Welcome back to the study table, friends! I hope you’ve come with expectations of the Lord’s blessings. That is what I’ve prayed for over the past few days, and I know He is faithful to deliver!
If you are just finding your way to this page, you are jumping in at the end of a mini-series, but welcome aboard! The good news is that you can catch up by going back to these previous lessons:
We were reminded yesterday of how Gentiles were grafted into the Olive Tree. While we never become Jews naturally, we join together spiritually to become one with all those who are descendants of Abraham via faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
But now, we’re focusing on the return of King Jesus. God promised Abraham a kingdom, but little did anyone know what the kingdom would entail! It is a worldwide kingdom in which there is no distinction between Jews and Gentiles. (Galatians 3:28) Indeed, we’re talking about the Millennial Kingdom and fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant. That fulfillment requires the return of Jesus physically to earth to set up that kingdom.
We have learned that Jesus is a gentleman and will not force Himself upon His people. But rather, at some point they will invite Him back, as stated in Matthew 23:39:
“For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
The Lord longs to hear those words, but do you realize those are the very words spoken as He entered Jerusalem prior to His crucifixion? Indeed! Take a look at Mark 11:9-10:
Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting:
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord;
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David;
Hosanna in the highest!”
Whoa…did you catch that! Not only were the Jews welcoming Jesus with the very words that they will repeat when He returns, but notice what they believed was on the horizon: the kingdom of David! The Davidic Covenant…the Millennium! The Jews would ultimately reject Jesus, and so that became only the preparation for the Davidic Covenant that would not be fulfilled for centuries. In fact, it is not fulfilled yet…but it will be soon!
Here is where we must know the difference between the “finish line” for believers and the “finish line” for unbelieving Jews. See, the Bible teaches us that the rapture will happen before the tribulation, and all believers will be snatched from the earth to meet the Lord in the air. (1 Corinthians 15:51-53) For unbelieving Jews (who will not be raptured), the “finish line”…the coming of the Messiah…is actually the Glorious Appearing. It occurs AFTER the tribulation. It is at that point the Davidic Covenant will be fulfilled.
Make no mistake, God has not forgotten the promise He made to His people in Zechariah 9:9:
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Though Jesus fulfilled that prophecy by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey that fateful Palm Sunday, the Jews did not receive Him as Messiah. Despite that, God WILL fulfill the promise that their King will come. He is awaiting the invitation!
Here is where it gets good! The Jews will welcome him with these words: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! (Matthew 23:39) But, do you recall my remark a couple days ago about it being a team effort? Gentile friends, WE have a part in this!
Recall Revelation 22:16, where we learned that Jesus is the Bright and Morning Star who rises in our hearts? Well, guess what…verse 17 reveals our part of this stupendous event.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.
As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we are the bride. We join with the Spirit of God in saying, “Come!” It is an invitation for all to come, and to meet the Bridegroom! It is our opportunity to invite God’s chosen people to come to the Feast! We are to be persistent. We are watchmen on the wall, we are prayer warriors for the sake of the Jews and we are to live our lives in such a way that it provokes the Jews to jealousy! We have their Messiah and we must share Him!
So, I think of it as a two part chorus: believing Jews and Gentiles singing, “Come!” And unbelieving Israel recognizing and inviting their Messiah back with the words “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” May our choruses join until we are finally together at the Feast of Tabernacles (Millennial Kingdom) celebrating together in worship to the King of Kings!
Certainly, we can only imagine what that day will be like. However, I like to imagine “practicing” on earth, how about you!?! Come back later today because I have something special for you! (Sorry…my live class gets first crack at it! But once we’re done I’ll post it!) Come back and be blessed!