Now that I have been participating in
the Israel Virtual House of
Prayer Zoom meetings for over a year, I have been greatly enriched by
the insights which other participants have concerning the life of the
followers of Jesus and the unfolding restoration of the nation of
Israel to the community of nations.
I have been particularly enriched by
a book by Faisal Malick entitled
"The Destiny of Islam in the Endtimes" in which he gives his view that
God will bring vast numbers of people in the Islamic nations to a
personal knowledge of Jesus the Anointed, and then believers in Jesus
from all the nations will love the Jewish people into Jesus as
well. I see a wonderful poetic justice in the offspring of
who were dispossessed of their father Abraham and their inheritance
from him now being reconciled by our Heavenly Father and obtaining the
richest of all inheritances in Jesus!
But there seems to be confusion about
the joining of believers from
Jewish heritage and from gentile heritage into 'one new man' as the
apostle Paul describes 'the ekklesia of God'. I intentionally use
the word 'ekklesia' rather than 'church' for two reasons. First,
because the word 'church' has a lot of traditional meaning which is
part truth and part traditions of men. And second, because the
Greek word 'ekklesia' literally means 'a called-out group'.
John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say
unto you, He that enters not by
the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way,
the same is a thief and a robber.
John 10:16 And other sheep I
have, which are not of this fold:
them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and they shall
become one flock, one shepherd.
Mat 23:8 But be not ye called
Rabbi: for one is your teacher, and
all ye are brethren.
Mat 23:9 And call no man your
father on the earth: for one is
your Father, which is in heaven.
Mat 23:10 Neither be ye called
masters: for one is your master,
even the Christ.
Mat 23:11 But he that is
greatest among you shall be your
Mat 23:12 And whosoever shall
exalt himself shall be humbled; and
whosoever shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Mat 23:13 But woe unto you,
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
ye shut the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye enter not in
yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering in to enter.
Greek NT) οὓς καὶ ἐκάλεσεν
ἡμᾶς οὐ μόνον ἐξ ᾿Ιουδαίων
ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐξ ἐθνῶν;
Even us, whom he has called, not of
the Jews only, but also of the
(Greek NT) ἀπρόσκοποι
γίνεσθε καὶ ᾿Ιουδαίοις καὶ ῞Ελλησι
καὶ τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ τοῦ Θεοῦ,
1Co_10:32 Give no occasion of
stumbling, either to Jews, or to
Greeks, or to the ekklesia of God:
Thoughts in process. 6/14/22