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If you have been following these blogs for the past few weeks, you will be able to understand this one. It is hardly possible to summarize such a large topic without drawing from the previous teachings. If you are a new reader, I suggest that you go back and begin reading at October 19, 2011.
The most critical problem with church understanding today is the case of mistaken identity that has its roots in the book of Genesis. It goes back to the struggle between Jacob and Esau to obtain the birthright. It was prophesied before these twins were born that "the older shall serve the younger" (Gen. 25:23).
Nonetheless, by law, the older son could not be disinherited without cause. So Isaac intended to give him the birthright. Jacob knew that he himself was destined to receive it, so when Isaac made preparations to pass the birthright to Esau, Jacob pretended to be his brother and so obtained the birthright by lying (Gen. 27:19).
The ends do not justify the means. Because his father was old and blind, Jacob succeeded in obtaining the birthright by pretending to be Esau. It was a case of mistaken identity.
Thus, Esau hated Jacob, and intended to kill him. Jacob paid a heavy price for his lie, for that lie had manifested his lack of faith in God's ability to fulfill His Word in spite of circumstances. Only years later, when Jacob finally understood the sovereignty of God, did God give him the birthright nameIsrael (Gen. 32:28).
Meanwhile, however, Esau appealed to his father for a blessing, and Isaac prophetically decreed: "when thou shalt have the dominion, thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck" (Gen. 27:40). In other words, the dominion would have to be returned to Esau. What Esau did not know was that this would only be temporary, because God was to give him a chance to prove himself unworthy of the birthright.
If Jacob had allowed Esau time to prove himself unworthy at the beginning, then this would not have been necessary later.
That is a summary of the original problem. Many years later, the descendants of Esau, known as Edomites or Idumeans, were conquered and absorbed into Judah in 126-125 B.C. They were UNIFIED by force of conquest and converted to Judaism. Hence, the spirit of Esau was united with the evil figs of Judah.
There were two groups of Judahites, as shown in Jeremiah 24-29, represented by two baskets of figs. These figs came from two different fig trees, obviously. The evil figs were those who refused to submit to divine judgment when God raised up Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to conquer them. The good figs were those who submitted to God's judgment.
Yet this Babylonian captivity turned out to be longer than anticipated. Daniel 2 and 7 shows that Babylon itself was only the first of four major empires to come, each of which was given dominion over Judah (and other nations). Judah was therefore admonished to submit to all of these four empires until the time of captivity ended.
In the time of Jesus, there were still good figs and bad. The bad figs chafed under the rule of Rome, which was the fourth kingdom of Daniel's prophecy. Jesus came as the King, and He was a good fig. He taught His disciples to be at peace with Rome. The bad figs, however, finally revolted from 66-73 A.D. and were dispersed as a result.
In this Revolt, the Edomite-Jewish faction sided with the bad figs, as history shows, and fought against the Romans. Masada was their final stronghold which fell on Passover of 73 A.D. So the unity between Judah and Edom resulted in the bad figs being reinforced, because both were of the same spirit of revolt against God.
Six centuries later, the Khazars (from Togarma) converted to Judaism. They were thus united with the same "tree" that had produced the evil figs in the days of Jeremiah and again in the first century. This set the groundwork for the final showdown in 20th century Zionism, which was a manifestation of the evil figs of Judah, Edom, and Togarma.
The Law of Tribulation forbade Judah (or any Israelite tribe) from ending a captivity by its own strength. Lev. 26:40-42 makes it clear that only when they repented of their hostility to Yahweh (Jesus) would God "remember" the covenant. In the 1800's, a few Jews decided to start a new movement to end the Jewish dispersion and to return to the old land. This was called Zionism.
In 1947 the United Nations established a Jewish Homeland, but in 1948 the Zionists established a Jewish State. Why did God allow this, seeing that they had not ended their hostility against Jesus Christ?
Darby and Scofield and others assumed that the Jews were Israelites. It was a case of mistaken identity. They did not realize that the dispersed Israelites had immigrated into Europe, America, and other parts of the world, and they were not Jews but Caucasians. Anthropologists gave them this name because so many of their ancestors had migrated from Assyria through the Caucasus Mountains located between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea.
In other words, their ancestors had sinned against God, and God had dispersed them into Assyria. He divorced them (Jer. 3:8) and sent them out of His house, removing also their birthright name, Israel. The only way to regain the lost birthright was through Jesus Christ.
Darby and Scofield did not understand history, so they thought that a Jewish State would fulfill the prophecies of the lost tribes of Israel. They were as blind as their father, Isaac. And yet this blindness was necessary in order to give Esau his due. The Edomite spirit within Jewry desired to possess the old land (Ez. 36:2, 5). In fact, Malachi 1:1-4 prophesied that Edom would indeed succeed in returning to the old land and rebuilding a new nation. However, God said that in the end, He would destroy it. Mal. 1:4 says,
4 Though Edom says, "We have been beaten down, but we will return and build up the ruins"; thus says the Lord of hosts, "They may build, but I will tear down..."
Edom united with the evil figs of Judah and thereby fulfilled the above Zionist prophecy. In this way the prophecy to Esau was also fulfilled. Just as Jacob had obtained the birthright by a case of mistaken identity, so also did Esau later obtain the birthright by a case of mistaken identity. In both cases, they took advantage of the blindness of "Isaac," for Isaiah 42:19 says, "who is so blind but My servant?"
Darby and Scofield were blind, and they were used by God to blind the vast majority of Christians. Hence, God induced those physical descendants of Jacob to give back the birthright to the legal representatives of Esau-Edom in the latter days. With this transfer went the name Israel, and so the Jewish State took that name for itself as well.
God Himself engineered this great deception by the law of "an eye for an eye" (Ex. 21:24). The judgment always fits the crime. Jacob's crime against Esau took advantage of Isaac's blindness, claiming to be Esau in order to get the birthright. So God blinded the descendants of Isaac and Jacob in order to allow Esau-Edom to regain the birthright by taking advantage of our blindness.
It was therefore no sin for God to blind our eyes. It was simply a judgment of the Law. It was an eye for an eye applied prophetically on a large scale.
In this way, God has satisfied Esau's appeal for justice. What they do not realize, of course, is that the original prophecy will yet come true. When the Edomite Zionists have fully proven themselves to be unworthy of the birthright, God will then transfer it to those worthy of it.