The name Jacob

Arno Froese

He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit” (Isaiah 27:6).

It is of interest that the name Jacob is mentioned first. We recall Jacob’s meeting with the angel of God, and his name was changed, “…Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel…” (Genesis 32:28). Yet, when reading through the Scriptures, we notice that the name Jacob continues to appear several hundred times—even in the New Testament 27 times. When we ask why, the answer that Jacob—the old nature, the flesh and blood, the cunning businessman, the smart deceiver—is still there. The same applies to the believer; we receive His Spirit at the rebirth, but our flesh and blood person remains unaltered.

We may rightly say, there is a physical blessing and a spiritual blessing. Long before Jacob received the new name, God revealed Himself to him in a dream and stated: “in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 28:14b). We know that this is spiritual, for salvation is of the Jew. Yet, there is also an earthly, physical, practical reason. 

Israel’s Agency for International Development, the Mashav, was created in 1957. Although still considered a developing country itself, Israel has provided humanitarian assistance to countries in Asia, Africa, South America, Oceania, and Central Europe.

Between 1985 and 2015, Israel sent 24 delegations of the IDF Search and Rescue Unit to 22 countries. 

When it comes to agriculture, computer science, high-tech medical science, and especially defense, Israel indeed is second to none.

Thus, it is not surprising that a number of Arab countries are seeking friendship with Israel. It seems that these formerly hostile countries see the benefit on the one hand, and the need for Israel’s assistance on the other. Particularly North African countries are in dire need of Israel’s agricultural technology, for they too suffer from a lack of water. According to UnitedWithIsrael.org:

Israeli researchers, working hand in hand with local farmers, developed new methods that not only save water, but also improve the quality of the produce.

The agricultural needs of growing crops account for the highest percentage of water usage across the globe. But what if we could learn how to grow more food using less water?

Scientists in Israel have done just that!

Using fascinating technology and cutting-edge techniques, Israel is helping to solve the world’s hunger crisis.

But there is more to come. As the last verse of Isaiah 27 proclaims: “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.” That is God’s aim, “they…shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.”

We who believe have already experienced this blessing. Our eyes are open to understand what Isaiah 28:16 declares: “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” The last two verses of chapter 29 read: “But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel. They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine” (verses 23-24). That’s future, that’s prophecy, and that will be fulfilled in due time.

Midnight Call - 02/2021

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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