Hope of Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH):
Why Are People Blind to Their True Origins?
by Jory Steven Brooks
I have understood for years now that many of us are descendants of the House of Israel that live in the US and that we are probably the recipients of the birthright promises that GOD gave to Abraham>Isaac>Jacob (Israel)>Ephraim and Manasseh...Why is most of the professing Christian (Bible believing) church today so blinded to this truth and more importantly, so opposed to it? Why, if people are truly converted, would they not want to embrace this idea if it is true. It's starting to make me question if I am not the one who is blind. Thanks for your response. Regards, B. T., North Carolina, U.S.A.
The prophet Isaiah commented on the blindness of Israel. A key Scripture passage on this is in Isaiah 42:19, which asks, "Who is blind but my servant?" There is much theological dispute over who the LORD's servant is, but the alternate translation of this verse makes it clear: "In all the world, no one is more blind than my servant. No one is more deaf than my messenger. No one is more blind than my chosen people, the servant of the LORD." In contrast, the Biblical Illustrator Bible Commentary takes the "servant" here as Christ, and therefore extemporizes on "Christ's blindness" to fame and fortune, etc. No, our Lord's ministry was not characterized by blindness! The servant here is Israel, God's chosen people. Why are they so blind?
We read in Hosea 4:6-7, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame."
Here we see that our problems as a people stem from "lack of knowledge" of God's Word, and because we have "forgotten" the moral teachings contained therein. Israel was called to be a light and example to the world, and if we cease to perform our calling we cease to be recognized as that people! The sin, crime, and immorality we see all across our land are not the covenant marks of Israel!
Is it any wonder that some of the fundamentalist Christians I talk to are convinced that America is prophetic Babylon? Just as ancient Israel descended into sin and degeneracy, and subsequently lost their identity in Assyria and Babylon as lost tribes, so we today are fast losing our identity as we in parallel descend into modern moral Babylon.
Forgetting and not upholding the Word of God has consequences, only one of which is the denial of our high calling as God's chosen people. Immorality, the rejection of Biblical morality, is a slippery slope that leads into bondage. The fact that ancient Israel did not uphold their Holy Calling meant that they were rejected and divorced by God for their sins. Yet they were still the covenant people Israel, although they could not be recognized as such until God purified and prepared them for service through the experience of tribulation and suffering. Will we as a people go through that again? Absolutely! In fact, we already are.
The Prophet Jeremiah foretold that the end-time period was to be called "the time of Jacob's trouble." The good news for us, in the prophet's words, is "but he shall be saved out of it" (Jeremiah 30:7).
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