Hello Choir Loft. Could you please give me your understanding of the following scriptures in light of your testimony above? Thank you.
Mat 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: 34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. 35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. 37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. 38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. 39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. 40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? 41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. 42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. 46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.
Eph 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 4 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Who do you understand the kingdom of God was taken away from, and to whom was it given?
Are Jews and Gentiles in Christ still two separate peoples, even though the above quoted scriptures say they have been made one?
Are Jews who still reject Jesus as their Messiah still the Israel of God? If so why? If not why not?
Just wondering what your understanding is regarding these issues, in accordance with your statement above. Please use scripture to verify your positions. Thank you.
First let me clarify that the following requested answer is not MINE, but that of accepted scholars of the Bible. One must do one's own homework in regard to these matters. Apparently you have neglected such studies. Nevertheless I serve to instruct.Matthew 21:33 parable of the householder:
The remarks of Christ quoted here are in direct reference to the Jewish rabbinate, who dictated interpretations of the mitzvah. Their influence, as well as the entire theocratic structure of ancient Israel, was to be destroyed and replaced by God
- directly. What took its place? It wasn't the church - the licensed and approved religion of the Roman Empire. Shavuot
is the Jewish feast of weeks, but is also an observance of God's giving of the LAW to Moses. Pentacost
is recognized as the observance of God's giving of the Holy Spirit to believers in Y'shuah (Jesus) as ha-Mashiach (anointed One).
Is it a coincidence that these two events happened on the SAME [Jewish] CALENDAR DAY? Thus God is saying something important about the interaction of LAW & GRACE. One does not replace the other.
The Kingdom of Heaven was thus removed from the Jewish rabbinate, who mostly follow the Talmud instead of Torah anyway. It was given by God to those who, by means of faith, became true JEWS IN GOD'S EYES. (Romans 2:29) Ephesians 2
asks the question "who is a Jew?" Paul answered the question in his second chapter to the Romans, but further explanation needs to be given.
Unfortunately most Christians, influenced by RCC dogma, accept Replacement Theology which suggests the church replaced Israel as God's earthly representative. This is entirely false, being predicted by the prophet Daniel as representative of the anti-Christ system. The 'legitimate' licensed church is NOT representative of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Indeed it is part of the anti-Christ system predicted in Revelation 13. The following example of blaspheme, also predicted by Daniel, was released by the Vatican itself. Read and learn.
"The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in heaven and earth.
" - Barclay Cap. XXVII, p. 218. Cities Petrus Bertrandus, Pius V.
Ezekiel 37 is a prophecy of the resurrection of the State of Israel
, which was fulfilled in 1948. It is nothing less than a miracle of God, for nothing of the sort ever happened in history before that time. Thus the church is NOT a replacement of Israel in any imaginable way. Church membership doesn't save even though most Christians believe it does. Jewish tradition doesn't save, but neither does Christian tradition (Santa Claus, Easter bunny & Halloween pumpkin witches and demons - all embraced by the American church).Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled
. - quote of Jesus' prophecy in Luke 21:24
We see in the above that even the capital city of Jerusalem will be returned to Jewish authority as happened in June 1967.
Thus we see that those who accept Christ become Jews - spiritually grafted into the body of Christ (who is definitely not murdered on Catholic altars every Sunday morning according to Romans 6:10). These people are to be guided in the ways of the LAW by the work of GRACE performed by the Holy Spirit. As a divinely sanctioned nation on earth the State of Israel, now a republic, serves the purpose of representing God's kingdom among the family of nations.
I caution the reader that I have given only a thumbnail sketch as an answer to the lengthy question quoted at the head of this post. It remains for the true scholar of scripture and history to weigh the evidence and arrive at an appropriate conclusion - far separate from RCC Futurism and American secular conjecture.
that's me, hollering from the choir loft...