Lamentations 1:17 -
Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the LORD hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.
By God's grace when I was studying the Bible the Lord made me understand what He meant when He said 'His people', when He used the word 'Israel' whom He was referring to and Paul goes to great extent to explain this in his letter to the Romans. Bible says it is only because the children (by flesh) of Abraham carry the name of Abraham therefore for his name's sake the Lord is bearing them. But the Lord has written the things set for them. Like in 70AD they faced the wrath of God so also a time comes again for the world to know that one does not become 'people of God' by being born in a family or by rituals but by faith alone, that spiritual is above the natural.
Of late I was reading what the Jews think of Jesus in their Talmud and I would say if any Christian reads it they will find the Muslims have more respect for Jesus than the Jews do. About the birth of Jesus a Jewish scholar Gamaliel wrote in a Talmud, about the two interviews he took of Mary and her husband with regards to the birth of Jesus and this is published under the title 'Talmuds of the Jews, 27B - Interrogation of Joseph and Mary in Regards to Herod's Child in Bethlehem, Whom He Feared Would be King'. According to the scrolls one interview was taken in the early years and then the second in the later years of Jesus. In these records he states neither Joseph nor Mary thought Jesus was a saviour and the appearance of the Angel was just a dream (which contradict scriptures). There are many other records which take the attack on the divinity of Jesus Christ to a level that show a complete degradation of human understanding.
Ask any Jewish Rabbi where Jesus is today and he will tell you He is in Hell suffering in a pot of boiling oil for He was a false prophet. But today due to world politics the Jews shut their mouth for they need the help of the American and Europeans to survive.
I know that some activity is about to take place in the world stage very soon and today's message could be pointing to that. Even if it does not happen this month but soon the Lord says there will be a shaking for these people.
It is sad when we see Church leaders do not have understanding of relationship in God's Kingdom and we find in most of their offices a flag of Israel having the Star of David on it. The Jews do not know what the Star symbolizes and our leaders do not know who the People of God term refers to. When this event happens it will shatter many Christians and may even cause some to lose their faith.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are the creator of the whole world and God of all things that exist in this world, in Heavens and also that is in Hell. It is only the darkness in the hearts of people that causes them to reject You but as You have written one day every knee will bow before your Name. Lord, we pray for those who are little in faith that they not shake or be shaken when this event happens as You have warned us today. Lord, may your abundant grace cover your people like a thick covering to protect them...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Acts 6:11 - Then they suborned men, who said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God. [note they put Moses before God]
35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? him hath God sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the hand of the angel that appeared to him in the bush.
36 This man led them forth, having wrought wonders and signs in Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
37 This is that Moses, who said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall God raise up unto you from among your brethren, like unto me.
38 This is he that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel that spake to him in the Mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received living oracles to give unto us:
39 to whom our fathers would not be obedient, but thrust him from them, and turned back in their hearts unto Egypt,
40 saying unto Aaron, Make us gods that shall go before us: for as for this Moses, who led us forth out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.
41 And they made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their hands.
42 But God turned, and gave them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, Did ye offer unto me slain beasts and sacrifices Forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
43 And ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, And the star of the god Rephan, The figures which ye made to worship them: And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of the testimony in the wilderness, even as he appointed who spake unto Moses, that he should make it according to the figure that he had seen.
45 Which also our fathers, in their turn, brought in with Joshua when they entered on the possession of the nations, that God thrust out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;
46 who found favor in the sight of God, and asked to find a habitation for the God of Jacob.
47 But Solomon built him a house.
48 Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in houses made with hands; as saith the prophet,
49 The heaven is my throne, And the earth the footstool of my feet: What manner of house will ye build Me? saith the Lord: Or what is the place of my rest?
50 Did not my hand make all these things?
51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.
52 Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? and they killed them that showed before of the coming of the Righteous One; of whom ye have now become betrayers and murderers;
53 ye who received the law as it was ordained by angels, and kept it not.
Romans 4:13 - For not through the law was the promise to Abraham or to his seed that he should be heir of the world, but through the righteousness of faith.
Romans 4:16 - For this cause it is of faith, that it may be according to grace; to the end that the promise may be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all
6 But it is not as though the word of God hath come to nought. For they are not all Israel, that are of Israel:
7 neither, because they are Abraham's seed, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh that are children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for a seed.
1 I say then, Did God cast off his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God did not cast off his people which he foreknew. Or know ye not what the scripture saith of Elijah? how he pleadeth with God against Israel:
3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have left for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
6 But if it is by grace, it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.
7 What then? that which Israel seeketh for, that he obtained not; but the election obtained it, and the rest were hardened:
8 according as it is written, God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear, unto this very day.
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