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CHRIST’S REJECTION OF ISRAEL (2)

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. —  Leave a comment

In the previous blog article I began a study of Matthew’s record of Christ’s rejection of Israel. I will complete that study in this article as we note:

Final Indication of Israel’s Rejection

In Matt 16:21 Jesus teaches his disciples that the chief priests will kill him. In Matt 16:28 he notes that some of his followers will live to see the kingdom come with power. In Matt 17:10-13 John the Baptist is declared Elijah who was not recognized as such and killed, just as they will kill Jesus. Matt 17:17: evil generation.

Mt 19:28 the Son of Man will come and the apostles will sit on thrones to judge the 12 tribes of Israel. In Matt 20:18-19 Christ once again prophesies that the chief priests will condemn him to death.

In Matt 21:12 he casts out the moneychangers and overturns their tables as prophetic theater showing the soon overthrow of the temple. In Matt 21:19-21 he curses the fig tree and speaks of the mountain being thrown in the sea, as signs of judgment on Israel. In Matt 21:33-43, 45 the parable of the landowner shows the kingdom will be take from the Jews and they will be crushed. In Matt 22:2-7 their city will be burned.


The Revelation of Jesus Christ” (booklet by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.)
http://www.kennethgentry.com/products/Revelation-of-Jesus-Christ.html
Brief argument for pre-A.D. 70 date; shows Revelation is God’s covenant divorce decree against Israel.
Overview of main movements of Revelation.
See more study materials at: www.KennethGentry.com


 

In Matt 23 Jesus utters seven woes upon the Pharisees. In Matt 23:34-36 first century Israel is to be judged for the righteous blood shed in the land. In 23:36-38 he laments the temple and declares it desolate. In 24:2-3 he leaves the temple and prophesies its destruction. In 24:16 he notes that his followers are to flee Judea because in 24:34 “this generation” will experience judgment.

In Matt 26:3-5 the chief priests and the High Priest counsel Jesus’ death. In Matt 26:47 the high priest has Jesus arrested. In 26:57 he is tried before the high priest, who in v 59 brings false witnesses. In 26:63-64 Jesus warns that the High Priest will see him coming in cloud judgment.

In Matt 27:1 the High Priest confers to kill Jesus. In vv 15–21 the chief priests encourage the crowd to seek the release of the robber Barabbas, instead of the innocent Messiah Jesus. In v 25 the people call his blood down upon themselves. While he is dying on the cross in vv 39–40, the people mock him for declaring the destruction of the temple. In vv 41–43 the scribes, elders, and chief priests deride him as he dies. Then in v. 54 the Gentile centurion expresses faith in him. When the earth quakes at Jesus’ death, he declares: “truly this was the Son of God.”

In Matt 28:11–15 the priests assemble after the resurrection to bribe the Roman guards at Jesus’ tomb, directing them to claim that his disciples stole his body. Then finally in vv 18-20 the Lord gives the Great Commission — which directs his followers to take the gospel to “all nations,” rather than limiting their ministry to Israel as previously (10:16–17; 15:24). God has turned from the Jews to the world.

Israel as a geo-political entity has been set aside by God. This is not the position of a peculiar theology. This is the position of our Lord Jesus Christ, and his servant Matthew.


Importance of Eschatology (1 CD) by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
http://www.kennethgentry.com/products/Importance-of-Eschatology-%281-CD%29.html
A sermon on Titus 2:11-14. Exposits the theme of the “blessed hope” from a postmillennial perspective.
See more study materials at: www.KennethGentry.com

 

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Ken is a Presbyterian pastor and the author or co-author of over thirty books, most on eschatology. He has been married since 1971, and has three children and several grandchildren. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A., 1973), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1977), and Whitefield Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1986; Th.D., 1988). He currently pastors Living Hope Presbyterian Church (affiliated with the RPCGA) in Greer, SC. Much of his writing is in the field of eschatology, including his 600 page book, He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology and his 400 page, Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation (his Th.D. dissertation). He contributed chapters to two Zondervan CounterPoints books on eschatological issues: Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (edited by Darrell L. Bock) and Four Views on the Book of Revelation (edited by C. Marvin Pate). He also debated Thomas D. Ice in Kregel's The Great Tribulation: Past or Future? His books have been published by American Vision, Baker, Zondervan, Kregel, P & R, Greenhaven Press, Nordskog, Wipf & Stock, and several other publishers. He has published scores of articles in such publications as Tabletalk, Westminster Theological Journal, Evangelical Theological Society Journal, Banner of Truth, Christianity Today, Antithesis, Contra Mundum, and others. He has spoken at over 100 conferences in America, the Caribbean, and Australia. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and a Church Council Committee member of Coalition on Revival.

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