This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last site edit: May 15 2017
Fixed big typo on the King Jesus page.
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Wife of Jehovah and Bride of Christ.
The idea of Israel being the Bride of Christ will be foreign, if not offensive to the collective of Judeo-Christianity.
Judaism seems to be OK with their Israel is God's wife forever idea whatever the
hiccups, while the Christian Israel of God*, Christianity, runs contentedly with
being the Bride of Israel's Messiah-Christ-Anointed Jesus. Confusing? Yeah, and
* Galatians 6:16.
There were no people Israel before Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. ;-)
You OK with that?
The presence of a people Israel, in all of universal time and space were NEVER Jehovah's purpose.
It was the failure of Adam to yield to and cooperate with God, that triggered a contingency
that ultimately involved the temporary people Israel. Jehovah created Israel* almost
on the whims of others that became reality in one man's incredible faith in the promises
of God: Abraham.
* Isaiah 43:1,15.
The allegedly all-knowing Creator Jehovah only knew and understood the depth of Abraham's faith after he had put the knife to his son's throat:
11 And the angel of Jehovah called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here I am. 12 And he said, Lay not thy hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him; for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from me. . . .
. . . 15 And the angel of Jehovah called unto Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said, By myself have I sworn, saith Jehovah, because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, 17 that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed*; because thou hast obeyed my voice. Genesis 22:11-18 - ASV
* or more grammatically correct: ‘bless themselves’ through acceptance in word and
according to the Hebrew hithpael verb form* and rendered accordingly in the
NWT, Darby Bible Translation, NET Bible, Young's Literal Translation.
thy seed in the above verse is the Israel of God* of their first* Exodus out of Egypt
and not some individual . Israel's second Exodus out of Egypt sets the scene for
a believing remnant out of forgiven Israel to collectively become the Bride of the
Christ who is not Jesus* while he substituted for God's firstborn son Israel - Exodus
* Isaiah 41:8
Please note that the collective Bride of Christ ceases to be such the moment the christs (anointed ones) ascend to their forerunner's heavenly abode to consummate their union with him as brothers in Jehovah's heavenly family of sons, the very end product, the pinnacle of Jehovah's inimitable purpose — see: http://www.sanctifyname.com/hispurpose.html .
Hebrews 2:16 For indeed he does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. — Much more about that elsewhere on this site.
In gender conscious languages, nouns describing animate and inanimate collections generally come in the feminine, Biblical Hebrew, koine Greek and Latin no exception. Feminine nouns generally include flocks, people, organisations and nations.
English sort of lost that somewhere between the 11th and 14th Centuries, much to their disadvantage, while retaining it colloquially: for example with reference to a motor's performance with: ‘she's running really well’ .
Since all this is known by scholar and layman alike, why on earth do I bother with it here?
Because of the Israel continuum as one people from out of Egypt as the flock of Jacob/Israel and, via their redeeming death in Adam-2 Jesus, to becoming Jehovah's ultimate inheritance.
The use of both terms respecting Israel as Wife of God and Bride of christ, are epochal and begin with the faith of Abraham and end in Jehovah's heavenly family as His first and only sons of the God kind.
Wives were created to supplement the life giver and family head, which were the very roles of Israel relative to 1. her life giver head Jehovah and 2. the only-begotten son of Jehovah offered to give his life to save Israel from an eternity of non-existence.
God's only-begotten son became the second life-giver for a law defying Israel to save them from total annihilation for blatantly disobeying a law only they were bound by.
Jesus substituting for the only begotten of God, paid with his non-returnable life to save the life of Israel so that a little flock of believers out of their midst could become the bride of the Christ who thus purchased them by proxy.
In this manner has John 3:16 been validated and the world in that verse correctly defined as an Israel in need of redemption. The redeemed out of forgiven Israel had to be supplemented with gentiles because of unbelief, to complete full number purposed by Jehovah — Romans 11.
Note how Jesus wore a crown of thorns like in the type where a male lamb caught in the thicket/thorns, saved the only other only-begotten-son Isaac; a most marvellous type of the antitypical lamb Jesus who substituted for the only-begotten of God to save God's firstborn son Israel — Exodus 4:22.
The Israel of God were created by God as a temporary means for all humanity dead, alive and yet future to continue with their original assignment of Genesis 1:26-28.
Finally, all biblical matters, designations, names, labels, places and relationships are not oinly entirely earth-bound, but cease in heaven were they never existence in the first place.
While there were heavenly patterns given to us in human terms to understand how to organise Israel, their purpose, environs, manner and means of worship for a specific temporary purpose, they only assumed reality after Adam refused to cooperate, which created the contingency.
Relative to heavenly things, we are more like ants here in Noble Park North, who neither have the slightest comprehension of an Eiffel Tower nor would they if they were prancing on it.
May you have peace