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 2000 years ago when the peoples of religion mocked the one bringing them spiritual truth (Matthew 27:29). 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, which have been passed down from generation to generation in Judaism and Christianity make a mockery of God’s Word, which is spiritual. God considers them iniquity, sin, which brings death. Let me explain why these ritualistic practices, which one sacrifices his time to perform, are not acceptable to God at this time; why they are now being counted as sin 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. These three correlate with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are now (as of the publishing of this article) twelve years into the “era of Spirit,” when serving God with our mind and body through prayers and ritualistic practices can no longer help in preventing the death of the nation of Israel, as we see in Isaiah’s next words to Judah:
“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. We can no longer help Israel in this way. We are in the third and final era of Jacob or era of Spirit, in which we are to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:21-24); an instruction that was given to us two thousand years ago by a Rabbi; a Teacher from the tribe of Judah. He 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. Blood symbolizes death, the result of man’s literal interpretations of God’s Word, and obedience to a carnal law. “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. Jerusalem means founded peaceful. There is peace founded through the power of the mind, false peace, which keeps us in bondage. And then there is peace founded through the power of the heart, authentic peace, 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 continue to think that they can bring peace through their prayers and traditions, or by thinking only good thoughts. Being taught to see only the good they deny the evil, which is only serving to empower it. This unabated evil will in time bring down the wall of false peace. “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 symbolizes the Heart, the only place from which man can obtain true peace. Jerusalem is in bondage because of the false peace that is governing the Mind, which keeps us from discovering what is in our Heart, keeping us in spiritual bondage. There can be no peace in the physical Jerusalem until there is peace in the spiritual Jerusalem, which can only come through a spiritual judgment. The number twelve represents judgment, this spiritual judgment encoded in the 49th Chapter of Genesis, where Jacob tells his twelve sons what will befall them in the end of days; in the end of the seven days—in the 7th day, which the world entered with the new millennium. The number seven pertains to the spiritual, this 7th day being God’s spiritual Sabbath Day, which we are to keep holy through the purification of our Heart— our spiritual Jerusalem.
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 carnal religious acts, which require religious people to sacrifice their time to perform, may have been appropriate in the previous era of Isaac, but now are now 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. In other words, God will only accept these carnal sacrifices or traditions after the spiritual sacrifices have been made. Up until that time, God counts them as iniquity, which being sin, brings death. No longer can we obtain peace, or save Israel through carnal acts. It will take peace in the spiritual Jerusalem to save the physical Israel. Peace that comes through a spiritual judgment. Peace without can only come when there is peace within.
“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 action; through a spiritual judgment of their Heart?
Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2012