Let’s start with what has not been helping to save Israel for the past twelve years. We find it in the book of Isaiah, who has experienced a vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem.  Judah was the tribe that enlarged, as seen in the meaning of her first king, Rehoboam, meaning a people has enlarged, the ten tribes belonging to Israel dispersed in 722.  Isaiah is speaking to the Judah of Judaism; to the Jews of today.  However, Isaiah is also speaking to the Judah of Christianity; to the Gentiles of today. Judah is associated with the “era of Isaac,” and with its negative connotation, which is mockery; an era that began two thousand years ago when the peoples of religion mocked the one bringing them spiritual truth. With that in mind, listen to what the Prophet is saying to the Judah of today: “Bring no more oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is INIQUITY, even the solemn meeting.  Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them…”  Isaiah 1:13,14

These carnal traditions, passed down from generation to generation, make a mockery of the Law or Word of God, which is spiritual. Let me explain why these ritualistic religious practices, which one sacrifices his time to perform, are not acceptable to God at this time.  Why they are now being counted as iniquity instead of righteousness.  There are three eras.  The “era of Abraham,” which began 4000 years ago.  The “era of Isaac,” which began 2000 years ago, and the “era of Jacob,” which began in the year 2000, correlating with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We are now in the spiritual era of Jacob, when worshipping God through these carnal practices equates to death for the nation of Israel, which the blood in the next verse symbolizes: “And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.”  Isaiah 1:15

Two thousand years ago, a Rabbi of the tribe of Judah came to teach a higher level of Torah observance, which does not take place through the mind and body; through prayers and ritualistic practices, but through the heart; through spiritual works that purify the heart.  But the spiritual teachings were rejected, the unabated evil within the heart of man now giving power to the nation chosen to represent the spiritual bondage that comes with allowing this evil to remain in our heart.  The internal enemy is giving power to the external enemy.  When we reject the spiritual judgment symbolized by the twelve tribes of Israel, through which we are made spiritually free, we bring death to the nation chosen to represent that freedom.  By assigning literal interpretations to the Word of God, and by choosing obedience to the physical works of the law over the spiritual works that fulfil the law, we remain in spiritual bondage, imposing upon ourselves a law under which there will be no mercy, executed by those of the nation that was chosen for that purpose.

“Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?   For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by the bondwoman, the other by the freewoman.  But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.  Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.   For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.”  Galatians 4:21-25.  The word Jerusalem means founded peaceful.  There is false peace, founded through the power of the mind, which keeps us in bondage.   And there is true peace, founded through the power of the heart, which makes us free.  “Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered mortar… To wit, the prophets of Israel, which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord God.”  Ezekiel 13:10,16.  The wall symbolizes false peace, built up by those that think they can bring peace to Jerusalem through their prayers and traditions, or through positive thoughts, affirmations, and intentions, the untempered mortar that is holding the wall of false peace together, but which the unabated evil (within and without) is bringing down.  “So will I break down the wall ye have daubed with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall….”  Ezekiel 13:14.  Jerusalem is in bondage because of the false peace that is governing the mind, which keeps us from discovering the spiritual bondage of our heart.

The “era of Jacob,” which began with the new millennium, is associated with Zion.  The “era of Isaac” is associated with Judah.  One leaves the previous era of Isaac, whose negative meaning is mockery, by offering up the spiritual sacrifices of God, through which one keeps the spiritual Law or Word of God— a higher level of Torah observance.  “… Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”  Isaiah 2:3.  All of these religious acts, which the people sacrifice their time to perform, may have been appropriate in the previous era.  But now, in the spiritual “era of Jacob,” are counted as abominations and iniquity. Only after they have been performed as spiritual acts, will they be counted as righteousness.  “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion; build thou the walls of Jerusalem.  Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offerings: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.”  Psalms 51:17-19.  Only after the spiritual sacrifices of God have been made, will God be pleased with the carnal sacrifices made through carnal obedience.  Only after the spiritual judgment, which takes place in that spiritual Jerusalem called the heart, will there be peace in Jerusalem.  Only then will God hear the prayers for the peace of Jerusalem.

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.  Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord. For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.  Peace be within the wall, and prosperity within thy palaces… For my brethren and companion’s sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee... ”  Psalms 122

Many proclaim to love Israel with their mouth.  But how many are willing to prove it through a spiritual judgment of their Heart?

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2012

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