Bible studies # 36: The Jews were called to bring light to the Gentiles

Gentiles were saved before Jesus came in flesh. Thanks to the offerings and sacrifices for all nations is the Temple in Jerusalem.

A model of the second Temple in Jerusalem, destroyed in 70 A.D by the Romans.

I once met a Hippie who could not believe in the Message of Jesus being the savior of the World.

«What happened to the gentiles before Jesus was born. Did they all die and went to Hell?».

This made me puzzle in the scripture. When I met Him again I had the reply ready:

«The Jewish Messiah Jesus has always been around. He has always existed. He is the Law. Salvation did not first become available to the gentiles when He took flesh, born into the World by a Jewish virgin›
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The Jewish people had already been chosen to become a Holy nation, and a kingdom of priests. To serve the Messiah.

Exodus 19:6

you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

In the Temples in Jerusalem, there was daily sacrifices for the sins of the whole World, and intercessions to the living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Isaiah 56:7

these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

The revelation of the knowledge of God of the Hebrews, was not limited to the Jewish homeland. Through the Jewish King Solomon, the knowledge and wisdom of the living God was spread into all nations on Earth. The Bible explains that kings from all nations sent men to Jerusalem to get a share of Solomon`s wisdom.

1 Kings 4:34
Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.

They did not talk about the weather.

1 Kings 10:24
The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.

The Jewish King surely explained to them about the sacrifices and intercession done in the Temple of the Lord. Global salvation became a matter if men from all nations wanted to believe in God of Israel or not. Other «gods» and idols were surely not permitted. Commandment number one and two was surely explained by Solomon to King sent men from all nations.

The Heavenly authority of the Jewish King could not be questioned, neither the approval of the atoning sacrifices and offerings on the alter of the Temple.

2 Chronicles 7:1
[ The Dedication of the Temple ] When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

When Jesus the Messiah died on the cross, He became the only valid sacrifice and intercession tool available for mankind. For Jew and gentiles alike.

40 years after the Messiah had died on the cross and resurrected from the grave, the Temple sacrifices and intercession came to a brutal end. In 70 A.D the second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, never to be re-build.

The Jewish people were scattered all over the Globe, supposed to continue to serve the living God. Still, they were called to give the Earth the knowledge of the Messiah who had always been with them In Spirit, and who also had come in flesh.

Written by Ivar

14 thoughts on “Bible studies # 36: The Jews were called to bring light to the Gentiles

  1. Why do you always talk about the Temple???? The temple is gone since 70AD when the Roman Empire destroyed it, and along with the Priests and the High Priest!! No Priest, no sacrifice offerings, no need of Temple anymore!! Plus doesn’t the Temple consist of an area known as the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant was kept? Hasn’t the Ark gone missing? Wouldn’t the Ark have to be returned to Israel before a Temple was built?

    Aren’t the Cohens the name of the priestly group of Jews? Aren’t they long gone due to the Roman Empire!!?? Will they automatically become the ones to sacrifice animals? Will today’s Jews accept the sacrifice of so many different types of animals? On a daily basis? Are all Jews going to accept that? NOOOO!!! This physical rebuilding of the “third temple” is distinctly Protestant. For them there has to be another physical building for a sacrifice, because for Protestants the sacrifice was ended 2000 years ago.

    All the OT prophesy can be viewed as depicting Christ as the NEW TEMPLE & Covenant for Israel!! We being the member the Christ bride the Church are now part of temple or actually we are the Temple!!!!

    Quote:
    2 Cor 6:16 “For we are the temple of the living God..”

    1 Cor 3:16 “…you are God’s temple…”

    Eph 2:21 “…the household of God…the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple…”

    1. In the New Testament our bodies are the temple of the Living
      God. We do not worship in a temple, but we worship in spirit and truth.
      There will be a temple during the tribulation and during the
      1000 year reign of Christ on the earth. Sacrifice will be given by
      the Jewish people at both times.
      There are Cohens still around. I lived by some for a while.
      Very nice people they are. God always has his remnant.

    2. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
      Revelation 21:22

      Talk of building a 3rd temple in Jerusalem where the Dome of the Rock now stands is madness.

      Thus says the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that you build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
      For all those things has my hand made, and those things have been, says the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word.
      He that kills an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrifices a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offers an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burns incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations.
      I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spoke, they did not hear: but they did evil before my eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
      Isaiah 66:1-4

      Son of man, they that inhabit those wastes of the land of Israel speak, saying, Abraham was one, and he inherited the land: but we are many; the land is given us for inheritance.
      Wherefore say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD; You eat with the blood, and lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood: and shall you possess the land?
      You stand upon your sword, you work abomination, and you defile every one his neighbour’s wife: and shall you possess the land?
      Say this unto them, Thus says the Lord GOD; As I live, surely they that are in the wastes shall fall by the sword, and him that is in the open field will I give to the beasts to be devoured, and they that be in the forts and in the caves shall die of the pestilence.
      For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass through.
      Ezekiel 34: 24:28
      Ezekiel 33:land most desolate …have committed.have committed.

  2. Ezekiel 33:24:28

    Christ himself says,

    O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kills the prophets, and stones them which are sent to you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not!
    Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
    For I say to you, You shall not see me henceforth, till you shall say, Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.
    Matthew 23: 37-39

    1. In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
      And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
      For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
      And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leather girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
      Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
      And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
      But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
      Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
      And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
      Mathew 3: 1-6

  3. There is definitely more than talk in Israel about rebuilding the temple. See these links.

    http://www.templeinstitute.org/

    http://www.templeinstitute.org/

    They are making, or have made, the vessels,

    http://www.templeinstitute.org/treasures-vessels.htm

    And are trainig the priesthhod,

    http://www.sabbathcovenant.com/doctrine/temple_priest_train_for_service_.htm

    While all Israelis don’t agree with this, many religious ones do. I would say, just watch and see what happens.

  4. Your missing the point, the temple will be built by fallen man, whom by building it is trying to fellowship with God,, we know what the word says about God and the temple, this is not what is being said.The jews will rebuild their temple, they have the stone cut in Haifa already, the antichrist can not sit in Jesus, the jews rebuild their temple in order to , in their eyes reconnect with their God, we know they cant cos only through jesus can one do that but they dont accept that yet. hence they rebuild their temple.

  5. “In the Temples in Jerusalem, there was daily sacrifices for the sins of the whole World, and intercessions to the living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” Where do we read about that?

    1. Dear Lis.

      Shalom.

      The verse is mentioned just below the remark in the present Bible study:

      Isaiah 56:7
      these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

      The kings from the WHOLE World sent their men to Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem.

  6. Some time after the temple was destroyed in 70A.D supposedly people tried to start rebuilding it, but fire would spring up from the ground every time they did. I don’t know if they will ever build a third temple but I highly doubt it. The fact is we are in the New Covenant now and every person is a temple of God. The purpose of the temple in the Old Testament was to make a place in which God could dwell. What reason is there for this now that God dwells within each one of us?

    On a far more pragmatic level, what fool is going to destroy the Dome of the Rock knowing what would happen? Long before this would happen, the Israeli government would step in and prevent it. The Israeli’s are not fools.

    On an even more pragmatic level, the Jewish priesthood necessary for Temple worship has not existed in millenia (despite all the people with the surname Cohen) nor do the accoutrements for the high priest exist nor the red heifer, etc., etc., etc.

    The Messiah came 2,000 years ago. He will come again to judge the world not establish a third temple.

    1. Yes. Jesus is the only high priest. Yet the RCC has their own unnecessary priesthood since we have the priesthood of all believers.

  7. But unbelieving jews will build it, they have the stone cut already in Haifa, they have the instruments, they have had the training, they have discovered their priestly line allegedly they are breeding heifers purposely for this. We as Christians know that we dont need a temple, we are the temple of the Ruach ha Kodesh hence we are not building one, they dont yet hence they are planning to rebuild it. Your missing the point.
    ‘Let no man decieve you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 2 thess 2 v 3-4

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