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Bible Prophecy and the Jews – as told by a Jew | The Gospel Truth

Bible Prophecy and the Jews – as told by a Jew

14/05/2012

‘Vehi Sheamda’ – Chief Rabbi’s Message featuring Yaakov Shwekey

The Chief Rabbi’s message and overview of Bible prophecy in relation to the Jews is compelling evidence that God is indeed at work in the Kingdoms of men.

When the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, returns to re-establish David’s throne and the Kingdom of Israel (Luke 1:32), we read that it is at that time that the following will occur:

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:31–34

Ezekiel 37 also records the future revival of Israel at the time when Christ returns. The prophet see’s a valley of dry bones which, he is told, are “the whole house of Israel” (v11). These bones come together, then sinews of flesh are laid on them, then flesh and skin and then the bones stand up! What the prophet is seeing is the revival of the nation of Israel which has started to occur in recent times! What is interesting though is that in verse 26, in the same context God says the following at that time:

“Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.” Ezekeil 37:26

It’s relevant then that the Rabbi is calling for Jews everywhere to renew their covenant with Yahweh. This they will do, and can only do, when they accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah when he returns as we are told in Zechariah 12:

“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for [his] only [son], and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for [his] firstborn”. Zechariah 12:10

This time is also mentioned in the New Testament:

“And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this [is] my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” Romans 11:26-27

The Rabbi’s message then is a wonderful example on how Bible prophecy has been fulfilled with the establishment of the nation of Israel – but also how it is currently being fulfilled, with the religious revival of the Jews turning again to their ancient text, the word of God, the Torah. This is a testament to how they are being prepared to accept the Lord Jesus Christ when he returns to establish God’s covenant with them.

See this article for more detail on God’s purpose with Israel:
Israel – God’s Witnesses »