THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
#04-1095
Prophetic Scripture
August 17, 2010
I have put a lot into print lately dealing with the matter of the Jew and Israel. There is more to be
written about this vital yet controversial subject, but before doing so, I thought it would be good to list
in one issue some of the prophetic verses used to support some of what has been said in previous issues.
Perhaps this will assist you in your study of this subject.
Mind you, this is not a complete list by any stretch of the imagination. It simply represents some of the
major ones. Also, keep in mind that there is often more than one historical fulfillment of most prophecy
in what could be called short-term and long-term history. Something occurring today could be a repeat
of something that happened thousands of years ago, only with different names and characters.
For example, Jesus’ parable of the wedding feast may have a double fulfillment: “But the king [God
the Father] was enraged, and he sent his armies [Roman army] and destroyed those
murderers [bad figs of Judah] and set their city [present Jerusalem] on fire” (Matthew 22:7
NASB). In the short-term, this was fulfilled in 70 AD; however, based on other prophecies, it appears
there is a long-term fulfillment to come, most likely in our day.
Also, looking at history, we see events that seem to represent fulfillment of a certain prophecy, and yet,
there are details of the prophecy that seem to be missing in the historical event. The reason could be a
faulty interpretation of the prophecy or a partial historical fulfillment of the prophecy, which means
that its final fulfillment is yet future.
Of course, as Paul wrote: For we know in part and we prophesy in part but when the perfect
comes, the partial will be done away (1 Corinthians 13:9-10 NASB). One day, when we are
immortal, we will see clearly and in fullness.
Ishmael.
(11) The angel of the LORD said to her further, “Behold, you are with child, and you will
bear a son; and you shall call his name Ishmael, because the LORD has given heed to
your affliction. (12) He will be a wild donkey of a man, his hand will be against everyone,
and everyone’s hand will be against him; and he will live to the east of all his brothers.”
(Genesis 16:11-12 NASB)
(23) For it is written that Abraham had two sons [Ishmael & Isaac] , one [Ishmael] by the
bondwoman and one [Isaac] by the free woman. (23) But the son [Ishmael] by the
bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son [Isaac] by the free woman
through the promise. (24) This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two
covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves
[spiritual Ishmaelites] ; she is Hagar. (25) Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and
corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children [spiritual
Ishmaelites] . (26) But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother. … (28) And you
brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. (29) But as at that time he [Ishmael] who was
born according to the flesh persecuted him [Isaac] who was born according to the Spirit,
so it is now also. (30) But what does the Scripture say? ‘CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN
AND HER SON [Ishmael] , FOR THE SON [Ishmael] OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE
AN HEIR WITH THE SON [Isaac] OF THE FREE WOMAN.” (31) So then, brethren, we are
not children of a bondwoman [Hagar, present Jerusalem] , but of the free woman [Sarah, New
Jerusalem] . (Galatians 4:22-26, 28-31 NASB)
Esau-Edom.
And by your sword you shall live, and shall serve your brother. And it shall be when you
shall have the dominion, you shall break his yoke from off your neck. (Genesis 27:40 MKJV)
“Therefore as I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “I will give you over to bloodshed, and
bloodshed will pursue you; since you have not hated bloodshed, therefore bloodshed will
pursue you. (Ezekiel 35:6 NASB; see all of chapter 35 and 36:5)
Though Edom says, “We have been beaten down, but we will return and build up the
ruins”; thus says the LORD of hosts, “They may build, but I will tear down; and men will
call them the wicked territory, and the people toward whom the LORD is indignant
forever.” (Malachi 1:4 NASB)
“Then your mighty men will be dismayed, O Teman [i.e., Edom] , so that everyone may be
cut off from the mountain of Esau by slaughter. (10) Because of violence to your brother
Jacob, You will be covered with shame, and you will be cut off forever.” (Obadiah 1:9-10
NASB)
Barren Fig Tree of Judah-Jerusalem.
(8) ‘But like the bad figs which cannot be eaten due to rottenness―indeed, thus says the
LORD―so I will abandon Zedekiah king of Judah and his officials, and the remnant of
Jerusalem who remain in this land and the ones who dwell in the land of Egypt. (9) I will
make them a terror and an evil for all the kingdoms of the earth, as a reproach and a
proverb, a taunt and a curse in all places where I will scatter them. (10) I will send the
sword, the famine and the pestilence upon them until they are destroyed from the land
which I gave to them and their forefathers.’” (Jeremiah 24:8-10 NASB)
(19) Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves
only; and He said to it, “No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.” And at once the
fig tree withered. … (43) “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away
from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.” (Matthew 21:19, 43 NASB)
“Behold the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they put forth {leaves,} [barren, no fruit of
the kingdom] you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near.” … (Matthew
24:32; Luke 21:29 NASB; also Matthew 21:18-19)
(11) “Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your sight?
Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” declares the LORD. (12) “But go now to My place which
was in Shiloh, where I made My name dwell at the first, and see what I did to it because
of the wickedness of My people Israel. (13) And now, because you have done all these
things,” declares the LORD, … (14) therefore, I will do to the house which is called by My
name, in which you trust, and to the place which I gave you and your fathers, as I did to
Shiloh.” (Jeremiah 7:11-14 NASB)
(10) “Then you are to break the jar in the sight of the men who accompany you (11) and
say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Just so will I break this people [bad figs of
Judah] and this city [present Jerusalem] , even as one breaks a potter’s vessel, which cannot
again be repaired; and they will bury in Topheth [gehenna of fire] because there is no other
place for burial. (12) This is how I will treat this place and its inhabitants,” declares the
LORD, “so as to make this city [present Jerusalem] like Topheth [gehenna of fire] .” (Jeremiah
19:10-12 NASB)
(17) “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit [bad figs of
Judah] . (18) A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
(19) Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down [bad fig tree of Judah] and thrown
into the fire [gehenna of fire] . (Matthew 7:17-19 NASB)
The Upward Call: #04-1095
by: Stuart H. Pouliot