He will raise a signal for the nations and will assemble the banished of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Isaiah 11:12
As we saw yesterday not all prophesies concerning the Messiah pertained to His first coming. Today’s verse from Isaiah once again points to some time in the future when the Messiah will call the Jews to Him. It was not until the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and the temple that the Jews became dispersed over the globe. Up until that time Jewish exiles had for the most part been to an individual kingdom. They first left the Promised Land because of famine and ended up staying 400 years in Egypt eventually as slaves. Later God sent them into exile to the Babylonians for 70 years until a decree went out to rebuild the city and temple.
Then in 70 AD Rome in putting down a Jewish revolt burned Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple not leaving one stone on another. It was then that many Jews left Jerusalem eventually settling in virtually every country in the world. Even after the founding of Israel in 1948 most of the world’s Jews still lived in other countries.
God has not forgotten His chosen people. Again we can turn to the Book of Revelation to see that during the end times the Jews will turn back to God and recognize His Messiah. During this time of tribulation many will come to Christ. Unfortunately many will also turn to the false christ. It will be during this time as it has been ever since Adam that people will have to make a choice. They will either follow God or chose to reject God.
I was asked in a comment to one of my blog posts why can’t God just choose to save everyone. To do that God would have to force those who choose not to believe in Him and choose not to follow Him or obey Him to spend eternity in His presence. God is a God of choices. He will never force someone to follow Him. He will honor each person’s choice. Every person has a choice to spend eternity in God’s presence or spend eternity away from God’s presence. Not one person will be forced into hell, they will choose it.
Have a blessed day,