18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)

Series 18

Episode 2

Prologue

Message

Isaiah chapter 60 talks about the Millennium. Brothers and sisters, the Lord is coming quickly. If the Lord came to take us today, it would be the Millennium after just another seven years. I said earlier that God’s calling is irrevocable. In the Millennium, what will it be like for the Israelites?

Isaiah 60:12 and 16 read, “For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; those nations shall be utterly laid waste. You shall suck the milk of nations; you shall nurse at the breast of kings…” So you see, Israel will be the head of all nations. Israel will remain forever.

Revelation chapter 21 mentions that there will be other nations on the new earth, and that we will reign with the Lord in the City. In the Millennium, some people will rebel against God. Revelation chapter 20 states that after the judgement before the great white throne, those who live through the Millennium will be moved to the new earth. This includes people from Israel and other nations.

Isaiah 66:22 says, “For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the Lord, so shall your offspring and your name remain.”

So as you see, Israel will remain forever. Some Christians do not know much about what will be on the new earth outside of New Jerusalem. They might only know they will be kings, but they have no idea who they will rule over. The Lord mentioned that what we do on earth is “little.” (Matt. 25) Actually, what we are doing for the Lord on earth are great things, the core of God’s will. But compared to what we will do in heaven, the area of our influence is relatively small, because the space on earth is limited. The Lord’s kingdom will expand infinitely until eternity. His government and peace will ever increase.

Revelation chapters 21 and 22 say there are nations outside New Jerusalem. We will eat the fruits of the tree of life, and the leaves of the tree will be for the healing of the nations. “The nations” does not refer to us, but it refers to the nations on earth. The word “healing” refers to health; it does not mean that people on earth will have illnesses. Concerning the nations, all their kings ought to give glory to New Jerusalem. They should offer the most precious things, as though they were paying tribute. They can also enjoy the leaves of the tree of life. What’s to come is so precious. We will reign with the Lord forever and ever. According to Revelation chapter 22, we will have dominion over the whole universe for eternity. People will continue to multiply. God’s will in Genesis will surely be completely fulfilled! When God first created man, they were to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. If Adam hadn’t sinned, he wouldn’t have died, but would have continued to multiply. In eternity, the people will not sin but continue to multiply.

The nation of Israel is God’s firstborn, and right now it is still. In the Millennium, all things will be restored, and so will Israel. After the Lord’s resurrection and before His ascension, the apostles asked Him about Israel’s restoration. Israel will actually be restored in the Millennium.

Acts 1:6-8 reads, “So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’”

All this will soon come to pass! In this age of the church, the Lord has caused us to be His witnesses to the entire earth, and to build the church after His heart. After this, the seven years of tribulation will take place, followed by the Millennium. The Father’s kingdom will come! The Lord will restore the kingdom to Israel, which will become the head of all nations on the new earth for eternity. But we are more precious! 

Series 18

The Blessings to be the First Born

Message Date: 2020-05-03

It is the church’s most tremendous blessing that we have become the “assembly of the firstborn”. God calls Israel His son and firstborn son. He raised them up to be the blessing of all nations. In the New Millennium and eternity, Israel will be chief among all nations. As for us, by the Lord’s salvation, we have become the children of God; being joint heir with Christ, we are to inherit all. The Lord is the firstborn, and we are the assembly of the firstborn. The glory that the Father gave to the Lord is also given to us. From the blessings that Jacob gave to his sons, we can see that besides the double portion of blessings, the firstborn also received blessings of kingship and priesthood. It’s so precious that the blessings that we receive are beyond “a double portion”. We have become the priests of the new covenant; we will reign with the Lord, and inherit all with Him in eternity. Today, we should live out our life as priests: to draw near to God, to enjoy the Lord as our source of life, and to bring people to believe in God and experience Him. We are to offer sacrifices of praise, and to guard our mouth with knowledge. Therefore, we should pursue the Lord diligently.
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18.1 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 1)

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18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)

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18.3 To be united with the Lord and become the Firstborn

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18.4 The Lord is the Firstborn

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18.5 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Kingship

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18.6 The Blessing of the Firstborn: a Double Portion of the Blessings

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18.7 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Priesthood

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18.8 Live Out the Priesthood