Holocaust Past and Future – 27 Apr 2014

Remember, lest we forget.  This “creed” underlies much of Jewish and Christian culture.  All of the LORD’s holidays are to remember His mighty acts of redemption, based on bringing His people out of Egypt.  Believers in Jesus, in fellowshipping in the Lord’s Supper, do so to remember Yeshua and what He did in and through His death on the cross; and we are to do so until He comes again.  God has given us these times of remembrance together so that we might not forget, and to be strengthened in our bond as His family and people.

Tonight, Israel — especially the Jewish people within her — began the annual Holocaust Remembrance/Memorial Day, till now the most devastating blow of destruction to hit the Jewish people.  I say “till now”, because it seems to me that there is a greater ‘Shoah’ still to come.  It could be said that the Inquisition was Sephardic Jewry’s trouble, and that the Holocaust Ashkenazi Jewry’s trouble.  Both of these occurred on European soil.  But the Scriptures speak of an unparalleled “Jacob’s Trouble” — great tribulation — to come “in the land” — the whole House of Jacob/Israel — out of which Israel will be saved. (Jer 30:7; Dan 12:1, Zec 13:7-9; Mt 24:4-31; Rev 7:14)

It is important to keep the Holocaust’s remembrance, especially at a time when many deny it, minimize it, relativize it.  There are still living eye-witnesses and their family members who know it was true and horrible.  These eye-witnesses are both among the victims and among the perpetrators.  Yet there are those who are given a loud voice to say otherwise.  Is this really any different than those who were strident in denying the real death and resurrection of the Lord Messiah, even while eye-witnesses were still around?! (Mt 27:62 – 28:15; 2Pt 1:12-18)  As Israel puts their hope in the ability of the nation to defend itself, the God of Israel is at work to bring His people to repentance and faith in His Son, who is truly the Keeper of Israel.

The sacrifice of Yeshua is described in Greek as a holocaust — a whole-burnt offering.  While the unwilling catastrophic destruction on the part of the  Jewish people has led to the partial prophetic restoration of the modern homeland for the Jewish people back in their land, the willing sacrificial “slaughter” of the Lamb of God leads to salvation and eternal life in God’s Kingdom for all who believe.

ISRAEL UNDER SIEGE – 26 Aug 2011

Here is an excellent link to a presentation presenting the legitimacy of Israel from a legal and historic perspective.  As you know, the Palestinians are trying to get the UN later in September to nullify previous historic legal agreements regarding Israel.

http://www.ec4i.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=128:give-pe

If a Mormon like Glenn Beck, and other “unsaved” actors and ordinary persons, can take a strong public stand in support of the legitimate and moral right of Israel to not only exist, but also to be supported, how is that so many Jewish people and Bible-believing Christians do not?

Taking some liberty, I ‘quote’ from Romans 2:25-29 :  For ‘baptism’ is indeed profitable is you keep
the ‘integrity of the Law and the Prophets’; but if you are a breaker of the ‘Word of God’, your ‘baptism’ has become ‘un-baptism’.  Therefore, if an ‘un-Christian person’ keeps the ‘truth of God’s promises’ will not his ‘unbaptism’ be counted as ‘baptism’?  And will not the ‘spiritually unbaptized’, if he fulfills the ‘commandments and instruction of God’, judge you who, with your written ‘Scriptures’ and ‘baptism’, are a transgressor of ‘them’?

And almost directly from John 3:10-12 :  Yeshua answered and said to [Nicodemus], ‘Are you the teacher of Israel (‘and of the Church’), and do not know these things?  Most assuredly, I say to you, we speak what we know and testify what we have seen, and you do not receive our witness.  If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?!‘ 

What we are seeing happening before our very eyes in these days and times is bringing us nearer to that Day:
‘ For behold, in those days and that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat (in Hebrew, Yehoshaphat means “YHVH judges”); and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations.  They have also divided up My land.” (Joel 3:1-2)

May the fear of God fall upon the peoples and nations!

“Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the Throne, and to the Lamb!”

THE 144,000 AND THEIR SEALING

The four winds mentioned in Rev 7:1 are instruments of divine judgment, and the four angels who control them are the agents to administer those judgments on God’s behalf. (Jer 49:36-37; Zech 6:7-8)  In Zechariah’s vision, he sees the winds being sent from Heaven, whereas John sees the winds in position on the Earth waiting to be released at the opening of the seventh seal – the final one to begin God’s trumpet judgments and warnings to humanity to repent.  These tribulation judgments will cover the entire Earth (‘the four corners of the Earth’). The first four trumpets bring judgments from the sky (8:7-12).

Here in Revelatiion chapter 7 we see that the angels are told to hold back the winds until the sealing of the 144,000 servants of the Living God of the living.

 Who Are The 144,000?

 ? – Jewish/Israeli evangelists, sealed with the Father’s name upon their foreheads during the Tribulation    period bringing in a great harvest of Gentile believers for theMillennialKingdom

? – Jewish/Israeli evangelists during the Tribulation period specializing in witnessing to Jewish people    around the world (like when Jesus sent out first the 12, then the 70, to the lost sheep of the House of Israel), and then martyred for their testimony of Jesus by the antichrist and his legions (rather than simply murdered as Jews/Israelis unfaithful to YHVH God’s covenant), and having part in the first    resurrection of the Church

? – Jewish/Israeli remnant from all the tribes sealed by God for protection and preservation through the    Great Tribulation, to enter into theMillennialKingdomalong with countless other redeemed peoples (similar to the blood at Passover in Egypt guarded Israelis from God’s final plague)

Whichever scenario one considers, only believers in Jesus – i.e., born-again Christians/the Church – are God’s witnesses of the truth.  Believers are those sealed with the Holy Spirit. Israel as a nation (Ezek 47:21 – 48:35)– meaning those Jews/Israelis who were not born-again through repentance and faith in Yeshua – only become believers when they see Him whom they pierced at His second coming.  This will fulfill the prophecy given to Daniel about the 70 weeks.  Then will Israel be a knowledgeable and righteous nation to be YHVH’s priestly and servant people to the nations. 

In chap. 14, the 144,000 are seen as having been redeemed and standing with the Lamb on Mt. Zion, while we next read of angels preaching the everlasting gospel of the Kingdom of God (Acts 28:30-31) to people still in the Tribulation – an indication that the 144,000 are not a special group of evangelists.  The 144,000 are “firstfruits” and “servants” of God with respect to the Davidic kingdom during the Millennium.  The innumerable company with them include Gentiles upon whom God has shown mercy. (Mt 25

Since John does not clearly write what the function of the 144,000 is – and since the scene in 7:13-17 is post-tribulational – we can consider a view which does not assume that they are a special group of Jewish evangelists, nor that they have been martyred and become part of the Body of Messiah.  The 144,000 are said to be virgin men.  Perhaps, as in the feeding of the 5000/4000 men, there could be numerous others – women and children – who would be included to make up the full remnant from all the tribes to comprise the all Israel to be saved. 

These would not then be born-again believers to be resurrected or raptured, but rather Jews/Israelis who are physically preserved through the Great Tribulation, protected from the persecution of the antichrist and from the wrath of God (Gen 4:15; Ezek 9:4), who will be converted immediately after the first resurrection/rapture when they see their Messiah Redeemer descending onto the Earth (Zech 3:8-9; 12:9-13; Mal 3:1-5; Rom 11:26-27).  They then enter the Millennial Kingdom in their natural bodies to form the core of the Kingdom restored to Israel, who is the ‘servant’ of YHVH (Is 42:18-25).  Their preservation through the Tribulation, Great Tribulation, and through God’s wrath could be likened to the situation in Egypt at the time of the Passover and Exodus.  They being “first-fruits” (14:4) could then indicate the pledge of the multitude to be born and blessed as children of the righteous during the 1000-year reign of Christ.  Being virgins undefiled with women may be literal, and probably indicates spiritual purity as well (2Cor 11:2; James 4:4; Heb 13:4; Prov 7 – 8).

Three passages in the Old Testament (Tanach) support the view that the 144,000 are sealed as a special protection from the persecution of antichrist (whom they resist while still not believing in Jesus as Messiah, the Son of God), and also sealed to shield them from God’s wrath:

Joel 2:32 (3:5 Heb); (Mt 24:29-30)   In the context of Armageddon, and immediately after mention of celestial phenomena which occur between the Great Tribulation and the Presence (Parousia) of the    Lord, God promises/prophesies the salvation of a Jewish remnant.

Zeph 3:8-13   Here is a prophecy of a conversion of a Jewish/Israeli remnant following the battle of   Armageddon, described in language similar to John’s description in Rev 14:5:  no guile or deceit found in their mouths.

Zech 12:2 – 13:1; (Mt 24:30; Rom 11:26-27)   At the post-trib advent of Jesus, the prophecy speaks of the Jews/Israelis repenting and being cleansed when they look on Him whom they have pierced as He    comes to deliver them from their surrounding enemies.

(See online, ICHTHYS, Bible Study for Spiritual Growth, by Robert Luginbill, which is helpful, due to its comprehensiveness, to make me study to show why I may not always be in agreement.)