|Some say that God has given up on the Jews, but if that is so, why would James have written in James 1:1 “James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abound: Greetings.”You only need to read Romans 9, 10 and 11 to see that God still has a heart for Israel, and that He will save a remnant.
A loving Father, God will not want any to perish, but He also will give free will. If people Jews and Gentiles keep rejecting Him, at one point they will cross that line and God will give them the desires of their heart, to not be with Him.
I remember when I was first talking with Pastor Don I told Him that I felt that God had hardened my heart. That, like Pharaoh, God did not want me in His kingdom so He hardened my heart. At that time I was still angry with God and figured He didn’t care about me at all, because, after all, He did not protect me when I needed Him so badly as a child. He called my attention to Moses’ dealings with Pharaoh and pointed out that Pharaoh at first hardened his own heart. Up until after the fifth plague, it was Pharaoh who hardened his heart. After that the Lord honored this and hardened Pharaoh’s heart for the remaining plagues. I think there is a certain line drawn, and once we cross it we have committed our selves irrevocably. I am so grateful that I never reached the point where God honored my hardened heart. And like He is going to do for the remnant of Jews, He replaced my hardened heart with a tender heart.
There is an interesting analogy in this too, for when the judgments come down on the people, up to a point God spends a lot of energy to reach the people so that they repent, but after awhile they do not repent.
I suspect that since in Chapters 4 & 5 the Church is in Heaven that God is sending out the 144,000 to spread His gospel to the people to draw more into Christ’s Kingdom. It will not be a pleasant time to be on earth because besides having the judgments raining down, there will also be the need to contend with the antichrist and his minions. There will be persecutions.
If you look at Revelation 7:9-12 you see that there are multitudes that come from the great tribulation. Which is sad for they come through persecution on earth; but also good, for they are saved. They are standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They have white robes (symbol of righteousness through Christ) and carrying Palm branches. The last time Palm branches were mentioned it was to honor Jesus when He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. They cry with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And then they also join in the heavenly worship of God.
I still think of the song, “I can only imagine.” when it comes to worshipping God in Heaven.
Hope you have a blessed weekend. I have not been well, I seem to have caught a bad cold, so could use prayers to feel better. I promised my son to take him and his friends bowling today.
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