Volume 30, Issue 1 _________________________________Bible Prophecy Ministry

Until Israel Learns to Cry

      When Jesus left this old world nearly 2000 years ago, he left as one that was despised and rejected, and as one acquainted with grief, and as one being lowly esteemed, and also branded as a loser by by his very own people.

      It was said of him; He came unto his own, (Israel) and his own received him not. Yet, even after being so utterly rejected by the chosen nation of Israel; Jesus left his calling card with the very same nation that he chose to come to.

      That calling card stipulated that Israel, God's own elect; must learn to cry and mourn for his only son, whom they had pierced, and rejected as their king, upon his first visitation to his chosen nation.

      Jesus proclaimed to them in Matthew 23:39,

      For I say unto you ( Israel ), Ye shall not see me ( Jesus ) henceforth; till ye ( Israel ) shall say; "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord".

      While it is a well played out historical fact that the nation of Israel has endured the harshest of treatment that this old evil world can unleash; and it has wept many, many tears in the lands of its Diaspora; it still yet has not learned to cry out in mourning for the only one that can deliver them from their varied afflictions.

      On that old daunting pathway, trailing out from Jerusalem to Golgotha's hill; a vast crowd assembled 2000 years ago to watch Jesus as he was being led to slaughter. Amongst the crowd that day were a relatively modest few mourners; weeping and lamenting for Jesus, as he trudged on up the hill on his way to the cross to be executed.

      Suddenly, Jesus turned to the crowd of mourners, and said, "Do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children". ( Luke 23:28 )

      Jesus knew very well about the long historic ordeal which lay in store for the children of Israel. He was acutely aware that the great Red Dragon would pursue Israel endlessly in a devilish attempt to annihilate all of the children of Israel; and particularly that particular generation of the children of Israel that succeeded the great and miraculous, sudden rebirth of the nation of Israel.

      Probably no other event in all of history can more unequivocally depict the weeping that the children of Israel have endured more adequately than the horror of the twentieth century Holocaust. An estimated 6-8 million children of Jewish ancestry suffered merciless demonic-instigated efforts to totally exterminate every remnant of God's chosen people from off the face of the earth.

      Why did this happen? How could it even occur? It should come as no surprise to the average Bible prophecy student that Israel holds a unique position in the providential plan of God. Because the nation of Israel has been set aside by God to be a witness unto all the nations of the world; Satan has historically set out upon a conspiratorial fiendish course to wipe out the nation that God chose for his name.

      If Satan could have ever accomplished the complete extermination of Israel, he could have undermined the entire plan of God for Israel, and indeed for all of the nations of the whole world.

      Even through Israel's disobedience, God has used the nation of Israel as a history-object lesson for every gentile nation.

      The original promise of God way back in Genesis chapter 12:3 stipulated that the whole family of nations would be blessed through the tiny nation of Israel. It is a fact of reality that Israel has delivered a blessing to all nations by producing the lineage for the birth of the son of God, and who has availed salvation to all men. But even that wonderful miracle and gift is not the blessing that Israel shall one day be for all peoples of the earth.

      There is an as yet unrealized blessing in store for the world and all of its peoples. It shall only come however when Israel learns to mourn for Jesus!

      Israel has shed many tears down through the long centuries since Israel crucified Jesus; but unfortunately, none of the tears that it has ever shed, have been shed in mourning the loss of the only begotten son of God.

      The modern state of Israel today is a society which still does not recognize Jesus. In fact, the overwhelming majority of Israeli citizens are atheistic. Most of today’s Israeli population generally are considered to be secular Jews. A secular Jew is a person of the Judaistic faith, but does not necessarily follow the customary Jewish laws. Approximately 60% of Israeli Jews are classified as secular humanists.

      Jewish culture today is a great mixture of various ethnic immigrant background. Since Israel has absorbed hundreds of thousands of immigrants from every single country of the world; it has produced a people melting pot, much like in the United States. Jews are coming to Israel to escape persecution in the lands they have lived in for hundreds of years. Israel is quickly turning into one of the most densely populated areas per/sq. mi. in the entire world. Hence the great need for land to construct settlements for the incoming people.

      European Jews that endured and survived the great Holocaust of World War II and immigrated to the new state of Israel in the early 50's have held to a mindset of indifference to God. The prevailing attitude of that generation of Jewry has been that if there really was a God; he would not have permitted the awful atrocities of the Holocaust to be perpetrated upon any peoples; let alone a people supposedly chosen for God's name.

      The successive generations of Jewry that have grown up in Israel have come to rely upon the power of their own government. The overwhelming success of the new state of Israel to defend itself against imposing invaders has instilled a sense of pride and self-security within a large portion of the younger Israeli's. There simply isn't a prevailing sense of spiritual need in secular Israel, and most particularly when it comes to the dreams of peace with her Arab neighbors.

      The political thrust for peace in Israel today is based upon a belief that the opposing Muslim nations simply will accept peace with Israel once a resolution suitable for all parties can be worked out. Many Israeli's simply are weary of fighting a fight for the traditional Zionist vision of a Jewish homeland with a new Temple built in Jerusalem for a minority sect of observant Jews.

      So, to make a long story short, in essence, today by attempting to forge a compromised peace by traveling down the pathway of the infamous Middle East Peace Process; Israel is seeking to find a haven of peace and solitude in the world, whereby having obtained such a secure place, she will no longer be found weeping from the evils of persecution inflicted upon her by the mad nations of the world.

      The true matter of fact however for Israel is that its days of weeping in this world will never be ended by its diplomatic gestures of compromise to secure a deal for a lasting peace with the nations of this world. One day soon Israel will think that its weeping days are at last over, when the Antichrist guarantees their security from any potential adversaries. But, alas, just as Jesus himself has forewarned; Israel will cry and bewail amid the coming days of her trouble and deception!

      Israel will soon enter into a covenant arrangement with a grand imposter that will promise Israel that she will never again have to cry. Unfortunately though for Israel, she will find herself enduring the most despotic times of mourning in her entire history!

      Israel has endured a historic hardship of mourning among the nations of this world because of its outright disobedience to the Lord, their God. Back during the exodus, and upon entering into the promised land to take possession of the promised land; God set before the nation of Israel the opportunities to be a national blessing to the nations of the world, or else become a reproach to them, encountering their hatred for many generations.

      Deuteronomy 28: 63-66

      And it shall come to pass, that as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked off the land whither thou goest to possess it.

      And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shallt serve other Gods, which neither thou nor thy Father's have known, even wood and stone.

      And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind;

      And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night; and shall have none assurance of thy life.

      Thus has been the history of the wandering Jew! A place for a national homeland has been historically denied to him ever since the days of its national sin; and particularly so during the days of its long Diaspora, after Israel simply rejected Jesus as their Messiah, and suffered the humiliating loss of its heritage.

      Jeremiah 3:20-22 Surely as a wife treacherously departeth her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, (God) O house of Israel, saith the Lord.

      A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel; for they have perverted their ways, and they have forgotten the Lord their God. Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your back slidings.

      But God is not through with Israel!

      When the time shall come that Israel finally learns to cry out in mourning for Jesus, then shall blessings once again rain down upon Israel, and therefore upon all the nations of the whole world.

      Jesus flatly stated to Israel that they would not see him again until they learned to cry out in bitterness for him, and return unto the Lord their God. These conditions are in exact correlation with the statements of the Old Testament which drew the comparisons of Israel being in a state of spiritual estrangement from God. For instance:

      Amos 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentations; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all the loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.

      In endeavoring to write upon this theme of Israel's age of lamentation; and its subsequent prophetic days of end-time national repentance, I find that nothing simplifies nor enhances the intent of this message any better than the plain statements from Ezekiel chapter 36. Therein are stated the plain facts of the whole matter concerning the house of Israel and that grand future day awaiting when Israel finally meets the requirement spoken of by Jesus.

      Ezekiel 36:17 Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and to by their evil doings; their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman!

      Ezekiel 36:21-23 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.

      Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O House of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.

      And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you (Israel) before their eyes.

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