“The wealth of the nations shall come to you,” Isaiah 60:5b.
There was a time that Jesus, when He was on earth, referred to, that the Kingdom and dispensation, meant originally for His people Israel, would be taken from them and given to ‘another nation’, meaning the Gentiles. Jesus said this as recorded by Matthew 21:43.
“Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.”
And then again He foretells a time of desolation coming to the house of Israel;
“See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!'” Luke 13:35.
This all has truly happened within the very generation that saw Jesus! That generation also experienced the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman army under Titus – the last remaining of Jews preferring to commit suicide 3 years later on the hill of Masada than to fall alive into the hands of the Romans.
The rest of the Jewish population were scattered all over the world and their land lay literally waste and desolate for many centuries.
But, and the Scriptures are full of these promises, God would reverse this time of dispersion of His people and desolation of their land as He promised many times over.
It was a born again Methodist pastor, a friend of mine, who received these amazing prophetic words from the LORD:
“I am leaving the nations. For almost 2000 years I have been calling a remnant out of each nation. Now I AM returning to Jerusalem. I AM building up Zion, for there I will be glorified.”
As I already noted, the Scriptures are full of verses bespeaking this same turn of events for God’s beloved people. Here are some of them:
“Thus says the LORD: “Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope in your future, says the LORD, that your children shall come back to their own border,” Jeremiah 31:16-17.
“Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. The multitude of camels shall cover your land, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come; they shall bring gold and incense, and they shall proclaim the praises of the LORD. All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you; they shall ascend with acceptance on My altar, and I will glorify the house of My glory. “Who are these who fly like a cloud, and like doves to their roosts? Surely the coastlands shall wait for Me; and the ships of Tarshish will come first, to bring your sons from afar, their silver and their gold with them, to the name of the LORD your God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because He has glorified you . “The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in My wrath I struck you, but in My favor I have had mercy on you. Therefore your gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles, and their kings in procession. For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined……..
……. Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, So that no one went through you, I will make you an eternal excellence, a joy of many generations. You shall drink the milk of the Gentiles, and milk the breast of kings; you shall know that I, the LORD, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. Instead of bronze I will bring gold, instead of iron I will bring silver, instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stones, iron. I will also make your officers peace, and your magistrates righteousness. Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise,” Isaiah 60:1-12,15-18.
“And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the foreigner shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
But you shall be named the priests of the LORD, they shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory you shall boast. Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs,” Isaiah 61:4-7.
May we therefore all become channels of this divinely promised blessing to His people as the Apostle Paul instructs us as Gentile believers in his epistle to the Romans:
“For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, THEIR DUTY is also to minister to them in material things,” Romans 15:27.
May it be so as we bring our inventions, wealth and investment into Israel before the night comes when it won’t be possible anymore!
~ Jan Willem van der Hoeven, Director
International Christian Zionist Center
Newsletter of September 28, 2016.
Republished with the kind permission of Author Jan Willem van der Hoeven, Director of International Christian Zionist Center.
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