At long last they will acknowledge that the One they have long rejected is their Messiah…
Ezekiel 36, from above, continues:
“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.”
And from Zechariah 12:
“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 (Jesus) 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.” Zechariah 12:10
Christ will rule the world from Jerusalem, ultimately bringing peace to all mankind.
The message for Anti-Semites
God uses human ambition and cruelty to achieve His purpose, but the nations have usually gone far too far. History provides chilling examples of this.
Long ago the Assyrians intent on power and empire invaded Israel, not realising that they were accomplishing God’s punishment of His people. God inspired Isaiah to declare in Isaiah 10:5-7:
“Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger and the staff in whose hand is My indignation. I will send him against an ungodly nation, and against the people of My wrath I will give him charge, To seize the spoil, to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. Yet he does not mean so, nor does his heart think so; But it is in his heart to destroy, and cut off not a few nations.”
And then in verse 12 of the same chapter:
“Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks.”
Similar judgements are pronounced against Babylon (refer Isaiah 47:6 & Jeremiah 51:34-37) and against other nations (refer Ezekiel chapters 25 & 36.)
For too long many calling themselves Christian have persecuted the Jews not knowing what was in their own Bible – not even the humanity taught by Jesus. In New Testament times, Jews and Gentiles united in accepting the gospel. It was not until the fourth century that anti-Semitism became church doctrine.
Anti-Semitism, as practiced from then on, was well summed up by Philip Gibbs, an official British journalist during the World War One. His reports were heavily censored at the time as the authorities did not wish the people to know how bad things were. He was knighted at the close of the war. He knew all too well about the horrors involved and yet he wrote “one is bound to admit that the treatment of the Jews is the blackest spot in the annals of Christendom which betrayed the spirit of Christ, who was a Jew, by ferocious cruelties, a complete lack of pity for fellow human beings, and a meanness which is, or ought to be, detestable to modern minds” – this is recorded in ‘Europe and the Jews’ by Malcolm Hay, like Sir Philip, a Roman Catholic. The are other prophesies that remain to be fulfilled.
Micah’s prophecy is of “the last days” i.e. most likely the immediate future:
“Now also many nations have gathered against you, who say, “Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, nor do they understand His counsel; For He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor.” Micah 4:1, 11, 12
Zechariah 1:14, 15 reads:
“Proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“I am zealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with great zeal.
I am exceedingly angry with the nations at ease;
for I was a little angry, and they helped–but with evil intent.”
“For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent me (Jesus) after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple (pupil) of His eye”
Our God is the God of Israel. It is a very serious thing to interfere with His nation.
Finally peace will come and a great temple for international worship will be built at Jerusalem:
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Peoples shall yet come, Inhabitants of many cities; the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, “Let us continue to go and pray before the Lord, and seek the Lord of hosts. I myself will go also. “Yes, many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, And to pray before the Lord.’ “ Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” Zechariah 8:20-23