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Now, as a result of Israel rejecting and rejecting and rejecting everything connected to these Old Testament promises, God’s going to do something totally, totally different. It was never hinted at in the Old Testament. Jesus never hinted at it in His earthly ministry, but, here, out of the blue, God saves this tormentor of the followers of Jesus of Nazareth. The best way to point to the very core of the thing is in Acts chapter 9 verse 15, and this is what I call the "fork in the road." Israel is going to go down into her dispersion in about 70 AD, and her timeline is going to be stopped and pushed out into the future. On the other end of the fork in the road is God turning to the Gentile world without Israel. Israel is not going to be a go-between. Israel is not going to have the role of Priests of Jehovah to bring in the Gentiles. But God’s plan for the Gentiles will be accomplished through the teaching of one man, the Apostle Paul.
"But the Lord said unto him, (That is Ananias, this believing Jew in Damascus.) Go thy way: for he (Saul) is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the (what?) Gentiles,…" Unheard of! A Jew going to Gentiles?
The only other instance was Jonah, and you all know how much Jonah wanted to go to Ninevah. He’d rather drown any day as go to those pagans, the Gentiles. Now, this is the first time, again, that God has ever said something like that – "I want to send you far hence to the Gentiles." That’s what you have to understand. After the nation of Israel kept rejecting, God turned to the Gentiles with Paul, and as a result has now pushed the seven years of Tribulation and the 1000-year kingdom out into the future by nearly 2000 years.
So, that’s how this second timeline has been opened up to the Gospel of the Grace of God for the whole human race, calling out men, women, boys, and girls, who become members, then, of the body of Christ, which is the true Church. Not the church on the corner, necessarily, but the true believer who is a member of the body of Christ. How do you become a true member of the body of Christ? We find those glorious instructions to heaven through the teachings of the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 15:1-4, where he tells us to, "believe in our heart that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again." PLUS NOTHING ELSE!! In fact, Paul tells us in the book of Galatians, chapter 5, that if you try to add anything else, "Christ shall profit you nothing."
All right, now we’ve come almost 2000 years and we maintain that before God can pick up where He left off in all the prophecies and bring in the Tribulation and 1000-year Kingdom Age, the Body of Christ has to be taken out . It will not mix with Israel. It’s an impossibility. Anybody that tries to teach the Church in the Tribulation will not look at the aspect that Paul never implies that the Body of Christ has anything to do with Israel’s prophetic program. We’re insulated from it. So, this is the whole idea, now, that when the body of Christ is complete and taken out, the prophetic program will kick back into gear. Then the world will go into the Tribulation, Christ will return, and the prophetic program will conclude.
All right, that should be sufficient for now at least. Let’s go back to Isaiah 61 and try to move ahead and hopefully, in the next four programs, we can finish the book of Isaiah and move on to something new. Okay, Isaiah 61 where we just left off that Israel is to be a nation of priests in verse 6, and they’re going to enjoy all of the good things of the Gentile world, now verse 7.
"For your shame (In other words, for all of the time of their past unbelief and their disobedience.) ye shall have double; (In other words, the glory of the Kingdom is going to more than compensate for all that Israel has suffered in their unbelief.) and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. (That is the nation of Israel.) 8. For I the LORD love judgment,…" Now, you remember, I explained that word a couple of programs or tapings back, that it means a benevolent government, something that is strictly for the good of the people. That’s what the Lord loves, He loves that kind of government.
"…I hate robbery for burnt-offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them."
All right, now let’s look and see what that covenant is going to imply. Jump ahead now to Jeremiah, another portion we’ve looked at over and over, through the years, but let’s look at it again. Jeremiah 31:31. Again, as you read this, remind yourself that this has never happened before. This has never happened to Israel, but it’s going to. It’s coming. Now you see, a lot of theologians try to put us under this covenant. No way! This covenant is not for the Church Age. It is for Israel, and it will come to its fruition when the Kingdom becomes reality.
"Behold, the days come,…" Now, what does that mean? You can believe it! God has said it. It’s going to happen. Now, when you look at Israel tonight, you’d say this will never, never happen. They are so secular. They are so mixed up in their theology. Even their religious leaders. My, when you read some of the stuff they write, it just doesn’t make sense. They’ve been blinded to all these things, but it’s not always going to be that way. The day is coming when they’re going to enjoy the outpouring of God’s blessings, spiritual as well as material.