2001-10-27 - Messiah: His Final Call to Israel
A person cannot give that which he does not have. The Jews, as people, do not have the message of the gospel. It will have to be given to them before they can give it out. Since they are going to preach to the world, and since they do not now have the gospel, obviously it will yet be given to them.
Do the Scriptures give any hint as to who is to give the gospel to Israel? According to Isaiah 40:1-10, there is a group of people who have words of comfort for the Jewish people, and who are exhorted to comfort them. "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people," saith your God. "Speak ye conformably to Jerusalem; and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received of Jehovah's hand double for all her sins... O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength. Lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, 'Behold, your God!'" (Isaiah 40: 1,2,9b).
In Isaiah 62:10-12, those people who trust God, and really believe that he answers prayer, are urged to preach, heralding the Second Coming of the Messiah.
Upon the faithful people who know God and His truth, God lays the burden of proclaiming redemption to the entire Jewish nation. Are we heeding the lord's admonition? There is no time for delay. "The King's business requires haste." Let us arise in the strength of Israel's God and do the King's bidding.
One of the elders asked John, saying, "These that are arrayed in the white robes, who are they, and whence came they?" John replied that he did not know. Then the elder said to him, "These are they that came out of the Great Tribulation, and they washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Note the statement, "These are they that came out of the Great Tribulation." Literally the Greek text declares that they came out of "the tribulation, the great one." This is the strongest idiom possible to emphasize the fact that the Tribulation concerning which he is speaking is the Great one, one that is differentiated from all others. There is but one Great Tribulation, the one with which the Christian Dispensation closes.
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
In His Service,