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Saturday, May 16, 2015

God's Homeland

This is a Word the Lord gave me when I arrived in Israel. I believe it is a word for Christians to contemplate.

As you look and gaze upon the land where I birthed My people, drink in the refreshment of My presence. As you walk and touch your feet upon the very ground where My prophets tread, know you are standing on Holy ground. 

For this nation called Israel is My homeland. I choose it to be the home of My people--the place I called Abraham to pitch his tents, the land I called the Israelites to come to through Moses, and told Joshua to conquer and inhabit, and most importantly, the birth place of My Son, Yeshua


Behold the land, the mountains, the plains, the desert and the valleys, the dusty roads that My Son traveled to bring the Good News to all the nations. These are the very hills My Son tread to perform miracles and raise the dead to life, to help the blind see, the crippled walk, the hungry filled and the thirsty quenched.

As you view Jerusalem, know you are looking upon a city that My Son longed to embrace as a mother hen embraces her chicks. Know this is My heart because this is My city and the place I chose as a homeland.  I made a covenant with them, which I will not break no matter their waywardness.
As you have a special love and affinity for your homeland, so too I have a special love and affinity for Israel. It is a place that needed much rebuke and discipline, just as a father rebukes a son. Yet it is also a place that I bless, as a father desires to bless a child and most especially a prodigal.

Though many of My people do not recognize the blessings bestowed upon them come from My hand, someday they will. I am fulfilling what I spoke through the words of David, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. “Sing with joy for Jacob; shout for the foremost of the nations (emphasis mine, Jeremiah 31:8). “Hear the word of the Lord, you nations;proclaim it in distant coast-lands:‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’For the Lord will deliver Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they" (v. 10-11). You have already seen the fulfillment of the prophecy and it is continuing to be fulfilled.

Even so I have spoken more of My Word to Israel and your eyes have seen its fulfillment: "They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more. Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty,” declares the Lord" (Jeremiah 31:12-14). I AM blessing My nation, Israel, and I have  used the new (Christians) to bless the old (Jews).