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THE CLIMAX OF HISTORY...ZECH 12 ^ | 07/09/10 | Bill Randles

Posted on 07/09/2010 9:58:37 AM PDT by pastorbillrandles

THE CLIMAX OF WORLD HISTORY…ZECH 12:10 Posted on July 9, 2010 by billrandles

“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.” (Zechariah 12:10 NASB)

One of the climactic scenes in the book of Genesis was when Joseph, as Pharoah’s regent, revealed himself to his brothers. They had thought that he, Joseph, was an Egyptian prince. When they realized that this was the brother they had betrayed years earlier, selling him to the gentiles as a slave, they broke down into stunned, guilty and awestruck tears.Joseph, however proved to be gracious to his brothers .

A climax in the Gospel of John, occurred after the resurrection, when the apostle Thomas wouldn’t believe in the resurrection because he hadn’t seen Jesus.

“Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”(John 20:25 NASB)

But there followed another occasion where Jesus did appear to the disciples and Thomas happened to be there with them,

” Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” “(John 20 NASB)

The force of the realization that Jesus was indeed alive, and the shame of his unbelief, brought Thomas to his knees in worshipful adoration,”My Lord and My God!”. What would make a strictly monotheistic Jew worship a companion and friend as God? Nothing less than a resurrection from the dead!

Certainly a turning point in the book of Acts, came when the fiercest antagonist of the christian church, Saul of Tarsus, encountered the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus. He, Saul, a zealot of zealots had tried to destroy the nascent church, He had tortured and forced some believers to renounce Jesus. Saul,later said of himself in Acts 26:9 -

“So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.”

How dare the Christians claim that the Messiah of Israel had died a criminals death, crucified! Hung upon a tree! “Curseth is everyone who hangs upon a tree!”, Jesus was obviously a man accursed of God! How could they dare say he was the Messiah?

But when he saw the risen Jesus- a lot of things clicked… for example, the passage in Isaiah,

…we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.(Isaiah 53:4-5)

That helpless and defeated man, hanging between heaven and earth, derelict of all friends, lovers, and even abandoned by God himself…That man wearing the very crown of the curse,(thorns)…He really was cursed of God, cursed indeed! But not for himself…but for us sinners! When Saul saw this, when he recognised who Jesus really is and what he had done against him, it slew him, morally and spiritually.

The climax of my own life; I was raised in the Catholic church, and used to wonder at the crucifix. What is this all about? Should I feel sorry for Him? Should I feel guilty about the cross? Is it an example to me of suffering? I know that this is an act of Love, but what is it supposed to mean to me and what could I do about it?

When I was 19 years old, I read the Bible for the first time. By reading the sermon on the mount I was gripped by the horrible conviction that I had broken the law of God and was liable for eternal punishment(Hell). Jesus teaches us that righteousness is not just a matter of external observance but of the heart.

For example, it is not enough that I have never killed anyone, or committed a specific act of adultery. The Law of God is spiritual, therefore the hatred I have in my heart makes me a murderer already in the sight of the Holy God. The lust I have in my heart is already a breaking of the seventh commandment.

I began to pray every night that I wouldn’t die and go to hell, ‘please Lord ,I don’t want to go to hell!’, I’d cry! I didn’t know what else to do about it, I knew I had broken God’s law and was liable to judgment. I had conviction of sin, but no faith to be saved.

My freshman year in University, I began to attend a non catholic church, an Assembly of God church. This was something I had never done before, I really didn’t know that there was a whole world of evangelicalism until then. The sermons and worship touched me and afterwards I ran up to the altar call to try to shake the feeling of guilt and dread that had gripped me. I prayed the sinners prayer and arose exactly as I was before (I still had no faith, only conviction). I must have answered 30 altar calls, but to no avail.

One evening I sat reading in my rented home, deeply in despair. I was attending the church, but knew I wasn’t saved, I had broken the law of God , and didn’t know what to do about it! I was so distracted that I didn’t comprehend passage of the Bible I was reading, I just read and reread the same passage in despondency. Then I did ‘hear’ in my heart the Holy Spirit say to me-”Look down at what you are reading and understand it!’-

The passage I was distractedly reading was 2 Corinthians 5:21-God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.- Instantly I was made to see that Jesus had died for my sins, and made himself my substitute in judgement, and faith to be saved came into my heart.

I looked upon the crucified one, whom I had pierced, I could see that he had died for my sins , and I did indeed mourn for Him…as I received the salvation he bought for me.

You can take what happened to Joseph and his brothers, to Thomas, and to Saul of Tarsus and to me and millions of others down through time, as the foretaste of the climax of human history, the recognition by Israel of her long despised and rejected Messiah ,Jesus.

All of the pressures being brought to bear on Israel, will lead to that end. Her rejection by the world community, the unrelenting hatred of the Arab/Muslim world, the fact that the Arabs have been put in a position of power by the placement of easy ,pure crude oil,the rise of antisemitism in Europe and elsewhere, all are calculated by Satan to destroy Israel, but they are being used by God to get her to the point of desperation in which she will call out to God for salvation.

Zechariah says that in the midst of this final end times seige, Israel will be given the spirit of grace and supplication, an anointing of Godly sorrow for sin and unbelief. They will have to experience a real day of Atonement, a deep soul-searching, and at that point,

“They will look upon Me whom they have pierced…”

When did you pierce the LORD, Israel?

“They will mourn for Him as for an only son and they shall weep over him bitterly as one that weepeth for an only Son…”

The weeping will be both national and corporate, as well as individual. The mourning will involve “In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem…every family by itself and their wives by themselves”, at the recognition of the enormity of the national sin against the heavenly antitype of Joseph.

That this is the One Isaiah and David predicted ,despised and rejected, and pierced for our sins,will be manifest to all of the nation. This risen Christ, who arrested the Pharisee , will arrest the Pharisee nation, in their national crisis.

And a fountain shall open to them for cleansing of sin, which shall also quench the spirit of false prophesy and usher in the long anticipated Day of the Lord. It is the same fountain the church has testified to in song-

There is a fountain filled with blood,drawn from Emmanuel’s veins and sinners plunged beneath the flood, lose all their guilty stains.

This is the climax of world history, the salvation of Israel, the vindication of the Messiah, the fulfillment of all promises. The resurrection of the world from the dead, look for it my friends, pray for it ! Prepare for it!

TOPICS: Apologetics; Current Events; Ecumenism; General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: jesus; prophecy; secondcoming

1 posted on 07/09/2010 9:58:39 AM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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To: pastorbillrandles

Beautiful article and touched my heart for Israel once again. Much truth in what you wrote and excellant at clarity of what it will be like for the Jewish people when the truth is revealed to them.

I remember as well the hour I Christians those moments of clarity are not forgotten. Hearing your testimony reminded me of that did Paul and others.
There is a connection of the spirit within to that of those who know and remember their appointed time. Touching indeed.

Meanwhile may Christ reach those yet to come to Him and may we be patient in Him until that Day when Israel knows as they are known...Christ in You the Hope of Glory!

2 posted on 07/09/2010 10:27:38 AM PDT by caww
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To: caww

Thank you!

3 posted on 07/09/2010 11:21:28 AM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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To: pastorbillrandles
Prepare for it!

What do you wear to a Climax?

More seriously, a Christian needs to live every day as if it's the last. The "end" has taken 2000 years so far. Don't be a bit surprised if it's another day or another 2000 years. Anyone who tells you they "know" otherwise is lying.

(Yes, lying).

4 posted on 07/09/2010 11:24:31 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (You can evade reality, but you cannot evade the consequences of evading reality. ~Ayn Rand)
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To: Larry Lucido
You can evade reality, but you cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.

The lust to peek into the future is not an innocuous hobby. Those who recommend prognostication as a suitable activity for Christians are not harmless eccentrics.

It's interesting, but gypsy fortune tellers refuse to have their own fortunes told. They know, from routine contact with their customers, that the lust to peer into the future is an addictive, and debilitating poison. Those who seek prognosticators are losers. Fatalistic. Failures in their own minds, who seek external forces to blame for their own shortcomings.

This is true even if the fortune tellers are using God's Word for their cracked crystal ball. In fact, since they are dealing with God's Word, they have even fewer excuses for their evil acts than those pagans who tried to read steaming entrails. And fortune-telling is a profoundly evil act. For some reason "known but to God," the "prophecy teachers" unanimously predict a global triumph for the other team, and assert, in a pernicious libel against God's goodness and power, that the gospel is inadequate, not good enough, to measure up to the demands of our age.

I think it's past time for us to blow the whistle on these doomsayers. Their reaction to the fall of the Soviet Union indicts them forever in the eyes of those who have eyes to see. Rather than giving God glory for His great mercies -- they frantically tried to find another cosmic boogyman to blame all the world's problems on. We who take the work of God seriously, what He achieved through the death, burial, resurrection, and enthronement of the Lord Jesus Christ, need to shake off our reluctance to call bovine feces by its true name: a slander against the God of Heaven.

5 posted on 07/09/2010 10:24:51 PM PDT by RJR_fan (Christians need to reclaim and excel in the genre of science fiction.)
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I think you are mistaken claiming any who determine the world stage is being set as “fortune telling”....Christ Himself spoke of these things, many times encouraging us to “watch” in numerous scriptures and He was certainly not “fortune telling”.

Yes, there are those who take every happening or event as evidence things will soon burst open, setting time frames etc...which we are also warned NOT to do. But this does not mean we should not watch and be aware of the status of things both nationally and internationally. Furthermore there are those who can inform and keep us abreast...FR threads oftentimes inform....and we should confirm these reports.

It is interesting connecting the dots and watching events come together....that does not mean it's going to happen fact those who are careful to follow current events as well as have a broad understanding of prophetic events generally know what is hype and that which is simply being informative and alerting us to these developments.

As you might already know there are several things which are not yet positioned for the rise of the anti-Christ and the events which will occur during his time. Never the less it is always interesting and exciting to watch the world stage and see the possibilites when the movement closely aligns with scripture. As God has done in the past He can speed things up or slow them down at will. I have seen both over the years...we are in rapid motion at this it's quite natural to see the hype...but do not assume all get caught up in that...rather most recognize this as events unfolding and if not “the time” is much as it will look like when it does occur. We live in interesting times I see this article as another of those who inform and offer their insight on what they is up to each individual on how hyped or not they choose to get.

6 posted on 07/09/2010 11:48:27 PM PDT by caww
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But this does not mean we should not watch and be aware of the status of things both nationally and internationally.

Yet, these fortune-tellers, prognosticators, and predictors seem to be blind to the very real and amazing advances God's Kingdom is making through the world. They, like you, like me, are blinded by their presuppositions. In their case, the fortune tellers, those who try to create maps of the future from God's Word, assume "as gospel" some things that "ain't necessarily so" -- such as, the inevitability of the triumph of evil.

Now, if Jesus is Lord, why should we assume that evil doers must triumph? Psalm 2 represents God a giving human plotters just enough rope to hang themselves, then laughing derisively at their self-important impotence.

Those who are emotionally and spiritually committed to, and invested in, the global triumph of evil read their newspapers with those filters in place, cherry-picking the news for the factoids that support their expectations. The sudden fall of the Soviet Union, for example, caught them flat-footed. Their world view did not have room for a whole society, governing hundreds of millions of people, to suddenly and openly repudiate messianic atheism.

It almost seems racist. Those who have decided to serve as unpaid cheerleaders for the other team, those who delight to ballyhoo signs that antichrist is rising to power, are unable to see, appreciate, or applaud God's work in the "global south." Uganda applied the Bible to sexual morality, and the AIDS rate went from more than 30% of the population to single-digit percentiles in a decade -- but Ugandans are not white Americans, so obviously, their experience has nothing to teach us. Chinese Christians increased quietly from a few tens of thousands to nearly 100 million -- but the Chinese are not white Americans, so obviously, their experience has nothing to teach us.

Closer to home, none of the prognosticators seem to be aware of a quiet reformation underway today, one that has transformed millions of families. Good news simply does not register on their radar screens.

It must be an awfully sad way to live. May God grant them deliverance from their commitment to evil -- and us deliverance from the doomsayer's influence.

7 posted on 07/10/2010 7:03:45 AM PDT by RJR_fan (Christians need to reclaim and excel in the genre of science fiction.)
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