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Israel KNEW their Messiah was coming.
God’s faithful prophets made sure of that!
Isa. 11:1-5 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. (KJV)
Isa. 53:2-12 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (KJV)
Isaiah 53:2 is in regard to the reference to parched ground, the 400-year gap between the Old Testament and the New reflects that period of heavenly silence and demonstrates at least a partial fulfillment of: Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: (KJV)
Still yet another phase of the judgment must be set forth before Amos presents the last vision in the concluding chapter of this prophecy. The distress of the people will be outward AND inward, temporal, AND spiritual (eternal). Their spiritual plight is depicted in terms of famine; NOT famine of bread or thirst for water, but a famine for the Word of God. The Lord tells Israel that since she rejected God’s messages and messengers, the prophets would stop their ministries. God’s Word would be withdrawn from her.
Today, God tells any church or any nation that, if they will not hear His Word after He has given it to them, He will withdraw it. I think this is happening in America. There has been such a rejection of the Word of God. So many churches have turned to liberalism, and the Word of God is no longer preached. There has come a famine of the Word of God. Very little of the Word of God is getting out in this land today. Nearly everyone owns a Bible. But who is studying it? Who is reading it? Who is believing it? We are seeing the beginning of the famine of the Word of God in this country.
Amos 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. (KJV)
The troubled people will go from sea to sea seeking the Word of God but will NOT find it. God in His great love for His chosen people had sent His Word by prophets, but they had rejected His Word, and even slain His prophets.
Amos 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. (KJV)
Even the young people, the most hopeful and vigorous members of society, will faint as they thirst after the Word of God.
Amos 8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beer-sheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again. (KJV)
It was their custom to swear in the name of their gods. “The sin of Samaria” refers to the golden calf at Beth-el. God’s judgment upon them from such idolatry concludes this chapter: “they shall fall, and never rise up again.” This indicates the dissolution and permanent downfall of the northern kingdom. The ten tribes are going into captivity, and they will never return as the northern kingdom of Israel. When they come back to their land, they will come as part of the twelve tribes. The fulfillment of this judgment began with the dissolution of the kingdom and will continue until her national restoration, promised in Eze.36:22-31 and 37:15-23. The partial fulfillment was the time of the Assyrian captivity.
Apostate Christianity as well as guilty Israel will share this famine in the time of the Great Tribulation. Both have turned from light of the Truth to the darkness of fables.
The Anointed One born in Bethlehem was not the mighty warrior king many Jews were yearning for. They wanted a saviour to deliver them from Roman oppression and restore their national importance, not a Saviour to deliver them from their sins and restore their relationship with Almighty God. The priests and scribes took great offense when Jesus dared to suggest that they would be deemed unworthy, or even worse, that the grace of God would be extended to Gentiles instead of them.
God’s blessing being extended to Gentiles instead of Jews is what outraged the people gathered at the synagogue in Nazareth (Luke 4:22-29). From the time He was born, Jesus was NOT proclaimed by the masses. According to Scripture there were only six Jews (Mary, Joseph, Zacharias, Elizabeth, Simeon, and Anna) who were looking forward to Jesus ahead of time, along with “some shepherds” who were told of His arrival. The rest of the Jews went about their lives with no spiritual discernment whatsoever.
As a child, Jesus was not only gifted; He was not like anyone who had come before or after Him. When He was only 12 years old, the teachers of the Law at the Temple were “amazed at His understanding and His answers” (Luke 2:47). After His public ministry began, He confounded the scribes and Pharisees by teaching as someone with authority. And yet, people did not SEE Him for WHO He was. Even Jesus’ disciples were not sure what to think of Him.
He multiplied loaves and fish; He calmed the stormy sea; He healed the deaf, lame, leprous, and blind; and He released the demon-possessed from oppression; it still took the revelation of the Father in Heaven for Peter to finally confess, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mat.16:13-17).
Yet, day by day, even though masses were drawn by His miracles of feeding thousands with a few loaves of bread, and healing, the Jews simply were not aware that Jesus was the prophesied Messiah. For reasons only known by Him, Jesus did not broadcast that fact, and many times He often told the people He healed to NOT tell anyone what He had done.
He spoke in parables so that the people did not get the full meaning of what He said. From the time He was born, Jesus was not revealed to the masses. According to Scripture there were only six people who were looking forward to Jesus’ birth ahead of time, and some “lowly shepherds” who were told about His birth . . . BUT He would not be recognized by the masses who had NOT truly put their trust in Him. Jesus’ Words and the Truth were revealed only for “those with eyes to see and ears to hear” (Mat.13:16). Dear one, I pray that is YOU!
Matthew 13:13-17 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. (KJV)
So, what it all boils down to is this: only the sheep who recognized His Voice would hear Him and gladly follow Him . . . both when He was on Earth, and in today’s world!
John 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. (KJV)
But ye believe not . . . that Jesus IS the Messiah.
Because ye are not of my sheep . . . they were NOT included with the sheep given to Him by His Father . . . for . . . IF they had they been, they would have accepted Him and come to Jesus . . . meaning that they would have believed in Him (Jn.6:37). They were NOT the chosen of God, NOT foreordained unto eternal life; for all those who are ordained of God to eternal happiness, DO believe God (Acts 13:48). There are millions in the world today that are NOT the elect of God. WHY??? Because they refuse to believe God (1 Jn.5:10-13), and what He states about His only begotten Son (Jn.3:16), they simply do NOT have the faith of God's elect (Heb.11:6).
I personally, truly feel that God chooses EVERYONE! I do not think that God predestines ANYONE to Hell. It is up to the person what they do with their life. I believe we are given this life on Earth to decide WHERE we shall spend eternity. And I believe there are only two roads that lead to two entirely different destinations: Heaven and Hell. God gives us a free will, BUT it is OUR decision which road we choose.
#1. Choosing the wide road (Mat.7:13), which most people choose, will lead to Hell and eternal death.
#2. Choosing the narrow road (Mat.7:14) leads to Heaven and eternal life. I truly do pray that you have chosen the narrow road and are walking with Jesus.
Christ Jesus is the omniscient [all-knowing] God and knows all things. He knew those that were NOT God’s sheep, then and now, and therefore they were left to their hardness and unbelief.
As l said unto you . . . which seems to refer to what follows, since He had said before, that the sheep hear the voice of the Shepherd, and follow Him, and that He knows them (Jn.10:4,14).
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (KJV)
My sheep hear my voice . . . the Voice of Christ is the Gospel! His sheep hear His Voice both externally and internally (Jn.10:4,16) . . . and since these Jews did not hear His Voice, they did not obey, so it was quite clear that they were not His sheep.
And I know them . . . (Jn.10:14). Christ did not know these as the elect of God, or the Father's gift to Him, so they could not be His sheep . . . then and NOW!
And they follow me . . . the TRUE sheep of God, follow the Shepherd, both in grace and obedience, and wherever the Good Shepherd leads them (Jn.10:3-4). These Jews did NOT follow Jesus, but turned their backs on Him, rejecting Him, proving that they were NOT His sheep. But happy and safe are those persons that are the sheep of Christ, as appears from what is said next of them.
John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (KJV)
And I give unto them eternal life . . . Only Jesus can give eternal life to His sheep, then and now (Jn.5:24). Only He can give them a spiritual life, or a life of grace, which ends in eternal life. He gives them Himself, Who is the TRUE God and Eternal Life (Jn.17:3; 1 Jn.5:20), and whosoever has Jesus has life! He gives them His righteousness (1 Cor.1:30), which is their justification of life (Rom.5:1,18), for this is what entitles them to eternal life. He gives them the foretastes of it, in faith, hope and His love, giving them the earnest [down payment] and pledge of it with His own Spirit (Jn.14:16). This life in Him is hid with Him in God (Col.3:1-7) and is safe and secure.
And they shall never perish . . . although they were lost in Adam, and in a perishing condition in themselves, during their state of disobedience; they were convinced by the Spirit of God; and come as persons ready to submit to Christ, as Saviour. They are subject to many spiritual backslides and downfalls, they may lose their peace, joy and comfort, and think their strength and hope are gone, but they shall NEVER lose the eternal life Jesus has promised to them. http://www.hisservants.org/once_saved,_always_saved_h_s.htm
Once a person is truly saved, they are saved FOREVER! Eternal means everlasting, no end, no stopping!
To perish here means to be destroyed, or to be punished in Hell (Mat.10:28). Whosoever believes in Christ shall not perish (Jn.3:15).
Neither shall any pluck them out of my hand . . . Christ's sheep are in His Hands, put there by God His Father, as a proof of His love to Christ and the sheep. Shall any . . . no man or no devil with all his malice, power, cunning shall be able to pluck them from Jesus’ Hand. Pluck them . . . to rob, to seize and grab away as a robber does his prey. Jesus holds them so secure and so certainly that NO foe can surprise Him as a robber does or overcome Him by force. My hand . . . is the Hand of Jesus by which He holds and secures an object. It means that Jesus has them safely in His own care and keeping (Rom.8:38-39).
WHAT ABOUT TODAY? If the expectancy and hope of His First Coming was so sparse, what about today? Just like life in ancient Judea, people still tend to fall into one of several different categories:
#1. Some people plainly do not know that Jesus is coming again. They simply do not know Him at all, or no one has told them that He is Coming.
# 2. Others claim to know Him, but do NOT live as if He has any effect on their lives. They simply show absolutely NO concern about Jesus’ Return.
#3. Others seem like faithful Christians . . . but are convinced that He is NOT coming anytime soon, and not in a magnificent way that will fulfill the prophecies of His Actual Coming. They are either completely ignorant or for some reason seem to fear Bible Prophecy and are convinced that it has nothing important to do with their daily lives.
#4. Then there are a few (Mat.7:13-14), that believe God’s Promise of Jesus’ Coming that it echoes in their hearts and minds, reassuring our hope with each new day. As each morning breaks, we hope that He may come this day. We long for Jesus to come again, as we seek to better serve Him in this life.
Be Wise, What God States is TRUTH
SO Much Falsehood!
So, Is America a Christisn Nation?
So, Israel KNEW Messiah was Coming
So Much About Satan and His Children
So Much Falsehood Everywhere
So Much Unbelief, Everywhere!
So, What About the Unbelievers?
So, What is God's Ultimate Purpose?
So, WHY Do we Need Truth?
So, WHY Is Israel Hated?