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What Jews are being prepared for

Jews have suffered greatly since Christianity came to power. They are still suffering, but the worst is over.

Evangelical Christians who think there will be a future Holocaust, in which all Jews will die or convert, are seriously mistaken. (In the future we'll review this bad concept, presented so forcefully in the "Left Behind" series).

The scriptures are clear that never again will the Jews have to drink the dregs of the cup of trembling and wrath. Read Isaiah chapters 46 to 52. Babylon -- Christendom -- is rebuked for persecuting the Jews while they are captive there (46:6). The Jews are promised that the desolate Land shall become so full of inhabitants that there won't be enough room for them (49:19). Those who forced the Jews to drink the dregs will be forced to drink it themselves (51:19-23, where the desolation, destruction, famine, and sword of the Holocaust is promised never to happen to the Jews again). And Christians who catch the true, loving spirit of God are exhorted in 52:7 to preach good tidings to both Jews and Christians who are not quite sure yet that God's salvation is for all the world.

In that passage, God says he refined Israel (Isaiah 48:10). He chose Israel in the furnace of affliction... why? To prepare them for the great service he has in mind for them in the future.

Israel is promised to be the first people-group on earth with which the New Covenant is established. (Jeremiah 31:31) It's easy to see why. The New Covenant on earth will be a "law in the inward parts". People's hearts will be changed so that they can have a heart of flesh, instead of stone. The entire world will be transformed, so that all will know the Lord, and no preaching will be necessary. (Jeremiah 31:33-34)

The Jews will be given rest from their bondage and trouble among the nations of earth. (Isaiah 14:1-3)

When Messiah reigns, he will be in Jerusalem, and he will establish rules of justice and equity world-wide. (Isaiah 26:16-17; Zechariah 14:8-9; Revelation 21:1-4) The Jewish people have been prepared for this by their centuries of study of the nuances of God's law. They will be able to help apply the principles of righteousness to all the many peoples and situations that will arise during the judgment day.

In that time, Israel will gain praise and fame in every nation where they have been put to shame. (Zephaniah 3:19)

Israel will be healed, corrected, and made righteous by God. (Ezekiel 36:25, Jeremiah 35:29, Ezekiel 16:44-63 and many others)

Mull over these words, which so clearly state the grand plans of God for Israel -- the same Israel that today is largely in unbelief, not only as repects the Son of God but even as respects its confidence in the reality of the Torah. Clearly, for these words to come true, God must both forgive more than Christians have been historically willing to forgive, and must bring about a winsome process of transformation such as the world has not yet seen:

They shall call thee, the city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through [thee], I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord [am] thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. - Isaiah 60:14-16, 18-20

Yes, God will redeem Israel, "sprinkle clean water" upon her (Ezekiel 36), and pour out his spirit upon the Jewish people. Christians need to acknowledge this special grace of God promised to Israel. Theirs is a separate and distinct set of covenants and promises.

In the end, people around the world will look to the Jewish people as leaders in the ways of God. (Zechariah 8:23)

Beyond the trouble, after the issue of Jerusalem is settled on the world stage, the ancient prophets and good men of Israel, back from the dead, will be the princes and leaders of the government of earth. (Luke 13:28, Psalm 45:16, Isaiah 2:3)

It is time for all Christians to stop trying to proselytize Jews, and instead reach out supportive hands comforting them with the promises of God. (Isaiah 40) Her "warfare" is accomplished; she has received from God all the punishment "for ALL her sins" that he intends to give her, and it has been lovingly administered by God for her good. Now, the next phase of God's plan regarding Israel has begun, and people and nations would do well to read the solemn promise of God toward those who oppose the Jewish people. (Genesis 12:3) But of course they won't read and learn -- they will oppose Israel just as God predicted, and God will graciously have to teach them some severe lessons about who God is, and what He has chosen to be his honored nation, the conduit of his love and redemptive energy for the rest of the world of mankind.

In the near term, there will be more skirmishes, more wars, leading up to the last great war of earth -- the battle of Armageddon. God is conscious of the arrogance of her enemies and will bless Israel, first with military victories, and later with miraculous deliverances in those conflicts. (Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38)

 

See our critique of "2nd Holocaust" eschatology