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Is Israel's return the fulfilment of The Millennium?

EsculentJun 19, 2019, 11:51:35 AM
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As non-believers, so many Christians are ignorant of the prophesies concerning Israel in the last days attributing their return to the land in 1948 as the fulfilment of Christ's Millennial Kingdom on earth, and this although it is to be established after, and not before the return of the King.

Revelation 11:15
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Even the Disciples made the same mistake before Jesus’ crucifixion, as well as after He had risen, and shortly before He ascended to where He first came.

Acts 1:6-9
6 When they [The Disciples] therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

When Israel came out of Egypt as a nation, they were given the opportunity of entering the land of promise under the terms of a covenant, a covenant that stated they would receive great blessing for obedience to its terms but suffer terrible consequences if they disobeyed, to which they wholeheartedly agreed not considering the fallen state of man which the law seeks to expose, that those convicted might seek a saviour.

1 Corinthians 15:56
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

There are few places in scripture where the terms of this covenant are better related than in Deuteronomy 27, ratified later in Joshua 8 once they had entered the land.

In Leviticus 26 there are five levels of curses recorded regarding this covenant, the following curse always spoken of as seven times more severe than the previous if they rejected God's chastisement, with the fifth level having them cast out of the land once matured. The first time they were cast out was because amongst other things, they had failed to give the land its Sabbath rest as the terms of the covenant…

Leviticus 25:3-4
3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;
4 But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.

Which having failed to keep for 490 years [70 weeks of years] they owed the land seventy years rest. Thus came the word of the Lord through the prophet Jeremiah...

Jeremiah 25:11
And this whole land [Israel] shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations [Israel and the surrounding nations] shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

And indeed, with the Jews taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, Canaan received her Sabbath rest while the Jews as it were... ‘remained by the river of Babylon' [Ps 137:1-4]

Leviticus 26:34
Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies' land [Babylon]; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths.

And Seventy Years later, Daniel, a Jewish captive of Babylon while reading the very same verse [Jer 25:11] suddenly understood that the seventy years was almost up, so set about praying a national prayer of repentance according to to the words of Solomon [2 Chron 6:37-39] who had built the original Temple Nebuchadnezzar had burned down.

Daniel 9:2-4
2 In the first year of his reign [Darius King of Babylon] I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
4 And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;

And God answered his prayer by moving the heart of Cyrus, King of Persia to send the Jews home shortly after he had conquered Babylon by marching his forces along the Euphrates and under Babylon’s great iron levered gates, the waters of Euphrates having been diverted upstream. For having conquered the city, Cyrus sent those Jews who wished to return home under the leadership of Ezra the scribe, and not without provision for he sent with them gold, silver and great riches as well as letters of authority to the governor of Samaria, all foretold by Isaiah the prophet before Cyrus had even been born. [Is 45:4]

Isaiah 44:26-45:1
26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:
27 That saith to the deep [Euphrates], Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers:
28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.
45:1 Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

Indeed, Cyrus sent the Jews home under Ezra the scribe, and this seventy years after they had been cast out of Israel for refusing to keep their end of a covenant they had willingly entered, though Jeremiah had warned them to return to God. [Jer 21:10 + 52:13]

Ezra 1:1-3
1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house [Rebuild the Temple] at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house [The Temple] of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.

Yet having returned, the Jews quickly forgot their covenant to the point that when their King presented Himself on the very day foretold by Daniel 9:25, they not only rejected, but crucified Him in accordance to [Daniel 9:26] which is why Jesus said on the very day He revealed Himself to them as their King…

Luke 19:42-44
42 If thou hadst known, even thou [Jerusalem], at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies [Rome] shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

And as Josephus recorded in his book ‘The Jewish War’, Titus the Roman not only levelled Jerusalem in 70AD but set the very Temple on fire that he had commanded should be saved, and this to fulfil the both Daniel 9:26 as well as Jesus Words in...

Luke 21:5-6
5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,
6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Titus then scattering the Jews throughout the known world to fulfill the curse.

Deuteronomy 28:64
And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.

But how shall the end-time prophesies be fulfilled if the Jews are not in Israel to fulfill them?

I'm sure you've already worked that one out. Yes, indeed God brought them back in 1948.

Ezekiel 11:17
Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; I will even gather you [The Jews] from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.

But the big question is…

Were the Jews brought back into Israel as an answer to the Disciples question?

Acts 1:6-7
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

Indeed, have they returned to establish the Millennial Kingdom where a righteous nation shall reign supreme over all the kingdoms of the earth, wherein shall be peace, joy and long life shall ensue?

Isaiah 65:18-20
18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.

In no way!

For it is obvious to any enquiring, that Israel has not returned in fulfilment of those prophesies, I mean, just look at their cities full of sin, unbelief and violence yet within Jacob is God's remnant. No, Israel hasn't been returned to establish the Kingdom before the return of its King, for we are clearly told that Christ’s Millennial Kingdom will only be established after He has appeared and judges the nations [Acts 17:31].

Revelation 11:15
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Rather, Jacob has been brought back from the nations in unbelief to be refined, that in their tribulation God might discover a remnant, even during Jacob's Trouble…

Jeremiah 30:5-7
5 For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.
6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he [a remnant] shall be saved out of it.

For Jacob has been gathered into God’s crucible for refinement…

Zechariah 13:9
And I will bring the third part 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 [Hos 5:15], and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

And this with Satan flushing them out from the four corners of the earth through the likes of Islam and Antisemitism, both driven by an ancient hatred once spawned in the heart of Esau now so long ago, from where it has spread to all peoples.

Ezekiel 35:5 - [Ez 25:15]
Because thou [Edom] hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end:

And God Himself will draw the armies of Antichrist against Jerusalem with a hook, that He might discover His treasure hidden from Satan in Jacob.

Zechariah 14:1-2
1 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

And in their tribulation [Matt 24:15-22] the eyes of a remnant shall be opened, who seeing they killed their King shall weep as a man weeps for the death of his only child.

Zechariah 12:10
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.

Who through repentance shall then fulfill the necessary requirements for the return of their King.

Hosea 5:15
I [Jesus] will go and return to my place [3rd Heaven], till they [The Jews] acknowledge their offence [of killing their King], and seek my face: in their affliction [the Gt Tribulation] they will seek me early. [Zech 13:9]

For they shall call on His name... and He will answer them!

Zechariah 14:3
Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations [that He brought against Jerusalem], as when he fought in the day of battle.

So the conclusion of my message is this...
Don’t blame God and every Christian for everything Israel does, and this just because some mistakenly believe 'unbelieving Jacob' can't put a foot wrong, and that God is so overjoyed with them that He is about to set up a Kingdom we know shall appear only after, and not before Christ has returned, even Christ their King.

Finally, a word of warning to those who driven by an ancient hatred seek Israel’s demise, for regardless of men’s assumptions God’s Word will stand, and this even though Israel currently slumbers in unbelief.

Proverbs 19:21
There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

 Who has stated and will not repent…

Genesis 12:3
And I will bless them that bless thee [Israel], and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. [Through Christ]

For Israel shall remain in the land up and until God draws the armies of Antichrist against them, whom He shall use to refine Jacob, and this shortly before decimating those nations who lent their armies to Antichrist for Jacob's destruction.

Zechariah 14:16
And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King [during the Millennium], the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

Indeed, God will cursed those that curse Israel until the end, Gog included with Magog and the hoards of Antichrist when He rises against them. For within Jacob is a remnant, whose forefathers God made a promise and a vow that even Balaam could not betray, though he sought after it earnestly that he might prosper.

Numbers 23:19-21
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
20 Behold, I [Balaam] have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.
21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the Lord his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.

For whosoever touches Israel touches the Apple of God’s eye [Zech 2:8] and they shall not escape unscathed.

Zechariah 12:2-3
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.
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.

So there sits Jacob in his own land with some mistakenly interpreting this as the fulfilment of a Kingdom God has clearly told us shall only appear after Christ's return, and not before.

Yet leave him alone, else be cursed with those who curse Israel. For God will not forget those who hate him… no, not even those He shall bring against Jacob on the day His discovers His remnant, a remnant whom God shall seek for earnestly in the day of "Jacob's Trouble".