THE SALVATION OF THE JEWISH NATION WILL COME RIGHT AT THE END OF THE AGE AND DURING THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON.
It has been a long time coming, and many would consider it impossible, but the Jewish nation will at some point come to accept their Messiah, Yeshua Hamashiach and so come to be ‘born again’. They will receive the salvation Messiah offers in the blood He shed at Calvary. He is the Sacrifice Lamb prophesied from of old and “slain from the foundation of the world.” – Revelation 13:8 The prophet Zechariah tells us how and when this epic and climactic national salvation of Judah will happen. It would appear that their spiritual salvation will occur at the very same time as their military salvation. The armies of the gentile nations will muster on the huge plain of Megiddo northwest of Jerusalem. They will go up to encircle and try to take Jerusalem. At that moment it will seem that all is lost. But then suddenly an earthshaking event will occur. Just as the Jewish nation is repenting and calling out to the One whom they had rejected for so long He will return. Their Messiah will suddenly be at the door! There will be a magnificent deliverance and the surrounding armies of the nations will be struck down. This awesome period of history is well known as the Battle of Armageddon. It is an important vignette of the Second Coming of Christ.
12:7 “The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah.
12:8 In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them.
12:9 It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
12:10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
12:11 In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.*
12:12 And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves;
12:13 the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; Zech.12:1-13
As we can clearly see here in this passage, the Battle of Armageddon will be attended by the long awaited salvation of the House of Judah. The climactic corporate and national salvation of the Jews will be a stupendous event. They will undergo a massive conversion to Jesus/Yeshua. This will be happening just as the fullness of the Gentiles is brought into the Church. This will be the climax of the history of this age. Nothing further can or needs to be done before Messiah returns in wrath on His enemies and deliverance of both houses of His Elect people. The whole nation of Israel will be saved. It will be spiritually and nationally born in one day as a royal priesthood and a holy nation. -Exodus 19:6, 1 Peter 2:9. The prophet Isaiah was incredulous when he saw it.
8 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 NKJV
The Breath of God’s Spirit will come into Judah at last. The coming in of this host of Jewish Messianic Christians will bring great enrichment to the Church. – Romans 11:15 The natural olive branches will be grafted back into the olive tree alongside the wild ones that were grafted in earlier. – Romans 11:23 The scales will come off the eyes of God’s covenant people in the Church as well. Wild olive branches are still olive branches! In that Day they will realize that they are in the olive tree of Israel.
This has been very difficult for Christian believers to grasp. At the present time we read about it in Romans 11 and we scratch our heads. We partially receive the message. But we do not really “see it” clearly just yet. It is a hard thing for us to grasp with our oaths of national allegiances such as we have them today and with our national flags resting in our churches.
Over in the other house an epic repentance and national salvation is destined to occur. Yes, the national corporate salvation of the Jewish nation will surely come. This will happen very late in history. But come it will. The prophet Zechariah tells us about it. (Zech 12:7-13:1) Up ahead our Jewish brothers and sisters in the royal house of Judah will be joining us in the Body of Christ, the wider Commonwealth of Israel.
So, all that being understood, can we exercise some patience here?
Can we wait for them as they come home?
Do we have to entertain false notions of avoiding the end-time witness? Why are we preparing to act on this shameful carnal impulse to desert the ship Why are we fancying ourselves turning our backs on our Jewish brethren and skipping out early?
And here is another question. Can we be sure we in the Church not be present during those final 7 years? Shall we not be here on earth to finish up the witness for our Messiah? Shall we not be here to witness the unfolding of the “greater works” that attend the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the climax of the age? Did not the Master of Ceremonies at the Wedding Feast at Cana speak of the best wine being preserved and held back until the very end?
Yes, the thick darkness of the midnight hour will surely come. But the lamps of the wise virgins will still be burning. Their lamps will not go out. The wise will have the extra outside supply of oil of anointing and oil of illumination. And with the oil of gladness they will be given “a song in the night”. Our God will pour out of His Spirit during those awesome future times. And He will perform wonders that have never been seen before. That is the Way of our God.
So do we really want to agree with those who declare that we in the Church will not be here?
Do we have any scriptural authority to teach this?
Or is it just a popular religious fable that sells?
Can we close the gates of Grace and Mercy and padlock them shut with chains a full seven years early?
Are we permitted to say, “That’s all folks” seven years before the fullness of the Gentiles is brought in?
Do we not want to stick around to see these wonders unfold as all Israel is restored? (Rom.11)
Let us be honest here with respect to our popular church doctrine of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Are we being presumptuous and out of line here with this churchy “cut and run” eschatology of ours? Is this a latter day indulgence, a special dispensation of grace dispensed by the church for profit and filthy lucre? Where is the Holy Scripture, chapter and verse, proving the God of Israel has set forth such a notion? And by whose authority do we presume to evict the Omnipotent Omnipresent Holy Spirit from tribulation earth and terminate the dispensation of Grace seven years ahead of time?