The Menorah, the true symbol of Israel. It has seven branches and one stem. This in itself is symbolic. When I imagine this, I think of Jesus weaving in between the seven churches at the start of the book of Revelation. You can find an image of this, also, in the book of Zechariah along with two olive trees putting forth anointing oil.
“So what?” you might be asking. “Who cares about stubborn Israel and all those mean Orthodox Jews?”
But the question that keeps begging is, “Why don’t we learn more about Israel and its connection to the Church and the part that Israel plays in the end times?”
Why the big silence and detachment from this special nation?
The Restoration of Israel
The answers are many, and some not so obvious. To understand some of them, we must travel back to the first expulsion under Nebuchadnezzar. While it is true that God separates from his Bride and she is broken to pieces and scattered across the known world, He hasn’t lost sight of her.
If you understand the Scriptures, you will note that one of the most exciting events yet to occur, the event that will usher in the Millennial reign and bring about the endless rejoicing of Zion, is the restoration of Israel. God has been longing for this moment since the destruction of His chosen people! God’s prophets have prophesied over this event in black and white for thousands of years.
We should get excited about it too, and learn all we can. The restoration of Israel is something every believer will take part in! Looking back to the book of Zechariah 4, this very image of two olive trees anointing the menorah with holy oil is an exact symbol of this restoration. Revelation 11:3,4 refer to this passage as well, and shows us the connection between these two olive trees and the two witnesses of Israel during the Tribulation.
The great compelling is that Israel will function as both a kingdom, and a priesthood.
Has the Restoration Already Taken Place?
A sad misnomer comes when people believe that the restoration has taken place already, and that Ezekiel 37 has come to pass, the gathering of dry bones. In 1948 the UN was established and a new Israel was born. Modern day preachers delight the masses by leading them to believe since this time Israel has been restored and is just awaiting the arrival of her Messiah.
But the prophecies in the Old Testament referring to this restored Israel are talking about the blood descendants of Abraham, not a nation that is simply Jewish in faith.
And this special elect will recognize, embrace and worship their Messiah King. This is not happening today in Israel. The bones are still dry.
The Two Divided Sects of Jews
It is a nation that is torn. The Jews are comprised of two sects: the Ashkenazi and the Sephardi, with the majority being Ashkenazi. These Ashkenazi are the favored ones.
They have the best positions in government, the best jobs, the best status. Ironically, though, they are Jewish only in faith. It is the Sephardi that are linked to Abraham via their bloodline. At any rate, neither sect of Jews are worshiping their Messiah; they are yet waiting for him. The fact still remains that most people in Israel today do not worship God in any way; Israel remains a secular nation.
Therefore, one can only conclude the Old Testament prophecies about the restoration of Israel have yet to take place.
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Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…