This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Edited*: January 23 2017
* editing/adding pages & tuning my English.
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Israel the Wife
There is nothing really that I could add to the grand story of Israel, the wife of her Husbandly Owner Jehovah, as told in synopsis in the entire chapter of Ezekiel 16.
Pertinent is the description given in Ezekiel 16:1-14 of the birth and the developing relationship between Jehovah and Israel. ‑please read all verses.
(A discussion of Jehovah's firstborn son, Israel's primary and permanent alias, is located under its own menu button)
Soon after Israel had escaped the confinement of the womb of Egypt through the broken waters of the Red Sea and after Jehovah had concluded that first Kingdom Covenant with His firstborn son Israel (Exodus 19:3-8), God initiated a marriage covenant with Israel for a very special, personal relationship with Israel: 8“‘And I came passing along by you and got to see you, and, look! your time was the time for love’s expressions. So I proceeded to spread my skirt over you and to cover your nudeness and to make a sworn statement to you and enter into a covenant with you,*’ is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, ‘and so you became mine.. . . (Ezekiel 16:8)
*At this point the translators of the NWT made an intuitive connection with Exodus 19:5 and of course its all-important companion verse 6: 5 And now if you will strictly obey my voice and will indeed keep my covenant, then you will certainly become my special property out of all [other] peoples, because the whole earth belongs to me. 6 And you yourselves will become to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you are to say to the sons of Israel.”
It was a bilateral agreement where both parties had obligations - verse 7 continues:
7 So Moses came and called the older men of the people and set before them all these words that Jehovah had commanded him. 8 After that all the people answered unanimously and said: “All that Jehovah has spoken we are willing to do.”
That was was not the actual marriage contract, not even the engagement, as I formerly thought, but the original testamental covenant made with God's firstborn son. It was in fact the first or original Kingdom covenant, which was later superseded by a new covenant and was in fact the covenant kept in force for the many until the end of the 70th week [Daniel 9:27], and not the Abrahamic one, as JWs have determined it to be.
As was customary, the bride left her family and the hearth of home to live with the family of her husband, where the young woman was initiated into the Husband's family way of life through instructions and practice.
The bride Israel was taken to Jehovah's family, as it were, at Sinai* where the rules of the husband's family were conveyed to her until Exodus 24 where Jehovah became Israel's Husbandly Owner through the covenant initiated after the law i.e. all the household rules, had been read and both parties had agreed to abide by its terms.
* This was the beginning of her servitude Galatians 4:22: For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar–– 25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children––
Nonetheless, Jehovah promised paradisiacal conditions for her/them as long as she/they yielded to Him as a submissive wife Deut 28:1-14.
We must get a feel and an appreciation of how Jehovah felt about this beautiful young woman Israel:
(Ezekiel 16:8-13) 8 “‘And I came passing along by you and got to see you, and, look! your time was the time for love’s expressions. So I proceeded to spread my skirt over you and to cover your nudeness and to make a sworn statement to you and enter into a covenant with you,’ is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, ‘and so you became mine. 9 Furthermore, I washed you with water and rinsed away your blood from off you and greased you with oil. 10 And I went on to clothe you with an embroidered garment and to shoe you with sealskin and to wrap you in fine linen and to cover you with costly material. 11 And I went on to deck you with ornaments and to put bracelets upon your hands and a necklace about your throat. 12 Furthermore, I put a nose ring in your nostril and earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. 13 And you kept decking yourself with gold and silver, and your attire was fine linen and costly material and an embroidered garment. Fine flour and honey and oil were what you ate, and you grew to be very, very pretty, and gradually you became fit for royal position.’”
What a wonderful picture emerged here of her, culminating in a royal position as promised in Exodus 19.
The rest of the chapter details her disgusting prostitution and her unpardonable sins against the Law of her Husbandly Owner.
Finally though, there is the promise of Israel's complete atonement v. 63:
62 “‘And I, I myself, will establish my covenant with you; and you will have to know that I am Jehovah, 63 in order that you may remember and actually be ashamed and you may no more come to have any reason to open [your] mouth because of your humiliation, when I make an atonement for you for all that you have done,’ is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah.”
This is the final Atonement of Israel the firstborn son of God for whom Jehovah exclusively provided a propitiatory sacrifice, the lamb Jesus, as clearly explained by the apostle Paul in most of his epistles, but specifically in Hebrews; chapters 9 and 10.
Yes, a final atonement for Israel, not for the adulterous wife who was not forgiven her sins, but as that firstborn son of Ex 4:22, whom Jehovah never abandoned, beautifully evidenced here in that intimate connection where Jehovah promises a new covenant with that same nation:
(Jeremiah 31:31-37) 31 “Look! There are days coming,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “and I will conclude with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah a new covenant; 32 not one like the covenant that I concluded with their forefathers in the day of my taking hold of their hand to bring them forth out of the land of Egypt, ‘which covenant of mine they themselves broke, although I myself had husbandly ownership of them,’ is the utterance of Jehovah.”‑
‑ 33 “For this is the covenant that I shall conclude with the house of Israel after those days,” is the utterance of Jehovah. “I will put my law within them, and in their heart I shall write it. And I will become their God, and they themselves will become my people.”
34 “And they will no more teach each one his companion and each one his brother, saying, ‘KNOW Jehovah!’ for they will all of them know me, from the least one of them even to the greatest one of them,” is the utterance of Jehovah. “For I shall forgive their error, and their sin I shall remember no more.”
And then after having prophesied that Israel were to have a new covenant, he assures that His rejection of them as a nation and His special possession will be as impossible as changing the laws of the universe:
35 This is what Jehovah, the Giver of the sun for light by day, the statutes of the moon and the stars for light by night, the One stirring up the sea that its waves may become boisterous, the One whose name is Jehovah of armies, has said: 36 “‘If these regulations could be removed from before me,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘those who are the seed of Israel could likewise cease from proving to be a nation before me always.’”
37 This is what Jehovah has said: “‘If the heavens up above could be measured and the foundations of the earth below could be searched out, I myself also could reject the entire seed of Israel on account of all that they have done,’ is the utterance of Jehovah.”
Jehovah would therefore never break the promise He made in Exodus 19:6 to His firstborn son Israel to become a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation. Though divorced as a wife, Israel would never become a fatherless boy, but remain Jehovah's firstborn son and continue to run with the Abrahamic promises to finally become a blessing to all the families of the earth in the capacity of That Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation, a further promise added to the Abrahamic one in Exodus 19.
About the Barren and Desolate Woman of Galatians 4:27
What is that passage all about?
Galatians 4:27: For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
He quoted from Isaiah 54:1: Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD Authorized KJV
Much commentary written with most focusing on the inclusion of Gentiles into the Christian Church. They may very well have had in mind Paul’s words in Ephesians 2:11-13 that those Gentiles in the Ephesian congregation were naturally without hope and desolate.
That is false, because all the Gentile tribes of the earth could never feel or be desolate, because they had never known of such a hope in the first place to feel desolate about a hope they never had.
Rather, it is only those Gentiles in that congregation, and others who had come into contact with the Israelites/Jews in the course of their lives and had learned a little about Israel’s relationship with their God and the hope imbedded in His promises to their forefathers, who could feel desolate and without hope, not Gentiles per se.
The answer is really quite simple.
When Isaiah was inspired to write this, Israel was still in a marriage-like relationship with her owner Yahweh/Jehovah/LORD (see Ezekiel 16 whole chapter). She was to produce seed or children in keeping with God's promise for Abraham's seed to be a future blessing to all the families of the earth. Her collective adulteries and transgressions against the marriage contract (Exodus 24) resulted in a divorce leaving her desolate, without a husband.
That occurred when the Babylonians destroyed Israel as they sacked Jerusalem, the temple and took the seed of Abraham, Jehovah’s chosen flock Israel, into exile. God's presence among and oneness with them terminated there and then, with the Ark of the Covenant, the vehicle of that virtual presence, removed by God into a virtual presence in heaven, awaiting further developments already initiated by Him from before the founding of Israel's world or government.
Israel's rebirth after and through Messiah, did not result in remarriage to her former partner Jehovah, but rather in a promise of a heavenly marriage of the redeemed remnant of Israel to their bridegroom Messiah or Christ.
Here Paul confirmed this to the Roman members of that potential bride:
Romans 7:4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another––to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.
Alas, while in the flesh, no longer desolate but now a bride promised to a husband, she produces a complementary number of children from Jews/Gentiles* to make up the little flock of the Seed of Abraham, so that in due course, all the families dead or alive to all eternity, would finally receive the promised blessings of the same opportunities Adam had originally been given.
* After Israel’s special period of grace for a future inclusion in the Seed of Abraham had terminated with the conversion of the Gentile Cornelius right on time at the very end of the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy 9:24-27, Israelites/Jews were individually now a part of the nations* needing to be adopted or grafted back into that seed of Abraham along with those of non-Israelite stock -Please see Romans 11:1-26.
* Speaking to his Jewish disciples about deceitful business practices, Jesus counselled
that the unrepentant one ought to become just as one of the nations, Gentile or Heathen
man, as the AV words it. (Matthew 18:17)
Strong’s: 1482 ethnikos'
That was and still is the purpose of the bible's Israel. -Galatians 3:28-29 not a bad place to focus as well as Jeremiah 31 where in verses 35-37 Yahweh/Jehovah unequivocally states that He would sooner change the laws of the universe than permanently reject Israel.
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