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"Brit-Am Now"-1054
Contents:
1. Opinions Concerning the " Wilderness":
(a) Thomas Gray: "a physical wilderness"
(b) Charlotte Mecklenburg:  "Israel as a collective body of people are being tested"
2. Brit-Am Commentary to Hosiah
3 Upgraded
The Present Situation Described
3. Kobler Continued: The First American Zionist Consul

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1. Opinions Concerning the "Wilderness"
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 (a) Thomas Gray: "a physical wilderness"
From: Thomas Gray <todagray@gmail.com>
Re: "Brit-Am Now"-1053
#3. Question on Israel in the "Wilderness" in the Latter Times

I believe that Ezekiel 20:36 makes it clear that the wilderness is a physical wilderness, since it is to be like what happened to the fathers in the Exodus, and that was a wilderness experience in the physical sense.  In fact, I see a contrast with a richening spiritual experience in a physical desert.  It seems that when we are in a lush physical setting eating "leeks and garlic", or even "milk and honey", we often tend to forget God.  On the other hand, God often seems to be reach people more in the wilderness.  The Bible is full of examples, Moses being a principle example.  When I saw this verse, a picture of cowboys around the campfire came into my mind.

Looking at the descriptions of the land of Israel as it was when Israel was led into it (Numbers 14), I think that most of the world today, including the present land of Israel, is a poor wilderness in comparison.

Thomas Gray.
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(b) Charlotte Mecklenburg:  "Israel as a collective body of people are being tested"

Shalom Yair regarding

Our arrival in the Wilderness that was mentioned in the last e-mail messages:

When I read Ezekiel 20:33 using Irving Stone translation it says: "The Lord Hashem/Elohim I will rule over you with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath. I will take you out from the nations and gather you from the lands to which you were scattered with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath and I will bring you to the Wilderness of the Nations and I will contend with you there, face to face.  Just as I contended with your forefathers in the Wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I contend with you ------37 I will make you pass under the rod and bring you into the bond of the covenant. I will separate from among you those who rebel and those who transgress against me; I will take them out of the land of their sojourning, but they will not come to the soil of Israel; then you will know that I am Hashem."

Verse 40 But on My holy mountain,---------there the entire House of Israel, all of it will serve me in the land; there I will accept them favorably, when I remove you from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you were scattered; and I will be sanctified through you in the eyes of the nations. 42 Then you will know that I am Hashem, when I bring you to the soil of Israel, to the land about which I raised my hand to give to your forefathers."

When I read this passage and thought about it in the context of the entire book of Ezekiel and what God plans to do. In the entire context we see more details, it speaks to me of something that is happening now and has been happening in the last 100 years. First of all we know God is speaking to the entire house of Israel for two reasons.  He mentions their first wilderness experience which was for the entire house of Israel and then he states it specifically in verse 40.

I believe the trials of WW I and II and what followed is what God allowed to happen to his people both Jew and Christian. This is part of the out poured wrath with which he brought them out of the nations. But the further terrorism that is so rampant shows that it is not over yet. Since the whole house of Israel is not on the holy mountain we know that we are still in the wilderness of the nations and from God's point of view, no one has arrived until they pass under the rod. How, what and who does the measuring, I do not think any one of us knows. But the idea that a shepherd's rod is used indicates a shepherd that God has appointed may do this or he himself. We know by Ezekiel chapter 36:25 he plans to cleanse the house of Israel from all their contamination. And also 37:22-23 indicates the same thing and it is for the entire house of Israel after they have been joined. So with the wilderness experience that tests and sorts through the people who will follow Hashem from those who are bent on rebellion, the whole house of Israel will then come under the rod to measure whether they have a heart and will to be cleansed and be part of the Holy Nation that lifts up the name of Hashem so that the world will know that there is a God in Israel.

What has the wilderness felt like to you, or do you have life so easy that your identification with Hashem is never tested? When we answer these questions maybe we know whether we are yet to be led into the wilderness. Hosea says wilderness specifically for the Northern Kingdom and Ezekiel speaks of a wilderness of nations. God is dealing with a nation as well as individuals. Therefore, Israel as a collective body of people are being tested by their reaction to the pressure the nations put on them whether they will trust God or look to some nation to be their help. Do we grumble and complain as we did in the first wilderness experience, or do we say it is a big obstacle but God is big enough and powerful enough to do what he says he will do.

These are some of the thoughts that came to me as I read these verses this year. Charlotte Mecklenburg
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2. Brit-Am Commentary to Hosia 3 Upgraded:
The Present Situation Described

http://britam.org/hosea3.html
Summary:
The Prophet is told to take a woman and lover her as his soul-mate. The woman however will betray him just as the Israelites betrayed God Almighty by committing idolatry. In their time of Exile a long stage will transpire when the Israelites will no longer be actual practisioners of idolatry yet neither will they be able to worship the Almighty God of Israel as requred. This is more or less the situation in our day. After that, in the End Times they will return and seek the God of Israel, and Messiah Son of David, and the Temple Service in Jerusalem.
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3. Kobler Continued: The First American Zionist Consul
Franz Kobler
"The Vision Was There.
A History of the British Movement for the Restoration of the Jews to Palestine"
PART FOUR
DIFFERENTIATION AND SYNTHESIS
I. NEW MEN AND NEW SCHEMES
http://www.britam.org/vision/koblerpart4.html#New
Extract:
Nevertheless, Jewish colonisation of Palestine had actually started at the halfway mark of the century. A fusion of the two movements marked this memorable beginning. The link between them was most appropriately and almost symbolically a proselyte, Warder Cresson, American Consul in Jerusalem, who embraced Judaism in 1849 and from then on called himself Michael Boaz Israel. In 1852 he founded an agricultural Jewish colony in the valley of Raphaim as the beginning of "a new Palestine, where the Jewish nation may live by industry, congregate and prosper". In 1854 Cresson addressed a circular letter to the Jews of Germany, England and America, advocating the establishment of a society for the encouragement of agriculture in Palestine. His beliefs are set out in a series of writing of Messianic character.



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