So rejoice, o sons of
Zion, and be glad in your Lord your God; for he has given you the
early rain for your vindication.
And he has poured down for
you the rain, the early and the latter rain as before.
And the threshing floors
will be full of grain, and the vats will overflow with new wine and
Then I will make up to you
for the years that the swarming locust has eaten. The creeping
locust, the stripping locust, and the gnawing locust.
My great army, which I
sent among you.
And you shall have plenty
to eat and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God,
who has dealt wondrously with you.
Then my people will never
be put to shame.
Thus you will know that I
am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and there
is no other.
And my people will never
be put to shame.
And it will come about
after this, that I will pour out my spirit on all mankind.
And your sons and
daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams; your young
men will see visions. Joel-2-23, 24,25,26,27,28
We do understand that
Peter gave this prophetic statement on the day of Pentecost, but as
one digs deeper into the full meaning of Joel’s prophetic
statement, one has to ask, is this truly what we have been witness to
Since the day of Pentecost?
What I see in Joel and
what the history of the Christian faith has been, to me falls far
short of what has been promised by the Lord.
I am not making light of
this dispensation of faith, which was released at Pentecost, but the
scriptures are very clear on what has been already given, and on what
has truly been promised.
I do understand the
teaching of the latter rain, which large portions of the church
adheres to, especially the current prophetic movement, which are
making claims, which are to me very disturbing in nature.
But the big if is, if one
truly believes that the church is now the new Israel, one can see,
that it does make some sense.
If one believes that all
the promises that are given in the OT regarding Israel, have now been
given to the Church, then yes! we should be looking for the
fulfilment of Joel’s Prophecy, without any further event in this
But one cannot faithfully
study the ancient scriptures and come these conclusions, which are,
the church is now the new Israel, the logic in this kind of
interpretation truly has little merit.
Joel is speaking in
universal terms when he proclaims the events of his prophecy, but the
church age has been limited in nature to truly personnel election,
not universal fulfillment.
Now if their transgression
be riches for the world and their failure be riches for the Gentiles,
how much more will their fulfillment be! Romans 11,12
For if their rejection be
the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but
life from the dead. Romans 11,15
I personally cannot see
how one would not see, if he is truly a student of scripture, that
the full prophetic blessing for all nations waits for the restoration
of this ancient people, who are called Israel.
We cannot fit these
prophetic scriptures to now mean the gentile church; the logic is
simply not doable to any reasonable student of the word.
No we are not the new
Israel, but we are part of Israel, but only because of Jesus the King
of the Jews.
We have been grafted into
Israel because to the sacrifice of the Messiah.
We had no hope and were
without God prier to the event of the cross, but now through the
Messiah Jesus Christ, we inherit their promises.
We are now partaking in
the earnest of the spirit; we have received the down payment.
But the fullness is not
available until the day when the natural branches are grafted as a
nation back into their Messiah.
The full blessing that was
promised waits for this historic event, which is at the end of this
Yes we should preach the
gospel to all nations. But if we avoid the nation Israel, which is
the centre of all gods’ promises, we will not be witness to the
fullness of the Messianic hope, which is spoken throughout all the
Israelis last days’
restoration is the event of all events. We will also be partakers of
the benefits as much as they.
And it will come about in
that day that living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them
toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it
will be in summer as well as winter.
And the Lord will be king
over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and
his name the only one. Zachariah-14, 8,9