Sunday, September 27th, 2015
Deliverance (Part 49)
Israel: Our Jewish Cousins
He will lift up a standard for the nations and assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Isaiah 11:12 (NASB)
I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
Ezekiel 37:23 (NKJV)
And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: 'The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My Covenant with them, when I take away their sins.'
Romans 11:26-27 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your first cousins control Hollywood, because Jews run the business of film. They're pivotal in entertainment. Sadly, some of them dislike Christians, and I'm certain we understand why. They've witnessed Bible-toting haters: self-righteous, finger-pointing bigots.
Such haters misrepresent Jesus. Such haters aided the Holocaust or closed their eyes to its victims. Such haters still think Jews are evil, so lovers must set this record straight. God loved our first cousins before us, and He will love them eternally. His performers must reach out in truth.
Consider an end times super sign: the restoration of Israel. After millennia of bondage, in 1948 it was freed.* God's chosen people came home again. They returned from all over the earth, facing and winning amazing wars. Today, they still face terrible foes. But we must understand God's order:
The children of Israel are His natural branches. By faith, Christians have been grafted into God's family.
'You will say then, 'Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.' Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again' (Romans 11:19-23)**
Jewish Hollywood is a divine appointment waiting to happen. For such a time as this, God's gifted performers are the appointees. As cousins, your destiny is to work together toward His end.
To Be Continued...
* Reformation of the nation of Israel in May of 1948: http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0514.html;
* Bible Verses on the restoration of Israel: http://www.end-times-bible-prophecy.com/regathering-of-israel-bible-verses.html, http://www.defendproclaimthefaith.org/restoration_israel.html
* 10 Prophesies fulfilled in 1948: http://www.watchmanbiblestudy.com/Articles/1948PropheciesFulfilled.html;
** Israel Is Not Cast Away: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans+11&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.