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Why God Denied Ancient Israel Spiritual Salvation

Did anyone ever think to ask why God raised up the nation of Israel, denying them His Holy Spirit and eternal salvation, except their prophets only?

Why were Old Testament Israelites called God’s “chosen people” and still denied the Holy Spirit to beget them into eternal life? Chosen for what? To be teachers’ pet? For special favors above the other nations? Was God a respecter of nations?

To understand, we need to start with Adam and Eve. It is an intriguing story. The true reason for ancient Israel is an integral part of God’s supreme master plan. And did you ever realize that the Holy Bible is the Book of and concerning that one nation Israel? And that the Bible mentions other nations only if and as they came into contact with Israel?

The truly amazing truth about Israel is totally unrealized by most religions, and denominations in traditional Christianity, or even Judaism.

And here is another shocker for you, also unrealized by any, including Judaism; the kingdom of Israel was not Jewish! The first place in the Bible that the word Jews is used in II Kings 16:6, where Israel is at war against the Jews!

It is indeed true that the nation Israel was God’s chosen people. But understand this: they were not chosen as teacher’s pet or for special favors. They were chosen for a special purpose preparatory to the Kingdom of God, a purpose they on their part refused to comply with.

It is an intriguing story. And it has great significance in God’s overall purpose for all peoples!

God is reproducing Himself in and through man! God’s ultimate purpose is breathtaking, the seemingly incredible transcendent potential of man.

The establishment of the ancient nation of Israel is an integral part of God’s supreme master plan. So now, to understand, and bring into mind the background, we go back a bit briefly.

God created our first parents, Adam and Eve, as perfect specimens physically and mentally. Yet they were but unfinished pieces of God’s workmanship. Spiritual character was yet to be built into them and their offspring. In this, humans are required to perform their own vital part.

Physically this perfectly created pair had no chronic ailments or tendencies toward physical illness or disease. That is testified in part by the fact that Adam lived to be 930 years of age. And for nearly 2000 years the life span averaged close to 900 years!

Think of it! The first created man lived more than one sixth of all the time from his creation until now! Adam and Eve had a number of sons and daughters, but only three sons are named in the record.

Bear this in mind. Adam and Eve had rejected God as revealer of basic knowledge, rejected His government. They had chosen the “get way of life,” the self-centered way of vanity, covetousness, envy and jealousy, competition leading to strife, violence and destruction and rebellion against authority.

Actually from the time of Adam until Noah, some 1500 or more years, only one man, Enoch “walked with God.” By the time of Noah, a population explosion was taking place on earth, even as it is again today. It is recorded, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,” human thought and interests were “only evil continually. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth” (Gen. 6:5, 11-12).

This lawless universal corruption and violence was inflicting pain, suffering, anguish, frustration upon an evil humanity. It seems humanity never realizes the get way, transgression of God’s law inflicts increasing suffering on its perpetrators and on others.

God took away their miserable lives by the earth-wide flood to be resurrected in the next second of their consciousness in the Great White Throne resurrection of the book of Revelation, chapter 20:11-12. They will be brought back to life in a time when Jesus Christ is ruling the earth in righteousness, peace and happiness. Satan will be gone. Their minds then will be opened to God’s truth, and eternal salvation opened to them.

One man, Noah was perfect in his generation. That is, his heredity, ancestry. It is amply evident that by the time of Noah there were at least three major racial strains on the earth, the white, yellow and black. All others in our 21st century have come from interracial breeding.

God does not reveal in the Bible the precise origin of the different races. It is evident that Adam and Eve were created white. God’s chosen nation Israel was white. Jesus was white. But it is a fair conjecture that in mother Eve were created ovaries containing the yellow and black genes, as well as white, so that some of the children of Adam and Eve were black and some yellow, as well as some white.

At least, by the time of Noah, men “took them wives of all which they chose” (Gen. 6:2). The very fact of the insertion of the words “which they chose” implies they chose wives God did not intend for them to marry. There was every kind of evil and violence at that time. Jesus Christ, some 2000 years later, said looking into this end time of the late 21st century, just before His coming to establish the Kingdom of God and restore the government of God, that conditions would be as in the days of Noah “they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage” (the Greek word for giving is warped, perverse, crooked, forward and untoward) (Matt. 24:38)

In what way did eating and drinking and marrying have to do with the extreme evils which caused God to blot out the lives of all earth’s people, except the eight of Noah’s family? To eat wholesome food and drink pure water is necessary to sustain life and is good. God Himself established the institution of marriage and made it holy matrimony.

But there was something contrary to God’s way in the manner in which they were eating, drinking and marrying in Noah’s time. Like today, “eating and drinking evidently had become a custom of the type of reveling listed as “works of the flesh” in Gal. 5:19-21 and I Peter 4:3. In the latter passage, Peter speaks of “when we walked in lasciviousness (lawlessness and crime), lust (breaking of the 10th commandment), excess of wine, revelings, banqueting, and abominable idolatries.” Verse 4 terms these as “excess of riot.”

Marriage is not wrong in itself. Yet, according to Jesus, one of the things evil and wrong in Noah’s day was “marrying and giving in marriage.” Genesis 6:2 reveals how and why! They were marrying wives “of all which they chose.” They were choosing the wrong wives. How? God had intended no mongrelization in human reproduction.

The one man God chose to preserve the human race alive was perfect in his generations all his ancestry back to Adam was of the one strain, and undoubtedly that happened to be white, not that white is in any sense superior.

God originally set the bounds of national borders, intending nations to be separated and prevent interracial marriage. Notice, “When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance (speaking of land or geographical boundaries), when he separated (notice He separated) the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people” (Deut. 32:8). But people wanted to intermarry until there would be only one race! That desire seems inherent in human nature today!

Noah was of a perfect lineage, in his generations. His wife and three sons were of that same pure white strain. But Japheth evidently had married a yellow woman and Ham a black woman.

Soon after the flood, the world’s small populace was all of one language and gathered together building the tower of Babel. What was their purpose? “Lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth” (Gen. 11:4). But God said: “the people is one and they have all one language and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do” (v. 6).This expresses how great God made the mind of man.

But, just as God created varieties in many species of flowers and of animals, for example, many varieties of colors of roses for greater beauty, so God created the three races and colors of human skin. God intended to prevent racial intermarriages. But man has always wanted to violate God’s laws, intentions and ways.

So God compelled a scattering by mixing their languages. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city” (v. 8).

Shem, the son of Noah who had married a white woman, may have continued for some time in the knowledge and perhaps worship of God. But there is no record of any walking with God until Abraham, whom God specially called to have a function preparatory to the Kingdom of God. But the pure white strain probably was retained until Abraham.

Abram, as he was originally named was not seeking God. But God called Abram to leave the land of his father and kindred and go to a land God would show him, “the promise land” of Palestine. Without protest or question, Abram obeyed and went. And through his obedience and faith in God, Abraham became the “father of the faithful.” To him God made the promises of both the national Israel birthright and the “scepter” promise of eternal salvation to come through Jesus Christ.

Four hundred thirty years after Abraham, God raised up His nation Israel descendents of Abraham. Isaac and Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel.

To lead these people out of Egyptian slavery and to the Promised Land, God called Moses. Moses was not seeking God. But God had caused Moses to be trained specially for this commission by having him reared as a prince in the palace of the Egyptian pharaoh.

So now again we come to the question, why did God raise up this special Hebrew nation as “the chosen people”? Why, when God never made accessible to them His Holy Spirit?

After Jacob and his sons and families had come into Egypt at Joseph’s behest, they were kept in the locale of Goshen, geographically separated from the Egyptians, marrying among themselves.

In this connection, go back momentarily to Abraham. He prevented his son Isaac from intermarrying among the black Canaanites then in Palestine. He sent his chief servant to his own family and racial people to find a wife for Isaac. Abraham said: “thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell” (Gen. 24:3).

The next generation, Jacob married Leah and Rachel, daughters of Laban, nephew of Abraham, who lived in the land of Haran, brother of Abraham. The whole community of Haran, where Laban lived was of the same family ancestry as Abraham.

Jacob had six sons by Leah, two from Rachel all of the same original racial stock, and two each from the maids of Rachel and Leah 12 in all. Even the maids of Leah and Rachel probably were of pure Hebrew stock.

But God specially prepared from birth and called Moses, with Aaron his brother to assist as his spokesman, Moses probably stuttered.

In the plagues God caused against Egypt, God was turning the Egyptian gods and objects of worship against them to show them that these were not gods. Even the plagues were sent in love for the Egyptians.

The final plague occurred on the eve of the 14th day of the sacred month, starting in the spring. The Israelites went out of Egypt during the night part of the 15th.They reached the Red Sea. But the pharaoh had meanwhile changed his mind, and with his army, pursued after them.

The children of Israel had reached the Red Sea, and there they were stopped as if dead. There was no bridge. It was too far to swim with their women and children. Behind them the pharaoh’s army was in hot pursuit. There was nothing they could do. They were stopped, helpless! At that point they had to rely on God.

In Egypt God had caused their release from slavery by a series of supernatural plagues. Now God caused the waters of the Red Sea to form a watered wall on either side, with a wide path on the dry sea bottom between. The Israelites walked on through. On the opposite side they looked and saw the pharaoh and his army entering the sea floor path. When they were all within the sea-wall passage, God allowed the waters to flow back, drowning the Egyptian army.

In due time the Israelites pitched tents at the foot of Mt. Sinai.

God did not make them His nation under His theocratic rule, without their consent. Through Moses, God put to them His proposition: If they would obey His laws of His government, He would prosper them and make them the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth. Yet all God’s promises were of a national and material nature, not spiritual salvation.

They agreed. Thus they became God’s chosen nation. But why? This we know: God’s purpose for them had a definite relation to preparing for the ultimate Kingdom of God, when the government of God would be reestablished over all the earth and spiritual salvation would be offered to all!

Undoubtedly one reason was to preserve the original racial strain. But there was much more. Nations had developed knowledge. Mankind was limited, after Adam’s rebellion to the acquisition of physical material knowledge. But, like educated men and scientists today, they were saying: “Give us sufficient knowledge and we will solve all problems and eradicate all sickness, disease and evils, we will create utopia!”

Up to this time, mankind had been denied spiritual knowledge. God now decided to give them understanding of His law, His kind of government, and His way of life. He was going to prove to the world that without His Holy Spirit their minds were incapable of receiving and utilizing such knowledge of the things of God.

He was going to demonstrate to them that the mind of man, with its one spirit and without the addition of God’s Holy Spirit could not have spiritual discernment, could not solve human problems, and could not cure the evils that were besetting humanity. The nation of Israel would be His guinea pig to demonstrate that fact. God has chosen a nation of almost perfect original strain, in its generations, its ancestry. Also they had the quality heredity of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel).

So God entered into a covenant with them, making them His nation. It also represented a marriage covenant, with Israel the wife promising obedience to her husband, God. It was the physical type of the yet-to-come New Covenant. And what did it prove?

Here was a people of almost clear racial strain and the superior heredity of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. Two requisites make a human whatever he becomes in life -- heredity and environment. Heredity has been inherited by birth in the areas of intelligence and character from parents. Environment includes all external influences and self-determined characteristics whether good or evil.

Heredity if of good and high quality may start one off at a great advantage, but an evil environment and self-motivation may turn one into a failure in life, or an evil nature.

But God started off His chosen nation Israel with all the natural advantages of a superior heredity.

Now why? Why did God prepare and raise up this nation Israel? Why did God create mankind in the first place? God is reproducing Himself. To create in mankind God’s own perfect, righteous and Holy character and that in turn to (1) Restore His government over the whole earth in order, ultimately to produce, create billions of God Beings to finish the creation of the unfinished vast universe, and (2) To create even more, which God has not chosen yet to reveal to us!

Everything God has done, since the creation of the first humans after God’s own image and likeness, has been another progressive step in that overall supreme purpose! The immediate purpose, so far in the history of mankind is to prepare for the Kingdom of God, which will restore the government of God earth-wide.

The Kingdom of God is the actual begotten and born Family of God, which will first actually appear by a resurrection and instantaneous translation at Christ’s 2nd coming! And by begotten and born sons of God, emphatically I do not mean those deceived into the current “born again” teaching, that anyone who receives Christ is already in this present life, “born again.” That is a paramount deception by which Satan the devil has deceived those (the many in a so-called Christianity) who have “accepted” a false conversion. They may be well meaning, but nevertheless deceived! And of course a deceived person does not know he is deceived, he may be wholly sincere!

But now think! How does the Old Testament nation of Israel play a part in progressively preparing for the Kingdom of God?

First, Abraham was a man of very outstanding qualifying abilities. Undoubtedly he, with his son, Isaac and grandson, Jacob (Israel), shall, in the resurrection and the Kingdom of God, occupy a position next under Christ Himself. The Kingdom of God will be a spiritual Kingdom including both Church and State worldwide. These, as a team, probably will be next in line of authority under Jesus Christ and over both Church and State.

Of the nation of Israel, Moses, whom God raised up as their leader and lawgiver (though God the Father is the original real Lawgiver) in all probability will be under the Abraham-Isaac-Jacob team, but head over the national governments of the world during the coming Millennium. And probably Joshua, who succeeded Moses, will be Moses assistant in that office of worldwide national governments.

What of the nation of Israel as a whole? They, despite their favorable heredity, failed utterly to qualify. When God put the proposal of their formation as His nation before them, they replied, “all that the Eternal hath spoken we will do” (Ex. 19:8) But they broke their word and rebelled.

They were a “husband-and-wife” relation with God. But God said later of them, “surely as a wife treacherously departed from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the Eternal” (Jer. 3:20).

But nevertheless, the Old Covenant with Israel at Sinai was a type and forerunner of the New Covenant to be made with the New Testament Church which is the spiritual Israel and Judah (Jer. 31:31; Heb 8:6, 10).

However, a few in Old Testament Israel did obey God and by becoming God’s prophets, they became part of the very foundation of the New Testament Church of God. The Church is built on the solid foundation of the prophets (Old Testament) and apostles (New Testament), “Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Eph. 2:20).

Among them, Elijah probably will be head, under Christ and Abraham-Isaac and Jacob over the Church, worldwide in the Kingdom of God, with John the Baptist under Elijah. There are indications that the prophet Daniel will be head over all gentile nations and under Moses and Christ.

But in what manner did the ancient nation of Israel play in part in preparation for the Kingdom of God? God let several generations of ancient Israel and Judah prove by hundreds of years of human experience that the best of humanity without God’s Holy Spirit, cannot solve human problems and evils.

The problems and evils are of a spiritual nature. And a carnal mind without God’s Holy Spirit cannot come to grips with spiritual evils. The many decades and centuries of ancient Israel proved that! The scholarly think they do not need God’s Holy Spirit. But until Israel, God withheld knowledge of the right ways of government from mankind. But to Israel God gave His statutes and judgments as well as His spiritual law, but without God’s Holy Spirit they didn’t solve the nation’s problems.

God could have said: “I am God, take my word for it. But God gave proof through Israel that without the Holy Spirit, man is helpless! They even had God to appeal to, but they did not have His Spirit within. Only their prophets had the spirit of Christ (I Peter 1:10-11). Israel and Judah will one day have an opportunity to receive God’s Holy Spirit.

 
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