Q. I truly believe we are in the last days. There is so much evidence of it in society’s ways and just how everything is playing out. I have a question, however. I realize that Israel is getting closer and closer to being ready to rebuild the Temple. Could it be rebuilt, in your estimation, within a few years?
Commentary by Jack Kelley
I was recently asked to respond to seven reasons why Jews reject Jesus as the Messiah. These seven reasons have been featured on a Jewish “anti-missionary” website as part of their effort to discourage Jewish conversions to Christianity. In part one I responded to the first four of these reasons, so we’ll now conclude with my response to the remaining three.
Q. Each time that I visit your site, I am blessed! Recently, I heard a minister on TV say that the prophet Elijah, mentioned in the books of 1st & 2nd Kings, was not Jewish. I had assumed that all of the old testament prophets were Israelites. Your thoughts on this.
A Bible Study by by Jack Kelley
Some form of the phrase “then you will know that I am the Lord” appears in the Book of Ezekiel 50 times. Prior to the Babylonian captivity (605-535 BC) the Lord used it most often in the context of judgment, whether against Israel’s leaders (Ezekiel 11:10), the nation as a whole (Ezekiel 12:20) or its enemies (Ezek 25-35).
Q. My question is about Joel 2:28. I hear many people today claiming that the Lord has spoken to them through dreams and visions about how these end times are going to play out and how we need to prepare with food and arming ourselves. When I asked one of these persons to give me Bible verses to back this up they beat around the bush and I really didn’t get a verse of scripture. There are so many people claiming that they are getting words from the Lord with this method that I feel left out! The only Word I get from The Lord is in the Bible. So are they right and can this verse of scripture be used to back them up?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt. (1 Samuel 18:3-4)
Q. I think Americans are expecting God to protect our country just as He does Israel, but God has no Covenant with the US and is not obligated to it. Are there Scriptures to show that judgement will come on the whole world, and God will only keep His Word to save Israel since he is bound to them?
Q. The blood of animals (sacrifices) are not required in the Church Age for believers. The Israelites stopped sacrificing after their return from Babylon and even today are not slaughtering animals as offerings. Why?
Q. I have been watching a beautiful study on the typology of Joseph, specifically how his brothers killed the goat to put blood on Joseph’s tunic and even though they meant it for evil God only saw the blood and counted it as a sacrifice for what they had done. Fast forward to the Pharisees yelling “let His blood be on our hands and our children” likewise they meant it for evil but The Sacrifice was applied to them. This is very interesting to me because I see God had to choose a people to carry out His will and blinded them to do so. It seems that in the fulfilling of God’s will He made sure the Jewish people were counted among the saved. I don’t know if this is the case but I hope it is.
Q. I’m confused by Romans 9:6-8, We know that Jacob is Israel and also Isaac’s son, so aren’t all of Jacob’s descendent also those of Isaac? What is meant by “For they are not all Israel which are descended from Israel”? Does this imply some Jews are not Jews?