Christians Are Lawless; Jews Are Loveless; Both Get Healed Soon, Says Bible Prophecy Expert
Summary: Christians disregard laws on duty to God, believing Christ fulfilled those commands. Jews lack love as they seek external compliance, failing to see that if one hates his brother, he may be guilty of murder in his heart. “In the latter day” God promises a New Covenant in which He will put His law in our hearts. This is for Christians who see their need of the law and for Jews who see their need of Messiah. Ezekiel 37 shows this as dry bones coming together to get life and two sticks becoming one kingdom, but it also suggests trouble first.
Rabbis say Christ was okay, but Paul, who wrote about half the New Testament, was against “the works of the law,” a phrase he used numerous times. The rabbis have a point. Christians have taken part of the law that deals with our duty to God as no longer necessary. They say Christ fulfilled the law and we don’t have to keep those Jewish holy days—‘for by the works of the law’ no one is justified (made right)—it’s by the Spirit, but Sunday?
Paul seems to be against the law, yet he kept those holy days and said not to let anyone judge you for doing so– “they are a shadow of things to come.” He saw their significance as still future which means they weren’t all fulfilled, but human nature tends to hear what it wants to, especially when taught so by church leaders. When Christ said to beware the leaven of Pharisees, He was referring to their lightening of the Bread (doctrines), and in the next chapter, He said before He returns, Elijah will come first and “restore all things.” Matthew 17. The last verses of Malachi show the context with a focus on the law.
For Jews, the issue is more complex. Solomon said it was the glory of God to conceal a thing. God knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46) but He didn’t reveal it all in Genesis, even though He concealed a broader picture than we usually see in Genesis. Here are some examples…
The word “love” is not found with Adam, Enoch who walked with God, Noah or Abraham, even though they lived well and probably loved God. The word “love” is first found with Isaac when he was going to die and he asked Esau to get him some meat that he loved. Concealed in this is a sacrifice that is loved and appreciated. In young life, Isaac heard his father say, “God will provide Himself a lamb for a sacrifice.” Genesis 22.
This is the concealed meaning from the days of Abel, to Moses’ system of sacrifices, to Isaiah who wrote of a mysterious role–“He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53.
This is a forbidden topic among Jews, but if things aren’t turning out the way we expected, maybe we should re-look at the script[ures]. Two thousand years ago, it was forbidden to calculate when Messiah was to come from Daniel 9, but it says 69 weeks [of years] from the decree to build Jerusalem, given by Artaxerxes in 457 BCE. Right on time, Y’shua was anointed by the Holy Spirit as He was baptized by John, a Jewish prophet who said Y’shua was the “Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world,” John 1. For those who ‘get it,’ God has good things in store.
But trouble comes first. A cloud of prophecy hangs over Jerusalem. “The day of the Lord” (already signaled by 2015 events) comes with nations gathered against Jerusalem to battle, Zechariah 14. Four horns will scatter Judah, Israel and Jerusalem (1st chapter) before God gathers them in Ezekiel 36 from “all countries” to be His kingdom.