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The Result Of Israel’s Rejection Of The Kingdom
I. Subject Discussion.
A. The Gospel of Matthew is the Gospel which presents the Lord Jesus Christ as God’s King and Israel’s Messiah. It unfolds the presentation of the Messiah to Israel. Now that Israel has rejected the offered kingdom, the question naturally arises, “What will happen to God’s kingdom now that the kingdom has been rejected and the King is to be absent?” (Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost (Th. B., Th., D., 1915-2014) Things To Come, pp 140, 141).
B. Jesus taught the Jews facts that related to the kingdom, of which “would come,” immediately, if they would accept Him as “God’s chosen King (Deu 17:15).” Christ’s teaching to the Jews about the kingdom continued until their rejection of Him in Matt 12. Per, Dr. Andrew M. Woods (Th. M., J.D., Ph. D.) “The Coming Kingdom,” p 64, 65: [The Gospels carefully reveal Israel’s rejection of the kingdom offer. The turning point is found in Matt 12:24. When the Pharisees were unable to explain away one of Christ’s many miracles, they instead attributed the miracle’s performance to Satanic powers. At that point, the expression “Repent for the kingdom of heaven” is at hand (Matt 3:2, 4:17, 10:5-7) virtually disappears from Matthew’s Gospel. The concept does not resurface until the offer is re-extended to a distant generation of Jews during the future Tribulation period (Matt 24:14). Such an absence signifies that God took the kingdom off the table when the Pharisees demonstrated unbelief when confronted by Christ’s miracles. This rejection of the offer was ratified at Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, as well as by the nation’s decision to hand over Christ to the Romans for crucifixion (Matt 21-23; 26-27). Israel’s rejection of the kingdom offer is also represented in the following statement by the nation’s religious leaders to Pilate: “Pilate said to them, ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ The chief priests answered, ‘We have no king but Caesar'” (John 19:15). In the parable of the Minas (Luke 19:11-27), “Israel’s rejection of the Lord is seen in the words of the citizenry, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us (19:14).” Consequently, John well summarizes the nation’s posture toward their own king: “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11). The kingdom was no longer near; Israel’s tragic decision had been made much earlier. Clearly, then, the coming of the kingdom was conditioned on Israel’s response to Jesus. Because Israel rejected the offer of the kingdom, the messianic kingdom was not established at Christ’s first advent. Instead of inheriting His rightful kingdom, Christ never became king over the nation and consequently was “cut off” and inherited “nothing” (Daniel 9:26a). While the unconditional Abrahamic Covenant prevents Israel from forfeiting “ownership” of the covenanted promises, first-century Israel’s lack of response to the offer of the kingdom prevented the nation from “possessing” these blessings. From the time of Christ up to the present hour Israel remains only the owner, rather than the possessor of the covenanted promises. Although not “cancelled,” the messianic kingdom remains in a state of “postponement.”]
C. Christ’s encouragement for the Jews to pray for the kingdom to come (Matt 6:10, “Thy kingdom come, on earth”), tells us a lot about the context of the teaching that Jesus had to Israel. Considering that the kingdom promises will not come until “Thy kingdom ‘comes,'” the promises of kingdom blessings must be seen in such a context, and that those blessings were not a promise that was made to, “other than Jews.” Consider the words of Jesus in Matt 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” In the church age, we are not told to seek the kingdom; we are told to believe in Jesus “(Acts 16:30-31). The kingdom promises of Jesus to Israel are found fulfilled in the kingdom verses of my prior article (The Kingdom And The Gospel); they relate to life that is not polluted by the sin of the world but, in stead, relate to the righteousness of life that will come through Christ’s rule over the entire world. Consider the sermon on the mount, Mt 7:7-8, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” It is clear to us that Jesus does not lie, and that these kingdom promises are not “hard and fast” in today’s world. However, such promises will be true for the kingdom age, of which Israel rejected. In the “Kingdom, which will come,” the kingdom promises of Jesus will be realized (per the kingdom verses of my prior article).
D. The kingdom has “not yet come;” neither have the blessings of the kingdom, although the spiritual blessing of the “new covenant,” “I will put My Spirit within you” (Ezek 36:27), have become a reality for those who believe in Jesus (John 14:16-18; John 16:13-14). But, what can we say about the remaining kingdom blessings?
1. Jesus made it clear to Israel of His return to set up His kingdom in Matt 23:39: “The stipulation for the return of Christ rests in the hands of Israel.”
“For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
2. Per the stipulation for the return of Christ resting in the hands of Israel, the Church has nothing to do with the return of Jesus to set up His kingdom. Until Israel calls on Jesus, in faith, He will not return to earth to set up His earthly kingdom. Such a response of Israel will not come until the end of the Tribulation, when the Jews are about to be decimated by the forces of the anti-Christ and Satan per Zech 12:10:
“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.
3. Christ will return to earth with His saints at the end of the Tribulation,and will establish His earthly kingdom in Matt 24:29-30. During the kingdom, those of the church age will be grafted into the kingdom blessings, and Jews who come to belief in Christ will be “grafted back into” the kingdom blessings” (Rom 11:17-24). This teaching of the kingdom is that anyone who is present in the kingdom will find fulfillment in the righteous kingdom teachings of Jesus, as well as all of the blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant of: “land” (Gen 12:1-3, 7; 13:14-17; 15:1-21); “seed” (Gen 15:4-5; 22:17); and “blessing” (Gen 15:1). (The Coming Kingdom, pp 13-14).
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