By Ron Ross, February, 2012
Are we seeing the signs the Lord spoke about in Matthew 24?
Matt. 24:7-13 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
“At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
“Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”
Matt. 24:32 – 33 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.”
Matthew 24: 39 He said: “And they were unaware until the flood came and swept them away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”
So what to do? How should we respond?
The New King James Bible translation of Isaiah 59:19-20 says this…… “When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him. The Redeemer will come to Zion….”
There is a day of reckoning coming.
The Prophet Isaiah announced – The Sovereign Lord will come with power (40:10)
The Teachers Commentary points out from Isaiah “The Holy One of Israel will bring judgment on the earth. (41:14-15)
The English Standard Version Bible translation of Isaiah 59:19-20 says: So they shall fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun;
for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the LORD drives. And a Redeemer will come to Zion.”
A redeemer is one who buys back property that has been sold. A redeemer is one who buys back a family member who has fallen.
The word go’al translated ‘redeemer’ means avenge, revenge, do the part of a kinsman.
I learned a long time ago to ‘look to Him and be radiant, so your faces will never be ashamed.” (Psalm 34: 5)
Psalm 71: 1 is more personal. David says, “In you O Lord, I have taken refuge. Let me never be ashamed.”
God has given us a modern day witness for success against the most brutal of circumstances – the Jewish people.
How is it they continue to be successful? Even prosper?
Over 300 years ago, King Louis XIV of France asked Blaise Pascal, the great Christian philosopher, to give him proof of God. Pascal answered, “Why the Jews, your Majesty, the Jews!”
Mark Twain, an agnostic and self-acknowledged skeptic, penned this in 1899 in Harper’s Magazine:
“Other peoples have sprung up, and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out and they sit in twilight now or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal, but the Jew. All other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”
Winston Churchill – Prime Minister of Great Britain
“Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.”
– Leo Tolstoy (What is the Jew? quoted in The Final Resolution, pg. 189, printed in Jewish World periodical, 1908)
“The Jew – is the symbol of eternity. … He is the one who for so long had guarded the prophetic message and transmitted it to all mankind. A people such as this can never disappear.
The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity.”
I began to research amazing contributions by Jewish men and women and found them in Chemistry, Physics, Medicine, Economics, Computer – Hardware and software, Agriculture, Energy – of course defence and even in water conservation.
The evidence comes as no surprise to believers.
God spoke to Israel saying:
“And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, And so you shall be a blessing.” (Gen 12: 2)
There should be no surprise Israel is a great nation or that it has the anointing to be a significant, even a life-changing blessing. God said this would happen.
1) The first lesson we learn from the Jewish people is their commitment to the Torah.
Genesis 17:7 “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu and other important Israeli leaders believe in this covenant and they make their political decisions accordingly.
This same promise is ours – in the Lord.
2) Hatred towards Israel and the Jews takes place because of their faithful commitment to the Sovereignty of God. To dethrone and replace the Jew is to prove God does not exist.
Christians are persecuted because of Yeshua, who is the Word who became flesh.
John 15:18-21 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.
“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
“But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.
Persecution is a sign of authenticity about our faith.
The Apostle Paul who had been a Christian persecutor, explained how closely Jews and Christians are connected.
Gal. 3:16 “Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.
Let’s consider that phrase – ‘And to your seed, that is, Christ.’
The word ‘seed’ is from the Hebrew ‘zera.’
In the way Paul has used it, ‘seed’ refers to the descendants of Abraham. That unites us with the Jewish people through the Abrahamic lineage.
Children of Abraham.
Gal. 3:6-9 “Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.
“The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.
Jews and Christians are children of Abraham.
Today more than ever we share together in persecution.
Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, was once 90% Christian. Today it has a 65% Moslem majority.
The only place in the Mideast where Christian communities continue to grow is in the Jewish State of Israel.