Is the Writing is on the Wall?
There has been a Jewish past in New Zealand. But is there a future?
Do you believe in the bible?
If you were a Father, who had a beloved son on the other side of the world, would you call for him? If you missed him dearly, and longed to see him, would you not send for him? Is the Father in Heaven calling for you? Do you dare believe in such things?
Sometimes things are not actually what they seem, sometimes there is a time to stick things out and endure hard times and fight for your rights. Sometimes the right thing to do is to quit, because there is a better future somewhere else. The tricky thing is to know which thing is the right thing to do.
I am a New Zealander but I live in Australia. I love both these countries and there are many good people in both nations. I am grateful to have been born and lived in such a beautiful and green and pleasant land. On the other hand I have never really felt like a Kiwi or an Aussie. I have always wondered why. Indeed I feel like a stranger on this planet. A Pilgrim, an alien. And for this reason I hold absolutely no allegiance to either nation. My citizenship is elsewhere. I may be from the lost tribes. I may not. But my sense of alienation is far greater than merely on a national or ethnic or even religious level. I would say that my citizenship is defined on a spiritual level. But although I may feel no real kinship to the kingdoms of this world, I am still looking forward to the Kingdom of Messiah Yeshua. And I do feel some connection to my brothers and sisters in the Lord. My citizenship is a Heavenly One, and I look for a city whose builder and maker is God, I look for the Heavenly Jerusalem. My family is those that love the Lord. I am united to them through Yeshua HaMashiach. This is my family. This is my nation. So that is who I am. So now you know who I am, my question is, 'who are you?' This is a question for you to ask yourself.
I would not expect a religious Jew to take such things as heavenly Jerusalem's too seriously even if they know that this Universe is sustained by God. From my observation, in practical terms, Jewish religious feet are much more firmly rooted on the ground than those of Christians. But I would expect him or her to ponder the path of his or her feet with some understanding. To at least acknowledge God in some way. He or she may even be aware of what God is doing in the world and to direct their feet in line with the Divine plan as they understand it.
But for the secular Jew the question of what God wants is not even asked. Their path is one based on their own criteria. It is much more subjective. Sadly for a secular Jew to consider where their citizenship belongs is even more obscured from the Divine reality. So Secular minded Jews will make their pilgrimage on earth like Lot did. Lot means veiled. Lot didn't see things as they really were. He saw the mere outward appearance of things. And Lot chose badly because of this, choosing the plains of Sodom and Gomorrah, because they were green, following the sight of his eyes, instead of looking by faith as faithful Uncle Abraham. Lot was a righteous man, a believer in God, but he made choices like an unbeliever. And so I put it to you, a Jewish person living in New Zealand, I say, sometimes the verdant hills and valleys are an illusion. At certain times there are good and not so good places to be firmly rooted to. The valley that Lot chose was a trap. And it cost him everything except his life.
At this time, I think it is very important which part of the Earth a Jewish person takes root in. My personal opinion is that the Land of Israel should be the first place the Jews take a stand. If the State of Israel is too secular for the religious Jew, then perhaps his presence there on the Mountains of Judea will make a difference. So if you are hearing the call to return then, don't delay, do it.
I believe a third World War is coming. We cannot do much about such massive things. But we can make choices based on the fear of Heaven. Is our love just for our culture and our family? Should not our first love be for what God has said? For 2000 years Jews have been praying next year in Jerusalem. Is it time to move? Jerusalem is in Jewish hands! You can do what Jews have longed to do for centuries. You can actually do it! "Next year in Jerusalem" could be this Year! But how long shall the door be opened for? Many Jews in Europe had the chance to leave for Israel but did not take it. Later when they wanted to they couldn't. You might think that that could not happen in New Zealand. Well things change.
New Zealand has a supposedly Jewish Prime Minister, John Key. And under his tenure, Kosher Slaughter has been banned. Is this not a most ironic and perplexing occurrence? Is the Anti-Kosher law in New Zealand a signal to dig in and fight, or is it a signal from Heaven to leave for greener pastures? What are the Jews in New Zealand to do? Stay and fight? Or leave? Is the land of Israel calling you home? Are you listening? Are you willing to move if it is the Will of God? Do you care about such things?
These are questions that every Jew must make for himself or herself. It is not for me to tell you what God wants you to do. Perhaps he wants you to stay. I only ask the question as a friend. What are you to do? As Bob Dylan said, "The times they are a changing". If the "answer is blowing in the wind" then which way is the wind blowing?
Whatever you personally feel to do please know that I support you whatever you feel is the right course of action.
יָאֵ֨ר יְהוָ֧ה פָּנָ֛יו אֵלֶ֖יךָ וִֽיחֻנֶּֽךָּ׃
יִשָּׂ֨א יְהוָ֤ה פָּנָיו֙ אֵלֶ֔יךָ וְיָשֵׂ֥ם לְךָ֖ שָׁלֹֽום׃