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Matt 12:22-4522 Then a demon-possessed man, who was blind and couldn’t speak, was brought to Jesus. He healed the man so that he could both speak and see. 23 The crowd was amazed and asked, “Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?”
24 But when the Pharisees heard about the miracle, they said, “No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan,[d] the prince of demons.”
25 Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 26 And if Satan is casting out Satan, he is divided and fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive. 27 And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own exorcists? They cast out demons, too, so they will condemn you for what you have said. 28 But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you. 29 For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.
30 “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.
31 “So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come.
33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
The Sign of Jonah
38 One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.”
39 But Jesus replied, “Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.
41 “The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here—but you refuse to repent. 42 The queen of Sheba[e] will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen.
43 “When an evil[f] spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. 45 Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil generation.”
THE REJECTION OF HIS
To fully understand the basis of the Second Coming of
Messiah, one must first understand what occurred when the
Messiahship of Yeshua (Jesus) was rejected at the time of His
From Matthew chapter 4 until chapter 12, Yeshua travels
about Israel performing many miracles and
proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom.
The purpose of His miracles was to
authenticate His Person and His
message. They were signs to force the
nation of Israel to come to a decision
regarding two things: first, His Person,
that He is the Messiah; and secondly, His
message, the gospel of the Kingdom.
Among the many miracles that Yeshua performed was casting
out demons. The Jews were also able to cast out demons.
Using the Jewish method, one first had to establish
communication with the demon in order to determine his
name. Then using the demon’s name, the exorcist could cast
out the demon. When demons speak, they use the vocal cords
of the person under their control. However, in the case of a
dumb demon, the Jewish method of exorcism was useless, for
communication with that kind of a demon was impossible.
But, Jewish theology taught that when the Messiah came, He
would be able to cast out a demon from a man who was
unable to speak.
In Matthew 12:22, Yeshua demonstrated that He was able to
exorcise that kind of demon:
Then was brought unto him one possessed with a demon, blind and dumb:
and he healed him, insomuch that the dumb man spoke and saw.
This caused the people to begin asking a question in verse 23:
And all the multitudes were amazed, and said, Can this be the son of
The question was, “Can Yeshua really be the Messiah?”
The people, however, were not willing to judge His Person by
themselves, but were looking to their religious leaders, the
Pharisees, to come up with some kind of judgment
concerning Him. They were waiting for the Pharisees to
conclude either that He was the Messiah or that He was not
the Messiah. If He was not the Messiah, then the Pharisees
would need to offer some kind of alternative explanation as
to how He was able to perform these many miracles,
especially the miracles that were supposed to be unique to
the Messiah alone.
The Pharisees chose the latter course in verse 24:
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “This man does not cast out
demons, but by Beelzebub the prince of the demons.”
They refused to accept Jesus as the Messiah because He did
not fit their pharisaic mold or idea of what the Messiah was
supposed to say and do. Their alternative explanation as to
how He was performing His miracles was to say that He
Himself was possessed by Beelzebub the prince of demons.
This, then, became the official basis of the rejection of the
Messiahship of Yeshua.
The Messiah responded to this accusation by telling them that
their statement could not be true because it would mean that
Satan’s kingdom was divided against itself. And Yeshua
proceeded to pronounce judgment upon the generation of that
day. That generation had committed the unpardonable sin:
blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. The unpardonable sin was the
national rejection of the Messiahship of Yeshua while He was
physically present on the grounds that He was demon
possessed. This sin was unpardonable, and judgment was set.
The judgment came forty years later in A.D. 70 with the
destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, followed by the
worldwide dispersion of the Jewish people.
The Pharisees were stunned by this pronouncement of
judgment. They tried to retake the offensive in verse 38 by
demanding a sign, as though the Messiah had done nothing so
far to substantiate His Messiahship! But in Matthew 12: 39,
there was a change of policy regarding His signs. While the
Messiah would continue to perform miracles even after
chapter 12, the purpose of His miracles had changed. No
longer were they for the purpose of authenticating His Person
and His message in order to get the nation to come to a
decision. The leaders had already made that decision. From
this point onward, there would be no more signs for the
nation, except one: the sign of Jonah, the sign of resurrection.
It is a sign that would come for Israel on three occasions: at the
resurrection of Lazarus (John 11:1 46); at His own
Resurrection (Matthew 16:1 4); and at the Resurrection of the
Two Witnesses in the Tribulation (Revelation 11:3-13).
The first sign of Jonah was the resurrection of Lazarus,
recorded in John 11:1 44. In verse 42, He made it very clear for
whom Lazarus was raised, namely, the Jewish multitudes:
And I knew that you heard me always: but because of the multitude that
stands around I said it, that they may believe that you did send me.
In verse 45, some Jews responded correctly to this first sign of
Jonah and believed that Yeshua was who He claimed to be. But
in verse 46, others still wanted some kind of word or judgment
from their leaders, and so they reported to the Pharisees what
Jesus had done. Since this was the sign the Messiah had
promised them, they must respond in some way or another.
The Pharisees responded in keeping with their original verdict
of Matthew 12, issuing a decree of rejection and seeking an
opportunity to put Him to death.
When Yeshua made His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem (Luke
19:41-44), thousands of Jews cried out: Blessed is the King that
comes in the name of the Lord, which, in its Jewish frame of
reference, is an official messianic greeting based on the
messianic context of Psalm 118:26. The Jewish masses
proclaimed His Messiahship, but the Jewish leaders had
already committed the unpardonable sin. Judgment had
already been set on that generation. Since the sin was
unforgivable, there was no way of alleviating that judgment. So
in spite of the masses proclaiming Him to be the Messiah, Jesus
pronounced words of judgment upon the City of Jerusalem.
The offer of the Kingdom to that generation had been
withdrawn and the Jewish people would now await His
II. THE PREREQUISITE TO THE
To discover what the basis of the Second
Coming is, it will be necessary to look at
five more passages of Scripture.
A. Leviticus 26:40 42
And they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity
of their fathers, in their trespass which they trespassed
against me, and also that, because they walked contrary unto me, I also
walked contrary unto them, and brought them into the land of their
enemies: if then their uncircumcised heart be humbled, and they then accept
of the punishment of their iniquity; then will I remember my covenant with
Jacob; and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with
Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.
In Leviticus 26:1-39, Moses predicted how the Jews would be
scattered all over the world because of their disobedience to
God’s revealed will. According to the New Testament, this
came as a direct result of the rejection of the Messiahship of
Yeshua. Following the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, their
worldwide dispersion was a fact. The first half of Leviticus 26
has been fulfilled.
But in verse 42, Moses states that God will remember His
covenant with His people Israel and that He has every
intention of giving them all the blessings and promises of the
Abrahamic Covenant. This is especially true as the covenant
pertains to the Promised Land. However, before they can begin
to enjoy these blessings of the Messianic Age, it is first
necessary for them to fulfill the condition of verse 40: they shall
confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers. Notice that the
word iniquity is singular and that it is specific. There is one
specific iniquity that Israel must confess before she can begin
to enjoy all of the benefits of the Abrahamic Covenant. This
iniquity was committed by their fathers or ancestors, but now
must be confessed by a subsequent generation, the remnant
generation of the Tribulation.
B. Jeremiah 3:11-18
In verses 14-18 of Jeremiah 3, the prophet begins to describe the
blessings that God has in store for Israel in the Messianic
Kingdom. It will be a time of tremendous blessing and
restoration for the Jewish people when the Kingdom is
established by their Messiah. But all these blessings are
conditioned by verse 13:
Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against
Jehovah your God, and have scattered your ways to the strangers under
every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, says Jehovah.
The remnant generation of the Tribulation must acknowledge
or confess that one specific iniquity, the rejection of the
Messiahship of Yeshua, was committed against Jehovah their
God by the generation of Messiah’s first coming.
C. Zechariah 12:10
Zechariah chapters 12, 13, and 14 are one prophetic revelation,
a unit of thought that develops one theme. Chapter 13 speaks of
the national cleansing of Israel from their sin. Chapter 14
describes the Second Coming of the Messiah and the
establishment of the Kingdom. But the cleansing of Israel,
followed by the Second Coming of the Messiah, and the
establishment of the Messianic Kingdom are all conditioned on
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they shall look unto
me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns
for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in
bitterness for his first born.
Before Israel will receive the cleansing of her sin and before the
Messiah will return to establish His Kingdom, Israel must first
look unto—not upon as in the King James Version—the One
whom they have pierced and plead for His return. Once they do
this, then, and only then, will they receive their cleansing and
begin to enjoy the blessings of the Messianic Age.
D. Hosea 5:15
I will go and return to my place, until they acknowledge their offence, and
seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me earnestly.
The One who is speaking throughout this chapter is God
Himself. There are certain presuppositions behind the
understanding of this verse. Before anyone can go back to a
place, he must first leave it. In this passage, God states that He
is returning to His place. God’s place is Heaven. Before God can
go back to Heaven, He must first leave it. The question is,
“When did God ever leave Heaven?” God left Heaven at the
Incarnation in the Person of Jesus of Nazareth. Then, because of
one specific offense committed against Him, He returned to
Heaven at the Ascension from the Mount of Olives. This verse
further states that He will not come back to the earth until the
offense that caused Him to return to Heaven is acknowledged
What is that Jewish national offense committed against the
Person of Yeshua? It is not, as many believe, the act of killing
Yeshua for He would still have to die to become the sacrifice for
sin. The actual killing of the Messiah was done by Gentile, not
Jewish, hands. He was condemned and sentenced by a Gentile
judge. He was crucified by Gentile soldiers. The national
offense of Israel was in the rejection of His Messiahship.
According to Hosea 5:15, only when this offense is
acknowledged or confessed will the Messiah return to the
E. Matthew 23:37 39
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killed the prophets, and stoned them that are
sent unto her! how often would I have gathered your children together, even
as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold,
your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me
henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.
Chapter 23 contains the Messiah’s denunciation of the Scribes
and Pharisees, the Jewish leadership of that day. For they were
guilty of leading the nation to reject the Messiahship of Yeshua.
Still speaking to the Jewish leadership, Yeshua reiterates in verse
37 His original desire to gather them, if they would only accept
Him. Because of their rejection of His Messiahship, they will be
scattered instead of being gathered. In verse 38, their house, the
Jewish Temple, will be left desolate and will be destroyed, with
nothing remaining. But then He declares that they will not see
Him again until they say: Blessed is he that comes in the name
of the Lord. This is a messianic greeting, and it will signify their
acceptance of His Messiahship.
So Yeshua will not return to the earth until the Jews and the
Jewish leaders of the Tribulation generation ask Him to come
back. For just as the Jewish leaders once led the nation to the
rejection of His Messiahship, they must someday lead the
nation to the acceptance of His Messiahship.
It is this fact that explains Satan’s war against the Jews
throughout history in general and during the Tribulation in
particular. Satan knows that once the Messiah returns, his
freedom ends. Satan also knows that Jesus will not come back
until the Jewish leaders ask Him to come back. So, if Satan can
succeed in destroying the Jews before they come to national
repentance, then Yeshua will not come back and Satan’s career is
eternally safe. That is why, when Satan is confined to his fourth
abode and knows his time is short, he expends all of his satanic
energies to try to destroy the Jews once and for all. Anti
Semitism in any form, active or passive, whether it is racial,
ethnic, national, economic, political, religious, or theological, is
all part of the satanic strategy to avoid the Second Coming.
This, then, is the twofold basis of the Second Coming of the
Messiah: first, Israel must confess her national sin; secondly,
Israel must then plead for Messiah to return, to mourn for him
as one mourns for an only son.
Additional information concerning the Rapture can
be found in Dr. Fruchtenbaum’s Manuscript 39, The
Rapture of the Church, and additional information on His
Second Coming can be found in Manuscript 3. Dr.
Fruchtenbaum’s book, Footsteps of the Messiah, will give
the reader a complete understanding of the soon
coming end-time events.