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Israel, arise and shine – your light has come

Israel, arise and shine – your light has come

Posted by Stan in Israel in Prophecy

As the moon reflects the light of the sun, so is Israel destined to once more and forever reflect the glorious light of Her God. That day is nearly here.

He did it, slowly at first, but deliberately. He withdrew the blessing. He did it with apparent devastating finality. Its effects must have felt so utterly irreversible they left no room for hope.

But it is important to understand, before the withdrawal is laid out for us to look at, that it was temporary. This Biblical truth stands today. From Moses all the way through, the prophets clearly tell us that this is how it was designed by God .

Israel needs to know this and large parts of the Church need to know this.

How and why did it happen? How and why was the blessing withdrawn?

Before things changed, the people of Israel were basking in the light and the glory of the Holy One.

He had brought them out of slavery, accompanied them through the wilderness, led them in the victorious conquest of Canaan, appointed judges to deliver them, given them a king as they demanded, then replaced him with one of His choosing.

David’s dynasty was secured by covenant, enjoying the blessing of heaven. David’s son took possession of a kingdom at peace, established it through wisdom and understanding, and expanded its borders to encompass all of the Promised Land.

Solomon reigned from Jerusalem – capital of the superpower called Israel. His people lived happily under fig tree and vine, fearing no-one. No war threatened the Middle East. There was no poverty, no unemployment, no corruption, no drought.

And high above the city, pulsating with the presence of the Lord, a temple unlike any other shone out its golden light.

The light in the Temple was the light from God’s face; His countenance lifted up over Jerusalem, His grace and favor streaming across the land.

Israel was savoring the fruit of its calling as God’s chosen, favored nation. She was where she is one day destined to be again – the head of the nations, not the tail.

But folly crept in to supplant wisdom. Faithfulness surrendered to faithlessness. When the king fell, the people fell. Instead of worshiping the God who named Himself after them, they turned to idols of stone and wood.

And God’s favor began to wane.

He was patient with them, oh so patient. It would take hundreds of years, and they would be given numerous chances, before the dimming light finally flickered, to die with the temple as the flames set by Nebuchadnezzar consumed it.

Then My anger shall be aroused against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured. (Deuteronomy 31:17)

“According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from them.” (Ezekiel 39:24)

So He had. A comeback of sorts took place as the returnees from Babylon resettled the land and rebuilt the temple. But they never really came out of the long shadow of God’s judgment and disfavor. When He finally and fully turned away, relinquishing the people and their land to the ruthlessness of Rome, the Jews had entered a tunnel of tribulation they would not emerge from for nearly 2000 years.

“I will return again to My place till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.” (Hosea 5:15)

How urgently they would seek His face – untold multitudes of His persecuted people down the centuries – as they were dragged off by crusaders, inquisitors, ‘Christian’ mobs and Cossacks. How desperately millions sought Him in Auschwitz-Birkenau and Treblinka, in Bergen-Belsen and Belzec, in Sobibor and Dachau.

Most would have died believing they had searched in vain. Not so! Their blood cried out from the ground, their anguish rose up to heaven and turned the Father’s head.

God – thank God – had not cast away His people whom He foreknew. As in Egypt He had heard their cries after 400 years of slavery, so He would hear again when, after 1900 years of captivity, their supplications reached to the skies.

Even before they did, gently and gradually, He was turning once more towards them. Not blindingly, but like the first tendrils of light at the breaking dawn, the soft radiance of His face began to stroke and lighten theirs.

After 20 endless centuries, the time of trouble that had been foretold for Jacob was drawing to a close.

“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name – after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they dwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid. When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer. And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 39:25-29)

It’s been more than a century since the Lord began to turn His face back towards the People and the Land of Israel. Signaling that “the set time to favor Zion has come,” His Holy Spirit has brought Jews streaming home from the four corners of the earth.

Awaiting them here before Wold War II were plague and disease, hard work and hatred, terrorism and war. And when, from the ashes of the Holocaust, their state was reborn, it became anything but a haven and place of peace.

Why? Also on this the Bible is not silent. The restoration of Israel is a work in progress. The Jewish people are headed towards a reunion with the God of Israel that is going to shake our world. On the way they remain a sinful people before the Holy One. As He has said, while their time of affliction is nearing its end – most vividly demonstrated by their return from captivity to their land – He cannot let them go altogether unpunished. As He has said, He is punishing them, but ‘in measure,’ for they have received from the LORD’s hand double for all their sins.

“But do not fear, O My servant Jacob,
And do not be dismayed, O Israel!
For behold, I will save you from afar,
And your offspring from the land of their captivity;
Jacob shall return, have rest and be at ease;
No one shall make him afraid.
Do not fear, O Jacob My servant,” says the Lord,
“For I am with you;
For I will make a complete end of all the nations
To which I have driven you,
But I will not make a complete end of you.
I will rightly correct you,
For I will not leave you wholly unpunished.”
(Jeremiah 46:27-28)

“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!”
Says your God.
“Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her,
That her warfare is ended,
That her iniquity is pardoned;
For she has received from the Lord’s hand
Double for all her sins.”
(Isaiah 40:1-2)

God is in the process of bringing comfort to His people, and He is appointing those who are not physically part of this nation to be channels of that comfort.

Multitudes of Christians (though, tragically, by no means most of us) have been watching, praying, interceding and waiting for the fullness of God’s glory to return.

As we look on, we see dark clouds boiling on the horizons all around, threatening to sweep back aross this land in full and evil force and blot out the promise of light.

Israel must not despair, and we, with her, must not surrender hope. The darkest moment always births the dawn.

When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19-20)

Grafted into this “kingdom of priests” through faith, we take our stand against these dark forces and put God’s name on His ancient people:

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”’

And to Israel we proclaim His Word:

Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1-2)

Yes, glorious truth: Soon the Temple will again stand upon God’s holy hill. And God’s glory, which Ezekiel so long ago saw depart through the Eastern Gate, will in like manner return to the mountain east of the city, cross the Kidron Valley, enter through the Eastern Gate, and come to rest on the throne of David.

“And the name of the city from that day shall be: ‘THE LORD IS THERE.’” (Ezekiel 48:35)

17 Apr 2014 18 comments
  • Barbara Flewelling April 30, 2014 at 04:29 /

    Praises be to G-d, Stan, for your writings that bring YHWH’s truth and purpose for Israel! \o/ My heart continues to be filled with love for Israel and her People. Toda rabba for your faithfulness.

  • Robin April 24, 2014 at 20:39 /

    Hi Stan, a beautiful and majestic piece – full of realism and full of hope. Thank you SO much!

  • Dennis April 21, 2014 at 21:08 /

    Stan, beautifully told in what may be understood as rising to the level of prose. The style fits the message. Blessings Supernal my brother!

  • Linda and Igor Demjen April 21, 2014 at 19:03 /

    Thank you for the reminder. Yes, Israel is loved by the Lord and by us and no amount of hatred by the world can change it. Israel is still sinning and so are we, but we have been grafted into Israel, we are part of it and our sins are covered by the blood of Jesus.That includes Israel. Stan, I hope one day we shall meet in Jerusalem, but if not, I am sure, we shall be together in New Jwrusalem. I bless you in the name of Jesus.
    Igor and Linda Demjen

  • Emmie Goodenoughi April 20, 2014 at 14:14 /

    This is a jewel of an article, Stan. And a huge encouragement. You have laid it out so clearly that one would need help to misunderstand it. We see the plan and purpose of God, His faithfulness to His people, His patience with, and compassion towards, them. It’s a privilege to stand with Israel and I believe it’s a calling from the LORD. May He continue to use the gift He’s given you to sound the shofar on the walls.

  • Jo Naylor April 20, 2014 at 00:00 /

    Stan, thank you for sharing the beauty of God’s restorative plan for His Covenant peoples, your words have brought
    my heart to tears of joy, thinking of the restoration of Jerusalem and all of Israel and it’s peoples, I thank God for the privilege of being a Watchman on the Wall, for Jerusalem, Isaiah 62: 6-7, your insight is much deeper, and an encouragment to myself to be pressed into the Lord for His Divine revelation and as what He requires us Watchman to be in prayer about, reminding Him of His Promises to His Covenant people; I am blessed to know that He has included us in His grafting in to the Olive Branch, and studying the signs of Yeshua’s soon return, I sense an urgency in my Spirit to be dedicated to be Watchful in prayer, and blow the trumpet for folks to be READy. May The Good Lord, continue to use you to encourage us in detail with sweet tears awaiting His Return, Shalom, dear one!

  • Jeri Carter April 18, 2014 at 19:49 /

    Stan, what a blessing you are to people like me, that has come out of Bablylon; seeking truth of scripture, and seeking with my whole heart and the veil coming off my eyes, and YAH reveiling to me HIS truth, and not mans. MAY YAH BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU IN EVERYTHING YOU SET YOUR HEART TOO

  • Thank you for standing up for Israel April 18, 2014 at 18:59 /

    Thank you Stan, “Good enough” to tell us the truth. everything you have written from your heart and God’s precious word, fills me with joy and peace, there is nothing better than truth, Jesus is the way the truth and the life and no man can get to the Father without going thru Him. Next Sunday, April 27th is my birthday in the Lord, the day man spirit came alive in the Lord, and I was born again. Reading the comments were so refreshing to my soul, thank you . “The hope of the righteous shall be gladness” Proverbs 10:28

  • Feryl Honorof April 18, 2014 at 15:27 /

    Thank you Stan. Yes, God will be glorified through His people, Israel. He will comfort them, and they will see His Face. But the temple the orthodox will soon put up will also host the evil one (2Thess 2:4) Doesn’t the Bible tell us that the Lord will build the Eternal temple, in which He will be glorified?
    “Behold the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, and He shall build the temple of the Lord; Yes, He shall build the temple of the Lord. (Zechariah 6:12)

  • m.cookman April 18, 2014 at 12:27 /

    The Lord God be praised!
    His faithfulness and mercies bless us who
    trust and love HIM and His people.

  • Stan April 18, 2014 at 04:26 /

    Certainly, Brigitte, anything I write here may be shared.

  • Dorothy April 18, 2014 at 04:12 /

    Thank you Stan for your voice. Christians may not ‘seem’ to stand with Israel but we are. We are, by adoption, brothers and sisters in the family of God. How could we not stand with them. Israel will stand when all others are gone. It is the city of the Great King and the only place God has put His name on forever. Love in Christ ~~Dee

  • shosh7154 April 18, 2014 at 00:34 /

    Ezekiel 48:35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.

  • Barb April 18, 2014 at 00:15 /

    It seems the way things are going in our world that it will not be long before the LORD comes…Keep Looking Up !

  • Brigitte De Kroon April 17, 2014 at 23:35 /

    Hi Stan – do you know what a BLESSING you are?
    My heart – my spirit – has been exceedingly sorrowful these last few days over a net conversation I had with 2 Jewish believers in Jesus. I had raised the question why it is so, that Jewish people of Today are still automatically and instinctively cringing away from even the Name of Jesus only – without any strings attached, why aren’t they even a bit curious about this most ‘famous’ Jewish Man and Rabbi?
    In each case, the answer – supported by ancient documents etc – was the same: the ‘Christian’ persecution of their people in the Name of Jesus.
    Both wrote that THIS fact lies at the root of the Jewish Heart – automatically and instinctively.
    Oh! … what bitter tears flooded my inside (wo)man when I faced up to this simple, straight, honest Jewish reply :
    Mea Culpa! – no, not personally, but through my Christian association … Lord God of Israel … please forgive us.
    Then Your email arrived – Oh Praise The Lord! – For HE shall set right again, for His people, what MY people caused to break down and have no tiny, miserable chance to undo again.
    May I use your article among my Christian friends, Stan? I shall offer it to my two Jewish internet-‘friends’ as well, if you permit?
    Your article is Balm to my hurting heart and I thank Our Precious Lord Jesus for this mighty Warrior of God who resides in the midst of His people – You.

  • Donna April 17, 2014 at 22:44 /

    Praise the LORD! He works through you Stan, to encourage Israel as well as those of us who pray for Israel. You truly are the Watchman on the Wall.
    Thank you.

  • Glory April 17, 2014 at 21:54 /

    Praise Yah! I LOVE this commentary, Stan! I long for that day, when Israel shall know her God! When the King of Glory shall slay her enemies and rule and reign from Jerusalem! Ohh yes, how I long for that day. Soon… very soon. :)

  • jan April 17, 2014 at 19:50 /

    Praise His Holy Name !!!
    Come, Lord Jesus !!!! Come !!!!