Saturday, March 10, 2007 around 2:00 pm, as I worked on a paper, I felt the Lord urge me to look into the meaning of the word ‘Israel’. In my reading, I came to understand that Israel was a people who had the testimony of the one, true God, and a heritage and record of their experience with Him. I asked if there was more, and the Lord gave me the following words:
“I gave my bride the name Israel, for this is the spiritual similitude of my relationship that I have with my Father. For we are of one heart and mind, and my bride will be of one heart and mind with me, when I present her to my Father.
The name is important for it is a promise of this relationship that I am calling my people into. For as they respond to the leadings of my Spirit and take upon themselves my name in word, thought, and deed, they will come to be fully my bride, Israel. This name is held sacred in the mansions of my Father, for the spiritual meaning it entails; and, all, who come unto me through the waters of baptism, must be adopted into the house of Israel.
Know that this vision of a walk with me has been kept alive throughout the generations, since it was first given to my son, Jacob, because of the holy seed of promise that it instills in my children. I ask that you make this understanding known to my sons, that they might teach my children of the sacredness of this hope that is encompassed in the name Israel.
Thus saith your Lord God and King, even Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom of my people Israel. Amen.”