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    4. Has God Cast
    the Jews Away?
    by Herman Newmark


    Spiritualising Israel's Promises

    One day a Seventh Day Adventist called at my door and tried to convert me to his faith. I asked him where the Jews came according to his understanding of Scripture. He turned over the SDA book which he carried and found a page where Matthew 23:38 was quoted. Then he said that "desolate" was Christ's last word to the Jewish people. I said, "But what about verse 39?" He turned to the place in his book where the verse occurred and said, "That's the Church". I pointed out that verse 39 begins, "For I say unto you" meaning the people our Lord was speaking to in verse 38, and told him that he was handling the Word of God deceitfully; for "what God hath joined together, let no man seek to put asunder". On another occasion a "Jehovah's Witness" knocked at the door, and I told him that he was not a Jehovah's Witness. The Jews are called in Isaiah 43 to be Yahweh's ("Jehovah's") witnesses. Today thay are negative witnesses to the truth of Yahweh ("Jehovah"), but at our Lord's Second Advent they are to become His positive witnesses to the whole world. To this he replied that "desolate" is Christ's last word to the Jews in Matthew 23:38. I asked him about verse 39, and he said that this verse is spoken of the spiritual Israel. When I challenged him to show me where Scripture uses the expression spiritual Israel he was silent.

    Both these men were teaching that God cast away His people Israel - the Jews [1] - and has taken to Himself instead the Church. It was the Roman Catholics who first taught that God has cast away the Jews and made the Church Israel. Thus all curses of prophecy, they say, fell on the Jewish race - but the blessings promised them were transferred to the Church. A certain Roman Catholic priest of this present day has written a prayer to "St.Joseph" to ask him to incline Roman Catholics to love the Jews. This is a proof that his Church does not love God's Chosen People. Whilst the Jews claim to be Israel, they are a stumbling block to the Roman Catholics who claim that all the Israel blessings and promises are theirs.

    The Roman Catholic Millennium

    As regards the Millennial reign of Christ, foretold in both the Old and New Testaments, Mgr. Ronald Knox, in his translation of the Bible says in a note on Revelation 20:2-7: "This passage gave rise to the error of the Millennarians, who held (as some Jewish authors held), that Christ would reign on earth in visible triumph, for the period of a thousand years, between the Second Coming and the Final Judgment. Catholic expositors identify the thousand years with an indefinite but prolonged period between the Resurrection and the Second Coming in Judgment (which latter event will be preceded by a brief interval when the devil will triumph through anti-Christ)."

    They evidently believe that the devil is now "bound and shut up in the abyss, and that he no longer deceives the nations". Oh the credulity of unbelief! Sad to say, this is now accepted by many evangelical Christians, who, in spite of Paul's emphatic denials, maintain that God has cast away His people Israel, and that Israel's promises of bless belong to the Church. The curses, of course, cannot pass over to the Church, so they are graciously left to be quite literal and Jewish. When, however, there is a promise of blessing, this is "spiritualised" and made to mean the "spiritual Israel" (the Church).

    It is neither Christian nor honest to leave some Scriptures to the Jews because they are unsavoury, and to take others for the Church because they are pleasant. Those who placed headings on Bible pages and chapters are much to be blamed for this "spiritualising" process.

    God's Message to Genile Nations

    In Jeremiah 31:10 God addresses Himself to Gentile nations - including Britain and the USA - and says: "He that scattered Israel will gather him". One wonders why Christians do not believe such a simple promise. Why on earth must they accepts that the Jews were scattered - literally - but that the Church is to be gathered - spiritually? God says that the same people who were scattered are the ones He will gather. To me this is as plain as A-B-C. God did not say "He that scattered the Jews will gather the Church", no matter how much Christians wishfully think that He did say that.

    In Jeremiah 32:42 God says: "Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them". What could be plainer than these two verses? The whole of Scripture confirms these emphatic statements.

    God's Message to Gentile Christians

    The Apostle Paul wrote to gentile Christians in Rome 11, and deals with the statement then believed by some of them that God had cast away His people, the Jews. He says in verses 1-2 and 25-27: "Hath God cast away His people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin [2]. God hath not cast away His people which he foreknew. For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 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." Note "this is My covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins". Thus the Deliverer, on His return to Sion [Zion], turns away ungodliness from Jacob [the 12 Tribes]. Surely none would dare to say that Jacob is the Church, which is ungodly!

    God, then, is in a covenant relationship with the erring Jewish [Jacobite] race, and promises to change them from jacob to Israel at the Messiah's Second Advent - just as the person Jacob was changed to Israel long ago, as seen in Genesis 32. In factm Jeremiah 30:7 refers to this very transaction with Jacob personally as a prophecy of the changing of Jacob's race and their salvation, as an outcome of the foreshadowed "time of Jacob's trouble".

    One wonders why Christians can be so greedy as to wish to steal Israel's promised blessings, when they themselves are already so rich as to possess every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ (Ephesians 1)!

    God's Covenants with Israel

    Surely we are in no need of the earthly portion promised to God's chosen people Israel. They were promised a land, and under the unconditional covenant of Grace with Abraham in Genesis 15 - 400 years before the Sinai Covenant of Works - the whole land was theirs from the Nile to the Euphrates. God cannot break His covenant with Israel any more than he can break His covenant with the Church [3]. God will never disgrace the throne of His glory by breaking His covenant with Israel. "We acknowledge, O Yahweh, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against Thee. Do not abhor us, for Thy Name's sake, do not disgrace the Throne of Thy Glory: remember, break not Thy covenant with us. Thus saith Yahweh, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; yahweh of hosts is His Name: If these ordinances depart from before Me, saith Yahweh, then the seed of Israel shall cease from being a nation before Me for ever. Thus said Yahweh: If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith Yahweh. Behold, the days come, saith Yahweh, that the city shall be built to Yahweh from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner. And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath. And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook Kidron, unto the corner of the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy unto Yahweh; it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever. Behold, the days come, saith Yahweh, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the House of Israel [the northern 10 tribes] and to the House of Judah. In those days, and at that time, I will cause the Branch of Righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the Name wherewith she shall be called, Yahweh our Righteousness. For thus saith Yahweh: David shall never want a man to sit upon the Throne of the House of Israel; Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kidnle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually. And the Word of Yahweh came unto Jeremiah, saying, Thus saith Yahweh; If ye can break My covenant of the day, and My covenant of the night, and there should not be day and night in their season; Then may also My covenant be broken with David My servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne, and with the Levites the priests, My ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the seas measured, si I will multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites shall minister unto Me. Moreover the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, saying, Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which Yahweh hath chosen [Israel and Judah], He hath even cast them off? thus they have despised My people, that they should be no more a nation before them. Thus saith Yahweh: If My covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; Then I will cast away the seed of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return and have mercy on them" (Jeremiah 14:20-21; 31:31-40; 33:14-26).

    Between the two specific statements of Jeremiah 31 and 33 comes that wonderful chapter 32. Verses 43 and 44 have already been literally fulfilled as a result of two world wars, and the Arabs now want to take back by force of arms the very land Israel purchased from them at high cost. An outcome of World War I was that Israel began to colonise the promised land everywhere except in the "cities of the south" (Negev). After World War II, the United Nations partitioned Palestine, giving the Negev to Israel.

    Prophecies Fulfilled and to be Fulfilled

    As surely, then, as Israel bought fields and settled them, according to Jeremiah 32:43-44, so must God also fulfil them - and to no one else - the promises of spiritual blessings contained in verses 37-42: "behold, I will gather them out of all countries, wheither I have driven them in My anger, and in My fury, and in great wrath: and I will bring them again to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear Me for ever, for the good of them and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but i shall put My fear in their hearts, and they shall not depart from Me. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with My whole heart and with My whole soul. For thus saith Yahweh: Like as I have brought all this great evil ypon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them".

    "Israelites, to whom pertain the covenants" (Romans 9:4).

    "For Yahweh hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith Yahweh thy Redeemer. For this is as the waters of Noah unto Me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should not more fo over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith Yahweh that hath mercy on thee" (Isaiah 54:6-10).

    A most important statement for Christians to consider is Luke 1:32-33: "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David, and He shall reign over the house of jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end." As surely as our Lord is called great and "The Son of the Highest", so surely must he also sit on the throne of His father David and reign over the house of Jacob for ever. This is God's answer to those who teach that Christ will not reign on earth - for neither the house of Jacob, nor the throne of David are in heaven.

    The Lord Yahshua (Jesus) actually told the Jews that they would not see Him again until they said unto Him: "Blessed is He that cometh in the name of Yahweh". The Lord Yahshua (Jesus) took that sentence from psalm 118, and interpreted it of Himself. He threfore teaches us that this Psalm refers to the time of His Second Advent, when the Jews will have the old city of Jerusalem, and be offering sacrifices again in unbelief. They will then be surrounded by a confederacy of nations bent on their extermination. They will be wonderfully delivered as were their forefathers at the Red Sea, and when they see their Deliverer they will exclaim: "The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is Yahweh's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which Yahweh hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech Thee, O Yahweh, I beseech Thee, send now prosperity. Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of Yahweh: we have blessed you out of the house of Yahweh. God is Yahweh Who hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. Thou art my God, and I will praise Thee: Thou art my God, I will exalt Thee. O give thanks unto Yahweh for good: for His mercy endureth for ever" (Psalm 118:22-29).

    The Apostle Paul was inspired to write in confirmation of this in Romans 9-11. In these chapters he tells us that there is even now a believing remnant of Israel - those Jews who believe in Christ (11:5), but that when Messiah returns the whole remnant nation will believe when they see Him; "all Israel shall be saved, as it is written" (Romans 11:26).

    We see clearly that God is not finished with His earthly people Israel, but that when our Lord returns to Zion (not Heaven!) He will turn away Jacob's ungodliness, and they will be saved, becoming Israelites in deed, and not only in name. This takes place at our Lord's Second Advent, and Revelation 1:7 quotes Zechariah 12:10, proving that when Israel look upon Him whom they pierced, they will mourn and grieve pver their national rejection of their true Messiah, and will be forgiven, cleansed and blessed accoring to Zechariah 13 and 14. In fact, "All Israel shall be saved" of Romans 11:26 is merely the inspired interpretation of Isaiah 53:6, which is the confession they will make when they see HIM: "All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and Yahweh hath laid upon Him the iniquity of us all".

    Paul says that he was "as one born out of due time" (literally , an abortion), when he saw the Lord and was converted. When is the "due time" if not when the nation of Israel will see the Lord, as Paul did, and be "born at once"? (Isaiah 66:8) Was paul's conversion a pattern of our conversion, or of Israel's (1 Timothy 1:16)? Of Christians it can be said, "Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed! In Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory" (John 20:29; 1 Peter 1:8).

      "Believe in Yahweh your God, so shall ye be established; believe in His prophets, so shall ye prosper" (2 Chronicles 20:20).

      "Hath God cast away His people? God forbid. God hath not cast away His people" (Romans 11:1-2).

    "Behold, he cometh in the clouds; and every eye shall see Him; and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him"

    "I believe it is high time for the Church of Christ to awake out of its sleep about Old Testament prophecy...It is high time for Christians to interpret unfulfilled prophecy by the light of the prophecies already fulfilled. The curses on the Jews were brought to pass literally - so also will be the blessings. The scattering was literal; so also will be the gathering. The pulling down of Zion was literal, so also will be the building up. The rejection of Israel was literal, so also will be the restoration. It is high time to interpret the events that shall accompany Christ's second advent by the light of those accompanying His first advent. The first advent was literal, visible, personal - so also will be His second. At His first advent thr least predictions were fulfilled to the very letter - so also will they be at His second. The shame was literal and visible - so also will be the glory." (Anon.)

    Reproduced from a tract of the same title published by "Messianic Testimony", 189 Whitechapel Road, London E1, England.


    Footnotes

    [1] Israel in actual fact is composed not only of the Jews but also the other 11 tribes. All Jews are Israelites but not all Israelites are Jews. Most Jews believe that the other tribes are permanently lost but the New Covenant Church of God comes with a message that they have, in fact, been found.
    [2] i.e. a Benjaminite rather than a Judahite or 'Jew'. The term "Jew" has mistakenly been broadened to include not only those Israelites of the tribe of Judah but all the tribes. The author (unlike NCCG) uses this broader sense of the word "Jew".
    [3] The author (who was a Jewish Christian or Messianic Jew) did not apparently fully understand that Israel and the Church are synonymous, or in other words, believing Jews and Ephraimites become Israel, unbelieving Jews and Ephraimites remain unredeemed Jacobites, and believing Gentiles become Israelites by adoption. Unbelieving Gentiles remain Gentiles, or in other words, unsaved (see Revelation on Jacob and the Name of Israel and Revelation on the Required Repentance of Israel). The nation of Israel has never, therefore, ceased to exist, even though it has been dispersed. The Jews who make up the present day "Republic of Israel" and not therefore strictly-speaking "Israelites" save those who have accepted Yahshua (Jesus) as their Saviour, and the present Republic is not actually "Israel" - it should more accuratelty be called "The Republic of Judah". Finally, not all who call themselves "Jews" are necessarily Jacobites since there are many non-Jacobite races (e.g. the Khazars who formed the bulk of East European Jewry) who have converted to Judaism and who are now called "Jews". The final siege of Jerusalem will sort all the "wheat from the tares" leaving only those who are ready to receive the Messiah. Thus Yahweh will effect both a racial as well as a spiritual cleansing.

    Recomended reading: What is the New Israel? The Meaning of History in the Christian Experience

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