Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Summary and review of 'THE MESSIAH COMES TO ISRAEL' by author Gerald Rowlands

If you are sure you understand end time theology and have all the time lines sorted out, then this book will cause you some problems.

If you believe that the Church has all the OT blessings, and Israel has all the OT curses then this book is not for you, or perhaps it is.

If you believe all the Muslim propaganda (lies) that Israel is a pariah state that practices apartheid and has been rejected by God

In this book Gerald has identified in the books of Zechariah, Joel and in Psalm 83 the end time prophesies that do not fit easily into the commonly assumed 'Gog – Magog, Tribulation, Armageddon' understanding of the end times.

As a reviewer I must say that I could not put this book down. I read Psalm 83 the whole of Joel, Zechariah and this book in one long sitting and I then went over the book again. I see so much both in the scriptures and the day to day news and security reviews which cause me to agree with the assessment of Gerald that the war described in Zechariah and Psalm 83 is imminent

I paraphrase Gerald who writes: 'It is based mainly on two vital chapters of Scripture, i.e. Psalm 83 and Zechariah 12. ( plus numerous other references). Gerald (and I) believe that these chapters all refer to the same event – an End Time war launched against Israel by all her nearest neighbours supported by Iran. This is a war that is imminent and will precede the war of Ezekiel 38 and 39.

The war of Zechariah 12 concludes with amazing supernatural victory for Israel which God wins on their behalf. Zechariah 12:10 also clearly reveals that immediately after the victory God is going to pour out His Holy Spirit on the descendants of the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem. This outpouring will be a divine gracious act which will elicit from Israel fervent prayer accompanied by cries of repentance and grief concerning the Messiah who will disclose the fact that it was He, in the role of the Commander in Chief, that obtained deliverance and victory on Israel’s behalf.

This will be a tremendous event for Israel that will lead to a Messianic transformation through the acknowledgement of Yeshua as their longed for Messiah. It is a glorious superlative time for Israel after which God will extend Israel’s borders and bring her into a marvellous era of peace and prosperity'.

The only criticism I have of this excellent book is Geralds line of reasoning regarding the actual reign of King David from Jerusalem before the Gog Magog war. I am still working through this scenario.

The Messianic movement in Israel, the Messianic movement in the diaspora and the Church all need to be aware that, even with the slightest possibility of the events describe in this book taking place in the next few months, we need to be prepared. Not just preparation for war but for its triumphant aftermath with thousands if not tens of thousands of converts seeking for answers. Many seekers who are Jews may only be conversant

with the Talmud and Rabbinical rulings. The Tanach and the Brit Hadashah will need to be taught and explained in their fullness. I fear for the Messianic community much of which is bent on blindly following the Rabbis, and some of which has thrown out valuable Jewish traditions and lifestyles. I fear also for the Church, most of which does not teach the Tanach and views the new covenant teachings through an anti Jewish bias.

This is a book that should be read by all.

David Wright

The review is by a long established Elder in Israel and part of the leadership of congregation Adonai Roi in Tel Aviv. He is moving to a pastoral position in the Tikkun messianic congregation Yeshua HaMashiach in Mesa Arizona

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