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July 26, 2012

This is a question I have received from believers many times over the past 28 years — What will happen to Israel and the Jews according to the Bible? The eighteenth century German emperor, Frederick the Great once asked his personal physician, Zimmermann “Zimmermann, can you name me a single proof of the existence of God?” to which Zimmermann succinctly replied “Your Majesty, the Jews!” Throughout centuries of persecution, discrimination, and genocide, God has preserved this small ethnic group despite repeated attempts to annihilate them! And yet many believers remain unsure of what God’s future plan is for the nation of Israel and the Jews. Some 2500 years ago the prophet Jeremiah wrote “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book. For, behold, days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel and Judah.’ The LORD says, ‘I will also bring them back to the land that I gave to their forefathers, and they shall possess it.” (Jer 30:3) In Isaiah 66:8  God asked a question “Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once?” (Isaiah 66:8) And then on “one day” in May 14, 1948 Israel became a nation, against all odds. And so it is clear that God has restored the nation of Israel and preserved the people of Israel, and yet there is still much uncertainty regarding their future. In attempting to provide an answer to that question, I happened to run across a small book this week entitled “The Jewish Problem” which was written in 1891 by David Baron a Jewish believer in the Messiah. A T Pierson a highly respected 19th century Christian writer had this to say about Baron’s book “It is not too much to say that, to understand this address and to grasp its great expository argument, is to get the key to all Scriptures pertaining to the past, present, or future, of God’s ancient people. This little brochure is called the “The Jewish Problem”; it deserves to be called the “Problem Solved”—for it is the solution of the historic and prophetic enigma. I commend it to every candid student of the Word of God, and especially to all who pray for the restoration of Israel.” And so if you have questions regarding God’s plan for Israel and the Jews, David Baron’s old (1891), but still very relevant book is presented for your perusal – there are minor grammatical changes, a few explanatory notes and addition of many links to specific Scriptures alluded to by Mr Baron so that you might be a Berean (Acts 17:11-note) and see whether or not you agree with his exposition. In the meantime may God find all His children praying “for the peace of Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.” In Christ. Amen (Ps 122:6-note)

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