrew graft from “The secrets of Hebrew words” by Benjamin Blech