TRIUMPH OF JESUS IN ISRAEL
by Thomas Strahan
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TRIUMPH OF JESUS IN ISRAEL
Jesus has long been a divisive figure among Jews. Jews who have made a decision to believe that Jesus is the Messiah have been cast out by their families. Some rabbis who have decided to support Jesus have received death threats. There is currently an active Jewish organization that equates the belief in Jesus with cult beliefs, include satanic cults. They view Jewish souls as ‘ensnared’ if they come to believe in Jesus and seek to have Christian missionary activity made illegal in Israel. Obviously, this division over Jesus among the Jews should not exist. It is not possible that everyone has the right attitude toward Jesus. Either Jesus should be unanimously admired by Jews or no one should care about Him. Since the Bible is the book that has the most information about Jesus, it should be examined to help reveal what Jews should believe about Jesus.
The Bible reveals that Jesus is involved with several important acts that show His support for Jews. Some of these acts were done by Him in the past and are easy to portray. In addition, the Bible contains strategy which unfolds at the end of this age that ensures additional acts of support for Jews by Jesus will happen near the days of His return. The acts of the past by Jesus toward Jews and His acts which take place at the end of the age have a common theme to them. They reveal that Jesus practices much respect for the lives of Jews. With this being the case, it is obvious that Jesus should be unanimously respected by Jews. It is plain, as well, that His enemies among the Jews are not being honest about the Biblical record of Jesus and His relationship with Jews.
One of the things that Jesus has already accomplished that shows support for Jews is that He tried to save the lives of Jews who were living in Israel around the time of His ministry. The place in the Bible that shows Jesus tried to save the lives of Jews when He was here is found in Luke 21. Jesus was in the world just a few decades before the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans. This event was prophesied by Daniel in 9:26 before Jesus was born and Jesus knew it would happen soon after His departure. With this in mind, He said in Luke 21:20-22, “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know and understand that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city get out of it, and let not those who are out in the country come into it; for those are days of vengeance, that all things that are written may be fulfilled.” This comment by Jesus was given soon before the Roman armies destroyed Jerusalem. Because the fate of the Jews was sealed by the prophecy in Daniel, it would therefore be a waste of effort for them to fight against the Romans. Jews would die in vain if they tried to fight. So Jesus was giving them the right advice with this statement. He was trying to save the lives of Jews. This was obviously an impressive act of leadership by Jesus. Jews who dishonor other Jews who respect Jesus are not reporting this attempt by Him to save the lives of Jews. Their testimony against Jesus and against those who believe in Him occurs because of their lack of care and knowledge about this important life-saving attempt by Jesus.
A further thing that Jesus has done for Jews is He encouraged the elite people of the culture to take care of the disadvantaged and not just other people in their family. In Luke 14:13 Jesus said, “When you give a banquet or reception invite the poor, the disabled, the lame and the blind.” This statement encourages Jews to be a kinder culture. The people among the Jews who look at a Jew who believes in Jesus as an ignorant person aren’t known to proclaim positive quotes like this from Jesus. Since they don’t bother to quote Jesus, the Jewish people are largely ignorant and don’t know that Jesus ever said something positive like this.
Another thing Jesus did to show He is worthy of being the Messiah is found in Isaiah 61:1-2. There it says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound. And to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” It is recorded in the 4th chapter of Luke that Jesus stood up in a synagogue in Nazareth and read this verse. Then He went on to say to the people present that this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing. Jesus was telling the audience that He is the One who has been anointed by God to fulfill this scripture in Isaiah. He was right to recognize that someone has to play this role in order for the words of Isaiah to come true. The entire rest of this chapter in Isaiah is about the need for the Jews to live in Israel. This chapter creates an important relationship between the gospel ministry of Jesus and the presence of Jews in Israel. If the Jews are not ultimately in Israel, the gospel ministry of Jesus would not be valid. When Jesus participates in this prophecy, He is putting the Jews in an important position. He is setting Jews up to be praised and supported by Christians who understand the Jews validate the 61st chapter of Isaiah and the ministry of Jesus when they go to Israel. Jesus Himself should be respected by Jews for this deed regardless of whether or not a Christian tells the truth and proclaims the need for Jews to be on the land of Israel.
An additional thing that Jesus has accomplished in His relationship with Jews is that He participated in some strategy long ago that made it unnecessary for Jews to have a temple on the Temple Mount in order to feel supported by God. Since this event has happened, as a matter of fact it is better for Jews that there is no Jewish temple on this site or else Jews could be found to have disregarded the teaching of Zechariah on the temple. It is recorded in 2 Chronicles 24:21 that Zechariah was stoned to death. Since Zechariah was murdered, if his teaching on the future temple was disregarded by Jews they could be found to have stolen authority away from a murdered man. It is best for Jews to be sure to not ever be guilty of that.
The fact that Jesus and Zechariah played a role in the change in the temple issue is found in the words of Zechariah and Jesus. In Zechariah 6:12-13 it says, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold the Man whose name is the Branch, for He shall grow up in His place and He shall build the true temple of the Lord. Yes, you are building a temple of the Lord but it is He Who shall build the true temple of the Lord, and He shall bear the honor and glory and sit upon His throne. And He shall be a priest upon His throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between the two.” Other prophecies of Zechariah make it plain that Jesus should be viewed as the Branch he is speaking of here. Zechariah 9:9 says that the King of the Jews will come to them on a colt, and Jesus made a famous entry into Jerusalem on a colt after raising Lazarus from the dead. He was hailed on His way into town by the people as the Messiah. It is also written in Zechariah 12:10, “And I will pour out upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace or unmerited favor and supplication, and they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him as one who is in bitterness for his firstborn.” This statement reveals that many Jews are out of touch with reality in their knowledge about the Messiah but that their unbelief is due to change. Many Jews at this time do not believe in Jesus. Both these prophecies, in combination, help show that Zechariah’s view of the Branch Who forms the new view of the temple should be regarded as Jesus since Jesus is the One Who fulfills the other prophecies of Zechariah. Jesus is the focal point of Zechariah, not some Messiah who has never been here before.
When Jesus was here He said and did some things that make it even more obvious that He is the One who redefines what the temple truly is in the mind of God. One of the things He did is to change the practice of slaughtering a lamb in the temple. Before Jesus came, this practice was used by Jews as a show in front of God of their guilt for sin. Jesus and John the Baptist are both quoted in the New Testament as saying that Jesus is the new Lamb of God. Jesus and John want for people to see the purposeful death of Jesus to be viewed as a substitute for the old method of atonement. Jesus is also quoted in John 2:19 as saying, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again.” Here, He is defining Himself as the temple, not a building. Jesus redefines the temple in two ways. His body takes the place of the temple building and His death takes away the need to slaughter lambs. Jesus, of course, was killed while fulfilling the words of Zechariah. Zechariah was killed after prophesying about the new temple, and John the Baptist was murdered after saying that Jesus is the new Lamb of God. There is blood here related to the temple issue. For that reason, Jews are better off not building a new temple on the Temple Mount. If they did they would be disregarding what Zechariah, Jesus and John have done. It is best to stay away from the stealing of authority away from these murdered men. It is best not to declare a building on the Temple Mount a sacred mosque or the most sacred temple and disregard the words of these murdered men. This action by Zechariah, Jesus and John serves the Jews well in these days since they are currently blocked from building a temple on this site. There is no need to be jealous of people who disregard the words of murdered men and have built something contrary to the new temple Zechariah spoke of.
The Bible reveals how important it is for Jews to make sure there is no possibility that they are undermining the authority of murdered prophets. Psalm 68:22-23 displays evidence of God’s fury in these days against those who steal authority away from murdered men. There it says, “I will bring back your enemies from Bashan; I will bring them back from the depths of the Red Sea, that you may crush them, dipping your foot in blood, that the tongues of your dogs may have their share from the foe.” This prophecy was fulfilled recently when Israel defeated an army from Egypt and Jordan. The judgment against this army, that dogs will lick their blood, is the same judgment given against Ahab and Jezebel in 1 Kings 21 after they murdered Naboth and took possession of his vineyard. The fact that God is issuing this same judgment against some in the Arab world shows there is some fury by God against them for stealing authority away from the murdered men of the Bible. With this in mind, Jews should consider themselves better off for not having a temple on the Temple Mount because if the Jews did it would be an act that demonstrated their denial of the words of Zechariah, Jesus and John. It is better to be right in scripture, which can not be broken, then temporarily hold a certain piece of land. The fulfillment of Psalm 68 is proof of this.
A further thing that Jesus has already done on the behalf of Jews is that He died to fulfill the scripture. This is beneficial to Jews because of the strategy of the Bible. God used the prophets of the Bible to create two separate groups of strategic words. The first group of words showed some personal characteristics of the coming Messiah. Things such as His place of birth, where He would preach the most in Israel, and that He would speak in parables. It was also written a person living in the desert would be used as a sign of the Messiah’s coming. Additionally, it is prophesied more then once that the Holy One would die when He comes the first time. The quotes of Jesus show that He purposefully showed up in Jerusalem to die so He could fulfill the first group of strategic words in the scripture. The second group of strategic words that were created are words to be fulfilled at the end of the age. These words were created to produce certain terms in which Jesus will return to earth. This strategy allows Jesus to be able to return to earth on pro-Jewish terms. This act ensures His enemies among the Jews are proven wrong in the end. When this event happens, the Jews will be delivered from this evil age of persecution. These terms that bring about the return of Jesus would not be valid unless the first set of words had already been fulfilled. Thus, when Jesus shows up to die and fulfill the first part of the scripture, He is setting the stage for the future. Then the second group of words will become active and the Jews will be delivered from this evil age of persecution. In this way, Jesus used His death to ultimately help deliver the Jews from this age of persecution. It is important to study Jacob’s statement about the Messiah to show that the Messiah is involved with a timed strategy like this.
So far the Jews who reject Jesus have been found to have rejected Someone Who tried to save the lives of Jews, Who encouraged Jews to help the disadvantaged among them,
Who set up gentiles so they should support Jews when the Jews go to Israel, resolved the temple issue so no gentiles could ever crush God’s view of the temple, and used His death to play a role in the ultimate deliverance of Jews. This is not the end of the things Jews who reject Jesus are missing. A further weakness of the Jews who reject Jesus as the Messiah is that they disregard what Jacob has to say about the Messiah. This is no small matter since the nation of Israel is named after him. Jews who reject Jesus as the Messiah commonly say that Jesus can not be the Messiah because peace didn’t come when He came. They quote scripture that is about a future Messianic period where peace is here and say Jesus can’t be the Messiah because He didn’t bring peace. Meanwhile, they are throwing out the words of Jacob about the Messiah. The words of Jacob are words that are not ever used by Jews who reject Jesus as evidence that He isn’t the Messiah because they can not be manipulated effectively for their purposes. This is true because Jacob prophesies that the Messiah will do something strategic with a donkey. He also gives a statement that indicates the Messiah will be vindicated. Jacob’s quote about the Messiah is found in Genesis 49:10-12. There he says, “The scepter or leadership shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until Shiloh comes to Whom it belongs, and to Him shall be the obedience of the people. Binding His foal to the vine and His donkey’s colt to the choice vine, He washes His garments in wine and His clothes in the blood of grapes. His eyes are darker and more sparkling than wine, and His teeth whiter than milk.” Jews who reject Jesus believe that the Messiah is yet to come. This statement of Jacob does not fit well with their idea because it is not possible for a Messiah who is yet to come to do something strategic with a donkey which has an impact on the future. There would be no need for anything like this to happen if the world were perfect. Jacob’s words also reveal that the Messiah is going to receive some vindication from evil. A Messiah who has never been here before and who lives in a perfect world would need no vindication from evil. Jews who reject Jesus are at odds with Jacob’s view of the Messiah. They are unable to use the words of Jacob to support their view. Obviously, this is not the right position to be in.
It is easy to associate Jesus with both the donkey part and the vindication aspect of this statement of Jacob. In Zechariah 9:9 it is written, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is just and having salvation, patient, meek, lowly, and riding on a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The New Testament in Mark 11, Matthew 21 and Luke 19 records that Jesus made a famous and triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey after raising Lazarus from the dead. A large crowd followed Him because of this feat and made this particular entry into Jerusalem memorable. The purposeful fulfillment of this prophecy by Jesus is one of a related group of prophecies that are commonly used by Christians as evidence that Jesus is the Messiah. These other prophecies include such things as the place of birth of the Messiah, where He preaches, and that He speaks in parables, to name a few. This related group of words constitute a vine and were created to fulfill the words of Jacob. Jesus is purposefully and strategically fulfilling the statement of Jacob when He orchestrates this famous ride on a donkey.
It also implies in the statement of Jacob that the Messiah is vindicated from evil. This applies better to Jesus then a Messiah who has never been here before because the image of Jesus is currently tarnished with some Jews due to the violence that has been perpetrated against Jews in the past by certain people associated with Christianity. When the Bible was written, it was constructed so Jesus will return on certain terms that vindicate Him in front of the Jews and show He is innocent. When this event occurs, the washing effect Jacob wrote about will apply well to Jesus.
Recently the Jerusalem Post put an interesting item on one of their pages which helps capture how many Jews feel towards God. The page listed every year from 1948 to the present year. Then at the end it said, “How much longer?” This occurred at a time in Israel where the killing of Jews was at a peak in the nation’s history. They are obviously expecting and wanting God to intervene soon so they won’t have to go on living this way. If Jews understand Jacob’s relationship with the prophets that come after him they should see that their deliverance is something that is certain. There is a time where the Bible is used to orchestrated their vindication. This vindication is not just proclaimed as something that they should believe in. Jacob’s quote is of great importance to the Bible and to the Jews of today. It is a quote that puts Jacob in a position of excellency among
the Jewish prophets. That is true because his quote about the Messiah outlines the strategy surrounding the Messiah that was yet to come at the time he said it. The vines Jacob is speaking of represent different related groups of prophetic words that have been mentioned previously. One group of words helps reveal who the Messiah is and the other, the choice vine as Jacob calls it, creates the terms for the return of the Messiah. Jacob was ultimately outlining some strategy here that someday would be used to deliver Jews from persecution. It is good for Israel that it is named after someone whose words are still extremely relevant today. This strategy effectively counters those who attack the place named after the person who is in a position of excellency in the Messianic movement.
This two part timed strategy Jacob prophesied about and the prophets made provides Jesus the opportunity to return to earth and rule on some pro-Jewish terms. This strategy guarantees that Jesus will have a good image with all Jews in the future. One place in the Bible which proves the choice vine Jacob spoke about exists is located in Isaiah 52. This chapter, then, plays a role in the fulfillment of the words of Jacob. There in verses 7-10 it is written, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, Your God reigns! Hark, your watchmen lift up their voices; together they sing for joy; for they shall see eye to eye the return of the Lord to Zion. Break forth joyously, sing together you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem! The Lord has made bare His holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall witness the salvation of our God.” It says in this prophecy that when the Messiah comes and is seen eye to eye that He will be returning when He comes. This is a piece of evidence that Jesus is the Messiah since He has already been here. It also is written there that He returns on some certain terms. These terms are favorable to Zion. In addition, this prophecy shows that someone is supposed to come and initiate the return of Jesus into the world on some terms favorable to Jews. This has never happened so this statement of Isaiah has been an unfulfilled prophecy.
As mentioned before, the Bible is written so Jesus will move on some terms that are favorable to Jews. This desired event is accomplished by God since God created the script so God will have a relationship at the end of the age with someone who is given words to say that are favorable to Jews, and after this person comes and does the pro-Jewish job Jesus returns. This action mentioned right here is the choice vine Jacob prophesied about. It deserves to be called the choice vine because it prepares the way for God to judge the world and effectively put an end to the persecution of Jews. The activation of this second group of prophetic words also ensures the vindication of Jesus.
In order to comprehend the ending of the Bible, it is helpful if people categorize words in their mind. Some words that are written in the script are fulfilled by many people. For example, Jesus says that the gospel must be spread all over the world before He will return. That is a job for many people to do over a long period of time. In this way, many Christians for a long time have played a role in the ultimate return of Jesus. Another example of a job for many is found in Isaiah 61. There it says the Jews must ultimatelybe a prevailing force in Israel. This scripture requires many Jews to play a role in its fulfillment. In contrast, there are some words in the Bible that are meant to be fulfilled by one person. The first two lines of Isaiah 61 are an example of that and Jesus fulfilled those words. Isaiah 40:3 was written for only John the Baptist to fulfill. The role mentioned in Isaiah 52:7 is for one person and has not been fulfilled before. There it says someone will say to Israel that their God reigns and that Jesus returns on these terms. This statement means that Jesus has a deliverer that leads Him back into the world on some pro-Jewish terms. It also means God wants Jesus to return on pro-Jewish terms. This event by God which is orchestrated by the words of the prophets doesn’t just convict those who hate Israel. It also convicts Jews who have slurred Jesus. It should not be a surprise that people who slur Jesus reach a dead end since they practice ignoring the positive things that Jesus has already done for Jews.
Some of the words in the Bible that are yet unfulfilled are hard to read. In order to reach an understanding about them, it is necessary for people to comprehend what it is like for God to write a script. Isaiah 52:7-8 shows that God want this certain Jesus-Jewish effect to take place. If the Bible were to make a broad statement and say, “Jesus will have a deliverer and He will cause Jesus to return on pro-Jewish terms,” the statement would not necessarily be true. It would only be a proclamation. God has to do something more then a proclamation in order to make that Jesus/Jewish alliance actually happen. What God does is build a relationship with one person who is forced to use some pro-Jewish scripture. That deed would provide the opportunity for Jesus to move on pro-Zion terms. When this event occurs, then the script in Isaiah 52, where Jesus has a pro-Zion deliverer, will become a reality. God did build a relationship with one person like this so the job in Isaiah 52 could be accomplished. God did it by creating words that are intended to be used by one person, the Biblical figure written of in Isaiah 52:7. There are words in the scripture that were created for him, not many, to use. In addition, these words have a pro-Jewish aspect to them. By this method, it is possible for someone to step out and literally play the role of the person written of in Isaiah 52:7.
Amos 3:12 is one of the statements God produced so someone could play the part of the pro-Jewish deliverer. There it is written, “As the shepherd rescues out of the mouth of the lion two legs or the piece of an ear of a sheep, so shall the children of Israel who dwell in Samaria be rescued with the corner of a couch and the damask covering of a bed.” This is a very odd statement. On close examination, it says there that it is not God, this time, who will rescue the Jews in Samaria when they are under attack. It also does not say that they will be rescued by the Israeli army. It says they will be rescued from the couch. Why did God say this? God gave Amos this statement because God is building a relationship with someone who honors those killed for their Biblical faith. This statement belongs to him to use at the end of the age. It is meant to be coordinated together with other words that require him to honor others who have been killed for their Biblical faith.
The person who is to do this is the same one Isaiah wrote of in chapter 52. These words in Amos have an aspect of ownership to them. They belong to him to use. They force him into honoring the Jews of today who are being killed in Samaria. This statement in Amos reveals that God wrote the script so the person who fulfills it on pro-Jewish terms must honor Jews who are killed while exercising their Biblical faith, as the Jews being killed in these days in Samaria are doing. This act, the act of honoring the murdered Jews of Samaria and others who have been killed throughout history for their Biblical faith, is the work that God created for the Biblical figure in Isaiah 52 to accomplish. This relationship produces evidence that God will vindicate Jews in front of the whole world because of their fulfillment of the scripture.
There are other statements similar to Amos 3:12 in the Bible that are written for the person Isaiah wrote of in chapter 52 to fulfill. One place where another statement similar to the one in Amos 3 is found is in the seventh and twelfth chapters of Daniel. There it is written that at the end of the age a person will have power for three and a half years just before the reign of Jesus begins. This specific time period was chosen by God because it is the same length of time as the number of days that the skies didn’t rain when God was in a relationship with Elijah. This Elijah innuendo occurs in the Bible for a reason. The person who fulfills this script is being dominated by God so the name of Elijah will be recalled. Why does God want this done? Because it is a fulfillment of a statement of Jesus in the New Testament. In Matthew 17:11-12 Jesus said, “Elijah does come and will get everything restored and ready. But I tell you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know or recognize him, but did to him as they liked. So also the Son of Man is going to be treated and suffer at their hands.” In this statement, Jesus is using the name of Elijah in both a future and past tense. In verse 11 he uses it in a future tense and in verse 12 he uses it in a past tense. When Jesus uses the name of Elijah in the future tense, he is referring to the person who fulfills the scripture in Daniel at the end of the age and prepares the world for a judgment from God. When Jesus uses the name of Elijah in the past tense, he is referring to John the Baptist. When Jesus makes this odd statement, He is doing something very valuable. He is making a statement that is good for the person who comes to fulfill the scripture in Daniel 7 who has power for three and a half years. He is enabling him to use that reference in Daniel 7 as an Elijah innuendo, rather then a literal length of time for his rule on earth. The script is written so God will have someone come who will bring up this quote from Jesus and the name of John when this is done. Thus, the Bible is written so John will be honored in this way. In addition, it is plain that Jesus knew exactly what needed to be said in order for the scripture at the end of age to be fulfilled. This statement by Jesus shows that He purposefully participating in a future act of rememberance for John. He is also playing an essential role, already, in the future intervention of God into the world. This fact is very promising for those who believe that Jesus will return to earth and rule.
The scripture in Amos 3 helps show that the Elijah innuendo in Daniel is there so John the Baptist will be honored after he is murdered. When this is done, then there is continuity in the words of the Bible. The statements in Amos and Daniel then agree with each other since different people who were killed while being unfaithful to God are honored. Ezekiel also wrote something that shows the ending of the Bible ensures that those who have been killed throughout history for their Biblical faith will be honored by a Biblical figure. He wrote in chapter 9 that a person will come and play a role in implementing a judgment in which those who are not effectively grieving for everyone will die. This particular type of judgment has never happened before, therefore it should be viewed as a judgment that will occur at the end of this age period, just before the return of Jesus. Ezekiel is commonly used by Christians to show that the gospel was prophesied about before it ever existed. The four faces written of by Ezekiel are commonly used by Christians as a prophecy about the gospel, since there are four gospels. Ezekiel goes on to say in the next chapter that this person who plays a role in the implementation of this judgment is given some words by God from the gospel to say. This prophecy by Ezekiel, in order to become valid, needs some help from another prophet. Ezekiel needs a judgment day figure to be forced to say some words from the gospel in order for his prophecy to be fulfilled. As shown previously, the book of Daniel is written so someone will be forced into applying an Elijah innuendo to himself. The quote of Jesus is fulfilled when this takes place. When this happens, something else takes place other then rememberance for John. The words of Ezekiel become a reality as a judgment day figure is saying some words from the gospel. Daniel, Ezekiel and Jesus are in a coordinated relationship with each other. Their relationship produces acts of rememberance for those who have been killed. It also produces evidence that a judgment from God is coming into the world as well which will destroy lives of people who give their support to evil.
Daniel 9 also was written so a Biblical figure will come at the end of the age and respect Someone who has died for their Biblical faith. This time Jesus is the subject instead of John the Baptist or the Jews in Samaria who are being killed today. In chapter 9 of Daniel it is written that there will be 70 weeks to finish and put an end to transgression, to seal up and make full the measure of sin, to purge away and expiation and reconciliation for sin, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and prophet, and to anoint a Holy of Holies. In this chapter the 70 weeks is divided up in three different ways. Some action takes 7 weeks. Other action takes 62 weeks. And finally at the end some action takes place over one week. First of all, why did God choose the number 70 here in a passage that speaks of the cutting off of the Holy One? It is right to assume that the number 70 was chosen by God because there were 70 people in the Sanhedrin. This elite religious group was responsible for finding Jesus guilty and sentencing Him to death. The Bible shows that the Sanhedrin acted in accord with the Romans to put Jesus to death. It is written there in Daniel that after 62 weeks the anointed one is cut off and killed. It is best to use this statement to presume that 62 people in the Sanhedrin voted for Jesus to die and 7 voted for Him to live. When the scripture is used this way, the term ‘week’ here refers to a person who has something to do with the ultimate fate of the Messiah for a very brief period of time. It is not as auspicious of a title as the Holy of Holies, which is bestowed on the Messiah. Daniel 9:27 helps show that the term week should relate to one person rather then a converted reference to 70 years. There in verse 27 it is written that a person will come at the end of this age and exercise some action in the middle of the week. The action he does doesn’t take 70 years to fulfill. It is best to say this script means he has the last say over the judgment of the Sanhedrin and the Romans against Jesus. This scripture by Daniel is giving a friendly to Jesus Biblical figure at the end of the age authority over both the Jewish religious establishment that sentenced Jesus to death and the powerful gentile empire that carried out the unjust death sentence. This person who has the last say over what happened to Jesus is carrying a lot of fury from God with him, as he makes things desolate in the world. In summary, this entire prophecy by Daniel is meant to show that Jesus will lose the vote in the Sanhedrin by 62-7 and be sentenced to death. In the end, however, someone will come at the end who has the last say in the matter. And this person votes to have Jesus come out and rule and the decision is overturned. This person, it says, brings desolation with him. That means that he is a judgment day figure and many will die before the return of Jesus. In the end, this prophecy in Daniel belongs to a Biblical figure to fulfill. It is like the words in Amos 3:12 in that it is intended for a Biblical figure to use at the end of the age. This time, Jesus is the One who gets the respect.
Daniel is obviously a favorite with God since God gave him an extensive role in the ultimate defeat of persecution against those faithful to God. Daniel was used by God to
bring up more then Jesus and John the Baptist. He was given a role in a show of support from God towards James and John, two brothers who were disciples of Jesus. It is written in Acts that James was murdered by Herod for his faith in Jesus. The words that were given to Daniel by God so these two brothers could be recalled at the end of the age are found in Daniel 7. In Daniel 7:8 it is written, “I (Daniel) considered the horns, and behold, and there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots; and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking great things.” Daniel goes on to say that soon after this event occurs that the power of gentiles on earth is destroyed due in part to the efforts of this man who says great things. Then Jesus comes back to rule. How could a person play a role in the destruction of gentile power? It seems to be impossible. It is not impossible, though. This would come true if God wrote the script so God would intervene when He had a relationship with someone who was honoring those who had died for their Biblical faith. It would be right to ascribe this ability to destroy gentile power on someone if God had this job of rememberance assigned to him. As mentioned before, these words in Daniel are meant to be used to recall James. God said exactly three horns would be uprooted for a reason. In Revelation 13, it is written that an unholy trinity exists on earth. Satan, false religious teaching and false political theory are the three things which constitute this unholy trinity. This unholy trinity has combined to trample on the true teaching of God. Christians and Jews have lived under the power of this unholy trinity and many have died as a consequence. This unholy trinity is the thing with three horns which is uprooted by the Biblical figure in Daniel 7. What is left after this is done is seven horns, which represent God’s true teaching on earth. The number 7 depicts the church in the book of Revelaton. This event then, is the throwing off of this evil attachment from Himself and off of us by God. It is appropriate to say that someone who has a purposeful relationship with God of respecting those killed for their Biblical faith has this type of influence. It is also important to note that this scripture in Revelation 13 was written by John, a disciple of Jesus. John wrote Revelation 13 on the island of Patmos. He was imprisoned there by the Romans for preaching about Jesus. He was given this script to write after his brother James was murdered. Since this script in Revelation 13 is being used to help fulfill the seventh chapter of Daniel, then John is playing a role in the fulfillment of scripture. John is then playing a role in the return of Jesus into the world! This is his reward from God and Jesus for remaining faithful after his brother James was murdered. In this way, this scripture was composed so James and John would ultimately emerge victorious from persecution.
There is other scripture in the Bible, similar to the ones being mentioned here, which cause the Biblical figure written of in Ezekiel 9 and Isaiah 52 to honor Jews who died at the hands of Greeks during the Greek occupation of Israel before the time of Jesus. Other scripture was written that compels him to honor Christians who were murdered by Romans. Collectively, the Bible was written so God has a relationship with someone at the end of this age who honors Jesus, John the Baptist, James and John, murdered Christians and murdered Jews. What this means is that the Bible was written so that the murder of those faithful to God will empower a Biblical figure at the end of the age. It is used by him to facilitate the return of Jesus. In this way, this murder that has occurred throughout history against people who are faithful to God is doomed to failure. All it does is fulfill the terms for the return of Jesus to rule. God and those faithful to God triumph over it in the end.
As some people know, there is a lot of differing views in Christianity surrounding the events of the end of this age. The best way to get rid of this controversy is to recognize that Isaiah 52 and Ezekiel 9 require that a Biblical figure must come at the end of this age before the return of Jesus. The controversial scripture that has gone unfulfilled for a long time belongs to this Biblical figure to use. The role of a Christian or Jew should be that of a watchman for him. Isaiah says in chapter 52 that the watchmen of Israel start to celebrate just before Jesus has come. This happens because they recognize when the deliverer written of by Isaiah is here. There are a few chapters in the Bible which are meant to be used by the person written of by Ezekiel and Isaiah. When he does this job, God is found to be honoring those who have been killed for their faith in God throughout history. When Christians or Jews elect themselves to interpret this special text, rather then elect the one who it is written for, they will end up saying things that will never happen. They will say things that aren’t as good as the Biblical figure. Aspiring to be a watchman of Israel, spreading around the gospel throughout the world, and supporting the Jews and Israel are appropriate roles for Christians and Jews.
It is important to note that the ending of the Bible is very consistent with a particular tradition that is currently being practiced by the Jews. The Jews have a tradition at Passover where they leave a seat for Elijah to come. They do this is the hope that he will bring the Messiah with him. This practice by Jews is a show of faith and hope that God will someday deliver them from this age of persecution. As we can see, the Bible is written so a person is forced to do an Elijah innuendo which concerns John the Baptist
at the end of this age. Soon after this event, Jesus returns. It is important to note that it is written repeateadly in the Bible that at the end of this age God will remove some people who do or support evil just before the return of the Messiah. Thus, the chain of events in the Bible is the use of the Elijah innuendo by a Biblical figure, judgment, then the return of Jesus. This Elijah/Passover tradition of the Jews is an accurate depiction of the events in the Bible. When this fact is proven, then it becomes obvious that God gave the Jews this tradition with Elijah and the Passover to help prepare their hearts for a meeting with the person who fulfills the scripture. It is an obvious attempt by God to help Jews be in tune with him. God does this in order to save Jewish life, as Jews and gentiles alike are judged just before the return of Jesus. God should be praised for giving Jews this tradition which so accurately depicts what is to come for Jews.
Another point to make is there is a coordinated effort by many over a long period of time to produce the job of rememberance for the Biblical figure. The words used to accomplish this feat start with Jacob and end with John on the island of Patmos. No one knows exactly how long the time frame is, but it is known it is at least in the neighborhood of 1,000 years. A 1,000 year job is not a job for man. It is a job for God.
The Jews stand on solid ground when they hope for support from God because of the length of time involved with the script that is used to deliver them. It is also true that the words used to effectively deliver them were given to people who in some cases never met, yet they say the exact words necessary to fulfill each other’s needs. This is not possible for human beings to achieve alone. God would have to be behind this sort of thing. Things like this are solid evidence for Jews and Christians they will be supported by God. The script of the Bible, when fully understood, is much more promising then mere proclamations are.
An additional point to make concerns some of the words in Daniel that lead some into thinking an evil person must come to fulfill the book of Daniel. The 8th chapter of Daniel, for instance, contains words that lead some to believe an evil antichrist will come. There it says that someone will come and take a stand against Jesus but that he will fail.
This statement gives the appearance that someone bad is coming. However, the statement can not be judged in that way, unequivocally. That is because there are other words in the Bible that require someone good to come. If you insert a good person who honors Biblical dead in this place, you achieve something interesting. Then you have a Biblical figure revealing that the Bible is written so God overturns evil by establishing a relationship with a Biblical figure who honors Biblical martyrs. If Jesus were to refuse to involve Himself with this effort, then He would be found to be showing less respect for the martyrs then the Biblical figure at the end of the age is doing. In this way, a good person who is practicing the work of a true authority figure can be found to be challenging Jesus. Of course, it is found in the end that Jesus responds and comes out and is the Messiah. In the end, this confrontation guarantees God a conversation about what God and Jesus practice which makes them legitimate authority figures. What makes Them legitimate and worthy of praise is They have a strategy and a desire to support and put an end to the suffering of Christians and Jews. God does not mind Jesus being challenged like this, when the person doing the challenging is playing a role in God and Jesus’s strategy for victory over all the murder against those who died in a Biblical faith.
An additional thing that Jesus has done is that He has successfully associated with David. This is important because the Messiah is referred to as My Servant David in Ezekiel 34 and 37. Often times Jews who have rejected Jesus as the Messiah quote this scripture and refer it to someone other then Jesus. If Jesus is found to have some similar characteristics which are unique to David then He should be thought of as the Servant David instead of someone who is yet to come. Jesus has several unique qualities about Him that show He has a strong association to David. These things include His place of birth, a physical lineage, a prophetic lineage, both had a close friend conspire against him, He fulfills prophecy of David, both suffered much affliction in their relationships with other Jews, Jesus fulfills a prophecy of Nathan, a prophet associated with David, and ultimately Jesus plays a role in lifting the noose off the neck of Jews. David, too, is especially known by Jews for his defeats of gentiles.
The New Testament records that Jesus has both a physical and prophetic lineage to David. This, of course, is not possible to prove from our position. We can only see that the New Testament records this, so it should be proclaimed that the New Testament records this. In the gospels the book of Luke draws a lineage from Jesus back to Adam. The lineage described in Matthew goes from Jesus all the way back to Abraham. The two different lineages do not normally list the same people. For instance, the lineage recorded in Luke includes Nathan the prophet right next to David and the lineage of Matthew records Solomon, the son of David. This is a sign that one lineage to David was meant to emphasize a physical connection to David and the other a prophetic connection to him. This is appropriate since David was both a king and a prophet.
Another aspect of David that was purposefully tied in with Jesus is His place of birth. In Micah 5 it is prophesied that the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem. Bethlehem is known as the hometown of David. Matthew 2 in the New Testament records that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. This creates a further connection between Jesus and David. A further similarity between Jesus and David is that they both had a close associate conspire against him and try to kill him. In the case of David it was Saul, the former king of Israel before David. With Jesus, it was Judas, one of the disciples.
Another connection that exists between Jesus and David that doesn’t exist between David and some other messiah is that Jesus fulfills the prophecies of David. Psalm 69 is one example where Jesus and David are tied together in prophecy. Some of the words of this psalm by David reflect the current life of David and some of the words prophetically reflect the life of Jesus. For example, in Psalm 69:21 it is prophecied that that “in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink”. It is recorded in Matthew that Jesus was given vinegar to drink when He was dying on the cross. This Psalm was meant to show both David and Jesus, two great figures in Jewish history, suffered much affliction in their relationships with other Jews. It is also meant to be used prophetically and show that Jesus fulfills the statement about vinegar on the cross. Suffering is another aspect of Jesus which He has in common with David that a messiah who has never been here before doesn’t have in common with David.
A further association between Jesus and David is found through the prophet Nathan. Nathan was a prophet who interacted with David. In 2 Samuel 7 it is said by Nathan, “He shall build a house for My Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the stripes of the son of men.” When Nathan prophesied this to David he said that this prophecy would be fulfilled through the descendants of David. Jesus should not be considered the person in this prophecy who commits sins and is punished by God. It is not becoming to speak of a Messiah in this way. It is more appropriate to apply the part of this prophecy of Nathan where it says a person to come has problems to the Biblical figure who comes at the end of the age. He has a kingdom, as God moves and judges the world when he uses the script God created for him which require him to honor those killed for their faith in God. And, when he does his job he sets the stage for Jesus to come and reign as Messiah. This event fulfills the need of the prophecy of Nathan for someone to come and build a house for Jesus. The act of using the scripture so Jesus can come back to rule on terms where Jesus is respecting those killed throughout the age is ‘building a house for My Name’. This is good business for Jesus.
A final similarity between David and Jesus is they both are known to defeat gentiles. There is a big difference in how it is accomplished but both are victorious in this venture. David did it through war victories over them. Jesus does it by participating in the Messianic strategy of the Bible. When He came and purposefully fulfilled the first group of prophetic words, He set the stage for the future. Now, all He has to do is move when a Biblical figure uses the second set of words, the prophetic words of rememberance. When He does that, as it is recorded He will, then Jesus will have successfully completed the Bible’s program which was written to ultimately deliver the Jews from this age of persecution.
A final thing that Jesus accomplished for Jews is that He helped provide an effective warning for the Jews who live at the end of the age so they could have an idea when God will intervene with a miraculous judgment. In Matthew 24:29 He said, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” These words are different from His warning to the Jews of His day who would face a defeat against the Romans. He used physical terms that time, like telling them to watch for the army’s movement of encircling the city and when they see this He told them not to fight but flee. In this warning for Jews at the end of the age He uses symbolic terms rather then real terms. This happens because the Jews are facing God this time not the Romans and the movements of God before judgment day are different from the movement of the Roman army. God moves when He has a Biblical relationship with someone who honors those killed for their Biblical faith. This event destroys gentile power over Jews. The terms used by Jesus in this warning, the loss of the moon and the sun, are a reference to the end of gentile power over Jews. The empires that have persecuted Jews have typically honored gods of the sun and moon instead of the Living God. His warning is guaranteed to be found to be accurate. This is true because it fits with the action in the words of the prophets at the end of the age. God moves at the end of this age when He has the relationship with the person written of in Daniel 7 who effectively destroys gentile power in the world by using God’s script of rememberance.
An additional point to realize is that the action in the words of the Biblical prophets is extremely relevant to the people of today. The people of today live in an environment where there is bitter controversy between the Bible and the Koran. For instance, the Bible says that Jesus is the Son of God and the Koran admonishes God to destroy those who believe God has a son. The writers of the Koran threw out the quotes of the murdered men of the Bible and substituted contentious things in their place. Thus, there is an issue of whether or not the writers of the Koran have stolen away authority from the murdered men of the Bible. Many people currently die while the conflict rages on. Psalm 68 shows God dealing with this issue. The prophecy there which was recently fulfilled shows the Arab army being given the judgment given to those who steal authority away from murdered men. This prophecy is extremely relevant to the current human experience.
What is written in Amos 3:12 and other parts of the Bible is extremely relevant to human beings today. Currently the Jews in Samaria are under attack. As a matter of fact, a Jewish mother of four in Samaria was recently stabbed to death because she was a Jew. The end of the Bible is perfectly relevant to the Jews of Samaria. It is so because the Bible has a job at the end which requires a Biblical figure to honor those who were killed while playing a role in the fulfillment of scripture. The Jew of today who are under attack in Samaria are included with Christians, disciples and prophets in this job of rememberance which was prepared by God long ago. Psalm 69 and Amos 3 show how relevant the Bible is to the current human condition.
Many things have been revealed that show Jesus is true to the Jews. Some of them have happened already. Others happen when the Bible’s program of intervention in the world occurs. The things that happen at the end can not be understood about Jesus unless the ending of the Bible is understood. Following is a list of the attributes that the Bible shows that Jesus has in His relationship with Jews:
1) Tries to save lives of Jews of His day from dying in a war with the Romans
2) Sets up Jews for important role in the fulfillment of scripture and for respect due to them for doing this
3) Encouraged Jewish elite to take care of the disadvantaged among them
4) Preserves Israel by tying in His ministry with the need for Jews to be on the land. This gives God a reason to support Israel.
5) Establishes new temple so no gentiles can truly destroy the real temple of the Jews
6) Moves when strategy outlined by Jacob is used, giving Jacob a role in the deliverance of Jews from this age of persecution
7) Moves at the end of the age when murdered prophets respected by Biblical figure
8) Moves on terms at the end of the age when dying Jews of Samaria and Jews killed long ago by Greeks are respected
9) Purposefully permitted Himself to be killed to fulfill scripture which ensures future deliverance for Jews
10) Gave Jews an effective warning at the end of the age of when the miraculous judgment from God will come
11) Quote about Elijah in Matthew makes the fulfillment of Elijah tradition take place
12) Fulfills the life of prophets like Amos, Ezekiel, Isaiah, David and Daniel, who were used by God to play a role in the deliverance of Jews
This is not the performance of Someone who deserves to be an outcast in Jewish culture. It is the performance of Someone who deserves to be the Messiah over a person who has never done anything before.
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