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The recent horrific massacre of 11 Jews at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last week shook the entire world and revealed once again that anti-Semitism is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States and abroad.
Let’s begin by defining anti-Semitism. According to Webster, anti-Semitism is “hostility to or prejudice against Jews.” The Bible records that this hostility has existed for centuries and has flared up at strategic points in history.
But why such hatred against the Jews? Why not the same hatred against other ethnic groups?
The bottom-line reason that the world hates the Jews is that the world hates God.
The Apostle Paul wrote this: “For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised!” (Romans 9:3-5).
The Jews were ordained by God to be the carriers and transmitters to the entire world of His covenant of salvation. Notice what was entrusted to them:
__The Adoption as Sons of God.
__The Divine glory.
__The Covenants (Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic).
__The Law and the Ten Commandments.
__The Temple Worship.
__The Promises of God.
__The Patriarchs and the Prophets of God who prophesied about our day.
__The Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, our Messiah!
The Jews were given a grave responsibility of trust. But, sadly, they failed in their assignment. That assignment was then transferred to the Gentiles, who have been fulfilling it for the last 2000 years.
The Jews have been and continue to be a focal point in Bible prophecy. These following prophecies about them have either already been fulfilled or will be fulfilled:
___Their dispersion (Deuteronomy 28: 64; Leviticus 26: 33)
___Their persecution (Deuteronomy 28: 65)
___Their desolation (Leviticus 26: 33; Deuteronomy 29: 22-23)
___Their preservation (Isaiah 66: 22; Jeremiah 30: 11)
___Their return to their homeland (Isaiah 11: 10-12; Ezekiel 36: 22-28)
___The establishment of their nation as a sovereign state (Isaiah 66: 7-8; Zechariah 12: 3-6)
___The blossoming of Israel’s prosperity (Isaiah 45: 1-7; Joel 2: 21-26)
___The restoration of the Hebrew language (Zephaniah 3: 9)
___The re-occupation of Jerusalem that occurred during the Six-Day War in June of 1967 (Luke 21: 24).
___The growth of Israel’s military strength (Zechariah 12: 6)
___The focal point of Israel in world news (Zechariah 12: 3; 14: 1-9)
___Israel’s participation in the Great Tribulation (Deuteronomy 4: 30; Zechariah 13: 8-9)
___The salvation of Israel (Zechariah 12: 10; Romans 11: 1-6)
___Their position as the foremost nation of the world during the Millennium (Deuteronomy 28: 1; Micah 4: 1-7). **
God is not finished with the Jews. They are still His chosen people, and His covenant with them will ultimately be fulfilled. Meanwhile, because Satan hates them, they will be persecuted and attacked until the second coming of Christ, at which point He will rescue them from the hands of their enemies once and for all.
The battle against the Jews is primarily a spiritual one. Satan hates God and has always wanted to be God. Since Satan hates God, he also hates those whom God loves. It is no surprise, then, that both Jews and Christians have been under attack because God loves both Jews and Christians and has covenants with them.
“The bottom-line reason that the world hates Jews is that the world hates God.”
As the days grow darker, we will witness more anti-Semitism and more anti-Christianity. Jesus said this in John 15: 20: “Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you.” This persecution is part of endtime prophecy and will come to pass. As it increases in frequency and intensity, we can know that it is all part of the convergence process of which I wrote in my last blog post. This persecution is another clear sign that our Lord’s return in the Rapture is imminent.
Despite the rise of anti-Semitism, Satan will never be able to wipe out the Jews entirely. God will spare a remnant in order to fulfill His covenant. One day, Israel will recognize her Messiah, praise the Lord! What a glorious day that will be!
Prayer for Today: Lord God, we pray Your blessings upon all Jews. We thank You for giving us the Messiah through them, and we look forward for the fulfillment of Your promise to save all of Israel. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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