Restoration of All Things!
by Christine Egbert
Since returning to the old paths, where Jeremiah 6:16 said the good way is, Scripture’s puzzle pieces have come together! Now, once disconnected passages of prophecy form one unified picture. We are living in the days just before the Messiah returns. It’s a time spoken of by YHVH’s holy prophets and by the writer of Acts 3: 19-21, who wrote: “Repent, therefore, and return, so your sins might be blotted out, so that times of relief might come from the presence of Adonai, and He might send Yeshua, the Messiah appointed for you, Whom heaven must receive until the time of the restoration of all the things that God spoke about long ago through the mouth of His holy prophets.”
God declares those things not yet done. (Isa 46:10)
Recently I learned that many scholars believe Abraham, the Father of our Faith, was born somewhere between 2100-1900 BC. He was called out by YHVH 75 years later, in 1952 BC, 1,948 years before Yeshua’s birth.
That nation was Israel. The day was May 14, 1948. Then in less than 24 hours, Israel was attacked by Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. In spite of the odds against Israel surviving, this meagerly equipped nation of mostly Holocaust survivors defeated her enemies in what has become a pattern.
Translation: God saved Israel!
Today Israel’s deserts are blooming, as the Prophet said they would in Isaiah 35:1.
SIX DAY WAR
Later, in 1967 Israel regained control of the Holy City, Jerusalem, the city where Yahweh placed his Name. By the end of six miraculous days, Israel tripled its controlled area from 8,000 to 26,000 miles, capturing the Sinai, Golan Heights, Gaza Strip, and the West Bank. As exclamation marks punctuate exclamatory sentences, miracles punctuate Israel’s history. All of Israel’s miracles deserve being told, but in this article I’ll summarize only one that occurred during Israel’s Six-Day War.
Conquest of Shechem (Nablus)
IDF analysts had predicted that taking Shechem would be difficult, one of the bloodiest battles. But Yah had another plan. Jordan placed its heavy artillery and tanks in the hilly terrain overlooking Shechem from the west, assuming that the IDF would attack them from the coastal plain. But instead, the IDF advanced on them from the east. According to the eyewitness account of Colonel Uri Banari (as reported in the 5/14/2007 edition of Arutz Sheva’s article aptly titled Miracles in the Six-Day War) at the entrance to Shechem thousands of Arabs cheered and waved white handkerchiefs. Some clapped their hands. There was no panic in the streets, until one of Israel’s officers wanted to disarm an Arab guard. In that moment everything changed. The guard refused, and another Israeli officer fired a warning shot in the air.
“At that moment,” recalls Colonel Uri Banari, “the crowds disappeared, and streets emptied. Then the Arabs began sniper fire. I didn’t comprehend what had transpired. Only later, I understand. The residents of Shechem had thought we were the Iraqi forces due to arrive from the direction of Jordan.”
The Arabs woke up to their error rather late. Fear of the Jews (of their God) had fallen upon them. In Hevron and in Shechem, in Jenin and in Jericho, the Arabs were heavily armed. Not even one village was unarmed. Yet thousands of proud Arabs, hid their weapons. They raised their hands, and from every edifice they flew white flags of surrender. For those of you who have read the first half of the Bible, this should sound familiar. It is one the Most High has employed to save His people Israel many times before.
Since Israel’s Rebirth
On May 14, 1948, the British Mandate over Palestine expired: The Jewish People’s Council gathered at the Tel Aviv Museum, and David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel. Immediately after this declaration five standing armies from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq invaded this fledgling State.
Outcome: Israel won the war.
1956 Suez Crisis: Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping and blockaded the Gulf of Aqaba, (contravening the 1888 Constantinople Convention and violating the 1949 Armistice Agreement). Then on July 26, 1956, Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal Company, and closed it to all Israeli shipping. Supported by Britain and France, Israel responded by invading the Sinai Peninsula.
Outcome: Israel captured the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula.
1967 Six-Day War: Egypt, Syria and Jordan attacked Israel. On May 30, 1967, Jordan signed mutual defense pact with Egypt. Egypt mobilized Sinai units, expelled the UN border monitors, crossed UN lines, and mobilized on Israel’s southern border. June 5th, Israeli Air Force destroyed most of Egypt’s Air Force in a surprise attack, turned east and destroyed Jordan, Syria, and the Iraqi Air Force.
Outcome: Israel won the Six-Day War. They gained control of Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Shebaa Farms, the Golan Heights, and for the first time in nearly 2000 years East Jerusalem.
October 6, 1973, Yom Kippur War: Syria and Egypt, abetted by Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and five other nations, launched a surprise attack against Israel on Yom Kippur. Caught off guard, it took Israel 3 days to mobilize. Meanwhile, other Arab states reinforced Egypt and Syria with more troops, and Arab countries enforced an oil embargo on industrial nations, including the U.S., Japan, and Western Europe. In a political tactic against Israel, OPEC countries increased the price of oil fourfold.
Outcome: The tide turned! Israel began to win the war, so the USSR threatened a military intervention, prompting the United States to secure a ceasefire on October 25, 1973.
In 1967 when Israel regained control of its most holy city it began the fulfillment of the Luke 21:24 prophecy, which ended Jerusalem being trodden down by the Gentiles. Only a hand-full of Messianic congregations existed at that time, and the phrase Hebrew Roots, in reference to Christians returning in mass to God’s instructions, His Torah, had yet to be uttered.
Today, Hebrew Roots congregations are sprouting up everywhere, in every country, and out of every Christian denomination. Whole churches in some cases, not just individuals, are returning to the old paths.
Quoting Wikipedia, “It’s a grassroots movement without an ecclesiastical superstructure.” Its basic tenants, aside from its most central, faith in Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah are: keep Yahweh’s Sabbath, observe His annual Feasts, and obey the Commandments, including dietary law.
Subsequent to their desire to keep Yahweh’s instructions–to NOT worship HIM the way Gentiles worshiped their gods (Deu 12:30)–and energized by their newly acquired knowledge of the Church’s syncretism with Paganism during the 4th century, those who are returning to the old paths are renouncing unbiblical, Popish holidays. Out with Christmas! Out with Easter! Out with Constantine’s Sunday-sabbath.
Those of us contending earnestly for the faith that was once delivered to the saints prefer scorn from those not hearing what the Spirit is saying to disobeying our Heavenly Father. For those of us who’ve returned to the Biblical roots of our faith, it matters not unbiblical holidays once meant to us, it matters only what they mean to the Most High. For His memory is not short.
I frequently hear testimonies in which names change but the stories remain pretty much the same. These testimonies go something like this: I’ve been a Christian for many years in which I’ve sensed that something was missing. When I asked God to show me TRUTH, He did. Now I follow wherever biblical truth leads me, and it always leads me back to the old paths.
We know from the book of Acts that the apostles kept all of Lord YHVH’s instructions, His Torah. Yeshua emphatically declared that not one stroke would pass from the Torah until heaven and earth passed away and both are still here. Yeshua declared that those who love him were to keep His commandments? If, as some claim, Yeshua’s commandments were different from His Father’s, why did He say He came only to do His Father’s will and declare that His doctrine was His Father’s? Scripture declares that the “New Covenant” was made with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. Paul taught in the book of Romans that Gentiles are grafted into Israel’s cultivated Olive tree. And in Ephesians chapter 2, Paul declared that Gentiles become citizens of Israel’s commonwealth, which means they are no longer Gentiles alienated from the covenants. So, why do so many Christian Pastors tell new Jewish believers who have come to faith in their own Jewish Messiah that they are no longer Jews, when Scripture makes it clear that it is the other way around? Gentiles, who come to faith in Israel’s Messiah, are no longer Gentiles! Gentiles do not replace Israel! They become part of Israel! And why would having God’s Torah written on our hearts and in our minds exempt us from obeying it? Has God, Who Scripture says ‘changes not’ suddenly changed? Has the One Who put His WORD above His name changed His WORD without first reveling it to His Prophets?
Israel’s rebirth and the ever growing Messianic/Hebrew Roots move-of God is not the only sign that we are living in the days just before Yeshua’s return. For several decades now, Orthodox Jews, men like Rabbi Simcha Perlmutter, Rabbi Caduri, and Ariel Cohen–just to name a few–have been and still are recognizing Israel’s promised Messiah, Yeshua. The Holy Spirit is drawing some to this TRUTH through the Hebrew Scriptures, some from Orthodox Jewish prayer books, some from gematria, and many others from the writings of Israel’s most ancient sages.
Other Orthodox Jews who have not (yet) recognized Yeshua as Israel’s promised Messiah–men like Yair Davidi and Hanoch Young– recognize that Christians, especially those who have returned to the Hebraic Roots of their Christian faith and are walking in the old paths of Scripture are most likely descendants from Israel’s scattered tribes, whom God promised He would regather from the ends of the earth at the end of days. If that inspiring fact doesn’t elicit a “Praise Yah!”, then you better check for a pulse. You might be dead! The Good News is this: After centuries of the Church persecuting the Jewish people, today more and more Jews are recognizing our relatedness, and very soon they will also recognize their own Messiah, Yeshua!
Paul wrote: “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery … blindness in part has happened to Israel (both Houses) until the fullness of the nations have come in. Then all of Israel (both houses) will be saved. As it is written, the Deliverer will come out of Zion and turn away ungodliness from Jacob. And if their casting away means reconciling of the world, what will their receiving be but life from the dead!”
I will close with Acts 3:19-21 Repent, therefore, and RETURN—so your sins might be blotted out, so times of relief might come from the presence of Adonai and He might send Yeshua, the Messiah appointed for you. Heaven must receive Him, until the time of the restoration all the things which God spoke of long ago through the mouth of His holy prophets.