Endtime Ministries...Despatch Magazine
Extract: ...Vol. 7:4. (Dec. '1995)...p.19-20
WILL ISRAEL BE REVIVED IN GOD?
The Jewish question is the most astonishing subject in the entire Bible.
A man once said, when asked to prove that the Bible was true, I can
prove the Bible in just two words. What are they, replied his
opponent. THE JEW, said the man. Yes, the history of the
chosen nation of God is ample proof of the authenticity of Scripture. These
people who have been scattered across the globe for nearly two thousand
years, have reImagesed a people despite that scattering, and who now are
pouring back to the Holy Land, after many attempts by the tools of Satan
to obliterate them from the face of the earth!
& WHEN WILL THIS HAPPEN?
Will they accept Christ Jesus and be revived again? Yes, the Scriptures
tell us that they will. Both Old Testament and New Testament prove that
a remnant of the Jewish nation WILL know Christ Jesus as Saviour and Lord.
Not to become a part of the Church is this dispensation, but to take their
place as God's chosen nation on the earth! - but not yet! There will be
a national revival, an amazingly great event. But this must take place
after great trial and judgement from the Lord, right at the end of the
Tribulation, just before Christ Jesus sets up His millennial reign. So
there are a lot of events which must take place before Israel, as a nation,
is revived in the Lord.
THE OLD TESTAMENT ABOUNDS WITH THE GREAT TIDINGS
OF THE RETURN TO THE LAND AND REVIVAL.
Ezekiel 20:42-44; 37:1-14; 15-22;
DOES THE NEW TESTAMENT SUPPORT
Yes it does, although it does not deal with Israel as a Images theme, as
the New Testament's chief theme is the Church. Israel's history is an important
feature of the New Testament's teaching, however.
THE OLD TESTAMENT ON THIS REVIVAL AND RETURN?
There was given to Mary a wonderful prophecy, the messenger was Gabriel.
(Luke 1 :32-33). A confirmation of the Old Testament, this prophecy is
found in Isaiah 9:6-9, where the throne of David is shown. The millennial
reign of Christ will be established upon the throne of David, His Kingdom
will be everlasting. This was confirmed to Daniel, (Daniel 2:44; 7:14-27).
Read Daniel chapter two and see how this Kingdom will fill the whole earth.
What were the words of Mary, the mother of Jesus? They show the confirmation
of the Old Testament expectation of the covenant with Abraham being fulfilled,
not figuratively, but literally.
"He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy
(as he spoke to our fathers) to Abraham and his seed forever." (Luke
What did Zecharias say in Luke 1:73? He spoke of the Abrahamic covenant,
þthe oath which he swore to Abraham our father.þ The oath which
God swore to Abraham had to do with the land and Israel taking possession
of it in the Last days.
A question was asked by Peter, which we see in Matthew 19:27, the answer
given by our Lord is very interesting, verse 28. þThe Son of man
sitting on the throne of gloryþ leads the reader back to Zechariah
6:13, where the BRANCH, MESSIAH, sits and rules from His throne. Then if
we read Ezekiel 47:13-48:29, we will see that the throne and the rule of
the 12 tribes are shown as being back in the land of Palestine.
The Lord Jesus brought together affirmation of Daniel's prophecy about
Israel in the future times. "When ye therefore shall see the abomination
of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place."
This is a reference to Daniel 9:27 where the sacrifice and oblation is
spoken of. Also to Daniel 12:11 where we see the daily sacrifice would
be taken away and the set up of the abomination of desolation would occur.
What is the information we can glean from our Lord here? Obviously that
Israel at a future time would re-occupy the Holy land, build a temple,
and a revival of formal sacrifice would be recommenced.
The question asked by the disciples in Acts 1:6, "Dost thou at this
time restore the Kingdom to Israel?" surely would have made the Lord
Jesus put them right if they were wrong in assuming that Israel was to
have the Kingdom restored to them. But Jesus did not refute this understanding,
He simply warns them against speculation about the time span. "It is
not for you to know the times and seasons.' Jesus did not try to change
their minds about anticipating the Kingdom, just that no time was given.
THE JERUSALEM CONFERENCE (Acts 15:12-18). A stupendous statement is made
by James which was based on a prophecy in Amos 9:11-15. If you will read
this prophecy you will find that it teaches about the restoration of the
Davidic Kingdom. þI will build it as in the days of old...I will
bring again the captivity of my people Israel.þ All this passage
has to do with the Millennial Reign of Christ. It would be impossible for
the monarchy of David to be set up if the Jews did not again repossess
the land, and if they were not revived as a Godly nation. Those who wrongfully
declare that Israel has been cast off forever, that the Church is Israel
now, would make no sense of such a statement. James obviously did not believe
that. Verse 17 shows us that we cannot spiritualise the meaning away either,
þthat the residue of men might seek after the Lordþ shows us
that the Kingdom is on this earth!
Romans 11:27 says, "For this is my covenant unto them when I take away
their sins." The covenant mentioned here relates to Jeremiah 31:31-40.
The new covenant that provides for the regeneration of Israel, yes, but
also for something exciting - the national conversion of Israel! This is
a part of the covenant which deals with the rebuilding of Palestine. Look
at this wonderful promise to Israel as God's chosen nation: "Holy unto
the Lord, it shall not be plucked up nor thrown down, any more forever".
God has NOT cast off Israel. Read the passage for yourself.
The ANTICHRIST is shown in 11 Thessalonians 2:4, "So that he as God
sitteth in the temple of God showing himself that he is God." The context
of this verse reveals that it refers to the Latter days.
Note these intriguing things. A temple will be rebuilt in the
Latter days. There is only one race of people who could build this temple
- the Jews. Now, they would never build a temple anywhere but in Jerusalem.
Therefore the Jews will build a temple in the land, they are attempting
such a venture now, there will be a resumption of temple worship, and ANTICHRIST
will sit in that temple as its þgodþ! Before they accept the
true Christ Jesus, they will accept another who is the false Christ. Then,
he will betray them, and eventually the Jews will be converted and know
the Lord Jesus Christ was their Messiah who they rejected. Jesus Christ
addresses the Jews in John 5:43: "I am come in my Father's name, and
ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive."
Read on through verses 44-47.
For those who imagine that Israel is cast away from God forever, and the
New Testament Church has taken her place, let them read Revelation chapters
7 and 11. Chapter 7 shows that 144,000 will be selected by the Lord from
twelve tribes of Israel. This will happen in the last days, in the Tribulation
period. They will be special evangelists who will be especially cared for
by the Lord, preserved and kept under His merciful protection. Obviously
there must be a revival of Israel in those days, in part.
Revelation chapter 11 gives a treasure house
of information about Israel in the Holy land.
Verse 1 shows there is a temple, an Altar, and there are worshippers.
Verse 2 shows the court, the temple and the holy city.
Verse 8 tells the reader that this city is to be the earthly Jerusalem.
Therefore there must be a national revival of Israel, which is part of
the purposes of God. If God has given Israel a national future in their
land, who can stand against them? They are already re-established as a
political entity again, one day, after a period of judgement in the Tribulation,
they will become all that the Scriptures have declared they will be - and
they will accept the One they pierced and declare that He is God.
"And I will pour out upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants
of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall
look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one
mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that
is in bitterness for his firstborn." Read on to verses 11-14.
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