1. ISRAEL is fulfilment of the PROMISE of God to Abraham; “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and IN THEE SHALL ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED” [Genesis 12:3] The BLESSING was established in Jacob, as forerunner of those who shall PREVAIL by the SPIRIT of the Lord to inherit his kingdom, “… for BY STRENGTH SHALL NO MAN PREVAIL” [1Samuel 2:9] The BLESSING  is Jesus Christ, manifest in His ANGEL, saying; ”… Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but ISRAEL, FOR AS A PRINCE HAST THOU POWER with God and with men, and hast prevailed” [Genesis 32:28] At the appointed time, the Lord was manifest in the FLESH and by His DEATH on the Cross established the BLESSING in us. We are the ISRAEL OF GOD in Christ, as much as those who received the LAW and the TESTIMONY, and more “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but A NEW CREATURE. And AS MANY AS WALK ACCORDING TO THIS RULE, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the ISRAEL OF GOD” [Galatians 6:15-16] We are the ISRAEL OF GOD, who WALK after the RULE of the Spirit, “That the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE LAW MIGHT BE FULFILLED IN US, who WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH, but AFTER THE SPIRIT” [Romans 8:4]

2. ISRAEL is by CALLING, not of BIRTH, “… For they are NOT ALL ISRAEL, WHICH ARE OF ISRAEL” [Romans 9:6] Those who left Egypt were ISRAEL by BIRTH, “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they DRANK OF THAT SPIRITUAL ROCK that followed them: and THAT ROCK WAS CHRIST. But with MANY OF THEM GOD WAS NOT WELL PLEASED: for they were OVERTHROWN IN THE WILDERNESS” [1 Corinthians 10:4-5] When we BELIEVED we also became partakers of the LIVING WATERS, as it written: “He that BELIEVETH ON ME, as the scripture hath said, OUT OF HIS BELLY SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER” [John 7:38] Listen closely, God was GRIEVED with them that DRANK in the wilderness, “But with whom was he GRIEVED FORTY YEARS? was it not with THEM THAT SINNED, WHOSE CARCASES FELL IN THE WILDERNESS?” [Hebrews 3:17] If those who SINNED perished in the wilderness, we do well to abstain from SIN, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are WRITTEN FOR OUR ADMONITION, UPON WHOM THE END OF THE WORLD ARE COME” [1 Corinthians 10:11] Brethren, the END OF THE WORLD is come, when we shall be glorified, but “… neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” [1 Corinthians 6:9-10]

3. ISRAEL OF GOD are the army of PILGRIMS seeking a “… BETTER COUNTRY, that is, AN HEAVENLY: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for HE HATH PREPARED FOR THEM A CITY” [Hebrews 11:16] We are surrounded by WITNESSES who all “… DIED IN FAITH, not having received the promises, but HAVING SEEN THEM AFAR OFF, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and CONFESSED THAT THEY WERE STRANGERS and PILGRIMS on the earth” [Hebrews 11:13] As PILGRIMS, we must be careful not to be overtaken by deceitfulness of riches, as to stray from our heavenly HOPE as did ISRAEL in the FLESH, and it is written: “But JESHURUN WAXED FAT and KICKED: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he FORSOOK GOD WHICH MADE HIM, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation” [Deuteronomy 32:15] Listen carefully, ISRAEL OF GOD is counted by FAITH, not by POSSESSIONS; our FAITH is anchored on “THINGS HOPED FOR” not things that are SEEN [Hebrews 11:1] We are the ISRAEL OF GOD, who turn away from pleasures of SIN, esteeming what is not SEEN above the PROSPERITY OF FOOLS, “For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the PROSPERITY OF FOOLS shall destroy them” [Proverbs 1:32] We are not distracted, steadfastly looking “… for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” [Hebrews 11:10]

4.ISRAEL OF GOD are the JEWELS of creation, “And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, IN THAT DAY when I make up MY JEWELS; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him” [Malachi 3:17] That DAY is round the corner, when God shall take His JEWELS out of this world, and now shall we be PROVED, as gold is TRIED by FIRE, “For the time is come that JUDGMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” [1 Peter 4:17] Our FAITH in Christ is daily put to multiple TESTS, as the world descends into TRIBULATION, but we are not deterred, as it is written: “BE NOT THOU ASHAMED OF THE TESTIMONY OF THE LORD, nor of me his prisoner: but BE THOU PARTAKER OF THE AFFLICTIONS OF THE GOSPEL according to the power of God” [2 Timothy 1:8] Beloved, I plead with you to anchor your FAITH on the TESTIMONY OF THE LORD and be not conformed to those who profess to be ISRAEL but not the ISRAEL OF GOD, who “… WITH FEIGNED WORDS MAKE MERCHANDISE OF YOU: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not” [2 Peter 2:3] WATCH and PRAY, daily looking forward to the day the dead in Christ shall arise, and “… we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 4:17]
5. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, amen

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