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The Judgment of the Jews

Judgment of the Jews

The Old Testament prophets made it very clear that God would restore the nation Israel to its former glory, and that it would receive an everlasting salvation.  Paul confirms this for us in the eleventh chapter of Romans.  “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  And so all Israel will be saved,  as it is written: ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins’” (Romans 11:25-27).

Although God has promised salvation to the nation, each Jew who enters God’s kingdom must individually receive Christ as Savior and Lord.  The prophet, Ezekiel, tells us of the judgment to come.  “’I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out.  And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My case with you face to face.  Just as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you,’ says the Lord GOD. ‘I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant; I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they dwell, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD'” (Ezek. 20:34-38).

Now let us return to Zechariah.  “’And it shall come to pass in all the land,’ Says the LORD, ‘That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one-third shall be left in it: I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested.  They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; And each one will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’” (Zech. 13:8-9).

“In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness” (Zech. 13:1). “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” (Zech. 12:10).  “And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’[ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends'” (Zech. 13:6).

Only those living Jews who accept Christ as their savior and king will survive.  The others will be cast into hell.  Those going into the new messianic kingdom will enter into the New Covenant promised in Jeremiah. “’Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,[a] says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. ‘For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more’” (Jer 31:31-34).

Please note that this covenant is different from the one given to the Church.  At this time, they will no longer evangelize their neighbors because they will all know the Lord.  “In that day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in the LORD’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the LORD of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts” (Zech. 14:20).  God will not allow a single person who does not know Jesus as Savior into the Millennium Kingdom.