Friday, February 24, 2017

Hurt Not - The Diaspora (LG09)

After the crucifixion of Jesus came the great and dreadful day of the Lord for the Jews, when Yahweh abandoned them for the greatest abomination committed by the whole of Israel. Without Yahweh as their God, the Jews are longer His people.

Ezek 15:6b-8    “Therefore thus says the Lord God:... ‘so I will give up the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will set My face against them.... They will go out from one fire, but another fire shall devour them. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I set My face against them. Thus I will make the land desolate, because they have persisted in unfaithfulness,’ says the Lord God.”
 
Because of their sins God will destroy Jerusalem and Israel and made them desolate. All Jews must flee to other nations so that at the right time He will bring them back from all nations. Events to force the Jews from Jerusalem and Israel.

  1. Crucifixion of Jesus was in April 33AD. God tore the veil of the temple into two ending the era of Judaism. Every Christian's body is now the temple of God
  2. In 70 AD, Titus destroyed the temple and Jerusalem. According to Josephus, a million Jews were killed with 97K enslaved. Many fled to countries in the Mediterranean.
  3. In 134 AD, Hadrian killed over 580K Jews (many more died of starvation) at the the Bar Kokhba revolt. Hadrian changed Judea to Syria Palestine and banned Jews from circumcision to wipe out Judaism. Jews were barred from entering Jerusalem.

God used the heathens to fulfill His plan of Diaspora (dispersing the Jews to all corners of the earth to be a blessing to those nations) until God gathers them back to Israel and Jerusalem.
So when Constantine became a Christian, He loved the Lord by getting Jerome to compile the holy scriptures together and translate them into Latin. The Vulgate is still used by the Catholic church and it is the basis for all bible translations. He persecuted the Jews and barred them from entering Jerusalem. During the Crusades, many Jews in Jerusalem were killed by the Christians soldiers thus fulfilling His word and by 1500s there were only about 5K Jews left in Israel.
 
All the Jews who fled to other nations were happy and successful and they actually were blessings in all these nations.

Gen 22:18  "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
 
They became highly respectable citizens because of their special gifts of talent, wisdom and knowledge just like Daniel and many others taken to Babylon.

Jer 42:11-12  Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid; do not be afraid of him,’ says the Lord, ‘for I am with you, to save you and deliver you from his hand. And I will show you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and cause you to return to your own land.’

What a God we have. Even though the Jews cursed themselves and their descendants by shedding the innocent blood of Jesus, He is faithful to His word that when they obey His word He will bless them though they are no longer His people. Brethren, how much more grace and love to us who are His people and children. Trust Him.