By Nathan Jones
What is a major promise God has for the Jewish people in His prophetic plan? And, just who killed Jesus?
Dr. David Reagan and I recently had the pleasure of asking these questions of August Rosado on the show Christ in Prophecy. August is a Bible prophecy teacher and preacher and founder of a ministry called Today in Bible Prophecy. Having a passion for all things Jewish, he can be found traveling the country waking the Church up concerning the soon return of Jesus Christ.
August Rosado: We read from Genesis all the way to the book of Revelation that God has promises for the Jewish people. As a matter of fact, in Ezekiel 34 God says 18 times, "I will... I will... I will... I will... I will bring the Jewish people back from the four corners of the earth. I will bring them back into their own homeland. I will establish my covenant with them." Eighteen times God says, "I will."
God's promises He has for the Jewish people are not null and void. The Church has never, ever replaced the Jewish people.
Nathan Jones: What about those people who argue then that the Jews coming back from the exile in Babylon already fulfilled those prophecies?
August Rosado: It does fulfill the prophecies in part because God promised them that they would be back to Jerusalem after the 70 years of Babylonian captivity. Cyrus defeated the Babylonian army and then he allowed the Jews to go back to Israel where they rebuild the Second Temple.
But, when I read Deuteronomy 28, God said that the Jews would be dispersed to the four corners of the earth. Well, that wasn't fulfilled until later in AD 70 when the Roman General Titus came and destroyed the city of Jerusalem. After the return from the Babylonian exile, the Jews were then later scattered to the four corners of the earth.
Jesus said that since Israel had rejected the time of His first visitation they would then be scattered, yet because of the promises He made to Abraham and to David, they would one day be brought back into their land. When was the fulfilled? May 14, 1948. We are here to see it! That is a fulfillment of Ezekiel 36:24, "For I will take you from among the heathen," the goyim in the Hebrew, and "gather you out of all countries, will bring you back into your old homeland." Again, that was fulfilled on May the 14th of 1948. That is not a coincidence, that is a God-incident.
Who Killed Jesus
Dr. Reagan: A false teaching that the Church has been teaching for 2,000 years which has been the source of much anti-Semitism is that the Jews were the Christ killers and that God washed His hands of them. Well, that's just not what is taught in the Bible. For example, in Acts 4:27 it says, "That this city was gathered together against the holy servant Jesus and those who God did anoint, both Herod, Pontius Pilate, the Gentiles and the people of Israel." So, who murdered Jesus? Herod, Pontius Pilate, the Gentiles, the peoples of Israel, and you and me.
One of the things that always impressed me about the great medieval painters was when they would paint pictures of the Crucifixion and they would always place themselves at the foot of the cross and paint themselves in there as one of those who were nailing Jesus to the cross. Because, He died for the sins of all of us.
Nathan Jones: That reminds me of why in the movie The Passion Mel Gibson put himself in as the one nailing Jesus to the cross.
Pope Benedict then didn't recently have to exonerate the Jews of Jesus' death? God didn't wash the Jews out of His hands, right? There was no need for the Pope as he did recently to forgive them?
August Rosado: No, no need for that at all. All of us were responsible for the death of the Lord Jesus. So, to just blame it on the Jewish people boils down to anti-Semitism. We were all responsible for the death of our Lord.
In the next part of our interview with August Rosado, we'll ask him to point out some major signs of the end times that point to the Lord's soon return.