My last post was about ISRAEL AND PROPHECY
Along with some peripheral thoughts
with this post we will do part two of that lesson
1] Back in the GM boom time, which was way back in the twentieth century. A popular saying was
as it goes with GM so it goes it with America.
a] And in those simpler times that was basically true.
2] A more exact saying is
As it goes with Israel, so it goes with America,
As it goes with Israel
so goes the world.
If you think about it the fact that, the tiny country of Israel being a main topic in today’s news is amazing in itself. Can you think of any other small country getting that much attention?
Here is something to think about, God’s promises to Israel include preserving the Land for the “Children of Jacob,” the Jews. He has done that. God promises to defend Israel, He is doing that. God promises to curse nations that try to hurt Israel.
WARNING – WARNING – WARNING
Because America is and has been trying to force Israel to trade, give, and sell its land for peace and its acceptance of the Iran nuclear trade deal, America may now be included with those other, obvious, God cursed nations.
ISRAEL Is God’s land and God’s people
Therefore it behooves us to know the
who, what, when, where and the why of
ISRAEL as it reflects PROPHECY.
It “all began with a man named BRADY”
OOPS THIS ISN’T THE BRADY BUNCH
IT’S THE ABRAM BUNCH
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
GOD SAID I WILL
bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee
Here is a partial list of nations that have tried, unsuccessfully to destroy Israel:
EGYPT – BABYLON – ROME – GERMANY – ENGLAND AND MAYBE, PROBABLY
GOD SAID THROUGH ISRAEL
all families of the earth be blessed.
The Jews have contributed to the advancement of society more then any other race or nationality.
I reallize that may be an impossible statement to prove but if you check it out I think you will be amazed at what you find.
GENESIS 12:3 is about Christ Jesus the Lord.
All families of the earth are blessed, IN HIM
CHRIST JESUS WAS A JEW
Born of the tribe of JUDAH
Of the linage of King David.
ABRAHAM had 2 BOYS
Ishmael, the first born, and Isaac
GOD DIDN’T COUNT ISHMAEL AS A SON OF ABRAHAM, because he was illegitimate.
God’s chosen one, JESUS the LORD, was to be of the bloodline of Abraham and Sarah.
Not Abraham and Hagar.
We just never ever learn to do things God’s way.
How about YOU? Are you doing things God’s way? Most people would not be able to answer that question because they don’t read the King James 1611 Bible, or any of the modern ones either. Then they wonder why their life is a mess. No matter most of them would take the mess rather then submit to God’s authority. I use the word submit in that last sentence with the Mixed Martial Arts competition in mind.
Gen 22:2 And he [JESUS, JEHOVAH] said, Take now thy son,
thine only son ISAAC,
whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
ISAAC had 2 sons
ESAU WHO IS EDOM (Gen 36:19)
JACOB WHO IS ISRAEL (Gen 35:10)
In Genesis 27, ISAAC wants to bless his son Esau before he dies.
Instead ISAAC blesses Jacob
ISAAC BLESSES JACOB
Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.
That is the same promise we read in genesis 12:3.
in Genesis chapter 32 verse 28
God renames Jacob ISRAEL
Gen 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
GENESIS 32:28 is the first time Israel is used in the King James Bible
1] ISRAEL is in the Bible 2,576 times
2] CHRISTIAN is in the King James Bible 3 times.
A] once in Acts 26:28
Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
once in 1st Peter 4:16
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
B] and its plural, Christians once in Acts 11:26
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
That is a total of three times
compared to 2,576 times for ISRAEL.
I am only POINTING OUT that Israel is the key to PROPHECY.
America is a BIT player
Rome is a BIT player.
ISLAM is a BIT player
The Pope is a BIT player
A BIT PLAYER IS SUBJECT TO THE MAIN PLAYER –
and the main player in this scenario is ISRAEL.
LUKE 21 WE read about Israel’s role in prophecy
Luk 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
This is how, “they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations,” happened:
In 66 A.D. the Jews instigated a rebellion against Roman rule.
That rebellion continued until 70 A.D.
ROME ANSWERED BY SENDING
a Roman military force led by the Roman general, TITUS consisting of about 30,000 troops
THEY breached the walls and entered Jerusalem.
They destroyed everything, including God’s Temple.
Brutally slaughtering 600,000 to 100,000 Jews,
THE NEXT AND FINAL REVOLT HAPPENED 65 YEARS LATER WHEN
Simon Bar Kochba LED AN uprising
He actually established an independent state
that lasted 3 years
The end came when
HADRIAN emperor of Rome
IN A.D. 135 attacked Jerusalem
the Romans killed 580,000 Jews
That pretty much put
the end of Jews in Jerusalem
and throughout Israel,
Hadrian ALSO changed the name of ISRAEL to Palestine
For the next 1,900 years
Israel was A desolate LAND
The Jews were slaughtered and forced to live in ghettos and hatred for them was close at hand always regardless of the nation where they tried to find peace and safety.
That hatred climaxed in Nazi Germany where
6 million Jews were systematically murdered
BUT GOD will and has watched over Israel as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings (Matthew 23:37), and that is why Israel is a nation today! That is a promise in the following passage:
Jer 31:10 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
Jer 31:11 For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.
The “time of the gentiles” in Luke 21:24,(in the above verse)
began around B.C. 597 – That is when BABYLON destroyed Jerusalem.
And it will end at the second advent of the LORD Jesus Christ.
Much of our study will be in the
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
ALL SCRIPTURE Meaning both the Old Testament and
the New Testament.
If you are studying prophecy then you will be in the Old Testament a lot.
From GENESIS 12 TO Acts it was all Israel
When the Church age began,
Israel was put on the back burner on a low simmer
THE CHURCH AGE IS NOW
OVER 2,000 years LONG.
ENDS THE CHURCH AGE
2nd Thessalonians 2:7
For the mystery [Revelation 17:5] of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth (HINDERS) will let (hinder), until he be taken out of the way. [definition of let is in Romans 1:13]
It is the Holy Ghost who fights sin
He fights against sin through us
THROUGH THE CHURCH
When Christians loose their convictions and begin loving what God hates
When Christians quench the Holy Ghost
THE CHURCH IS LOOSING THE BATTLE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Our society is killing babies
It supports and encourages sodomy
It believes that evil is good and good is evil
Society, in America, teach that real Christians are stupid, cruel, and dangerous – AND that Islam is a religion of peace –
In 1891 the U.S. Supreme Court made this remarkable statement: “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind, and it’s impossible that it should be otherwise: and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian” (Church of the Holy Trinity v. The United States).
1962 School pray is illegal
1973 Abortion the murdering of infants
2003 sodomy is okay
2015 Same sex MARRIAGE is OKAY
The Holy Ghost indwells believers
That is why
THE CHURCH IS
THE CONSCIENCE OF A COUNTRY
And therefore if the holy ghost
” be taken out of the way”
(2nd Thesalonians 2:8)
then we go with him.
And when we go
We take the light with us
2nd Thessalonians 2: 7-8
For the mystery [Revelation 17:5] of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Thesalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
ONE reason for believing in a pre-trib rapture is Israel.
The TRIBULATION is
JUST LIKE it was IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
The tribulation is pay back time for all the nations that have hurt Israel, the apple of Gods eye.
Joel 3:1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
That will be the time when
Zec 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
Zec 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
Zec 12:3 And 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.
Today it is faith
We believe the Bible
That is all we have
THE MOST IMPORTANT CONVICTION ANY CHRISTIAN CAN HAVE IS
THE PRESERVATION OF GOD’S WORD
IN THE King James BIBLE
EVERYTHING WE ARE STUDYING IS BASED ON THAT
In the tribulation it is back to signs
The Jew needs signs
1Co 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
The Jews are a special RACE of people
THEY are different from
ITALIAN – FRENCH – RUSSIAN – ARAB
THERE ARE ONLY TWO GROUPS OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD
the Jews AND the Gentiles.
[actually three. The Christians are a group unto themselves]
THE JEWS ARE SPECIAL
they are unique standing alone as God’s chosen people
Isa 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
Deu 7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
Deu 7:8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
God tells us
WHY He chose the Jews
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: [2, ABRAM + SARAH]
Deu 7:8 But because the LORD loved you [ GOD saw the whole thing, the BIRTH OF HIS SON] , and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers [ Abraham, Isaac, Jacob], hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
I will post part three next time