Sweet Sunday Sermon – ISRAEL – Totally Rejected or …

Submitted by Dr. GP

INTRODUCTORY BACKGROUND

  • The first eight chapters of Romans is said to be DOCTRINAL 1-8 -They tell us what we need to KNOW.
  • The final five chapters are DEVOTIONAL 12-16 – Practical. -They tell us what we need to DO.
  • In the first eight chapters we learned that righteousness is
  • required by our holy God,
  • revealed in Christ,
  • received by faith in Christ, and
  • realized in the life by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Read full text – ISRAEL – TOTALLY REJECTED OR RETURNING? GOD’S PLAN FOR THE JEW, AND FOR US

25 comments

  • Firstly what needs to be established /answered
    Are the jews spoken of in the bible the Ethiopian jews or the European jews the impostors who pretends to be the chosen people of God
    Without such distinction of original rights there is nothing here worthy to discuss

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ Mariposa

    Why, at 2020, is it important to determine which Jew is being referenced?

    Sometimes, like many other religious practices, we seek to want to isolate the omniscience and all encompassing nature of God to a select few.

    And this applies to Baptist, Protestant, Roman Catholic, all, at some point during their establishment, wanted (and some still want) to be THE SOLE PATH TO GOD!

    A most strange disposition when, He whom we claim to serve, offers salvation to all who would accept It.

    “… Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

    5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

    6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time…”

    But it serves the purpose of the Evil One for us to get caught up in dogma and epistemological discourse.

    I have found that, if a man or woman, abide in God, you see God in them, irrespective of colour, social standing, education or other temporal asset/value.

    “Be ye angry, but sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath”

    You and I and others WILL HAVE DIFFERENT OPINIONS, that is natural but when you contemplate my destruction for such variances in our opinion, or I seek similarly, to do you harm, then neither of us doing the Will of Our Father

    Implement the last five chapters AND ALL WILL BE WELL

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  • If God is the author of truth therefore those who belive in his words should be prime examples and executors of truth
    For by their fruits we shall know them

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  • Piece the Legend

    As is expected Mariposa you miss the point.

    First thing believer of truth and doing the truth are two different things

    Secondly we live in a real world where our ability to execute The Word of God IS NO DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF HIS DISCIPLES WHO WALKED WITH HIM while He was alive.

    And if memory serves de ole man correctly, one of dem same disciples who saw Him turn water to wine, heal the sick, feed thousands with a few loaves and few fish, faltered!

    In fact they say him heal lepers and raise the dead AND THEY FALTERED.

    My point is that man is fallible and just your prescription of belief IS NOT ENOUGH.

    And even those who claim to do, like his disciples WILL FALTER and dont automatically become saints.

    But that will suit your narrative does it not?

    S

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  • No you miss the Point which revolves around the truth
    The bible also warns that man is deceitful and in that warning comes with a message that man must seek knock
    Therefor it makes no sense in placing ole wine in new bottles and presenting the wine as new
    Therefore i simply place my first comment with an understanding that truth is the principle key to obtaining knowledge

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  • As was the case last week, the exegesis of Romans 11 presented above was delivered as part of a summer series on Romans last summer. I have been pleased to share with you both of my efforts to participate.

    Sensible discerning folk will see that the chapter is well outlined following a simple outline or Romans itself. Then each subsection of the chapter is outlined in the approved fashion before an explanation of the verses in the subsection is given, just as I was taught as a teen, both in my local church in Barbados, and in the several books and commentaries that I have read and digested in the ensuing years.

    How does one eat an elephant? One bite at a time!
    How does one grasp the Word of Truth? By reading it prayerfully with an open mind..

    Now a Pauline epistle is generally divided into a doctrinal section (which tells us what we need to know) and a devotional section ( which tells us what we need to do.) These sections are usually connected by a “wherefore” or a
    “therefore.”

    The exceptions to this general rule are Philemon, in which the devotional and doctrinal thoughts are intertwined, and Romans, in which a dispensational section occurs between the doctrinal and the devotional section.

    To make intelligent remarks on the presentation above, not only is it necessary to read it piecemeal,but also to have read what the Bible teaches about the history of the nation of Israel.

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  • The history of the Jews is a demonstration of God at work, sometimes miraculously, sometimes providentially, in the affairs of men and nations.

    The particular significance of the Jews–in contrast to other nations–is that God called Israel His special people and made covenants with them through Abraham, Moses, and David. In addition, the Old Testament predicts what God planned to do with His people.

    We’ll look at three rather wide-ranging prophecies about the nation Israel and see how they have come to pass. These involve first, the covenant curses; second, an acted parable of the marital relations between God and Israel; and finally, a prediction of Israel’s return to her own land.

    The first area of prophecy involves what God promised to do to the nation of Israel if they did not keep the laws Moses had given them from Mt. Sinai.

    When the Israelites were rescued from slavery in Egypt about 1,400 B.C., God made a contract or covenant with Moses to define Israel’s relationship to Him as His own special people. This covenant reminded them of what God had already done for them and what He promised to do in the future. God had saved them from slavery, brought them safely through the desert, was about to bring them into possession of the land of Canaan, and would protect them from all disasters if they would be faithful to Him. To test their faithfulness, God gave them an elaborate set of laws–some moral, some civil, some ceremonial–which also set them apart from the nations around them. God showed His reality through the lifestyle that He had designed for Israel. In Deuteronomy 4:5-8 Moses explained it:

    See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the LORD my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about these decrees and say, `Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’
    Moses goes on to say only Israel has a God who is near when they pray, and only His people have such righteous laws to guide them.

    In the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy and the 26th chapter of Leviticus, the provisions of the covenant are set out in the form of blessings and curses–blessings if Israel would obey God’s commands and curses if they disobeyed. Through these sanctions, Israel would be reminded of how they were doing in obeying God, and their neighbors would see an objective demonstration of God’s judgment in history.

    Israel as a History Lesson

    Israel’s history demonstrates that when they broke the laws God gave them, they experienced exactly the results God predicted would happen if they were unfaithful. No other nation has prophesied its own downfall with such accuracy. Thus history demonstrates how accurately God predicted what would happen to Israel if they disobeyed His laws. And what did God predict? To summarize nearly a hundred verses, Israel’s disobedience brought wasted effort in labors; natural disasters such as drought, blight, and locusts to their crops; and disease and death to their animals and themselves.

    Their enemies would defeat them in battle and besiege their cities, resulting in plague, famine, cannibalism, and starvation. They would be scattered to foreign countries. There some would die; others would live in constant fear of both real and imagined disasters, or turn to other gods. They would be sold as slaves. Their numbers would decline greatly, as they suffered from fearful plagues, prolonged disasters, and lingering illnesses. What an amazing list of disasters!

    Not only are these curses severe, but the Bible predicts them in some detail. In Deuteronomy, fourteen verses describe the blessings and fifty-four the curses. In Leviticus, eleven verses are blessings and thirty-two are curses. Altogether, over 75 percent of the verses concern curses for disobedience. God- predicted disasters will be a major part of Israel’s future.

    This proportion is very unusual. Other religious people might concede that their own history had been three-fourths disaster, but who would admit it had been three-fourths disobedient? And this proportion is borne out not only by the history of Israel recorded in the Bible, where one might claim the biblical history writers either molded the narrative to match the prophecy or adjusted the prophecy to match the history. It is also demonstrated in the long history of disaster experienced by the Jews after the Bible was written.

    No other national group has experienced such disaster as the Jews. Most nations have not survived long enough to experience so much disaster! Yet Israel has experienced disaster at every point sketched in the long lists of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. They have, unfortunately, been persecuted again and again for over two thousand years. For most of that time they were without a national homeland, having been driven out of Palestine. They have faced decimation and sometimes genocide from nearly every group they have lived among: Greeks, Romans, Christians, Muslims, Nazis, and Communists. Even now the recently re-established nation of Israel faces continual harassment and threats of annihilation from hostile forces all around her.

    In the midst of these curses, however, comes a promise that Israel will not be totally destroyed.

    Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor them so as to destroy them completely, breaking my covenant with them. I am the LORD their God (Lev. 26:44).

    But as predicted, the Jews still exist as a people today. “Of course!” you say. “If Israel had been destroyed, we would never have heard of them.” Not true — unless they had been destroyed before the coming of Jesus. With the rise of Christianity, the Old Testament was preserved by non-Jews and would have survived whether the Jews survived or not. In fact, many of the threats the Jews have faced came in the past two thousand years. Yet Israel, unlike most oppressed nations of antiquity, has survived as a distinct people.

    Thus the evidence from Israel’s predicted covenant curses points to God’s activity in history, keeping His words of both judgment and promise.

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  • Israel’s Harlotry
    It’s easy to miss the book of Hosea in the Old Testament. But it describes an amazing parable that would picture Israel’s situation for some two thousand years. The prophet Hosea was divinely directed to live out a powerful parable depicting God’s relationship with Israel.

    In chapter 1, Hosea is instructed to marry a harlot, Gomer, and have children. He obeys, thereby picturing God’s choice of the nation Israel for a personal relationship with Him, even though Abraham was an idolater when God called him and the Israelites were idolaters when they were called out of slavery in Egypt.

    In chapter 2, Gomer runs off with her lovers. In the same way, Israel abandoned God for the more sexually exciting worship of the Canaanites, even though God had brought the people safely into the promised land. Finally Gomer winds up in slavery, as Israel would later be taken captive to Assyria and Babylon.

    In chapter 3, Hosea is directed to go and buy her back. But she is to have no relations with Hosea or with her lovers. This last event in Hosea’s living parable is a prediction of the status of Israel for a long time to come:
    For the sons of Israel will remain for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, and without ephod or household idols. Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king . . . in the last days (Hos. 3:4-5).

    Hosea predicted that Israel for “many days” will lack a king, even though God had promised that Israel would never lack a descendant to sit on the throne if the nation was obedient to God.

    In fact, the prediction states that Israel will lack even a prince. Since in Hebrew, “prince” means a government official, not the son of the king, Israel would lack both government and king.

    Hosea also predicts that sacrifice, pillar, ephod, household idols will be lacking. Two are associated with the sacrificial system and two with idolatry. Sacrifice was an integral part of Israel’s covenant and worship. The ephod, a sort of vest, was one of the most important of the ceremonial garments worn by Israel’s high priest. Although some pillars had orthodox uses, the most common reference is to those used in Canaanite worship. Israel was to lose both true worship and the false religion which had been such a problem since it entered Canaan.

    This has happened exactly! Since A.D. 44 (the death of Herod Agrippa I), Israel has had no native king to this day. For 1,878 years, from the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 to the formation of the modern nation in 1948, Israel had no government of its own either. Thus the predictions regarding Israel’s governmental status were fulfilled in detail.

    With the loss of the Temple and the priestly garments came the end of the sacrificial system. Israel has not had a high priest to this day. So Hosea’s prophecy about the loss of sacrificial worship has also proved true.

    From A.D. 70 to 1948, the “sons of Israel” lacked all six items predicted in Hosea 3:4. Now they have a government, but five are still lacking. Hosea 3:4 has been literally fulfilled.

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  • A Regathering of Israel?

    Note that in each of 15 of the 16 prophetic books of the Bible (except Jonah) there is a section, no matter how brief, as in Obadiah, that speaks of a Regathering of Israel.

    Proper exegesis of these prophetic passages will show that such a regathering occurs in two stages. First there is the regathering that began in 1948, and secondly there is the regathering yet to occur at the ephiphanea at the second phase of the second coming of Christ.

    In our own generation we may also be seeing the fulfillment of Hosea 3:5. Many Jews have physically returned to Palestine in this century. If their seeking of “God and David their king” is understood as a turning to Jesus as the true Messiah, we can point to the growing Messianic Jewish movement which has flourished in the past two decades. But we are still too close to these events to be sure.

    Whether or not Hosea 3:5 refers to Israel’s return to the promised land, a number of other Old Testament passages do. Let’s look at one such passage, Isaiah 11:11-16. Verse 11 reads:

    Then it will happen on that day that the LORD will again recover the second time with His hand the remnant of His people, who will remain, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
    Sometime after Isaiah wrote these words, Israel was to be regathered to its homeland. The reference to a “second time” as well as the places from which they would return suggests that this is not the return from the Babylonian exile.

    According to the whole passage, several significant features will characterize this return. First, verse 13 suggests that Israel will no longer be two nations as it was after Solomon’s time, but a single unified country .

    Second, Israel will fight the surrounding nations (the Philistines, the Edomites, The Moabites, the Ammonites, and the Egyptians) as a part of this return (vv. 14-15).

    Third, something spectacular will happen to dry up the “tongue of the sea of Egypt” and the “River,” presumably the Euphrates (v.15).

    Fourth, the places from which the return will take place are explicitly named, except for the general phrase “islands [or ‘coastlands’] of the sea” (v.11).

    Of these four items, three have already occurred in the return of Jews to Israel in our own generation; only the third has not yet taken place.

    The return of Jews to Palestine and the formation of a state of their own is amazing in itself, given that just a century ago the territory was controlled by the Muslim Turks who hated the Jews. Yet a world Zionist movement was formed; the land came under the control of Britain at the end of World War I; Britain allowed the Jews to have a homeland; the Nazi holocaust drove Jews to Palestine who otherwise would have stayed in Europe; the United Nations agreed to partition Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state; and the Jews were able to defeat a coalition of Arab states bent on their destruction.

    The Jewish state formed in 1948 in Palestine included persons descended from both the northern and southern tribes. The enmity of the divided kingdoms that existed at Isaiah’s time has, in fact, been healed.
    Israel has already fought with all the surrounding nations, in 1948, 1956, 1967, and 1973. Though the Philistines, Edomites, and such are no longer identifiable as separate peoples, the Arab nations occupying their lands (and most likely including some of their descendants) are Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, and Syria. These were the nations Israel fought and dispossessed to regain its territory.

    Once again, the prophecies of the Bible about the Jews show the God of the Bible to be true.

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  • In this essay we have examined three significant passages in the Bible that predict the history of Israel. We have shown that numerous prophecies from the Old Testament regarding Israel have been fulfilled. We have made the following observations:

    The Jews would have fierce and repeated persecution and disaster. This has been characteristic of the nation for two thousand years.
    In spite of such disasters, the Jews would continue to exist as a recognizable people group, in spite of treatment which has destroyed other such people groups.
    Israel would be without a king for a long period of time. Israel has been without a king for nearly two thousand years, though a Davidic royal dynasty was an important part of the Old Testament revelation.
    Israel would lack government officials for a long time. Now, after almost 1,850 years, the Jews have them again.
    Israel would lack sacrifice and ephod, both associated with God’s commands at Mt. Sinai. This has been true for nearly two thousand years and is quite surprising in view of how important sacrifice and the priesthood were in the Old Testament.
    Israel would lack pillar and idols. This seems obvious today, because the Jews so adamantly worship one God, but the situation was rather different when Hosea made the prediction about 800 B.C.
    Israel would return to its land as a single united nation. A century ago, such an event would have seemed almost impossible. Palestine was controlled by a Muslim government which had no interest in providing a homeland, much less an independent state, for the Jews. Yet it has come to pass!
    The countries explicitly named in Isaiah 11 have been nearly emptied of Jews in this return to Palestine.
    The Jews have fought successfully with the surrounding nations in establishing and maintaining the new state of Israel.
    Sadly, some elements of the Christian church have ignored or participated in the persecution of God’s special covenantal people, the Jews. Yet Romans 9-11 exhorts Christians never to rejoice in the misfortunes of the Jews. To do so brings shame to the church and to our Lord.

    As we look at God’s hand in the history of Israel it may seem fierce to us, for at least two reasons: first, we regularly ignore the biblical teaching that there is a life beyond this one, and that in the last judgment with its rewards and punishments everything will be made right, and no one will get less than he or she deserves; and second we regularly minimize our own sin, blaming our actions on circumstances and environment. Whatever may be the faults of our parents, teachers, or society, God will apportion to them (and us!) exactly what we deserve–unless we accept the offer of God’s forgiveness through believing on Christ as our personal Savior.

    Are all the predictions we have listed trivial? Did they just happen by chance? Or is the God of the Bible indeed the One who controls history and who announces the end from the beginning? The decision is yours.

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  • Israel and Bible Prophecy What Does the Future Hold? Part 1

    The land of Israel, I believe, is the most important spot on earth. The most important city is not Washington or Moscow, but Jerusalem. The most important land, believe it or not, is not America but tiny Israel, about the size of New Jersey.

    Israel: the geographic center. “See, I have set thee in the midst of the nations (Ezekiel 5:5). Israel, called “the navel of the earth,” is strategically located at the hub of three continents.

    Israel: the revelation center. From this land, the land of Moses, the prophets and the apostles, came the Word of God.

    Israel: the spiritual center. In Bethlehem Jesus was born. In Nazareth He grew to maturity. In Galilee He walked and taught on the mountainsides and beside the Sea. In Jerusalem our Lord was crucified, buried and rose from the dead. From the Mount of Olives He ascended. And to the Mount of Olives He will return; His feet will first touch down upon the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4).

    Israel: the prophecy center. Prophecy is “pre-written history.” The land of Israel is the only land belonging to God’s people. The details of their future are minutely recorded in the Bible. If you want to know what God is doing, study Israel and her people.

    Israel: the storm center. The Middle East, specifically Israel, is the world’s greatest trouble spot. The Bible says “Jerusalem will be a burdensome stone for all people” of the world[CAP1] [CA2] – (Zechariah 12:3), and indeed we see in the daily news the gathering storm clouds of Armageddon.

    Israel: also the peace center. We’re told to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6). There will never be peace on earth until there’s peace in Jerusalem, until Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, rules and reigns from Jerusalem. When we’re praying for the peace of Jerusalem, we’re praying, “Even so, come Lord Jesus.” We want our Lord to reign from Zion, to sit upon the throne of his father David.

    Israel: one day will be the glory center. When our Lord returns, all nations of the world will come to Jerusalem to worship (Micah 2:3). Jerusalem will be the capital city not only of Israel but of the entire world, and the Word of the Lord shall go forth from Zion (Isaiah 2:3). Jesus will reign from Jerusalem (Luke 1:32). Israel is at the center of God’s plan.

    FOUR MIRACLE PROPHECIES
    (THREE BEING FULFILLED TODAY)

    As we look at Israel, I want you to see four miracle prophecies about this land.

    The prophecy of Israel’s miraculous generation (How Israel came to be a nation)

    In Genesis 18:18 God gave Abraham, the father of the Jewish people, the promise of a son—and descendants. He said, “Abraham, through your son all the nations of the world are going to be blessed” (Genesis 12:3, 22:18). When Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90, God gave them a miracle child. Every Jew alive today is the direct result of a miracle birth. Therefore, our precious Jewish friends should have no difficulty believing in the virgin birth because every one of them is here because of a miracle birth. That’s the miracle of the generation of the Jewish people.

    Then God promised Abraham a land for His people. God Himself gave Abraham the land we call Israel. And He gave it irrevocably. (Genesis 12:1, 15:16, 15:18-21, Deuteronomy 9:4)

    The prophecy of Israel’s miraculous preservation

    Not only did God bring Israel into being as a miracle nation, but God keeps Israel as a miracle nation. Psalm 89 shows God’s heart on this.

    18 For the Lord is our defense; and the Holy One of Israel is our king…. 20 I have found David My servant; with My holy oil have I anointed him: 21 With whom My hand shall be established: Mine arm also shall strengthen him. 22 The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him. 23 And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him. 24 But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted…. 27 “Also I will make him My first born, higher than the kings of the earth. 28 My mercy will I keep for him forevermore and My covenant [an unbreakable promise] shall stand fast with him. 29 His seed also will I make to endure forever and his throne as the days of heaven.”

    God declares the descendants of David shall endure. Looking down through the tunnel of time, He foresaw (v. 30) that if David’s descendants 30 “forsake My law and walk not in My judgments [and by the way, they have forsaken God’s law and not walked in His judgments] 31”If they break My statutes and keep not My commandments,” [they have broken His statutes, they have not kept His commandments], then God says, “32Then will I visit their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes. 33Nevertheless,” [highlight the word “nevertheless]“My lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer My faithfulness to fail, 34My covenant will I not break nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips, 35Once have I sworn by My holiness that I will not lie unto David. 36His seed shall endure forever and his throne as the sun before Me. 37It shall be established forever as the moon, even like the faithful witness in the sky. Selah.” [Selah means “pause and think about that.”]

    God has said:
    the Jews would be disobedient—and they were,
    the Jews would be disbursed—and they were,
    the Jew would be discredited—and they were,

    but you could no more destroy the Jewish race than you could destroy the sun, the moon and stars. They may be chastised, they may suffer, but God said, “I will keep My word to David, his seed shall endure” (v. 29).

    Jeremiah 31:35-37 confirms this.

    35 Thus says the Lord, Who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, And its waves roar (The Lord of hosts is His name): 36 “If those ordinances depart from before Me, says the Lord, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.” 37 Thus says the Lord: “If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done,” says the Lord.

    If you want to get rid of the nation Israel, you will first have to get rid of the sun, moon, and stars. In other words, God is saying, “I’ll tell you when I’ll cast off Israel: the same day you can tell Me how high is ‘up.’ I’ll cast off Israel the same day you can show Me what this earth suspended in space is resting upon. You’ll have to pluck the sun, moon, stars from My heaven before you can annihilate this nation.”

    They exist as a miracle nation. They stand beside the graves of their persecutors. They live on. When they returned, the land was a rock-filled desert. Zion now is blooming as a rose.

    Every Jew is here today because of God’s keeping, preserving power upon His chosen people.

    Throughout history, Satan, Israel’s ancient foe, has tried to eradicate this nation and obliterate this promise, but he could not do it.

    Egypt’s pharaoh could not diminish God’s chosen people.
    The Red Sea could not drown them.
    Jonah’s whale could not digest them.
    Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace could not burn them.
    The gallows of horrible Haman could not execute them.
    The dictators of this world have not been able to annihilate them.
    The nations of this world have not been able to assimilate them.

    When other peoples have been taken from their homelands, when they have been scattered, soon they’ve been absorbed, assimilated—swallowed up, so to speak—into the culture of their new location and cannot be traced.

    But for nineteen centuries the Jewish people, wherever they were found, kept themselves together, maintaining their traditions, laws, statutes and even language. God preserved them as a nation, an identifiable people.

    God said He would “visit their iniquity with stripes” and indeed He has. They suffered unmentionable atrocities under Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander the Great and the Greeks, Nero and the Romans, under the Turks, and Hitler. Under Russia they have and are now suffering. Under the Arab nations they have and are suffering. But they have endured because God’s Word prophesied they would endure.

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  • Israel and Bible Prophecy What Does the Future Hold? Part 2

    We are looking at four miracle prophecies concerning God’s plan for His people Israel. In Part 1 we saw the miracle of Israel’s generation—the beginning of the Jewish people. Then we saw the miracle of Israel’s preservation. God protected and preserved His people through thousands of years of persecution.

    As you study history, you learn that the indestructible Jew has left his indelible mark upon history. The Jewish people are not great in number. Of the world’s population, they are only 0.2%. That’s not two percent. That’s less than one-fourth of one percent. Yet did you know that 22% of Nobel Prize winners have been Jews? In 2013, six of the 12 laureates were Jewish. Think of that.

    Abraham’s descendants consistently win high percentages not just of Nobel Prizes but other awards in medicine, health, music, and public life. What a mark they’ve made upon our world.

    Did you know it was a Jew who financed Christopher Columbus when he set sail for the west? Of his crew members, the first to set foot on American soil was a Jew. Did you know that a Jew, Haym Salomon, financed General George Washington in our Revolutionary War?

    Have you ever taken an aspirin? Friedrich Bayer, whose company developed aspirin, was a Jew. Were you vaccinated for polio as a child? The injectable and oral polio vaccines of Salk and Sabin were so effective, the disease has been all but eradicated.

    Has the dentist ever deadened your tooth before he started to drill? Alfred Einhorn, who developed Novocain, was a Jew. If you’re an anti-Semite, the next time you go to the dentist, why don’t you say, “Just drill away, don’t deaden my pain.” Have you ever had local anesthesia? Its inventor, Carl Koller, was a Jew.

    When you developed an infection, the doctor prescribed streptomycin, developed by Waksman, a Jew. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew. Are you a student of philosophy? Spinoza was a Jew. Do you appreciate the Salvation Army? Its founder, William Booth, had a Jewish mother.

    It’s amazing to study the mark God’s chosen people have made on the world. Jews can be thanked for the discovery of electromagnetic waves, the transistor, the first laser, oral contraceptives, antihistamines, anti-leukemia drugs, the electron microscope, vaccines against cholera and bubonic plague, the camera phone, nuclear fission reactor, sound-on-film technology, the discovery of neurotransmitters, the process by which we do MRIs, the Hepatitis-B vaccine, the first exact map of the moon—and do you like American music? Thank George and Ira Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Lerner and Lowe, and Stephen Sondheim, to name only a few.

    All history has been dramatically impacted by six Jews: Moses, Paul, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, and above them all, the Lord Jesus Christ.

    The prophecy of Israel’s miraculous restoration

    After centuries in exile, God once again brought His people back into their land. In my estimation the most amazing thing that has happened in recent history has not been the end of World War II or placing a man on the moon, but the day when Israel was reborn, reconstituted as a nation.

    Through the prophet Amos, God said,
    “And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the way cities, and inhabit them, and they shall plant vineyards and drink the wine thereof; and they shall also make gardens and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.” (Amos 9:14-15)

    God says, “I’ll bring them back and plant them there, and no one will uproot them.” God has brought them back to stay, regardless of what anyone says about it.

    Military Miracles

    May 14, 1948, Israel’s declaration day of independence, I was playing high school football. Little did I realize the impact of that moment—God’s fulfillment of Bible prophecy. At that moment, 650,000 Jews were surrounded by six Arab states and 40 million enemies who had sworn by Allah that they would exterminate Israel, drench the soil with Israeli blood, and drive them into the sea. With a fury, immediately five Arab armies swept down from the east toward the west and on to Tel-Aviv. But God miraculously preserved this little nation. Before that time, a Jew was subject to arrest for even carrying a gun. But by the time the UN called for an armistice, these people who were supposed to be “pushed off into the sea” were 150 miles into Egyptian territory. How did that happen?

    The Israelis secretly took old automobiles and buses to sheds, where they welded boiler plates to the sides to make tanks. They took hoe handles and broomsticks and painted them to look like guns to appear better armed.

    As Arab legions advanced through some groves, they encountered thousands of beehives. The Israelis are beekeepers. After all, you can’t have a land flowing with milk and honey without bees. And it just so happened in the attack, these hives were overturned. Millions of bees swarmed out and began stinging. They dropped their modern weapons in consternation and fled. Later, when the bees went back into their hives, the Israelis went out and picked up the much-needed weapons.

    At the same time, coming from the north, others from Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq attacked across the Jezreel Valley. When they got to the middle of that valley, a strange sickness like dysentery disabled them. They were so weak they couldn’t fight. At that same moment, here came the Israelis with the weapons they had picked up from the battle of the bees. An American newspaper ran this headline, “The Bees Fight for Israel.” They captured those who were sick in the valley of Jezreel. The record reports that on one occasion, 20,000 Arabs were captured by 400 Israelis.

    Don’t give Israel credit for that. God said, “I will bring them again into their own land.” I don’t think the Israeli cause has always been just. I don’t think the American cause has always been just. I don’t think the Arab cause has always been just. I don’t think you can say any cause is always just if man has to do with it. But God is over the affairs of men. God rules in the affairs of men. And God said, “I will bring them back.” God brought them back.

    Similar things happened in the Six Day War in 1967. Again it seems God wasn’t neutral. Jordan, Egypt and Syria united with one stated goal: “Wipe Israel off the map.” But it was over in six days. Outnumbered 80 to one, God gave His ancient people victory.

    The same was true in 1973, the Yom Kippur War. Israel’s enemies invaded on Israel’s holiest day, when no one would expect it. God again seemed to intervene when both Israeli and Syrian forces reported strange events that caused Israel’s enemies to surrender.

    The Bible predicts that in the last days the same will happen when Russia invades the Middle East. Russia will be brought to her knees on the mountains of Israel. Ezekiel 38 and 39 relate this amazing prophecy.

    When the battle of Armageddon is fought, when the forces of anti-Christ gather once more against Jerusalem, God will again come to the rescue of His people in that great, final war for Israel and her survival. What we see today is a foretaste of that.

    “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about when they shall be in siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. In that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people. All that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zechariah 12:2-3

    When that battle comes, Zechariah says the LORD will fight for Israel.

    In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. (12:8-9)

    The prophecy of Israel’s miraculous regeneration

    Look what happens in their hearts after all this occurs.

    “And I will pour 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.” Zechariah 12:10

    What a day that will be! The eyes of God’s people will be opened. With deep mourning, they will recognize their Messiah as the one their forefathers pierced.

    …there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. (13:1)

    God will remove the idols from Israel once and for all (v. 2). Then He will bring those remaining through the fire,

    …and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on My name, and I will hear them: I will say, “It is my people,” and they shall say, “The Lord is my God.” (13:9)

    One of the signs that Jesus Christ is coming soon is the sign that Zion is being built up.
    We long for this day! This is Israel’s glorious future—and you may be sure, God is going to bring it to pass.

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  • Have no problem with God’s promises
    However have problems with a self righteous indignation of a group whose has drawn upon biblical historical events which clearly states with empirical evidence scientifically and biblically that the modern day jews of the day are not the jews of which the bible speak
    I am aware of the fact that the bible has golden nuggets of truth by which one can dispel a myth of the modern day jews being called the chosen people starting with the creation of man

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  • As far as I can ascertain, the Bible was written by men. I am stating a fact. I am not entering to any debate about religion.

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  • Matthew 1:1 The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

    Revelation 5:5 The Lion of Judah will break every chain, and give to us the victory again and again !

    Revelation 5:5: “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.”

    Haile Selassie’s full title in office was “By the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, King of Kings of Ethiopia, Elect of God”.

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  • RE As far as I can ascertain, the Bible was written by men. I am stating a fact.

    THIS FACT IS CERTAINLY AFFIRMED BY THE BIBLE ITSELF, AND SOME OF THE AUTHORS OF SOME OF THE INDIVIDUAL BOOKS IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS SUCH. SO THERE IS NO DEBATE THERE AT ALL

    HOWEVER, THERE ARE TWO SPECIFIC BIBLE VERSES THAT CLEARLY TEACH THAT GOD HIMSELF DIRECTED ITS WRITING

    THESE VERSES ARE
    1- 2 PETER 1:20-21

    Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

    For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

    AND 2- 2 TIMOTHY 3 V 16-17
    16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

    17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

    IN THE GREEK VERSE 16 LITERALLY SAYS ALL SCRIPTURE IS GOD BREATHED

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  • Everboy talking ’bout heaven ain’t going to heaven

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  • @ GP March 1, 2020 2:19 PM

    If your Jewish god called Yahweh “DIRECTED” the writing of the Bible who then ‘directed’ the writing of the Koran or even the Bhagavad Gita?

    Shaitan?

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  • MILLER

    MY ANSWER TO YOU IS VERY SIMPLE
    SPEND SOME TIME MEDITATING ON ROMANS 1:16 ET SECQ

    AND ASK GOD TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND IS IMPORTANCE AND MESSAGE

    16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

    17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

    18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

    19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

    20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

    21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

    22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

    23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

    24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

    25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

    29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

    30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

    31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

    32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

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  • @ GP March 1, 2020 4:23 PM
    “MILLER
    MY ANSWER TO YOU IS VERY SIMPLE
    SPEND SOME TIME MEDITATING ON ROMANS 1:16 ET SECQ..”.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    GP, you are beginning to sound like a real grandpa (GP).
    It reminds of one’s childhood when a simple-minded adult would read fairy tales and bedtime stories to his grandchildren and one of them would ask him: ‘Grandpa, where do babies come from?’

    And how you, Grandpa GP, would respond other than by telling the child to ‘shut up and go to your room before I get my belt and punish you’.

    Yeah Dr. GP, the doctor of divinity, keep your puerile BU black students eternally ignorant and unquestionably naïve until they reach heaven’s gates to be in the sweet by(e) and by(e) with sweet white baby Dedus.

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  • @ GP March 1, 2020 4:23 PM
    (Quote):
    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
    (Unquote).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Is this your euphemistically biblical style of condemning members of the LGBTQ communities; or in Bajan parlance, lesbians and bu**lers, as is your wont?

    Then, it only goes to show that there is nothing new under the Sun.

    It seems not even your sweet miraculously powerful Jesus can change the nature of humankind.

    That is why instead of total condemnation he was prepared to accept humans in the ‘variegated’ states they were made by his Father in the Sky.

    We only wish you, Dr. GP, would take a leaf out of the same all-inclusive book of compassion and understanding (and most of all forgiveness) as shown by the same eponymous character of human salvation called Sweet Loving Jesus.

    ‘In the Father’s house are many all-inclusive rooms of acceptance of all humanity; and I know that one is reserved for me (and one for you too, Louis)’.

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  • “All??? history has been dramatically impacted by six Jews …”.

    May be a stretch, no? (World History is not so easily condensed since man’s beginning). But, for believers, yes as to Jesus, The Christ!

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  • Received this question recently It would appear that many say there are mistakes and discrepancies in the bible. What do you say to that? I mean in honesty.

    HERE IS MY ANSWER

    It would appear that many say a lot of rubbish about he bible. mainly because they have not read or studied it.
    SANE SOUND SERIOUS STUDENTS OF SCRIPTURE BELIEVE IN THE PLENARY VERBAL INSPIRATION OF THE BIBLE IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGES
    SUCH MEN DONT TALK THAT SORT OF RUBBISH

    THE BIBLE AS WE HAVE IT IS A TRANSLATED BOOK AND THERE MAY BE SOME ERRORS IN TRANSLATION ESPECIALLY IN THE OT, WHERE ONE WORD MAY HAVE TWO ROOTS AND DIFFERENT ROOTS. BUT GOD HAS ALSO GIVEN US SOME GREAT SCHOLARS IN OUR DAY WHO HAVE UNRAVELLED SOME OF THESE APPARENT “mistakes and discrepancies in the bible, AND HAVE REALLY REVEALED A HARMONY IN THE BIBLE/

    NOTE ALSO THAT SINCE 70 MEN TRANSLATED THE WORD THAT DIFFERENT MEN USED DIFFERENT WORDS TO TRANSLATE SOME WORDS DIFFERENTLY .

    RECENTLY I WAS TEACHING IN MICAH TWO ON AN OBSCURE MESSIANIC PASSAGE WHERE CHRIST IS CALLED THE BREAKER
    IMMEDIATELY I THOUGHT OF EPHESIANS 2
    ON FURTHER STUDY I LEARNED THAT THE HEBREW WORD FOR BREAK IS THE SAME WORD FOR BUILD UP
    AND THERE IT IS IN EPHESIANS 2!

    IN GENESIS 4:7 CAIN IS TOLD THAT SIN LIETH AT THE DOOR
    I LEARNED THAT THE HEBREW WORD FOR SIN IS THE SAME WORD FOR SIN OFFERING

    GOD WAS TELLING CAIN THAT THE OFFERING FOR HIS SIN WAS A LAMB OUTSIDE THE DOOR OF HIS TENT AS HE WAS TAUGHT TO BRING

    WHO IS OUR SIN OFFERING? I AM SURE YOU ARE THINKING OF 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21………HE WAS MADE SIN OR THE SIN OFFERING FOR US

    BELIEVE IN AND TEACH AND TRUST IN THE PLENARY VERBAL INSPIRATION OF THE BIBLE AS TAUGHT IN TIMOTHY
    STUDY AND MEDITATION AND TIME WILL WORK OUT ALL THE APPARENT OR SO CALLED mistakes and discrepancies in the bible

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  • Thinking and analysing to achieve realisations and reach understandings is not exclusive to Christianity and Bible and can be applied to all religions ideas and texts.

    Breaking is a part of building such as breaking chains and traditions to free people, breaking ground in excavation and construction and clearing out gardening etc.

    Many religions had sacrifices of animals, which Christianity believes is not necessary.

    If you understand Karma from Buddhism then Jesus was taking the bad karma and sins of humanity to free the people of their sins.

    A Christian who learns about Buddha and Buddhism will see similarities and understand the roots of Christianity and where Jesus got his concepts of religion and spirituality from, such as treating all of humanity as one, life after death.

    Certain texts and truths resonate with a vibration for meaning and understanding.

    The Ark of the Covenant was taken from Jerusalem and is found in Askum, Ethiopia.

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