- Christ clearly came to be
the Messiah for the nation of Israel, of that there is no doubt. However,
while He did come to bind up the broken hearted and to be salvation for
Israel; He also came, “not to brin peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). The intent of Christ and the reality of
the reaction of the people unfortunately were not the same. The intent was
peace, the end result, based on the peoples actions, was abandonment.
- To refuse Christ is to
open oneself up to not only the judgment of God, but to all of the attacks
of the enemy without any hope of Christ coming to your rescue. While He
longs to intervene on behalf of those that He has come to save, He will
not do so without heartfelt repentance on the part of those outside of His
- No matter how many enemies
surround us – Christ can defeat them all! Obedience to the Lord and
clinging to His promises is more than enough to get us through no matter
how much opposition that we face.
- God’s people will
experience times of grace. They must also experience times of repentance
and cleansing themselves of false prophets. They, likewise, must prepare
themselves to go through tremendous times of testing. In the end those
that except the grace, run from false teaching, repent and endure the
tests will be called “The People of God.”
- In the end of time the
entire world will gather against the people of God. The Lord will come
down and set his feet upon the Mount of Olives and ‘living water’ will
flow out of Jerusalem and the Lord will reign in the city.
- All who come there will worship Him while all of His enemies will suffer defeat and severe plague and famine. Those that are not a part of the people of God will not be allowed to dwell in the city of God.