Q. I have been trying to put my own chronology together with the end times events starting with the battle of Psalms 83 and then Ezekiel 38 & 39. I think I have the events figured and the disposition of the Gentiles both saved and unsaved. What is confusing to me is the disposition of God’s People, the Jews. I know the saved ones who have accepted Christ will be with all the Church in the Rapture and those who are not saved will go through the Tribulation, but what happens to the Jews after that, both saved and unsaved.
A. Israel and the Church have entirely different destinies. Jews are promised that one day God will come back and dwell with them again in the Promised Land (Ezekiel 43:7). Christians are promised that we’ll go to heaven to live with Jesus (John 14:2-3) Both promises come true in the Millennium, which is also called Israel’s Kingdom Age.
Jews who accept Jesus as their Messiah during the Church Age belong to the Church and go in the Rapture to live in the New Jerusalem. Many Jews who miss the Rapture will become believers during Daniel’s 70th Week. Those who are martyred will be resurrected at the 2nd Coming (Daniel 12:1-2). They, along with those who survive to the end, will repopulate Israel during the Millennium.
Unbelieving Jews will be treated just like unbelieving Gentiles. If they die during the 70th Week they’ll go to Hades to await the Great White Throne judgment at the end of the millennium (Rev. 20:11-15). If they survive they’ll be judged just after the 2nd Coming and sent off the planet. Paul said, ” A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God” (Romans 2:28-29).