How Can They Not See?

Q. It baffles me that there are people in Israel who are preparing for a new Temple right now. This means that there is a sector of Jews who seemingly also believe that the End, as described by Jesus, is upon us and yet they still fail to accept Him as their Messiah. They can see the same end that the Church sees looming yet they still cannot see Jesus as the rightful fulfillment of Scripture nor do they feel He is the Messiah they have been waiting for all along. How can this even be?

A. There’s no logical explanation for this. But here are two important clues as to how and when this blindness originated and when it will end.

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes (Luke 19:41-42).

I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in (Romans 11:25).

The blindness was imposed on the first Palm Sunday for their failure to recognize Jesus as their Messiah and will continue until the rapture of the Church. The reason they didn’t recognize Him is that they had drifted away from a literal interpretation of the Scriptures and had denied the validity of predictive prophecy. Sound familiar?

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