The New Humanity Project Israel Palestine

Building Walls or Breaking Down Barriers

“The Israel−Gaza security barrier is a border barrier first constructed by Israel in 1994 between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The barrier runs along the entire land border of the Gaza Strip.[1] Entry into the Gaza Strip by land is through five crossing points: the northern Erez Crossing into Israel, the southern Rafah Crossing into Egypt,” [from this Wikipedia link]

“At a total length of 708 kilometres (440 mi) upon completion, the border traced by the barrier is more than double the length of the Green Line, with 15% running along it or in Israel, while the remaining 85% cuts at times 18 kilometres (11 mi) deep into the West Bank, isolating about 9% of it, leaving an estimated 25,000 Palestinians isolated from the bulk of that territory.” [from this Wikipedia link]

The political goal of Zionism is to establish a Jewish state. The Israeli perspective on the Israel-Gaza Strip barrier wall is that it is a security barrier that they believe has significantly improved security in Israel. However, the very notion of any barrier between Jews and Gentiles, or Israelis and Palestinians, is completely contrary and opposed to God’s purpose of creating one new mankind under his Anointed King. Israelis may believe the barrier provides security, but it certainly does not promote unity nor peace.

There had always been a barrier between Jew and Gentile – as there have been other barriers between people of different nationalities. However, God’s purpose through Jesus the Messiah is to break down all former barriers – and as ambassadors of the King of kings, we should never support nor encourage the building of any such barriers that divide rather than to unite all people under Christ.

Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands) — remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:11-20).

On August 13, 1961, the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany) began to build a barbed wire and concrete “Antifascistischer Schutzwall,” or “antifascist bulwark,” between East and West Berlin. (source Wikipedia here).

The Fall of the Wall. On November 9, 1989, as the Cold War began to thaw across Eastern Europe, the spokesman for East Berlin’s Communist Party announced a change in his city’s relations with the West. Starting at midnight that day, he said, citizens of the GDR were free to cross the country’s borders.

(source: Wikipedia at this link).

The demolition of the Berlin Wall officially began on 13 June 1990 and was completed in 1992.

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications built along the east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese empire against the raids and invasion of various nomadic groups. The Great Wall is recognized as one of the most impressive architectural structures in history. So impressive is the Wall, that in 1895, Henry Norman wrongly asserted that the Great Wall of China was the only work of human hands on earth that was visible from the moon and the misconception that it can be “seen from space” has prevailed ever since (information adapted from Wikipedia).

President Donald Trump is quoted as having said,  “You know the Great Wall of China, built a long time ago, is 13,000 miles. I mean, you’re talking about big stuff. We’re talking about peanuts, by comparison, to that. Mexico will pay for the wall. I will make sure it gets done properly.”

Donald Trump also boasted, “I’m a great builder. What I do best in life, I build. Your infrastructure is crumbling. Isn’t it nice to have a builder? A real builder. So you take precast plank. It comes 30 feet long, 40 feet long, 50 feet long. You see the highways where they can span 50, 60 feet, even longer than that, right? And you do a beautiful nice precast plank with beautiful everything. Just perfect. I want it to be so beautiful because maybe someday they’ll call it The Trump Wall. Maybe. So I have to make sure it’s beautiful, right? I’ll be very proud of that wall. If they call it this The Trump Wall, it has to be beautiful.”

God is calling all people from every language, tribe and nation to become a new humanity through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit and united under God’s Anointed King, Jesus.

Christians are one holy nation united in the Spirit and made one through their faith in Jesus, the King of kings. We should not, therefore, build diving walls which provoke hostility and fear, keeping Christians separate, often even divided, on national, racial, cultural and language barriers. [here i must disagree with you, Peter. The Israeli wall is not meant to protect from Christians but rather from Muslims. Israel has a high tolerance for Palestinian Christians.]

God’s purpose through Jesus our Saviour and King, was to break down all former barriers and dividing walls of hostility, (such as once existed between Jew and gentile). In faithfulness to what Jesus has done, we continue to demolish every stronghold that sets itself up as a barrier against the knowledge of God and the power of his reconciling love. God’s purpose through Jesus’ death on the cross was to create one new humanity.

Many Christians with whom I have spoken concerning my vision for The New Humanity Project, are quite skeptical about the reality of Christians being made into one new humanity united as one holy nation under our King Jesus. In their skepticism, they say the “reality” is that we live in the present “real world” in which such unity and Christian ideology, though desirable, just isn’t possible. However, that is precisely why the ongoing project of The New Humanity Project is to challenge Christians throughout the world to renew their minds and adopt a new kingdom of God mindset and to begin to realise that we have been baptised into one faith, are led by one Spirit – and are completely obligated to humbly and faithfully submit to – and obey – our King who reigns from heaven.

Although Romans chapter 13 teaches us to submit to all the governing authorities, as Christians we are, nevertheless, entitled, even obligated, to obey God first and be led by the Holy Spirit, even if that means resisting any national government thatwhenever they may oppose or conflict with the authority of Jesus Christ.

Jesus prayed that we, his disciples, would be one even as he and the Father are one and he has given us the Holy Spirit to enable that to become a reality – even as we live in this “real world” as his ambassadors.

We must resolutely submit to Christ in faithful obedience and refuse to conform to the divisive, greedy and selfish pattern of the skeptical unbelieving world.

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:16-20).

The nations may all try to protect themselves by building barriers and fortresses around themselves to preserve their nationality, possessions, resources, culture and lifestyle in this world. But Christians are a new humanity with no earthly, geographic borders and our treasures are stored up for us in heaven.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:3-5).

There was a time when it was indeed quite appropriate for Jerusalem to be protected by walls. When the exiles, (of the Babylonian exile), returned to the Land of Israel after seventy years in captivity, Nehemiah diligently, – and with God’s blessing, supervised the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem as others also rebuilt the Temple.

Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace. ” I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work (Nehemiah 2:17-18).

However, as King Solomon wote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:…a time to build and a time to tear down (Ecclesiastes 3:1-3).

God is in heaven. The Messiah-King has come and his purpose was not to simply restore the Jewish people to the Land in the earthly realm, but to restore all of humanity, (who put their trust in him), to God and to one another.

“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth” (isaiah 49:6).

If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had the opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them (Hebrews 11:15.

But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven (Hebrews 12:22-23).

There is a time for everything, – and now, in the time of the revelation of Jesus the Messiah and the creation of the new humanity, is the time for breaking down all walls and boundaries, including the misunderstandings that resulted in diverse languages, that once separated nation from nations – and all the nations from citizenship in Zion, the heavenly, eternal country and homeland of the redeemed, righteous and anointed ones.

Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit (Ephesians 2:12-22). [I would make hyperlinks to all Scriptural references using a website and translation you like so people can read the context of the passages. As an example here is the BlueLetterBible website for this passage with an option of about 20 translations]

“While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him and said to him: ‘Run, tell that young man, “Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,”’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within’” (Zechariah 2:3-5).

When Jesus was a baby, his parents fled as refugees across the border between Israel and Egypt – and they took refuge in Egypt. Even under the Old Covenant, which set up barriers between Jews and Gentiles, foreigners were to be welcomed into the Promised Land and shown hospitality and care. God judges Moab because when the Hebrew people asked for safe passage through Edom territory, they were treated with suspicion and hostility.

Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, saying: “This is what your brother Israel says: You know about all the hardships that have come on us. Our ancestors went down into Egypt, and we lived there many years. The Egyptians mistreated us and our ancestors, but when we cried out to the Lord, he heard our cry and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt.

“Now we are here at Kadesh, a town on the edge of your territory. Please let us pass through your country. We will not go through any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway and not turn to the right or to the left until we have passed through your territory. ”

But Edom answered: “You may not pass through here; if you try, we will march out and attack you with the sword.” The Israelites replied: “We will go along the main road, and if we or our livestock drink any of your water, we will pay for it. We only want to pass through on foot—nothing else.” Again they answered: “You may not pass through”. Then Edom came out against them with a large and powerful army. Since Edom refused to let them go through their territory, Israel turned away from them (Number 20:14-20).

Israel sent messengers to say to Sihon king of the Amorites: “Let us pass through your country. We will not turn aside into any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory. ”

But Sihon would not let Israel pass through his territory. He mustered his entire army and marched out into the wilderness against Israel. When he reached Jahaz, he fought with Israel (Numbers 21:21-23).

Then the Israelites traveled to the plains of Moab and camped along the Jordan across from Jericho. Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites, and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread because of the Israelites. The Moabites said to the elders of Midian, “This horde is going to lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field (Numbers 22:1-4).

No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, not even in the tenth generation. For they did not come to meet you with bread and water on your way when you came out of Egypt, and they hired Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in Aram Naharaim to pronounce a curse on you (Deuteronomy 23:3-4).

The Edomites and Moabites, like many other nations today were – and still are – extremely territorial, suspicious, greedy, even hostile and xenophobic. However, whatever our former race or nationality, we have, in Christ, become fellow-citizens of the expanded Israel of God, which is not exclusively Jewish – and like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we are like nomads and sojourners in the world, because this life is like a mist that soon passes by and we are looking for the heavenly country and the City whose architect and builder is God.

Through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:6).

The Seed of Abraham, whom all who may bless, and thus receive blessing, is Jesus Christ. The redeemed who have the Spirit of Christ are his body. All who bless you will be blessed – (this blessing is in Christ – and does not come through those are are cut off from Christ, for they remain under a curse).

The New Humanity founded in Jesus Christ the King of kings has no geographical borders nor any national or racial barriers.

1 thought on “Building Walls or Breaking Down Barriers”

  1. Hello Peter

    So you started your ministry!
    May the Holy Spirit guide your topics and may the Name of Jesus be lifted so that you draw all men unto Him.

    The walls that are mentioned in scripture are the spiritual walls of the unyielding Law, broken down by the grace of God through Jesus.

    We live in a physical world whose ruler is Satan, as a result there are practicalities which need to be addressed.
    After all, even Jesus ate food, (and that’s after confirming that man will not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.)

    The case of Israel building a wall is to protect itself from the enemy within, after all Gaza is inside of Israel, and to have an enemy right inside your country! How does one protect themselves when they are intent on 3 things. To kill, steal and destroy.
    You will notice that Israel does not have walls on its border with Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon or Syria.
    But when your enemies are within your borders ? What would you do?
    And in fact, if the whole of Israel would accept Jesus as Messiah, would the Palestinians suddenly become peaceful ?

    Regarding walls of division…..
    The new Jerusalem will have walls, walls to separate the Godly and the profane, whose walls will be far higher, far wider and far longer than any wall we know on earth today. (Rev 21)

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