How many of us realizes the condition of every nation in the world? What are the problems of all the nations in the world? I think none of us can answer this question. This is part 3 of a 6 part series called, THE JEWISH BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW PART 3 . There are those who would exclude God, Israel and Christians from any world view. They would exclude God from his own creation, the very world we live in.
Part 1 dealt with the Church and the real PERSECUTION of Christians around the world. Those who truly suffer, who are tortured and killed for their faith. Part 2 dealt with the problems and progressive Global agenda in America. The hatred for religious free speech and worship in America. You cannot have a true Christian world view without looking at a true miracle called “Israel.” We are going to look at the HISTORY of Israel and how it relates to Israel’s existence. It will show their PERSECUTION throughout history.
I want to say this right now at the very beginning. For years there have been those who have pronounced “gloom and doom” upon this world. Have you ever seen the picture of a man standing In a white robe, with a beard, holding a sign that say, “The world ends tomorrow.?” THAT IS NOT ME. I am not going to be like “chicken little and cry the sky is falling, neither will I be like the little boy who cried WOLF.” The majority of “FALSE PREDICTIONS” have all centered around one thing. That one thing is “TROUBLED TIMES” in each generation. Jesus prophesied that before his return the world would experience a continual barrage of “wars and rumors of wars” where “nation shall rise against nation” (Matt. 24:6-8).
Jesus also said that there would be great outbreaks of disease and famine, and tremendous earthquakes occurring all over the world. History has proven that there has never been a generation free from these troubles. So can, my message here be any different from the messages of the past? I THINK IT CAN. I stated in Part 1 and Part 2 that I wanted to explain when and how Christ would return. I AM NOT SETTING ANY DATE, that would totally foolish. AS Jesus said, Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” JESUS DID TELL US WHAT TO LOOK FOR.
But Jesus DID tells us some very important things. He said, Matthew 16:1-3 “The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” Yes there are many things Jesus said we could discern, concerning his coming and the signs of the times. HERE IS MOST IMPORTANT FACT IN UNDERSTANDING END TIME PROPHECY.”ISRAEL IS THE KEY TO ALL END TIME PROPHECY” Let that statement sink deep into your very being. God’s purpose and plan for the end times “ALL” Revolves around Israel and the Jews. Please remember this statement I am making now: “AS IT WAS, SO SHALL IT BE.” Does History repeat itself?
THE DEVELOPMENT AND HISTORY OF ISRAEL
I cannot list all the history of Israel, that would take months. I will make statements about Israel that we need to know? God chose the Jews/Israel as his chosen people. God made PROMISES to the Jews and God will keep those promises. You see: Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;” God cannot lie. God is faithful even when we are not faithful. God is true to his word even when we are not true to our word.
God made 8 Covenants in the Bible: The Edenic Covenant. The Adamic Covenant. The Noahic Covenant.
The Abrahamic Covenant. The Mosaic Covenant. The Land Covenant. The Davidic Covenant. And The New Covenant. God has faithfully kept His part of every Covenant and always will.
God Told Abraham: Genesis 12:3 “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
God told Abraham: Genesis 13:14 “And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. 16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. 17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.” THE LAND BELONGS TO THE JEWS, ISRAEL,FOREVER!
Genesis Chapter 17. God Promises Abraham and Sarah a son. Abraham is 90 years old. Sarah does not believe God. Sarah gives her Egyptian slave girl named Hagar to Abraham. Abraham has a son with her and he is named “Ishmael.” Ishmael is NOT the promised son whom the pure blood line of Jesus the Messiah would come. Sarah and Abraham did have the promised son named Isaac. God established his covenant with Isaac and his son Jacob. God later changed Jacobs name to “ISRAEL” Jacob has 12 sons whom became known as the “12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL.”
Hagar the Egyptian slave is sent away with her son Ishmael back to Egypt. IN Genesis Chapter 17, God promises that Ishmael will be blessed and that a great nation will descend from Ishmael. Ishmael had 12 sons also and they became the 12 tribes of Ishmael. Ishmael is known as the “FATHER OF ALL THE ARAB NATIONS.” From here starts the conflict between the Jews and Arabs which has never ended even unto this present day.
Isaac had Twin sons. Esau came out first which made him the eldest. God said in Genesis 25:22 “There are 2 nations in your belly.” There names were Jacob and Esau. They were totally different. Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew. Esau believed this Fathers blessings had been stolen from him and hated Jacob. Esau intermarried with the descendants of Ishmael who became known as “EDOMITIES AND AMALEKITES.” They have always been one of the greatest enemies of Israel along with the Philistines.
This blood feud, hatred and jealousy of Esau continued through the centuries and still exists as you read this. This war has continued on from generation to generation and still exist today. the Edomites are scattered and located in Jordan, Gaza, Israel, Southern Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. They are a violent people who cause trouble wherever they are. Psalm 83 promises that God will deal with them and destroy them. Here is a HINT for you. Obadiah 1:15 “End time prophecy” tells us that because the descendants of Edom were continually attacking Israel (motivated by jealousy and hatred), they themselves will suffer violence and humiliation.
The first judgment of Edom occurs when “the day of the LORD upon all the nations is near.” (Obadiah 1:15) This same verse also declares: “As you [Edomites] have done– it shall be done to you”. This will be a reminder that God will deal with Esau (Edom & Amalek) because of the ongoing violence committed against Jacob’s descendants—especially the Jews. The Edomites and their Psalm 83 cabal will seek to destroy Israel militarily, but they will not succeed.
God called Moses to lead his people the Hebrews, the Jews, Israel out of the land of Egypt. The Jews had become slaves in Egypt. It took 10 Plagues and the power of God, but the Jews left Egypt. Moses is commanded to take the children of Israel to “THE PROMISE LAND NAMED CANAAN.” This is the land God had given to Abraham and his descendant’s FOREVER. Israel sins and breaks God’s Covenant so they wonder in the wilderness for 40 years before entering Canaan. 40 in the Bible is the number of “PROBATION.”
Joshua chapters 1-12. God does not allow Moses to lead the children of Israel into Canaan (the promised land) so General Joshua becomes the leader in Moses place. God charges Joshua and commands him to go into the promise land, take and conquer the land, destroy the inhabitants of the land or run them off. Do not mix or intermarry with them. Do not make any treaties with the heathen occupants. And God told Joshua to divide then land among the 12 tribes of Israel. This Joshua did. PLEASE REMEMBER I TOLD YOU THIS, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT!
The children of Israel grumble and complain against Gods prophet and beg for a King. God gives Israel their first King named Saul. David who would become the 2nd King is a simple shepherd boy at this time. Saul and Israel were at war with the “Canaanites”, the PHILISTINES. If you recall, David the shepherd boy, slew the Philistine giant Goliath.
When David became King he fought a constant battle with the Philistines. The Philistines were like Nomads, they had no country of their own. They stayed mostly between Syria, Jordan and Canaan. (The promise land). The Philistines had no culture, no language, no art or real civilization of their own. They had merged with various groups or nations in Canaan.
Israel had many wars under Joshua and David. Many scholars believe the worst enemy Israel has ever had was the Philistines.
II Samuel Chapter 7. God promises David and Israel that the Messiah (Jesus Christ) would come from the lineage of David and the tribe of Judah. He would establish a kingdom that would endure forever. God promised David that his son Solomon would be King after David’s death and would build The Temple. II Chronicles 6:6 “But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.” This was and is also known as the city of David. GOD STATED, I WILL PUT MY NAME THERE.
I Chronicles chapter 28. David was not allowed to build the temple because he had greatly sinned against God.. God told David that he had shed too much blood. David gave Solomon the complete plans for building the Temple and all of the Temple services. This is known as Gods Holy City (Jerusalem) where He would put his name. Solomon built it and established all of the Temple services there.
Solomon lived in peace and did not have to fight wars like his father David. Solomon had an enormous military and Navy. No nation wanted to Challenge him. The Temple represented God’s Presence on earth with His Chosen People. Solomon had sinned against God. Solomon allowed his wives to build altars to false pagan Gods and worshipped there. The pagan altars were in the hills surrounding Gods Temple. For this reason, after the death of Solomon, the Kingdom was split into. You then had the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom. This weakened both Kingdoms. Israel fell victim the greater powers in the region.
722 (BC) – The Assyrians
The Assyrians, a powerful people from northern Mesopotamia
(today northern Iraq), invaded the northern Kingdom of Israel and deported the Jews to other parts of the Assyrian Empire. The Kingdom of Israel perished. Many talk about the Northern Kingdom being dispersed and refer to them as the 10 LOST tribes of Israel. The thinking is the 10 tribes were gradually assimilated by other peoples and thus disappeared from history.
I do not hold to that view and think the Northern 10 tribes of Israel are lost. They may have assimilated into other nations and cultures but they have not disappeared. We see in the book of Revelation in Chapter 7 where God Seals 144,000 Jewish Evangelist to preach the gospel. Satan cannot hurt or touch this 144,000. It list the 144,000 as the “12” TRIBES OF ISRAEL. There are 12,000 taken from each of the 12 tribes of Israel. ALL the tribes are listed there, even the so called lost 10 tribes This tells me that those 10 tribes have NOT disappeared from history.
THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES
The times of the Gentiles in a long period in time and history when the nation of Israel will be under Gentile control. This started with 4 successive Kingdoms in history. It list them in succession by Daniel the prophet who was carried away into captivity in Babylon. Babylon was conquered by the Meads and the Persians, they were conquered by the Greeks, who were then conquered by the Romans. These are mentioned in Daniel chapters 2, 7 and 8. Jesus tells us in Luke 21:24 this will also be the future of the Jews and Israel until the future “TRIBULATION” at which point Christ will SAVE the entire nation, set up the earthly kingdom promised to them and He will be their KING. Paul the Apostle tells us in Romans 11:25 that Israel is in partial blindness until the times of the Gentiles is completed and fulfilled.
586 (BC) – The Babylonians
After the fall of the Assyrian Empire the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar II, conquered Jerusalem. The most influential Jews of Judea and Israel were deported to Babylon (in southern Mesopotamia, today Iraq). The first Jewish temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, and robbed by King Nebuchadnezzar.
In 539 (BC) The Persian King Cyrus conquered Babylon Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. Cyrus let the Jews go home and gave them building materials to re-build the Temple. This was the 2nd Temple and became known as Zerubbabel’s temple. Cyrus had appointed Zerubbabel as governor of Judah. In 516 (BC), the temple was completed and dedicated.
332 (BC) – The Greeks
The Greek-Macedonian ruler Alexander the Great destroyed the Persian Empire, thereby gaining control over Judea and Israel. After the death of Alexander his Hellenistic (Greek) Empire was divided into three parts, and the Jews got squeezed between the competing Greek rulers.
63 (BC) – The Roman Conquest
The Romans invaded Greece and also conquered the Hellenistic Seleucid Empire in the Middle East. Though the Jews were granted some measure of autonomy (limited freedom) in Jerusalem, Israel was in reality ruled from Rome.
I realize I have given you a lot of information and I hope it was not boring. I wanted you to see and understand their start and how they developed in history. I wanted you to see the VERY FOUNDATION on which the nation was built. This included their times in captivity, dispersion and being slaves in their own country.
Part 4 of this series will bring us up to the time of Israel’s Messiah, Jesus Christ. “THIS WILL BE THE MOST CRITICAL TIME IN THEIR HISTORY. THIS ALONE WILL DETERMINE THEIR EXISTENCE AND THEIR FUTURE AS A NATION.” Please do NOT miss part 4. Thank you for reading Jewish Biblical History World View, Part 3. AS IT WAS, SO SHALL IT BE. Does History repeat its self?
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