Israel's New Heart and Spirit
Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
"Son of man, your brethren, your relatives, your countrymen, and all the house of Israel in its entirety, are those about whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, 'Get far away from the LORD; this land has been given to us as a possession.'
"Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, t yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone." '
"Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: u "I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel." '
"And they will go there, and they will take away all its v detestable things and all its abominations from there.
"Then w I will give them one heart, and I will put x a new spirit within them, and take y the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,
z "that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; a and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
"But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, b I will recompense their deeds on their own heads," says the Lord GOD.
So the cherubim c lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was high above them.
And d the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city and stood e on the mountain, f which is on the east side of the city.
Then g the Spirit took me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to those in captivity. And the vision that I had seen went up from me.
So I spoke to those in captivity of all the things the LORD had shown me.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Isaiah 11:11 - 16
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They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
Then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him with one accord.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel?
Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the LORD of hosts.
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.
That they might observe His statutes And keep His laws. Praise the LORD!
Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.
"that the house of Israel may no longer stray from Me, nor be profaned anymore with all their transgressions, but that they may be My people and I may be their God," says the Lord GOD.'"
Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.
My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
"And as for Me also, My eye will neither spare, nor will I have pity, but I will recompense their deeds on their own head."
When the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.
And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, like the vision that I saw in the plain.
Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer's inkhorn at his side.
And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.
And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory.
He stretched out the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my hair; and the Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven, and brought me in visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the north gate of the inner court, where the seat of the image of jealousy was, which provokes to jealousy.
2 Corinthians 12:2 - 4
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago - whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows - such a one was caught up to the third heaven.