Thursday, June 17th, 2010
"I shall be their God, and they will be my people."
(2 Corinthians 6:16)
In 33 C.E., a new nation, "the Israel of God," was born (Galatians 6:16) That nation, made up of anointed brothers of Jesus Christ, fulfilled the task that fleshly Israel ultimately failed in, that of being witnesses to God's name. (Isaiah 43:10; 1 Peter 2:9) To them, Jehovah made the same promise that he made to ancient Israel. (Leviticus 26:12) In 1919, Jehovah brought the remaining ones of "the Israel of God" into a favored position, and at that time, they took possession of a "land," a spiritual realm of activity where-in they have enjoyed a spiritual paradise. (Isaiah 66:8) Since the 1930's, millions of "other sheep" have flocked to their side. (John 10:16) The happiness and spiritual prosperity of these modern-day Christians furnishes powerful evidence of the rightness of Jehovah's sovereignty. (Psalm 91:1, 2) How that infuriates Satan!
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 3:10)
I realized something about the first Christians to be anointed as the new "spiritual Israel" that demonstrates why they were worthy of Christ, based on how thoroughly the majority of natural-born Israelites rejected Jesus. Think about it...
There were only 120 disciples present on Pentecost 33 C.E. (when the holy spirit was poured out). Only 120! I've been trying to figure out how on earth that number could be so small, when crowds of people used to follow Jesus around during all the years of his ministry. Where were all the Jews who had been taught by him and miraculously cured and fed by him? Even if they had "scattered" (like Bible prophecy foretold regarding the Messiah) why weren't they back in Jerusalem meeting together with the apostles and disciples by the time of Pentecost 33 C.E.?
All sorts of people from the surrounding areas had come to Jerusalem by that time for the Festival of Pentecost, so obviously this indicates that many of Jesus' former disciples had left-off from following him and went back to the things behind. They were not faithful or loyal in the same way that Jesus' true disciples and apostles were, because Pentecost 33 C.E. was 50 days AFTER Jesus' resurrection, ... and he had been appearing to his disciples on many separate occasions up until that point ... which would have been plenty of time for any followers who had "scattered" to come back and join themselves to the rest of the disciples.