Edition 139 November 11th 2012
The salvation of the Jews
News events and commentary:
My comment begins with ***
●Numerous pieces of the prophetic puzzle are on the table right now. They continue to fall into place fast. The big ones all centre on Israel and the surroundings nations. Syria is about to blast onto the prophetic stage. It is becoming more desperate and angry, like a wild cornered dog striking out. We need to watch for anything that will drag Israel into the conflict. Then watch for the Iran situation to blow up. Sometimes one looks like a fool speaking of things that haven’t happened yet. Suits me fine! Watch for Jordan to disintegrate into chaos with Lebanon not far behind!
●Watch for Islam to arise fast in aggression and hostility! I can’t tell you how many times and on how many things, I’ve received confirmations and inner word witnesses from our Lord that we are on the doorstep of many dramatic developments in this regard.
●Birth pangs intensify as the birth nears. We can expect natural upheavals and events to intensify now.
●Syria’s Assad says he will not accept exile and will and die in Syria. ***The last one to say that was Gaddafi!
●The new government in China is to complete the arming of its submarines with nuclear weapons in two years. (The Daily Mail UK 8th November)
●A large Inter-Faith conference in Jerusalem last week was “hopelessly anti-Semitic”. Rev Paul Wilkinson said he was now completely pessimistic about the role of the church. He says that much of the church has adopted “Christian Palestinianism”, which he calls “Goliath Theology”! (Israel Today 9th November)
The salvation of the Jews
Luke 24:45“He opened their understanding that they might comprehend the scriptures.”
Isaiah 42:16 “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them and not forsake them.”
Zechariah 8:13 “Just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you and you shall be a blessing.”
Obviously the salvation of anyone is a big deal, but we need to have a look at the salvation of the Jews separately because there is so much wrapped up in this that is of major importance for the whole world.
This subject is so important that it will affect the entire church and will rock the whole world!
Why is this so important?
Psalm 102:16 “For when the Lord shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory.”
Jeremiah 30:7 “That day is great, so there is none like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.”
Hosea 6:2 “After two days He will revive us. On the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight.”
●There are so many verses of scripture connecting the salvation of the Jews in large number to the Second Coming of our Messiah. The two are inextricably linked. We are now in the forerunner period to this.
When we see these begin to happen we know time is getting shorter. Guess who else knows this? Yes of course Satan knows that his time is up when the Messiah returns. So, obviously he wants to delay his execution, so he has a prime interest in interfering with the salvation of the Jews.
●The Second Advent marks the start of the 1000 year Millennium, which is the time of perfect peace on earth. So, again, the salvation of the Jews indicates that this time is near.
●The salvation of the Jews is a multi-faceted indicator of the truth of God’s word and Bible prophecy.
What salvation of the Jews is and is not?
There is no salvation for anyone including Jews, in law keeping or doing works or due to race or any such thing. Many believe that the Jews will be automatically saved because they are the “chosen people”.
John 4:22 “Salvation is of the Jews”.
This does not mean that salvation is of the Jews is any different from others. It would be accurate to say that salvation comes out of the Jewish lineage in the person of Yeshua / Jesus.
It is just as important to realise that in Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile, bond or free, male or female. In other words in Christ we are all one. There is no separate or special salvation for anyone.
The salvation of the Jews is not important because they are special. They were not chosen to be saved. They were chosen to testify of the good news of the coming Messiah.
Jews, like all others need to be saved through faith in the cross of Yeshua/ Jesus.
Acts 5:31 “God has exalted Him to His right hand, to be Prince and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins”.
Salvation does not come by Christ plus law keeping. The purpose of the law is to show God’s holiness and to set His people apart. It plays no part in salvation as such. Doing works and keeping laws comes into a play as a result of the new-birth experience and the leading of the indwelling Spirit of God given to those who are born again.
This may come as a shock, but the term “born again” is more Jewish than you can imagine. Our Jewish Messiah first presented the concept to a Jew sitting in a tree! The Jewish Pharisee named Nicodemus was told that he “needed to be born again”! Our Lord said this to him in a prophetic sense, because we know that the new birth only began after Pentecost.
Before Pentecost salvation was still by faith and belief, but it was somewhat different, which I’m not going to get into now.
Almost the entire born-again early Church were Jews who had been saved through belief and faith in the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord. Today the requirement has not changed - it is just the same.
The early Church had a Hebraic character to it with no Babylonian occult practices as the church has today. A Jew or Gentile in the early Church was identified with true Biblical Christianity. Since 300 AD the church was slowly infused with pagan occult practices, foreign to the truth. In fact all of these convocations and practices were introduced specifically to re-characterise the church and keep the Jews out of the church. The church has done an enormous amount to hinder the Jews from salvation.
I know of hundreds of powerful testimonies of Jews who have been saved in spite of the church. The power of Bible prophecy has been the most significant instrument in their salvation. Untold thousands have come to salvation when they realized that Bible prophecy reveals Yeshua / Jesus as their risen Messiah.
The slap in the face for much of the Babylon infiltrated church is that Jews are finding their Messiah in the thousands through Google searches for the truth and their Messiah rather than the church!
I know one Jewish man awakening to the truth, who refused to go anywhere near a church. He blindfolded himself for seven days over the Christmas period so that he could not see any influences of churchianity. A week later he took his blindfold off and was “blinded by the light”. In this flash of blinding light he saw his Jewish Messiah beckoning him to walk towards him. He has been a wonderful Messianic believer since this event in the late 1970s.
Isaiah 45:17 “But Israel shall be saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation; you shall not be ashamed or disgraced forever and ever.”
I know a number of others who’ve been saved a long time and have an insatiable desire to move forward in their faith. They are terrified of walking into any normal church, but feel loved and at home with Messianic believers.
Similar stories are very common amongst most Jewish believers.
Let me give you some shocking news. The great commission given to the disciples has within it a completely ignored and avoided part:
James1:1 “James a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad.”
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and then the Gentile...”
Matthew 10:5-6 “These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them saying: Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, but go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
The early church up until about 300 AD most certainly did obey the above verses. But after Constantine and the formation of the Catholic church, they did the exact opposite. Under the inspiration of the unholy spirit of Satan, they killed the Jews by the millions in the Inquisitions.
Shock and horror!
The goddess of sex and one of her many evil lovers will not lead the Jews to salvation! They will be an obstacle in the way. Babylon released the Jews from captivity thousands of years ago and will have no part in leading them back into bondage.
Many of you know exactly what I’m talking about.
The Babylonian goddess of sex, Ishtar (Easter in English) and the multitude of pagan practices around Nimrod, which is the origin of Christmas, were introduced into the church long after its formation. In fact all these things caused the dark ages!
Jeremiah 23:22 “But if they had stood in My counsel and caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned from their evil ways and evil doings.”
The saved Jews in the tribulation period will have no Babylonian influences in them. They will have the characteristics of early church.
Yeshua / Jesus in the Jewish Old Testament:
This is perhaps the most wonderful and amazing chapter in this entire website! This is such great news for the Jews, but also for the Gentile Church and specifically for all the unsaved. This truth is staggering and must convict you.
Fulfilled Bible prophecy has a powerful undeniable message behind it.
The following verses all relate to our Messiah of glory, the King of the Jews. They all come from the Old Testament, written hundreds of years before the coming of our Lord and God.
Many people use the lame argument that these prophecies were written after the fact. Well, the Dead Sea Scrolls put paid to that. One of the powerful finds in the caves of Qumran was the book of Isaiah date-tested to hundreds of years before the Lord’s coming. It was found to be exactly word for word the same as Isaiah in modern Bibles! Isaiah has numerous detailed prophecies of the First Advent.
The picture below shows the Isaiah Scroll, the Shrine of the Book and one of the Qumran caves, where this book was discovered.
Here are just a few of the amazing prophecies predating our Jewish Messiah’s first coming:
Micah 5:2 “Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be the ruler of Israel, whose goings forth have been from old to everlasting.”
Isaiah 7:14 “The Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel.”
Isaiah 50:6 “I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out My beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.”
Isaiah 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”
Zechariah9:9 “Rejoice greatly O daughter of Zion! Shout O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold your King is coming to you. He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt the foal of a donkey.”
Zechariah 12:10 “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me who they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
Zechariah 13:6 “Someone will say to Him, ‘what are these wounds in your hands?’ Then He will answer, ‘those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends.’”
I must add here that many orthodox Rabbis believe that the suffering servant is the land of Israel. This is taking terrible liberty with prophecy!
The very first verse right at the top of this edition speaks of God opening the eyes of the Jews to “comprehend the scriptures”. It’s just starting to happen now albeit in small numbers. Interestingly there is a growing number of Rabbi’s recognizing their Messiah now. This is important simply because they are leaders. It is starting to develop its own momentum.
The failure of the Jew-haters and God’s victory:
In spite of the Catholic inspired mass murder of millions of Jews in the inquisitions and the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis and in spite of the hatred of the Jews by the early church fathers and the reformers, they will be saved. In spite of the Jew-hating replacement theology of the Interfaith Movement and many churches today, the Jews will be saved.
Here’s a collection of powerful verses that are astounding and an absolute slap in the face to the likes of the above-mentioned.
One wonders why the Jews can’t see their Messiah in prophecy. One wonders why the Church can’t see the Jews finding their Messiah in prophecy! On that subject let me remind you “God loves the backslider” and always welcomes him home. In the same way God will welcome home “backsliding Israel.” It’s also such a wonderful thing to see so many churches turning in favour of Israel in these days.
Please don’t take the following verses lightly. Pray them into your head, your heart and your spirit!
Jeremiah 31: 31-33 “Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah – not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers...I will put My law in their hearts and write it on their hearts.”
Jeremiah 32: 38-40 “They shall be My people and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way...and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.”
Ezekiel 20:40-42 “For on My holy mountain height of Israel says the Lord God, there all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, shall serve Me; there I will accept them. I will accept you as a sweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will be hallowed in you before the Gentiles. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”
Ezekiel 11:17-19 “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...Then I will give them one heart, and will put a new spirit within them.”
Micah 7:8-9 “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me...He will bring me forth to the light, and I will see His righteousness.”
Zechariah 8:23 “In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
Ezekiel 37:12 “Behold O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves. I will put My spirit in you, and you shall live and I shall place you in your own land.
►Please note and understand that you can’t come against God’s plans and succeed. Look who is destroyed in the three verses below:
Jeremiah 30:11 “For I am with you, says the Lord, to save you; though I make a full end of all the nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you.”
Jeremiah 30:16 “All those who devour you shall be devoured; and all your adversaries every one of them, shall go into captivity; those who plunder you shall become plunder.”
Isaiah 60:14-15 “The sons of those who afflicted you shall come bowing to you and all those who despise you shall fall prostrate at your feet and they shall call you The City of the Lord, Zion of the Holy One of Israel...I will make you an eternal excellence.”
The character of the Church in the tribulation:
As we put together the various verses dealing with the believers of the tribulation, we see some startling facts. The entire character of this group is completely different from the Church today. It’s as if something has happened and the Church is not here! Hmm, I wonder where they are.
As we read of the 144,000, the two witnesses and others we see a Hebraic character and not a Roman, Babylonian, or Greek character to the tribulation saints (Those saved in this time.)
In fact we see the Babylonian church referred to in Revelation 2:18-29 “cast into the great tribulation”
How many Jews will be saved?
Amos 4:12 “Prepare to meet your God O Israel.”
Romans 11:25-27 “Do not be ignorant of this mystery, lest you become wise in your own eyes, that hardening in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. All Israel will be saved...This is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”
So, what about “All Israel will be saved” in the verse above?
If I say “all the apples are ripe” That could mean all the apples in the basket, but not all the apples in the world. So “all” can have a restricted meaning, as is the case here. It will not be every last single Jew who will be saved. The “all” referred to here is all of the remnant out of all the tribes.
We see this “remnant” idea in these verses below:
Ezekiel 20:38 “I will purge the rebels from among you and those who transgress against Me.”
Zechariah 13:8 “It shall come to pass in all the land, says the Lord, that two thirds in it shall die and be cut off, but one third shall be left in it.”
Joel 2:32 “It shall come to pass that anyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls.”
Obviously we don’t know exactly how many will be saved, but it will be a very large number. It must be because Satan is infuriated. It must be because the whole world comes against what God is doing at this time.
We can also presume that a fair number will not be saved and make up “the synagogue of Satan.” (Referred to in Revelation 3:9)
When will the Jews be saved?
Matthew 24:32-34 “Now learn the parable of the fig tree; when its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know the summer is near, so also when you see all things know that it is near even at the very doors. Assuredly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things are fulfilled.”
The verse above refers to the “fig tree putting on leaves”. Obviously in context it’s not talking about trees. Throughout the Bible the fig tree is a type of Israel. The “putting on leaves” or ripening refers to Israel becoming a nation, which occurred in 1948. “All things” being fulfilled in the generation that sees the fig tree ripen includes the Jews being saved. So we can assume that it will all take place in our generation.
The background to the image above is a new moon.
Please see edition 98 for more on this. It is very important! (Just click “edition 98”)
The role of the coming Temple:
Ezekiel 37: 26-28 “I will make a covenant of peace with them and it shall be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and multiply them and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. My tabernacle also will be with them; indeed I will be their God and they shall be My people. The nations also shall know that I the Lord sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”
The soon-coming Temple will be the shortest surviving Temple ever! It will be built just before or just after the seven-year tribulation period begins. The temple will be used by the Jews to re-institute sacrifices amongst many other things. This will be done by Jews on the road to salvation. The sacrifices will most probably look back in remembrance to the sacrifice of our Lord. It will be like communion, which looks back to the cross.
What we do know is at the half way mark into the tribulation, the antichrist enters the Temple and declares that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:4)
At the Second Advent our Lord returns to this earth and enters the Temple, cleansing it. The Bible is not clear on the exact time the fourth Temple also called the Millennium Temple (Ezekiel 40) is built, but it presumes that this third Temple has been destroyed to make way for the Millennium Temple.
There are so many views and opinions on the next two Temples, but they will both come about.
Right now The Temple Institute is preparing to build the third Temple. Have a look at their website:
The salvation of the Jews is of great importance. It relates directly to the coming of our Messiah, the end of this era and the Millennium and the truth of Bible prophecy.
What a wonderful magnificent time this is! We are now at the dramatic sunset of the age and just before the twilight of glory. Darkness, destruction and devastation will give way to a spectacular, fantastic new world of incredible wonder. It will all come about God’s way and not man’s way.
The duty of the true Church is to unashamedly pursue and practice Biblical truth implicitly. The duty of the church is stand with Israel and the Jews as our future brothers and sisters. In standing with Israel, please don’t go overboard and become a Christian freak!
God’s true blessing is on His truth plan, will and way!
I took this picture recently from a helicopter high in the Drakensberg Mountains. Many years ago I broke my neck and smashed my skull, which left me temporarily quadriplegic, after a parachute accident right below this spot. (It’s better staying in the helicopter!)
Job 39:8 “The range of the mountains is His pasture and He searches after every green thing.”
Shalom and grow in grace!