The Times of the Gentiles . .
The Jewish Rejection of Christ was foreseen by the Jewish prophets and foretold. It was not a “mistake” in the time and purposes of God, anymore than Augustine’s “City of God” and its subsequent and ongoing pursuit by the papacy, is their fulfillment.
E. Michael Jones, a Catholic apologist, views Zionism and Jewish alienation from Christianity, as an aberration, as being out of step with “the logos “ or “the order of the universe”. While this is true in the sense that they are still estranged from God, we know the universe remains under perfect and total control. While it is true that for the most part the Jews were (John 12:39, 40) and are (Romans 11:25) blinded and alienated from God, their unbelief was foreknown and taken into account in God’s plan.
Think of the wisdom of God! For 2000 years the Jews have lived in a Christian world, yet have never been assimilated. They remained a distinct and foreign entity that could not, would not be absorbed. The Catholic world tried relentlessly to convert them but largely failed. They relentlessly pursued their own undefined purpose, unsettling the nations where they were scattered, their corrosive doubt warring against the ideas surrounding them, which often put them at odds with authorities. When nations naturally moved to stop their subversion they cried “persecution!”, but it was a persecution often deserved.
They were routinely expelled from countries, from England in 1290, France in 1394, Hungary in 1349 and 1360, Lithuania in 1495 and on and on. Their very unbelief not only drew understandable persecution, but preserved them as a separate, distinct entity that would eventually return to the land that “vomited them out” (Leviticus 18:28).
Who but the Jew, the “unbelieving outcast” wandering restlessly from nation to nation could have re-birthed eretz Israel? Though Rome had (and still has) pretensions toward Zion, they were denied by God thru the Muslims. We gentile believers had no natural affinity or attraction toward a land which consisted of pictures in a book, but were occupied with “heaven” somewhere in the sky. Even in their blindness God was working his unfathomable purpose for good! In 1948 the land they left was reborn and as promised, has become a “burdensome stone”. They remain distinct, intransigent, and troublesome.
GOD and His purposes lie behind all the calamity that has befallen Israel (which all along was to include gentiles [Isaiah 49:6, Matthew 8:11, Luke 4:24-27, Galatians 3:28, 29, Ephesians 2:19, 3:6]). As a devout Catholic Michael wants the Jews to stop their attempt to overthrow the order that the Catholic Church is trying to impose upon the world. But Jacob, ever the schemer cannot stop, for he is an indispensable tool in God’s deconstruction of the world system. He must wrestle until the daystar arises.
Possessed by a dream they cannot relinquish nor fulfill, having rejected their own prophets (and the God that spoke through them), the Jews are left without a raison d’etra. Their unscratchable itch and unrealized dream coupled with the authority they have as God’s hammer to “break in pieces the nations (Jeremiah 51:20) has made them corrosive to Christianity in the West and world order in general. After all, is not God’s purpose to break the world literally, as seen in Zephaniah 3:8, and described allegorically in Revelation 18 as Babylon? Is it not God’s purpose to make Israel and its Jerusalem a “cup of trembling”, the “burdensome stone” of Zechariah 12, to “gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle” (Zechariah 14:2)?
This looming eventuality cannot be averted (see Psalm 2).
As a Catholic, Jones sees their machinations toward world hegemony and against Christianity as a threat to Papal ambitions (which he apparently views as a triumph of Christianity). And from his perspective he is right. But those who read the scriptures without Rome’s glasses see God’s hand at work, even in the events that Men call evil, and view what Men call “Christianity” as a temporary yet indispensable fulfillment of God gathering “a people for His name” (Acts 15:14) from “all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues” (Revelation 7:9) to populate the soon-to-come earthly kingdom of His son! We must look beyond America and our incomplete, near-sighted cultural adaptation of Evangelicalism toward the larger picture!
As the historical representative of the West and ancient Rome, the final kingdom of Daniel’s image, the Jews will have to reach an agreement with the Papacy, the undoubted guarantor of a coming middle east solution. But the “world order“ that the unbelieving Orthodox Jews, the Papacy and its co-conspirators strive for and see the world resisting, is not the final order:
“I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him” (Ezekiel 21:27)
An article here: https://youtu.be/5wYgt3fKDlc details the Papacy’s frustration with American nationalism and the Trump phenomenon. To make matters worse for the utopia builders, much of the West is watching and emulating Trump's/America’s resistance of globalism expressed at Davos 2018. The election of 2016 was, whether pundits realize it or not, a referendum on Globalism. Constitutionalists were not blind to Trump’s faults, but simply resisted globalism’s self-confessed representative, Hillary Clinton. They did not vote for a Republican either, but a political outsider. And the last 3 years of insanity this populist leader has endured is simply the unstoppable train of the “deep state” roaring on to fulfill its doomed mission.
Britain is still trying to leave the EU with “Brexit”. A great swath of the French support their own version “Frexit”, while Turkey, the Phillipines, Hungary, and China’s Hong Kong problem demonstrate the draw of nationalism. Whether we recognize it or not, all these nations and more have the scriptures as part of their archetypal memory, at least enough of to view globalist intentions as the fulfillment of Bible prophecy and “antichrist”. Couple that with the natural desire of a nation to preserve its own culture and values and we can understand the frustration of the globalists.
But neither the pope nor any other man gets to define “Christianity”. God does. This term (first used in Antioch) actually describes a temporary but indispensable phase of God’s ongoing purpose in the earth, the “gathering of the Gentiles” described in Romans 11 and foretold in Isaiah 49:6. And at the end of this phase, this “provoking to jealousy”, God turns His attention once again to the LAND over which His Son shall physically reign, and the remnant of His elect, genetic kinsmen, to rebuild the “tabernacle of David which is fallen (Acts 15:16). Are the Jews still in unbelief? For the most part, yes, and this is perfect! How else can they be deceived into believing in antichrist (literally “instead-of messiah”) who will come in his own name? To this day, almost to a man (see here: https://youtu.be/D8jf_PTSY_Y ), they believe the messiah will be merely a man.
But the solitary figure in Daniel 7, coming in the “clouds of heaven” (Daniel 7:13) as the Son of Man is far more than merely a man:
"And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed." Daniel 7:14
Sound familiar? Jesus Christ truly was and is the Messiah of Israel and the coming judge of the world, and any idea that Christianity has somehow supplanted the Jews or invalidated promises God made to the prophets or Old Testament saints, or to the dirt of Israel itself, is wrong. There is one body of Christ which includes Both Jew and Gentile. The remnant of Jesus’ brethren shall be converted in a day in that poignant scene of Zechariah 12:10 when Jesus’ feet touch again the mountain from which He ascended to the Father!
As a wise man recently said, “ Things aren’t falling apart . . . they’re COMING TOGETHER!”