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Making Israel Jealous
19 August 2014
In past articles I have quoted from the newsletter of a ministry that I really respect (and support financially on a monthly basis) — Emmaus Way in Israel, led by Arni and Yonit Klein. It has happened a number of times that I have been writing an article about a certain topic, and then I receive their latest newsletter which addresses the very same topic. Here are the articles I'm referring to:
In the article I was writing yesterday, Islam: Uber-Nazism Reincarnated, which was published today on my Your Islamic Future Web site, I wrote: "The Nazis and World War II were just a dress rehearsal for the real end-times trama-drama which is rapidly approaching its fulfillment." I also referred to Matthew 25:40, where Yeshua (Jesus) says, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." I also wrote about the need for Christians to really stand with and identify with the Jewish people, to the point of laying down our lives for them if necessary.
I almost fell out of my chair when, right after I had put the final touches on my article, I read in the Kleins' newsletter which had just appeared in my inbox:
"...what is to follow will likely make the Third Reich look like a dress rehearsal."What they wrote was so similar to what I had just finished writing that I was stunned! But I supposed I shouldn't have been so surprised, because as you can see from the list of articles above, this keeps happening again and again.
"...standing with Yeshua's natural brethren as pictured in Matthew 25:40..."
"...by and large, Israelis have an honest and true appreciation of the many encouraging words and declarations of unity and support [from Christians] in the face of constant condemnation from most of the world. However... [it] will surely require more than a smile, an encouraging word, a pat on the back and a few nice songs about God."
Therefore, in light of all this, I would like to share with you more of what the Kleins wrote in their newsletter from yesterday. I'm not reproducing all of it, but only the parts that seem most relevant to what I've been writing lately on my Web sites — which is, actually, most of their newsletter. All of the links in the article (except one) were not in the original, but added by me. So, here we go....
Most believers who are conscious of Israel are familiar with the following verse in Romans 11:Let me break in here for a second and expand on their definition "to stimulate alongside unto emulation," because, in my opinion, the English wording is somewhat awkward. I think it could be reworded in a clearer way like this: "to come alongside someone and stimulate them by your excellent example so that they are eager to imitate you." With that in mind, let's continue with the Kleins' newsletter:
"I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness! For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?" (Romans 11:11-15)"To provoke them to jealousy" — This phrase is actually one word in the Greek meaning "to stimulate alongside unto emulation."
Now we come to the question: "What will make them jealous?" Many believers think that it will be when they see our love for one another. Some believe that keeping the Feasts and even the Law will do it. Others believe the way is to be true children of Abraham, walking with God as he did.
In the early years of my walk with Yeshua, I (Arni) had the perception that my people, not being "saved," were basically blind, stiff-necked, lost, and without any life in their spirits. Over the years we have seen multitudes of believers coming to the Land as witnesses to bring the Gospel to the Jews. It seems a logical thing to do, since the Gentile believers are the only ones that can see ... or so we have thought.
Let's have a look at some things about this partially-blinded people:
If the Body, given all we have received, is the way we are; and Israel, with only part of the picture, is producing the kind of testimonies noted above, is it any wonder that they are not jealously seeking to emulate Gentile Christianity? As a matter of fact, a notable number of born-again believers are emulating being Jewish. Observing the yearly Feasts is good and right, as they are the Feasts of God. But this is not likely to make Israel envious. In fact, we have witnessed that Gentiles adopting Jewish symbols was actually offensive to some Jews. Beloved, we are of the opinion that the answer is in the definition noted above ... "to stimulate alongside unto emulation" — the key word being "alongside."
We Jews are branded ... by God and by the world. It doesn't matter how we dress, what we eat, where we live, what we do, how we talk, or what we believe. In the end, regardless, we are Jews. As it has been so it will be ... only more so. Things are just barely warming up. Let's be realistic. Looking down the road, we have no doubt that a day is coming when Israel's existence will be so threatened that it will leave us no alternative but to make a full-out military response. If the Gaza scenario, as clear as it really is, has licensed such worldwide condemnation of Israel, what is to follow will likely make the Third Reich look like a dress rehearsal.
It really all comes down to what is probably the single most difficult and costly element in God's creation ... free choice. Having chosen to lay down our lives at the feet of Yeshua, we got through the door. When the Lord was on earth, many who heard the cost of discipleship chose to leave Him. Israel is a threshing board dividing nations and individuals. Up till now, much to our shame, the Church has largely centered on all the blessings that were promised to Israel without regard to the price paid for them. Are you ready, regardless of the cost, to willingly accept all that goes with being grafted into the natural olive tree? In the West, non-Jewish believers in Messiah are not so much on the firing line. In the Middle East it's quite another story.
As surely as the sun travels from east to west, so shall the enemy's full ire be turned in your direction as well. Your time to choose is growing shorter by the day. When they come for you, and they will, it will be too late to decide. If you, who call on His Name, miss it, it will be a great loss for us all. There is yet time to choose to take a position on the front line. Yeshua spoke of this when He said we must work while it is yet day, for the night is coming when no man can work. A group of pastors from the US are coming to show solidarity with Israel. It's good they are coming. They will spend a few days "in the center of the battlefield" and go home. It's not an empty gesture. It has a cost. But if it is only a single act in time, and not done as part of a strategic ongoing partnership, it will likely have little lasting effect and eventually be forgotten.
We know that for the most part, unless you are Jewish, it is between difficult and impossible to come here and live permanently. However, as part of a community of believers, you can have a continual presence by our side [through prayer]. You can see to it that our tired hands are held up from morning till night. When you, Yeshua's spiritual brethren, freely choose to make this [spiritual] battle yours, and, as it were, put on the yellow star as did the King of Denmark, binding yourselves to us as Ruth did to Naomi, standing with Yeshua's natural brethren as pictured in Matthew 25:40 ... then, dear friend ... the children of Israel will have good reason to be jealous.
This article is 35th a series of articles on this Web site related to Modern Christianity and the Church which also includes (scroll to see the entire list):
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