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Israel in the End Times: The Fulfillment of God's Covenants With Israel (Part 1)

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TEXT: Ezekiel 16:59-63

Today we come to the final phase of our series on Israel and the End Times. As you know, we have been looking at God’s plan for Israel in the last days. It is a three-fold plan that brings the story of God’s chosen people full circle. First, the Bible predicts the national conversion of Israel in the last days — likely during the Tribulation period. A huge number of Jews will turn to Jesus Christ as their Savior and Messiah. Second, God will use 144,000 Jewish witnesses to preach the Gospel during the Tribulation period. The Church will have been taken in the Rapture, and the Jewish evangelists will be witnesses for God during the darkest days on earth. Their faithfulness will bring about a huge harvest of Tribulation-age believers.

Today, we are going to begin looking at God’s promise to fulfill the covenants He made with Israel in the Old Testament. These covenants will ultimately be fulfilled during the Millennial Kingdom. Our passage today provides us with the general overview of God’s perspective on the fulfillment of the covenants He made with Israel. Ezekiel delivered this prophecy while he was in exile with the Jews who had been carried off to Babylon. Matthew Henry writes that “God is justifying himself in the desolations he is about to bring upon Jerusalem; and very largely, in this chapter, he shows the prophet, and orders him to show the people, that he did but punish them as their sins deserved… Ezekiel here is directed to write to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for their conviction and humiliation, which was the thing they needed.”

The passage starts out recounting Israel’s sins of idolatry and not trusting God which caused the covenants between God and Israel to be broken. However, it concludes on a hopeful message telling of Israel’s restoration and God’s promise to “remember” the covenants of old.

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