Messianic Rabbi Kirt Schneider says the blueprint for understanding the end times is not as complicated as many might think.
"Yeshua is not going to come back as we are expecting until the Jewish people are saying—and this is according to the words of Jesus Himself—"Baruch Habah Bshem Adonai, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord," Schneider told Sid Roth on a recent episode of his program, "Sid Roth's It's Supernatural."
"Yeshua is not coming back until there is a mass of Jewish people that have received Him and are calling out for Him to return. ... It began with Israel and it's going to end with Israel. The gift and calling of God upon Israel are irrevocable."
And it is exactly the reason why, as Charisma News reported, that Christian intercession for Jews must become a priority. It would behoove believers to join the Isaiah 62 Fast for Israel, led by IHOPKC and Mike Bickle, which began May 7 and lasts until May 28.
For many Christians, however, there is a discouraging disconnect between the church and Israel. Many refer to it as "Replacement Theology," which is the view that the church is the new or true Israel that has permanently replaced or superseded Israel as the people of God. It is also referred to as "supersessonism," and it has fueled medieval anti-Semitism.
How has this happened? Schneider says there are several reasons for this "blurriness."
"I think that as the gospel went out, Jewish believers began to become excommunicated from the synagogues, just as Jesus predicted," Schneider says. "The apostle Paul was sent to the Gentiles because the majority of Jews were not receiving the message of Yeshua and eventually what happened was that the gospel spread amongst Gentiles. They had no understanding of Hebrew Scriptures or of the role of the Jewish people.
"That's one reason that Gentiles are uneducated about the importance of the role of the Jews in God's plan of redemption. The other reason is that pastors are threatened by it. I think pastors don't want to give Israel their rightful place because somehow it makes them feel less important, so it's not being taught. And then I also think it's fair to say, that many pastors have not been taught this themselves, so they don't know how to teach it. The result of these things is that most of the church has not been educated on the importance of the role of the Jewish people."
So what does this have to do with the end times. Schneider explains it through the book of Revelation:
"Over 20 times in Revelation, Yeshua is referred to as the Lamb," Schneider said. "John the Baptist introduced Yeshua as the Lamb of God. I realize this is Passover language, but to understand the book of Revelation in which Yeshua is predominantly portrayed as the Lamb, I realized that I needed to understand the book of Revelation through the lens of the Passover.
"If you look at Passover, for example, Israel was in Egypt when the plagues fell. In the same way, I believe that the church will be in the world until the final wrath of God is poured out, even as Israel was in Egypt until God's final wrath was poured out—when he drowned all of the Egyptians in the sea.
"Of course, Yeshua is prefigured in the Passover. Pharaoh is a figure of Satan. When the Lord parted the sea so that Israel supernaturally crossed over to the Promised Land, that's a symbol of the rapture."
For believers, it's simple. Pray for the nation of Israel and its people, and pray for them often. It might just hasten the return of Jesus, which Christians should all be looking forward to.
Please make sure to order Rabbi Kirt Schneider's book, "Messianic Prophecy Revealed," to learn more about what will happen in the end times. (Charisma House, 2023).
Shawn A. Akers is the online editor at Charisma Media.
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