June 6, '11 4:33 PM
By Regner Capener
Before we get started with today’s
discussion, let me finish our last discussion with a few comments. And, by the
way, thanks to Rich and DeAngela Warren, we have a
really nice new French Press. It makes roughly 38 ounces of the best coffee
you’ve ever had, and I’ve got a mix of Double-Roasted French and some
medium-roasted Swedish coffee (again thanks to Rich and DeAngela)
steeping in it as we speak.If you’re in the
neighborhood, stop by and join me in a cup.
As Elliott Green notes in his legal
argument (see http://www.think-israel.org/green.sanremo.html), The San Remo decision for the Jewish
National Home was ratified by the League of Nations in 1922 and endorsed by a
joint resolution of the United States Congress that same year, with a more
official US endorsement coming in the Anglo-American Convention on Palestine
When the UN was founded in 1945, it
reaffirmed through its Charter the existing territorial rights of peoples as
they had been before the war (Article 80). This applied of course to the Jewish
National Home. However, many or most people today are either not aware that the
whole country constituted the Jewish National Home, or believe that the UN had
somehow eliminated this status and, in any case, had fixed legal boundaries for
Israel through the 1947 Partition Resolution. Yet the 1947 resolution was
passed by the General Assembly. And all General Assembly resolutions on
political issues are merely recommendations.
The UN Charter states, defining the powers of the various UN bodies: "The General Assembly may discuss any questions relating to the maintenance of international peace and security... and... may make recommendations with regard to any such question" (Article 11; also see Arts. 10, 12, 13, 14). Only the Security Council can make binding resolutions, according to the Charter.
Now the Partition Plan, in a not uncommon display of political irrealism, recommended two states in the former mandatory Palestine west of the Jordan, one Jewish and one Arab, plus a special status for Jerusalem (The British had separated Transjordan unilaterally from the Jewish National Home in 1922, although not de jure). The Holy City was to be an internationally governed corpus separatum. While the Jewish leadership accepted the Plan, the Arab governments and local Arab leadership universally rejected it. After the war had begun the UN made no effort to prevent the invasion of the country by Arab states, to prevent Arab attacks on Jews within the country or to eliminate the Arab siege of the Jews in Jerusalem, a city where Jews had been the majority at least since 1870. Thus Israel did not feel bound by the Partition recommendation. Professor Eugene Rostow, an authority on international law, has pointed out that the Arab war on Israel of 1947-49, "made the Partition Plan irrelevant."
The demand, therefore, by the current
administration in the White House (operating in agreement with the demands of
the Arab League) that Israel return to the lines originally outlined by the
partition of 1947-1949 ignores completely the fact that lands being illegally occupied
by the Palestinians were legitimately restored to Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.For anyone – our nation’s leaders especially – to
demand that Israel give those lands back in exchange for peace is illogical and
hypocritical. Once you start down that road, one could logically argue that the
United States should give back Texas and California to Mexico (and there are a
group of radicals – La Raza, for example – who are
pushing for just that!)
It simply flies in the face of reason!
That’s never going to happen,
and any effort at a government level to begin negotiating such an action would
be regarded as treason. By the same token, for the U.S. – or any other national
entity – to presuppose that Israel should surrender territory won by the blood
of its soldiers and its citizens, and (more than that) territory given to
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by God as an everlasting inheritance (the
Hebrew text renders the word “o’lam” eternity, or: eternity of eternities,
perpetual, to a point in time beyond the vanishing point [Gesenius]
– see Genesis 17:8,19 – is arrogant beyond words!
Getting back to the San Remo Accord, it
is important to understand that nothing has changed since that charter was
given for the reestablishment of the Jewish homeland. No legally binding action
of any kind has taken place which abrogated that charter. The fact that the
Arab nations refused to agree to a two-state solution recommended by the United
Nations negated the whole idea of a separate “Palestine.”
There has never been a nation or state
recognized internationally as Palestine – just a designated region of the
Middle East. Politically speaking, Israel has agreed conceptually to a
Palestinian state, but that agreement has always been founded upon the basic
tenet that the Arab peoples who call themselves “Palestinians” must agree to
recognize Israel as a Jewish state.The “Palestinians”
have never agreed to recognize Israel as a Jewish state – ever!
Although Israel was already legally
entitled to what was being referred to as “the West Bank,” “Gaza,” the Sinai
and “the Golan” under the San Remo Accord, when Egypt, Jordan and Syria
attacked Israel in 1967, Israel won those territories by right of conquest; and
they both legally and by right of war have the absolute claim to those lands. Any
suggestion to the contrary is based in utter ignorance of the laws, charters
and internationally recognized claims of war.
We could take this argument farther,
but that pretty much covers it. Let’s talk now about Israel’s destiny.
The Scripture actually speaks of four Israels. If that sounds really strange, let me explain.
first Israel we would describe as “Political or Secular Israel.”This is
represented by the governing leadership – the political structure that governs
the nation’s day-to-day activities.This leadership is
(to quote Carl Gallups) “thoroughly secularized and
Godless.”This Israel simply reflects the sin nature in the same way that
political or secular leadership of other nations is sinful and Godless.
second is “Religious Israel.”This is that part of the people or nation that
practices Orthodox Judaism. Jesus often addressed the religious people of that
era – the Scribes and Pharisees – rebuking them for their adherence to
legalistic obedience while utterly ignoring the spiritual nature of their whole
existence as a people.
is the geographical land that God gave by covenant to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.Prophecies abound throughout Scripture – both Old and
New Testaments – in which geographical Israel plays an important role. Many of
the O.T. prophets prophesied the day when Israel – the people – would be
restored to their land, and their land to them.
fourth is what we could call “Spiritual Israel.”Paul goes to great lengths in
Romans to lay out the picture of the Israel of God’s destiny, describing it as
those Jews (or Israelites) who accept Yeshua HaMaschiach (Jesus (the) Christ), along with the grafted-in
peoples of all the nations of the world who also turn from their idols to
It is important to make a distinction
here before we continue.
Isaiah often prophesied of and to
Jerusalem and in so doing, prophesying to Israel (the nation) as a whole. But
he made a clear distinction (just as David did) between Jerusalem (the city)
and Zion, where his Tabernacle sat (as the place of intimacy, the place of
God’s Parousia) His immediate presence.Jerusalem was the larger picture of God’s people.Zion was the picture of a holy, set apart,
always-in-tune-with-Him people whom Jesus likened to the five wise virgins.
While Jerusalem always represented
God’s people as a whole, Zion was the place where David established his
Tabernacle. It was the place of continuous praise, worship, prayer and
intercession, all taking place before the Ark of the Covenant, which represented
the marriage between the Lord and His Chosen and Called-Out Bride.
There are numerous references to Zion
as “the city of David” – a phrase which many have taken to apply to Jerusalem
as a whole. However, what gets missed in the translation from Hebrew is the
fact that Zion (tsiyon
in Hebrew) actually
means: a conspicuous place, a monument or guiding pillar. The term,
Zion, was initially meant to apply to the place of David’s Tabernacle.David’s
Tabernacle was set on a high place so that Israel could see it as a visible
reference – a mark of God’s presence and covenant in and with the land. David’s
appointment of the families of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun became a
visual and audible representation of the seven-lamped Golden Candlestick.The Golden Candlestick (in Moses’ Tabernacle)
signified the worship of a loving Bride with its flames of passion burning day
The name, Jerusalem, is a compound name
with two root words: yeru, [yaru] [yarush] (Jerus), meaning: foundations
(or: to found or establish); and:
Salem, shalam [shalom], meaning:
peace, safety, to be complete, to be prosperous, to be restored, restitution.We
reduce it to: “the foundations of peace.”
You may recall that this city was first
established by Shem, the son of Noah. It began as a citadel in the years after
the great flood. Shem built it as a city and a place of safety for his bride,
and named it Salem. He occupied this citadel and exerted righteous influence
throughout the land of Canaan and much of the Middle East for roughly 500
years.(It’s not a wonder, therefore, that they referred to him as being without
father or mother, without beginning or ending of days! He outlived many
Because of his act of tracking down
Nimrod with a band of twelve men following the scattering of people at Babel,
killing Nimrod, cutting his body up into twelve pieces and sending a piece to
each of the rulers in the region with the message “Thus shall it be done to
those who rise up against God,” the inhabitants of the land began to refer to
him as Malkiy – Tsedeq (the
King of Right or Righteousness).We have his name Anglicized as “Melchizedek.”
Following Shem’s death in the year that
Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt, the descendants of Canaan’s son, Jerus, (Canaan was the firstborn son of Ham, Shem’s
brother) moved into the citadel and began to occupy it. Because Jerus had developed a military tactic of crushing the grain
fields of his enemies and rendering the grains unplantable
for a new crop, his sons renamed him from “Jerus” to
“Jebus,” which means “crushing.”Thus the city of
Salem became known throughout some five-to-six centuries as “Jebus” (the city of the Jebusites)
until David captured it. Once David had the city, and once the Tabernacle of
David occupied Zion, the city became known forever as Jerusalem – Yerushalayim.
We thus have two distinct
characteristics within Jerusalem – that of the city and its occupants, and that
of Zion as the place of David’s Tabernacle, and ultimately Solomon’s Temple (on
the adjoining hill).Jerusalem became known as “the city of God,” (i.e., the
City of God’s people).Zion was distinguished within the city as the place of
covenant, the place of intimacy, the place of praise and worship.
You therefore have a people of God; and
within that people is a smaller, more intimate group of people near to the
heart of God whose entire existence revolves about seeing that His heart’s
desires are met and fulfilled. It has become the picture of the body of Christ
at large – we often refer to it in error as “the Church” – and within that
larger body is a small segment, a remnant if you will, of people prophetic
Scriptures identify as “the Bride.”(I won’t take the time in this discussion to
deal with this subject at length since it would take us too far afield from our
I’ve said all that to say this,
Israel’s future and destiny are spoken of prophetically throughout the Word. Let’s
address the geographical land of Israel, the Jewish people, and Jerusalem to
Isaiah 62:1-4: For Zion’s sake will I
not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the
righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a
lamp that burneth.And the nations and peoples
(Gentiles) shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name (shem: character, makeup, personality), which the mouth of the LORD shall name.Thou shalt also be a
crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.Thou shalt no more be termed
Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the
LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be
Isaiah 65:8-10:Thus saith the LORD,
As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith,
Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes,
that I may not destroy them all.And 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.And
Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor
a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.
It is important to remember that Isaiah
is prophesying directly to Israel. While there certainly is a spiritual
relevance to these prophecies that applies to the body of Christ, and to the
Bride in this day, that is only one part of the picture. Israel was Isaiah’s
focus, and he is literally covering the different parts of the nation in these
He first addresses the people AND the
city of Jerusalem (For Zion’s sake will I
not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the
righteousness thereof go forth as brightness); he then speaks to the land (neither shall thy land any more be termed desolate).This prophetic word
all by itself makes clear that Jerusalem will never be given over to an Arab
nation or people as its capital.
Now Isaiah addresses some of the
geographical aspects of the land of Israel when he says, “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.”While Isaiah refers to the “seed out of Jacob” he literally
speaks to all the territory that God promised to Abraham – and that’s a whole
lot more than Israel currently occupies!“Judah” is modern-day “Judea and
Samaria” in the West Bank.
Next he refers to opposite sides of the
country: Sharon, which is a 30-mile stretch of land bordering the Mediterranean
beginning just south of modern-day Haifa and extending south toward Netanya; and the “Valley of Achor”
which runs along both sides of the Jordan River (both East and West Bank) and
encompasses the area formerly occupied by the ancient city of Jericho.
I’m running short of time today so
let’s get to the pictures of both religious (Orthodox Judaism) and spiritual
Consider Paul’s statement as Romans 11
begins: “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God
forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of
Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew.”
Clearly God has not forsaken His
people. Paul was a Pharisee, a member of Orthodox Judaism, before his Damascus
road experience. Now he speaks to Israel’s redemption – AND to ours as the seed
of Abraham by faith!
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this
mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is
happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles
be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall
come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away
ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take
away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but
as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the
gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have
not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so
have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain
Thus, Paul makes it abundantly clear
that religious Israel was allowed to go into a place of spiritual blindness so
that the rest of the world (the Gentiles) could have access to the mercy and
grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. But that period of blindness was only for a
season – not for all time!
Here’s how Jesus put it: “And they (the
Jews as a whole) shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away
captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles,
until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”(Luke 21:24)
Without taking a lot of time to deal
with the subject (it really is lengthy when you get into it) John speaks of two
groups of 144,000 in Revelation.
The first group is seen as a metaphor
for Israel itself: And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were
sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children
of Israel. (Revelation 7:4)
The second group John describes as
being “redeemed from among men.”And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before
the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the
hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These
are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are
they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.
These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits
unto God and to the Lamb. (Revelation 14:3-4)
The number, 144,000, is a Hebrew
metaphor. It is a prophetic picture. It is 12 taken to completion. Throughout
Scripture you see the number twelve appearing many times. It essentially
describes a group of people in training and processing and preparation to rule.
You see it in Israel, and you see it in the body of Christ at large. The
144,000 represents the completion of that training and preparation.
The two groups that John sees in
Revelation, therefore, describe the completed Bride of Christ – a portion made
from a trained and prepared Israel and a portion made from those grafted into
Christ from among every nation and language as the seed of Abraham by faith.
Thus the destiny of Israel is our
destiny as committed and sold-out believers in Jesus Christ. We are inseparable!
Israel was God’s original pattern people for the world. Despite the nation’s
fall into sin and departure from serving God, He would not forsake them nor
abolish His covenant with them. Thus their redemption is taking place – even as
we speak. I’m told by friends in Israel that an increasing number of Jewish
Rabbis are coming to the recognition that Yeshua HaMaschiach was and is their promised redeemer, and that
number of Rabbis is approaching the 50% level. The Lord IS going to show
Himself strong on Israel’s behalf, and the nation will turn to Him!
Jesus is returning for a sold-out,
committed, processed-in-the-fire, spot- and wrinkle-free Bride. That’s a people
– Jews included – who DO KNOW THEIR GOD, who are strong and will do
exploits!(See Daniel 11:32)
We’ve got one more Coffee Break to do
on Israel: ISRAEL AND THE PSALM 83 PROPHECY. See you again, soon.
As Christians we have a mandate from the Lord to bless Israel.
More than that, the cry of the Lord through Isaiah is to “give Him no rest,
till He establish, and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth!”
Blessings on you!
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