© 16 February 2018 Revive Israel Ministries
Israel: A Prophetic Parable for the Church
Israel is in many ways a parable for the world-wide Church: on the one hand manifestly incomplete and deficient, yet on the other beneficiary of the divine promise of ‘completion’, ‘perfection’ and ultimately ‘peace’ – all of which stem from the same Hebrew root " שלם " from which we get the well-known word “shalom”.
“I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
Of course, both Israel and the Church have seen great advances under the power and direction of the Holy Spirit, yet there remains much to overcome:
The purpose of a parable is instruction. In our lostness we find truth hard to absorb. Understanding this, the greatest teacher of all gave us the gift of parables, stories that touch both heart and mind and appeal to our child-likeness.
If Israel is a parable, then there is much for the Church to learn from, as the world watches the nation’s development and the heating up of the battle for the Land and especially its capital, Jerusalem. Through the eyes of faith we see Israel’s budding and now blossoming (Isaiah 27:6) as the sovereign work of a God who can be trusted and has power to fulfil his Word against all odds. If God can raise up Israel in the midst of great opposition, then He can surely raise up every believer despite the worst of circumstances.
Just as the Church can learn from Israel, so Israel can learn the faithfulness of God from the parable of the long and complex history of the Church.
God is faithful and powerful to bring each individual, each congregation and the world-wide Body of Messiah, to a place where we shake off compromise, overcome the ‘occupation’, reach our full ‘size’ and potential and see Yeshua enthroned where He should be. Our part is to cooperate with Him in focus, gaze and attention (Psalm 27), so that the pathway through the coming furnace (Matthew 24:21) becomes a delight rather than a trauma, because we see Yeshua right by our side (Matthew 25:1-13).
Time and Geography
As we approach the end times, time and geography will become more and more important.
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