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"Yahweh's dealings with me about Israel"      by Elisabeth Avallone.

Yahweh has been dealing with me about His people Israel for many years, from my first introduction to Yahshua in 1967.

My first understanding of Yahweh's heart for Israel was shortly after I received the holy Spirit.

I was decorating, and praying at the same time. I began thinking about Jerusalem and Israel, and felt a tremendous sadness. I prayed without, at that time, a great deal of understanding. I prayed that the people of Israel would be restored, and that they would know their God Yahweh, the God of Israel.

During the years following I attended a congregation where the importance to the Father of Israel and the Jewish nation was honoured. This ministry brought life to my spirit and I enjoyed it immensely, and I was inspired to write many songs.

Years later I was helping to pastor a church in Northumberland, and one day I was sitting praying on the beach, when a large group of orthodox Jews came and spent the afternoon there with their families, not far from where I was sitting.

I observed their ‘family-ness’ and their quiet togetherness, their sanctified clothing, the little boys with their caps on, playing together. I noticed the women quietly chatting and laughing together, their modesty and joy, and togetherness, and I thought of their important place in the heart of YHWH Almighty. I found a great longing rising within me to be a part of their community. I was unaware of the scripture I now understand in Ezekiel where it says

"Ephraim will no longer be jealous of Judah, and Judah shall no more vex Ephraim" in Isaiah 11:13.

Shortly afterwards I returned home and busied myself with my daily work. I was still thinking about the Jewish people I had seen on the beach. Later, I began to feel the familiar Presence of Yahweh (God) all around me, and His wonderful Spirit of adoption. I felt these words resounding from Him to me. "You, too, are my Israel!" Into my heart flooded the understanding that I, too, was a daughter of Abraham through faith. I felt the Presence of the King close to me, surrounding me, adopting me. (only those who have felt His Presence in this way will understand what I mean) I felt loved, and closer to Him than I had ever felt before. I knew I was His own, and somehow part of the people I had seen.
I did not fully understand what He was saying to me, but I knew, deep down, that I belonged to Him in a special way, and that I was a part of Israel. In John 14:21 it says "He that hath My Commandments and keeps them, he it is that loveth Me and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him." The Commandments were given to Israel.
Was YHWH telling me that my ancestry stemmed from one of the actual tribes of Israel? or that in Yahshua the Mediator of the New Covenant I was grafted into the root of Israel? It matters not, as in Him we are made one. In Galatians 3:28 the writer stated that "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for all are made one in Yahshua, and if you belong to Yahshua then you are Abraham's offspring and heirs according to promise". The important thing therefore is to know that we are in fact accepted by Him.

All I know is that I had a wonderful enlightening experience, which helped me to realise that I wasn't a 'second class' citizen in the Kingdom, always to feel a little inferior to my brother the Jew. It is exciting to think that some of us Gentile believers who love Israel could in fact stem from the lost Tribes, but we need to keep a balanced view as there is a danger of a doctrine called "Replacement Theology" which believes that the Church has replaced Israel. This could never be, as Israel has been and is and always will be Yahweh's choice with a great future ahead of them.

On another occasion, after I had been going through a particularly difficult time, I was truly exhausted, and although it is a delight to serve the community, one eventually becomes as I was, quite ‘empty’ spiritually. I felt I had nothing left to give, and went down to a rocky outcrop on the beach, and wept. I called out to Yahweh my Father, and asked, "Would You mind very much if I gave up this calling, which I am finding so difficult, so demanding and exhausting?" His answer was prompt in my heart;

"But what about My people Israel?"     He asked me.     READ ON