Friday, 16 December 2011

The Spiritual Olive Tree and Us

Matt 1:1. Jesus was the Son of God, the son of David and the son of Abraham.We the church, the body of Christ Jesus on earth, are grafted onto the Olive Tree that Paul spoke of in Rom 11:20-26. This olive tree has its roots in Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the same root of Jesus’ blood line
There is therefore a need in looking at the things that God is saying in regard to the Jewish nation, because the same spiritual climate that hits at Israel will be the same spiritual climate that hits at the church, seeing that we are on that same spiritual olive tree.
Amos 3:1-3 states that God chose the family of the Jews out of all the nations to bring forth His savour of the people.
Affirmed in 1 Kings 8:53 He has separated them from all other nations as an inheritance.
109 times in the bible God declares that the land of Israel belongs to His people.
36 times on oath to them
16 times He said it was forever
4 times He said they did not deserve it.
If He had said it once it would have been good enough, many times means what He says.
This land, promised to His chosen people, by the Father of Jesus the Son as defined in the scriptures
Ref:- Numbers 34:1-15  Gen 13:14-15  Gen 15:17-21.
It is from the Euphrates to the Mediterranean Sea, from Lebanon to the brook Nile
Joel 3:2 He was quite adamant about the land and said He would punish those who divided up the land.
He said that foreigners could live in the land provided they worshipped the God of Israel.
The god of the Muslim faith says he has no son, so cannot be the Father of Jesus, but a god of this world, rather than the One and only living God who rules in and from heaven.
The church joins the Jews and not the Jews joining the church. Replacement theology turns this the other way and says the Jews are finished so they have to join the church to be a part of God's plan.  God has not forgotten His promises to Israel, He would not be God if He did.    
There is a river of life flowing in the Spirit of God's in blessing what God blesses and building on the things that He is building. All our needs are met in Christ and in the flow of the Spirit.
The Jews have been a real spiritual blessing to us, now that we are born again by faith imparted through the teaching of the apostles, through the word of God , Jesus the Son of God, the Jewish King is that word of God, John 1:1-6
As the Jews return to their homeland so shall the growth fill the spiritual olive tree, the other branches  the gentile church, of that olive tree will also know of the growth in their branches.
One of the major stumbling blocks that Satan has put in the church is the division over where one places the people of Israel in their standing with God.
The Lord God often referred to His chosen nation Israel as an olive tree.
The olive tree right from the beginning has a significance with being something more than just a fruit bearing tree.
God saw it as something more in the realm of the spirit.
Using it's fruit for the light of the minora for the temple.
Using it for the anointing oil for the priests.
Gen 8:11   And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. It was the first to appear above the water
Judges 9:8-9   The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.   But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
It was special in the building of the temple. Doors and frame made of olive wood.
Often referring to people as an olive tree.
Psalms 52:8   But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
God in His wisdom does not change. His attitudes towards His people do not change. For He says " I AM who I AM I do not change.  Jesus said I Am the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.   So His illustrations of the olive tree do become the same from the beginning to the end of the age.   Old or new testament God does not change, He is always for His people even if they turn away from Him.  He is faithful even when we His people are faithless. The same goes for Israel, God is always faithful to Her, even though she turns to her own way.
The Branch.
Isaiah 11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
Isaiah 4:2  In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.
Isaiah 60:21  Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
Jeremiah 23:5  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Zechariah 6:12  And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
There is no reference to Ishmael, Abraham’s illegitimate child, as being part of God’s plan.
The Root
Isaiah 11:10  And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign (or standard) of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
Romans 11:16  For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
olive tree; Boast not against the branches (the Jews). But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
Romans 11:17-19   And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.   Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
Romans 11:20-23   Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high-minded, but fear:  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
Romans 11:24-26   For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the
natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?   For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness
in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Romans 11:27-29  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes.  
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Rev 5:5  And one of the elders said unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Rev 22:16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Again no reference to any other faith, or religion. Just the Church, the body of Christ, the offspring of David, not Ishmael. If one is not IN CHRIST, they cannot be with His Father in Heaven.
God has chosen us because of His great love for us and we accept this love and stand upon this love in Christ Jesus. Therefore we stand with those who are with us on this olive tree. By supporting them we support ourselves.  We look for growth therefore we help support the root, the branch, the stem and the other branches. We do all that we can to bring help and encouragement to those of the body of Christ and the Jews. If we want to prosper, then we do all that we can to see that the Jews and the church prospers. Not only in our prayer support but also in our giving, our teaching and ministry etc. For this is the purpose of God at this time and season.
Rom 15:27  It has pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.
This is being caught up in the flow of God's Spirit at present and He is fulfilling His prophecies spoken years ago, and we are to fight the good fight of faith by these prophecies given us, they are weapons of God's word spoken out that can not be refuted.
Eph 2:11-22  Wherefore remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
But now in Christ Jesus you who were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
For He is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;   Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of two one new man, so making peace; And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:   And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.   Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone   In whom all the building fitly framed together growth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom you also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
     (Not just built upon the one apostle, but apostles AND prophets.)
Isaiah 49:6  And He said, It is a light thing that you should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be My salvation unto the end of the earth.
These two scriptures make it clear that there is a responsibility to the Israeli people by the church in gratitude towards God for what He has done through them for us.
The Lord at this time is calling His people the branch of the church to help and support the branch of Israel in any way that we can, that the growth may come to both, the Spiritual Olive Tree of His making.
Before the Lord comes again the Jews have to return home as prophesied, by helping them home, we are walking in prophecy when helping them do this, so we reap the blessing of being in God's will and purpose. Being in the flow of the Spirit will also ensure that the teaching within the church will be in that fresh flow of God also.
Isaiah 49:22  Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they (the gentile believers) shall bring your sons (Jews) in their arms, and your daughters (Jews) shall be carried upon their (gentile believers)shoulders.
Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may they prosper who love you.
Do we have to compromise to gain peace with those around us in the church?  No! there can be no compromise of God's word, we have to fight the good fight of faith and keep the ground that we have been given, there can be no back tracking. We are pioneers going onward in faith, to the full maturity of a person in Christ.
We are called to make disciples of Jesus, who do what He does and be like He is.
But God has put us on a firm road and we will not be deterred in any way. We the church have need to rise up and awaken to the work ahead of us and push on into more of God. 
Rev 22 tells us to pray for His return. Where will He return to? To the Mount of Olives in Israel.
Will there still be a land of Israel? If the evil one has his way, No. BUT GOD is sovereign.
Nowhere in the scriptures does it mention another way to interpret the word of God, other than by His Spirit. A carnal person cannot see the kingdom of God, let alone understand it. (John 3 we have to be Born Again of the Holy Spirit)
Therefore The word of God, the Bible is opened to us by the Holy Spirit, and is the ONLY way of gaining a true Spiritual life in Christ.
Tradition or reasoning are wide open to human or natural interpretation.
Revelation 22:18-19  warns us about adding or taking away from this book of life.
Be aware of those who add to the Word of God as does the Roman Catholic church.
Pastor David Tidy