The country of Israel plays a most important part in prophecy as this is where our Lord and Saviour will stand upon the mount of olives at his return. (Zechariah 14:4). And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
Spiritually speaking when we read of the house of Israel, this came about when Jacob wrestled with a man til daybreak and afterwards realized it was God! Who said to Jacob that as a prince he had power with God and men then renamed him from Jacob to Israel which is the Israel of God. (Genesis 32:24-30). And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
God loves the house of Israel so much and many times pleaded with them to change their ways and turn to him, and his message has not changed still today. Ezekiel 18:23,29-32.
We know God is the potter and we are the clay to be formed as a vessel fit for his glory as so is the house of Israel! (Jeremiah 18:1-6). The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
As Christians we serve the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob is his people and Israel is Gods inheritance. (Psalm 78:70-72).