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Friday, March 4, 2016

Acts 3:21

Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

For further study - Acts 3:12-26

This extended devotional reading for today is the record of Peter's second sermon given after the Lord had gone back to heaven. This sermon has great prophetic significance and it is important for each of us to realize what the sermon is saying to the Jews and thus to the church as well.

This sermon, by the way, is an excellent proof text that the Lord has not finished with the Jewish people. He has a program for the Jews that will play out in the last days. This is a great argument against "replacement theology" which states that the Church, the body of Christ, has replaced the Jews in God's program for today.

Peter's sermon is given to the Jews, "ye men of Israel", verse 12. Peter tells the Jews that God has given His Son as the fulfillment of promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and they had killed the "Prince of Life" but God had raised Him from the dead, verses 13-15.

Peter tells the men of Israel that Jesus, because of His death, burial, and resurrection, was indeed the long-awaited for Messiah and Savior of the world.

God the Father sent His Son to die and fulfill all Old Testament prophecies about the coming Messiah. He also stated that Jesus would return to the heavenlies for a period of time before He would "fulfill all things which God had spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began," verse 21.

To fulfill all promises or prophecies given by God to the Jews would be a part of the end time scenario that would unfold, leading up to and, at the return of Jesus Christ back to the earth. The Lord has given four covenants to the Jews that must, and will be fulfilled at that time.

The four covenants include the "Abrahamic Covenant", a promise that there would be a Jewish nation with a piece of real estate that would belong to them forever, Genesis 12 and 15. The "Land Covenant", Deuteronomy 30, would guarantee land in the Middle East, 10 times the amount of land that the Jews now have in their possession.

The "Davidic Covenant", II Samuel 7, is God's promise of a king on a throne in a temple in Jerusalem, forever. The King of that kingdom who will be seated on the throne will be Jesus Christ in an earthly kingdom yet to come.

The last covenant to be fulfilled is the "New Covenant", Jeremiah 31:31 that is given to the Jewish people. It will be a forever covenant and will include all of the other covenants, as the Jewish people become His people and He becomes their God.

These covenants must be fulfilled; therefore, God does have a plan and program for the Jewish people that is in the process of being played out in our world today.

It is because He keeps these covenants, these promises to the Jews, that we can trust the Lord to keep His promise to us - His promise of eternal life.

However, before any of the end time prophecies that pertain to the Jewish people can be fulfilled the Rapture of the Christians must take place. With all the prophecies for the Jews at the point of being fulfilled, the Rapture must be close, perhaps today.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Thank you, Lord, for being a covenant-keeping God and giving me the proof of that truth in the Jewish people.