Rodion Samoilovich: rocket attacks, natural olive tree and the salvation of Israel

We are all closely following the events taking place in Israel. And the other day we celebrated a very important holiday for Israel – Shavuot. And you may ask me: What do they have in common? But let’s open the book of Acts first.

“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be [a]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”(Acts 1: 4-8).

Why then do the disciples, when Yeshua tells them that the Holy Spirit must descend and they must receive power, ask Him about the restoration of the kingdom to Israel? Because they had a very clear sequence for the coming of God’s Kingdom, the Kingdom of Israel: when the power comes down, then the kingdom will be restored.

Looking at what is happening today, we must understand that the prophecies that God gave to Israel will be fulfilled anyways. And whoever does whatever today, whoever stands up against Israel today, wanting to destroy it, the kingdom of Israel will be restored. This will be a manifested kingdom, centered in Jerusalem, from where the Messiah Yeshua will reign. For example, in the book of Zechariah there is a prophecy that all nations will come to the Feast of Tabernacles to worship the King Lord of hosts, and those who do not come will not have rain (Zech. 14: 16-19). We clearly see that we are talking about the Millennial Kingdom. And to this day, the title of the Messiah is unambiguous: He is the King of Israel.

“A cup of drunkenness for all nations” and the salvation of Israel

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.” (Zech. 12: 2).

The word רַעַל (raal), which is translated as “ecstasy”, means “poison.” This is such an emotional arousal, in which people are almost unable to control themselves. And if we now look at the Arab world, at those countries that surround Israel (“all the surrounding peoples”), we will see that this state of frenzy, insanity is very clearly expressed among those who are trying to do something against Israel. These emotions, this hatred prevails over any logic.

“And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.”(Zech. 12: 3).

I think that never before in history has there been anything like what is happening now. Nations try to fight, do something, but they fail, because God’s promises and prophecies come true. Further in the 12th chapter of the book of Zechariah, it talks about war and God’s protection over Israel. And after that we read:

““And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. 11 In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of [c]Megiddo. 12 And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves … ”(Zech. 12: 10-12)

We see here a clear promise of Israel’s salvation, which God did not give to any other nation. This is also stated in the Epistle to the Romans: “All Israel will be saved” (Rom. 11:26).

I don’t think that absolutely all of Israel will be saved. But let’s take, for example, some separate city and think about how many people should repent of it so that we, looking from the outside, say: “This city is saved”? It is clear that this must be a huge number of people. It will be a supernatural action that will take over Israel and in which we will see a tremendous repentance and return of the people of Israel to faith in their Messiah. I personally live in anticipation of this. All my relatives live in Ashkelon, they constantly send me videos and photographs after missiles hit residential buildings. We pray, we worry. Of course, this is scary, this is war. But, on the other hand, repentance should be revealed in Israel, perhaps even as a result of such events. And further, in the 13th chapter of the book of Zechariah, in continuation of the description of Israel’s repentance, we find an interesting verse:

“And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’ ”(Zech. 13: 6).

When I read this verse as a young believer, I was shocked. I read different translations and noticed that different translators, our Jewish brothers, are trying to hide a clear hint of wounds on the hands, wounds from the crucifixion, but we understand that here we are talking about Yeshua.

Once my wife and I flew in the summer to visit my brother in Israel. And he had a sofa in the open air. And my wife asked: “Aren’t you afraid that it will rain?” And they answered her: “It will not rain.” My wife was shocked that it almost never rains in Israel during summer. But heavy rains begin in the fall. And I thought how similar it is to Israel! In the beginning there was the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, then there was a huge break for Israel when there was no rain at all, but we know that in the last 100 years many Jews have come to faith in Yeshua as have not come in the last thousand years. We see these promises and prophecies coming true before our very eyes.

Natural olive tree and the ease of serving the Jewish people

I once asked God a question about serving Israel. He said that it is not difficult, that we must believe that our people come easily to God. And I said to the Lord: “Show me at least one Scripture, where it is clearly written that it is easy to minsister to the Jews, that it is easy for Jews to come to God.” And suddenly I read this passage from the 11th chapter of the Epistle to the Romans:

“For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?” (Rom. 11:24).

And I realized that it is easier for natural branches to be grafted onto their olive tree. But then I had another question: “What should happen for this and what is this olive tree to which they need to graft?”

I realized that perhaps we (the messianic movement) are the ones through whom God is restoring the naturalness of this real olive tree today. Perhaps this sounds too pompous, but nevertheless, here we are talking about “our” olive tree. We are living in a tremendous time when the Lord is restoring the naturalness of God’s olive tree through the Jewish messianic communities. He restores this in the awareness of all other nations, other believers, and He also restores this within His people.

I have been asked many times by my fellow pastors from other churches: “Tell me, are you Protestants?” And I answered: “On the one hand, yes, on the other hand, no.” On the one hand, indeed, most of today’s messianic ministers have repented in the churches. They met their Messiah in church, and then the Jewishness of their Messiah was revealed to them. And the Protestant Church played a big role in the birth of the Jewish messianic movement. But, on the other hand, when we say that we are Protestants, we make ourselves a part of church history. And, unfortunately, since the fourth century (although this appeared earlier, but was approved at the council in the 4th century), the Church cut itself off from Jewish roots and had nothing to do with Israel. Of course, God always kept some kind of remnant, but basically the Church was cut off from the biblical roots of her faith.

Israel, with its mass repentance, will not be able to graft into the unnatural olive tree. Therefore, in our time, the Lord restores the naturalness of God’s olive tree (and we are the first shoots of this), so that when the time for Israel’s repentance comes, it will have where to be grafted, so that when the time for the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel comes with the coming of the Messiah, it can become a reality.

It is interesting that in German the words “dream” and “dreaming” sound the same – Traum. That is, the words “We were as if seeing in a dream” (Psalm 126: 1) the Germans would read as: “We were like those who saw this dream.” But we are living this dream, we are serving in the messianic communities to one day see this salvation of Israel. And I think that looking at the events that are taking place today, we must learn to look through them, praying, caring, supporting our people, but looking through these events at the goal to which we are moving. And that goal is the salvation of Israel.

Salvation of Israel is part of the covenant

When we, according to Ps. 122: 6-7, we ask for peace to Jerusalem, we must understand that this peace will come only with the repentance of Israel and the arrival of the Messiah. I think that before that, unfortunately, there can be no talk of any peace. It is a spiritual war of God that we have become a part of, realizing that God’s promises and prophecies must be fulfilled. In Romans 11, the apostle Paul says:

“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own [a]opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; 27 For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins. ”(Rom. 11: 25-27).

Often when we read this passage, we skip the last verse. But God says: “This is a covenant from Me to them when I take away their sins.” God gave His covenant, and this covenant also includes the salvation of Israel, and it says “all Israel.” This is an integral part of the covenant.

“Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.30 For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, 31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all. ”(Rom. 11: 28-32).

Often, words about the immutability of gifts are taken out of context, speaking, for example, about spiritual gifts, but in this context we are talking exclusively about God’s faithfulness to Israel. Reading to the end of the 11th chapter, we see that Paul, having seen in his time what will happen in the future, even exclaims: “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” (Rom. 11:33).

Until Israel exclaims

Whether people want it or not, agree or disagree, it will happen – the Kingdom of Israel will be restored. Yeshua did not tell His disciples: “There will be no kingdom for Israel. Look, it was all a mistake. God promised, but then changed His mind. ” He said, “It’s none of your business to know the times or the dates” (Acts 1: 7). But that this kingdom will come is 100%. And it will come after the mass repentance of Israel and based on the end of the 23rd chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, where it is written:

“Behold, your house is being left empty. For I say to you: you will not see Me from now on until you exclaim: Blessed is the One Coming in the name of the Lord! ” (Matt. 23: 38-39)

That is, the Mashiach said: “Behold, your house is left empty until you call Me.” I believe that until Israel exclaims their Mashiach, He will not come. Therefore, all believers from other nations should have a personal interest in the salvation of Israel, in making every effort at this time, supporting Israel.

There is an example of a similar situation in Scripture. Absalom rebelled against David, and he was forced to flee. And when he was about to return to the kingdom after the defeat of Absalom, what does David do? He sends to the princes of Judah and says: “Do you really want to be the last to bring the king back to his house?” (see 2 Samuel 19: 11-12). Everything is ready, the enemy is defeated, David is the king, he can return to the kingdom, everyone is waiting for him, except for the princes of Judah. And David says to them, to the princes of Judah: “Call me.” So today Yeshua, even wanting to return, says to Israel: “Do you really want to be the last to bring back your King?”

The essence of messianic ministry and connection with events in Israel

The essence of our ministry is to be ambassadors to our Jewish brothers to go and tell to them: “Listen, do you really want to be the last in bringing back our King?” And also our duty is to restore the naturalness of the olive. This is all the responsibility that God has given to the Jewish messianic ministry today.

Why did I say that, on the one hand, we are Protestants, but on the other hand, I do not consider myself a Protestant as the heir to the Church of the Emperor Constantine or the Church without Israel? Because, I believe that our history did not begin in the 4th century, but on the day of Pentecost, like the history of the Jewish Messianic community – a community that numbered tens of thousands of Jews. Why then did the Jews come to believe in Yeshua? Because then it was clear to everyone that it was a Jewish olive tree, a biblical olive tree, the root of which is God himself. But if you now look at the churches without Jewish roots, then they cannot be called natural, for all my love for my brothers and sisters. Therefore, in order for our Jewish brothers and sisters to take root all the more, it is necessary that this olive tree be natural. For a Jew to look and say: “This is mine, a natural olive! I want to be grafted! Everything is clear! “

How does this relate to the events in Israel? Directly. We read in Zechariah that on the one hand there is war, and on the other, “a fountain for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem for washing away sin and uncleanness.” And this will definitely happen.

Therefore, looking at the ongoing conflict, we, on the one hand, must sympathize, must pray for God’s protection and protection for Israel. But, on the other hand, we should be, as it were, seeing in a dream, seeing in a dream the return of our people to their Mashiach. This repentance will be tremendous. And God forbid our generation not to see it! We do not know when this will happen, but looking at the events, we understand that we are definitely closer than those who dreamed about it 100-200 years ago. But even if we do not see this, we will lay the foundation for the restoration of the Jewish messianic biblical, natural olive tree, both in God’s communities and in churches, provided there is good friendship, unity, mutual understanding, love and general agreement with God’s Word, God’s prophecies and promises. …

I congratulate you on the holiday of Shavuot, on the holiday of the promise of the last rain! As a rule, the last rain is bigger than the first. And when this power of the Holy Spirit descends and captures the Jewish people, we will watch and wonder how our people will return to their God, to their Messiah. And we have every right to live this dream.

By Rodion Samoilovich, Rabbi of the Jewish Messianic Community, Cologne, Germany / SchomerTV