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Chapter 23

The Holy People

“And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name… And they shall call them, The holy people…” (Isaiah 62:2 & 12) What a vivid contrast we find here in these words from Isaiah when we compare them with what Moses had prophesied for the times that would pass before the above prophecy was fulfilled. “And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.” (Deuteronomy 28:37) In direct fulfillment of Moses’ prophecy, the World Book
Encyclopedia gives the following definition: ‘Jew – slang, to bargain with over-keenly beat (down) in price, used in unfriendly manner.’ Even worse the Oxford Dictionary states the following: Jew – Person of Hebrew race, unscrupulous usurer or bargainer, cheat, overreach. ’The rejection, despisal and persecution of the Jewish people by the nations is commonly
known as anti-Semitism, and has led to horrendous crimes against this people by which so obviously have been set apart from the nations by God. Balaam, one of history’s first hired advocates of anti-Semitism was forced by God to bless and not curse Israel. Among his blessings, the following prophecy is found: “…the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.” (Numbers 23:9) A people apart, a history of sorrows, a lonely pathway of anguish and grief. How is it that the chosen people of God have become the rejected people of our world, and however shall they recover to become the head of the nations as has been promised?

Christianity is the only religion that has been born out of the rejection of its own people. The Lord, Yeshua Messiah is a Jew from the house of David, born in the Land in David’s City. He is the foundation stone of faith for millions. Christianity is a Jewish religion with its roots firmly planted in the Patriarchs and Prophets. The Christian handbook, the Bible, has been written, compiled and preserved by Jews. The divine inspiration of the Bible is again clearly seen by its declaration that, Messiah blessed be He, should be rejected by His own: “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:3)

I am aware that the following observations are very delicate but could I truly be called a Christian friend of Israel if I failed to broach it. I believe with all my heart that Israel’s sad lot is a direct consequence of her rejection of Yeshua.

There will be a steady deterioration in her relationship with the nations despite her best efforts. Let me balance this by saying again that the nations are courting disaster too by their rejection of Israel as God’s covenant people in their God-given land. Eventually, these two gross errors will find their fulfillment in the emergence of a false messiah. He will have universal acclaim both in Israel and the world. Far from being a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, he will rise with lightning speed to a position of world supremacy. His feigned friendship with Israel will serve no other purpose than to give him access to Israel’s ‘soft belly’: “I come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” (John 5:43) His aim will be the total annihilation of all Jews from the face of the earth.

Praise God that he who knows His own has already chosen a remnant among His people. This remnant shall be preserved by His mighty right hand and will totally revolutionise world opinion in regard to the Jews. When He who was despised and rejected by His own is enthroned as “King of the Jews” in Jerusalem, Israel too shall reverse its current position and be the head, not the tail of the nations, Jerusalem shall be the joy of the whole earth: “And they shall build the old wastes, thy shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.” (Isaiah 61:4) “And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented
not: So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not… Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.” (Zechariah 8:13-15, 22-23)

Oh Israel, how we long to see you fulfill your God given destiny. What a wonderful change shall take place in regard to the attitude of the nations. The Jews, humbled by their amazing rejection of Messiah, will be a meek and lowly people perfectly suited to rule the world under the guidance of their King.

I remember being saddened some time ago when British Royalty went to visit the late President Sadat of Egypt in the Royal Yacht. No King or Queen want to visit Israel, how different it will be then. “Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD; for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.” Isaiah 49: 22-23)

Oh how wonderful, wonderful word of the Lord which gives us such hope even though today, a darkness is descending upon both the Holy Land and our world. Arise, O lover of the God of Jacob, pray and intercede for Israel for the promise is sure, and our God has commanded us who are watchmen to take no rest until His holy name is vindicated. Then shall the Jews be called “The holy people” to the glory of God. O Lord, hasten that day.

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