This age in which we live is considered the “age of the Gentiles,” because God included non-Jews in the focus of His Saints’ outreach to the lost. Since Jesus’ ministry began, Gentiles are freely included in God’s adopted family – the Jews first, and then the Gentiles (Romans 1:16).
Prior to this, His attention was on His chosen people, the Jews. Consequently, there were only a few non-Jews that He included in His family, such as the woman who safely harbored Joshua and the spies in Jericho, as well as Naomi’s daughter-in-law, Ruth, etc.
The Messianic Jews embrace Jesus, but there are not many of them. Even within the Jewish population now living in the promised land of Israel, there are few who choose to believe in their Messiah, Jesus Christ. For centuries, the Jews have been “blinded” by Jesus’ first humble coming.
As a babe in the manger, Jesus did not resemble the coming King prophesied in the Old Testament writings. Those prophecies represent His second coming, however. Somehow Jewish scholars missed the 300 prophesies that Christ’s first coming fulfilled (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2, etc).
After Jesus’ resurrection, God led some of the apostles to go and preach to the Gentiles, giving generations since then the opportunity for non-Jewish people to enter His family (Ephesians 1:5). However, when the anti-Christ takes power, God will send a strong spirit of delusion over the whole earth.
This gives the anti-Christ the ability to continue Satan’s ministry of deception (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12). Only a few Gentiles will believe during that time, because their worldview and belief system are based on their hardened hearts against the truth of the Gospel of Christ.
The wrath of God is revealed during the Great Tribulation period against all of those who suppressed the Truth of God. Sadly, those who know the Gospel truth, and who refuse to believe it, and who close their mind to its validity, will receive eternal condemnation by their own choices (John 3:18; Romans 1:18).
Father God, thank You that the 144,000 evangelists – 1200 from each of the twelve Israeli tribes (Rev 14:1-20), will go out into the world and minister to the Jews who are alive during the time of the Great Tribulation, and many will accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord. We are so thankful that You are faithful to Your promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, because that means that You are always faithful to Your promises to all of Your Saints.
We cling to the truth of Your Word, revel in the love that You shower us with every moment of our life, and rejoice in Your presence in our life both now and throughout eternity. Help us to rid our life of every “idol” that we embrace now, and prevent us from clinging to any others in the future. Christ is our whole life (Colossians 3:3-4), and we will bow to and worship no other God.
Thought for the Day:
All of those who clearly heard a presentation of the Gospel of Christ during the age of the Gentiles and during the Great Tribulation, and rejected the opportunity to accept Christ as their Savior, will continue to believe the anti-Christ’s rhetoric prevalent in the world even today; and they will die in their sins, and eternally reap the condemnation of their own choices – unless they turn their heart to Jesus.
– Titus 1:14; 1 Timothy 4:1-2; John 3:18