Sunday, October 7, 2012

Mark 7:27-29 commentary: The time of the Gentile nations is ending

27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. 28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs. 29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

Matthew gives more details. See Matthew 15.

22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

In this context Christ is referring to Gentiles as dogs in comparison to the Jews who are God’s children, but it is by their faith that these Gentile dogs are justified. The Gentile nations would probably hate to be thought of as dogs but in comparison to God’s chosen people, the Jews, that is what they are called. Jesus had come to the Jews. He did not travel to India or America as false religions say. God created these people out of the wicked Gentile nations and made them for Himself. They fell away and He wanted them to return. But, He warned them that He would extend His grace to the Gentiles and that many of the kingdom would be cast out. They did not receive it. The only reason we’re getting the crumbs is because the Jews rejected Christ. So, the Gentile nations like America and Britain need to stop being so proud and arrogant.

The Gentiles;

Isaiah 40:17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

But Israel isn’t one of them;

Numbers 23:9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.

The Gentiles are blessed because of the Jews’ fall, which is temporary, until the end of history.

Romans 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

When did or when will the “fullness of the Gentiles be come in”?

At the end of the 19th century many Europeans and Americans envisioned a golden age of mankind being brought in by science and a new understanding between nations. The Europeans believed they had brought civilization to the world enlightening the darker races of the earth with Christianity and progress, then with science and technology.

At the end of the century, Great Britain ruled supreme over the earth. In the latter half of the 19th century a movement rose to the forefront which called for the return of Israel to its national homeland; called Zionism. Among the many apologists for this effort was a lawyer, journalist, and playwright, Theodore Herzl. Anti-Semitism and particularly the Dreyfus Affair where a French-Jewish military officer was mistreated badly helped him to articulate the frustration that Jews felt in the world, particularly in Europe. The World Zionist Congress met in Basle, Switzerland in 1897. Eventually, this movement led to the state of Israel being formed in the fallout of Europe’s colonial empires disintegrating as well as Ottoman Turkey’s collapse.

At the end of that century mankind realized that he had moved forward in technology and science very rapidly. Christianity had a new version of the Bible based on unreliable and faulty manuscripts apostate scholars loved but that Christians had ignored for 1500 years. German universities trumpeted a “science” called Higher Criticism where virtually everything about the Bible was questioned from Moses authorship of the Pentateuch to whether or not Jesus Christ had ever even lived.

Marx’s economic theories which would undergird revolutions around the world starting with the Russian Revolution of 1917 causing millions of state-sanctioned murders and nightmare oppression, Unitarian influenced (which does not acknowledge the deity of Christ) Darwin’s preposterous postulate of atheistic evolution which would undermine religious faith and provide the foundation for Hitler’s National Socialism, and Freud’s view of the inner workings of the mind which eventually would be the foundation for his nephew, Ed Bernays, creating the modern industry of public relations, propaganda, and the advertising industry in America bringing on what a BBC commentary referred to as “A Century of Self” laid the groundwork for the most bloody century in the history of mankind after the Great Flood of Noah’s day.

There, we are at the end of the 19th century with the dream of the liberal intellectual of uniting all religions and languages into one, ushering in a “golden age” of peace and understanding. Britain rules supreme and its most powerful men dream of a better world united under the Union Jack, the flag of Great Britain. America is about to become a colonial power by seizing the dying remnants of Spain’s colonial empire in what the Spanish call ‘The Disaster’. The Bible in use for 250 years based on texts used by Christians for nearly 2,000 years has been altered to downplay the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ due to Unitarian influences and downplay the importance of the words of God as a Protestant or a Baptist’s final authority due to Roman Catholic influences.

The world is poised on the brink of coming together, at least in the dreams of the intelligentsia looking forward to a bright new age of peace, prosperity, and human understanding. The Tower of Babel is being rebuilt. The fullness of the Gentiles has come in. Satan’s plan of drawing all men together in one final stand against their Creator appears to be coming to fruition. Several possible Anti-Christs are prepared by him as he does in every generation; an overweight cigarette sucking, cigar chomping Edward the VII of England, related to every other European monarch and called the “Uncle of Europe”, his cousin, German Emperor Wilhelm the II, heavily influenced by Englishman Houston Stewart Chamberlain’s anti-Jewish rant “The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century”, and any number of their other relatives such as Czar Nicholas II of Russia, and American presidents with a messianic vision of America, Britain’s offspring, such as William McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson.

But, it was not to be. The Gentile powers, now in their finest hour, were about to begin a century of war that would destroy the flower of their manhood, their myth of superiority over the people of their colonial possessions, and the foundations of their entire civilization. A “Great War” would start in 1914 that would not officially end until October 3, 2010 when Germany made its final reparations payment which had been imposed on it after it lost the first round of fighting on November 11, 1918. During those 90 + years 150 million human beings would lose their lives in the bloody conflict of war, tens of millions would be driven from their homes, and the supremacy of European civilization would be eliminated as first the colonial powers including Great Britain would be eclipsed, then the Soviet Russian Empire would dissolve, and then America, which reigned supreme from 1945 would slowly start to see its economic power and position of preeminence decay.

The fullness of the Gentiles has come in and its passing was a century of death and anguish. But, here God in the flesh is trying the resolve and faith of one Gentile woman who comes to him pleading for deliverance for her beloved child; a simple story of faith with tremendous implications. He has made her a promise of deliverance for her daughter in the present tense as they spoke, delivering her from afar, evidence of His power as the God of the universe, in the flesh.

How must it feel for the devils that stand behind the Gentile nations (Daniel 10:13, 20) to know that that their world is ending, that the primacy of their civilization is passing, and that the glory of their culture was neither able to stand up against the God who created the people of those lands nor prevent His will from being fulfilled. As Jerusalem stands at the heart of the earth, so Christ, not Kaiser Wilhelm II as he planned according to an author I read, will enter the Eastern Gate (Ezekiel 46:12) and reign on earth for a thousand years until eternity begins.

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