FOR OUR TUESDAY NIGHT ZOOM MEETING, (2021 – February 1) WE WERE ASKED TO DO A BOOK REPORT ON STEPHEN JONES’ BOOK:
“THE STRUGGLE FOR THE BIRTHRIGHT.”
THE FOLLOWING IS THAT REPORT.
This is really an in-depth book, so we had to pick out just 5 subjects that will hopefully spark your interest enough to read it on-line for free. We will give you the address at the end of the report.
The 5 subjects we chose to report on: 1. The Garden – 2. Jacob’s prophecy over his 2 sons: Judah and Joseph – 3. The 2 baskets of figs in Jeremiah 24. – 4. What happened at the cross – 5. The first resurrection
We especially enjoy a concept that begins in Genesis and runs throughout the bible, ending in Revelation.
#1. The Garden
God gave humanity 2 commissions (Stephen calls them mandates)
1. To have dominion in the earth – We know, at this point in history, humanity lost that commission in the garden, but it was restored through Jesus Christ at the cross, through the lineage of Judah, from which our Lord sprang.
2. Be fruitful and multiply was the 2nd commission – We have read of a fruitful bough in the scriptures. That fruitful bough is going to be restored through the lineage of Joseph and I hope to show you how.
#2 Jacob’s prophecies over Judah and Joseph
1. Judah: Genesis 49:8-12:
Judah, your brothers shall praise you; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp; from the prey, my son, you are gone up; he stooped down, he crouched as a lion, and as a young lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until the coming of the One to whom the sceptre belongs, to whom the Gentiles shall look forward. he shall tie up his foal to the vine, and his ass’s colt to a branch; he shall bleach his garments with wine, and his robe with the juices of the grape; His eyes shall be radiant with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
2. Joseph – Genesis 49: 22-26:
Joseph is a disciplined son, an educated son; a fruitful bough by a spring, whose branches run over the wall. A company of men quarreled with him, and being great in numbers, envied him; But in strength he bent his bow, and his arms were made strong by the hands of the mighty One of Jacob; (by the name of the Shepherd, the Strength of Israel:) May the God of your father help you and the Almighty bless you with the blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep beneath, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb; The blessings of your father have prevailed above the blessings of my forbears to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; they shall be on the head of Joseph, on the crown of the head of him who is the prince of his brothers.
These 2 prophecies lay the foundation to understanding our inheritance in Christ.
#3. Jeremiah 24 (Please pause and read the entire chapter)
This is a story of 2 fig baskets. I always thought it was a story about submission and obedience and well it is, but it goes so much deeper than that. When I read what Stephen had to say about it, it put the entire picture of Israel together for me.
The good figs had a heart to know Him; therefore, understood authority and submitted to the authorities when they were in captivity. The bad figs did not understand; God said He would make them a horror and an abomination, a reproach in the kingdoms of the earth; and well He has done that very thing.
What I did not understand about this story until Stephen pointed it out, was that it is also a prophecy that not only finds some fulfillment at the cross but, in type, continues throughout the first resurrection.
#4. The cross is their chance! This could be a delivery from slavery and reproach!
At this point, the Israelites would have to understand something that many did not. They needed to see the truth of one of God’s principles: First the natural and then the spiritual.
I would like to give just one example for our purposes: Land = dirt under the old covenant, as first the natural; what many did not understand was at the cross, land was the symbol or foreshadow in the old covenant. Under the new covenant the spiritual reality of land is “our bodies”. So, the land of Israel points to the resurrection of our own land/dirt, of which we are made, and is included in our full inheritance.
The Israeli’s have opportunity here to be restored from exile. HOW? By simply believing. Further unbelief in their Messiah would only bring further judgment. Many could not make the jump from natural to spiritual.
Ah, the good figs (The true Israel) received Christ and went on to become the Church. The bad figs crucified the Lord – The tree that Jesus cursed and said, “no fruit would ever come from it again”, was the “bad figs”… The Gentiles have been grafted into the good fig tree through the original Israeli tribe of Judah by faith in Jesus Christ. This fulfilled the first commission given to Adam. The Church did NOT replace the Jews. The Church became Jews as Paul mentions in his letter to the Romans. The bad figs did not believe. They did not follow on to know the Lord.
But the good figs (believing Israelites) “AT PENTECOST” (Feast of weeks – the 2nd main feast of the Jews)… were restored to the dominion commission. Authority was re-established through Christ. However, this is not the full commission given to Adam (humanity). The Pentecostal feast or feast of weeks is a feast that still has leaven; as such, it is impossible to produce the fruits of the KINGDOM. There is more to come.
So, what about the promise to the lineage of Joseph that will come through the birthright (fruitfulness) of the first-born son? Aw, now it is getting very interesting.
What is a birthright? It is the right of a first-born son to inherit all that the Father has for him. When? When he is mature!
The precedent has been set in the feast of Pentecost/feast of weeks. The time was right, and God saved a remnant out of His people for the dominion commission. It was for those who followed on to know the Lord. (Hosea 6:3)
It is no strange thing how the church has followed in the steps of natural Israel. She is also unable to bring forth the fruitfulness commission in Pentecost, (the 2nd Main feast of the Jews) as it is still a feast with leaven. It is not available until the 3rd feast fully comes. No one can make something happen without the right ingredients (so to speak).
We, as God’s people, must come to grips with this within our individual lives. Even as some good figs believed at the cross; they had to come to grips with the reality that what they had been given, up until the time of the cross, was not the entire gospel. It was not complete in the 1st feast of Passover in their covenant. It is not complete in the celebration of Pentecost either. So, even as the Israelites found themselves in this position, so also today, we find ourselves, as believers in the New Covenant, in the exact same position. We are to follow on to know the Lord of the 3rd feast where the fruitfulness commission will be joined with Judah and the 2 sticks will become one. Remember when you read about this in the scriptures, to see it spiritually, after the cross.
Even as the bad figs, there will be Christians who are stuck on what they have known. At the time we live in today (the beginning of the 3rd feast), they will not want to move on, deceived into believing they are not deceived. They need to understand concerning the Joseph commission as well as their need to follow on to know the Lord in another realm of Spirit.
#5 The First Resurrection
God reserved the “Feast of Tabernacles” for the best wine to be served; where heaven and earth (flesh) will come together (prophesied in the marriage of Cana of Galilee).
So, does scripture tell us when this will take place? Not a date, no! Just the circumstances that happen. The feast of Tabernacles will “fully” come, even as Pentecost fully came… and went, I might add! But before Pentecost fully came, don’t you suspect that those who were waiting for it realized that something was about to happen, and that they were all a buzz concerning what it was all about. This is exactly where we are at in time right now, heading into the manifestation of the 3rd feast; the most fruit bearing feast of all as the knowledge of the glory of the Lord will fill the entire earth.
For those of us who are listening, we have begun to hear and see a realm of spirit unfold that heretofore was unavailable to us. I like to think of it as the word having 3 realms of glory and we do not see them all at once. Here a little, there a little! Remember, Paul was caught up unto the 3rd heaven (realm of Spirit) and he could not talk about it. He was born out of time but saw our day and I am quite sure he rejoiced over it. (Although, I must say, if you can see the hidden manna in Paul’s writings, you will see some of what he witnessed.) See “The Third Heaven” on this web-sight.
So, when does it fully come? We believe it will be at the first resurrection: Revelation 20:4-7. The feast of tabernacles will fully come when those who go on to follow the Lord, receive their resurrected bodies. There will be a people who will win the prize of the first resurrection. Not because of their knowledge or performance, but because they follow on to believe all that the Lord has for them; just like the true Jews/Israelites at the cross. History will repeat itself. We serve a faith God; so, we go by faith.
Those who follow on will bring forth the fruitfulness commission and multiply that fruit throughout the earth. They will declare His generation. They will fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, for they are His glory. People will “see” His glory (every eye). Scripture says that He will NOT share His glory with another… however, the word another means “mere man”. I dare to say that these believers are NOT mere anything. They see Him face to face for they are like Him. This glory lives within us, waiting for it’s manifestation.
This is what the whole earth is waiting for: A people who have a hold of both commissions given in Genesis. The 2 sticks WILL come together.
Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know… IF we follow on to know the Lord – His going forth is prepared as the morning, and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and the former (Tabernacles and Pentecost) rain unto the earth (dirt-a sign word that points to people).
The Book Report on the history of Israel from “The Struggle for the Birthright” is presented by John Morris
During its long history, Jerusalem (the capital of Israel) has been attacked 52 times, captured, and recaptured 44 times, besieged 23 times, and destroyed twice.
After the crucifixion of Jesus, Jews spread throughout the world and inter-married with other bloodlines. Who really knows if there are any full-blooded Jews today. Or for that matter, any with even a partial bloodline. It is doubtful Jews were liked in other countries. Many times, they were forced to renounce Judaism or leave. They wandered with no country of their own. This went on for about 1800 years.
In 1861, the Zion society was formed in Germany. Zionists wanted all the Jews to become Zionists and thus equate Zionism with Judaism. Today, all Zionists are religious Jews, but not all religious Jews are Zionists.
In the late 1800’s, the religious Jews wanted to return to their homeland. There was still much persecution.
In 1921, the British were the rulers.
In 1937, Jabotinsky started a revolt against the British rule. He has come to be known as the “Father of terrorism”. He had the same attitude of a Marxist; the ends justify the means.
In 1948, the British turned over part of Palestine to the Jews for their own country. Many Jews thought this meant that all of Palestine was to become a Jewish state, so they tried to force the Palestinians to leave.
In 1960, violent Zionist Israeli Terrorists did murderous acts on their own people for sympathy. They eventually became the Lukid party. It was okay for them to murder the Palestinians; they even got so-called Christian backing for it. But it was not okay for the Palestinians to murder them.
How many times was Israel captured? Israel has history of many conquests and surrenders. Jerusalem has been captured and recaptured at least 20 times.
How many times have they been restored to their homeland since the prophecy in Deuteronomy from Moses? That promise had a condition. If they would keep the Abrahamic covenant, they would be restored to their homeland. They have never kept that covenant.
Here is a direct quote from “The Struggle for the Birthright”
ORIGINS OF THE IMMIGRANTS TO ISRAEL IN 1948
The first immigrants to reach the new state were survivors of the Holocaust, some from displaced persons camps in Germany, Austria, and Italy, and others from British detention camps in Cyprus. The remnants of certain communities were transferred virtually in their entirety, for example: Bulgarian and Yugoslavian Jewry. Large sections of other communities, such as those from Poland and Rumania, came to Israel during the first years. After the initial influx of European Jews, the percentage of Jews from Moslem countries in Asia and Africa increased considerably (1948 – 14.4%, 1949 – 47.3%, 1950 – 49.6%, 1951 – 71.0%) During 1950 and 1951, special operations were undertaken to bring over Jewish communities perceived to be in serious danger, for example, the Jews of Yemen and Aden (Operation Magic Carpet) and the Jewish community in Iraq (Operation Ezra and Nehemiah). During the same period, the vast majority of Libyan Jewry came to the country. Considerable numbers of Jews immigrated from Turkey and Iran, as well as from other North Africa countries (Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria).
In May of 1948, the British pulled out of Israel, and the Jewish terrorists became the statesmen of the new Israeli government: “The Likud party – Zionist!”. It is amazing how political success can transform men from murderers to heroes, even in the eyes of some Christians. At that time, thousands of prophecy preachers proclaimed that God’s “time clock” had begun once more. It was widely believed that the end would come within 7 years, or perhaps as early as 3 1/2 years. When nothing happened, the Church had an entire omelet on its face, but instead of discarding a dis-proven theory, they simply continued to wait for the Jews to accept the Messiah, insisting “it will happen any day now.”
Many displaced Palestinians have seen bloodshed and heartache over the Jews profession of “we are the chosen, you are not”! These bad figs have convinced many Christians of the same thing. Thus, many Christian churches praise Jewish terrorism and denounce Palestinian terrorism, as if God had a double standard.
This book report is but a smidgen of “The Struggle for the Birthright”. We certainly hope it has provoked you to read the entire book as we know this report leaves a lot of holes that the author: Stephen Jones, fills in beautifully the understanding of what he has written more fully.
You can read this book online for free or find it at Amazon.com
If you will copy and paste the following into your browser, you can access the book.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING OF THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES, YOU CAN READ THE TEACHING CALLED “THE THIRD HEAVEN” ON THIS WEBSITE.
I HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE: BONNIE