When Moses brought Israel to the promised land, he gave Israel a blessing and a curse. And, that blessing and curse are still active today. In fact, I believe that it is active throughout the world for all those who accept Jehovah as their God.
If you accept Jehovah as your God, and then follow what He says, you will be blessed.
However, if you claim to accept Jehovah as your God and then do NOT follow what He says, you will be cursed.
If you do neither… well, you’re on your own. Although, in the life to come, you will spend an eternity in a very unpleasant place.
But, I’m going to focus right now on God’s blessing. I’ll talk about the curse in another place.
Now, when we talk about Israel being blessed, we are talking about two separate blessings. And, there’s a curse in between those blessings.
And, that second blessing?
It’s the Ezekiel Tetrad
You’ll understand more as we get into this.
1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Jehovah thy God, to observe to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that Jehovah thy God will set thee on high above all the nations of the earth:
Those of us who understand geopolitics know that the Levant (Syria, Lebanon and Israel) are the most strategic bits of real estate on the planet. It is literally the center of the Earth, and whoever controls this ground and prospers, has the opportunity to project power throughout the world. If you control the Levant, you are the land bridge between Europe, Africa and Asia.
The key is that word prosper. You can only project power, if you have power to project. If you do not have power to project… well, I did say that the Levant was a land bridge.
What happens when you are a ‘land bridge’ and you don’t have enough power to control access to that bridge?
That’s right. You get run over.
So, as we see God’s blessing upon Israel, we also see that God is placing Israel in a place where He can bless them amazingly or curse them amazingly.
2 and all these blessings shall come upon thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of Jehovah thy God.
3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy beasts, the increase of thy cattle, and the young of thy flock.
5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy kneading-trough.
6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
7 Jehovah will cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thee: they shall come out against thee one way, and shall flee before thee seven ways.
8 Jehovah will command the blessing upon thee in thy barns, and in all that thou puttest thy hand unto; and he will bless thee in the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee.
9 Jehovah will establish thee for a holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee; if thou shalt keep the commandments of Jehovah thy God, and walk in his ways.
10 And all the peoples of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of Jehovah; and they shall be afraid of thee.
11 And Jehovah will make thee plenteous for good, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which Jehovah sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
12 Jehovah will open unto thee his good treasure the heavens, to give the rain of thy land in its season, and to bless all the work of thy hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
13 And Jehovah will make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if thou shalt hearken unto the commandments of Jehovah thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them,
14 and shalt not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
When was Israel blessed like this?
We have several instances during the time of the Judges, but the best times were during King David and King Solomon. THAT era was when Israel was truly blessed. It was all downhill from there.
Was it an abrupt downhill decline?
Yes and no. There were moments of abrupt decline, but there were also moments of recovery. The moments of recovery were always times of closeness to God. The moments of decline were always times of distance from God.
And, once we hit AD 70, there are no moments of recovery. After AD 70, the curse is completely in play. But, let’s talk about the curse in another place.
I want to get back to the second blessing.
Notice as we get into Deuteronomy 30, that Moses begins with an assumption that the curse will happen and that Israel will have been driven out and scattered across the world.
1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither Jehovah thy God hath driven thee,
2 and shalt return unto Jehovah thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul;
3 that then Jehovah thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the peoples, whither Jehovah thy God hath scattered thee.
There will come a moment in time where God will gather His people from out of the world. That moment in time will also coincide with a spiritual awakening.
What moment in time is this?
The same moment in time that is described in The Ezekiel Tetrad.
But, many of you will say that Israel has not returned to God. Many of you would say that Israel is still caught in spiritual darkness.
And, I would agree.
But, let me share with you an important observation. Remember that repentance is a two stage operation. You turn away from your sin in the first stage, and you turn towards God in the second stage.
I believe that what we are seeing in Israel today is a turning away from those things that have blinded the Jews for so long. I believe that this is a time of the blinders being taken off so that they will be ready to see when the time comes.
And, that time comes during The Ezekiel Tetrad.
4 If any of thine outcasts be in the uttermost parts of heaven, from thence will Jehovah thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:
5 and Jehovah thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
And, I think that we can all truthfully say that Israel now has more power and a greater reach than Israel had during the time of King David and King Solomon. They have truly been multiplied above their fathers.
But, the important point centers on what comes next.
6 And Jehovah thy God will circumcise thy heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love Jehovah thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
That’s right. God will bring them into their land and will spiritually transform them. They will become true followers of Jehovah.
7 And Jehovah thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, that persecuted thee.
Think of all those who are enemies of Israel today. Have ANY of them been blessed?
No. They are universally cursed.
8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of Jehovah, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.
9 And Jehovah thy God will make thee plenteous in all the work of thy hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, for good: for Jehovah will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers;
10 if thou shalt obey the voice of Jehovah thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law; if thou turn unto Jehovah thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul.
11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not too hard for thee, neither is it far off.
12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?
14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
God will one day give Israel what He has given us – the ability to know and understand God. They won’t need their commentaries or their rabbies. They will only need the words of God.
It will be a fantastic time.
But, we’ve left out the curse. Let’s go talk about that now.