From Jacob to Israel

The name Jacob is 'heel catcher'. It's translated supplanter or restrainer. Jacob was a conniver up till that point, when his name changed, his personality did also.

The name Israel is translated soldier of God or Prince of God or 'he will rule as God'. The change in the nature from Jacob to Israel foretells a change in the nature of the church. Once that change comes, the church can begin to exercise the power and authority that has been given her.

You can find a similar idea in Ephesians 2.

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: (Ephesians 2:6 KJV)

And in Revelation 3

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (Revelation 3:21 KJV)

Both of these scriptures await fulfillment.

Now after The Lord changed Jacob's name, Israel asked the Lord for His name! And God says to him "Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name?

Since the name tells us the nature, we see that Israel's first reaction to being changed is to seek after God's nature. He want's to be like Jesus! And that is something available to those who are changed in like manner.

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4 KJV)

This whole story of Jacob at Peniel is an allegory of the believer and/or the church having an encounter with God. It's such a great encounter that one comes away from it totally transformed [conformed to Christ]. You could say it's the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

When Israel came away from it, he said "for I have seen God face to face".

In John's first epistle, he describes it like this:

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2 KJV)

So what is the connection between these two stories. Clearly there are a lot of points in common. I believe that they are two sides of the same coin, or two viewpoints on the same events. Bethel is seeing things from God's point of view. Here Jacob is a type of God, and God is saying this.

When I find that I can set my head in place on the body, I will fulfill the promises, made to the fathers, in the covenant, i.e. the prophecies in the bible; and establish my rule in my Kingdom.

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