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The Works of Abraham

Posted by israeliteindeed on July 29, 2014

Jesus: “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”

Unbelieving Jews: “Abraham is our father.”

Jesus: “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. You do the deeds of your father.”

Unbelieving Jews: “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.”

Jesus: If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” (Jn. 8:37-47)

This passage is powerful, but few are listening.

“Abraham’s children…do the works of Abraham.”

It doesn’t matter who calls themselves Abraham’s children. It doesn’t matter what race, religion, or location one possesses or professes. Abraham’s children do the works of Abraham. And those who don’t do the works of Abraham are NOT Abraham’s children. They are not blessed with faithful Abraham (Gal. 3:9). And what are Abraham’s works?

Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad. (Jn. 8:56)

Abraham gladly believed in the Messiah! Also:

By faith Abraham obeyed…(Heb. 11:8)

And:

By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Heb. 11:9-10)

Abraham looked upon “the land of promise” as a foreign country! He recognized that the promise was a heavenly city built by God.

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. (Heb. 11:13-16)

Abraham did NOT receive the promise in this life! He saw it afar off, he rejoiced to see it, and he confessed he was a stranger and pilgrim on the earth. He desired the heavenly country. He did NOT fight over earthly country. What happened when Abraham and Lot had too many herds for the land?–He let Lot choose where he wanted to stay and he took the leftovers. No insisting that God had given the land to him. He waited for the promise of God to come about in God’s time, rejoicing to see “My day”–the day of Christ, when the kingdom of God would be established. And he “died in faith, not having received the promises.”

Is this what we see today in the Middle East? No, we see unbelievers fighting over land, just as was happening in the days Jesus walked the earth, when the Jews chafed under Roman occupation. Both the Jews and the Romans were sinful nations, and today, both the Jews and the Muslims belong to sinful nations. (Yet a remnant of each will be saved.)

Did Jesus rally the Jews to fight for land? Did He tell them the land was owed them? He never did. He wouldn’t even concede that they were children of Abraham! “He who is of God hears God’s Word…you do not hear because YOU ARE NOT OF GOD.” (Jn. 8:47)

How much plainer can it be? Jews who reject Jesus are NOT OF GOD.

They are not of God. It doesn’t matter how many false teachers say they are “God’s people” and we should support them. Please hear the Savior: They are not of God.

Supporting them and the things they do out of carnal ambitions is having fellowship with darkness. Did Jesus say we should have fellowship with them?

Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch. (Matt. 15:4) Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. (Lk. 12:21)

The apostle John was clear:

Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. (I Jn. 2:22) Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ (the Messiah) has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. (I Jn. 4:3)

Every person that denies Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) is ANTICHRIST. Do you know what this means? This means thousands of deceived professing Christians are supporting and advancing the causes of antichrist. John recorded Jesus as saying, “I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” (Rev. 2:9)

What fellowship is there between Christ and antichrist? What fellowship between the Church of Jesus Christ and the synagogue of satan?

No true child of Abraham (whether Jewish or Arabic or something else) is fighting over land. True children of Abraham do the works of Abraham.

Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. (Gal. 3:7)

ONLY! The flesh profits nothing!

Oh yes, the children of the flesh persecute the children of the Spirit, and insist upon their “rights.” Han Pappe, an Israeli historian, said, “Most zionists don’t believe God exists, but they do believe He promised them Palestine.” What a clever apostasy! This is worse apostasy than the one Jesus rebuked; even the Pharisees of His day–“children of the devil“–did not deny the existence of God. But the children of the flesh shall not prevail. They shall be cast out and cut off (Gal. 4:21-31). Jesus said, “I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.” (Rev. 3:9)

And who are the true Jews? Paul wrote, “He is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.” (Rom. 2:28-29)

These do the works of Abraham. These only are the children of Abraham. These only are blessed. These only are the apple of God’s eye. These only are citizens of the Heavenly Zion. These only are guarded and protected by God. And these only make up the Israel of God.

To the unbelieving Jew, I say this: Repent and believe the gospel. Then you too can be a child of Abraham and an heir of the promises.

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The True Vine

Posted by israeliteindeed on July 19, 2014

In this paper, we will follow the history of the Vine God has planted.

You have brought a vine out of Egypt; You have cast out the nations, and planted it. You prepared room for it, and caused it to take deep root, and it filled the land. (Psa. 80:8-9)

The vine is referring to Israel, brought out of Egypt. God cast out wicked nations for Israel’s sake and planted her like a Vine.

Yet, let us consider how many left Egypt vs. how many truly entered “the land.” How many members of the nation made it to the place prepared for it? Most Israelites fell in the wilderness. Caleb and Joshua were the only members of the original generation that entered in. The rest were “cut off” because of unbelief, because every branch in Christ which does not bear fruit is cut off. Were these Israelites branches in Christ? Yes–These Israelites ate spiritual food and drank spiritual drink from Jesus, but then they tempted Him and were destroyed–an example we are exhorted not to follow (I Cor. 10:1-11).

Return, we beseech You, O God of hosts; look down from heaven and see, and visit this vine and the vineyard which Your right hand has planted, and the branch that You made strong for Yourself. It is burned with fire, it is cut down; they perish at the rebuke of Your countenance. Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself. (Psa. 80:14-17)

The Psalmist notes the destruction of the vine of Israel and the vineyard after years of apostasy. But mention is made of “the man of Your right hand,” and the “son of man whom You made strong for yourself.” This is referring to Jesus, the hope of Israel. Through Him, the devastated vineyard would be restored.

The prophet Isaiah also pictured Israel as God’s vineyard, which had greatly disappointed Him thus far:

Now let me sing to my Well-beloved a song of my Beloved regarding His vineyard:
My Well-beloved has a vineyard on a very fruitful hill.
He dug it up and cleared out its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine.
He built a tower in its midst, and also made a winepress in it;
So He expected it to bring forth good grapes, but it brought forth wild grapes.
“And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge, please, between Me and My vineyard.
What more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done in it?
Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes?
And now, please let Me tell you what I will do to My vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned;
And break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. I will lay it waste; it shall not be pruned or dug,
But there shall come up briers and thorns. I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain on it.”
For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are His pleasant plant.
He looked for justice, but behold, oppression; for righteousness, but behold, a cry for help. (Isa. 5:1-7)

A sad history of the vineyard God planted with “the Choicest Vine.” This vineyard is “the house of Israel.” The people were utterly without excuse, for everything necessary had been provided for their fruitfulness, but they produced wild grapes. The chapter goes on to summarize the wickedness of the people of Israel, and the dreadful judgments that would fall on them. While this describes the majority of the people, there was a remnant (including Isaiah himself) which was faithful to the Lord. The faithful remnant of Israel would not be cut off.

Yet I had planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality. How then have you turned before Me into the degenerate plant of an alien vine? (Jer. 2:21)

The Seed is the Word of God (Jesus), which had been given to the people again and again. But the Word of God did not profit most of the people, not being mixed with faith (Heb. 4:2), and thus they became “an alien vine” producing alien fruit. God’s designation of the term, “alien vine,” indicates that He did not accept most of the people as belonging to Him. Yet, the True Vine was still present and active. The True Vine was the “Man of your right hand” from Psalm 80. The Word of God had its faithful adherents, including Jeremiah. Very soon, the Word of God would be made flesh and come dwell on the earth. Those in Israel who had ordered their conduct aright would see God’s Salvation (Psa. 50:23).

For the seed shall be prosperous, the vine shall give its fruit, the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew—I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these. And it shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, let your hands be strong. (Zech. 8:12-13)

A Word of hope is now given by Zechariah: the Seed/the Word of God/Christ (which accomplishes that for which it is sent) shall be prosperous, and the vine (Israel) shall give its fruit. And who will possess the fruitfulness of the vine and the dew of heaven?–only the faithful remnant! Just as most perished in the wilderness after leaving Egypt, so most in Zechariah’s day would not abide in the Word producing the fruit God requires. Only a remnant would do so. Israel had gone so far from God that it had become a curse among the nations rather than a blessing! But Israel would yet again be a blessing. This was fulfilled in the days of Jesus’ and the apostles’ ministries, when many Jews were born again and became a light to the Gentiles. These Jews were saved and became fruitful branches in the Vine.

Now consider Jesus’ own account of how God is dealing with His vineyard:

Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vine dressers, and went into a far country for a long time. Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vine dressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vine dressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out. “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.’ But when the vine dressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy those vine dressers and give the vineyard to others.” And when they heard it they said, “Certainly not!” Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone’? Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people—for they knew He had spoken this parable against them. (Lk. 20:9-19)

The Jewish leaders knew Jesus was speaking against them. And His message was that God (the true owner of the vineyard) would destroy those who had charge of the vineyard of Israel and give it to others. (The same message is given in different words in Matt. 21:43.) Consider this carefully–according to Jesus, God would give the vineyard of Israel to others! It would not remain in the hands of those who, by natural birth, seemed entitled to it. This is not new; God had always worked this way. When the first generation of Israelites rebelled in the wilderness, God destroyed them and gave the promise to others (the remnant). When the Israelites in later years rebelled, God destroyed them but preserved His remnant, who alone would possess the fruitfulness of the vine and the dew of heaven. In the days immediately after Jesus came, God would destroy those who abused His vineyard, and give the vineyard to others (all those who would obey His gospel). God, throughout history, has preserved His true Vine, but all branches in Him that were not fruitful were cut off and lost possession of it.

In response to Jesus’ testimony that God would take the vineyard from them, the leaders of Israel declared, “Certainly not!” They were sure they were “the chosen ones” and their apostasy could not alter their destiny. But Jesus pointed to Himself being the Chief Cornerstone, upon which the True House of Israel–the habitation of God–is built. Their rejection of Him (the Word of God) would be their downfall. They were like builders casting away the necessary cornerstone, or branches rebelling against the Vine which alone could give them life. This insistence that apostate Israel will “certainly not” lose the vineyard continues to this day, and even many Gentiles have bought the lie despite faithful Hebrew testimonies from Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah, Jesus, Paul, Peter, etc. to the contrary.

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit…Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. (Jn. 15:1-2)

Here, in Christ, we see the fulfillment of Zech. 8:12-13. Jesus taught that He is the True Vine. In calling Himself the True Vine, He revealed that He is the True Israel of God. Out of Egypt God brought a Vine, and out of Egypt God called His Son (Matt. 2:14-15; Hos. 11:1). As the King of Israel, Jesus represents and leads and provides for the true Israel–that is, those who are true to Him. Many branches in Him had already been taken away, throughout history, but the faithful remnant had been left and had brought forth fruit. These were the remnant of the natural Israel (which included Gentiles), and as these became a light to the Gentiles, more Gentiles came to abide in Jesus also, and thus the Vine spread throughout the earth.

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Insight From Balaam’s Prophecy #1–Blessing & Cursing

Posted by israeliteindeed on June 13, 2014

Introduction: Although I consider Balaam to be a prophet who fell from grace according to 2 Pet. 2:15, Jude 11 and Rev. 2:14, I believe his prophecy recorded in Num. 23-24 was inspired by God (see 23:5, 16; 24:2). As such, it contains some very important truths.

At the time when Balaak wanted to curse Israel through the prophet Balaam, Israel was being obedient to God. Therefore God’s blessing was among them (Num. 23:21). Balaam was not permitted to curse them.

Insight #1 — No one can curse someone God has not cursed. God only curses those who deserve to be cursed. God decides who is blessed and who is cursed.

How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced? (Num. 23:8)

Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight. (Prov. 26:2)

The cursed includes idolaters, those who dishonor their parents, thieves, those who lead others astray, those who pervert justice or oppress the weak, the sexually immoral, those who slay the innocent (including aborting parents and their murderous “doctors”), and those who disregard God’s law in any other way (Deut. 27-28). Scripture also declares that the proud (Psa. 119:21), those who trust in man or flesh rather than God (Jer. 17:5), and those who care nothing for the “least of these” (Matt. 25:41) are cursed.

In the charismatic church, I have noticed a strange paranoia that is identical to what is seen among remote superstitious pagans who feel they must make certain offerings or perform certain rituals in order to keep from being cursed. It is not uncommon for a professing Christian to surmise that some person has cursed them, and to blame all unfortunate events on this curse. Sometimes the Christian will feel they must give money to a ministry or make a trip to a certain place to get free of the curse. One such couple I knew believed a neighbor must be cursing them, or else the car would not have broken down, and the woman would not have tripped and cut her head open on a rock. They spent their time wondering where the curse was coming from, and had no peace.

False teachers take advantage of this ignorance of God’s Word, and exploit the gullible to gain followers and money. Just as a witchdoctor gets paid to keep his devotees “blessed” through witchcraft, these sophisticated liars sell thousands of dollars worth of books and cd’s which supposedly offer “the keys to success” their followers are convinced they need. It is the same deception re-packaged; there is nothing new under the sun. The only key to success is obedience to God’s Word, and this is a message we are to freely give to all.

I have also seen false teachers “curse” anyone who questions their doctrine, so as to insulate themselves from proper scrutiny. Do not be deceived. We are to examine every teaching carefully by God’s Word and warn others if it deviates. If you love God and obey His teaching, you will not be cursed. Neither will you be cursed for judging a man’s words by Scripture. However the godly will suffer trials and/or persecution in this life (2 Tim. 3:12; Acts 14:22).

Conversely, if you disregard God’s Word, you will be cursed, and no rituals or offerings will deliver you from reaping what you sow.

There is also gross ignorance in the church regarding the blessing or cursing of nations. Many think our nation can abort children, spread pornography and false teachings all over the globe, love violence and every kind of sexual perversion, neglect the proper teaching of our children, and yet still be blessed if only we do certain religious things right (such as “go to church” or “vote conservative” or “support Israel militarily.”) This is a lie. As a nation, we are reaping exactly what we have sown, and we will continue to reap what we sow. God is not bought off by hypocritical prayers offered by public officials. He is not blinded to what we are doing by religious rituals. America will continue to fall until she is destroyed, unless she repents. All nations that forget God are turned into hell, without exception (Psa. 9:17). But any individual who turns to God in repentance can be saved from this perverse generation (Acts 2:40), just as some Jews turned to Christ and were saved, while their countrymen continued to rebel until they were destroyed.

How about the blessing of God on the corporate Church? The proud American, apostate church (not the true disciples who are walking in the truth) is largely responsible for this nation’s destruction, and she is cursed. She was supposed to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, but she has followed after the same idols loved by the world. She wants earthly power (dominion), earthly riches and the praises of wicked men (woe to her). The light within her is darkness, her testimony is hypocritical, her adulterous heart is divided. She has been a friend of the world–perverting God’s truth lest she bear the shame of the cross–and made herself an enemy of God. Yet she throws a few crumbs of false devotion to God and expects His blessing. She is deceived and is deceiving others! Many are her false teachers, like unclean birds in a cage, squawking out their lies: Give us money, and you will be blessed! Support other ungodly, Christ-rejecting nations with the arm of the flesh, and you will be blessed! Look at our financial prosperity–see how blessed we are! We have need of nothing! Look what our programs are doing! Look how beautiful our buildings are!

And all the while, because of SIN, the people are cursed and under strong delusion. Their money will soon fly away, their programs will be exposed as not being founded on God’s Word, and their buildings will become rubble.

BUT–those members of Christ’s Church whose “house” is founded on obedience to God’s Word will endure! (Matt. 7:24-25)

In summary, those who love and obey God’s Word will be blessed, and those who hate and disobey God’s Word will be cursed. God has decided this, and no one can circumvent it.

The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just. (Prov. 3:33)

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