Sorry ... Jesus Is Not Coming At Any Moment Part 5
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Bill Kochman

Published On :
November 5, 2007

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January 3, 2009

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Isaiah 66:8 - A Prophecy About A Nation Of Gentile Believers,
Goyim And Infidels, "In His Name Shall The Gentiles Trust",
Apostle To The Gentiles, Light Of The Gentiles, Peter Writes
To Gentile Believers, God Instructs Peter To Accept Gentiles,
Paul Writes To Gentiles - Works Circumcision Uncircumcision,
There Is Neither Jew Nor Gentile In Jesus Christ - We're All
One, Summary Of This Series' Primary Points, Closing Remarks

Now, if you are not yet fully convinced of everything I have
been sharing with you in this series, allow me to share one
final profound truth with you. While some American preachers,
and some Jews, have tried to convince the world that Isaiah
was talking about the birth of the Jewish nation of Israel
in 1948, there is strong evidence which suggests that Isaiah
was not only talking about the birth of a spiritual nation,
but also that this new spiritual nation would in large part
be comprised of Gentile believers. Are you surprised?

In the Scriptures from Isaiah that we examined earlier, the
word "nation" is translated from the Hebrew word "goy". This
word, and its plural form, "goyim", almost always refers to
people of non-Hebrew, (or non-Jewish), stock. In other words,
it means Gentiles, or heathen. Just as many Muslims view all
non-Muslims as "infidels", Jewish people, at least Orthodox
Jews, likewise view non-Jews as heathen; and the term "goy"
is often used in a rather disrespectful, derogatory sense,
although many Gentiles may not be aware of this fact.

So is there more Biblical evidence to support my contention
that Isaiah was prophesying about the birth of a spiritual
nation of Gentile believers in Christ, and not really about
the birth of the modern Jewish nation of Israel in 1948? Yes,
there most certainly is, I am happy to say. In the twelfth
chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, after watching Jesus heal
a man with a crippled hand on the sabbath day, the Jewish
spiritual elders, that is, the Pharisees, took counsel in
order to determine how to destroy Jesus. In spite of their
wicked intentions, Jesus kept on healing people anyway; and
a few verses later, Matthew quotes from the Prophet Isaiah
when he writes the following. Please notice carefully that
Isaiah is very clearly stating that Jesus would minister to
the Gentiles, and not just to the Jews. Furthermore, Isaiah
concludes with "And in his name shall the Gentiles trust":

"That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the
prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my
beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my
spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his
voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and
smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth
judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles
Matthew 12:17-21, KJV

This is such an important point, that is, that the Jews would
lose the Kingdom, and that Jesus would primarily populate His
new spiritual nation with Gentile believers, that the Apostle
Paul also mentions this same prophecy in his Epistle to the
brethren at Rome; where Paul informs them that he has become
the Apostle to the Gentiles, as we see here:

"And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as
it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among
the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. And again he saith,
Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again, Praise the
Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. And
again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he
that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the
Gentiles trust. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy
and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through
the power of the Holy Ghost. And I myself also am persuaded
of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness,
filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one
another. Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more
boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind,
because of the grace that is given to me of God, That I
should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles,
ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the
Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy
Romans 15:9-16, KJV

In the previous sets of verses from the Gospel of Matthew and
the Epistle to the Romans, the word "Gentiles" is translated
from the Greek word "ethnos". This word is basically used in
the same way that "goy" is used in the Old Testament to refer
to people of non-Hebrew stock. In fact, in the Greek lexicon,
it plainly says "Paul uses the term for Gentile Christians".
In other words, as opposed to Jewish Christians, such as the
original Twelve Apostles, and other early Jewish Christians
who helped to jump start the First Century Church.

The Prophet Isaiah was obviously in tune to the fact that God
had plans to raise up a new spiritual nation. Isaiah realized
that Jesus would be the founder of this New Nation, and that
this New Nation would in large part be comprised of Gentiles
who had embraced Christ. Further evidence that this is so can
be clearly seen in the following verses, where God the Father
is laying out His plans for Jesus, His Son:

"Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and
stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that
which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the
people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the
LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine
hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of
the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind
eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them
that sit in darkness out of the prison house."
Isaiah 42:5-7, KJV

If you're a sharp student of God's Word, you may realize that
this is precisely the prophecy that Jesus Himself read in the
synagogue at Nazareth, right before the Jews tried to throw
Him over a cliff, as we discussed in part two of this series.
Here again are those verses:

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed
me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal
the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them
that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister,
and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the
synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto
them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."
Luke 4:18-21, KJV

Let me emphasize again that the reason why God has taken this
particular course of action, is because the majority of Jews
have stubbornly refused to acknowledge Jesus Christ as God's
chosen manner of Salvation, and their attitude hasn't changed
in the last two thousand years. Being a well-versed Pharisee,
taught by Gamaliel, Paul was obviously quite familiar with
all of Isaiah's prophecies regarding the coming Messiah, and
how the Gentiles would be won to the Kingdom of God. Thus, it
is no surprise that when Paul and Barnabas are again rejected
by the antichrist Jews in Antioch, Paul simply turns his back
on them, embraces the Gentiles, and again appears to make an
indirect reference to the prophecies of Isaiah, as we see in
these verses:

"And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city
together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the
multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against
those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and
blaspheming. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It
was necessary that the word of God should first have been
spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge
yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the
Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have
set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest
be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. And when the
Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word
of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life
believed. And the word of the Lord was published throughout
all the region. But the Jews stirred up the devout and
honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised
persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out
of their coasts. But they shook off the dust of their feet
against them, and came unto Iconium."
Acts 13:44-51, KJV

As I explain in other articles, the above scene is typical
of the reaction that Paul and his companions received when
they tried to share the Christian Gospel with their fellow
Jews; and so again, precisely as Jesus prophesied, this is
why God chose to take the Kingdom from them, and give it to
another nation; a nation of Gentile believers founded upon
the Blood of Jesus Christ.

Earlier, we discussed how the Apostle Peter told the brethren
that in God's eyes, they were "an holy nation". Some people
may be tempted to erroneously argue that being as Peter was a
Jew himself, his words were addressed to his Jewish brethren,
and that this "holy nation" of which he spoke was the Jewish
nation. However, this is most definitely not the case. As we
saw with the previous sets of verses, the Greek word that is
used in Peter's Epistle is again "ethnos". Clearly then, this
"holy nation" is comprised of Gentile believers. Perhaps you
may recall how God very pointedly showed Peter that he must
extend the Gift of Salvation to the Gentile world. In the
Book of Acts, we find these particular incidents:

"On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh
unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about
the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have
eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And
saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him,
as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and
let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted
beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things,
and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise,
Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I
have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And
the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God
hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done
thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven."
Acts 10:9-16, KJV

"And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of
the circumcision contended with him, Saying, Thou wentest in
to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. But Peter
rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by
order unto them, saying, I was in the city of Joppa praying:
and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as
it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four
corners; and it came even to me: Upon the which when I had
fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts
of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and
fowls of the air. And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise,
Peter; slay and eat. But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing
common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.
But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath
cleansed, that call not thou common. And this was done three
times: and all were drawn up again into heaven. And, behold,
immediately there were three men already come unto the house
where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me. And the Spirit bade
me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six
brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man’s
house: And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his
house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and
call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; Who shall tell thee
words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. And as
I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at
the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how
that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall
be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Forasmuch then as God gave
them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the
Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and
glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles
granted repentance unto life."
Acts 11:2-18, KJV

Let's return to my earlier comments regarding Peter's letter.
If it were true that these people to whom Peter was writing
were Jews, I don't think that it would make any sense that
in verse ten, he'd write to them, "Which in time past were
not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not
obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy"; because the
Jews have always considered themselves to be the people of
God, even to this very day. In fact, they've also craftily
convinced a large part of modern Christendom, that they are
still the Chosen People, in spite of the fact that most of
them have rejected Christ for the past two thousand years.
On the other hand, if Peter was in fact writing to Gentile
brethren, as I believe he was, it makes perfect sense that
he would write in this manner.

To further validate this point, consider that the Apostle
Paul, in his Epistle to the Ephesians, made the exact same
point regarding how the Gentiles had become the people of
God through their faith in Jesus Christ. Please carefully
note how Paul too was addressing the Gentile Christians in
Ephesus, and not his own Jewish brethren:

"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; 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: But
now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made
nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath
made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of
partition between us; 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; And that he might reconcile both unto God in
one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And
came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to
them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by
one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more
strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the
saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the
foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ
himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the
building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple
in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an
habitation of God through the Spirit. For this cause I Paul,
the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles . . ."
Ephesians 2:11-3:1, KJV

To add some clarity to the previous verses, when Paul writes
"the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands", he's referring
to the Jews who have been circumcised as a matter of obeying
the Mosaic Law. In fact, the Book of Acts informs us that at
first, some of the Jewish Christians also believed that the
Gentiles had to be circumcised in order to really be saved;
but Paul strongly resisted this requirement. That's why only
two verses earlier he wrote:

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast."
Ephesians 2:8-9, KJV

As you may already know, it is those same two verses that got
Martin Luther in trouble with the Roman Catholic hierarchy of
his day. It seems clear that the "works" that Paul is talking
about, is the act of being circumcised. That explains why he
immediately begins discussing circumcision in the verses that
immediately follow those two. He wants to assure the Gentile
Christians that it isn't necessary to be circumcised in order
to be saved. All that matters is faith in the Sacrifice of
Jesus Christ. Works of the flesh, such as circumcision, do
not win us points with God, and we have no room to boast of
our own supposed righteousness. As Paul also later wrote:

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;"
Titus 3:5, KJV

With that last point, we have now covered a lot of territory.
I have strived to present solid Scriptural evidence to prove
to you, that certain things you may have learned from some of
the popular pastors and preachers, or perhaps even from the
Jews themselves, are not necessarily true, and in fact, may
be a deliberate deception, in order to convince you that it
is your unfailing duty and responsibility as a Christian to
support the nation of Israel.

Let's recap some of the key points that we have discussed in
this series. First, if you accept my arguments, there is no
scriptural evidence to suggest that Jesus wanted us to think
that the Parable of the Fig Tree was a cryptic message that,
rightfully interpreted, was a reference to Israel becoming a
nation in 1948. As far as I can tell, this is a fabrication
of certain misguided American preachers and Bible teachers,
who believe that it is our duty to support Israel.

Second, there is likewise no Scriptural evidence that we are
supposed to interpret a Biblical generation as being a period
of exactly fifty-two years. This again was a number dreamed
up by American Christians who apparently thought that finding
an average number of years would solve their problem for them
and convince their followers that Jesus would be returning in
the year 2,000.

Third, nowhere does the Bible exhort us to add 1948 and 52,
so that we can determine that Jesus would return in the year
2,000. Obviously, this was a major error on the part of those
same misguided American preachers, because Jesus certainly
did not return in the year 2,000. Have you seen Him?

Fourth, there is convincing evidence in both the Old and New
Testaments, which strongly suggests that Isaiah's prophecy
was not about the birth of the nation of Israel in 1948, but
rather, about Jesus' birth, and the new spiritual nation of
believers which resulted from His Crucifixion on the Cross,
and His subsequent Resurrection from the dead, almost two
thousand years ago. This nation appears to have been born at
the moment of Christ's Resurrection, and Jesus was in fact
the Firstfruits, or firstborn, of this nation.

Allow me to add some clarification to that last point. While
in my view the Old Testament Scriptures seem to be prophesy-
ing the birth of a new spiritual nation founded upon Jesus'
Blood, and comprised mainly of Gentile believers, it is also
important to realize, as we saw just a moment ago, that once
a person does come to Christ, be they Jew or Gentile, their
ethnicity is no longer any of importance. As Paul candidly

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor
free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one
in Christ Jesus."
Galatians 3:28, KJV

"Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor
uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but
Christ is all, and in all."
Colossians 3:11, KJV

Fifth, contrary to the claims of the "at any moment" people,
who expect Jesus to appear any day now without warning, the
Bible seems to indicate that certain key Endtime political
and religious events must occur, before the Lord will return.
Until all of these events do occur, as prophesied, it is my
personal belief, based upon my current understanding of the
Scriptures, that we still have at least seven years before
Jesus will return. The day may indeed arrive when we will be
able to anticipate Jesus' Arrival "at any moment", but in my
view, that day has not arrived yet. As such, it is harmful
to our faith to promote the "at any moment" doctrine, as a
number of preachers have done. Not only does it give people
false hope, but it makes us look like idiots, and may even
drive people away from our Christian faith when these false
predictions fail to materialize.

Furthermore, contrary to the misguided views of a few, there
is absolutely nothing that any of us can do, not even destroy
the Dome of the Rock, in order to force God to speed up His
plan. As we saw earlier, everything will occur in God's time,
in His way, as He sees fit.

Before concluding this series, let me add one final thought.
In presenting my arguments regarding why I believe that it's
wrong to offer a precise date for when Jesus will return, I
shared a verse from Matthew chapter twenty-four where Jesus
states "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the
angels of heaven, but my Father only". While I believe that
this verse certainly held true for the Disciples of Jesus'
time, being as they didn't need to know when the Lord would
be returning, I also believe that the day may possibly come
when we Christians of the Endtime may in fact know the exact
day when Jesus will return. As the Lord said to His closest

"Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom
of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might
not see, and hearing they might not understand."
Luke 8:10, KJV

Please also consider the truth of the following two verses:

"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should
overtake you as a thief."
1 Thessalonians 5:4, KJV

"Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his
secret unto his servants the prophets."
Amos 3:7, KJV

For more details regarding why I embrace this belief, please
refer to my two-part article "As A Thief In The Night?: Not
For Me". With these thoughts, and this challenge, I'll bring
this series to a close. I pray that it has been a blessing
to many.

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