About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Revival Of Orthodox Judaism
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documented the recent rise of Orthodox
Judaism in Israel. According to the documentary
secular Jews are becoming progressively concerned, even angered, over
Orthodox Judaism's inroads into modern secular Israeli culture and
politics. This trend towards
a Christian Biblical sense, present day Orthodox Judaism is still an
apostate religion, no different than the Judaism that sent its Messiah,
the Lord Jesus Christ, to His death. It's
the Judaism that Jesus shed many tears over (Luke 13:34) and blasted its
leaders for their hypocrisy (Luke 12:56). A return to Jewish orthodoxy may
have some significance when it comes to Biblical end time prophecy but
it's not what brings ultimate salvation and full restoration to Israel.
is God Almighty, and Him alone, who will restore Israel
to its original calling. Zechariah
12:10 predicts the day when God, not orthodoxy, will pour out a spirit of
grace and earnest prayer of repentance on Jews in Israel. It's these Jews who I
believe are the saved remnant of
36:22 to 32 states why God will pour out this spirit of grace on the Jews.
"It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name …
For I will take you out of the nations.
I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into
your own land … You will live in the land I gave your forefathers."
God alone will restore Israel to its original calling, not because it deserves it, but to protect His holy name. Breaking the promises He spoke to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and Israel of old would discredit and defame God's holy name. You can be assured that God will not break this or any other promise.
Psalm 132 :11 says, "The Lord swore an oath to David, a sure oath He will not revoke. One of your own descendents I will place on your throne." The Apostle Paul also maintained that God will not revoke a promise, including those He promised concerning Israel's blessed future (Romans 11:29).
restoration of Israel
to its land, to its nationhood, and to its God, has little to do with an
Orthodox Jewish revival. It
has everything to do with God keeping His promises, protecting His holy name,
and, the return of Jesus to our planet as the Jewish Messiah and Lord over