Saturday, December 10, 2011
THE JEW IN PROPHECY
The following are brief excerpts from an address given by J Frank Norris at the Bethel Jewish Synagogue sometime in the late 1940s.
The history of the Jews proves without question the divine character of the Word of God. It goes without saying I have no sympathy however, with any group of any form of anti semitic propaganda.
It was Napoleon when asked by one of his infidel generals what proof there was of God, to which he then looked at one of his marshals, who was a Jew, and said to the others, “Gentlemen, there is the unanswerable argument to your unbelief.”
Let me illustrate the miracle of the Jew. They saw the proud Egyptian army perish in the waters of the red sea. They have witnessed the ruin and fall of the Babylonian empire. They have outlived the Caesars, and the dark ages which followed, they have been through all civilizations, and shared in all of it’s convulsions and here they stand today, as distinct as ever and at last have returned to the land promised them in the Abrahamic covenant.
For centuries they were forbidden to claim Jerusalem as their own. They have been massacred by the thousands. They have been banished from place to place. Seven times the City of Jerusalem has been destroyed. It was Nebuchadnezzar in the year 607 B.C. who besieged the city and carried it’s inhabitants into captivity.
In the year of A.D., beginning with Titus, it was the Roman armies that destroyed the rebuilt temple and sacked the city in 70 A.D. In about the year 637 A.D., the advent of Mohammedism arose and built the mosque of Omer on the site held sacred by the Jews. For a period of about 500 years it was the fanatical crusaders who unleashed pain and suffering on this land held in trust, by God, for His ancient people, the Jews.
Fulfilling prophecy began to take shape in 1917 when the British General Allenby marched into Jerusalem and according to the Balfour decree the British took charge and stated, “The British government looks with favor upon the restoration of Palestine to the Jews, and religious liberty shall be guaranteed. God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. Six hundred thousand Egyptians were engaged by General Allenby to build the railroad in 1917 from the Nile River. Paradoxically, the army of Moses leading the children of God out of Egypt four thousands years previously was comprised of an army of 600,000 men.
No wonder Moses exclaimed in Deuteronomy 28:37, “And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations, whither the Lord shall lead them.
Friends, this is just a prelude to a marvelous story just beginning to unfold. Look for more on this subject in days to come.
Dec. 9, 2011