As I mentioned in Part 1, God will have the final say regarding this inevitable invasion (and in all things, for that matter)…First, because, as Jeremiah (2008) puts it, “God’s plan is sovereign [and] the nations of the world do His bidding” (p. 99). Secondly, because the whole world must witness God’s glory and this invasion will provide the perfect opportunity to address that principle; and thirdly, because God’s “chosen people, Israel, must be restored to Himself” (Jeremiah, 2008, pp. 99-100). After all, Ezekiel 39:21-22 states that God will bring about the judgments created by the invasion from the New Axis of Evil “so the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and so forth” (Lillback, 2010, p. 855). Indeed, this will be a painful but necessary act, on the part of God, to remind the people of Israel that they are His and that He is not through with them.
I have said this many times before and I will continue to echo the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans Chapter 11, specifically verse 26, where God makes it clear that “all Israel will be saved” (Lillback, 2010, p. 1155). There is no doctrinal evidence for Replacement Theology and a simple exposition of the Book of Romans, to start, will bear that out! However, these aforementioned things must take place first, in addition to Gentiles coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ, and then His power will be on display for the entire Earth to witness. Undeniably, and in the meantime, all Gentiles worldwide are benefitting from God’s “putting Israel on hold” but as Zechariah 12:10 makes clear, “…they [Israel] will look upon me, whom they have pierced, and they shall lament for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and be sorry for him as one is sorry for his firstborn” (Lillback, 2010, p. 940). Again, as I have mentioned in previous articles, this will be one of the most awesome highlights of the Great Tribulation as detailed in the Book of Revelation.
For more on the meaning of Zechariah 12:10 and the significance of God saving Israel from the New Axis of Evil, click on this link: http://www.gotquestions.org/Zechariah-12-10-Messianic.html.
Certainly, God will have the final say in this matter, and all others, because He is the God Who saves (through His Son, Jesus Christ) and He is zealous for Israel (and by application, you and me)! Therefore, in light of what we just learned, here I go again…Are you ready for the return of Jesus Christ at the Rapture of the Church? Please do not be left behind!! In the meantime, stay tuned for Lesson Nine entitled, “Arming for Armageddon (Earth’s Final War)” on our journey together with Pastor David Jeremiah in the “What in the World is Going On?” Bible Study Series…See you then!!!