2002-02-09 - Messiah: His Final Call to Israel
We have abundantly seen that the remnant of Israel of the End Time will penitently and in genuine faith repent of their sins against God and Messiah, and will plea for Messiah to come to save them
Ps 24:3 (ASV) Who shall ascend into the hill of Jehovah? And who shall stand in his holy place?
These rhetorical questions are answered in the following words:
He that hath clean hands, and pure heart, who hath not lifted up his soul unto falsehood, and hath not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from Jehovah, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek after him, that seek after thy face, even Jacob. (Psalm 24:4-6, ASV)
According to these verses, Israel of the End Time will be in dead earnest concerning their being acceptable to God.
The inspired Apostle Peter, at the house of Cornelius (Acts Chapter 10), gave a brief message concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who will accept all who come to Him.
Acts 10:34-43 (ASV) And Peter opened his mouth and said, "of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him. The word which he sent unto the children of Israel, preaching good tidings of peace by Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all). That saying ye yourselves know, which was published throughout all Judaea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached, (even) Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil. For God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem, whom also they slew, hanging him on a tree. Him God raised up the third day, and gave him to be made manifest, not to all the people, but unto witnesses that were chosen before of God, (even) to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. And he charged us to preach unto the people, and to testify that this is he who is ordained of God (to be) the Judge of the living and the dead. To him bear all the prophets witness, that through his name every one that believeth on him shall receive remission of sins."
In Acts Chapter 15 is a record of the first church conference, which was called by the elders of the church in Jerusalem to consider the question as to how peope are saved. Some of the brethren insisted that the formula for salvation is: Faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour plus observing the law of Moses. These misguided brethren insisted on that (See Acts 15:1b). After much discussion, the Apostle Peter, guided by the Spirit of God, declared
Acts 15:7-11 (ASV) And when there had been much questioning, Peter rose up, and said unto them, "brethren, ye know that a good while ago God made choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, who knoweth the heart, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as he did unto us; and he made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. Now therefore why make ye trial of God, that ye should put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in like manner as they."
Since salvation of the soul is the most important consideration of life, one cannot afford to neglect the settling of this question once and for all. For, asks the inspired Apostle, "how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation?" (Heb. 2:3, ASV). There is no hope of eternal life for the one who neglects or fails to receive Christ as Lord and Saviour. Jesus declared,"I am the way, and the truth, and the life: No one cometh unto the Father, but by me."
John 14:6 (ASV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one cometh unto the Father, but by me.
This brings to an end the Final Call Series. In the course it took to write this, much has changed in Israel. Many more people from around the world are looking at events that are taking place inside Israel. The series itself was intended to bring a Biblical perspective to "peace" in this region and also the world. I hope it was informative and proves a readyreference to all who want to understand just what the Bible says about when, where, why and how peace will come to Israel and the world. Thank you and remember -- please pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
In His Service,