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Saturday, June 29, 2024

God's Eternal Purpose Unveiled by Gian Luca Morotti

Does God have a plan for uniting and reconciling Jews and Gentiles?

As confusion over the place of the Jews escalates, learn why the “mystery” revealed to Paul holds the key to one of the most volatile issues of our day. 

As Christ came on the seen there was a pre-existing “enmity” based on a “mutual dislike of each other’s customs.” But was reconciliation part of “the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph. 3:11)? Morotti’s book, Called to a Holy Pilgrimage explored how the Jewish people regathered to the land of Israel according to the prophetic scriptures—while still in their unbelief. Yet according to the Amplified Version, God would “make plain [to everyone] the plan of the mystery [regarding the uniting of believing Jews and Gentiles into one body] which [until now] was kept hidden through the ages in [the mind of] God who created all things” (Ephesians 3:9).

Gian Luca exposes how “Stigmatic Theology” presents “a deformed view of the "whole counsel of God” and creates a “glaring impediment to the Almighty’s plan and purpose wrought by the blood of the cross in making the two (Jews and Gentiles) – ‘one new man – so making peace’ (Ephesians 2:15).”

Gian Luca Morotti

Gian Luca Morotti holds a degree in Security Management and a Bachelor in Biblical Studies in Hebraic Heritage. He currently serves as member of the International Board of Ebenezer Emergency Fund International (EEFI) and as chairman of Ebenezer Operation Exodus Israel. He is also a board director of the Commonwealth of Israel Foundation (COIF). 

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

THE BLOOD OF YOUR COVENANT — by Doug Krieger, Chair - COIF

Headline article from the Spring 2024 Commonwealth of Israel Foundation quarterly newsletter. 
Doug Krieger, Chair - COIF

It’s time for some theological clarity, commentary and devotional. There are few Messianic Scriptures from the Hebrew text which are alluded to and/or directly quoted in all four gospelsso, the passages from Zechariah 9:9-10 are altogether poignant, laced with overt prophetic fulfillment and found in Matthew 21:5; Mark 11:7, 9; Luke 19:38; John 12:15, to wit:

  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zech. 9:9)

 Allow me to pause here for Messiah’s First Coming wrought us so great a SALVATIONyes, His Triumphal Entry on Nissan 10 (so-called “Palm Sunday”—which will occur this year on April 18, 2024 with Passover on April 22contrariwise, Easter will occur on March 31, 2024 with Palm Sunday on March 24, 2024). Nisan 10 matches the same date on the Hebrew Sacred Calendar as the choosing of the spotless lamb on that first Passover4 days before it was slain (Exodus 12:1-11). Moreover, it was on Nissan 10 the very day the children of Israel crossed over the Jordan River into the Good Land (Joshua 4:19) and the day when Ezekiel saw the vision of the Holy City, the Holy District as found in Ezekiel 40:1-2—viz. “. . . at the beginning of the year [religious Rosh Hashanah], on the tenth day of the month . . ...”

Nissan 10The Lamb is Chosen for Passover

Nissan 10The Children of Israel cross the Jordan River into the Good Land

Nissan 10—Ezekiel sees “in the visions of God” the Holy City – Holy District

Nissan 10Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem as the "Lamb-King" of God Who takes away the sin of the world whereby “. . . that he (Caiaphas the High Priest) prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation ,and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.” (John 11:51-52 NIV).  Salvation AND Unity in Messiah!

But we have left off Zechariah 9:10 where Zechariah prophesied that the Messiah:

Shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be from the sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.”

This speaks of His Second Coming—for Messiah’s two-fold accomplishment initially wrought SALVATION but His “coming again in glory” will manifest in fullness His Kingdom here on earth. Furthermore, we have been far too dismissive with Zech. 9:10’s “dominion peace” Messiah brings where He declares:

I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem; the battle bow shall be cut offHe shall speak peace to the nations;”

I don’t know if we have ever seen this: Ephraim’s chariot and Jerusalem/Judah’s horse will be cut off—the carnal weapons of warfare now so blatantly manifest upon the earth with “wars and rumors of warsshall be confounded Ephraim and Judah will dispense with WAR as Messiah implements His PEACE PLAN! But there is abundantly more to this amazing prophecy in Zechariah 9 . . . for we read: As for you ALSO (you see this ALSO tells us the preceding Messianic text continues) because of the BLOOD OF YOUR COVENANT I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope” (vs. 11-12a).

You see, this reference to the “blood of your covenant” is directly connected to Messiah--He is the antecedent of YOUR--it is His blood, not ours! We did not make this "covenant of blood"--He made it for us.

You ask: How can that be? Because only He, through His own blood, the very “blood of the everlasting covenant” (Heb. 13:20) could ever “set your prisoners free from the waterless pit” and make them “prisoners of hope.” In context there is only One Whose blood is sufficient to set the prisoners free and make them His prisoners of Hope! Moreover, not only will He restore double to His Peoplebut “His People” is clarified when we read:

For I have bent Judah, My bow, fitted the bow with Ephraim (vs. 13) and raised up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and made you like the sword of a mighty man.”

Those familiar with “Commonwealth Theology” immediately recognize this prophetic fulfillment as the bringing together of both Judah (the Jewish natural branch of the One Olive Tree) and the “wild branch” (those called out from among the nations—aka, Ephraim/Gentiles) in the latter days. The “Jerusalem Council” (Acts 15:6-29) concluded by the summation of the Apostle James that what they were witnessing by the incursion of the “nations/Gentiles” into the Assembly/Congregation (aka, Ekklesia) was the raising up of the United Kingdom of David in the here and now (not future but NOW) whereby Amos 9:11-12 was being fulfilled:

On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant of Edom (i.e., the “rest of mankind”) and all the Gentiles who are called by My name,” says the LORD who does this thing.

Yes, the “fullness” of “all Israel’s restoration” will culminate the present ageand even now this is accelerating, for the day of His visitation is upon us! Christ said He would build His Ekklesiaand that is precisely what He is about doing! Zechariah’s prophecy persists:

Then the LORD will be seen over them. And His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord God will blow the trumpet, and go with whirlwinds from the south. The LORD of hosts will defend them; they shall devour and subdue with slingstones. They shall drink and roar as if with wine; they shall be filled with blood like basins, like the corners of the altar. The LORD their God will save them in that day, as the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, lifted like a banner over His land" (vss. 14- 16).

 These prophetic adumbrations are awesome. Brethren—“the battle is the Lord’s!” Judah’s the bow and Ephraim the arrow—“His arrow will go forth like lightning!” He, the Lord God will “blow the trumpet!" Is this the “Last Trump?” It very well could bebut it is most definitely the sound of His triumphant victory over those who would assail God’s people at the close of this age. His people are being measured at the Altar (Rev. 11:1-2)and those worshipers so measured will be saved by the Lord their God in that day for they are the “one flock” of His pasture.

 Amazing, the crown of Messiah is fitted with those who have built His Kingdom with “gold, silver, and precious stones." It is this crown which will be lifted up on high as a banner to be displayedno doubt to principalities and powershow great is His mercy and love for all them who have suffered with Him for they shall reign with Him! Brethren, let us come wholly under His KingshipHis CrownHis Authority—"return to our stronghold” as His “prisoners of hope” and aspire to be doubly restored . . .

 “Oh Lord, we put down our carnal weaponry to become Your bow, your arrowyes, Judah and Ephraim . . . raise us up as the sons of Zion to be as Your mighty man as a sword in Your hand . . . send us forth as Your arrows like lightning for it is Your Trumpet that blows . . . we rest on Your promise to defend us, save us in that day as the flock of Your people . . . THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S . . . may we be the jewels in Your crown which are lifted up as a banner to be displayed before principalities and powershow great is Your inheritance in the saints, how beautiful it isthe victory is Yours!

The summation of Zechariah’s glorious prophecy declares the “body and blood” of His Covenant with all them who call on the Name of the Lord: Grain (the bread/body) shall make the young men thrive, and new wine (the cup/blood) the young women” (vs. 17) – both young men and women shall thrive because they have been nourished by the body and blood of Messiah. And all this takes place at the end of this present age:

Ask the LORD for rain in the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field for everyone” (Zech. 10:1). Is this the final end-times’ harvest that He shall reap—the “grass in the field for everyone?” On that day:

I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, ‘Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe. So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped(Rev. 14:14-16).

Far too long we have truncated Zechariah’s prophecy and have stopped at His entry into Jerusalem cir. 33 ADbut we must go on to the rest of Zechariah’s all-inclusive prophecy of what the King of kings is about doing both in bringing His people together as One and how He shall come to judge the nations with righteousness and justice for “another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle” which shall reap the ungodly harvest—there will be no “middle ground” for the worthy Lamb of God will pour out His wrath on that day. But we, “the flock of His people” will together declare:

How great is its goodness and how great its beauty!” (Zech. 9:17)

This is the LANDthe Good Landour RESTour Sabbathour Deliverer! The King of kings and Lord of lords has given us such an inheritanceHe has sealed it with the “blood of Your covenant” whereby “the LORD will be seen over them!