11 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
15 And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make [men] go over dryshod.
16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from
Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
Note that God says in verse 11 that God will set His hand the second time to recover the remnant of His people scattered over the Earth. The fact that He hasn't destroyed the Nile river nor the Red Sea shows that this is yet a future event.
And there have been only two times in history where Israel and Judah have been driven from
the land that God promised them.
But first, a little historical background.
King Solomon had excessively taxed all of Israel during his reign in order to finance his lavish building projects and lifestyle. His subjects had borne this heavy burden for 40 years, and with the death of Solomon they saw an opportunity to try to obtain relief through a petition to his son Rehoboam who had succeeded him to the throne.
However, God had already told Solomon that because of his sins of worshiping other gods because of his many wives in direct disobedience to the Law of Moses, He would tear the kingdom away from his son, but would leave his son a remnant to rule over in order to keep His promise to David that there would remain kings from David's lineage until the promised Messiah came.As Scripture relates;
I KINGS 11:1-13
1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, [and] Hittites;
2 Of the nations [concerning] which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: [for] surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon cleaved unto these in love.
3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, [that] his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as [was] the heart of David his father.
5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as [did] David his father.
7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that [is] before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,
10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.
11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: [but] I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.
13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; [but] will give one tribe to thy son for David
my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen.
God had also previously prophesied that Jeroboam the son of Nebat, Solomon's servant, would rule over the ten tribes that would be torn from his son. Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam, who in turn fled to Egypt.
I KINGS 12:1-19
1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.
2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard [of it], (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;)
3 That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,
4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.
5 And he said unto them, Depart yet [for] three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.
6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?
7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, [and] which stood before him:
9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?
10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou [it] lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little [finger] shall be thicker than my father's loins.
11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day.
13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him;
14 And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father [also] chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither [have we] inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.
17 But [as for] the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who [was] over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
Apparently Rehoboam didn't learn too easily. When the 10 tribes turned away from him, he arrogantly sent his tax collector to get the taxes that his father Solomon had previously collected year by year. The people in turn stoned the tax collector to death, causing Rehoboam to flee in fear for his life.
I wonder what happened to his friends who had given him the poisonous counsel that caused the
I KINGS 12:20-24
20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.
21 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
23 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying,
24 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of
Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to
the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD.
Rehoboam undoubtedly knew of the prophecy given to Solomon that the kingdom would be torn from Rehoboam's hands, yet he still defied God and tried to send 180,000 men to war against Israel, determining that if Israel would not submit themselves willingly, they would submit by force.
Fortunately, the warriors chose to heed the word of the Lord, and returned home. I think the fact that
Scripture doesn't record Rehoboam questioning as to why God allowed this to happen, shows that he
was aware of the prophecy given to his father. But I can only speculate here.
The 10 tribes of Israel seceded from Judah in 931 B.C.
In 723 B.C. the Northern Kingdom of Israel was completely destroyed by king Sennacherib of Assyria, and it's inhabitants deported to Assyria. The Northern Kingdom of Israel never reappeared in history again.
II KINGS 25:1-21
1 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth [day] of the month, [that] Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about.
2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.
3 And on the ninth [day] of the [fourth] month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.
4 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war [fled] by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which [is] by the king's garden: (now the Chaldees [were] against the city round about:) and [the king] went the way toward the plain.
5 And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him.
6 So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him.
7 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon.
8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh [day] of the month, which [is] the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem:
9 And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great [man's] house burnt he with fire.
10 And all the army of the Chaldees, that [were with] the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.
11 Now the rest of the people [that were] left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry away.
12 But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land [to be] vinedressers and husbandmen.
13 And the pillars of brass that [were] in the house of the LORD, and the bases, and the brasen sea that [was] in the house of the LORD, did the Chaldees break in pieces, and carried the brass of them to Babylon.
14 And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away.
15 And the firepans, and the bowls, [and] such things as [were] of gold, [in] gold, and of silver, [in] silver, the captain of the guard took away.
16 The two pillars, one sea, and the bases which Solomon had made for the house of the LORD; the brass of all these vessels was without weight.
17 The height of the one pillar [was] eighteen cubits, and the chapiter upon it [was] brass: and the height of the chapiter three cubits; and the wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the chapiter round about, all of brass: and like unto these had the second pillar with wreathen work.
18 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door:
19 And out of the city he took an officer that was set over the men of war, and five men of them that were in the king's presence, which were found in the city, and the principal scribe of the host, which mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people of the land [that were] found in the city:
20 And Nebuzaradan captain of the guard took these, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah:
21 And the king of Babylon smote them, and slew them at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away out of their land.
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?
31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33 But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, [and] the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts [is] his name:
36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, [then] the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.
37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth
searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done,
saith the LORD.
Even when the Northern Kingdom of Israel had already been destroyed for 127 years and Judah was about to be sent to Babylon for 70 years for their sins, the Lord never forsook them.
As he told the prophet Jeremiah;
For Israel [hath] not [been] forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts; though
their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.
1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which [was] full of bones,
2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, [there were] very many in the open valley; and, lo, [they were] very dry.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD.
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but [there was] no breath in them.
9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
13 And ye shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken [it], and performed [it], saith the LORD.
15 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and [for] all the house of Israel his companions:
17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou [meanest] by these?
19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which [is] in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, [even] with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.
21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:
23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.
24 And David my servant [shall be] king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.
25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, [even] they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David [shall be] their prince for ever.
26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
28 And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall
be in the midst of them for evermore.
1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater
1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, [of] the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to [the image of] Baal.
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
6 And if by grace, then [is it] no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if [it be] of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but [rather] through their fall salvation [is come] unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
12 Now if the fall of them [be] the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation [them which are] my flesh, and might save some of them.
15 For if the casting away of them [be] the reconciling of the world, what [shall] the receiving [of them be], but life from the dead?
16 For if the firstfruit [be] holy, the lump [is] also [holy]: and if the root [be] holy, so [are] the branches.
17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
21 For if God spared not the natural branches, [take heed] lest he also spare not thee.
22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in [his] goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
24 For if thou were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural [branches], be grafted into their own olive tree?
25 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.
26 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:
27 For this [is] my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
The fact that most Jews do not believe that Jesus (Yeshua ben Joseph) is the promised Messiah is well-known, despite the evidence in both Scripture and history to prove that He was who He said He was.
Isaiah speaks of this when he prophesied;
13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and [let] him [be] your fear, and [let] him [be] your dread.
14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.Christians have been adopted by God into His family as were the Jews through Abraham, fulfilling His promise that Abraham would be the father of many nations. How dare anyone say that God has cast away the Jewish people in favor of the Christians?
Paul compares the Gentile Christians as wild olive tree branches that have been grafted by
God into a cultivated tree, meaning that God has accepted the Gentiles through faith in Jesus
Christ into His family so that Christians are one people with the believing Jews in His sight.
As Jesus Himself said concerning the Gentiles;
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall
hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd.
The promises contained in Scripture were to the Jews, but God through His mercy and grace
has extended those promises to believing Gentiles through His Son Jesus Christ. And as Paul
warns, just as God didn't spare the Jews who did not believe, neither will he spare the Gentile
believers if they exalt themselves against the Jews.
Therefore just as God adopted the Jews as His chosen people, the believing Gentiles have also been adopted by God to be His chosen people as well. Thus we are, as Jesus promised, one fold with one Shepherd.
By this very fact the believing Gentiles need to honor the Jews as brethren in the Lord, and
the Jews need to understand that God has granted the Gentiles access to the same salvation
as the believing Jews.
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
32 And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be
delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said,
and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
II PETER 3:9
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is
longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to
No man can possibly follow all 613 laws without fail. God planned this, so that Man could not attain salvation by his own works, but by the grace and mercy of God alone. One law of salvation for all mankind.
The sacrifices required by Torah could never take away sin, they could only cover them. It also put the fathers in obedience to the commandments of Torah, which in God's eyes was counted as righteousness, just as the obedience of Abraham was counted as righteousness in His sight long before Torah was given to Moshe.
But the very fact that Torah put impossible conditions on Man in order to attain salvation, what is impossible for man is possible for God. Only God could follow all 613 commandments of Torah without fail, and this he did through Jesus Christ His Son.
And by the fact that God fulfilled the requirements of works required by Torah, therefore it gave Him the right to remove the covenant of Torah and replace it with a better covenant, one which could bring salvation to Man, namely the B'rit Hadashah (the New Testament).Did He not say through Jeremiah that He would do this?
31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33 But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.Note carefully several things here.
First, God says that He will make a new covenant with Israel and Judah. This covenant would
be different from Torah, which the fathers received upon coming out of Egypt. This covenant
was written on stone tablets, and was placed in the Ark of the Testimony, and was a physical
reminder of the covenant that God made with His people.
Next, he says this new covenant will consist of a spiritual law, one which will not have a physical reminder like Torah, but will consist of laws which will be written in the heart, in the spirit. This is fulfilled in the B'rit Hadashah, in which God is pleased to dwell within the heart of Man, those who have been cleansed of their sins by the blood sacrifice of His Son.I know that some will take offense at what I am about to say, but please, carefully consider what I say first?
With the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, the thick woven veil separating the entrance to the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple was torn from top to bottom. This veil had been a physical representation and reminder of the barrier of sin which had separated God from Man since the time of Adam.
The fact that this veil still existed even after the sacrifices required by Torah shows that the sacrifices were not enough to remove sin, but could only defer them until the true sacrifice would come which COULD remove sin.
The tearing of the veil from top to bottom (the veil was thickly woven, and the fact that it was torn from top to bottom shows that men could not have torn it) indicated that the barrier of sin had finally been removed, and Man could now freely enter the presence of God without a priest as intercessor.
However, the fathers didn't understand this, and continued the animal sacrifices which could never atone for sin, and after the atoning death of Messiah were an abomination to God, and an insult to Messiah who had paid for Man's sin with His life.
Therefore, in 70 C.E. God in His wrath allowed the Roman X and XII legions under General Titus to destroy the Temple, the city, and Judea (Judah) as a nation.
Why? Several reasons....
First, there was no longer a need for the Temple. The promised new covenant had been put in
place with the atoning death of Messiah, and God now dwelt within the hearts of believers in
His Son. And just as the promised new covenant no longer required a physical reminder of His
laws, God no longer needed a Temple as a physical reminder of His presence. Each believer
in Messiah was now a living Temple, in which he is pleased to dwell.
This brings an interesting point to mind. There is a strong drive in Israel to build the Third
Temple, and according to prophecies in the B'rit Hadashah (the New Testament), it will be
built. Yet when Messiah returns, He will not come to the Temple. As Zechariah says;
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.
3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which [is] before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, [and there shall be] a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
5 And ye shall flee [to] the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach
unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah
king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, [and] all the saints with thee.
Point of curiosity. When Messiah returns, He will stand on the Mount of Olives, rather than come to the rebuilt Temple. Why not come to the Temple, unless there is no longer a need for a physical Temple?
Hold that thought for a moment.
The second reason was that the genealogical records were destroyed by the Romans, so that
no one can claim to be Messiah, for no Jew knows what tribe they are from. If nothing else,
this alone should indicate that Messiah has already come as promised.
The biggest stumblingblock to Israel today is their perception of the person of the Messiah. The ancient prophecies clearly state that he would come from the line of David, yet no Jew today knows what tribe they are from, nor can they prove their lineage.
This brings up another point of curiosity. If the lineage of Jews today is determined through the mother,
(based on the idea that while the lineage of the mother is known, the paternal lineage of the father is
not), why does Torah account a man's lineage through the line of his father? Does Torah state Messiah
to be the son of David, or the son of David's wife?
Something else to consider. I have shown in the quote from Zechariah above that when Messiah
returns, He will not come to the rebuilt Temple, but will instead stand on the Mount of Olives. Yet
Malachi in one of his last prophecies in 400 B.C.E. stated;
1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord,
whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom
ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
I have proven from Scripture that the Jews are and always will be God's chosen people. There are some who believe that the Christians have replaced the Jews as God's chosen people, but again I have proven from Scripture that this is not true. Those who teach and preach such are ignorant of the Scriptures, and should not teach and preach of things of which they know nothing about.
God in His mercy has adopted believing Gentiles into His family through faith in Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah. Many Jews do not believe that He was the promised Messiah for various reasons, but I have found that they usually don't know the Scriptures concerning Him very well, creating confusion.
God had already prophesied through Jeremiah that He would create a new covenant with Israel, one unlike the covenant of the Law that He gave to Moses when Israel came out of Egypt. It would be a law written in their hearts through His Spirit, not on tablets of stone. And to this day, there is neither Temple or Ark of the Covenant to remind Israel of the Law as was during the time when the Law was still in effect, as there is no longer a need for these things.
And just as God made one Law for both Jew and Gentile during the time of Moses, even so He has made one law for both Jew and Gentile through His Son Jesus Christ. God fulfilled the Old Covenant Law through Jesus Christ, and as prophesied He has created a new law, different from the Law of Moses, one which does not need physical reminders, for it is written in our hearts.
God through His New Covenant has provided a way for Gentiles to be adopted into His family as He adopted the Jews through Abraham. The Jews cannot rely on their ancestry alone to gain access to Heaven, for Scripture is rife with examples of Jews being condemned by God, and being told that they would not enter His rest (Heaven).
Both Jew and Gentile must deal with the person of Jesus Christ His Son, for we will all stand before Him at the Judgment. And if he is indeed the Messiah, the Savior of the world, it is only by His permission alone that we will gain access to Heaven, and that only by following His commandments, just as the Jews were commanded to follow God's laws as given to Moses.
For if the 613 commandments of Moses were to be followed to the letter, how much more the commandments given directly by God through His Son Jesus Christ? Our eternal destination depends on whether Jesus is truly who he claimed Himself to be.
For if He is indeed the Messiah, and He has replaced the Law of Moses with the New Covenant, then the Old Covenant is dead and God will not allow anyone into Heaven who follows the Old Covenant.
Therefore to Jew and Gentile both, it is imperative that you know for certain the truth
concerning Jesus Christ. Your eternal destination, be it in Heaven or the Lake of Fire
depends on it.