TThe name of Yeshua - Jesus
- bears the meaning of the word
Y'shuah - salvation .
The concept of salvation in Scriptures has a two-fold meaning: one
military, the other spiritual. Both are true. The Hebrew prophets tended to
emphasize the military, national, intervention of God to save the nation
from destruction. The early Messianic apostles of Yeshua tended to
emphasize the eternal, spiritual, forgiveness of God to save us from sin
This dichotomy can cause confusion when trying to dialogue about
salvation. The question "Are you saved?" has virtually no meaning in modern
When the children of Israel came out of Egypt, God performed a
miraculous military salvation for them by destroying their enemies at the
Red Sea. But then they immediately started to sin again, and had to wander
in the wilderness for forty years until the entire generation died (I
The national military aspects of salvation have become more relevant in
recent generations as Israel finds itself back in the Land and threatened
with destruction by Jihadist groups on all sides.
Passover and Salvation
In addition, there has been a gradual change in the understanding of
Pesach-Passover since Israel has become a nation. During the many years of
exile, it was primarily a religious ceremony, with symbolic remembrance of
the past. Now Passover is a national holiday, celebrated by religious and
non-religious at the same time. Some see the holiday as national, some as
religious and some as both.
Israeli society is in transition. Young Israelis are willing to ask rather
radical questions as to the meaning of Jewish symbols. There have been many
upheavals in the political reality, both on the left and on the right. The
religious community in Israel has seen several historic developments,
including religious nationalism, the Shas revolution, the Chabad
messianism, and a new modern pluralism. Although still minute in size,
there is little by little more interest in trying to understand Messianic
Jews by Israeli society as a whole.
God established the holiday of Passover as an "appointed time". It is to
remember the deliverance from Egypt, and to remember the death and
resurrection of Yeshua that also occurred during Passover. As the years go
on, people will ask more and more questions about the symbolism,
nationalism and messianism connected with the Passover. The historic
viewpoint of Yeshua's disciples is likely to become part of that
As worldwide Islamic Jihad and anti-Israel sentiments grow, the meaning of
the Passover as God's military intervention to save the people of
Israel will also take on greater significance.
Salvation - The Two Sided Coin
The two different aspects of "salvation" may very well come together in the
last months before the coming of Yeshua. The knowledge of Yeshua will grow,
and the urgency of a divine military intervention for Israel will grow. All
of the prophecies concerning the second coming of Yeshua point to both a
spiritual revival and a military intervention. "All Israel will be
saved" (Romans 11:26) in both meanings of the word.
A spiritual revival in the Land will go hand in hand with crying out to the
Lord for deliverance from military destruction. Yeshua and the angels in
heaven will descend to save Israel from military attack at the same time
that He will bring eternal spiritual salvation. The attack of the nations,
the revival in Israel and the divine "military" intervention will all come
to a climax at the same time.
This article was previously published
on the Revive Israel website