“And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a token sign which shall be spoken against.” – Luke 2:34
Notice that Simeon prophesied that Jesus is set for:
- The fall of many in Israel (A.D. 70)
- The rising of many in Israel (began in A.D. 1948)
Regarding the fall of Israel, Jesus pleaded with Israel to repent, but as seen in Matthew 23, He finally proclaimed to them:
“That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth”
The response of the Israeli Jews is seen three chapters later in Chapter 27:
“Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.”
Jesus is also set for the rising of Israel. In 1948, we saw only the tip of the iceberg. The actual rising of Israel is still yet to be seen. Jesus will descend from heaven at the Battle of Armageddon as seen in Revelation 19, and every eye will see Him as stated in Revelation 1, and the enemies of Israel will literally quake before Him as stated in Revelation 6.
I believe Jesus has been empowering Israel, as stated in Zechariah 14 through 16, during the 1948 initial battle, and the other wars since then such as the wars of 1967, 1973, and more. He is still fighting beside them through all the attacks that continue. Furthermore, in Jeremiah 23, the Bible states that GOD is not happy with those world leaders who refuse to protect His sheep, whether the people of Israel or those Gentiles who have been grafted into these Messianic prophecies. He is going to bring His sheep back into the fold of Israel and give them shepherds who will protect them.
“Woe be unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD. And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD lives, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD lives, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.”
Israel is the safest place in the world for the Jews currently. Anti-Jewish violence is on the rise as America is no longer being a Light and a hindrance to anti-Christian and anti-Jewish violence around the world. Why does Satan, that old Dragon, and his children hate Jews so insanely? The Jews who gave us the Messiah and Jews were chosen as the oracles of GOD as Paul mentions. Revelation 12 explains the great hate and violence that the Dragon perpetuates against the Jewish people. Messianic Gentiles around the world must look out for the Jews who are in their country, because violence is on the rise toward those who are Jews.
In past years, the Messianic Gentiles provided a haven for the Jews during time of pogroms and holocausts. Many of these Messianic Gentiles such as Corrie Ten Boom were treated just as violently and severely as the Jews they protected. I am sure GOD has a special reward for their bravery and loving kindness.
Also, it may be very soon that the Jews in Israel are allowed the opportunity to return the favor that the ‘righteous Gentiles’ bestowed upon them, because the world is becoming more and more like the olden days in which pagan Rome, both the imperial and religious empires, was bent upon paganism and hedonism, and intolerant of all who follow the Bible. This will be Israel’s ‘watershed moment’. Will the Israeli Jews return the favor to those righteous evangelical Messianic Gentiles who have supported their tiny nation with immense financial gifts and who have spoken out upon their behalf for decades? Or will they allow them to be murdered and crucified and beheaded by their enemies?
Keep in mind that many true evangelical Gentile followers of the Messiah Jesus, such as the Baptists and Waldensians whose martyrdom and beliefs historically date back to the time of the apostles, were also put to death side-by-side with the Jews during the Inquisitions, Crusades, pogroms, and holocausts for refusing to bow to Imperial Rome or the Unholy Roman religious empire.
Today, it appears the days of covert operations, Crusades, and holy wars are back as a Jesuit Pope, a communist U.S. President, shadowy intelligence organizations, and the world leadership led by Occult Rome in their many covert conferences around the world, are marching toward one world domination. Soon you can expect the Bill of Rights to be tossed and the murder, mayhem, and Inquisitions to follow.
Israel has an opportunity as the metaphorical walls and cage doors are being closed by the Occult leaders of this present world system upon anyone who believes in the truth of the Bible. Will they run missions of mercy to Christian evangelical believers as they ran recently in Yemen and Syria to their own Jewish people? In some cases, the Jews didn’t want to go to Israel, while Christians who hold beliefs in the same Bible would welcome a home in Israel.
Will Israel make the right choice? Or will they placate the sexual deviants, the U.S. Democrats, anti-Semitic European Catholic nations, the atheists and hedonists, and the very nations who seek their own country’s destruction? Will they placate the communists and Nazis who may attempt to politically influence Israel to not rescue such helpless Bible-believers? I say Israel shouldn’t apologize for being Jewish. They shouldn’t apologize for having a nation. They shouldn’t give up one square foot for a so-called ‘Palestinian State’ or any other such nonsense. Every time they give up a square foot of land, it is turned into a launching pad for Islamic terrorism. Israel should never have given away the Sinai Peninsula or other lands of theirs which were taken and used by the Muslims against them. Instead, they should hold on to every piece of land and if an enemy attacks them, they should do what they did in the Six Day War and confiscate their land. Why? This is just, and it also will allow them to accumulate more land for the persecuted evangelical Christians who may need to shelter alongside them, shoulder-to-shoulder, in the coming days as the world grows far darker than it has been for many centuries.
With the barbaric, bloody Roman Empire rising back into power, will Israel allow them to be metaphorically ‘tossed to the lions’ as in ancient days? Or on the other hand, will they welcome these Gentile believers in the Jewish Messiah Jesus who may soon need refuge? Will they welcome persecuted evangelical Gentiles who have generously poured tourism dollars, investments, and ministry monies into their country and cause? Will they show generosity to them as readily as they have shown tolerance to those who want their own ‘pride parades’ and special rights who visit them from America, and who scorn the Torah and its beliefs? Will they be as gracious to the evangelicals as they have to their Muslim enemies who daily invade and stab them? If the rapture occurs very soon, the evangelical Christians may not need Israel’s assistance, but the question still remains. Will they be willing to help these people who have been a help to them? They just may be willing. At least, one can hope.
Israel has shown themselves to be a ‘moral army’ as they call themselves, filled with mercy to their enemies. Have they learned to love, live humbly and show mercy as the ancient prophets commanded in these last days? This may be their watershed moment. So far, I have been impressed by what I have seen in recent days as Israel does what no other nation is doing – following the words of their own Messiah Jesus to show love to those who wrongfully abuse them, whether or not they acknowledge Jesus.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. “And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; ‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? ‘When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? ‘Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; ‘I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ “Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” – Matthew 25:31-46
I am reminded of Joseph whose brothers sold him into slavery as he tested his brothers to see if they had learned their lessons. They had, and Joseph revealed himself to them. The Bible says that Jesus will soon reveal Himself to the Jews as their veritable Messiah. Ezekiel 39 and Zechariah 12-14 both seem to indicate, as does Romans 11, that soon Israel will have the Spirit poured upon them and recognize their Messiah. Let’s pray this is very soon for their sake and for the sake of Messianic Gentiles as well. We can only hope their eyes are opened soon as the violence and rhetoric of hate is escalated by those who desire to purge the world of anyone who believes in the teachings of the Torah and Holy Scripture.
As Paul the apostle desired in Romans 10, so we desire as well.
“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.”