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Chapter 15 - The future events surrounding the establishment of the kingdom

Considering the disinterest of the nation of Israel to the first offer of the kingdom, it might be difficult to imagine circumstances that would arise where there would be a situation where Ďallí Israel would be saved.

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: - Romans 11:25-26

The bible describes a future difficulty for the nation of Israel.

Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. - Jeremiah 30:7

We see that there will be future circumstances of difficulty for the nation of Israel such that they will be more enthusiastic about the arrival of their Messiah.

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

Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. - Isaiah 66:8

Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. - Jeremiah 30:7

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. - Matthew 24:21-22

There seems to be a trigger event that starts the time of difficulty for Israel.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. - 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

This character seems to be a human front man for Satan.

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. - 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10

It seems that most in the world are vulnerable to the deceptions of this character because they received not a love of the truth. He will sign a peace treaty with Israel and may be mistakenly thought of as the Messiah by some. It is interesting to note that the prophecy of Daniel would be true regardless of whether Israel received the kingdom 2,000 years ago or will eventually receive it in the future.

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. - Daniel 9:26-27

The key event for Israel to observe was described by Daniel, but also reiterated by Jesus.

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. - Matthew 24:15-18

Around the time of this activity there will be two 'witnesses' in Jerusalem who testify of God and have supernatural powers to resist anyone who tries to stop them from speaking. God will finally allow them to be killed. Their bodies will lie dead in the streets for three days as the world celebrates their death.

And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. - Revelation 11:11-13

It may be that this event and the abomination of desolation occur close in time. Regardless, it seems that there will be a believing remnant of Jews fleeing to the wilderness to be supernaturally protected by God for three and a half years. At the end of the three and a half years, Jesus will return to establish the kingdom and the remnant of Jews will welcome his arrival with greater enthusiasm than he was welcomed 2,000 years ago.

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: - Matthew 25:31-34


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