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THE JEWS IN BIBLE PROPHECY
(LECTURE NUMBER 2 ON BIBLE PROPHECY)
by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.
A lesson given at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins” (Romans 11:25-27).
The Abrahamic Covenant gave the land of Canaan to him and his seed unconditionally.
Genesis 12:1-2, 5-7.
(reconfirmed in Genesis 13:14-17; 15:1-7; 17:1-8).
The gift of the land was eternal, but was modified by three dispersions and restorations. Two dispersions and restorations have happened,
1. Into Egypt and returned, under Moses and then Joshua.
2. Into Babylonia and returned, under Nehemiah and then Ezra.
Israel is now at the end of the third dispersion, which began under Rome in 70 A.D.
Ezekiel 37:11-14 (cf. 38:8; 38:16).
Replacement theology came over from Catholicism into covenant theology. It teaches, basically, that the “church” replaces Israel. All the blessings given, regarding Israel, now belong to the “church.” But, the curses pronounced on Israel belong to the Jews! The “church” is not “spiritual Israel.” The Jews have always been, and still are, Israel, I Corinthians 10:32. That verse shows the distinction between the Jews (that is, unsaved Jews), the Gentiles (unsaved Gentiles), and the church of God (made up of Jews and Gentiles who believe in Jesus). To say that God is through with the Jews is to say that God sees only two groups: the lost Gentiles and the church. But I Corinthians 10:32 says that God sees three groups: (1) The unconverted Jews, (2) the unconverted Gentiles, (3) the church of God, which is composed of converted Christians – both Jews and Gentiles.
Israel’s possession of the land of Canaan comes solely from God’s sovereign grace, Deuteronomy 7:7; 9:5-6.
History shows that God has preserved the nation of Israel. The Philistines, the Hittites, the Moabites, and many other ancient peoples vanished long ago. The great civilizations of Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome flourished and then decayed, each in turn absorbed by their conqueror, leaving behind only trinkets to intrigue the archaeologists and historians. Not so with the Jews! There they stand – alone, different, unchanged. Beaten and hated by the nations of the world, the Jews remain as the eternal nation.
Through fire and sword and hatred, the world has learned that the Jews cannot be destroyed. Surrounded on all sides by a sea of Muslim hostility, the Jews travel back to their ancient homeland after an absence of nearly two thousand years. The two most ancient continuing civilizations are those of the Chinese and the Jews. But the Chinese did it in isolation, protected from the outside world by the Great Wall of China. The Jews did it while they were scattered throughout every nation on earth – including China – and constantly under heavy persecution century after century!
Some have compared the Jews to the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace – being put through the hottest flames of human anger, only to have their bands burned. Neither Caesar, nor the Inquisition, nor the death camps of Hitler could stop them. The testimony of the ages shows that the Jews are indestructible, imperishable, abiding, enduring, endless – the everlasting nation! The only one of its kind in the history of the world!
Dispersions – of the Jews in Modern Times
70 A.D. The Temple was destroyed and the Jews were dispersed throughout the world.
135 A.D. The remaining Jews rebelled against Rome under Bar Kochba. They experienced horrible suffering and became world-wanderers.
320-636 A.D. The land of Canaan came under the control of the Arabs.
622-1072 A.D. The Muslims controlled the land; they erected the “Dome of the Rock” on the former site of the Jewish Temple.
622-1917. The land was ruled by the Seljuks, Mamelukes, and the subsequent Ottoman Empire. All were Muslims.
(1099-1187 A.D. The Catholic Crusaders controlled the land, more or less, for this period of about 100 years).
1917-1922. England controlled the land. The English Balfour Agreement offered hope of a homeland for the wandering Jews. The British continued to administer the land under a League of Nations mandate. The British sought to divide the land between the Arabs and the Jews, but this never happened.
May 14, 1948. Israel declared statehood. The U.S., Britain and the United Nations recognized Israel in less than 15 minutes as a sovereign nation.
Persecution and Suffering of the Jews – A Partial List
In A.D. 70 and 135 the Jews were massacred and completely driven out of Israel.
In A.D. 1096 12,000 Jews were killed in Germany in a three-month period.
In A.D. 1290 the Jews were banished from England.
In A.D. 1348 the Jews were blamed for the Black Plague and were persecuted; untold thousands were massacred.
In A.D. 1492 the Spanish Inquisition was launched. Uncounted thousands of Jews were slaughtered; 110,000 Jews were forced to flee for their lives from Spain.
In 1516 the first ghetto was created in Venice. The Jews were herded into it to live in poverty.
In 1883 the largest Jewish population lived in Russia. When the pogroms were instituted 500 Jewish villages were destroyed. Over 60,000 Jews were killed. Many times that number were imprisoned and persecuted. Thousands fled from Russia.
In 1933 to 1945 the extermination of all Jewish people was attempted by Hitler and the Nazis. At least 6 million Jews were slaughtered in gas chambers, by firing squads and poisonings. In that same period the Fascists, the Communists and others persecuted the Jews. But the Jewish people miraculously survived. Pastor Wurmbrand was in prison in Romania. He was a Jewish believer in Jesus. He said he was beaten twice, while others were only beaten once. First, he was beaten for being a Jew. A little later he was beaten again for being a Christian!
From 1948 to the present – Muslim Arabs have attempted repeatedly to destroy Israel. The Muslims have launched missiles against Israel, repeatedly striking the first blow, and then criticizing the Jews for defending themselves! Israel has been victimized time and again by terrorist attacks. The United Nations and the countries of the world have repeatedly blamed the Jews for defending themselves after they are attacked! Peace talks have been continually started, but halted by the Muslims. The stated, openly acknowledged, purpose of Hamas is to destroy Israel. “Peace” talks with Muslim groups like that are only for show – to fool the West. The Muslims have never had, and never will have, any real peace treaty with Israel.
The Jews endure forever because God’s mercy endures forever! Psalm 136:16-24.
“To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever: And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever: And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever: Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever: And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever” (Psalm 136:16-24).
“If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy” (Psalm 137:5-6).
“Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God” (Jeremiah 32:37-38).
Frederick the Great of Prussia asked his chaplain for the strongest proof of the existence of God. The chaplain replied, “The Jews, Your Majesty. The existence of the Jews is the greatest proof of the existence of God!”
The New Testament also tells us that God is not through with the Jews.
1. Consider the angel’s announcement to Mary, Luke 1:31-33.
2. Consider the prayer of Christ for the Jewish people, Luke 23:34.
3. Consider Christ’s lament over Jerusalem as further proof that the Jews have not been rejected, Matthew 23:39.
4. Consider the clear teaching of the Apostle Paul, Romans 11:25-29.
5. Consider the rebirth of the State of Israel in 1948,
The Bible reveals several things that will happen to the Jewish people in the future.
1. The Antichrist, the coming world dictator, will sign a peace treaty with Israel, Daniel 9:27.
2. The Jewish Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem, II Thessalonians 2:4.
3. The Jews will witness for Christ throughout the world, Revelation 7:1-8.
4. The Jews will turn to Jesus, their Messiah, Zechariah 12:10; 13:1.
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