While the State of Israel has been restored last century, not so the Kingship of Israel. Today there are plenty of people, including Arabs with an Israeli passport, saying that Israel will not remain a Jewish State. Wouldn’t restoring the Israeli Kingship be the next step to reassert the strong ties the Israeli, Jewish people have to the land of Israel? This is the time!
The State of Israel was re-established in 1948, and in 1967 Jerusalem once again became the capital city of Israel. Ever since and even before the re-establishment of the State of Israel, Israeli people have been moving back, joining those who still were living in the land of Israel. The land to which they have a strong tie both through the history of their people which has been living there for centuries, as they have through their Royal Houses of Judah and Joseph. So, why hasn’t the Israeli Kingship been restored yet?
According to prophecy as written in biblical scripture such as in Isaiah 11 and Ezekiel 37, the Almighty Father will restore the Kingship of Israel. But this hasn’t happened yet. When will it be the time for this to happen? Prophecy says that this would happen after a time of a great catastrophe to the Israeli, Jewish people but during a period in which they would return in great numbers to the land of Israel. The catastrophe was the Shoah as Jewish people prefer to call the genocide on Jews at the time of World War II. The Holocaust – another meaning of this word: sacrifices made in honor of deities. Human sacrifices brought by all the Nazis, not only the German ones, to their deities in return for power? This including all those who put the Nazis in place while not intervening on behalf of the Jewish people. This resulted in the killing of about six million Jewish people who weren’t in any way part of the war conflict at the time.
The Nazis literally tried to exterminate the Jews in ghettos like the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland, and in concentration death camps like Auschwitz, which was the largest one. And before the camps the Nazis went to the cities where the Jews lived with Nazi SS Death Squads, killing them by the hundreds of thousands bullet by bullet and later by gas in mobile trucks with gas chambers. The later was also so well documented – there is original film footage of one of these Nazi execution events taking place. These death squads remained operational alongside the concentration camps. Remember Ezekiel 37:1-14? Still, it’s during and after this terrible war that the State of Israel was established. The process of the Israeli people returning to Israel has been going on for decades now.
Consider this: by the end of World War II, about six million Jews were murdered, while the Allied Forces at an early stage were well aware of the mass extermination of the Jews in the camps. But, despite all the evidence the Allied Forces gradually obtained on this subject and the official requests they received later, they still held on to their excuses which sadly led them to not taking a strong moral stand to try to stop this mass killing – for example by bombing the railways leading to the death camps – they did bomb the next door factory. Ultimately the war claimed the lives of a total of approximately fifty five million people. An honest question: would Genesis 12:3, Numbers 24:9 apply to the ultimate result in death toll of this war?
6 Here on Mount Zion the Lord Almighty will prepare a banquet for all the nations of the world … 7 Here he will suddenly remove the cloud of sorrow that has been hanging over all the nations. 8 The Sovereign Lord will destroy death forever! … The Lord himself has spoken. Isaiah 25:6-8 (GNT)
Daniel chapter two also gives a clue that refers to our life time for certain prophecies to be fulfilled. God the revealer of secrets, deep and hidden things – verse 22 and 47 – Who by the way is still the revealer of secrets – made through Daniel clear that the stone which was by no man’s hand cut out of the mountain and which would strike the statue down will roll to it at a time that an empire exists that is divided. As well as being partly weak and partly strong, this empire’s kings/rulers will try to unite their empire by intermarriage between their families. Sounds like Europe?
So, if this is the time for these prophecies to be fulfilled, why hasn’t it happen yet?
Are the Israeli leaders and people waiting for the United Nations or some sort of Royal Assembly to get this job done? Do the Israelis even want to acknowledge that the Israeli Kingship has to be put back in place? Maybe they do, but there is a problem: Judah and Ephraim can’t stand each other. In fact there is a historically rooted disagreement between the two.
Way back in Israel’s history there has always been rivalry between Judah and Joseph. Bearing in mind that Ephraim – a tribe that in the past experienced its own divisions from time to time, Judges 12 verses one to seven – was the leading tribe of the two tribes of Joseph, the other being Manasseh. The last break-up of the United Kingdom of Israel was after the death of King Salomon. His son remained king over Judah, Benjamin and all the Israeli peoples with them.
While Jeroboam from Ephraim became king of the ten tribes – hence the ten tribes came under Ephraim’s leadership – whom he soon introduced to his own manufactured religious cult to prevent his subjects from going back to Jerusalem. Of course there is more to this historic event as 1 Kings chapters 11 to 12 and the book of Chronicles narrate. From then on kings on both sides continued to rival each other and sometimes they worked together. The two separate Kingdoms remained within Israel until most of the Israeli were driven from their land while the Temple was destroyed in the process.
Still, despite being divided, the Israelites have been reunited before!
The very first time this happened was to the sons of Israel, that is Jacob. It was Judah’s idea to sell his brother Joseph to Ishmaelite merchants on their way to Egypt. But years later when they went to Egypt to by grain because of the drought they met Joseph. Ultimately Joseph whom already had forgiven them, paved the way for reconciliation. And in doing so reunited the brothers – Genesis chapter 37 to 50 – which in turn gave way for them to become the tribes of the Israeli people.
Another crucial unity was formed by King David of the tribe of Judah. The way David treated the first king of Israel, King Saul – 1 Samuel chapter 24 and 26 – whom was trying to kill him and David’s actions after King Saul’s death when he became king of Judah – 2 Samuel chapters 2 to 5 – kept the door open to the ten tribes of Israel to come to him and ask him to become their new king too after their king was killed. King David united Israel and made Jerusalem the capital city of Israel.
Both men were faithful to God the Almighty Father and had faith with integrity to go with it. Men who understood God’s will for their own personal life and God’s vision for Israel. Where is the Joseph and the David of our day? Those with and under whom God Almighty will unite the Israelites to one while restoring the Israeli Kingship in the land of Israel on earth. Those through whom he will bless his people and ultimately the world, as Daniel prophesied – Daniel chapter 2 – centuries ago. Just to be clear, the designated location these passages refer to is on earth and not in heaven!
… 13 Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish, and Judah’s enemies will be destroyed;
Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim. …
Isaiah 11 (NIV)
But, isn’t it God’s will to have his Kingdom in us?
The same Almighty God who put David in place as Israel’s king despite all odds, spoke through prophecy to his people,
I will …
6 “ … strengthen the house of Judah, And I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back, Because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; For I am the Lord their God, And I will hear them. Zechariah 10:6 (NKJV)
… 19 say to them, “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’… There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. … Ezekiel 37 (NIV)
11 “… restore David’s fallen shelter —I will repair its broken walls and restore its ruins —and will rebuild it as it used to be, Amos 9:11 (NIV)
8 … encamp at my temple to guard it against marauding forces.
Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch.
The Coming of Zion’s King … 10 … His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River[b] to the ends of the e a r t h. Zechariah 9:1-10 (NIV)[b: river Euphrates]
All these will lead to the State of Israel remaining a Jewish State – Jeremiah 33 – and this will not change as one of the guests of Fareed Zakaria said in his GPS-program – Global Public Square on CNN – the 12th of March 2012. Personally I forgive her and all those who advocate for the State of Israel to be other than a Jewish State.
Your Kingdom come!
49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” 51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the J e w i s h nation, 52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them o n e. John 11:49-51 (NIV)
Again, what did Yeshua / Jesus died for? This a question the followers of Yeshua / Jesus asked him, Acts 1:6 (NIV),
6 … “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the k i n g d o m to Israel?”
The Lord’s prayer which Yeshua / Jesus thought his disciples – remember Genesis 9:7 still stands! – Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV) says,
9 … “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on e a r t h as it is in heaven. …
In other words, make the world down here on earth to run in accordance to God’s will. What was the Almighty Father’s first gift to Adam after he had given him life? Not Eve, but a garden he himself planted in the East, in Eden, Genesis 2:8! That garden was on Planet Earth, wasn’t it? And the Father used to take walks in this garden: 8 … heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day … Genesis 3:8 (NIV)!
We will find God’s plans for Israel by comparing Ezekiel 47:1-12 and Revelation 22:1-5 with Ezekiel 36 (NIV), …
33 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. 34 The desolate l a n d will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. 35 They will say, “This l a n d that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited. ” 36 Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it. …
Who is there to stop Him? There simply is a broader picture – Jeremiah 31 and 33, Daniel 7:9-14, Revelation 20:4-6 – than only our own personal life. For salvation doesn’t stand on its own, its meant for something. This m a n Yeshua / Jesus, just isn’t only a carpenter and our savior – John 3:16-21 – but also the king of the Jews, of Israel! The Romans got at least that one right. He will reign lawfully – but in order to do so there must be a people in place to accept him as king of Israel. Zechariah 12 speaks especially of the tribe of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Then He will take his place as king at a time when the Almighty Father makes Judah and Joseph one.
So, The Kingdom is not only the kingdom in us – Luke 17:21 – but also the Kingdom of Israel. And every kingdom has a kingship!
24 “‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. … Ezekiel 37 (NIV)
Why is David mentioned? Isn’t it because besides the fact that he was the greatest king Israel ever had in God’s eyes, he and his descendants have the rightful ownership of the Temple Mount – 2 Samuel 24:18-25 mentions King David’s purchase of this mountain – and there for could claim it. The building of the new Temple is mentioned in Ezekiel 37:26 as being build after the Almighty Father restored Israel’s Kingship. Didn’t he do the same with the first Temple? And, King David’s throne has been in Jerusalem.
The descendants of David, the House of David may not be visible to us today, but the word of biblical prophecy is proof of them being present. And their actions in keeping with prophecy will testify of their presence in our midst, so Ezekiel 37:15-28 will become reality. Maybe in a way, by people and at a time least expected.
… 7 “The Lord will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honour of the house of David and of Jerusalem’s inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah. 8 On that day the Lord will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord going before them. Zechariah 12:6-8 (NIV)
I believe by God’s grace we are in the middle of this process of restoration and that the plans God makes are wise, and they always succeed. (Isaiah 28:29b)
And, to all those in support of God’s plans, “may all who love You be like the sun when it rises in its strength.” (Judges 5:31))
“So Judah and Joseph, forgive to be blessed, to be a blessing to your people! Unite to be God’s shining light to the nations!”
“Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: Instruction will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations. Isaiah 51:4 [NKJV says: For law will proceed from Me]
3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60:3 (NIV)
27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.’ Daniel 7:27 (NIV)
God bless you,
Mrs. A. vd Laan-Leito ©