חתונה דתית – די ג’יי הסוד – תקליטן דתי – כניסה לחופה Consider the Holiness and special character of this Jewish Wedding. Continue reading to learn more about the special people, whom are called Jews, of the nation of Israel. This post will discuss the first of four covenants that relate specifically to Israel and the Kingdom Age.
“Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares, a sculpture by Evgeniy Vuchetich in the United Nations Art Collection” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swords_to_ploughshares (My note: “Let us beat swords into plowshares,” taken from Isaiah 2:4)
This article will discuss the time of Isaiah 2:4 (760 B.C.) which is known as the Kingdom Of God, and is also known as the millennium and the thousand-year reign of Messiah/Christ. As a gentile believer in Christ, I am trying to write as if I were a Jew, in an attempt to tell a story that is important to Jews. I trust that my work will be deemed to have been made with proper respect toward Jews. The beliefs that are held closely by Jews, are held equally as close by most believers in Christ. Therefore, I will not repeat the statement that “such and such a belief of Jews” is also a belief of believers in Christ. Muslims will also enter into this conversation; you may be surprised to learn the details.
“You must be born again,” are words that relate to the spiritual state that anyone must have in order for them to be in the eternal Presence of God/Elohim/Yahweh/Adonai/Theos/Messiah/Christ (Ezekiel 36:24-27, John 3:3-8, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 John 1:5.)
In my post “139 – The Jewish Prophet Zechariah,” the words, “in one day,” are written. The wording of that verse follows:
Zechariah 3:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 For behold, the stone That I have laid before Joshua: Upon the stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave its inscription,’ Says the Lord of hosts, ‘And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.’
Unless otherwise stated, the NKJV translation will be used in this post.
The following terms are used interchangeably. Kingdom of God, Kingdom Age, Millennium, Millennial reign of Messiah/Christ.
“The Day,” in question, will be the dividing line between all that has been bad for Israel, and all that will be good for Israel, from then and forever. The Kingdom Age, which is also known as the Millennium, meaning one thousand years, dictates the length of time of the Kingdom Age, which will be a specific time for Israel to experience true peace. Following the Millennium/Kingdom Age will be the eternal state of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2), which will be an eternity of peace for Israel. It is important to know that Israel is the only group that is identified as a nation that will have a specific place on earth for its habitation during the millennium. Other people, not nations, will also be present on earth during this time of peace, but none of them will occupy “their own land.” During the millennium, non-Jews will reside outside of the boundaries of Israel until they also enter the eternal state. With that having been said, it must also be stated that the Messiah/Christ will rule and reign over all of the earth during the millennium (Revelation 20:4-5), and that no one will enter the Kingdom Of God, or the eternal state, without first having been born again (John 3:3).
It will be during the Kingdom Age that the purposes of God for Israel will be fully realized; the words to Israel, from each of the Jewish prophets, will be seen to have been true. Non-Jews, whom will be present on earth at that time, will also benefit from the promises that have been made to Israel by God. The promises that God made to Israel are known as covenants. It will be during the Kingdom Age that those covenants will find their fulfillment. The following is the first of God’s four covenants that He made with Israel, as they relate to the Kingdom Age. As we continue with this study of the Jewish prophets, it is important to remember that the nation of Israel, through the Law, was a chosen people/nation to be a holy and righteous people to bring a holy and righteous Messiah into the world. No other nation has ever been blessed with such a calling. People from other nations will also have individual Kingdom age blessings, including believers in Christ. However, those gentile blessings will be as a result of the blessings that will be showered upon Israel.
1. THE FIRST COVENANT. The promises that were made by God to Abraham, concerning land and seed, are fulfilled in the Kingdom Age. Israel’s possession of their land, and their God-given blessings, are specifically related to the fulfillment of this covenant. Not only are the Jews blessed, the born again people of the whole world are also a recipient from this covenant of God with Abraham. These specific blessings will take place during the Kingdom Age.
Consider certain Muslims (see Isaiah 19:18-25). They will have an encounter with a Jew, the Messiah/Christ. There will be Muslims that will come to know Messiah/Christ as “LORD and Lord” when He comes to set up His Kingdom. Notice the upper and lower case spellings of “LORD and Lord.” Just as Muslims must be “born again” to see the Kingdom of God, it will be the same for other Gentiles, as well as for those of Israel (John 3:3). It is cut and dry; “you must be born again,” to be a present on earth in the millennium. The Kingdom of God will be free from sin, of any kind. Only those whom have been given sinless spirits by God will be present with God during the millennium. It is only because of the absence of sin that the Kingdom of God will be a kingdom that is free from the collateral effects of sin. “LORD” is Yahweh. “Lord” is Adonai; notice the upper case letters in LORD, and upper case “L” and lower case “ord” in Lord.
The following notes of Isaiah 19:1-20:6 come from the Moody Bible Commentary
Isaiah 19:1-20:6 Has two main sections. The first contains a long-term prophecy of events that will occur at the “end of days” (19:1-25), and the second one has a near-term prophecy of events in the eighth century B.C. (20:1-6). In the first section, there is a prediction of eschatological judgment (19:1-15) followed by an eschatological blessing (19:16-25). (My note: In this context, “the end of days” relates to the tribulation and the millennium. The tribulation is extreme persecution for the Jews. The millennium, is extreme peace for the Jews. For example, the tribulation is described in Joel 3:10, “Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears.” The millennium is described in Isaiah 2:4, ” They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.)
Isaiah 19:1-10. The events predicted in this chapter refer to the end of days. This is most likely because the judgments described have yet to occur. The repetition of the eschatological phrase IN THAT DAY points to both judgment and blessing at the end of days.
Isaiah 19:11-15. “The LORD” is affecting the ability of Egypt’s leaders to rightly direct the nation.
Isaiah 19:16-22. IN THAT DAY marks a shift in the message to Egypt from end of days judgment to end of days blessing.
Isaiah 19:23-25. We see the millennial peace between Assyria, Egypt and Israel. When the Messiah/Christ returns to earth and establishes His earthly kingdom, these three nations will be united in worship of the LORD. Such worship of God will occur only for those whom have been born again, which must happen for each individual prior to the final events of Zechariah 14:1-15/Revelation 19:11-21/Matthew 24:29-30, in order for them to enter the Kingdom Age; these three preceding passages relate to the second coming of Christ at the Battle of Armageddon. Only those whom have been born again will enter the Kingdom Of God; all others will suffer death at the second coming of Messiah/Christ. While the born again people are enjoying the Peace and Presence of Messiah/Christ in the millennium, those whom have not been born again (of all the ages) will be in their states of death, awaiting the Great White Throne Judgment, and expulsion into the eternal lake of fire (Revelation 20:10-15). The Battle of Armageddon, which occurs at the end of the Tribulation, is the time when all sin will be removed from the world; the sinless Kingdom of God will follow for the next one thousand years. The eternal state of Revelation 21-22 will immediately follow the millennium for those whom have been born again, where they will be in the Presence of God for all of eternity.
Isaiah 20:1-6. Isaiah shifts his prophecy of end times peace to the judgment against Egypt, when Assyria would come against her. The judgment fell in 711 B.C. when Egypt handed over the king of Ashdod to the Assyrians.
Zechariah 14:16-19. Many Gentiles from other nations of the world will embrace Messiah/Christ during the tribulation and will not be destroyed by Him when He returns.
My note from Isaiah 19:24-25. God’s blessings will rest on Israel, as well as Egypt and Assyria, “in that day.” Assyria was a large and powerful empire. (https://www.historyonthenet.com/assyrian-empire-the-most-powerful-empire-in-the-world/ For 300 years, from 900 to 600 B.C., the Assyrian Empire expanded, conquered and ruled the Middle East, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, the eastern coast of the Mediterranean, and much of today’s Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran and Iraq.
Genesis 12:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV) (Blessings and cursings)
1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out of your country, From your family
And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make
you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall
be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who
curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Genesis 13:14-17 New King James Version (NKJV) (An eternal covenant)
14 And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. 16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. 17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”
Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. 13:14–17 With Lot gone, the Lord reaffirmed His covenant promise with Abram (Gen. 12:1–3). Strikingly and unmistakably, the Lord deeded the Land (v. 14—look in all directions, and v. 17—walk in all directions) in perpetuity to Abram and his descendants, whom He declared would be definitely innumerable (v. 16—as the dust).
Ezekiel 37:21-23 New King James Version (NKJV) (An eternal covenant)
21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.
23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. 37:21–23 God made 3 promises that summarized His future plans for Israel: 1) restoration, v. 21; 2) unification, v. 22; and 3) purification, v. 23. These promises bring to fulfillment: 1) the Abrahamic Covenant (cf. Gen. 12); 2) the Davidic Covenant (2 Sam. 7); and 3) the New Covenant (cf. Jer. 31), respectively.
Genesis 15:18 New King James Version (NKJV) (Specific land promise)
18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying:
“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates—
Genesis 15:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV) (Description of the land)
19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”
Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. 15:18–21 river of Egypt to the…Euphrates. Scripture records both general (Ex. 23:31) and specific (Num. 34:1–12) descriptions of the Promised Land, centering on the ancient land of Canaan. Such precise geographic demarcation will not allow for any redefinitions which would emasculate God’s promise of its specificity. The river of Egypt was most probably what became known as the Wadi El Arish, the southern border of Judah. Kenites…Jebusites. The various peoples who inhabited the land are named. Such precise detailing of the nations in the land of Canaan attests again to the specificity of the Promised Land in God’s promises.
The following terms are important to know.
Luke 21:24 New King James Version (NKJV) The Times Of The Gentiles.
24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
MacArthur Study Bible note. 21:24 the times of the Gentiles. This expression is unique to Luke. It identifies the era from Israel’s captivity (ca. 586 B.C. to Babylon; cf. 2 Kin. 25) to her restoration in the kingdom (Rev. 20:1–6). It has been a time during which, in accord with God’s purpose, Gentiles have dominated or threatened Jerusalem. The era has also been marked by vast spiritual privileges for the Gentile nations (cf. Is. 66:12).
Jeremiah 30:7 New King James Version (NKJV) Jacob’s trouble, or Jacob’s distress.
7 Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it.
MacArthur Study Bible note. 30:7 time of Jacob’s trouble. This period of unprecedented difficulty for Israel, as the verse defines, is set in a context of Israel’s final restoration. It is best equated with the time of tribulation (cf. vv. 8, 9) just before Christ’s Second Advent, mentioned elsewhere (Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:21, 22) and described in detail by Rev. 6–19.
Zechariah 14:1 New King James Version (NKJV) The Day of the Lord
14 Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst.
MacArthur Study Bible note. when God’s wrath is unleashed against the whole world of sinners, which results in the establishment of the Lord’s millennial reign on earth. (My note. In this context, “The Day of the Lord” begins with the tribulation, which is judgment, and extends through the millennium, which is blessing. See the notes on Joel 1:15.)
Joel 1:15 New King James Version (NKJV) The Day of the Lord
15 Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is at hand; It shall come as destruction from the Almighty
MacArthur Study Bible note. 1:15 the day of the Lord is at hand. See Introduction: Historical and Theological Themes. This is the first occurrence of the theme. Later in the book (2:18ff.; 3:1, 18–21), the Day of the Lord (the occasion when God pours out His wrath on man) results in blessing and exoneration for God’s people and judgment toward Gentiles (Is. 13:6; Ezek. 30:3), but here Joel directs the warning toward his own people. The Day of the Lord is speedily approaching; unless sinners repent, dire consequences await them. My note. Notice the difference of context from Zechariah 14:1, which is the Battle Of Armageddon.
The first covenant, which God made with Abraham, will be fulfilled through the covenant seed of Abraham, Issac and Jacob (God named Jacob Israel, Genesis 32:28). There are three main aspects of this first covenant. (1) The promise of a great nation. (2) Four personal promises are given to Abraham. (3) Promises are made to the Gentiles. (Scofield Study Bible, Genesis 12:2 note)
The boundary of Israel, as promised by God, is much larger than that which had been granted to Israel by the United Nations. In the Kingdom Age, God’s boundaries will overrule the U.N. boundaries of Israel. See the following borders of Israel, as they were spoken by God. Notice the map of Israel. https://theisraelbible.com/biblical-boundaries-land-israel/ Scriptures that relate to the covenant land that God promised to Israel, are as follows.
To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt (traditionally taken as the Nile) as far as the great river, the River Euphrates (Gen 15.18)
I will fix your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines (Gaza coast), and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates (Exod 23.31)
Great news for Muslims!
The Assyrian World Empire was one of the most cruel groups of people, if not the most cruel, of all times. The brutal attacks of Assyria on Israel date back to 758 B.C.(2 Kings 15:19). In 722 B.C. (2 Kings 17:5-6), the Assyrians attacked the northern Kingdom of Israel, and deported those Jews from their homeland to other lands in Assyria. In 721 B.C. (2 Kings 17:24) the Assyrians began relocating gentiles into the vacated land of the Jewish Northern Kingdom. To this day, the people of the former Assyrian World Empire continue in their hatred of the Jews. Egypt’s brutal treatment of the Jews date back to 1706 B.C. (Exodus 1:7). But, God’s Providence trumps sin. When we consider all of the gentiles, and gentile nations, that are present in the world, it is amazing to know that Isaiah has identified the two most brutal of all of Israel’s enemies (by name), saying that there will be people of those lands whom will share the blessings of the millennium with the Jews and with other Kingdom Age people. The Jews will inhabit their promised land. Non-Jews will occupy other lands in the Kingdom Age world. The Spiritual calling of God will draw Muslims, from the former Assyrian World Empire, as well as Egyptians and Jews, to saving faith in Messiah/Christ; they will be “born again.” IMAGINE THAT! Muslims and Jews acknowledging that “Messiah/Christ is Lord!” (Philippians 2:9-11). Such a spiritual calling of all of mankind to saving faith in Messiah/Christ is consistently ongoing (John 1:9-13). The Old Testament verses that explain the born again experience are Ezekiel 36:25-27; verses 24-30 are particular to Jews.
“IN THAT DAY” “IN ONE DAY”
So, what is meant by, “In That Day” and “In One Day?” The answer is the day of the return to earth by Messiah/Christ for the Battle Of Armageddon, when Messiah/Christ establishes the Kingdom Age/Millennium/Kingdom Of God.
The following video shows a peek view of the time of the Kingdom Age. Arabs and Jews are seen in common worship of Messiah/Christ. They are Muslims and Jews whom are, “one in Messiah/Christ.” The solution to division is to have a common ground of faith in Messiah/Christ.
Galatians 3:28 New King James Version (NKJV)
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Jews & Arabs worship together in Nazareth, Jerusalem…Rare video Clip(Subtitles @ CC)
Regardless of the sculpture marking of Isaiah 2:4 at the United Nations, there will be no peace on earth until Messiah/Christ returns to earth to set up His Kingdom of peace.
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