The Bible says that those who are under the Jewish law are under a curse. Now I know that some Christians don’t want to hear this but it is in the Bible.
Jesus said to the Jews: “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. (From the KJV Bible, Matthew 21:43)”
“ And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.” Luke 19:41-44
The fig tree is used in the Old Testament figuratively as the nation of Israel. When Jesus cursed the fig tree he did this as a prophetic act. Judgment came upon the Jewish nation for rejecting Jesus Christ the Messiah. Jesus found no fruit on the fig tree just like he found no fruit with the Jewish nation in that they preferred the Law of Moses to his grace and mercy.
“And on the morrow, when they had come out of Bethany, he [Jesus] hungered. And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if perhaps he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season of figs. And he answered and said unto it, ‘No man [will] eat fruit from you from now on — for ever.’ And his disciples heard it …. And as they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance said unto him, ‘Rabbi, behold, the fig tree that you cursed is withered away’” Mk. 11:12-14; 20-21.
The Jewish temple was again destroyed and again the Jewish people were dispersed throughout the world and very persecuted. This was the judgment of God. Christians don’t like to talk about this for fear of seeming anti Semitic, BUT facts are facts. Until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled Israel is blinded in part to the gospel and only a remnant will be saved according to the election of grace.
Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant (Jews) according to the election of grace. Romans 11:5
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
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 11:5-11
The nation of Israel will only be saved at the return of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem according to the rest of that chapter above. In the meantime during the tribulation, Israel will rebuild the temple, and starts up animal sacrifices. This is an affront to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ because of once again returning to the Law of Moses and rejecting grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Messiah. This will bring Israel under more judgment. The bible says that their land will be trod upon again by the Gentiles because anti-christ, according to the book of Daniel comes from the same ancient Roman Empire that destroyed the temple in 70 AD.
The people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And his end will come in the flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.” Daniel 9:26-“
The city of Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed in ad 70 by Titus and the Roman legions, but Titus was not the ruler stated in this verse. This is because Daniel 9:27 describes the ruler as one who will make a seven-year treaty with Israel, put an end to the sacrifices and offerings, and set up a sacrilegious object in the temple. These are events that will be fulfilled in the end time tribulation. According to Daniel, the Antichrist will come from among the people who destroyed the Temple. We can therefore conclude that the Antichrist will come from the Roman Empire because the book of Daniel states that the final world empire before the establishment of Christ’s millennial kingdom will be a revived form of the Roman Empire.
The Byzantium was the name for the East-Roman Empire. This part of the Roman Empire was in the Middle East. Assyria (the Bible calls the anti -Christ, “that Assyrian”) was a Roman province. (Iran, Iraq and Armenia area)
There is also the possibility that the anti Christ will be Jewish in race from the tribe of Dan. This scripture, “for the God of his fathers” is viewed by Bible scholars as a reference to the monotheistic God. So, it is possible for the anti -Christ to come from this area. Both Jews and Muslims reject that Jesus is the Son of God and thus God himself.
“Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all” Daniel 11:37, KJV
“I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” John 5:43
Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is thespirit of Antichrist. He is the spirit of Antichrist who denies that Jesus is the Son of God and the Messiah.” I John 2:22; 4:3
That does not mean however that he will be a practicing Jew because he does not regard any god but himself as a god.
When anti-Christ confirms the covenant with the Jews this means that he will (aman-Hebrew) support, establish, assure, support, verify., So, we can conclude that this agreement between the Israel and anti Christ is a mutual agreement and not one of force.
“Dan will govern his people like any other tribe in Israel. He will be a snake beside the road, a poisonous viper along the path, that bites the horse’s heels so the rider is thrown off” Genesis 49:16-17,
However, regardless of the ethnicity or nation from which the ant Christ will come we do know that the Bible teaches that those under the Law of Moses are under God’s curse. (Judgment)
Paul taught that the Judaizers were teaching a salvation by works. They believed Christians had to be circumcised to be accepted by God. The Judaizers were saying that faith in Jesus Christ was not enough to save the Galatians. They believed Moses started the process of salvation and Jesus Christ continued it. This however, is not true.
Jesus said in the Bible that he takes away the old and brings in the new. There is no continuation. The Law of Moses has been dismantled.
‘But you go and figure out what this means: I will have mercy, and not sacrifice. No man sews a piece of new cloth on an old garment, or the patch will shrink and the tear will be worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles or the bottles break and the wine runs out and the bottles are ruined, but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are saved’ Matthew 9:14-17
Jesus abolished the law, even the Ten Commandments, and He is the fulfillment of the Law of Moses. I f Jesus Christ dwells in the born again person then they have fulfilled all laws and have no works to do. We now rest in his Grace alone by faith.
Jesus fulfilled all law demands and finished all works. He said, It is finished John 19:30
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. …. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. Romans 10:4
If you are mixing law and grace, you are not under grace but under the law and therefore are cursed. In other words, you have no salvation because you are adding your deeds and merit to the cross.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” Galatians 3:10
Romans 9:30-32 says that the Jews sought to become righteous, but they missed out because they sought to attain that by the works demanded in the law.
In Galatians 5, Paul talks about the ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that indwells the Christian which empower works for God. These works are God’s works and ability, not men’s.
Galatians 5 King James Version (KJV)
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. I would they were even cut off which trouble you. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Faith in Jesus Christ produces works of love by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. God is love and God lives in his people. Therefore, it is the Spirit of love manifested which fulfills the law of God. If you love others then you are not going to kill them, steal from them, covet their wives, or lie to them.
“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Galatians 5:18
Owe no man anything, but to love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Romans 13:8,9
Paul knew Christ was crucified “that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”
Faith in Jesus Christ produces works of love and those who are in Christ are declared righteous in Christ. Works are the result of His righteousness in the born again Christian.
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:4