Sunday, 3 November 2019
Restoration of the Kingdom
Question of the day: The disciples get to ask the question of the day. The question is asked to Yeshua, so He gets to answer. Acts 1:6b "Lord, are You restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?"
Answer: Acts 1:7 "He said to them, It is not your place to know the times or seasons which the Father has placed under His own control."
Notice (significantly) that Yeshua directs His answer to their question. They asked "at this time?" Yeshua answers concerning the timing. The issue itself, of restoring the kingdom to Israel is never in doubt or dispute. It will happen. 2,000 years ago the disciples asked, "When, is it now?"
What does that means, "restore the kingdom to Israel?" Yeshua had only days earlier been crucified under a sign (in 3 languages) "King of the Jews." When Yeshua takes the scepter of David and is seated on His throne, the kingdom (that once belonged to David) is reestablished through David's Son, Yeshua.
The Archangel Gabriel prophesied to the virgin Mary ... Luke 1:31-32 "Behold, you will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you shall call His name Yeshua. He will be great and will be called Ben-Elyon. Adonai Elohim will give Him the throne of David, His father."
Of course, we know Yeshua will rule the entire world for a millennial (1,000 year) reign. But He will do that from His throne in Zion. All Israel will follow Him.
Jeremiah 32:38-40 "They will be My people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, so they may fear Me forever; for their good and for their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never turn away from doing good for them. I will put My fear in their hearts, so that they will not depart from Me."
Soon and not yet. We have promises that are not yet fulfilled concerning Israel. Romans 11:26-27 "and in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, The Deliverer shall come out of Zion. He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins."
The body of Messiah has a destiny. That destiny will not be reached without a lot of Jewish people being included.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,