Old Israel The Chosen of God

Copyright by Pastor G. Reckart owner of www.whyapostolic.com

Old Israel is the nation of 12 tribes that God chose as his people out of all the people of the world.  Yes, God is selective and his people are exclusive of all others in the world.  They are a chosen generation (birth people) of all the world.

The name Israel was given to Jacob the grandson of Abraham (Genesis 32:28).  When Jacob was given this name change, it was said of him: "for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed."  The name is thus broken down as to meaning:

Is=Hebrew Ishi (Hos 2:16): man, mighty man in the sense of a prince, husband; (Hence, as a man or prince)

ra=a contraction of the Hebrew "sa-rah,": prevail, anciently ra signified power to prevail; (Hence, hast power)

el=a contraction of the Hebrew "elohim": meaning God. (Hence, with God).

The name Israel was applied to the descendants of Jacob in Genesis 32:11. Here the descendants are called the children of Israel, meaning the descendants.

Jacob built an altar in Shalem (later Salem, and Jerusalem). He called his altar place "El-elohe-Israel" (Genesis 33:20).  This means "Mighty God of Israel." A later Greek corruption of this was translated as alleluia.  El-e-lo-he became al-le-lu-ia. A praise to El was changed into a praise for Ia, or Yah (said to mean praise the lord), and this we now know is the moon god.

Israel has in his name "el" and not yah, so we know the name of God is not "yah" as some would have us believe or Jacob's name would have become Israyah.  Let us be as children here and receive the simple truth that the name Israel identifies a man and later a people who are special to God of all the people of the world.

It is a fact, that Jacob birthed all 12 of his sons from four different Gentile women.  Before the nation of Israel was created there were no holy people and no holy seed.  All were Gentile or none Jew.  It is another fact that the 12 sons of Jacob birthed all their children from the wombs of Gentile women they took as wives.  The whole nation then of Israel was of Gentile seed but converted into the people of God by Divine promise and Covenant.

It is in Exodus 3:7 that God first calls the descendants of Jacob "his people."

God says "my people the children of Israel" in Exodus 7:4.

When God takes a person or a people for his own and they are not literally his own, he then adopts them as his own.  To this agrees the words of Paul in Romans 9:4--"Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption." God brought the descendants of Jacob into his own spiritual family by adoption.  Of all the people in the world, these held a special place with God.

Because of this special place with God, the Israelites were given laws, ordinances, and commandments: wherein line upon line and precept upon precept, a system of moral and spiritual purity was established.  The Israelites were to be above and the head of all nations because they exclusively had a relationship with God.  God did not deal directly with any other nation or people and that is why they remained pagans and heathens.  But with Israel, it was to be different. They were to be the head and not the tail and exalted above all people (Deut 28:13,  Exodus 19:5, Deut 7:6, Deut 26:19).  What would all these laws do for the Israelites?  They would make them holy. They would become the exclusive worshipers of God.

Israel as a holy people was guaranteed so long as they continued in the way God set before them.  There was a warning given to the whole nation in Leviticus 26:15-20:

And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:

I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.

And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:

And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.

Israel did not have an unbreakable Covenant with God.  Even though they were the seed of Abraham, yet, if they rejected God he would reject them.  This was enforced on an individual basis and for the whole nation.  A holy people could become a cursed people.  And this is what happened to old Israel.  They forsook God, worshipped idols, sacrificed their children to false gods, and did all manner of evil.  Prophets came generation after generation to turn their hearts back to God.  While there was efforts from time to time to put away evil and wickedness from among the people, the people continued to break God's Covenants and worshipped other gods.  It was this sin that caused God to allow destroyers to come into the land of promise where these ruthless pagans slashed, burned, raped, and killed, and destroyed Israel. God predicted this in Jeremiah 22:6-8. Because of the gross immorality and sins of Israel, the northern ten tribes went into Assyrian captivity about 606 BC and these have never returned to Israel and are called the lost tribes.  The only ones of these tribes that escaped were the poor of the land. God left a remnant in the land.  Then around 587BC Judah and Benjamin were carried captive to Babylon. The whole nation came to an end.  The throne of David ceased. And the Israelites began mourning their calamity.

It was just before these events that God prophesied by Isaiah and Jeremiah of a future time or restoration, a return, an aliyeh (journey back to God), a rebuilding of the holy place and the nation, and most important, a New Covenant (Jer 31:31).  Daniel was given a revelation that all this would occur when Messieh came (Dan 9:24-27). Old Israel was now in pagan lands, scattered, peeled, skinned, and polluted.  But a new Israel would come to birth and this was prophesied in Isaiah 66:8.  This new Israel would come forth in one day. We now know this is the Church born on the day of Pentecost.  For as soon as Zion travailed she brought forth.  Now who and what is this Zion and how do we explain this?

Zion is one of the seven hills of Jerusalem. It is the place David built his castle and his seed lived there until the citadel was captured and burned. David's female seed were called the daughters of Zion. All who descended from David were the Zionites of Israel.  Those who feel a spiritual connection to David call themselves Zionist.  Some think this should be applied to Mount Moriah and the zeal to rebuild the Temple.  The truth is, Jesus himself is the true Zionist and all who are of the foundation he laid in Zion, these are the true Zionist.  Yes, there are false Zionist the same as there are false Christians. Some confess their inheritance and others curse it. It is right here, the true Judaism of Israel has its identity. It was here on Zion, the City of David, David was to be buried together with all his seed who sat upon his throne.  

None of the rebel kings of the northern ten tribes could be buried here.  None were! This was an exclusive mountain because here a foundation would be laid upon which the New Testament Church would be built.  An exclusive people.

Zion represented the royalty of Israel.  Is it any wonder Peter would tell the Church we were a royal priesthood.  One not based upon the seed of Aaron or Levi, but upon a royal seed, even Christ. There is a New Testament priesthood in Christ, the Melchizedec one, of whom are all those who are true Apostolic Ministers in the Five-Fold Ministry. This is the royal priesthood in the Church and now in the world. This is a high-calling and each man who is blessed to be called into this cadre of men should hold himself to high standards.  Men who fail this test of self-humility deprive themselves of the ordination they might have received and are to be counted as nothing, no longer a spokesperson for Christ, his doctrine, or his Gospel message!

Here on Mount Zion the upper room existed. Here the Holy Ghost fell on the day of Pentecost (not on the Temple Mount).  Here the tabernacle (house) of David that was broken down would be raised back up and re-established through Christ (Acts 15:16). And here God would visit and redeem his people.  Zion is to be considered in all its prophetic fulfillment separate from Mount Moriah the temple mount. Zion is the birth place of the Church. Zion travailed when 120 prayed, cried, worshipped, for 7-10 days for the out-pouring of the Holy Ghost. This travail brought forth the Church. Likewise any Church that will travail will also bring to birth.  There is no mystery  here why many Pastors speak of the church family when they speak of Zion travailing. We preach it, now we must see the Church as Zion, Israel, in its prophetic fulfillment.  Zion, will come into focus in the endtime as well as Mount Moriah.  But it is Zion that will rise over the nations when Jesus comes back to reign and rule from this place of Divine choice.

Old Israel will pass from the scenes and a New Israel will come to birth in one day.  This new Israel called the Kingdom of God by John the Baptist and Jesus is also an exclusive new nation.  Again, a people will come forth to receive the New Covenant and they will become the holy people of God by adoption.  This new nation will be made of Jew and Gentile in one body and Jesus will be Lord over all.  It is Jesus who will be king over all the earth.  It is his kingdom that is now here as the Church into which all nations are invited to enter.  In this Jew and Gentile find fellowship with one God and Saviour.  Jesus has come.

The chosen of God, the Israel of God, is the Apostolic Church.  In this great body of Believers there are people of all nations. Peter said it like this:

"Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy" (1{Peter 2:10).

Paul tells us more about this glorious new Israel, the new seed of Abraham:

"Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham" (Gal 3:7).

If we are the seed of Abraham then we are also heirs of the covenants and promises of Abraham:

"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal 3:29).

This people, these who were not a people, those who are of faith, those in Christ by salvation according to Acts 2:38, these are heirs.  They are joint heirs on the same level as all Jews and Israelites.  Abraham being our father makes us equal to each other.  Jews and Israelites however who are not in Christ are inferior to we who are born again.  They do not share the same blessings.  In fact, Paul tells us that only a remnant will be saved of all the seed of Israel (Romans 9:27).

It is now time for the Apostolic people around the world to rise up and take their birthright as the seed of Abraham and confess they are the Israel of God.

"And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God" (Gal 6:16).

Let us go forth as Apostolic people and reach out to Jews and evangelize them into the New Covenant Church, the Apostolic Church of the day of Pentecost.

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