Over the 20 centuries since the time of Jesus Christ’s first coming to earth, the Jewish people have suffered terrible persecutions, pogroms and discrimination. This fulfils several prophecies – that the Jews will be a curse and objects of derision in the world:
Jeremiah 17:1-4 The sins of Judah are recorded on their hearts, the fire of My anger will burn forever.
Ezekiel 21:2-7 Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem and prophesy against the Land of Israel. I shall draw My sword to cut off everyone from South to North. I will make away with both the righteous and wicked, My sword will be drawn against everyone from the Negev northward. All courage will fail – it will surely take place.
Ezekiel 21:10-14 A sword is sharpened for the slaughter, polished to flash like lightning. Should we rejoice in the scepter of Judah? No, the sword condemns the Rod of My Son. Cry and wail for it falls on My people – all your rulers will be killed.
Testing will surely come – what if the scepter of Judah, which the sword despises, does not continue? Swing the sword three times, the great sword of slaughter.
Verse 14 is highly significant, as it foretells three judgements of the Jewish people:
1/ The Babylonian conquest in 585BC.
2/ The revolt against the Romans, Maccabees to AD 70, when millions were killed.
3/ The final gathering and judgement of the Jewish people in the Land.
At the trial of Jesus, the Jews said in; Matthew 27:25 His blood be on us and our children. In the parable of the King and his servants, Luke 19:14 ..his subjects hated him and said “We don’t want this man to be our King “
Luke 19:27 As for those enemies of Mine that did not want Me for a King, bring them here ( into the Land ) and slaughter them in My presence.
Matthew 21:38-43 The parable of the vineyard – The wicked tenants said; This is the Heir, come – let us kill him and get the inheritance. The King will bring those criminals to justice and destroy them. He will then rent the vineyard to righteous tenants. Therefore the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you ( Jews ) And given to a people who will bear fruit. (Faithful Christians)
Ezekiel 16:35-62 The Lord is saying how He rescued and tended Judah, but her depraved conduct surpassed even that of her sisters, Samaria ( Israel ) and Sodom:
Therefore, you prostitute, because of your brazen excesses, I shall assemble all those around you – whom you loved. I shall bring you to trial for adultery and murder. When I hand you over to them, they will strip you naked. They will punish you with stones and swords, burn down your houses and execute judgement in the sight of many women. You surpassed the sins of your sisters, Samaria and Sodom. The eventual restoration of a remnant, in your shame and humiliation. Ezekiel 16:63
Jeremiah 8:3 The Lord says to the leaders of Judah; You will be as dung spread over the ground. This wicked race would rather die than live. Isaiah 22:14, Luke 19:27
Jeremiah 18:1-10 The Potter and the clay: House of Israel, I will remould you as a potter would a spoilt pot.
Israel, the Northern 10 tribes, are to be ‘remoulded’. Ezekiel 36:25-28
Jeremiah 19:3 Proclaim to the leaders and citizens of Judah: v11 I shall smash this people as an earthen vessel is smashed beyond repair. There will be no room left to bury them.
Judah, judged and punished, in this next prophesied event. Isaiah 22:1-14
Psalms 69:35 for God will save Zion, the holy Land and rebuild the cities of Judah.
This has happened now, with the Jews doing amazing construction and agricultural achievements since 1948.
But, then… Psalms 69:36 The children of those who serve Him will inherit the Land and those who love His name will live there.
In the land of Israel today, 42% of the Jewish population are secular ( atheist ) 25% believe in God, but do not actively worship Him and 12% practice Judaism, 8% are the ultra orthodox Haredi Jews. In all the amazing things that have happened to the Jews since 1948 – their resettlement, restored language and wars won, they still do not acknowledge Gods hand in their affairs. He has helped them, for the reason that they are a part of His originally chosen people, but their continued rejection of Jesus and their sinful ways will result in their being virtually wiped out on the Lord’s Day of wrath. Only a remnant will survive in Jerusalem. Isaiah 29:1-4, Romans 9:27
Revised English bible, some verses abridged.