MembersEvangelical Eschatology and the Elephant in the Room

Evangelicals will often talk enthusiastically about the Last Days and the glorious future awaiting “the Church.” But there is a critical issue we seem less keen to discuss: What happens to the Jews?

| Topics: CHRISTIANS, Prophecy, End Times
Evangelical Christians march in Jerusalem in support of the Jewish state. But many, if not most, believe God will again abandon His people.
Evangelical Christians march in Jerusalem in support of the Jewish state. But many, if not most, believe God will soon abandon His people. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

It’s become commonplace for a flurry of articles and discussions about ‘End Times Prophecies’ to surface in Christian circles around the time of the Autumn Feasts.

Frequently these relate to ‘The Rapture’ – a subject about which there is not a little contention. Indeed, such pieces appeared in a number of online publications in the run-up to Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot this year. On this “Rapture” I have my own thoughts.

But it is a related issue – tied to specific interpretations of this “Rapture” – that particularly, and very deeply, disturbs me.

This Elephant is in the room at a great many prophecy conferences and in End Times teachings in churches and across the internet. But while it is held to, it is not so frequently unpacked or even alluded to – especially by those of us burnishing our pro-Israel credentials. And it is a question I feel compelled to drive into the ears of the Christians who hail from ‘my stable’ (Evangelicals who say they love Israel); specifically, those presenting themselves as prophecy experts.

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22 responses to “Evangelical Eschatology and the Elephant in the Room”

  1. Paul Robbins says:

    Wow Stan, I thought I was the only one in the room who noticed “it.!” Thank you for this—so well done—. In this season of blasting the trumpet, this is one that needs to be heard. As a Jewish believer raised on the heels of the Jesus Movement of the seventies, I was sold out, including the rapture until I learned about the 2/3 dilemma. As a husband and father, I shlepped my family to Moody Bible School to take a course, which lasted 1.5 years with Dr. Louis Goldberg on Jewish history and modern Israel and prophecy. Most of the students were college age children of leading Messianic Jews. I was a hippie-carpenter. The elephant was in every room I sat in, including Goldberg’s. Not just those you mentioned, but my favorite, Zola Levitt. I felt I needed to accept it as fact, until God by His own right hand shatteredabout fifteen years ago. But I didn’t come out of the “closet” until five years later feeling very much alone. Please read my latest book Inappropriate. b

  2. Jake Wilson says:

    Thank you Stan, great article.

    While I am a Gentile, I can fully understand your concerns (and you are right).

    The whole drama of an alleged future Great Tribulation and a future Antichrist is utter nonsense. It is the result of “Futurism,” i.e. an way of interpreting Scripture which was introduced/promoted by the Jesuits in the 16th century; it is a way of deflecting from the fact that Rome Papal is anti-Messiah (and anti-Semitic). But FUTURISM (besides Preterism, another Jesuit lie) is being promoted all over the Internet, in Christian bookshops, and by those “Israel-friendly Reverends” you listed.

    A careful reading of Luke, chapter 21, reveals that the Great Tribulation was Jeremiah’s “double destruction” – the destruction of Jerusalem at the beginning of the Roman Exile, and the “destruction of Jerusalem” (the Jewish people) at the end of the Roman Exile = the Holocaust, aka Yaakov’s unequaled “Tribulation” (note: the tribulation mentioned in the “Book of Revelation” refers to the martyrs in the Dark Ages).

    “And it has come to pass, in all the land, two parts in it are cut off.” (Zech 13:8a)

    The above prophecy refers to European Jewry in 1945. In 1933, 9.5 million Jews lived in Europe. By 1945, most of them – two out of every
    three – had been killed.

    The Gentile, Christian masses don’t realize that the FALSE PROPHET (in Revelation) is not Mohammed, but the Jesuit Order. That’s why the bulk expects a future Great Tribulation, etc. Put another way, – Antichrist has convinced the multitudes that Antichrist will come “some day in the future” (with all that nonsense about a peace treaty that will be broken after 3 1/2 years blablabla…). It’s all the result of century-long Jesuit indoctrination. HaSatan is real, and he forms a kind of Trinity together with Jesuit Order and the Papacy. But people are being fooled when they see Pope Francis standing in his white cassock in front of Auschwitz-Birkenau, making a long face (and rambling how terrible the Holocaust was). The Papacy is the very power that set it up! Yes, the Catholic Church save some kids in convents, and Catholics also died in concentration camps – because ROME CANNOT BE BEATEN IN TERMS OF DECEPTION.

    Yeshua warned his Jewish talmidim about the Great Tribulation, NOT Gentiles; that Great Tribulation ended in 1948.

    Well, “rapture” is not a Biblical term, but the event is Scriptural.

    The Jewish people have NOTHING to fear anymore. This is tough to swallow, but the “old Israel” was put to death through the Shoah (due to “adultery”). Since her rebirth, Israel is under the grace and protection of her husband, i.e. YHWH. Her mistakes don’t matter.

    Since 1948, Israel has been blessed due to the UNCONDITIONAL ABRAHAMIC COVENANT. All those Jews who perished during the Arab-Israeli conflicts will be raised at the Messiah’s return; the 1.5 million children who died in the Shoah will be raised (to eternal life); all the Jewish people will be raised/embraced by the Messiah – as Yosef embraced his brethren.

    This sad truth is that most of the Israel-friendly Gentiles will perish. The masses still follow Rome’s counterfeit gospel: “Saved through faith,” “Saved when one believes in Jesus,” etc., plus billions have received Rome’s mark, to wit, LAWLESSNESS through Trinity worship (Messianic Jews will be cleansed from any idols, Gentiles not).

    Only a Gentile remnant is truly REGENERATE (born again of water & the Spirit), which is a condition to be saved. All of Israel will enter the New Covenant at the coming of the Messiah, all of Israel will be reborn. Yet, most “Christians” will be destroyed, i.e. they will burned by fire.

  3. Susan says:

    Amen to the Truth! Scripture does not describe a rapture to Heaven in the first place. The Lord is DESCENDING. Israel Bible Center has a fascinating article written by Dr. Nicholas Schaser. Here is just a part:

    “For instance, while readers might assume that Paul’s description of meeting the Lord refers to the “rapture,” the language and broader New Testament context shows that the purpose of this meeting is not to remain in heaven, but rather to return to Yeshua’s kingdom on earth.

    Two initial contextual points push the reader away from a “rapture” interpretation. Specifically, Paul says that Jesus will “descend from heaven” (4:16) and believers will meet him in the middle of his descent “in the air” (4:17)—not in “heaven.” Beyond this obvious directional issue, Paul’s language of meeting the Lord (4:17) does not describe taking up residence in heaven after a rapture. Elsewhere in the New Testament, Paul’s word for “meet” (ἀπάντησις; apántesis) always conveys an initial encounter after which a group of people escorts an individual to a final destination. In Paul’s context, when we “meet” the descending Lord in the air, we then escort the coming messianic king back down to earth.”

    God’s blessings.

  4. Robert's World says:


    This might be your best article yet!! Bravo!

    (I will refrain from writing a book in response 🙂 )

  5. Trevor Griffiths says:

    Stan, you are not alone in questioning the eschatology of many evangelical pro-Israel Christians. From an organisation based in Jerusalem and a Jewish believer comes this article which makes a lot of sense very much in line with your questions and thoughts:

  6. Lois Bright says:

    Thank you, Stan, for a very well written article expressing God’s truth. What is of utmost importance to me these particular days in which we are living, is to know God, to love Him and worship Him, that He would accomplish His purposes through us to reveal His love, power, and His eternal redemption to our world.

    May God bless you and keep you in His care as you continue to uphold His truth.

  7. Mary Gunn says:

    I like the article hope that its true however….Hmmm. Is it just me or is there a lot of man’s words but not to many words of God?
    What about the elephant in the the room of Matthew 24 and the whole book of revelation?

  8. Taylor Sealy says:

    Glad you brought this interesting subject up, Stan, and that I am able to comment. I generally like Joel Richardson’s description of Biblical end times events but one thing is that he says that I disagree with is that in the end times Israel, per Luke 21:24, will be led away captive to all the nations. To me, that has already happened and won’t happen again. Luke is a little different than the other Gospels in saying to watch for the armies surrounding Jerusalem while the others say watch for the anti-messiah evil leader to enter the temple. Also in Luke, Jesus/Yeshua starts out describing the ultimate end times but then says “But before all these things…” and describes what was still future for them but is past for us, that is that Israel will be led away captive to the nations. Then he goes back to describing the ultimate end times with signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, described elsewhere, and then Jesus/Yeshua coming on the clouds of heaven. In Zecharia it shows Messiah Jesus/Yeshua (I believe) coming back to fight for Israel and his Jewish people, still in Israel by the way, against her enemies. It does look to me like the “rapture” for Jesus’ believers, Jew and gentile alike, might be in the middle of the Tribulation where Messiah comes on the clouds of heaven and not on a horse with the armies of heaven that will be when Jesus/Yeshua comes back to defend Isreal at the very end, as described by Elizabeth Cockrell in A Case For The Mid Tribulation Rapture. I could say much more about this but this is already way too much for a comment.

  9. Masami Cobley says:

    I am a Japanese Christian in the UK and did not know such a bizarre theory existed. Jesus said, “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen (Gentiles). I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” The Gentile Christians are additions to the remnant of the Jewish people. Years ago, I wondered why the Lord chose the year 1948 to re-establish the nation of Israel. So I flipped through a Langenscheidt’s Pocket Dictionary Hebrew-English to see if the number had a special meaning. I didn’t find a word that consisted all of 1 (aleph) 9 (teth) 4 (daleth) 8 (heth) in that order, but found a word with the first three letters. Its meaning is “thorn-bush (Christ’s thorn) (p,13). This cannot be a mere coincidence. So I believe that the punishment for the Jews who demanded their long-waited Messiah King to be crucified went on and on around the world, but during the 1940s, all their debts were fully paid off, and that the time for the Lord to bless and gather the remnant began in 1948. Here, we must pay a serious attention to Isaiah 49:6, in which the LORD spoke to the Lord Jesus: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” It is the Lord Jesus who is gathering the remnant of the Jews right now (even of the 7,000 men of Israel the Lord had kept for Himself, one day) to Israel to fulfil Isaiah 49:6; Jesus is on their side now. Where is He doing that? – you may ask. The answer is Jerusalem. Please let me explain. I went to Israel for the first time in April 2008. A week before the trip, during our worship on Sunday I saw the Lord Jesus in a vision, who said, “I will return to Jerusalem but not while that is there.” I looked at what he was pointing to. It was al-Aqsa, the dome, on the Mount. During the trip one lady shared her testimony, saying that when she visited Israel for the first time 12 years ago, she heard Jesus saying, “Do you like My country?” It made her realise that the Spirit of the Lord Jesus was already in Israel, and it was already the nation He could call as His. So she has been visiting Israel every year since then. A week after the trip, we had special worship evenings. On the first evening I saw a vision and my spirit was back on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Mount. There were no mosques on the Mount but a huge white Cross was standing, glowing in the dark. The Cross was extended heavenwards and disappeared. Within a second, a throne that fit perfectly on the walls of the Mount appeared, followed by a gigantic Lord Jesus, who sat on it and smiled. On the second and third evenings I saw further visions back in Jerusalem, but the contents are more personal so I won’t share them. But like the lady mentioned above, I understood the Spirit of the Lord Jesus is already reigning from the Mount, though on the ground people may see only endless troubles and struggles. He acts under the radar and has already gathered seven million remnants in 74 years. Not bad. I have no doubt that He will prompt to lift the ban on the return of Messianic Jews and give all returners a gift of revelation about Him in due course. Just to clarify, this is not the return of the Lord Jesus to judge the living and the dead, but only to fulfil Isaiah 49:6. Then the times of the Gentiles may be up too. Many evangelical Christians seem to believe that Jesus only sits at the right hand of the Father and doing nothing. But Jesus Himself said, “surely I am with you always”, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them”, and “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice…” Besides, quite a few Muslims have become followers of Jesus after seeing Him in visions or dreams. His Spirit is everywhere. When we don’t pay attention to the living Lord Jesus, we can easily end up doing whatever is right in our own eyes.

  10. Martha Vallo says:

    Very thought provoking message. I have heard so many interpretations of such passages; I attend an Assembly of God church, considered evangelical and what you say is how they present it. I consider myself a Biblicist and have often thought other views compelling since interpretation of the Bible is a subtlety beyond the grasp of so many and certainly myself.
    May I point out that there continues a thread of you vs. us. If there is a tribulation – I understand that it is quite global, right? Not just the Jews will suffer… but, yes, the Bible does focus on them. In Revelation, it sounds like the matyrs are from many nations, not just Israel. Again, I see a tendency to exclude or classify people, such as the ‘Bible is about the Jews’. I read through the Bible every year…. I can tell you, it is about GOD. God chose the Jews to be his special people, his emissaries; He used them to bring about the Messiah’s birth – salvation for all peoples thru Christ (a Jew for sure). Is it any wonder that looking at prophecy can sometimes seem so horrible (or wonderful) for the Jews; yet it is because God focuses on them and uses them to portray Him and his plan. Lots of responsibility there.
    Those who believe there will be this rapture, also believe that their own loved ones may be killed or at least suffer greatly, if left behind. On the flip side, those Jews who are christians, would be raptured along with gentile christians…. the ‘fire-escape’ is there for any person.
    My curiosity, however, is what interpretation do you make of Armageddon?
    The SDA folks have some differing theories of these prophecies that I find fascinating… not sure I believe them anymore than the tribulation discussed here.
    In the final outcome of this discussion…what should our top concern be?
    Honor God…let your light shine!
    Thank you for all the wonderful articles that help me see so many angles in applying God’s word and in praying for Israel.

  11. Mark Cooley says:

    WE will only Know when we get There, But as the Days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the SON of MAN be, Watch therefore for you do not know the Day your Lord is coming. Therefore You also be ready, For the SON of MAN is coming at an hour you do not expect…JESUS Matt.24:37,42,44 Watch and Pray..

  12. Anna Puffer says:

    When the full number of Gentiles are saved, which number only God knows, all Israel will be saved, Exactly what all Israel means, perhaps also only God knows. As a Jewish believer in Jesus, I have followed Chuck Smith’s teaching among many others for five decades and never heard the 2/3’s reference of yours. Revelations, which you seemed to have ignored, has much to say about these matters. Like the 144,000 Jews preaching the Gospel during the Tribulation. It also makes clear that the nation of Israel will make a deal with the anti-Christ to rebuild the temple within which he double crosses them a proclaims himself to be God. It also speaks of God’s wrath including the wrath of the Lamb being poured out on the unbelieving world with people in their hardened hearts shaking their fists at angels flying through the sky proclaiming the Gospel. This sets this apart from just human persecutions or tribulations. God is fulling prophecy whether we like it or not. Now our hearts should break for unbelieving Israel and the nations, yet Jesus does return from the wedding feast, clearly stated to be in heaven, and set up His throne on David’s throne in Zion. Then also those wonderful promises will be fulfilled to which you alluded. God is no respecter of persons; we Jews do not get a pass just because we are Jews even returned to the land. If the OT teaches us anything, it is that God’s clear love for even Israel has boundaries. As believers we are to be humbled by His grace, not hardened with indifference, By the way, this is Dr. James Heyman writing, not my daughter Anna Puffer who bought me this subscription as a present!

  13. Matthew Grant says:

    One thing to bear in mind is that most of the current people of Israel are under the old covenant of Moses and the law, including the curses and the blessings in Deuteronomy, until they accept Yeshua and His Righteous sacrifice. The majority of Israel still do not believe, and hence they still under the national curses of the Law, until Israel is under the New Covenant following Yeshua. Our God is a God of covenant, and Ezekiel 38/39 says the war comes because they were unfaithful to God and the Law. We NEED to tell Israel about His Righteousness, and the Sacrifice to end all sin sacrifices!

  14. Graftedin_P says:

    Sadly, I am not surprised at all by the explanation that you received. I will start off by letting Shaul (Paul) remind us what he wrote to the Romans:
    “But if some of the branches were broken off, and you — a wild olive — were grafted in among them and have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree, then don’t boast as if you were better than the branches! However, if you do boast, remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you. So you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” True, but so what? They were broken off because of their lack of trust. However, you keep your place only because of your trust. So don’t be arrogant; on the contrary, be terrified! For if Elohim did not spare the natural branches, he certainly won’t spare you! So take a good look at Elohim’s kindness and his severity: on the one hand, severity toward those who fell off; but, on the other hand, Elohim’s kindness toward you — provided you maintain yourself in that kindness! Otherwise, you too will be cut off! Moreover, the others, if they do not persist in their lack of trust, will be grafted in; because Elohim is able to graft them back in. For if you were cut out of what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree! For, brothers, I want you to understand this truth which Elohim formerly concealed but has now revealed, so that you won’t imagine you know more than you actually do. It is that stoniness, to a degree, has come upon Isra’el, until the Gentile world enters in its fullness; and that it is in this way that all Isra’el will be saved. As the Tanakh says, “Out of Tziyon will come the Redeemer; he will turn away ungodliness from Ya‘akov and this will be my covenant with them,… when I take away their sins.” With respect to the Good News they are hated for your sake. But with respect to being chosen they are loved for the Patriarchs’ sake, for Elohim’s free gifts and his calling are irrevocable. Just as you yourselves were disobedient to Elohim before but have received mercy now because of Isra’el’s disobedience; so also Isra’el has been disobedient now, so that by your showing them the same mercy that Elohim has shown you, they too may now receive Elohim’s mercy.”
    ‭‭Romans ‭11:17-31‬ ‭CJB‬‬

    What is the problem with the wider Christian Church when it relates to Israel? The wider Christian church separated itself from its roots. We have inherited lies and tradition that has led to misinformation and mis eduction that permeates the christian church to this very day.
    The issue being discussed here is eschatology, the study of end times. Interestingly when one looks at the divisions of theology most Christian or religious folk will describe 9, namely:
    Bibliology the study of the Bible; Theology, the study of Proper Attributes of God; Christology the study of Adonai Yeshua HaMashiach; Pneumatology, the study of Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit); Angelology, the study of Angels, fallen and un-fallen; Anthropology, the study of Man; Soteriology, the study of Salvation; Ecclesiology, the study of the Church; Eschatology, the study of the End-Times; Last Things;
    From these divisions of theology there is a division that s missing from most categories of theology, that is the subject that occupies three quarters of the bible, Israelology, the study of Israel as Elohim’s instrument.
    We serve a Jewish Messiah, we venerate Jewish scriptures, our saviour is a king of the Yehudah (both ethnical and national) and a king of all the world. The apostles that shared the Besora were all Yehudim. The many thousands of Jews (Acts 2:41; 4:4; 5:14; 9:42; 12:24; 13:43; 14:1; 17:12; 21:20) who accepted Yeshua as their
    expected Messiah did not desert their Jewish religion; they became believing Jews. Luke described them as ‘zealous for the Torah (law)’ (Acts 21:20). their zeal was undoubtedly manifested in the observance of the modem (feasts), since they are the most enduring aspect of the religious life. Obviously they observed the moadim
    with a new meaning derived from the redemptive accomplishment of Yeshua HaMashiah. Can you see the Jewishness of our faith?
    We see the gentiles being grafted in the epistles from Acts onwards.
    What is our blessed hope? For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in
    Messiah shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever
    be with the Lord. [1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17]
    Yehudim and the grafted in gentiles make up the ‘church’
    The Daniel 70 week prophesy relates to Israel. Revelation chapter 4 relates to the 12 tribes of Israel. Although believers both Yehudim (to the Jew first) and gentiles are not appointed to wrath, it would be arrogant for any to think highly of themselves that they would not suffer tribulation, where others would.
    Prophesy is being fulfilled in our very eyes every day. In this generation Am Israel are in the land, more are still living in diaspora across the nations.
    The Temple will be rebuilt and the daily sacrifices will resume in the near future, and we also know that these biblical events will occur as prophesied by scripture.
    The rebuilding of the temple will usher the 7 year period prophesied in Daniel’s 70th Week. There will be a falling away and the restrainer (Reach HaKodesh) will be removed, For that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first v.3
    He who now [restraineth] will [restrain], until He be taken out of the way v.7
    And then shall that Wicked One be revealed. Those that reject the Besora, will be led to believe a lie and Elohim will send them a delusion to believe a lie. The great tribulation takes place in the second 3 and a half years when the wicked one defiles the Temple and causes the sacrifices to cease and he erects an abomination in the Kadosh place, just like what happened during the time of Maccabbes. To note is that “Yaakov’s people shall be delivered”. Scripture declares that He shall be saved out from it. In Revelation 4 the 144,000 from the tribes of Israel are sealed to preach during this great tribulation.
    What does this mean for Yehudim and the gentile believers? I would say this, just like in the days of Noah, there were three groups:
    Those that perished in the Flood; Those who were preserved through the Flood (Noah and his family) and Those removed prior to the Flood (like Enoch). Might they be a similar grouping in the end times? Search the scripture and seek the counsel of Reach HaKodesh in these matters. Seek Jehovah with fear and trembling
    Our eternal destination depends on our relationship with the Goal Gadol, Yeshua HaMashiach. He will return when Am Israel call for him and He will save Am Israel and defeat the enemy of man, death itself. Be comforted in the Besora, Shalom

    • Philip Van Den Berg says:

      Sadly, I couldn’t read Stan Goodenough’s complete article. I have been a subscriber for many years but due to this year not having any income I could not continue my subscription. I lost my job last year due to the great deception that was going around the globe in anticipation of the greatest deception which is on the horizon.
      I do have an idea what the article was about because I read al the comments.
      I want to thank you, Graftedin_P for your great response.
      Ultimately, it is not about the Jews nor the Gentiles. It is about Hashem, it is about Yeshua HaMachiach and His great Love for us, Jew and Gentile and it is 100% Grace. Our G-d will complete the work that His Hand has begun.

  15. Rick Blake says:

    Another good article, Stan, and one that seems most pertinent for our times. So pertinent that I’ve heard there is a type of ‘Rapture Anxiety’ going on with some Christians right now! Which could be an understandable feeling if one was concerned that the Pre-Trib theory was wrong or that they may have been lied to. I think now would be a good time to consider what Jeremiah was told in 16:19. “The Nations (Gentiles) have inherited lies.” I can’t think of a better example of this than what we’re hearing right now in this time. The ‘Gentile’ church is not trying to lie (thus the sheepishness to reply to the Jewish situation), but is stuck with this twisted narrative because of its preconceived relation to Church, Jesus, the respected leaders, and yes, even their salvation.

    Of course, there is not a question of IF there is a ‘Rapture’, it is the question of WHEN. And the controversies flare because ‘timing’ is everything! The truth in scripture is that there are only four verses that deal with the timing of the culmination event that includes a “being caught up.” They are:
    Matthew 24:29-31
    1Thessalonians 4:13-17
    2Thessalonians 2
    1Corinthians 15:50-52.
    The Messiah’s return has never been imminent. There a clear SEQUENCE of events, and these verses are in complete unison with the prophet’s declaration of the judgement of God of THAT DAY; ‘the restoration of all things.’ The ‘snatching away’ is a PART of the several accomplishments of our Creator at one time event.

    This clear understanding eliminates so much of the wrong confusion; to include the Jewish question. What did Peter say in Acts 15: 7-11? On an individual bases, we all come to reconciliation with the Creator the same way. How God deals with Israel as a nation is spelled out logically by the sequence presented by the scriptures, now.

  16. Robert's World says:

    Wow! That was a relatively quick re-posting of this excellent article! Worth a 2nd read.
    A Biblical teacher/ professor (I believe David Campbell) has written an excellent unpublished (to my knowledge) article of 1 & 2 Thessalonians, focusing particularly on the Greek usage of the word “rapture”. Bottom line – it’s not what we think! Rather in classical Greek usage it meant the coming of a King meeting the citizens/ well wishers outside of the city. Paraphrased “the Jewish believers will come outside of Jerusalem to welcome their King!”

  17. Annette Leon says:

    All the above is a little beyond me, but in my limited understanding and my own, I had reason to put to an Evangelical movement…back in the 1970’s ….I FELT STRONGLY then and now see…..The CHURCH has created its own Anti Christ..I said it then and I see it a mirror reflection, which is the real and what is the image? Which is the true YESHUA ? ???? ????

  18. Mark Watkins says:

    Shalom Shalom,

    Let me say, I’ve seen a recent piece stating there is 1 Million Jewish believers in Yeshua across the world, that said, there will be soon coming Tribulation to last a period of 2520 days, 7 year period of Time that Yeshua warns us about in Matityahu 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13.

    These passages are not for the Church, they are directed to the Jewish people during this most horrific time, those who are not born again, Goyim and Jew will go through this period, Please read 2nd Thessalonians 2, 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 and this verse among many which is Revelation, which tells Believers in Yeshua we are not appointed to wrath, and for those who go the Tribulation, they will suffer death by the hands of the Anti-christ, Zechariah 13:8-9. This is the reference to the 2/3 of Jewish people who have not repented and accepted Yeshua will perish, 1/3 will accept Yeshua and they will look on Him whom they have pierced and mourn for Him as one mourns for their only son… Chai

  19. DAVID LARKINS says:

    The author keeps blaming prophecy teachers, pastors, and others about the fate of the Jews after the church age believers are caught up, Raptured, Greek ‘harpazo’. What he fails to grasp is the entire point of the Tribulation, the final week of the 70 weeks of Daniel, for Israel to ‘finish the transgression’ by God himself precisely because Israel rejected her Messiah Jesus Christ;

    This pause began after 69 weeks (each week = 7 years) as the church, to make the Jews envious; Jesus said ‘since you rejected me I’ll bring the Gentiles unto belief in Me’.

    Jesus even said to the Jews in Matthew 23:39 “For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
    The ‘you’ is corporate Israel.

    The Jews in the Tribulation will be so utterly defeated in their pride, they will finally say ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord’ and no more will any Jew ever need to be taught who Jesus Christ is, their Messiah.

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