History records that Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. This destruction was prophesied by Jesus and His apostles in the New Testament just as Isaiah and Jeremiah had prophesied its earlier destruction which occurred in 586 B.C.
Actually, it was the Babylonians who did the destroying in the earlier conquest and the Romans who performed the later one. Nevertheless, neither the Romans nor the Babylonians could have succeeded unless God had removed His protective hedge from around Israel. And for what reason did God remove it? The sinfulness of Jerusalem and Israel.
For this same reason, God abandoned the New Testament church in its last days because it had become corrupt in the same way that Jerusalem had become corrupt. Its leaders were more interested in self-aggrandizing than in serving God. This, too, had been prophesied by Jesus and the apostles (Matthew 24:10-12; Acts 20:29-30; 2 Timothy 3:1-17).
If God is no longer using Israel and no longer using the church to represent Him in the world today, how then is He presenting Himself? Through the resurrected, ascended, and crowned Jesus Christ! As He says through Isaiah (Isaiah 59:16), when He saw that there was no man to intercede, He brought salvation by “His own arm.” This speaks of the kingdom of God which reigns supreme in our midst (Luke 17:20-21).
There is not, there never has been, and there never will be, a human being who is pure enough, strong enough, and wise enough to be a completely reliable intermediary between God and man – except for Jesus of Nazareth.
If you would seek the kingdom of God, seek Jesus…for He is its King! You know His name – that’s all you need to know. Look to heaven and call on Him. His thoughts will come to your heart – especially as you trust Him and do good to those around you.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
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