So often when I read His Word the Holy Spirit will reveal meaning but then you read the same Word on a different day and the Holy Spirit takes the Truth of that meaning and deepens it.
He doesn’t change the meaning….He merely peels off a new layer and reveals more. Because He is infinite, He is the “more” of Life. HE IS LIFE.
The reason I explain this is that I don’t want you to think that I don’t believe that Isra’el being reborn as a nation is prophetic fulfillment….because IT IS. Absolutely. The gathering of the Jewish people to her is absolutely prophesied and being fulfilled. But…there is more. There is a deeper layer to this prophecy and it’s fulfillment.
Tonight, I was watching testimony after testimony of Jewish brothers and sisters coming to know the One who God has sent, the Jewish Messiah, Jesus, on iFoundShalom.com. And I am realizing (thanks be to God the Father sending His Ruach HaKodesh to peel this layer back) that the “more” of this prophecy is indeed being fulfilled as well.
“Yerushalayim! Yerushalayim! You kill the prophets! You stone those who are sent to you! How often I wanted to gather your children, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you refused!” Mattityahu 23: 37 CJB
How often has He wanted to gather Jerusalem’s children.
& folks, I can say that He is gathering His children. He is gathering those to Jerusalem, yes, but He never does anything just merely to remain on the surface. No. Everything God does means so much more than what it appears to be on the surface. He longs to gather us to Him and His presence!! He longs to reconcile us back to Himself.
The great in-gathering of Isra’el AND the children of Jerusalem to her Messiah…is fulfilling prophecy.
“In those days, at that time,” says Adonai, “the people of Isra’el will come, together with the people of Y’hudah. They will weep as they go their way, seeking Adonai their God. They will ask the way to Tziyon; and, turning their faces toward it, will say, ‘Come, join yourselves to Adonai by an everlasting covenant never to be forgotten.'” Yirmeyahu 50:4-5 CJB
“Look! I am bringing them from the land in the north, gathering them from the far ends of the earth; among them are the blind and lame, women with children, women in labor, all together, a vast throng returning here. They will come weeping and praying as I bring them back. I will lead them by streams of water on smooth paths, so that they won’t stumble. For I am a father to Isra’el, and Efrayim is my firstborn son.’ Nations, hear the word of Adonai! Proclaim it in the coast lands far away. Say: ‘He who scattered Isra’el is gathering him, guarding him like a shepherd his flock.‘” Yirmeyahu 31:8-10 CJB
How often has Jesus wanted to gather your children, Isra’el, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings?
He is gathering, yes He is.
I am not trying to replace the meaning. The Holy Spirit has merely revealed a deeper layer to the same answer.
What is this “everlasting covenant never to be forgotten” that we are to be joined to?
“Here is how he is mediator of a new covenant: a death has occurred which sets people free from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. It is because of this that those who have been called can receive the promised eternal inheritance. For where there is a covenant, there must necessarily be produced the death of the sacrificial victim which establishes that covenant, since a covenant is validated only by dead bodies; it never has force while the sacrificial victim which establishes that covenant is still alive. This is why the first covenant too was inaugurated with blood. After Moshe had proclaimed every command of the Torah to all the people, he took the blood of the calves with some water and used scarlet wool and hyssop to sprinkle both the scroll itself and all the people; and he said, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has ordained for you.” Likewise, he sprinkled with the blood both the Tent and all the thins used in its ceremonies. In fact, according to the Torah, almost everything is purified with blood; indeed, without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. Now this is how the copies of the heavenly things had to be purified, but the heavenly things themselves require better sacrifices than these. For the Messiah has entered the Holiest Place which is not man-made and merely a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, in order to appear now on our behalf in the very presence of God.” Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 9: 15-23 CJB
Jesus is the New Covenant in which we enter when we seek him, find him, and ask him to be our Lord & Messiah. His blood is then put over the doorposts of our souls beginning in our hearts. This is the fulfillment of Jeremiah 31:32-33, “This is the covenant which I make with them after those days,’ says Adonai: ‘I will put my Torah on their hearts, and write it on their minds and their sins and their wickedness I will remember no more.'”
I leave you with this exhortation and promise by the Promise Keeper, my friend:
“If you are being insulted because you bear the name of the Messiah, how blessed you are! For the Spirit of the Sh’khinah, that is, the Spirit of God, is resting on you!….But if anyone suffers for being Messianic, let him not be ashamed; but let him bring glory to God by the way he bears this name….when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive glory as your unfading crown.” 1 Kefa 4:14, 16, 1 Kefa 5:4