Now from that proclamation to today, Israel had ceased to be God's chosen people. Paul goes through great lengths to say that without saying that God has done away with Israel. More to the point, he dedicates an entire chapter on what happened to Israel in God's eyes from the moment of their betrayal to even today. Israel, the nation, was cut off from God. He had to, for they rejected His Son. And again, His words have to be yeay and Amen, and so:
He that hateth me hateth my Father also. -John 15:23.
Well, they rejected and hated Jesus, and so, they hate God the Father as well, and because they hate God, they are not qualified to be God's chosen. And so, a Jew is now in the same boat as the God-hating Gentile, as being lost in bondage to sin and the master of sin, Satan. Now, God could very well throw Israel away permanently and be justified, but He would not be able to say, "my words are yeay and amen", because his word, to have Israel be His people, would surely not mean much, since Israel would have nothing, because they took it away from themselves, although God said that they would have Him as His people.
So, God has to be the bigger man and rescue his disobedient, confused runts of children. Israel has to be saved, because knowing what they were going to do, God decided to have them as His chosen anyway. Because no one can be His chosen without acknowledging Lord Jesus as His Son, He can not give Israel another chance apart from saving them outright. They will have to bow to Lord Jesus, and confess Him as Savior. That and repent for the sin that put them into this situation in the first place, the folly of their forefathers in sentenceing Lord Jesus to death with a proclamation to Ceasar as their king. Paul realized this, and thus wrote as much in Romans 11:23-28.
Now, here's God's plan.
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. -Daniel 9:24
God set up a decree. Seventy weeks are decreed for Israel and her city, Jerusalem. By the time the seventy weeks are done, not only will Israel be done with all of her iniquity, but God will make reconciliation with her for iniquity. Take a look at how the last of these seventy weeks turn out.
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. -verse 27.
Verses 25-26 chronicle the first 69 weeks, which include a time in between them where Jerusalem and the Temple are destroyed. God then decreed that the last week, the ruler of the people who destroyed the temple will confirm a covenant for one week, and while breaking it mid-week, cause the city to become desolate as the result of the overabundance of abominations.
Ok. How is that God's plan? Isn't He suppose to make reconciliation for Israel's iniquities by the end of the seventieth week? Well, He does. How? Well, let's turn to Matthew 24 for a second.
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand -Matthew 24:15
Jesus is making the connection between the seventieth week, and the abomination that causes desolation. In fact, He is saying that the abomination that causes desolation is part and parcel not only to the seventieth week, but His return. My point? Well, what happens after the abomination happens?
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. verses 16-21
When the abomination that causes desolation happens, then all in Judea are instructed to head for the mountains, because of the tribulation that happens as a result.
So, now the seventieth week is attached to the Great Tribulation, whereas the day of the Abomination that causes Desolation would become day one of the Great Tribulation. What does this have to do with Israel's salvation?
Well, follow the pattern here. First an abomination happens during the last week in which Israel is to finish her transgressions. That event will launch Israel into hiding, running away to the mountains. Is there any event in the OT that mirrors this? Well, there is one.
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Zechariah 14:1-2
Houses rifled, women ravished, and the city of Jerusalem taken? Sounds farmiliar? This is the exact same thing that Jesus was warning Judah about, although now we know that the place He was reference was Jerusalem. Now I know that the amil alert will go up at this point....
Hey, how is that connected? there is no proof that this is the same event as t he event that the Lord described right before His return! Not so fast there. Take a look at the next few verses.
Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which [is] before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, [and there shall be] a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee [to] the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, [and] all the saints with thee. -verses 3-5.
According to Zechariah, Jerusalem is to be attacked, and then the Lord will save Israel, and then He shall come with "HIS SAINTS". Did your "Second Coming" bell go off? It should, because it did when I read it! (TBC)