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Fruchtenbaum on Israel & Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit-Matt 12:22-45 (very interesting).

Discussion in 'Christian Chat' started by Everlasting Life, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. Everlasting Life

    Everlasting Life Through Faith in Jesus

    Ok, this is a bit long but well worth the read...so interesting. Enjoy. :)

    Matt 12:22-45


    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
    First Coming.
    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
    Second Coming.

    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
    Zechariah 12:10:
    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
    or confessed.

    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.

    III. Conclusion
    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.
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  2. Heistheway

    Heistheway Well-Known Member

    I agree and appreciate the in depth understanding this teaching provides. I always (and still do) believed when the Truth of who Christ is, was in you, any rejection thereof was the unpardonable sin. Because the sacrifice was so ultimate, beyond human means, and so painful to God and Christ, once you knew the truth, to turn away from it you could never actually believe it wasn't true. You had to decide to fool yourself. And after the depths to which God went to redeem you, to choose to pretend otherwise was unforgivable.
  3. Everlasting Life

    Everlasting Life Through Faith in Jesus

    Yes, puts into perspective the yearning Paul had for his own people.

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