Q. I’ve subscribed to your theory that once the Church has been removed, the period of Grace ends and Law once more prevails. It would certainly make sense if the Holy Spirit dwells within us and the Antichrist can’t be revealed until the vessels containing the Holy Spirit are removed. However, this morning I came across this verse that gave me pause: Ezekiel 36:27 says, “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.” It seems to be saying, during the Tribulation, the Holy Spirit will dwell WITHIN the Jews. Am I missing a key point?
A. From our New testament perspective we know this won’t happen until after the Jews recognize the Messiah, just before the end of the Great Tribulation (Zech. 12:10). We know this because Jesus said no one can come to the Father except through him (John 14:6). In the preceding verse (Ezekiel 36:26) God promised to give them a new heart and to put a new spirit in them. This is a description of being born-again, something that will happen when they receive the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34) at the time of the 2nd Coming. And in the verses following, Ezekiel brought his thought to a conclusion by describing Jewish life in the Millennium (Ezekiel 36:28-38).