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Background
Many Christians look towards the modern nation of Israel as a fulfillment of prophecy. They see not only a people restored in the land but a future restoration of the sanctuary and temple.
Many look at these recent developments as a sign of the restoration of Israel because those scattered around the world had returned from exile:

  1. May 14, 1948. The state of Israel was created to solve the problem of the Jews who were displaced by the events of World War 2. Many Jews around the world immigrated to Israel.
  2. 1991. The fall of the Soviet Union. Many more Jews emigrated from many other countries in the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia.

Those who believe that the physical country and people of Israel are the only chosen people, see a separate plan of salvation for Israel and the church. This has certain implications for the future of the nation of Israel.

  1. Israel is saved by keeping the law. Others are saved by faith in Christ.
  2. Israel must return to the sacrifice of lambs for forgiveness when they rebuild their temple.

I believe that this is wrong.
Bible Studies for Israel
These studies are for any Jew who wants to see the evidence for Christ as the Messiah.
Recognizing the Messiah
> The Messiah Comes
> Messianic Prophecies
Christ in the Symbols
> The Sanctuary Symbols
> The Twelve Tribes
> The Feast Symbols
> Christ in the Seder
> The Plan of Salvation
> The Curses
> The Coming of Elijah

The Plan Of Salvation
However, this is what the apostles and the evidence teach.

  1. Covenant. The everlasting covenant was made from the beginning. Eve was promised a child who would deliver her.
    I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel. (Genesis 3: 15)
  2. Abraham. Abraham and his children were called to deliver this promised child. (Genesis 15: 6). Abraham was chosen because of His faith in God. Through this race, God was able to keep knowledge of Himself in the world by the Torah, their feasts and the sanctuary.
    God made a covenant with Abraham because Abraham believed God. So Abraham became not just the father of Israel but the father of the faithful.
    Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. (Romans 4: 3; Genesis 15: 6)
    It is not the children of the flesh who are children of God but children of the promise. (Romans 9: 8)
    And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh. that they may walk in my statutes and keep my ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people and I will be their God. (Ezekiel 11: 19-20)
    They were also to bring in "everlasting righteousness" by being the nation among whom the Messiah would be born.
    In the book of Hebrews, the New Testament clearly says that the true people of God are not through birth - but faith. Abraham won the confidence of God by believing in God.
  3. Christ. Christ became this promised child. Christ became the only faithful Jew who kept the covenant. At His death Israel broke the covenant and God was able to establish a better covenant for the entire world through Jesus Christ. All people inherit the promise through Jesus.
    If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3: 29)
  4. One Plan of Salvation for All. There is only one plan for saving the entire world. This plan has been in effect even before the world was created.
    Revelation 13: 8 says that Christ was the Lamb who was killed from the foundation of the world.
    There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were also called in one hope of your calling. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4: 4-6)

Righteousness By Faith Is The Plan Of Salvation
Everyone will come to a knowledge of Christ.

Christ
Christ inherits the covenant because He became the one faithful Jew who kept the covenant. He becomes the new Israel through whom the entire world will be blessed. He will draw the world (including the old Israel) to God. This new covenant is based on a better promise and a sacrifice, not a different law.
Everyone must be born through Him because He is the Father of the New Israel.
Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?" Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3: 3-5)

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. "For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. "But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God." (John 3: 16-21)
World (Enemy)
Israel (Neighbor)
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Crucifixion Christ
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New Israel (Brother)
World (Neighbor)
Christ was the one faithful Jew who kept the covenant Christ reconciles the world to Himself as He draws all humans to Him. The world becomes part of the new Israel as the Gentiles accept Christ. Everything is in Christ. He makes one nation of the world as we are born again.

The New Israel

The Global Restoration Of The Spiritual Israel
Revelation 19 - 20 places the prophecies of Ezekiel 38 - 48 in a global light because it merges into the time of the end.

All Israel Returns to God
All of Israel will return at the same time. The latter rain falls on the earth and it simultaneously converts the two branches of Israel.

Gentiles. Joel 2 prophesies that the world will receive the outpouring of the Spirit. The work of the church leads many to conversion.

Jews. The nation of Israel receives the outpouring of the Spirit as prophesied in Zechariah 12: 10.

When Will The Physical Nation Of Israel Be Restored?
Romans 11: 25-27 says that the physical nation of Israel will come back and be grafted back into the family of God. When will this occur?
Zechariah 12: 2-3, 9-10 gives us a clue. It will occur when the nations prepare for the battle of Armageddon. This battle will end after the millennium.

  1. Flag After they have been gathered from the nations.
    When I bring them back from the peoples and gather from the lands of their enemies, then I will be sanctified through them in the sight of the many nations.
    Latter Rain. I will not hide my face from them any longer, for I will have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel, declares the Lord.
    (Ezekiel 39: 27, 29)
    This gathering has already occurred. It started when the nation was formed on May 14, 1948 and ended when many Jews emigrated after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989-91.
  2. Flag When Jerusalem is Hated and Surrounded.
    Look, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem it will also be against Judah. It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves ... And in that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that come against Israel.
    (Zechariah 12: 2-3, 6,9)
    Israel irritates the world by its actions and ignites a volatile situation.
  3. Flag After Their Conversion and Acceptance of the Pierced Messiah.
    The Pierced Messiah
    For these things came to pass to fulfill the scripture, Not a bone of Him shall be broken". And again another scripture says, "They will look on Him whom they pierced".
    John 19: 36-37 appears to say that the fulfillment of Zechariah 12: 10 was at the crucifixion. However, the political events at the crucifixion are not the events of the prophecy of Zechariah 12. Jerusalem was not surrounded by the nations, they did not mourn for Christ and God was not fighting the nations to rescue Israel.
    Zechariah 12 occurs in the last days.

    Therefore, what was fulfilled at the crucifixion was the piercing of the Messiah.
    In the future, when Israel is surrounded as Zechariah described, they will recognize the pierced Messiah.

    I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and supplication, so that they will look at Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like bitter weeping over a firstborn.
    (Zechariah 12: 10)
    God does something miraculous. He converts them with the Spirit.

    The Latter Rain. This outpouring of the Spirit that converts Israel is the same outpouring of the Spirit that converts the rest of the world. So all of Israel, Jews and Gentiles, will accept the Messiah during this glorious time when their hearts are melted. Then the house of the Lord becomes a house for all people.

    It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind. And your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. (Joel 2: 28-29)
  4. Flag Before the Second Coming.
    Weeping over their rejection of the messengers from God, Christ predicted that He would not come until the physical house of Israel recognized Him.

    Look, your house is being left to you desolate! For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!" (Matthew 23: 38-39)
Gathering of Israel The Persecution of the House of the Lord Second Coming
Jerusalem Hated War Rain Latter Rain Holy Spirit Conversion Persecution Seven Last Plagues

The Objections To Jesus Christ As The Moshiach (Messiah)
Passover Shavout Yom Kippur Tabernacles
Second Temple The Present Age (No Temple) Second
Coming
The Messianic Age (Olam Ha-Ba) New
Earth
Crucifixion -Judge Court System Israel Judged Military Leader Courts of Judgment Trial
Moshiach70ADIsrael Hardened - Elijah Comes One Israel World Judged Death
Jews have several expectations of the Messiah which they believe that Jesus did not fulfill. We believe that everything the Jewish male was commanded to do, every symbol in the Torah, the feasts and the sanctuary pointed to the work of the Messiah. Jesus said.
... all things written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. (Luke 24: 44)

Several Appearances. Can the Messiah fulfill His mission in several comings and not contradict Jewish prophecies? The feast system teaches different times for the work of the Messiah. This is symbolized in the commandment that all Jewish males must appear in Jerusalem three times in the year. These are Passover, Shavout and Tabernacles (ingathering). God will appear on earth three times.
Three times a year you shall celebrate a feast to Me. Three times a year all your males should appear before the Lord. (Exodus 23: 14, 17)

The Curse Is Applied
The prophecies and actions of God seems to point back to the covenant and the blessings and curses. We see the whole world and the church subject to the same punishments of the covenant made to Israel. The curses can be seen in the experience of the world.
# God's Actions Curse Israel Israel Church (World)
1 Against us, does not support us No peace, only terror and disease Attacked by neighbors Barbarian wars, black plague and other epidemics
2 Punished seven times Drought and famine 3½ years (1260 days) of drought under Elijah Drought. No more prophets after Malachi 1260 years of famine for the word of God
3 Punished seven times Population reduced Loss of ten tribes to the Assyrians Persian and Greek dispersion Protestant and Orthodox schism
4 Punished seven times with hostility War, disease and captured by enemies Babylonian occupation Roman occupation Papal domination. Plague killed 30% of Europe.
5 Punished seven times with wrath and hostility because we are disobedient and hostile Destruction of city and sanctuary, exiled, land would rest. Cannibalism, hated by God and prayers not heard. Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon Roman generals Titus and Cestius 66-70 AD The end of the world. The wrath of God is in the seven last plagues
Destruction of city Jerusalem falls Babylon the Great falls
Temple destroyed. Sanctuary destroyed. Destroyed in 586 BC Destroyed in 70 AD False religion of Babylon falls
Exiled Jews exiled from Jerusalem Wicked killed and are exiled from heaven
Land would rest During the exile Millennium
Cannibalism Cannibalism in the siege of Jerusalem Beast and the ten horns eat the harlot (Revelation 17:16)
Rejected. Hated by God, prayers not heard Constant occupation by foreign powers Task given to the Christians The wicked are rejected.

Repetition and Enlargement
The convergence of the destiny of both branches of Israel will be examined at this time.
Event OtherDaniel Zechariah Revelation
The gospel to the world Matthew 24: 14; 28: 19 - - The mystery of God is finished (10: 7)
Gentiles All true Israel accepts the Messiah Romans 11: 17 - - The sealing of the people of God (7: 3)
Israel Romans 11: 25-27 - Spirit of Grace sent by God. Zechariah 12: 10
Nations agitated - Battle of the king of the north and south (11: 40-45) Jerusalem is a source of trouble (12: 3,6) Nations make war with God (16: 14)
Old Jerusalem is surrounded - Pitch a tabernacle. 11: 45 Siege (12: 2) Siege or economic warfare (13: 17)
Latter Rain - Michael stands up. (12: 1) Spirit of Grace 12: 10 Earth full of light (18: 1)
Elijah Message - Idols in Shinar. (11: 45) Flee Idolatry 13: 2 No idols (14: 9-10)
Israel is persecuted - Time of great distress. (12: 1) Captured and plundered 14: 2 The mark of the beast (13: 15-17)
God fights for Israel - King of the north comes to an end with no help. 11: 45
Rescued by God (12: 1)
God fights in the day of battle. 14: 3;
Plagues (14: 12-16)
Seven last plagues (16).
Judges and makes war (19: 11-16)
Resurrection - Resurrection of life (12: 2) - First (20: 4-5)
The Millennium Feast of Booths (14: 16)Reign with Christ (20: 6)
Resurrection - Resurrection of contempt (12: 2) - Second (20: 5)
The New Jerusalem
Surrounded
- - God comes to the Mount of Olives (14: 4) New Jerusalem descends (21: 2)
- - - Surround the city (20:9)
Destruction - Last resurrection. 12: 2 Destroy the nations. 12: 9 Second death (20: 14-15)
No more curse - Blessing (12:12) Security, no curse (14: 11) No more curse (22: 3)
As we demonstrated in the lesson on the battle of Armageddon, it is an interrupted war that starts before the millennium and ends after it. Before the millennium, the wicked surround the physical nation of Israel to make war and they simultaneously persecute the people of God around the world. God begins his fight by sending the seven last plagues and rescues global Israel.
After the millennium, they surround the New Jerusalem and try to take it by force after they have been judged guilty.

Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.   2 Timothy 2: 15 Time: 40 minutes
Print: 7 pages
Copyright     Updated : July 2006
Credits:
Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (January 2008)
I started receiving instruction from the Holy Spirit about the prophecies in early 2000. He began to explain all the symbols in the Torah and the end time importance of Israel. At first I recognized a pattern of being taught about Christ in the old Testament, but there were new concepts that I never thought were important or relevant. But I had an unexpected opportunity to look at a Jewish bible and I realized that my mind had been organizing itself according to the concepts in the Torah. I hope this is part of the Elijah message.