Over the years have you ever asked yourself why Jews have been persecuted for apparently no cause? Everywhere they have gone they have been mistreated, abused, and frequently killed. The Scriptures prophesied all of this back in the days of Moses – 3,400 years ago.promised great blessing if the Jewish people would follow Him and certified they would be persecuted by their enemies if they strayed from Him for too long.
The time of the Judges (1,400 BC to 1,050) demonstrate the the persecution that came when they strayed from God. There were many cycles when they would follow God and then leave Him and every time that they deserted Him they suffered. But when they turned to Him He then protected them and blessed them. Under their greatest king, King David, they enjoyed a great time of blessing because David their leader sought the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Sadly, by the time of Ezekiel and Jeremiah they again abandoned God and then one day, His presence left the Temple. But he promised that He would bring them back after 70 years of captivity in Babylon, which He did. The Temple was destroyed in 586 BC and then the 2nd (new) temple was dedicated in 516 BC – exactly 70 later just as God had promised. However, another important promise was made, God told them that the coming Messiah, (God promised Abraham that the messiah would be of his descendants) would come exactly 483 years after the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem. That decree was given by Artexerxes in 445 BC and then their Messiah came in to Jerusalem riding a donkey, just as prophesied, on April 6th, 32 AD – exactly 483 years (according to the Jewish calendar). The prophet Daniel told of how their Messiah would be killed but not for his own sake but our sake. The prophet Isaiah told them over 700 years earlier that our Messiah would die for our sins:
Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, [There is] no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, [our] faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [He was] bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace [was] upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked– But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor [was any] deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put [Him] to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see [His] seed, He shall prolong [His] days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, [and] be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53)
We have all broken God’s laws Just like Isaiah said – All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. We have all broken his laws – whether in big ways or small but he is willing to forgive us if they will just ask. The prophet Daniel put it so clearly almost five centuries before the Messiah came when he wrote: “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.”(Dan 12:2)
All of us can be forgiven. We do not need to go to a synagogue or church, nor become religious nor give money anywhere. We simply need to humble ourselves before the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and ask Him to forgive us. He will so gladly do it. He longs for us to return to him just as Isaiah the prophet said: “He shall see the labor of His soul, [and] be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.”(Isaiah 53:11, 12)
Please consider the words of Scripture. It is a true book. Just consider some prophecies that have been fulfilled recently and some that are soon to come. Isaiah said: “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? [Or] shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children.”(Isaiah 66:8)
Isn’t that amazing that Israel would be born in one day just as he prophesied? On May 14, 1948, by decree of the United Nations, Israel became a nation after being in exile for nearly 1900 years. The Scriptures also said in the book of Ezekiel in the latter days Persia (Persia changed its name in 1935 to Iran) would come against Israel along with several other nations but that God would protect Israel. We have seen how Persia is seeking to destroy Israel in recent days. Ezekiel also prophesied of Gomer (modern day Turkey) would come against Israel too. We have seen in the news that the president of Turkey has declared Jihad against Israel – and just a few years ago Turkey and Israel were friends. There are so many more evidences. Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe. Daniel wrote “At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands [watch] over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, [Even] to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, Everyone who is found written in the book.” (Dan 12:1) If we call upon God’s name then he will protect us.
To all who are of the Jewish people, who are sons and daughters of Abrahama, Isaac, and Jacob, my heart yearns for you. I desire for you to have eternal life even more than earthly life. Could it be that somewhere in your heart, that little boy or girl who had questions about God would still like answers? Don’t let the lack of answers keep you from the God who loves you now. I suspect that you do not reject God for a lack of evidence. Many people believe in evolution not because of the supposed evidence but because they like their world view – however, a world view without God is misguided and in error. Look around you and see that the God of your fathers made the world and all that is in it. However, if you die in your sins without being forgiven of your sins and being born from above, then you will remain forever lost. Think of it this way, the Scriptures tell us that God is a consuming fire – that is, his nature is great energy radiating fire. By being forgiven through your Messiah you can receive a heavenly body like God so that they can be with him. However, if they die in our sins then you will remain in a corrupted body which will be consumed and destroyed – but forever. I want you to avert that and to be forever with your God and with your forefathers.
It is very easy to ask God to forgive you. Tell him that you have broken his laws and that you desire to turn from them. Then look to your Messiah who gave this illustration:
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8)
He also said:
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Place your trust in your Messiah and God today. Contact me if you have any questions!