About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Genesis 12:3 reads:
"I will bless those
who bless you, and whoever curses you I will
curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
Although the above
statement was spoken to Abraham, the common consensus among Evangelical
Christians these days who hold to a Futurist view of prophecy is that the
pronoun "you" also refers to
John the Baptist said
this in Luke 3:7.
"John said to the
crowds [of Jews] coming out to be baptized by him, 'You brood of vipers!
Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?'"
Jesus said this in Luke
You know how to interpret the
appearance of the earth and the sky. How
is it that you don't know how to interpret this present time?"
Is calling the Jews a
brood of vipers and hypocrites, blessing Israel? Is warning Israel of God's
wrath, blessing Israel? It is my impression that
many Evangelical Christians would not consider what John and Jesus said a
blessing. I would differ with
If Jesus and John the
Baptist were alive today, you can bet that they would be speaking the same
message to Israel
as they spoke two thousand years ago.
If that is indeed the case, then, we might want to include the
message of Jesus and John in our Israeli blessing package.
has not yet repented as both John and Jesus admonished.
Israel, is thus, under the wrath of God, until such time that Jesus Himself will
bring the nation to its knees. Until
then, it is our Biblical mandate to follow in the steps of Jesus and John.
We expose Israel's sins and call the nation to repentance and faith in their Messiah, the
Lord Jesus Christ.