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"I will give his son one tribe, that David, My servant, will always have a light before Me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen to put My name there" 1 Kings 11:36

 Are you aware of the fact that God has chosen the City of Jerusalem among all the cities of the world and that He has written His name on Jerusalem?  This is the Word of God.  God said that Israel is His firstborn, "Say to Pharaoh, the Lord says, 'Israel is My son, even my firstborn'" Exodus 4:22.  If you have children and if you have a firstborn, you will have to admit that your heart is endeared to your firstborn in a special way.  I am not the firstborn in my family, in fact, I am the last born.  My elder sister is the firstborn and she always had a special place in the heart of my parents, as the firstborn.  I am not jealous of this, because I really understand.  I have a son, who has gone on to be with the Lord, but being my firstborn son and having that special place in my heart, I can understand how my parents felt about their firstborn daughter.  It doesn't mean you don't love your other children dearly and without measure, but special memories are held in the heart of a parent for the firstborn, to which nothing compares.  God created all people and He loves us all.  Nevertheless, if you have children, you can understand how God feels about Israel. 

There is a "replacement" theology in the world today, which basically says that because Israel sinned and because they rejected their Messiah, God replaced Israel with the Christian Church, or all the believers in Christ.  This is heresy and contrary to the scriptures.  First, the disciples, those responsible for spreading the gospel, were Jews.  There are many Jews who accept Jesus as their Messiah.  Paul said we are "grafted in" to the natural olive branch (Israel), whereby we may also partake of the blessings and salvation God promised to Israel, but in no way has the church replaced Israel.  God loves us all and offers salvation and blessings to us all, but the "church" will never replace Israel!  Jesus said, "I have been sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" Matthew 15:24.  God, in His mercy, extends salvation to everyone; yet Jesus Himself said He was sent to the lost among Israel.  Paul said, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God to salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek"          Romans 1:16.

Jesus came as the Savior of Israel, their long awaited Messiah, and by faith we too are "grafted in" to the natural branch and we are partakers with Israel, not the replacement of Israel.  Many Jews have received Jesus, their Messiah, but there are still many more who need to receive their awaited One, Jesus.  If you are a Jew and you have not yet received your Messiah, please consider the facts below.  Please consider them earnestly and prayerfully, because your Messiah came to deliver you and be the eternal sacrifice for your sins (and mine) and He will return again to receive you to Himself (John 14:3), if you will only receive Him by faith.  If you will read the fulfillment of the prophecies below, you will understand that no one could have fulfilled prophecies of the coming Messiah more perfectly than                  Jesus the Christ:

                             PROPHETIC SCRIPTURE                                                  FULFILLED

Micah 5:2:  You, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you are little among the thousands in Judah, He will come forth out of you to Me who is to be ruler in Israel, whose going forth has been from old, from everlasting.

Malachi 3:1:  Behold, I will send my messenger and he will prepare the way before Me; and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in.  Behold, He will come, says the Lord of hosts.  

Psalm 2:7:  I will declare the decree:  The Lord said to Me, "You are my Son; I have begotten you this day."

Isaiah 9:1, 2:  The dimness will not be as it was in her vexation, when He lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward afflicted her more grievously by the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.  The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them has the light shined. 

Zechariah 9:9:  Rejoice greatly, Oh daughter of Zion, shout, Oh daughter of Jerusalem:  Behold, your King comes to you; He is just and has salvation; lowly, riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.

Isaiah 53:7:  He was oppressed and afflicted, yet opened not His mouth; He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not his mouth.

Isaiah 50:6:  I gave my back to the smiters and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair; I did not hide my face from shame and spitting.  

Isaiah 53:5:  He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed.   

Isaiah 53:12:  I will divide Him a portion with the great and He will divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul to death.  He was numbered with the transgressors and He bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors. 

Zechariah 12:10:  I will pour on the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and of supplications:  they will look on Me whom they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and will be in bitterness for Him, as one is in bitterness for his firstborn.   

Psalms 22:7, 8:  All they who laugh Me to scorn, they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, "He trusted on the Lord that He would deliver Him; let Him deliver Him, seeing He delighted in Him." 

Psalm 69:21:  They gave Me gall for my meat and in my thirst, they gave Me vinegar to drink.  

Psalms 22:17, 18:  I can see all of My bones; they look on Me and stare.  They part my garments among them and cast lots on my robe.   

Psalm 34:20:  He keeps all His bones, not one of them is broken. 

Isaiah 53:9:  He made His grave with the wicked and with the rich in His death, because He committed no violence, neither was there any deceit in His mouth.  

Psalm 16:10:  You will not leave My soul in hell, neither will You suffer Your Holy One to see corruption.  Psalm 49:15:  God will redeem My soul from the power of the grave, for He will receive Me.   

Psalm 68:18:  You have ascended on high; You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts for men, yes, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them. 

Luke 2:4, 5, 7:  Joseph went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and linage of David), to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child; and she brought forth her first born Son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 7:24, 27:  When the messengers of John departed, He (Jesus) began to speak to the people concerning John, "What did you go out into the wilderness to see?  A reed shaken with the wind?  This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send My messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you."

Matthew 3:17:  A voice from heaven said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."  John 3:16:  God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him might have eternal life.

Matthew 4:13-16:  Leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is on the sea coast, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, saying, "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.  The people which sat in darkness, saw a great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death, light has sprung up.

Mark 11:7, 9, 10:  They brought the colt to Jesus and cast their garments on him and He sat on him.  They that went before and they that followed, cried saying, "Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; blessed be the kingdom of our father David, which comes in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest."   

Mark 15:4, 5:  Pilate asked Him again, saying, Do you answer nothing?  Behold, how many things they witness against you.  But Jesus answered nothing, so that Pilate was amazed.   

Matthew 26:67:  Then they spat in His face and buffeted Him and others smote Him with the palms of their hands. 

Romans 5:6:  When we were without strength, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly.  God commended His love toward us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.  (Jesus was also whipped before He was crucified, Matthew 27:26).   

Mark 15:27, 28:  They crucified two thieves with Him, one on his right and the other on His left; and the scripture was fulfilled, which said, He was numbered with the transgressors.  

John 19:34:  One of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear and there came out blood and water.  John 20:27:  He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger and behold my hands and reach your hand and thrust it into my side; do not be faithless, but believing."  (Here, Jesus offered to allow Thomas, because of his unbelief, to touch the nail prints in His hands and the mark of piercing on His side, after He was resurrected.)  

Luke 23:35:  The people stood looking; and the rulers also with them derided Him, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself, if He is Christ, the chosen of God."   

Matthew 27:34:  They gave Him vinegar to drink, mingled with gall, and when he tasted it, He would not drink.  

Matthew 27:35, 36:  They crucified Him and parted His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of by the prophet, "They parted My garments among them, and on my robe they cast lots;" and sitting down, they watched Him there.   

John 19:32, 33, 36:  Then came the soldiers and broke the legs of the first and the other who was crucified with Him; but when they came to Jesus and saw that He was dead already, they did not brake His legs.  These things were done that the scriptures might be fulfilled, "A bone of Him will not be broken."

Matthew 27:57-60:  When evening fell, there came a rich man of Arimathea named Joseph, who also was Jesus's disciple.  He went to Pilate and begged for the body of Jesus, then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.  When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut out of rock, and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher and departed.  

Mark 16:6, 7:  He said to them, "Do not be frightened: you seek after Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified; He is risen; He is not here.  Behold the place where they laid Him.  Go your way and tell his disciples and Peter that He went before you into Galilee.  There you will see Him, as He told you.   

Mark 16:19:  After the Lord spoke to them, He was received up into heaven and sat at the right hand of God.  1 Corinthians 15:4:  He was buried and rose again the third day according to the scriptures.  Ephesians 4:8:  He said, "When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men."  

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