“The Bloodhounds Of Hate”

Posted: February 23, 2017 in Bible Prophecy, Gospel of John, Salvation

John 11:45

Wouldn’t you think that if someone came along and claimed to be the promised Messiah and the God-man (Deuteronomy 18:15; John 5:18; 10:30; 18:37), and then backed up his claims with signs, wonders, and mighty deeds, the Jewish people would believe on him (Acts 2:22). This is what Jesus did while He was here on earth. The Apostle John recorded in his Gospel seven sign miracles to prove to his readers that Jesus was indeed the Christ/Messiah and the Son of God who came to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29; 20:31).

Followers. Many people who decided to become Christ’s disciples followed Him around because He healed their sicknesses, fed them, and raised some of their dead loved ones (John 2:1-11; 4:46-54; 5:1-9; 6:26 et al). They even wanted to make Him their King but He refused their offer (John 6:15). Do you know why?  When He began to deal with them on a spiritual level, many of them forsook Him (John 6:66). If you claim to be a “follower of Jesus,” what is it that you want from Him in return? Is it health, wealth, and happiness or some other temporal thing?

Faith Healers. “Modern so-called faith healers and miracle workers do a real disservice to the Body of Christ as a whole and to individual believers in particular with their constant quick fix, televised ‘signs and wonders.’ God is not represented in the Bible as being ordered around as glibly as some TV preachers would have us think.” – Dr. Paul N. Tassell, “That Ye Might Believe” p. 86

Problem. Even after seeing Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead, most of the religious leaders refused to acknowledge Him as the promised Messiah and the Son of God (John 20:31). Why? They loved the fleeting power they held over other Jews and they chose not to place their faith in the “Miracle Worker” among them. No wonder Jesus said, “…it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city [in Israel who rejects you and the message of the kingdom]” (Matthew 10:15). But thankfully, there were some who did place their faith in Jesus and were saved (John 1:11, 12; 11:45; See Acts 2:41; 4:4).

Man’s True Condition. “The heart [of man] is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God” (Romans 3:10, 11). “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Without God’s initiating the work of salvation (Jonah 2:9; Philippians 1:29), and our believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, as the One who died for our sins…and who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day, none of us would be saved (John 6:37, 44; Acts 13:48; 16:31).

Prediction. Without his being aware of what he was doing (1 Corinthians 2:8), Caiaphas, the High Priest made a prediction concerning Jesus. It was part of God’s plan to provide salvation for all mankind (Acts 4:25-28), not just for the Jews. Caiaphas determined that Jesus needed to die for the nation of Israel (John 11:50). By the shedding of Christ’s blood, God provided deliverance from the eternal lake of fire for all of us (Romans 1:16, 17). Jesus was the “Lamb of God” who came to offer Himself as the Passover Lamb (John 1:29). He died as the Just One for the unjust ones (1 Peter 1:18; 3:18; Hebrews 10:10, 18). He made it possible for us to spend eternity with God in heaven rather than in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46). My friend, we don’t want you to go to that awful place. We’re here to help you have assurance of your salvation.

Rejection. Because most of the Jews cried out, “His [Jesus’] blood be on us and our children,” they have been temporarily set aside as a nation until the “fullness of the Gentiles has come in [and been saved]” (Romans 11:25). In A.D. 70 Titus came and destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem and killed multitudes of Jews as God had predicted they would be if they forsook His law and rejected His Messiah (Matthew 23:37-39; Deuteronomy 28:63-68). Even though many of the Jews have returned to Israel since 1948, most of them are living there in unbelief. They will begin to realize that God is dealing with them again as a nation during the Seven Years of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19).

Future. God isn’t done with the nation of Israel (Romans 11:1). The Jews who place their faith in the promised Messiah during the last 3 ½ years of the Seven year Tribulation, known as the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:27), have a bright future awaiting them. They will inherit all the land that God promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants. It extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the River Euphrates (Genesis 15:18-21). The Jews will become the predominant nation on earth during Christ’s 1,000 year reign over the earth (Deuteronomy 28:13). This is when the promised rule of the heavens over the earth (“Kingdom of the Heavens”) will finally be realized (Daniel 2:44, 45).

King David. He will be raised from the dead and be the regent on earth under Christ and His Bride, the true Church (Jeremiah 30:9; Daniel 12:12; Revelation 19:16). God didn’t replace the Jews with the Church as some people are being taught. The unconditional promises that God gave to them will be fulfilled (Genesis 15, 17, 22; Jeremiah 31:31). God has different promises and a different plan for the true Church.

Suffering. Those who have heard the clear Gospel message concerning Christ’s death for our sins…and bodily resurrection from the dead, and who reject the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and who die in that condition will suffer more in the lake of fire forever than those who never heard the Gospel message. This Good News is the power of God unto salvation, whether you are a Jew or non-Jew (Romans 1:16). You can be saved today and know that you are headed for heaven (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

Questions. Have you placed your faith in Christ alone to save you? If so, have you displayed your faith to others by being baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20)? Do the good works you do as a Christian (Ephesians 2:10) give evidence to the fact that you have eternal life (i. e. God’s quality of life)?

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