143 – Israel’s Prophets

JERUSALEM ARISE WITH PAUL WILBUR 1999 Concert. This video of Paul Wilbur and friends shows believers in Christ in Jerusalem in 1999 during the Feast Of Tabernacles; they love Israel. See more at the bottom.

Many people live their lives in total darkness, as it relates to their lack of understanding of the times and things that lie ahead. As a way of illuminating such spiritual darkness, God has provided biblical prophecy. Certain Jews, known as prophets, were chosen by God to present His Word to the Jews, whom are known in scripture as “God’s chosen people,” (Deuteronomy 7:6). The Jews were chosen by God to be a holy and righteous people, to bring a Holy and Righteous Messiah into our world. This study will focus on the prophets of Israel which spoke words of judgment and encouragement to the Jews during the times of their being dispersed from their “God ordained land” (Genesis 15:18-21), which occurred after the death of King Solomon in 931 B.C. The prophecies will be studied from the time of their being given by God to each prophet, until the times of their fulfillment.

This post introduces a series of articles that are being published in a study of the Old Testament Jewish Prophets. The focus of the study is to tie prophecies, that go back as far as 840 B.C., with the prophecies of Obadiah, and continue forward to the prophecies of Malachi, which took place between 450 and 400 B.C. There are two groups of prophets, which were considered to be either, major or minor prophets, depending on the length of their prophecies. However, no prophet, whether major or minor, may be considered to be any greater, or lesser, than any of the other prophets. There are four major prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel). There are twelve minor prophets (Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Obadiah, Joel, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi). The writings of the prophets link past history to future events that will affect, not only Jews, but Gentiles too. Each writer’s prophecies were future to the writer, but are “history, or future,” to us today, depending on their prophetic fulfillment.

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  1. This is a very inspiring and thought provoking piece. Stalin! Talk about Stalin? It’s sobering knowing that some of us bolted from the jaws of Zimbabwean Stalin. And where we live now, it’s because of faith and grace of God.

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    1. Thanks for your like of my post. I think that you might also like Terry MacAlmon. His worship style is wonderful I’ll put some of music on my upcoming posts. The prophets are very important. Thanks for being a friend.

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      1. You can probably get books by Arthur W Pink from any book store. Here is the information that you will need about the John Commentary. ISBN 0-310-31180-2. There is a bar code 2598631190. It is published by Zondervan. I will try to find more info for you.

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      2. Btw, LIfeway is a self-supporting ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention. It used to be called The Baptist Book Store. That is why I said that they are careful in the things that they sell.

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      3. God chose some, and called others. He did not “unchoose” anybody. He directly called the apostles/disciples. They, spread the message of Christ to others. It is all according to the purposes of God. Consider Jeremiah 1:5, 18:1-6., and Galatians 1:15.

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      4. Yes. (Please excuse me; I fell asleep at my desk). John 1:9 says that the calling of Christ goes to all (through the Holy Spirit). In Calvin’s commentary on 1:9 he said “beams from this light are shed over all mankind….there is no man to whom some awareness of the eternal light does not penetrate.” …. I will continue.

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      5. Christ died for those whom have accepted Him as Lord and Savior. Let’s say this. “The blood of Christ was not shed to cover the sin of unbelievers.” The “sin” of unbelief is that which keeps people from inheriting the kingdom of God (John 3:16-18).

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      6. Yes, this is what I believe the Bible teaches. Thank you for cleaning it for me. Reading the posts of a strict Calvinist led me to search the Scriptures to find God’s truth.

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      7. Thank you. I will leave you with this thought. John 3:3, “you must be born again.” That is the dividing line between the eternal state of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem (Rev 21:1-2) and the lake of fire (Rev 20:10-15). We must have a spirit that is pure as the Spirit of Christ, in order for our spirit to dwell within the Spirit of Christ. God can call anyone to be born again, for His purposes. Consider Joshua 24:1-13). People often refer to a plan of salvation (The Romans Road), but there was no plan of salvation stated in the Old Testament. Still , 1 John 4:8 was present in the OT. Please have a good night.

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      8. A final thought. Unfortunately, Luther, Calvin, and others of Reform Theology, even until today, believed/believe in replacement theology.Neither Calvin nor Luther wrote a commentary on Revelation. Anabaptist was a name that was given those whom believed in a “believer’s baptism” (Acts 2:41).; and they were greatly persecuted by reformers for that thought. Those of reform theology are very good at teaching the perseverance of the saints, and I appreciate that. But,they are greatly lacking in their understanding of God’s promises and plan for the Jews in the end times.

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      9. It wasn’t magic lol. I was trying to leave only comments,as opposed to conversation. I am very sorry. Can you remember the ones that you were looking for? btw, that is why it is good to have a pure chat way of communicating.

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      10. I wasn’t trying to. I clear out conversation periodically. I don’t want it to detract from the focus of the post. I left some of your thoughts, because they related directly to the post.

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      11. A few years ago, two women got into a battle on my blog. It seemed like it would never end. That was before I moderated all comments. Well, anyway, I stopped all comments for a few months, maybe more. Some people have used vulgarity; I cut them off. On some of the other sites, I can’t stop the vulgarity or nudity from being placed on my site. I can react, but after the fact. I want as many people as possible to read my posts, but I have to establish reasonable boundaries.

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      12. I lost a message that I was going to send to you. Any blog friend can contact me on g+ for conversation purposes. Sometimes, they may want to share something with me that they would not want to make public. Many people have many problems. Sometime they just want to share their thoughts with someone who will “just listen,” and not try to fix their problem; that’s me.

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      13. Thank you . Have you ever done a post on the doctrine of election? As you know this is what I am currently studying. You seem to be well advanced in your studies . I was wondering if it will be ok to send you a link from someone so you would give me your opinion of what you think his idea of election is . It’s ok if you are busy . I don’t want to impose on you.
        Blessings!

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      14. You are very welcome. I have written on election but, if I were to write it again, I would do it from a different point of focus. When I first began my blog, its title was “Equipping The Saints.” The email address was “cchurchchurch.” I found out, though, that there were many people, mostly whom were unbelievers, which were dismissing my blog because of its title., and its related email address to one that is more generic. The content of Equipping blog has been designed to be largely historic and cultural about the nation of Israel, with a Christian perspective. That has allowed me to get more receptivity by one block of people, whom are largely liberal, atheistic, anti-Israel, pro-abortion. pro-homosexual, and democrat. That group of people is largely located in the upper pacific coast of the USA. I also found that many believers in Christ were ignorant of the truth of Israel’s place in God’s plan for the ages; so I designed the Revealing Israel Blog. Both blogs are a place for an election teaching, which I may publish soon. You might find value in my blog Pages of Sources of Information and Library. The people that are identified in those two pages can give you credible information on things that I do not have time to address. As for your link on election, please send it to me. Getting back to the unbelievers that I have mentioned, it is not our responsibility to agree with their ungodly view of life, but to love them with the truth of Christ. Thanks for being a friend. I am going to continue my thoughts. I thought a lot about you today, as it relates to election. I am finishing the input of my work. it will take a few hours.In the mean time I would like for you to consider this question, in sections. Do you know for sure that you are saved? Do you know more about salvation than you do about the end times (rapture, judgment seat of Christ; tribulation; seal, bowl and trumpet judgments; the two witnesses; the tribulation temple; the anti-christ, the battle of armageddon; the marriage of the lamb, and the return of Christ to earth with His bride (the raptured church); the resurrection of the OT saints, NT saints, tribulaton saints. the 1000 year reign of Christ, the great white throne judgment, and lake of fire. The new heaven, new earth, new Jerusalem, the eternal state.? I will continue. We can carry forward on this subject whenever you are able to do so. I think that it is worthy of additional comment.

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      15. Thank you for taking the time to write I totally agree. . Interesting you mention writing on election from a different point focus .
        May the Lord continue to bless all you do for Him.
        Thank you for being so kind with me.
        Blessings in Christ !

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      16. Thanks for your kind words; they are greatly appreciated. When I was in the Church of Christ, almost every sermon followed an outline of, “faith, confession, repentance, baptism, new birth.” That was always being taught as the plan of salvation, with the new birth coming after baptism.They had no teaching on Israel, or the end times. They would teach the bible stories, such as Saul and David, and tried to make them relate to the church. Calvinists tell you about predestination, but nothing beyond that. Still, I study the things of election, because it is in the Bible. 80% of the Bible relates to the OT. 25-30 % of the Bible relates to prophecy. The church of Christ, and Calvinists ignore most of both. Just food for thought. I have just got up for the day, and will be headed out in about an hour and a half. Your thoughts are always appreciated.

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      17. Sadly, very few churches today teach on the end times or Israel!
        The doctrine of election, I find has at times been presented without love, just carelessly, “I am chosen for Heaven, you are not”.
        I will continue to study this doctrine until the Holy Spirit brings me to a place of understanding, peace and love, as He has done in the past.
        Thank you for your kindness.
        Peace and blessings for your new day.
        Mine in over! Take care.

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      18. I will give you some ideas on Romans 8:28-30. The knowledge that I have of election comes from a lot of study on the subject. Romans was a response of the Apostle Paul to the early roots of replacement theology. It was not until the 1800s that “Darby,” William (?) gave a proper response to the continued efforts of the church to teach against Israel’s place in the end times.

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      19. Consider “called,” from Rom 8:28-30.

        Cognate: 2822 klētós – literally, “called” (derived from 2564/kaleō, “to call, summon”). See 2821 (klēsis).

        In the NT, 2822 /klētós (“divinely called”) focuses on God’s general call – i.e. the call (invitation) He gives to all people, so all can receive His salvation. *Rom 8:28).

        2. to call i. e. to name, call by name;

        a. to give a name to; with two accusatives, one of the object the other of the name as a predicate (to call one (by) a name: Matthew 10:25 (Rom 8:30)

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      20. The info that I just sent to you on “called” comes from the Strong’s Greek Lexicon. All receive a general call. Some receive a “by name” call, such as the disciples, Jeremiah, Paul.

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      21. Of course! I see what you are saying . The posts that I have been reading on election sort of threw me off the path. I appreciate you taking the time with me.

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      22. Please let me add a thought about the possibility of my writing an article on election, or on eternal security. I believe that if someone has been born again/is saved, that person is eternally secure in Christ, and can not lose their salvation. As I have experienced in the past, there are many people that would write their objections, sometimes very offensively. In order for me to answer all objections, it would take valuable time away from the work that I am doing on Israel and the end times. Even though someone may disagree on whether they are eternally secure in Christ, or if they have been “called or chosen,” I believe that if they are saved now, they will be eternally secure in Christ, regardless of what they may think. Very few people have a proper understanding of either, Israel, or the end times. That is my goal, “to teach as many people as possible,” that believers will not go through the tribulation, that they will not take the mark of the beast, and that they will not find themselves in the Battle of Armageddon. I know that I will not have enough time left in my life to write all of the articles that are needed on the subject of Israel and the end times. I am hoping that someone can continue the work that Christ said is blessed for those whom read, hear and keep the words of His Revelation (Rev 1:3). Please notice that the church at Rome was not a recipient of the Revelation (think about it). If Rome had been the “mother church” of Christianity, it should have also received a letter, as did the other receiving churches.

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      23. Great thoughts here . I will read them carefully tonight after work.
        Thank you again
        I am concerned that I may be causing you to have too many comments on your blog .

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      24. Never thought about the Roman church not receiving a letter. This is very good!
        It’s a great work you are doing with all your blogs. I am grateful the Lord has led me there so that I may learn from your knowledge what is lacking in mine.
        Thank you again for your kindness and for taking time out of your busy schedule. I may follow your blogs via email. It may make it easier to keep them all in one place (as I have done with others) to facilitate my studies.
        May your day be glorious.
        Take care

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      25. If you follow by email, Word Press sends the emails of posts to you. Otherwise, you have to look for posts in the Word Press Reader. The significance of the church at Rome not being a recipient of the Revelation of Christ shows that the Church at Rome was of no greater importance than any other church. The recipients of the Revelation are shown in Ch 1:19-3:14. Concerning election: It is very simple, Israel was elect to be beneficent of the Abrahamic Covenant, as a nation. Born again Jews will inhabit the land of Israel during the Kingdom Age/Millennium. No other nation was given such a promise of land. Of people, God has made election to certain people to be born again and to live in resurrection bodies during the millennium. Jews, only, will reside in the land that God has promised to Israel (from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq.). Non-Jews, whom are born again, will reside beyond the God-given physical boundaries of Israel, but will be able to travel into Israel (Zech 14:16-19. The defiant ones are those whom will be born of the Mt 25:40 people who showed compassion to the Jews during the tribulation; they were born again, but did not have resurrection bodies. They will have children whom will have to make their own decisions to accept Christ; many of them will not! They are the people who side with Satan in the Battle of Gog and Magog (Rev 20:7-9). Back to election, God elected certain people for salvation, but did not “unelect, or unchoose,” anyone for salvation.

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      26. Thank you ! I will read this carefully in the morning. Time to sleep now.
        I have too many posts on WP reader. I will do email. Will figure it out.😊
        Have a nice day!
        Take care

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      27. Thank you ! Loved the first video. Can’t work out the second one. When I copy and paste the link you sent me it takes me to a Saturday night show.

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      28. When I first became a Christian it was Bible Prophecy I studied in the first church I attended. It was fascinating to me. This amazing God! I wanted to know Him!

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      29. That is wonderful. It was very much the same with me, only I had been “in church,” and knew nothing….. It was a pastor that told our congregation that from his teaching of the end times that we would know more about it than what most pastors know. He would very, very correct with his words.

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      30. That is very sad. They may not have had any prior teaching on the end times. Also, God’s Word is God’s Word. “Why would God put little babies where He will be pouring out His wrath on them?”

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      31. They didn’t agree the Church would not go through the tribulation. Interesting you mention little children, what about littlr children in Noah’s flood?..do the aborted babies go to Heaven?, what about little children of unbelivers where do they go when they die? Have ever had to answer these questions?

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      32. 1 John 4:8 tells us of God’s love. Luke 18:16.
        New American Standard Bible
        But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Children die everyday. They have no way of making a confession of faith in Christ. The requirement to see the Kingdom of Heaven is to be born again, which is something that the Holy Spirit does for us. Sin was rampant at the time of the flood, and had to be dealt with. God’s love for the children created a born again spirit within them. God gave born again spirits to the disciples, otherwise they would have had no inner knowledge of His love for all of mankind. Nobody deserves to go to heaven. God chooses, and makes known through His Word and His choosing.

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      33. You are very welcome. A works based salvation does not allow for any deceased child, or any person who has a mind deformity, where they can make a confession of faith, to be saved. It is Christ that saves, and not a confession.

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      34. Exactly! This is what I have been trying to get my long time friend to understand. But she believes her adult children are saved because when they were little they made a confession of faith.

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      35. John 3:1-4 is a prayer. John 17:3 is the text book definition of salvation. The word “know” in John 17:3 is the same as in Gen 4:1, and Matt 1:18-25, which shows “knowing” as the same as marital intimacy. There is nothing more intimate than a man and woman in the marriage act; neither is there anything more intimate that our spirit dwelling within the Spirit of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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      36. If you follow by email, Word Press sends the emails of posts to you. Otherwise, you have to look for posts in the Word Press Reader. The significance of the church at Rome not being a recipient of the Revelation of Christ shows that the Church at Rome was of no greater importance than any other church. The recipients of the Revelation are shown in Ch 1:19-3:14. Concerning election: It is very simple, Israel was elect to be beneficent of the Abrahamic Covenant, as a nation. Born again Jews will inhabit the land of Israel during the Kingdom Age/Millennium. No other nation was given such a promise of land. Of people, God has made election to certain people to be born again and to live in resurrection bodies during the millennium. Jews, only, will reside in the land that God has promised to Israel (from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq.). Non-Jews, whom are born again, will reside beyond the God-given physical boundaries of Israel, but will be able to travel into Israel (Zech 14:16-19. The defiant ones are those whom will be born of the Mt 25:40 people who showed compassion to the Jews during the tribulation; they were born again, but did not have resurrection bodies. They will have children whom will have to make their own decisions to accept Christ; many of them will not! They are the people who side with Satan in the Battle of Gog and Magog (Rev 20:7-9).

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      37. In Calvin Acts Commentary (2:21) he says, “God invites everyone to Himself for salvation, without xception (Rom 10:13, Ps 65:2). Only our unbelief stops us from calling on God. “

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      38. Let me add this. God can call anyone that He desires to salvation, but, He never “unchooses” anyone. Consider little children, and others whom can not “call upon the name of the Lord.” God is love (1 John 4:8). The disciples did not go through “a new member’s class); God chose them, for a special purpose of “going to the lost house of Israel (Mt 10:6), and being witnesses to those in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the utter most parts of the world.” Acts 1:8.

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