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Israel Reborn: The Key Sign of the Times
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We pray to HaShem, the Holy One of Israel, to fill our hearts with wisdom and understanding as we continue this study into the Revelation of our chief rabbi, Navi Y'shua. We ask for the strength to stand always with Israel.
The Eternal Covenant Passes Through Jewish MothersRevelation 12:1 A great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
As we discussed last time the symbolism here is as follows:
- The "woman" represents Am Israel (People Israel)
- The Sun represents Avraham avinu (the Patriarch of Am Israel).
- The Moon represents Sarah (the Matriarch of Am Israel).
- The Twelve Stars represent the Twelve Houses/Tribes of Am Israel.
Despite what some Nicene Christians believe this symbolism has nothing directly to do Rebbe Y'shua and his mother Miryam. Contextually she is not the "woman" here and Y'shua is not the "son" in this prophecy. As this prophecy relates to the future and was not revealed until well after our Rebbe's death and resurrection identifying him as the son makes no sense. The context does not support such an interpretation. Torah interprets these symbols in the dreams of Yosef:Genesis 37:8. So his [i.e. Yosef's] brothers said to him, "Will you reign over us, or will you govern us?" And they continued further to hate him on account of his dreams and on account of his words.
9. And he again dreamed another dream, and he related it to his brothers, and he said, "Behold, I have dreamed another dream, and behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were prostrating themselves to me."
10. And he told [it] to his father and to his brothers, and his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Will we come I, your mother, and your brothers to prostrate ourselves to you to the ground?"
11. So his brothers envied him, but his father awaited the matter.
Why is Am Israel represented as a woman here? Its because the Eternal Covenant passes through Jewish mothers. We are Jewish because our "mother" is Jewish (whether by physical birth or through adoption/conversion through Sarah: Romans 8:15, 9:4, Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5 etc). All Jews are deemed the sons and/or daughters of Sarah regardless of racial/Semitic considerations.
Tribal identification and rule passes through the father however, hence the "woman" gives birth to a "son" [the Kingdom] as we will discuss shortly.
Avraham's Other Descendents
It is clear from Torah that those coming through the bloodline of Avraham avinu but not through Sarah are not being referenced in this prophecy. This is critical to understand.
The Torah explains that Avraham avinu fathered a son through the Sarah's Egyptian slave Hagar before the Son of Promise (Isaac/Yitz'chak) was born. After the birth of Yitz'chak, Hagar and her son left the camp of Avraham. There is no evidence biblical nor otherwise that they ever reunited with Avraham (despite the claims of Islam) nor practiced his religion nor embraced his Covenant. Rather, they embraced the Ba'al worship of Hubal-Sin.
The Northern Arab Semitic descendants of Ishmael (who mainly embrace the religion of Islam today and who oppose Judaism) are not part of this holy family nor its eternal Covenant with HaShem. Having come through Sarah's servant Hagar, due to a temporary lapse of faith on the part of Avraham and Sarah, these people sought/seek to usurp the Abrahamic Covenant in contradiction to HaShem's clear statements recorded in Torah. Their claim is directly rejected by Torah. These people are not included in the Messianic/Kingdom Covenant/Blessing as we read:Genesis 17:18 Avraham said to God, "If only Yishma'el[Ishmael] could live in your presence!"According to Torah then, only those who come through the bloodline of Avraham and Sarah (and thence through Yitz'chak/Isaac and Ya'akov/Jacob: whose name HaShem changed to Israel) are included in the Covenant of the Elect. As Jews we accept Torah and hence we affirm this divine mandate. "Salvation is of the Jews" as our Rebbe told the Samaritan woman (John 4:22). Note that the Samaritans have a much stronger claim to the Covenant than Islam (a religion that was not even invented until circa 610 CE. Prior to that the Northern Arabs and Muhammad's family worshipped the Ba'al Hubal-Sin as al Qu'ran and al Hadith acknowledge.
17:19 God answered, "No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you are to call him Yitz'chak [Isaac: laughter]. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.
17:20 But as for Yishma'el, I have heard you. I have blessed him. I will make him fruitful and give him many descendants. He will father twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.
17:21 But I will establish my covenant with Yitz'chak, whom Sarah will bear to you at this time next year."
17:22 With that, God finished speaking with Avraham and went up from him.
The maternal lineage of Jewishness matters! While we respect our Karaite brothers and sisters, this is one of the areas where we as Rabbinic Jews fundamentally disagree with them. To be born inside the Covenant one must be born of a Jewish mother.
Mercifully HaShem also grants His people the authority and ability to bring others into Covenant through conversion as we discuss at YeshivaBethHashem.org and elsewhere. Simply "believing in Jesus" or using his correct name as Y'shua (or Yeshua), adopting Jewish customs etc. does not make one an authentic Messianic Jew anymore than entering a bakery makes one a baker (James 2:19). One must come to understand the doctrines, commit oneself to both HaShem and his people, and request and receive formal conversion/adoption into Judaism through a Jewish beit din (religious court). Those who seek and receive formal conversion through an authentic Jewish beit din are adopted into Judaism and cease being Goyim and/or members of some other religion.
Israel Reborn: The Key Sign of the Times
Rebbe Y'shua teaches us that the nation of Israel would be reborn towards the beginning of the End of Days and that it would gradually "put forth its leaves" and bloom into the Kingdom (Matthew 24:32). According to our Rebbe, Israel would not therefore be restored suddenly under the reign of haMoshiach as many expected, but gradually, as a tree putting forth leaves as Spring advances into Summer. This understanding is in complete agreement with Navi Daniel and other inspired prophets. The world has witnessed this development since the dawn of the Laodicean period (circa 1913 with the Balfore Declaration). In 1948 this process advanced to point of nationhood.
The process of restoration began even before that however. For instance between 1740 - 1750 thousands of Jews immigrated to Eretz Israel under the influence of mounting Messianic expectations. Both Jews and Nicene Christians of the period sensed that the time for the establishment of the Kingdom was approaching even then. This sizeable aliya or "return" (i.e. the immigration of Jews back to the Land of Israel) greatly increased the size and strength of the Jewish settlements throughout Eretz Israel and even restored the Jews as the majority population of Jerusalem. In 1844 the first census of Yerushalayim shows 7120 Jews, 5760 Muslims, 3390 Christians living in the Holy City.
Judaism is an historic religion and so a bit of relevant history will be useful in understanding "the Woman Clothed with the Sun and Moon."
The United Israelite Kingdom under Melekh Solomon was divided after his death (circa 931 B.C.E.). Due to national disobedience, HaShem eventually allowed the two resulting kingdoms (the northern ten house kingdom of Israel and the southern two house kingdom of Judah and Benjamin) to be conquered by the infidels of the day. HaShem requires both obediance and devotion from His subjects. Legalistic observance is not enough and the ten northern houses had gone too far astray. They were divorced by HaShem and their seed was scattered among the nations.
The northern kingdom of Israel (with its capital at Shomron/Samaria) fell to Assyria in 721 B.C.E. and disappeared from history as the famed "Ten Lost Tribes." These ten houses (known collectively as Ephraim) will remain unknown and "divorced" by God (see II Kings 17:18, Jeremiah 3:8, Amos 6:9) until haMoshiach restores them (Zechariah 8:23) as we have discussed before. The so-called Two House movement is therefore not biblical. Were their anti-Semitic teachings true, were these White Europeans actually Ephraim, they would be among the cursed of God!
The southern kingdom (with its capital at Jerusalem) fell to Babylon in 586 B.C.E. From 586 B.C.E. forward there was no truly independent nation of Judah/Israel (other than very briefly under the Maccabean rebellion) until Israel's rebirth on the 5th of Iyar, 5708 (which is to say, May 14, 1948 CE). Even then, until 1967 Jerusalem remained in infidel hands and still today most of the Promised Land remains occupied.
Unlike her sister Ephraim (the "Ten Lost Houses"), despite their lack of independence the Jews (Judah and Benjamin) successfully maintained their ethnic and religious identity. They alone among the biblical Houses of Israel continue to exist.
The Jews have always centered their existence and hope for the future in Eretz Y'israel ("the Land of Israel") and specifically in Y'rushalayim (Jerusalem). Y'rushalayim remains the spiritual and political capital and heart of Israel and the Jewish People as it has always been. As Meshiykhiyyim (authentic, monotheistic Messianic Jews), Y'rushalayim is the capital towards which we look. Y'rushalayim is our father and our mother, our hope and our heart. Standing with Jewish Jerusalem is the duty of all Jews and of all who serve the God of Israel.
Navi Daniel lived under the reign of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. He gives us the following important information about the future of Israel. When I do my commentary on his book of prophecy I will cover this material in more detail, for now however note this important prophecy:Daniel 4:10 Thus were the visions of my head on my bed: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth and its height was great.
4:11 The tree grew and was strong and its height reached to the sky and its sight to the end of all the earth.
4:12 The leaves of it were beautiful and its fruit plentiful, and in it was food for all; the animals of the field had shadow under it, and the birds of the sky lived in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.
4:13 I saw in the visions of my head on my bed, and behold, a watcher and a holy one came down from the sky.
4:14 "'He cried aloud, and said thus, "Cut down the tree and cut off its branches, shake off its leaves and scatter its fruit; let the animals get away from under it and the birds from its branches.
4:15 Nevertheless leave the stump of its roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of the sky; and let his portion be with the animals in the grass of the earth.
4:16 Let his heart be changed from man's, and let an animal's heart be given to him; and let seven times pass over him.
4:17 This sentence is by decree of the watchers, and this demand by the word of the holy ones; to the intent that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever he will and sets up over it the lowest of men."
King Nebuchadnezzar was supreme leader of the Babylonian Empire at this time. He was a powerful and haughty man with a penchant for mysticism and Babylonian/Nicolaitan religion. We know that he was a firm believer in dreams and in visions. The above is a dream the Babylonian king had and shared with Daniel by the Will of HaShem. In it God reveals His plans to Navi Daniel and through him to all the earth as evidence that "the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever he will." This statement is the answer to Heylel's challenge as we have discussed before. The ongoing Rebellion is allowed by the decree of HaShem for the purpose of ultimately revealing His glory to all creation.
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