Many Dispensationalists believe that when the Great
Tribulation begins, millions of Jews in the world will
suffer terrible chastisement for crucifying Christ.
But you can't find that anywhere in the Bible. This
was a crime which a long gone generation of Jews
committed 2000 years ago. Nevertheless, Bible experts,
revealing that what they know they learned from
mentors and not from the Bible, all point an accusing
finger at the Jews.
Hal Lindsay: "And the spared remnant of the dispersed of
Israel will, like their brethren in Jerusalem, hail Him -
though at first, it may be, from a distance - whom they
(The Road To Holocaust, p 183)
John MacArthur: "I believe that what we're seeing today is
just a preliminary regathering for the Tribulation, not the
final regathering for their redemption and entrance into the
Kingdom. They're coming back now to be killed...to be
(The Second Coming of The Lord Jesus Christ, p
J. Vernon McGee: "He has been pierced! That part has been
fulfilled. But Zachariah says that He shall return again,
and when He comes, then they will look upon the One whom
they pierced, and they shall mourn for Him."
Bible, vol 4, p 493)
Dwight Pentecost: "The first great purpose of the
Tribulation is to prepare the nation Israel for her
Messiah...the tribulation is primarily Jewish...God's
purpose for Israel in the Tribulation is to bring about the
conversion of a multitude of Jews..."
(Things To Come, p
Is Tribulation of any kind an effective way of bringing about
conversion? Hitler's holocaust was probably the worst since A.D.70.
But how many Jews were converted to Christianity at that time?
John F. Walvoord: "Though the Gentiles performed the act of
crucifixion, it was demanded by the Jews who, according to
Scripture, 'pierced' Christ. Jews living at the time of the
Second Coming will accept responsibility."
of the Bible p 524)
Dr. John R. Rice: "...the trouble in Jerusalem, and the
dispersion of the Jews among all the nations of Jerusalem [sic?]
throughout this whole age, is simply a continuation of the
punishment of God upon the whole race of Jews."
(Matthew, p 369)
These are very strong condemnations of the Jew. It appears that
a number of Bible experts have taken it upon themselves
to speak for the Lord of heaven, because He certainly is
not holding any Jew guilty - or anyone else for that
matter - for crucifying the Lord Jesus Christ (we are all guilty,
of course. It was our guilt that sent Christ to the cross. But I'm
speaking of those who had a direct hand in delivering the Lord Jesus
Christ to the Romans for crucifixion 2000 years ago). As a matter
of fact, I
know of no instance in the Bible where God punished anyone
for crucifying Christ. For some 40 years after the
unbelieving Jews committed this awful crime, God did
everything He could to bring them all to repentance and back to
Gospel went out to every creature under heaven, Jew and
Gentile alike, but always to the Jew first. Those who
repented and accepted Christ as their Saviour were saved,
even though they might have been among those Jews who cried,
"Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" Only those who resisted and rejected
Christ to the very end (to the war of A.D.70) were destroyed.
Is God more vindictive than man? If Johnny Smith's Great-Great-Grandpa
committed murder way back in his day, and the law arrested
Johnny last month for the crime, and sentenced
him to the chair, or life in prison, would we not
think it criminally unfair of our Justice System?
Yet we Christians, without even stopping to search
the Scriptures to see if this is so, believe some
teachers, and expect the Almighty God to do awful
things to a randomly selected generation of Jews in
a "Great Tribulation" in retribution for crucifying Christ.
Notice, however, that the scholars teach us Gentiles to rejoice that WE
don't have to suffer through the Great Tribulation
with the Jews. They happily point us to I Thessalonians 5:9
which says, "For God hath not appointed us to wrath,
but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ."
So we are supposed to believe that we go up in the rapture, and the
Antichrist is turned loose, primarily to chastise
some far off generation of Jews who never saw Christ,
never heard Him teach, never saw Him do any miracles in their city and
country, and were not the ones who persuaded the Romans to do the actual crucifying.
This is contrary to Scripture. The biblical story
isn't quite like that at all. Although (and this is from the
Christian viewpoint) unbelieving Jews have no particular reason
to rejoice (if they
die in unbelief, they will suffer the same fate as unbelieving
Gentiles), the truth is that God is not out to get even with them
for what their ancestors did.
God expressly says that, "...the soul that sinneth, it
(Ezek. 18:4) "The son shall not bear the
iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear
the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the
righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the
wicked shall be upon him"
(Ezek. 18:20). This is pure and
simple Bible - it might well have been written in stone; we cannot
change it, and we shouldn't ignore it. It wasn't written especially
for Jews, nor does it exclude Jews.
It is obvious that the Bible scholars who anticipate a
"Great Tribulation" especially to chastise Jews for
crucifying Christ either have not read the above verses in
the Old Testament, or else they don't believe them.
Nor did they read the words of Jesus Christ who
singled out a particularly wicked group of Jews as
He pronounced all the woes upon the Scribes and Pharisees
(Matthew 23:13-35), and then said, "Verily I say unto you,
All these things shall come upon this generation."
Bible scholars, often ignoring the context, have the uncanny
ability to interpret phrases like "this generation" to mean
something other than that which is normal. But in this verse it
is obvious that "this generation" was the actual generation
that Jesus was speaking to.
SOME BELIEVE THAT ISRAEL IS A BLINDED NATION
None of that generation of Jews the Lord Jesus Christ was speaking to
were judged for crucifying Christ, only for unblief. And not all of
that generation were judged for unbelief. Paul made it clear that there
was a saved remnant of Israelites (Rom. 11:5). They were the "elect"
because they accepted the Gospel which had then been preached to all
the Jews in the world (Col. 1:23). But the rest of Israel was blinded
(Rom. 11:7). So Paul divided Israel into two segments; those who were
blinded, and those who were not.
What happened to the blinded of Israel? "That they all might
be damned who believed not the truth..."
(II Thes. 2:12). That
is pretty strong language. If an Israelite was blinded after
stubbornly rejecting Christ to the end, he had no chance of escape. The
Romans would soon get him. But that happend some 2000 years ago.
And it happened only to the guilty and blinded generation of Jews.
Dispensational scholars believe that Israel is a blinded nation now,
and will remain blinded until the Church is raptured, once again
teaching a fallacy which is contrary to Scripture. II Thes. 2:10-12
gives a different story. It says that only the part of Israel which
loved not the truth was blinded that they all might be damned. They
were "them that perish" (v 10).
Dispensationalists, true to their calling, move II Thessalonians out
into the far off future, past the Church Age, and into the future
"Great Tribulation," so that the "falling away" becomes the future
"apostate church," the "man of sin" becomes the future "Antichrist,"
and so on.
In the first place, there is no such thing as an apostate church.
According to the best dictionaries, an apostate is he who once believed,
but abandons his faith, and becomes unfaithful. But according to the
doctrine of the security of the believer today, that is not possible.
So a church is made up either of believers, or of unbelievers. A church
of unbelievers doesn't go into unbelief; it's already in unbelief.
Although unbelievers may come into a church of believers, even in
predominant numbers, so that the church becomes a church of unbelievers,
it has not gone apostate; it simply becomes a church full of unbelievers.
According to the doctrine of the security of the believer, no one today can fall
away, although that was not always the case. There was a time in Jewish history
when a Jew could fall away from the faith, and be lost forever. "And Jesus said
unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for
the kingdom of God."
"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of
the heavenly gift, and were partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good
word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew
them again unto repentance..."
It is a sad and pathetic thing to see Bible experts strain at these verses in an
effort to interpret them in terms of Futurism and the believers' security of today.
The falling away in II Thessalonians concerned the Jews who lived during the final
days of Israel and the Mosaic system, prior to the war of A.D.70. During those years
a Jew who accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ was in a precarious position. He had
to endure many temptations by false prophets and teachers which would lure him away
from Jesus Christ and back into the Old Ways. If he gave in, he was lost and could
not come back. But if he endured to the end, he would be saved. "But he that shall
endure to the end, the same shall be saved"
Oddly enough, the doctrine of the security of the believer helps us determine that
the book of Revelation was written prior to the war of A.D.70, and not after: "He
that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out
his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and
before the angels"
(Rev. 3:5). We learn here never to underestimate the shrewdness of a futuristic Bible
expert in making a verse of Scripture say what's in the expert's heart by changing or
ignoring a word here and there. In the King James Bible Commentary we read this
concerning Revelation 3:5, "The promise not to blot out his name out of the book
of life is strong assurance of the eternal security of the believer in Sardis."
The scholar reverses the meaning of the verse, and neglects to tell us that this
promise applies only to "him that overcometh." There are seven clear promises of
salvation made to the seven churches in Asia, and in all cases the promise is made
to those who manage to overcome.
The standard scholarly explanation of the word "overcome" is that "if you believe
in Christ, then you are an overcomer." This explains little; it is a general
statement of fact - a truism, if you will. To repeat it seven times to each church
which was made up of people who already believed in Christ (and thus were overcomers,
according to Dispensationalism) seems quite redundant.
These were not simple factual statements of salvation, but admonitions to DO
something. If one endured, his salvation was assured. But the converse is obvious;
if he didn't endure, he was in danger of losing his salvation - i.e., his name would
be blotted out of the book of life, etcetera. These Jewish believers were required
to overcome, and endure in their faithfulness to Christ until the end of the nation
f Israel in A.D.70. Those were perilous times for the children of Israel.
But that particular peril ended with the war in A.D.70, 2000 years ago. The generation
of Jews guilty of stubborn unbelief and a hatred of Christ were destroyed in that
holocaust. The surviving Jews, those who believed in Christ, became the new Church of
Jesus Christ which carried the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
No Jew today is guilty of crucifying Christ. No Jew has been guilty since A.D.70. Also,
no Jew is blinded today. God says that the son shall not bear
the iniquity of the father. If God is true, then how can any Jew, after so many generations,
still be blamed for crucifying Christ?
In A.D.70, when Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed, when the day of Israel
the times of the Gentiles,
or the fulness of the Gentiles
, came in. That was the
time in history Paul was referring to when he said that part of Israel would be "blinded
until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in"
(Rom. 11:25). With Israel gone, we are living
times of the Gentiles.
Scripturally speaking, there is no Israel, and there are no Jews. All Jews have become the same
as Gentiles (Rom. 11:32). Today, from the point of view of biblical Christianity, there are only
Christians and Gentiles.
There is a damnable belief prevailing among many Christian organizations today that no one ought
to witness Christ to Jews, that they are saved through their own covenant with God, that they
have no need of Christ for salvation. Part of this belief may stem from confused, futuristic
theology, which has been taught for the past two hundred years or more, and part may be a
mysterious, deep-rooted hatred of Jews. Blaming Jews for crucifying Christ is merely an excuse
for persecuting them, no matter what form it takes. The Jew today is the same as a Gentile, and
while the Gospel of Christ should not be forced upon anyone, if he will listen, neither should it