EAR (10 Mar 2024)


Hi John, Doves and readers,


The New Testament indicates that the early Church in Jerusalem after Pentecost was totally Jewish (Matt. 10:5–7, 15:24; Acts 2:41, 47, 5:14, 11:24). This was due to the thousands of Jews who believed in ‘The WAY’ resulting from the missionary work of the Apostles and Jewish converts in the City, who continued to meet in the Temple, until Stephen’s martyrdom in AD 34 caused the converts to scatter throughout the Roman Empire; although the Apostles remained in Jerusalem until about AD 42.

Today there are at least 20,000 practising Messianic Jews living in Israel, and a quarter of a million Messianic Jews living in the USA!  However, the Bible doesn’t say that God is going to save the whole Jewish nation!  The Jewish Church era is still running concurrently with the modern era (Times of the Gentiles) for any Jews who find salvation in the One who died for their sins. God hasn’t shut up the heavens to the Jews… their salvation (like ours) is on-going.

However, Jesus made it quite clear that He is not going to come and suffer again for the Jewish nation! Jesus wept over Jerusalem because its religious leaders (as a whole) refused to accept Him as their ‘long-awaited’ Messiah, during HIS TIME OF VISITATION [for their salvation]!  Their ruling council rejected Him and caused Him to be murdered by the Romans! (John 12:37–48) Jesus wept because of their hard-heartedness, and because He knew all about the disasters that lay ahead for Jerusalem and the Jews during the Days of Vengeance that would fall on the city and its people in AD 66–74! (cf. Isaiah 61:2b, Matt. 24:2, 15–22) Unfortunately, like many ‘so-called’ Christians today, the Jews back then, had a very ‘soft and foolish’ view of God and His Holiness with respect to the judgements to be meted out to those who are NOT in Christ!

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD! (Matt. 23:37-39; ex. Psalm 118:26)

The Jewish nation won’t see Him again, until He comes in power and glory to rescue the ‘meek and humble remnant of Israel’ who are still alive (Isaiah 2:12–17) and suffering from the chaos prophesied in Zephaniah 3:11–20; Zechariah 12:10–14; Malachi 4:1 and Matt. 24:29–31 prior to Christ’s Second Coming. When He does appear, the Jews are going to mourn for Him whom they pierced! The same applies to Gentiles who have denied his Sonship and sacrifice. On that day their blindness and their lack of understanding about God’s provision for dealing with their sin will be removed (Isaiah 6:9–13). Even so, today, for any Jews (and Gentiles) who repent and believe in the name of Jesus as their Messiah His everlasting righteousness is available right now. He is also continually interceding in the Holy of Holies for those who call on His name (cf. Daniel’s pre-nativity vision in Dan 7:13–14, with Rev. 5:9). Isaiah also writes about a ‘remnant’ of Israel being saved during the Millennium period (Isaiah 11:10–12, 16; cf. Romans 9:27–28,). Jesus did say ‘whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life!’

The things that Jesus mentioned in His dissertation in Matthew 24:9–13, and Luke 21:12–19; that would occur in the end time, i.e., persecution, falling away from faith, rebellion against God, false prophets, and lawlessness toward justice, are the very same things that Paul says will precede the revelation of ‘the man of sin, the son of perdition’ who appears just before the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Day of the Lord, and our gathering together to Him. (2 Thess. 2:1–4).

In spite of all these things occurring now, as we wait for His return, the Gospel will be preached as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matt. 24:9–14; Luke 21:12–19)