... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)

04
October
2013

Israel got stuck?

Revised 8-1-2014

This year Israel celebrated its 65th anniversary and Jerusalem's 25th of being Israel's capital city. For both the Jewish community world wide as their supporters its a lot to be grateful for.

It took 19 years after establishing the State of Israel to regain Jerusalem. But, today 25 years later Israel's fertility is still an issue, Israel ...

… still doesn't have full control over the Temple Mount in the old city of Jerusalem the holiest place of worship to the Jewish community. It's under the jurisdiction of the Islamic Waqf that manages the site where, with one recent exception, Jews aren't allowed to pray.

Gaza, Judah and Samaria are still not officially in political sense considered to be part of Israel. There is no recognition of the State of Israel by all Arab countries, whom officially are still at war with Israel.
The land itself that in biblical times was mentioned to be fertile is in great part a desert with the Negev as an example of the failure of developing the area despite huge investments.
And last but not least, there seems to be no unity under the Jewish community itself when it comes to the State of Israel which has been developed into a secular and socialist state.
All this leads to the conclusion that contrary to the expectations of many the State of Israel got stuck since regaining Jerusalem in 1967. Or was it since they signed the Oslo I Accord back in 1992?

Although the Jews are determined to defend Israel's boarders and insure the survival of their nation, this just doesn't seem to be enough to continue to move the country forward. Nor is all the innovative initiatives used on several levels of the Israeli society. And taking non religious decisions, as some suggests should be done, doesn't bring any solution for the greater problems of Israel either. A clear example being signing the Oslo Accords which just added more problems and worries for the people of Israel and their leaders. 

The recent developments concerning the neighbouring countries, especially in Iran, doesn't make Israel's future any brighter. Instead it pushes Israel into a corner with no way out other than to “... stand alone...” as the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu put it in his UN-speech this week. He made it very clear that the concerns of his government about this issue wasn't just based on feelings of fear but on facts concerning Iran's actions in the past and its economic problems. He also point out historic facts when it came to dealings with North Korea. A country which was in a more or less similar position as Iran today both economically as on the subject of the development of nuclear weapons. According to Netanyahu, Iran has taken up a strategy that mimics North Korea's, which resulted in North Korea having nuclear weapons. In an attempt to remember all of even worse, president Shimon Peres visited the Anna Frank House - she and her entire family, except her father, died in concentration camps during the Shoah, Holocaust, leaving a diary of her experiences while in hiding - in Amsterdam last Sunday. He is the first Israeli president to do so. 

Is standing alone the way for Israel to travel? In that case wouldn't it be sensible to do this as a united people. How to unite the Jewish people under the Jewish State of Israel, under one flag? Their has been a certain degree of animosity within the Jewish community even before the State of Israel was established. The Jewish Zionist Movement, which started as early as the 19th century, contributed greatly to this effort. The members of this movement to this day earned all respect for the good deeds they have been doing. This movement with Jewish leaders from different nations of the world such as the US, the UK, Germany and Russia, was influenced by socialism, Marxism, capitalism, Judaism, communism, secularism and so on.


Israel's identity

But not all Jews are Zionists, and Aliyah to the Land of Israel wasn't a Zionist invention. Aliyah - the  immigration of Jews and their descendants to the Jewish Home Land, the Land of Israel - is a process that started ages ago in ancient times, even before the destruction of the second temple. And the thought of the establishment of Israel, the Kingdom of Israel, was also written down in prophecies ages ago at the time of God's prophets in biblical scripture. So it was and still is the God's idea and plan, and he is the driving inspiration and force behind this process that has been and will be on going for years to come. 

Initially the Orthodox Jews, with their own diversity within their communities, also supported this movement, but later these two to a certain extent part ways. To this day the State of Israel is still seen as a Zionist state by many within the Jewish community as a whole. Something many still doesn't approve of, to the degree that their views - interview with Jewish community in Iran - this year after the election of a new Iranian leader - is being used in the media it seems against Israel. Even though the State of Israel in itself, its political system and government matured and doesn't depend solely on the Zionist movement itself as it did in the past. The Zionist Movement, which is still present, just isn't the governing body of the State of Israel it only supports it. Many others, including several Christian organizations, give their support too. Could it be their view didn't change also due to the fact that the symbol of the Zionist Movement is still present on Israel's flag?

More important is the fact that the Jewish State of Israel wasn't established in 1948 just due to the Zionist Movement's endeavor, but Israelis owes this to the centuries old process of Aliyah of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel starting hundreds of years ago with the first Aliyah, that of the Patriarch Abraham and his wife Sara. The symbol of the star used on the Israeli flag doesn't reflect this.

All Jews do agree on their history and heritage. Their identity is unmistakably connected to the Land of Israel - Genesis 12:1-9, 14:18-20 and 50:24 - and to the name of their nation which is Israel. The God whom later  presented himself to Moses as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - Exodus 3:6 - gave this name to Jacob - Genesis 32:28,35:9-15 - whom fathered his twelve sons out of whom the Israelite tribes, their people and all their kings came fort. Why if a symbol is needed, isn't this name, Israel or Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel written in Hebrew letters, their language, on the flag that represents their Jewish nation and people?

Why keep comparing Israel with a star? A star dies!!! You don't need to be an astronomer to know that. Why would any one want to be or be compared to a death star? Even the sun will die some day, when its no longer needed, Isaiah 60:10-20 and Revelation 21:22-27. While the children of Israel, Eretz Yisrael, the Promised Land have been there to stay by God Almighty's grace.

Wouldn't this also be an uncomplicated way of asserting Israel as a Jewish nation?  Instead a symbol that originally was not a symbol of King David at all, but a pagan symbol. So, a symbol that doesn't represent the complete Jewish community, has been on this flag for 65 years. Not to mention on and in so many synagogues, paradoxically - because of ignorance concerning its real obscure origin besides its use by the Zionist Movement? - including those who don't agree with the idea of a Zionist state. Can't the leaders of the State of Israel do something about this? They don't need allied countries to unite their own people. As for the faithful, shouldn't their prayers go together with deeds also in this case?

The reason which symbol is on the State of Israel's flag is also of importance in relation to God himself. The same God of their forefathers said he doesn't share with idols, so neither with their symbols,
... 8 “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. ... Isaiah 42:8-9 (NIV)

Would it really be a problem if Israel is isolated? If this is what fighting for survival would require for Israel, they would have no choice. But, standing alone and in unity gives strength. Although the people of Israel doesn't have to remain stuck nor do they have to stand completely alone. They can count on the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob can't they? Question is, which god or idol do they want to stand with.

God the Almighty Father and Creator is the one that will make new things for Israel and its people,
... 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 20 ... I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, 21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. Isaiah 43:16-21 (NIV)


Israel's fertility issue

One way of noticing his blessing is, that God takes care of his land. Israel is not supposed to be a nation depending on irrigation, which isn't possible without sufficient water, but on rain,
… 10 The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. 11 But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. 12 It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.Deuteronomy 11:10-15 (NIV)

But Israel would depend on rain. Israel including the north of Israel and the Negev, would become greener, 
...  14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. Deuteronomy 11:10-15 (NIV)

Whom did God give the blessing of fertility through Israel (Jacob), including for the land? To Joseph, Genesis 49:22-26 (NIV),
... 25 because of your father’s God, who helps you, because of the Almighty,[m] who blesses you
with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below, blessings of the breast and womb...
Years later the blessings of the breast and womb would become apparent for Joseph's descendants, Joshua 17:14 (NIV),
14 The people of Joseph said to Joshua, “Why have you given us only one allotment and one portion for an inheritance? We are a numerous people, and the Lord has blessed us abundantly.”

Who was Joseph? Israel's (Jacob) eldest son with Rachel, whose sons Ephraim and Manasseh were adopted by Israel as his sons - Genesis 48:5-7 - and therefore would inherit with his sons and they went on to become tribes of Israel. But Joseph had more sons - Joshua 17:2 - he adopted the children of Makir the eldest son of his eldest son Manasseh - Genesis 50:23 - whose clan, the Makirites, would become a leading clan of the Manasseh tribe with his own tribal territory in the Land of Israel. 

The Makirite clan was regarded as excellent soldiers - Numbers 32:39-40, Joshua 17:1, Judges 5:13-15 - and the Gileadite clan - Numbers 26:29 and 35:39-40 - were descendants of Makir's son Gilead. Some critical scholars view that in the book of Chronicles the western half tribe of Manasseh and the eastern half tribe - with territory east of the Jordan river - had historically separate tribal rulers. And according to the Song of Deborah - Judges 5:14,17 - Makir and Gelead are treated as names of tribes. They formed the East-Manasseh tribe

Makir had his own territory east of the river Jordan in the Land of Israel assigned to him by Moses, Joshua 13:29-31 and 17:1-2 (GNT),
17 A part of the land west of the Jordan was assigned to some of the families descended from Joseph's older son Manasseh. Machir, the father of Gilead, was Manasseh's oldest son and a military hero, so Gilead and Bashan, east of the Jordan, were assigned to him. 2 Land west of the Jordan was assigned to the rest of the families of Manasseh: Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher, and Shemida. These were male descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph, and they were heads of families.

So, the conclusion could be that out of Joseph, three tribes came forth, Ephraim, Manasseh and East-Manasseh. Joseph's name would live on through the Makirites, just as Israel's (Jacob's) name would as mentioned in Genesis 48:16. Wouldn't Joseph's inheritance including the blessing he received pas down to the Makirites, and their descendants including the Gileadites, together the tribe of East-Manasseh?
This tribe actually would be the only one that received the blessing Manasseh himself got from Israel, that of Joseph because, and would have the right to Joseph's name because of the adoption.  

Would this mean that the future union between Joseph and Judah mentioned in Ezekiel 37:15-28 to unite the Israeli nation would be between Judah and East-Manasseh, and not Ephraim - 1 Kings 14:7-20 - as so often suggested? Is this the reason the tribe Ephraim isn't mentioned in the list of Israeli tribes in Revelations 7:1-8, but Joseph and Manasseh are?

But didn't Ephraim receive the right to play a leading role for the ten tribes of the Israeli nation in the past? Yes, but they lost it, 1 Kings 11:14 to 1 Kings 14. And isn't what this Ephraim king has done in the past still on going? So is God's verdict! As 1 Kings 14:10-11 (NIV) clearly states,
8 I tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant  D a v i d, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes. 9 You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made for yourself other gods, idols made of metal; you have aroused my anger and turned your back on me. 10 “‘Because of this, I am going to bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel—slave or free.[a] I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung, until it is all gone.
[a: Or Israel—every ruler or leader]

Contrary to Ephraim's loss, the blessing to Judah the forefather of King David still stands, Genesis 49 (NIV),
... 8“Judah,[b] your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you. 9 You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a  l i o n  he crouches and lies down, like a  l i o n e s s —who dares to rouse him? 10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,[c] until he to whom it belongs[d] shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his. ...


God's wish,
... 13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul ... Deuteronomy 11:10-15 (NIV)

… 5 He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors. 6 The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and  l i v e. 7 The Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you. 8 You will again obey the Lord and follow all his commands I am giving you today. ... Deuteronomy 30:1-10 (NIV)

God bless you,


Note!:
UN-speech Netanyahu, 03-10-2013
Shimon Peres visit to Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam, 29-09-2013
Interview with Shimon Peres on NPS.NTR College Tour, 04-10-2013
Interview with Naftali Bennett, Israeli Minister of Economy, on a different Peace Plan, 09-03-2014
Interview with Naftali Bennett on Israel being a Jewish State, 09-03-2014

 

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