Raising the Flag and Nation of Israel
“After two days He will bring us to life; in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight” (Hosea 6:2 MKJV).
In the year 2006, on the Sabbath, December 23, at 10 a.m., we raised the Israeli flag at Harvest Haven Market Farm. Twelve were in attendance. They were Paul Cohen, Sara Schmidt, Lois Benson, Trevor Benson, Mark and Mariko Benson, Dena Dahl, Ingrid Nicolay (now Benson), Sean Fife, and Jonathan, Marilyn and Victor Hafichuk. The words spoken in prayer were, in essence, “As we raise the flag of Israel, so shall we raise up the nation of Israel.” There was great thankfulness.
Through a recent series of fast-paced and remarkable coincidences, we were suddenly propelled on to the world scene of politics and conflict focusing on the Middle East, and, more specifically, Israel. While we in Christ (Yeshuah HaMashiach) have been waging spiritual warfare for decades, we have not been personally and manifestly involved with physical Israel (except when I met Paul in Israel, the Lord having sent me in 1979). Now we are. We have decided to raise the Star of David at our farm as a token of solidarity with Israel. Read The Star of David: A Better Perspective.
Sadly, what prevails throughout the world is a willful ignorance of the facts, historical and otherwise, concerning the conflict between Israel and the Arabs and Palestinians. The facts are available. The problem, however, is not the lack of a well-documented history or the capacity to comprehend it; the problem is that men’s hearts are at enmity with their Creator, the God of Israel. The world sits by and watches injustice, believing lies, in the name of Christianity and any other name convenient, while Israel and Jews stand alone.
I received that the physical Jew represents the body of Christ, while the spiritual Jew represents the spirit. We are the spirit of Christ, knowing Him, and Israel is the body. In Ecclesiastes, Solomon said:
“Then the dust shall return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return to God Who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7 MKJV).
There are two elements here, physical and spiritual. Is the physical element, the nation of Israel, cast off forever? Not at all! As it is written:
“I ask, however, Have they stumbled so as to be finally ruined? No, indeed; but by their lapse salvation has come to the nations in order to arouse the jealousy of the descendants of Israel; and if their lapse is the enriching of the world, and their overthrow the enriching of the nations, will not still greater good follow their restoration? But to you Gentiles I say that, since I am an apostle specially sent to the nations, I take pride in my ministry, trying whether I can succeed in rousing my own countrymen to jealousy and thus save some of them. For if their having been cast aside has carried with it the reconciliation of the world, what will their being accepted again be but Life out of death?” (Romans 11:11-15).
As Jesus Christ/Yeshuah HaMashiach is known as the Son of God, so the nation of Israel is known as God’s son (Hosea 1:1). As God’s Son was planted to bring forth fruit, so Israel was planted to do the same. As God raised His body from the dead by His Spirit, so we in the Spirit of Christ must raise up physical Israel.
We stand for Israel, to reconcile it unto God, regardless of the enmity Jews have toward us and the enmity they falsely perceive coming from us because of their experiences with false Christians throughout history to this day. We stand with them before the God of Israel, the Messiah, by His resurrection power:
“For He Himself is our peace, Who has made both one, and Who destroyed the dividing wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, putting to death the enmity in Himself” (Ephesians 2:14-16 EMTV).
As these words are now fulfilled in us, God reconciling flesh and spirit, so they will be fulfilled for us with Israel. Nothing could prevent the resurrection of Jesus Christ; not the Sanhedrin, not the Pharisees, not Rome; and no power can withstand the resurrection of Israel to new life:
“Having stripped rulers and authorities, He made a show of them publicly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15 MKJV).
God sowed, or laid down the body, Israel, in the earth, that the seed might not remain alone, but rather bring forth much fruit. Begotten of the Messiah, we are that new fruit. Israel has been waiting for its Messiah because it (Israel in the flesh) has been in the grave. We, in His Spirit, now speak to the body and raise it from the dead to newness of life. Spirit and body are to be joined together in resurrection power. The body cannot raise itself up, being dead. Those who criticize the physical Jew for not believing, criticize his Maker, his Maker’s laws, and all of nature.
Therefore, when Christians say the Messiah has come for the Jews, and the Jews deny that He has come for them, ironically, those Christians are wrong and the Jews are right. While He has come for those to whom He has given His Spirit, He has not come for those who are still in the grave. Until He does come for them, by us, they will not know that He has come, and once He has come, they will not look for another Messiah as they have in their death, which death has been for our sakes.
Redemption begins as I forgive my wife, which I publicly declared on December 23, 2006, to everyone at the farm. As Israel has been to its God, so my wife has been to me. While she has openly confessed other gods, and has been unable to redeem herself, I have publicly forgiven her, and now she is redeemed by the power of God.
“I am hurting! I am hurting!” says the God of Israel, Yeshuah HaMashiach, because His people are hurting, and He has come down to save them. God save Israel, His people. Raise them up from the dead that the world might see Your glory, even as we raise up the Star of David, the flag of Israel, to the sky.