C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR November 24th, 2019 : LESSON TEN : TOPIC – ISRAEL TOWARDS THE END
C.A.C SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON.
That the Scriptures Must be Fulfilled.
UNIT III: THE SCRIPTURES WILL BE FULFILLED.
DATE: November 24th, 2019.
ISRAEL TOWARDS THE END
Though besieged by several enemy nations, Israel has always been, and would continually be saved by the loving Lord.
Brethren my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be Saved.
The ultimate provision of God for mankind is salvation of their souls. Man was deceived and became depraved. He needed a saviour. Apostle Paul understood this and he desired that the Jews, His own people, be saved. He was deeply concerned about the salvation of others. Are you? Do you remember how own personal experience before Christ saved him on his Christian-persecution trip to Damascus? How would such a fellow not feel for those who are in ignorance and unbelief? No wonder his heart’s desire and prayer to see them saved ultimately.
The truth is that, it is God’s desire that all be saved (I Tim. 2:4), yet He will never force anyone or bye-pass your personal freedom of choice. Paul discovered, like he used to be before, that the Jews were ignorant of the work God is doing in bringing the Gentiles to His commonwealth. So he felt for them. He did not just stop at that, he went further to pray for them. He wanted them to understand their vital roles in the programme of God and the fulfillment of the scriptures. The Jews are pivotal to the fulfillment of the End Time prophecies. May the Holy Spirit assist us to realise this as the spiritual Jews.
DEVOTIONAL BIBLE READINGS FOR WEEK ONE
Mon. 18: Israel: One Nation, One King (Ezk. 37:22)
Tue. 19: Israel shall be Saved, Though Distressed (Jer. 30:7)
Wed. 20: Israel shall be Lifted Up and Embraced (Isa. 2:1-2)
Thur. 21: Israel shall be Gathered and Restored (Ezk. 36:24)
Fri. 22: Israelites Who Understood the Times (1 Chro. 12:32)
Sat. 23: Israel’s Fortune will be Restored (Amos 9:14-15)
1. Belief in God through Jesus Christ is the only acceptable faith; even the Jews would eventually come into it.
2. No one, no matter how big or influential, can obstruct God’s divine agenda.
3. We need to cooperate with God to see His work done in our lives and others, and be ready to fulfill the Scripture, positively at all time.
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Genesis 17:1-14
AIM AND OBJECTIVES
AIM: To establish that Israel has an important place in God’s heart and in His end time agenda.
OBJECTIVES: At the end of this lesson, learners should have:
i. known that Israel is pivotal to God’s end time agenda;
ii. understood that Israel, no matter the various forms of attacks carried out against her, can never be exterminated;
iii. realised that Israel would still enjoy the salvation of God. All hope is not lost God would extend His tolerant, mercy and long-suffering to save Israel, and
iv. known that the Messiah would come with His saints to reign for 1000 years
TEXTUAL SOURCE: ZECHARIAH 12:2,3,9; 14:1-21,16; LUKE 21:20-22)
THE REMAINING END-TIME EVENTS was topic that was last discussed under this series. It reopened our eyes to the remaining perilous events, with warning and charge to believers, to ensure the gospel saturates the whole earth. Overall, it is believed we have been stirred to preach the gospel, aggressively, while also keeping ourselves unspotted from the world. May God help us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Unit III of this series continues, and the topic to be trashed in the course of these two weeks ahead is, ISRAEL TOWARDS THE END. The topic will take us through events that will happen to Israel in the course of time when end-time events would border more on the nation of Israel, with nations rising against her, intent on overrunning her, while her loving Lord, Yahweh, would come to her rescue.
The birth of Israel as a nation of God’s chosen (Amos 3:1,2a) was very significant. It has since then formed and has kept developing its own unique cultural, religious, and national identity, in line with God’s programme for the nation to be a counterculture among the nations of the world. For centuries, its physical presence has been in the Promised Land (Canaan), even after the majority were forced into exile, the dispersed Jewish people have refused to forget their covenantal bond with the land. Thank God for the eventual establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.
Israel still plays a very important role in the fulfillment of the end-time scriptural predictions. As this age comes to a close, looking with the eye-glasses of the Scriptures, Israel would be a major focus of events. How? This is what this lesson has been divinely programmed to bring to force for us.
This lesson is a clarion call on all to be alert and watchful, as the end is imminent than we believed. May we have no reasons to regret in the end, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
AUTHORSHIP AND BACKGROUND OF THE BOOKS
A. ZACHARIAH: Refer to Lesson 2, Division *5 D
B. LUKE: Refer to Lesson 1, Division *5 D
INTRODUCTION TO EACH DIVISION
This lesson is divided into two sections, I and II. Each of the sections is further subdivided into A and B.
DIVISION 1: WILL BE BESIEGED BY NATIONS
This division, under the topic, ISRAEL TOWARDS THE END, gives us an insight to the experience of the Israelites – how they had suffered in the hand of the enemies and of the invasion predicted by Christ. Here, the fall of Jerusalem is becoming the picture of the judgment to come on the entire world. Consequently, they had to suffer this tragedy because of their constant rejection of God’s warning, leading to disobedience.
DIVISION II: WILL BE SAVED BY LOVING LORD
The focus of this second division is on the plan of God to save His people, Israel. It reiterates how Israel will be saved by the Lord. It shall be discussed under two sub topics: Supernatural Defended Against Attack and Saved By Her Messiah’s Intervention.
I. WILL BE BESIEGED BY NATIONS
A. THE FALL OF JERUSALEM
B. THE FATE OF JERUSALEM
II. WILL BE SAVED BY THE LOVING LORD
A. SUPERNATURAL DEFENDED AGAINST ATTACKS
B. SAVED BY HER MESSAIAH’S INTERVENTION
I. WILL BE BESIEGED BY NATIONS (Luke 21:20-22)
“To besiege” is to beset or surround with armed forces for the purpose of compelling to surrender. The numerous siege against Jerusalem and the one predicted by Jesus was a vengeance of God upon the land. It is a picture of the attack that wicked nations shall soon suffer as part of the last days events. Any place that is under siege, is usually under strong attack and the people cannot enjoy their freedom.
A. THE FALL OF JERUSALEM (vv. 21-21)
But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near (v. 20).
i. vv. 20-22: The fall of Jerusalem is the first phase on the end-time calendar of God for the nation of Israel. It remains an important events in its own right.
ii. Jesus’ prediction that Jerusalem would be surrounded by armies was fulfilled in A. D. 66-70, when the Roman army, under the leadership of Emperor Titus, besieged it because of its revolt against the Roman government.
iii. v. 21. The danger of the evil determined against Jerusalem would be very serious. Thus, urgency would be needed in fleeing. Indeed, believers who heeded the warning fled to a small town called, Pella, in the district of Decapolis, around A. D. 66.
iv. Nothing else should matter other than fleeing. The comforts of home and possessions are to be ignored, and those who care are to flee for safety (cf. Matt. 24:15-17).
v. The city eventually fell with all its glitz, including the glorious temple at its centre, around A. D. 70. That was the consequence of their unyielding posture to God’s warning on their drifting.
vi. According to history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times. (Source: Wikipedia).
vii. This judgment upon Jerusalem is a picture of the coming judgment upon the entire world. We must heed the warning of Christ, and flee to Him for safety (Matt. 7:24-25).
viii.The fallen Jerusalem was the capital city built by David during his time as the king of Israel. It was made to serve as the headquarters of the kingdom. Over years, Jerusalem lost this right, until some days back that the government of USA recognised it again as the Capital of Israel.
B. THE FATE OF JERUSALEM (v. 22)
For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled (v. 22).
i. Right from the very beginning of their history, God has been patient and long-suffering with Israel, for generations, but she has always rejected rejected God’s pleadings. We must be careful not to abuse God’s grace.
ii. Consequent upon their rejection of God, the predicted judgment had to fall upon them. What that had sown had to be reaped. It is fulfillment of all things that had been written (cf. Isa. 61:2; Dan. 9:26-27: Hos. 9:7).
iii. The sign of Jerusalem being surrounded (v. 20) will be a time of punishment and vengeance, which also is a fulfillment of Scripture (Psa. 94:1-2; Ezk. 25:17; Nah. 1:2).
iv. The desolation that took place upon Jerusalem was also due to sin. The present world is already sinning terribly against God. Thus, her desolation looms. That is the faith of all unrepentant nations and persons.
v. God’s judgment, however, is one that flows out of righteousness and justice. It is judgement that makes things right, exactly as they should be (Rom. 12:19; 2 Thess. 1:7-8).
vi. Siege has been part of Israel’s bitter experiences caused by their disobedience to God. Drought, pestilence, war and exile are other plights (Deut. 28:49-57; 2 Kings 25:1; Jer. 37:3-10). You can avoid a bad fate, if you let God have His way in all that you do.
1. Jerusalem’s fall affirms that fact that when God promises to punish a person or group of persons for sin, only candid repentance can save them.
2. Sin and sinners will be punished after expiration of the period of grace.
WORK TO DO
The loving God allowed her chosen nation to be besieged by enemies. Discuss the lessons for believers.
SUGGESTED ANSWER TO WORK TO DO
* God is all-loving; even when He warns, rebukes and decides to punish His children, His love is ever demonstrated.
* God would not show favoritism, because He is not a respected of any ony person.
* He did not destine His people for any suffering or attack. Their fate is a result of their choices. What have you chosen?
* God will not speak in abstract; He will do all He said.
* Their recalcitrance make God to subject them to afflictions.
* He made them scapegoats to serve as deterrent to others.
* God known what discipline His errant children deserve.