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The story of Israel’s redemption is not my theory, it is the major theme of almost all the prophets and Jesus himself said: “I have come to save the lost sheep of Israel”.
My task, as my name in Hebrew means “keras = herald or messenger”, is to point out the Scriptures that describe God’s dealings with His people, Israel. In particular; His plans for the imminent future of this world.
If you believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, then it is necessary to believe ALL of what it says to us. We are told the wonderful story of our personal redemption through the atonement made for us by Jesus Christ. “All who believe in Me and call on My Name shall be saved”.
We are asked to be ‘salt and light’ in order to help redeem others. We do good works, because once we accept the Lordship of Christ, that is our desire. But, eternal life is a free gift to us and is the ultimate reward for those who remain firm in faith to their Creator.
The Bible speaks of ‘His People, Israel’. Originally these people were only the descendants of Jacob, but they failed to obey the covenant that God had made with them. They are now scattered throughout the world and are mostly unaware of their identity. Only part of the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin [the Jews] have returned to just part of the Land, at present. As in ancient times, aliens and foreigners could join Israel and the New Testament promises redemption for all who believe and remain faithful to God. Romans 2:9-11
The great theme of the Old Testament is the story of Israel. How they were chosen as God’s people to be His witnesses [Isaiah 43:10] and a “light to the nations”. Their sojourn in Egypt, their settling in the Land, their sins and dispersion - of Israel, then Judah. That story is a precursor of the final fulfilment of the many prophecies stating how His rejoined People will live in the Land in peace and security, forever. God says that He has not forgotten or rejected them. Isaiah 49:15-16. Amos 9:9. Isaiah 14:1 The Lord will again show compassion for Jacob and once again make Israel His choice. He will resettle them on their own soil and aliens will join them. The Lord will do this for the sake of His great Name. Ezekiel 36:22-28
As in any development process, there are several steps. For nearly 2000 years, the Church of Jesus Christ has tried to fulfil the Commission of preaching the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God. Seven stages or types of Churches are described in Revelation 2 & 3, and the last one, Laodicea, describes very well the general condition of today’s church.
The final regathering and resettling of righteous Israel [all 12 tribes] into all [Ezekiel 47:13-23] of the Promised Land is a great story yet to be told. Although the Jewish people have commenced this process, they will be judged along with the Islamic nations, as it is not God’s plan for Israel to be a secular state. Jeremiah 12:14-17, Zephaniah 1:4-6, Jeremiah 8:5-12, Isaiah 4:3-4.
There are over 40 Bible passages that describe the return of His people to all the area given to Abraham, so long ago. This will be made possible by the event graphically described in many prophecies, as the Lord’s Day of vengeance and wrath. Isaiah 30:26-28, Isa 66:15-18, Ezekiel 21:3-7, Habakkuk 3:12-13, Malachi 4:1-3, Revelation 6:12-17. Isaiah 63:1-6.
Those Israelites who are judged righteous, Eze. 20:34-38, Amos 9:10 will then enter the Land, to live there in peace and prosperity, in order to prepare for the eventual Return of Jesus.
They will face further testing, such as the Gog attack and the rise of the Anti Christ, who will make a peace treaty with Israel. But, this treaty marks the start of the 70th week (7 years) of Daniel, and after 3½ years, he will invade Israel, beginning the Tribulation. The Lord Jesus will Return in His glory exactly 1260 days later.
Daniel 12:1-3, says how those who keep their faith ‘will shine like the stars, forever’.
Bruce McKerras Website; www.logostelos.info
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