There is no doubt from Scripture about the National destiny of Israel. The Church has not replaced Israel in this regard and the modern day restoration of Israel is evidence of this and evidence of God's faithfulness to His Word. People and land belong together and thus the Bible is clear that the Jewish people own all of the land of Israel. That is, all of the land that Israel presently occupies, including Judea and Samaria, and even more! According to the Bible Israel enjoys the right to live on the land bequeathed to her by God as long as she fully serves this God with all her heart. Failure in this regard means a process of dispossession and finally judgment that leads to exile.
However, the Bible is also clear about this: that loss of domicile does not mean loss of title deed or possession! It is at this point that many in the Church have gone wrong and, of course, many in the world. For them loss of domicile means loss of land and the right to repossess the land. As a result we have the conflict that now rages before us in the Middle East. Israel's return in 1948 is seen by many as nothing short of illegal and must in some way be reversed. It is the Biblical contention that this puts all those who hold to this view in conflict with the God of Israel. Indeed He declares that He will take issue with the world in this regard and ultimately judge them for it!
"For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, they have also divided up My land." (Joel 3:1-2)
So, in the end Israel must serve her God faithfully in order to remain in the land! Failure in this regard means correction, discipline, judgment and exile. This is the clear testimony of Scripture and of history and nothing has changed. The writer of Proverbs declared: "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." (Proverbs 14:34)
These principles govern God's dealing with her and we have to keep them in mind when praying for Israel and when we discuss matters relating to her domicile in the land of her forefathers. It is unhelpful and naive when folks demand that Israel cling to all of the land bequeathed to her no matter what her spiritual position may be. And it is equally unhelpful when folk who are well meaning endeavor to comment on Israel's political leadership and or politics. The facts are:
1. Only the Lord God of Heaven knows the real issues relating to Israel and her dwelling in the land.
2. Her restoration to her Biblical homeland is a miracle of Biblical proportions and the Lord God of Israel is behind it. He has therefore declared that the first part of this process is physical and the latter part will be spiritual. Though Israel is still largely a secular state, the God of the Bible has promised to turn her to Himself. This He will do in His time and in His way!
3. The present "troubles" in Israel are but evidence of God's dealing with His precious people, and in the end she will triumph and come through victoriously. The Bible declares that there will only be two exiles and two returns in Israel's long history. These exiles and returns are now behind us, meaning that Israel will never be exiled again!!! However this also means that the process of correction and discipline now evident in her national life (the surrendering of land for peace) will endure by the hand of God until she returns to Him. This she will do.
4. Israel will thus not be exiled again since her God has purposed to redeem her and thereafter exalt her as the "chief of the nations." It must be borne in mind that the Jewish people are an ancient people and their four thousand year history has witnessed God's dealings with them in blessing and judgment. The great nations of antiquity, yea even those who ransacked her and carried her children into exile, have come and gone and disappeared. She remains because through it all she struggles back from judgment to serve her God and be a blessing to the world. This is more than any gentile nation has ever done and thus in her God has revealed His glory, faithfulness and character.
5. Our obligation is to pray for her, stand by her, comfort her and encourage her with God's eternal Word. It is not our business to play God and pontificate about her political leaders, peace negotiations and politics. God alone knows the spiritual state of His people Israel and we should be lovingly bringing her before Him in intercession, all the while knowing that He has promised not to exile her again but to redeem her. This is in itself an incredible fact and promise and it will happen no matter what land she gives up, retains or acquires!
6. To be sure the Lord God of Heaven is going to judge those nations and peoples that are trying by all means possible to disinvest her of her land. This is the other side of the coin! These peoples have put themselves against God and His Word and they will pay a terrible price for it. Indeed they have learnt nothing from history since every nation or empire that ever disinvested Israel of land vanished off the face of the earth or was judged by heaven and came to nothing. The Jewish people continue on as a proud and everlasting people. This fact should sober up the world, but it won’t because in their arrogance they consider themselves different. Time will prove differently!
In the end the restoration, redemption and triumph of Israel will lead to the blessing of the world as man has never conceived. It is because of Zion's triumph that all nations will beat their swords into ploughshares and learn war no more. The real United Nations will be Israel, history will prove it though for many the thought will stick in their throats! It just goes to show that God's ways are not our ways. So, we are to affirm the Word of the Lord that, speaking of a day not too far off declares: "In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all nations that come against Jerusalem." (Zechariah 12: 8-9)
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Malcolm Heeding
(Christian Action for Israel, 1st Quarter Newsletter 2000)
THE PAST MILLENNIUM
A thousand years is a long time. What should we regard as significant over that period? The past ten centuries have been an age of immense human progress. Through discovery and invention man has transformed his environment. The technological advances of the past century eclipse the progress made in previous centuries.
However, some things never change. 900 years ago: (1) The status and possession of Jerusalem were in dispute. (2) Islam and Christendom were competing for world domination. (3) Vicious persecutions had been launched against Jews by so-called Christians. (4) A deadly plague was about to decimate the populations of many countries. The same can be said for the year 2000.
Much of the past Millennium was marked by clashes between Moslem forces and Christian nations in a battle for supremacy in Europe. In 1453 the fall of Constantinople led to the final end of the Roman Empire. Much to their shame, at some stage virtually every country in Europe was involved in the persecution and harassment of Jews.
History reveals that intellectual advancement and learning do not always lead to tolerance or the improvement of moral standards. 500 years ago, the genius of Leonardo da Vinci flowered during the High Renaissance period. Christopher Columbus sailed the Atlantic. Vasco da Gama reached India via the Cape. And yet, simultaneously with the expulsion from Spain of the remaining Islamic Moors, the Spanish King and Queen also expelled all the Jews and instituted the infamous Inquisition . The Edict made against the Jews was to remain unrevoked until 1992.
Ironically the Jubilee of Christ's birth in 1500 was celebrated in Rome at a time when the morality of the Papacy was at its lowest ebb. The debauchery and corruption of the leaders of the Roman Church contributed to the rise of the Reformation. The subsequent division of countries into Protestant and Catholic led to a succession of religious wars. Simultaneously several European countries were obliged to ward off renewed attacks by the forces of Islam in the Mediterranean and in Austria. In 1683 the Austrians eventually defeated the Ottoman Empire at Vienna and recaptured Hungary.
Subsequent world dominance by the Protestant British Empire, and its first colony, North America facilitated the worldwide spread of Christianity. [A byproduct was that English became a world language.] One of the last colonies to be absorbed by the British Empire was Palestine. The capture of Jerusalem in 1917 and the proclamation of the Balfour Declaration led to the establishment of Israel in 1948.
From a Biblical perspective, the restoration of Israel is the epoch making event of the Millennium. It is the one issue which significantly differentiates the current state of world affairs from that which existed in the year 1000. Nations may come and nations may go. Israel however remains unique. Millennia ago, Moses recorded in the book of Genesis 17:7-8 God's covenant to: "give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession;and I will be their God."
For nearly 2 millennia, the Church, in misinterpreting God's dealings with the Jews, taught that "the wandering Jew" was the lot of those who had been expelled from Palestine by the Romans. In the last century an increasing number of Christians realized that ancient prophecies were being fulfilled before their eyes . Ezekiel wrote in Chapter 20:41-42: "I will gather you out of the counties where you have been scattered ... I will bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for which I lifted My hand in an oath to give to your fathers." May the eyes of many more Christians be opened.
As the world enters the 21st century, it reposes great faith in the institution of the United Nations. At its headquarters in New York, the outer wall is adorned by a quotation from the verse that : "they shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks, nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more ." It is a matter of irony that the previou s unquoted verses from the prophet Micah record that: "out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." The passage foretells a shift of world power to the land of Israel. Such an idea would be incomprehensible to the representatives who meet at the UN and who often berate Israel for its alleged misdemeanors. However Bible believing Christians and Jews alike pray for the early fulfillment of the passage and the ushering in of a promised Millennium of Peace.
(By Roger Green, Christian Action for Israel, 1st quarter, 2000)
QUOTABLE QUOTES: "We acknowledge in repentance the Church’s long and deep complicity in the proliferation of anti-Jewish attitudes and actions through its 'teaching of contempt' for the Jews. Such teaching we now repudiate, together with the acts and attitudes which it generates."
(General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church - USA)
“There is little doubt that the Spirit of God is once again moving over the waters. From every direction there are reports of a new awareness, a new consciousness, a new understanding between Jews and Christians,”
(The Texas Conference of Churches, 1982)
THE TRUE PICTURE OF "PEACE": "The PA has failed to destroy (or even attempt to destroy) the infrastructure of terrorist organizations ...
"The PA has not ended incitement and anti-Semitic attacks on Jews and Israelis." The educational system… teaches hatred of Jews and Israelis and distorts history…There are more than 50 maps in the Palestinian schools, but Israel is not in any of them.
"The PA has built… a 50,000-man army, not a police force. Palestinian media and Moslem clerics agree … Oslo is temporary - their ultimate aim is the destruction of Israel. PA leaders in Arabic express the same sentiment …"
"All benefits of the 'peace' process advance… creating a Palestinian state at the expense of Israel ... there has been NO benefit to Israel.
"The continued Arab boycott of Israel proves that there has been no genuine reconciliation.
"The PA is already damaging Israel's water supply. Losing the Golan would be the final blow for Israeli agriculture."
(Dispatch From Jerusalem, December 1999
Replacement Theology is a misguided systematic approach to the Bible that has not only led millions of Christians astray over the years but it has in addition birthed evil of the most horrific proportions i.e. it played a role in the persecution of Jews by the Church through the centuries including the Holocaust, and it was the theological thinking behind the nightmare of apartheid.
Definition: Concisely put, Replacement Theology states that Israel, having failed God, has been replaced with the Church. As a consequence all the biblical promises made to Israel are transferred to the Church. The Church is now the real Israel of God and Israel's national destiny in God is forever forfeited. The restoration of the modern state of Israel is thus an accident enjoying no biblical credential and Christians who believe that it is an act of God, in faithfulness to His covenant cut with Abraham some 4,000 years ago, are considered misguided. This is the basic position of those subscribing to Replacement Theology.
Errors of thinking: 1. The allegorical method of interpretation: Replacement Theology effectively undermines the authority of God's Word in that it rests on the allegorical method of interpretation. That is, the reader of God's Word decides to spiritualize the text even if its context is literal. This effectively robs the Word of God of its own authority and the meaning of the text is entirely dependent on the reader’s decision to spiritualize it or not. The problem with this approach to God's Word is this: Man alone decides what he will spiritualize and what he won't. The Word of God can thus be manipulated to say anything! So, Replacement Theology rests on a false basis of biblical interpretation.
2. Inadequate understanding of Covenant: Replacement Theology is only held by those who have not properly understood the nature of the Abrahamic Covenant. This covenant, first mentioned in Genesis 12:1-4 and thereafter repeatedly asserted and confirmed to the patriarchs is, in fact, the covenant of grace in Scripture for it underlines God's intention to bless the world with redemption . Such blessing, however, is through the nation of Israel. God says to Abraham: "In you all the families of the earth will be blessed…" So the Abrahamic Covenant is one covenant having three vital elements:
- It declares a strategy - to reach the world through the nation of Israel.
- It bequeaths a land - as an everlasting possession to Israel … and
- It gives a promise - those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse her will be cursed.
It is important for us to note here that if one element of the covenant fails then all fails. The covenant is like a coin having three elements, a rim, a head side and a tails side. However, it remains one coin and one cannot retain one element of the coin and give away another. The Abrahamic Covenant is just the same, it is one covenant. If one element of the covenant fails then all the elements fail. Thus if God's promises to Israel have now failed then equally His promises to bless the world have also failed.
In short if Israel's national destiny has been forfeited, through her disobedience, then the Church is also finished! It must be remembered that the Church's disobedience has been as great as that of Israel over the last two thousand years. No one can deny this! So if Israel is finished because of failure then the Church is as well! There is no way that we can get around this. Moreover, Paul underlines this very point in Galatians 3 where he writes, years after Israel's rejection of Jesus as Messiah, that the Abrahamic Covenant cannot be annulled.
"What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise." (Galatians 3:17-18)
According to replacement theologians this covenant has been annulled. Only a superficial, inadequate grasp of the covenant can lead to such a misguided conclusion.
The prophetic testimony: God's promises to Israel are constantly reaffirmed by the prophets. In this way He underlines the nature of His character and confirms the Abrahamic Covenant. An example of this is Jeremiah 31: 35-37: "Thus says the Lord, 'Who gives the sun for light by day, and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night?- Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar? The Lord of hosts is His name: If this fixed order departs from before Me,' declares the Lord, 'Then the offspring of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me for ever.' Thus says the Lord, 'If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out below, then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done,' declares the Lord."
So again the fact that the sun, moon and stars are still with us confirms the on going validity of the Abrahamic Covenant and, as a result, Israel's national destiny. For Replacement Theology to be valid the sun and the moon must also be vanquished. There is no way that replacement thinkers can get around this!
Moreover, Replacement Theology makes a mockery of God's character for it rests upon the premise that if you fail God in any way He will discard you… even though initially He asserted that His commitment to you is everlasting. This sounds like a typical human response to the world and not like the God of the Bible. Which of course it is since Replacement Theology is but the thinking of men!
According to the writer of the Book of Hebrews we know that God will be faithful to us because in spite of Israel's disobedience He has kept faith with her. Speaking of the Abrahamic Covenant He says: "In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek." (Hebrews 6:17-20)
Note again that we know God to be faithful because He has been faithful to Israel in all that He promised her through Abraham. In fact this knowledge, says the writer, is the anchor of our soul. (verse 19) According to Replacement Theology this is not true!
The truth: In the final analysis Replacement Theology is but the mere thinking of men unable to stand up to the test of Scripture. It contradicts Scripture everywhere and by so doing robs thousands of Christians from understanding God's redemptive purposes. The truth is:
- God has not cast off national Israel.
- Canaan to this present day is Israel's national homeland.
- The Church has not replaced Israel, she has only enlarged her. (Ephesians 2:11- 13; Romans 11:17-18)
- The modern restoration of Israel is evidence of God's faithfulness to His Word and promise and strong encouragement to the Church.
- The restoration of Israel will culminate in the coming of the Messiah. Therefore the Church in the world is able to make herself ready and bless Israel as much as she can and
- The restoration of Israel to her homeland in Canaan - including the West Bank - is the first step towards Israel's national redemption. (Romans 11:25-27)
In closing, it would be good for us to note a quote that came from the pen of the now famous and very godly Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend J D Ryle . He said, "I warn you, that unless you interpret the prophetical portion of the Old Testament in a simply literal meaning of its words, you will find it no easy matter to carry on an argument with a Jew. Will you dare tell him that Zion, Jerusalem, Jacob, Judah, Ephraim, Israel do not mean what they seem to mean, but mean the Church of Christ?"
(By Malcolm Hedding, Christian Action for Israel, 4th Quarter Newsletter 1999)
A PLO-ARAB-SYRIAN-LEBANESE CONSPIRACY
It has finally come - the decisive age, spoken of by all the Prophets, with emphasis on Zechariah, Chapter 14 - cited here in a recent column.
All the signs, international, cosmic and nature-reversals have struck the planet this millennium, target-date. The earth feels it globally.
Ancient names, such as Damascus, Athens and Babylon reappear and "Rome" steps into Jerusalem as Pope John Paul II, during his Purim visit, speaks out with deep emotion "in the land where G-d chose to pitch His tent."
The benevolent Pope paid a special visit to Sinai and Mount Nebo honoring Moses who "pitched" G-d's "tent" in the wilderness, and whose Sinaitic Law has become the basis of the three great religions.
As predicted and decreed by the Prophets, events and the final showdown are now brewing in the Middle East. A prelude to this last conflict is clearly hinted at in recent reports from Beirut.
John F. Burns, NY Times correspondent in the Lebanese capital, gives us this picture in a recent cable.
"After 22 years of having Israeli troops occupying part of its territory, Lebanon is only four months away from the deadline Israel has set for withdrawing the troops. But instead of celebrating the prospect of regaining 10 percent of its territory, Lebanon has balked, setting terms of its own for the withdrawal.
"The Lebanese position is part of a wider strategy that has been closely coordinated with Syria, its much larger neighbor, which exercises an effective over lordship in Lebanon through the 35,000 troops it has stationed here. In effect, diplomats say, Lebanon and Syria see the Israeli commitment to withdraw as a chance to exact additional concessions from Israel on other long-running issues.
"The Lebanese and Syrian demands for additional concessions amount to an attempt to trump Mr. Barak, by warning that a unilateral withdrawal - without prior negotiations with Beirut and Damascus - could lead to a new conflict, with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon using the vacated territory as a springboard for attacks on Israel.
'"An Israeli unilateral withdrawal will not work,' Lebanon's president, Emile Lahoud, said in an interview published today in Al-Hayat, a London-based newspaper. ' It will lead to another war.'
"Diplomats see it as no coincidence that Lebanon and Syria have pushed their demands before (the) biannual summit meeting of Arab foreign ministers. The meeting was billed an occasion for the 22-member Arab league to show a rare common front on the Middle East peace talks, and to underline its backing of Lebanon.
"Similarly, Lebanon appears determined to use the Israeli withdrawal to press its long-standing demand for Israel to accept the repatriation of the Palestinian refugees who migrated to Lebanon during the wars of 1948 and 1967. The Lebanese government numbers these refugees at 360,000 but some experts say that migration since the battles of the 1980's has reduced the population to no more than 200,000.
"Whatever the figure, Lebanon has refused to accept the Palestinians as citizens, and has confined most of them to pitiable refugee camps. Now, Lebanon is demanding that Israel and the U.S., as the prime mover in the Middle East peace effort, accept the right of the Palestinians to return, which, in many cases, would mean moving to what is now Israel, or to the West Bank. The U.S. has said the question should be settled separately.
"The demand is one that Israel, as well as Yasir Arafat's Palestinian Authority, has rejected. But after a telephone conversation this week with Syria's president, Hafez elAssad, Mr. Lahoud put it on the table as a condition for Israel's demand for security guarantees after its pullout from Lebanon …"
Yes, it has finally come - the decisive age spoken of by Prophets. Let the enemy come! Zechariah 14 tells us what will happen. It will be a Day of Judgment - It's here.
(By David Horowitz, At the U.N., The Jewish Press, April 7, 2000)
MOSES, PASSOVER 2000
It's Passover, the year 2000, and the name Moses comes to mind. We are all reminded of the fact that the three major faiths had their mainspring in the Sinaitic Code of the world's greatest legislator, and that the Moral Law of mankind had its roots in the Torah.
The basic truth is clearly evident by the systems - religious, educational, etc. - which all the members of this World Organization have instituted. In essence, all peoples have adopted a single moral code based on the Mosaic Law.
Interestingly, what kind of man was Moses? In all ways, he was human, down-to-earth. He was also different from all men. He was spoken of as "being slow to anger," humble and meek, but also fiery and outspoken.
However, there are phases of his life which appear strange and mysterious. For example, after he had confronted the burning bush and came down with the first tablets of the Ten Commandments and saw the evil scene of the Golden Calf, he paused in anger. And though the Commandments were written with the "Finger of G-d" Moses, without returning to G-d for permission, broke the Tablets with no complaint from the Mount.
Moreover, when Moses was ready to depart this world, he went up to Mount Nebo alone and the Bible recounts, in effect, "No man knoweth of his burial to this day. His eyes were not dimmed and his strength not abated. "
Strange, indeed, very strange. The Hebrew name Moshe, when reversed, reads HaShem (the Divine Name). It equals 345 in Gematria, as do also "Shilo" and "Kel Shaddai."
Let it also be noted that Exodus 19, recounting Jethro's advisory counsel to Moses, leads into Exodus 20 with Moses orally relating the Ten Commandments to the people.
(By David Horowitz, At the U.N., The Jewish Press, April 28, 2000)
BARAK 'S NO-MAN 'S LAND EXODUS: Reports coming in from Israel indicate that families from Moshav Zaryit near the Lebanese border are already planning to leave if the Barak withdrawal from Lebanon is implemented.
The same is true of the families in Kibbutz Manara and Kibbutz Misgav Am. They, too, expect terror to visit them under the Barak plan. Other kibbutzim are experiencing the same sense of foreboding, and contingency plans of evacuation are being made.
The residents and officials of one of the largest towns, Shlomi, which was experiencing excellent growth, believe that trend will reverse itself quickly once the actual withdrawal begins.
In the city of Ma'alot, the idea of becoming a frontier town again is causing deep concern among its residents. They all remember the PLO attacks on schools, highways and farms. Hizballah has promised continued attacks against Israel - regardless of any peace agreements.
On Tuesday, April 4, Gen. (Ret.) Ori Orr, a dedicated Leftist and Barak supporter, blasted the Barak decisions to retreat from the Lebanese Security Zone.
Barak has developed a reputation for decisions which he has made under the influence of many factors, not necessarily based upon Israel's defensive security interests. He is known for not confiding in his Cabinet and making decisions that are more consistent with those desired by the outgoing Clinton Administration. Barak's reputation as an excellent strategist has turned into an empty slogan.
Clearly, my scenario of Northern Israel becoming a no-man's land is rapidly becoming a fact of life. While I have mentioned only a few moshavim, kibbutzim towns and villages in northern Israel near the Lebanese border, be assured that all the others are having the same discussions, thoughts and fears.
However, many other cities, towns and villages a bit further south, such as Haifa, are now all within reach of the new long-range rockets which Iran has delivered to the Hizballah terrorists through Syria. All of Israel is at risk and in harm's way from Assad in Syria, Hizballah in Lebanon, as well as Yasir Arafat who regularly proclaims that he "will take all of Israel as the state of Palestine with Jerusalem as the capital of that state and only that state, and whoever doesn't agree with that - let them go drink sea water. "Barak just refuses to listen.
If one looks at a map of Israel, there are dozens of settled communities, towns and kibbutzim within range of the new rockets to become candidates for this exodus. The major city of Haifa is within 15 miles of the border. Ehud Barak, another "Mr. Security" like Yitzhak Rabin, has foolishly relied on the wishful thinking of his imagination to create a "safety scenario" which has been forthrightly rejected by most of his top-ranking officers.
But then again, Barak does not consult with his officers nor his civilian Cabinet. His think-tank advisors primarily consist of the U .S. State Department, Madame Albright, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, the chief negotiator for Clinton, Dennis Ross, James Carville, Clinton's main pollster and dirty trickster, et al.
This, then, is Barak's scorecard so far: (1) Barak will create a no-man's land corridor 10-15 miles deep on Israel's northern border . (2) Barak will have evacuated as many as 200,000 Jews from the West Bank, Israel's heartland, leaving many Jewish towns, villages and kibbutzim surrounded by mostly hostile Arabs who are armed to the teeth. (3) Barak will evacuate the Golan Heights, denials notwithstanding, leaving the high ground dominated by Syria. (4) Barak will not object to Syrian troops (currently 35,000) remaining in Lebanon, against all agreements Syria signed with its Arab brethren to leave Lebanon, (5) Barak will, at some point, allow the Eastern half of Jerusalem to be controlled by the neo-Palestinian State and Arafat' s secret police.
In effect, Barak will have truncated Israel to such an extent as to put her survivability in question.
Moses led us out of Egypt; Barak will lead us to nowhere
(By Emanuel Winston, Middle East Analyst and Commentator, The Jewish Press, April 2000)
QUESTION OF GENERAL INTEREST
QUESTION - Would the consecrated but not begotten ever have the opportunity of getting the spirit nature?
ANSWER - Our thought is that it is part of the Divine Plan to give the Ancient Worthies a change of nature in the end of the Millennial Age, as a reward for their faithfulness, and their service during the Millennial Age - that quite likely they will receive the spirit nature at the end of the Millennial Age. This is partly conjectural and partly built upon certain texts of Scripture which we have already considered in the Watch Tower and which we need not therefore enter into here.
(What Pastor Russell Said, page 152, 1911)