“The Welfare King”

Posted: November 21, 2014 in Bible Prophecy, Bible Study, Death, Gospel, Holocaust, Israel, Rapture, Replacement Theology, Resurrection, Salvation, Tribulation

When God is about to do something good, He starts with a difficulty. When He is about to do something great, He starts with an impossibility.”

King Jesus. It’s not surprising. Who wouldn’t want as their King someone who could take five small loves and a couple of fish and feed 5,000 men plus women and children (John 6), heal the sick (Matthew 8:16), and raise the dead (John 11:43, 44)? It was a logical choice on the part of the people who followed Jesus. They would have loved to have had such a welfare state. There were concerned about their physical well being but not about their spiritual condition (John 6:26-29). Isn’t that they way many people are today? Are you one of them? The Jews wanted to get out from under the heel of Rome with its oppressive taxes.

Rejected. But to their surprise, Jesus turned them down (John 6:15). You might ask “Why?” Hadn’t He come to be the King of the Jews? Yes, He did. His credentials as the rightful King of the Jews are given to us in Matthew’s Gospel chapter 1. So why did He turn them down? Simply because had He been voted in by will of the people, they would have been in charge. But His becoming the King of the Jews will be carried out by God the Father when He chooses to make His Son the King of kings and Lord of lords (Psalm 2:7-9; Revelation 19:16). We won’t crown Him King as some of our songs suggest. God the Father will do that but true believers will be there to observe it and rejoice to see it happen (Revelation 11:15). That will be an exciting day and may not be that far off from now. Do you know the order of things to come? Ask about our FREE charts.

Timing. The Jews will come back into God’s favor when the Jewish remnant repents (changes their mind) about the One whom they had crucified by the Romans. God holds all mankind responsible for Christ’s death, not just the Jews (Matthew 4:17; 23:37-39; Zechariah 12:10; Acts 2:36-38; 3:12-16; 4:25-28; Romans 9:27; 11:5). The Jewish remnant will repent at the end of “The times of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) known also as the “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:15ff). Until then, the Jews will be subjected to the oppression of the Gentile nations (Luke 21:24). Anti-Semitism is growing in the world even at this time. Another holocaust is coming. But woe to those who mistreat the Jewish people (Genesis 12:1-3). They will be crushed by Christ at the end of the campaign of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). Consider the gruesome death that will come upon those who try to annihilate the Jews (Zechariah 14:12—15). Do you know when Russia and her allies will be destroyed and the one whom God will use to crush them (Ezekiel 38, 39; Revelation 13:1ff)?

Hope. God is not done with the Jews as a nation. (We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology”*). The believing Jewish remnant has a very bright future awaiting them (Isaiah 2:4; 11:1ff; 35:1ff; Zechariah 12, 14). They will inherit all the land that God promised to give to them. Do you know what it includes (Genesis 15:18-21)? They will become the head nation and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13) during Christ’s millennial reign (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-7). King David and other Old Testament believers will resurrected 75 days after the end of the Tribulation (Daniel 12:12). He will be the regent on earth (Jeremiah 30:9) under Christ and His Bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 19:16; 21:9; 22:3).

Delayed. Since most of the Jewish leaders and many of the people rejected His claims to be the Christ/Messiah and the God-man (John 1:1-18; 5:18; 8:58, 59; 10:30, 31), even though He had performed many miracles and signs for them (John 20:30, 31), He decided to postpone the setting up of His kingdom on this earth. A key turning point occurred right after Peter made his famous declaration, “Your are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Jesus went on to tell His disciples that no longer were they to refer to Him as the Christ/Messiah. He was going to go to the cross to die for the sins of the whole world – Jews and Gentiles (Matthew 16:20; John 1:29; 1 John 2:2). Peter opposed Christ’s words and had to be rebuked sharply by the Lord (Matthew 16:21-23). Sadly, there are many Christians today who also oppose God’s plan and support the wrong causes. Do you know why the Apostle Paul rebuked the Apostle Peter on one occasion (Galatians 2:11-14)?

Church. After declaring to Peter that he didn’t come up with this truth on his own, Jesus told His disciples that He would build His church and that He Himself would be the foundation upon which it would be built (Matthew 16:18; See Ephesians 2:20). If the church had Peter as its foundation, it would have crumbled. The Church, which is the “Body of Christ” is made up of all true Christians. It had its beginning on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and it will be complete by the time Jesus returns at the Rapture (John 6:37; 10:16; 14:1-3). Will you be in that number? Don’t confuse Israel with the Church as some do.**

Deluded. The unadulterated Gospel*** concerning Christ is that “[He] died for our sins [yours and mine]…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43). Having heard this, if you don’t believe on Him as your personal Savior before the Rapture happens (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52), you will not be given another opportunity to be saved after this event when you’re left behind. Instead you will believe “The lie” (2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12). Do you know what it is (Romans 1:25)?

Today. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). You have no guarantee that you will be alive tomorrow (James 4:14). “…it is appointed for man to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Nowhere in Scripture do you find the annihilation of the wicked (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8) or reincarnation. Jesus, the just One, came to take your place and mine and die for our sins (1 Peter 3:18). But a dead Savior is of no value to us. Therefore, after being dead for three days, God the Father raised Him from the dead with a real body consisting of flesh and bones, but no blood (1 Corinthians 15:50). He did this to let us know that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross met the righteous demands that God had set for those who have sinned (Romans 3:10-23; 4:25; 6:23; John 16:10).

Gift. Eternal life (God’s quality of life) is available right now to all mankind, not just to a few chosen ones**** (John 3:16; 5:24; 1 John 2:2; 5:11-13). Have you received it by faith yet (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?  If not, why not now?

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*Replacement Theology http://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

**Distinctions between Israel and the Church http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/dispen/israelch.htm

***Clear Gospel http://www.cleargospel.org/

****Dangers of “Limited Atonement” http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm

For Holocaust Deniers http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/this-is-for-all-those-holocaust-deniers-dont-you-dare

 

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