Whose Jerusalem ?

Whose Jerusalem ?

Why Do the Nations Rage?

In Psalm 2 a question is asked: "Why do the nations rage, and the kings of the earth set themselves together against the Lord and against his anointed?"
The prophet Micah answers the question: "Because they know not the counsel (instruction) of the Lord" (Micah 4:11).

The professed ignorance of the nations and their leaders is inexcusable, because the Scriptures fully reveal God's will for mankind and this world; therefore they shall personally account for their pride and rebellion.

The Scriptures describe such leaders and their subjects as "the blind leading the blind; and both shall fall into the pit."

God as an act of pure love has offered salvation to all mankind, but on the terms set by the Creator and Redeemer. Many who know the way to salvation have tragically decided not to accept God's free gift, because it requires a willingness on our part to be changed.

Thousands of years before medical science "discovered"' it, the Scriptures declared "the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Leviticus 17:11); and the same Scriptures make it clear that the cause of death is sin. Therefore the Scripture continues, "and I have given it (the blood) upon the altar to make atonement for your sin." Atonement means "covering." In the mercy of Almighty God He has provided a just way of salvation involving the death of a righteous substitute on our behalf.

As was revealed to Moses, the deliverer, in Egypt, the blood of the Passover lamb protected the Israelites from the death Angel. Consistent with this example, in Judaism the human high priest went into the Holy of Holies (the very presence of God), "not without blood"; to make an atonement first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the nation. Under Judaism this had to be done annually on the Day of Atonement.

The essence of Christianity is faith in the sinless blood of the true and final "Lamb of God," who gave Himself for us at Calvary, "the just for the unjust." Revelation declares that "a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations.. .have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb: (Revelation 7:9-14). But millions who have heard the gospel (the "good news" that God has provided salvation by faith in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ of Nazareth on our behalf) have decided not to accept God's terms for receiving "everlasting life." The book of Acts reveals that the Gospel went out to the Gentiles only after Israel stumbled over the identity of her promised Messiah: "He came unto his own, and his own received him not" (John 1:11).

Nevertheless, Paul proclaims that in the wisdom of God, Israel became "enemies of the gospel for the sake of the Gentiles; but are nevertheless beloved for the sake of the fathers" (Romans 11:28). The Jews have stumbled "until the fulness of the Gentiles come in."

Paul deals with what he calls "the mystery of Israel," and makes it clear that although Israel "knew not the time of her visitation," the God of Israel is still faithful to her; waiting patiently for her to "turn unto Me."

He is committed by His word to preserve them as a nation; a commitment not made to any other nation (Jeremiah 31:35-37). He is also committed to returning Israel to the land promised to the Patriarchs (Isaiah 11:11-13). He is also committed to reserving Jerusalem for the "seed of David," the Messiah.

Jesus Himself proclaimed that he would not return until His own people were ready to accept Him; at which time, according to Paul, "all Israel shall be saved" (Romans 11:26). As we watch "the signs of the times" we see the nations raging against what God is about to do for the world, through Israel returned to the Promised Land, in control again of the City of David.

How are we to react? Firstly: "Be silent 0 all flesh, before the Lord: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation" (Zechariah 2:13). Secondly, as proclaimed in the New Testament, "give no offence to the Jew, the Gentile or the Church of God" (I Corinthians 10:32). This Scripture testifies that God still views humanity in three groupings as,
"All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God."

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