God STILL has HIS PLANS for Israel. In the events of the Second Coming of Jesus, God will fulfill His prophecies concerning Israel and KEEP the EVERLASTING and UNCONDITIONAL covenants that He has promised them. Why? Because God is NOT a man that He would lie. God gave His promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (who was renamed Israel) and Jacob’s (Israel’s) 12 sons. God will KEEP the EVERLASTING COVENANTS that He made with Israel--all FOUR of them!
(Do NOT confuse the EVERLASTING COVENANTS with the MOSIAC LAW. The MOSIAC LAW was indeed CONDITIONAL--if Israel disobeyed that LAW, there were indeed CONSEQUENCES that they paid. That is WHY the nation found themselves in Babylonian captivity, and why, later, when they rejected Jesus as their promised Savior and Messiah, that they were scattered into the world--UNTIL this last century.)
The EVERLASTING covenants are these: The Abrahamic covenant--that through Abraham ALL the nations of the world will be blessed (and the world has indeed been blessed, because it’s through the lineage of Abraham that Jesus was birthed onto the earth). Genesis 12:1 to 3. The LAND covenant--and this is much MORE land than what Israel currently possesses. Genesis 15:18. The Davidic covenant--which promises that Israel’s Messiah (Who is truly Jesus) will rule in Israel on THE THRONE OF DAVID in Jerusalem--which will be fulfilled in a LITERAL millennium. 2 Samuel 7:12 to 16. And the NEW covenant is also given to Israel--Jeremiah 31: 31 to 34--but they have NOT yet entered into it, because the NEW covenant is ETERNAL LIFE through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit within their hearts! Israel will enter the New Covenant during their time of trial in the 7 year tribulation which is the fulfillment of the 70th week prophesied to Daniel in Daniel 9:24 to 27.
God has promised Israel that they will ALWAYS be His COVENANT PEOPLE. We see the everlasting aspect of the PROMISE in Jeremiah 31:35 to 36. “Thus says the Lord, which gives the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and stars for a light by night, which divides the sea when the waves thereof roar; the Lord of Hosts is His name: IF those ordinances depart from before Me, says the Lord, then the seed of Israel shall cease from being a nation before Me forever.”
Do we still see the sun, moon and stars? Do we still have seas upon the earth? Of course! So therefore, the nation of Israel is still on the earth. God’s COVENANT people have NOT ceased to exist.
God will fulfill all His promises to Israel--NOT because Israel deserves them! God has a SPECIAL PURPOSE for fulfilling His PLAN in Israel. It’s seen in Ezekiel 36:22 and 23 (concerning Israel, who ONCE were scattered all over the earth, but who are NOW returned to their land)--“Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God; I do NOT this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for My own HOLY NAME’S SAKE, which you have profaned among the heathen, whither you went. And I will SANCTIFY My great NAME, which was profaned among the heathen, which you have profaned in the midst of them; and THE HEATHEN shall KNOW that I AM THE LORD, says the Lord God when I shall be SANCTIFIED in you BEFORE THEIR EYES
When the Gog/Magog War occurs, God will FIGHT for Israel, defend them, and deliver them from what could be a massive destruction. Ezekiel 38 and 39. It is at THIS TIME that Israel will RECOGNIZE God working for them, and they’ll return to their faith (as it was practiced in the Old Testament). But BECAUSE they still REJECT the idea that Jesus was indeed their Messiah, Who died to save them, they’ll return to THEIR FORM of worship in their temple, including animal sacrifices. God does NOT want this, but Israel, in their CONTINUED BLINDNESS will do so!
Jesus said that He came to His own (Israel) and they RECEIVED HIM NOT, but IF a man came in “his own name”--the prophesied “Antichrist”--they WILL RECEIVE him.
Israel will RECEIVE the Antichrist when THAT MAN makes a 7 year “peace” covenant with them, which STARTS the tribulation. In the middle of those 7 years, Antichrist will proclaim himself as god in the Jewish temple--signaling the START of the LAST 3½ years, called “great tribulation.” Israel will need to run and hide in order to survive that horrific time. They will hide in Bozrah (which is located in present day Jordan--specifically a rock fortress city called Petra--see Isaiah 63, which is a picture of the Lord returning to earth, and He comes to Bozrah first. Why? The remnant of His people Israel are gathered there!).
While Israel suffers so greatly, in the tribulation, for their continued sin of rejecting Jesus (Whom God had already sent to deliver them from sin), the Holy Spirit will be poured out upon them and their eyes will be opened. We must also remember that a remnant in Israel will come to faith in Jesus Christ by the preaching of the 144,000 sealed witnesses. The TRUTH is this--there WILL be that remnant who call out to God in repentance during the tribulation.)
We see the REPENTANCE of ISRAEL in Zechariah 12:10 to 14. I’ll quote verse 10.
“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the SPIRIT of GRACE and SUPPLICATION: and they shall LOOK UPON ME WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED (crucified), and they shall MOURN FOR HIM, as one mourns for his ONLY SON, and shall be in BITTERNESS for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”
This is the great REPENTANCE of the nation of Israel, as they realize WHO JESUS truly is, and they understand WHAT they did to Jesus in their nation’s history. They’ll REPENT (mourn) and will ACCEPT HIM as their Lord, Savior and Messiah! The REPENTANCE of Israel will occur in the tribulation, and JUST BEFORE Jesus can return to the earth.
Jesus CANNOT return to the earth, in His Second Coming, UNTIL ISRAEL REPENTS of their sin of REJECTING Him! Let’s look at Hosea 5:15 and chapter 6:1 and 2 (which is a continuation of the passage in chapter 5.)
This is Jesus speaking in the prophecy. “I will go and RETURN to My place (at the right hand of God the Father in heaven), TILL they (Israel) ACKNOWLEDGE their OFFENSE (when they REJECTED Jesus as their Lord, Savior and Messiah), and SEEK My face (repent): in their AFFLICTION they will SEEK Me early (in the affliction of the 7 year tribulation, Israel will seek the face of Jesus).
Hosea 6: 1 and 2 continues. This is WHAT Israel WILL SAY in REPLY to the above passage. “Come, and LET US RETURN unto the Lord: for He has torn, and He will heal us; He has smitten, and He will bind us up. (Israel will be torn and smitten in the terrible trials of the 7 year tribulation.)
The message continues: “After two days (2000 years) will He REVIVE us (Israel--and this HAS INDEED happened. After 2000 years, Israel was brought back to their land): IN THE THIRD DAY (the third 1000 year period--the Millennium) He will RAISE US UP (to be a strong nation), and we SHALL LIVE IN HIS SIGHT (as Jesus rules on the THRONE OF DAVID in Jerusalem).
Why does the devil rage with so many FALSE TEACHINGS about the events of the Second Coming? He wants to persuade people WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE FACE OF THE MAP. If the devil can succeed in DESTROYING ISRAEL, then He would make God’s prophecies of NO EFFECT, and could SHOW God as a weak liar.
Of course, that will NEVER happen. God is GREATER than the devil. But the devil is INSANE in his hatred, always looking for ways to lie, smear and deceive.
Let us study to word LITERALLY, and NOT fall prey to the devil’s diabolical trap.
The Church WILL BE RAPTURED, Pre-Tribulation. Israel will be TOTALLY RESTORED as they come to BELIEF in the One their nation helped crucify!
We can see this in scripture quite clearly: I will cite TWO places!
Acts 15:14 to 16--“Simeon has declares how God AT FIRST did VISIT the GENTILES, to take out of them a people for His name (the Church). And to this AGREE the words of the prophets; as it is written, AFTER THIS (after taking out of the Gentile a people for His name--the Church), I will RETURN, and will build again the TABERNACLE OF DAVID, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up.”
This sequence is REPEATED in Romans 11:25 and 26--“For I would not, brothers (of the Church), the you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own conceits; that BLINDNESS IN PART is happened to Israel, UNTIL THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES BE COME IN. And SO shall all Israel be saved (AFTER the FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES--the Church--be come in): AS IT IS WRITTEN (in the Old Testament), There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall TURN AWAY UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB.”
AFTER God takes out of the Gentiles a people for His name, and AFTER the fullness of the Gentiles be come in (to the Church)--the Rapture will happen, Pre-Tribulation. THEN GOD WILL WORK IN ISRAEL to KEEP His EVERLASTING COVENANTS to them, and Israel WILL BE SAVED (during the seven year Tribulation--which is the 70th week that’s prophesied by Daniel (in Chapter 9 verse 27).
Scripture clearly reveals a Pre-Trib Rapture: this hinges on knowing the differing destinies and promises of Israel and the Church. They’re APPOINTMENTS in prophecy are NOT the same!