There is a parable in the New Testament (Covenant) book of Matthew where the Lord makes it very clear that his kingdom would be for those who believe in HIM, but taken away from the “religious” Jewish people who would not receive him. (John 1:11) The gospel of the LORD Jesus Christ is for ALL people, and that obviously includes the Jewish people, but ONLY those who choose to believe in HIM, and receive HIM. Any true believer who has been born again of the Spirit knows that Jesus Christ is divine (deity), and they also know that ALL power has been given to HIM in heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18) When the Lord spoke a parable, he spoke it for a purpose, and the purpose of that parable was to show the unbelieving Jewish people that they were LOST without him. In the first part of the parable the LORD wanted to show the religious Jewish leaders that they have always persecuted and KILLED the prophets which were sent to them.
Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. (Matthew 21:33-36)
The HOUSEHOLDER in this parable represents God the Father, and the VINEYARD represents the people of God, in this case the people of Israel. The people of Israel were chosen by the LORD to serve him, in contrast to the heathen nations which surrounded them. The HUSBANDMEN represent the people of Israel with their various leaders over the years, who persecuted and KILLED the prophets which were sent to them. In the following passage you will see how the LORD Jesus Christ actually prophesied HIS own death at the hands of HIS own (Jewish) people.
But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. (Matthew 21:37-39)
The LORD Jesus Christ knew full well that he would be killed by his own (Jewish) people, and that is in the scriptures for a reason. This was a PROPHECY from the LORD which was FULFILLED to the very letter. Keep in mind that the LORD was the one who was telling this parable to the very people, to whom it was addressed. Now observe how the LORD used his divine wisdom, when he asked the Jewish leaders what should be done to those who persecuted and KILLED those who were sent to them.
When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. (Matthew 21:40-44)
When the LORD put the question to the Jewish religious leaders of his time, they responded quickly and angrily. They told the LORD Jesus Christ that those WICKED men should be destroyed, and that the VINEYARD should be GIVEN to others, who would bring forth fruit in season. The LORD then basically told them, that he would do just that. First the LORD quoted the following passage from THEIR own scriptures, and asked them if they ever read it.
The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. (Psalms 118:22-23)
The STONE which the builders (ISRAEL) refused (rejected) is none other than the LORD Jesus Christ himself. The LORD was trying to tell them that the very one (himself) whom they rejected, was the very CORNERSTONE of the spiritual temple of God. The scriptures prophesied of his coming to them but they refused him when he came.(John 1:11) As a result of Israel’s rejection of Jesus Christ, the LORD told them that the kingdom would be TAKEN from them, and GIVEN to a NATION bringing forth the fruits thereof. That NATION is made up of believing Jewish and Gentile people from all over the world.
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion (Zion) a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: (1 Peter 2:6-9)
In the New Testament (Covenant) book of Acts you will find Stephen dressing down unbelieving Israel, and also mentioning the fact that they killed their own prophets and the LORD Jesus Christ also. What happened after Stephen spoke to them? They simply KILLED him. (Acts 7:1-60) The Jewish apostle Paul who formerly destroyed those who proclaimed Christ (Galatians 1:20-24) wrote the following after he got SAVED through his own faith in Jesus Christ (Messiah)
For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16)
These are the scriptures that you need to keep in mind, whenever you hear the sound of the war drums banging. Keep in mind that the LORD Jesus Christ is the one who gave us the parable of the Vineyard, and it is there for times like our own. Keep in mind that the State of Israel has been officially recognized as a Nuclear power by The United States Joint Forces Command
“In effect, there is a growing arc of nuclear powers running from ISRAEL in the west through an emerging Iran to Pakistan, India, and on to China, North Korea, and Russia in the east. (Page 37, The Joint Operating Environment 2008)“
I realize that many of you already know that Israel is loaded up with nuclear warheads, but I put out this information for those who might not know this. There are very few who will ever speak out against the modern day State of Israel because they have been brainwashed into thinking that they are coming against God himself, but nothing could be further from the truth. Do not forget the warnings about the spirit of antichrist that the apostle John told us about regarding those who do NOT believe that Jesus Christ (Messiah) has come in the flesh.
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. (1 John 2:22)
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (1 John 4:3)
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (2 John 1:7)
John used the word LIAR, and the word DECEIVERS to describe those who were of the spirit of antichrist. Do the Jewish people who reject Jesus Christ have an antichrist spirit? Yes. Do the Gentile people who reject Jesus Christ also have an antichrist spirit? Yes again. Should a true believer in Jesus Christ work in concert with those of an antichrist spirit? Absolutely NOT! Listen to the words which the Jewish apostle Paul wrote here:
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)