The Lord will rebuild His people Israel
33 Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be built.
34 And the desolate land shall be tilled, though it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.
35 And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fortified, and are inhabited.
In today's message the Lord is speaking to His people Israel and not the nation Israel. If one reads the message it says 'In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities'.
The Jews having rejected Jesus have no hope of reconciling with the Lord; they have no hope of complete forgiveness. People claim that one day they will repent and come to the Lord. They do not realize the day they repent and come to the Lord, can they be followers of Judaism? Judaism is a religion like other worldly religions. Even though they refer to the OT yet they do without understanding. Paul used the word 'law' towards them for they made traditions of the Commandments God had given through Moses. Stephen stated they worshiped worldly gods even though they took the name Jehovah.
Islam claims heritance of the promises of blessings of Abraham on Ismail because he was the first born of Abraham through his maid. But the promise was on the first born from his wife Sarah. The same way the Jews also claim the blessing of Abraham just because they carry the name Israel, are dwellers of the land where the story started or are physical descendants of Abraham. Jesus Himself told them if they really were children of Abraham they would recognize Him, but they were children of their father Satan therefore hated Him and did not listen to his words. So it is nothing to do with the physical but to do with the spiritual. Paul says we are the true descendants of Abraham by our faith in the seed of Abraham - Jesus Christ. Some people call it substitute theory or give other names to it, but if they look from day one the promise was only for people who abided by the Word and Spirit of God, it did not changed before, later or in between.
In today's message the Lord is tell us He is going to rebuild His true people and they will dwell in fortified cities. It does not mean they will move and all dwell together in one place, it means wherever they dwell the Lord will protect them and the world will notice something different with them. The Lord goes to the extent to say the people will be a pleasure like the Garden of Eden (meaning pleasure).
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You alone are God and You are Spirit. Your Children Lord are those who walk according to the Spirit and not in the flesh. Lord we pray your people realize they are the real Israel and all the promises of Israel are for them, that they accept these promised into their lives and give glory unto You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices for forty years in the wilderness?
43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Molech, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
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