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Originally published in "New Israel:Amillennial Answers," First Quarter Edition, 2012

The Forever End Of Old Nation Israel In 70 A. D.

“Third part” divisional terminology is used several places to refer to Israel in the Old Testament.

The nation was divided into three parts at the time of the Babylonian captivity in 586 B.C. (Ezek. 5:1-4, 12). Zechariah further prophesied in 13:8-9 that during the days of the Messiah the remaining third part of the nation would be sifted unto its salvation. This prophecy was fulfilled in the ministry of Jesus (Matt. 3:5-12). “In that day [this present messainic age] shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land” (Isa. 19:24).

The complete remnant of old covenant Israel that because the new saved Israeli nation of God is pictured as the 144,000 of Revelation 7:1-8. This is a description of the early church at the time of its inception in the first Christian century, at which time it was composed almost exclusively of Jews.

The destruction of unbelieving Palestinian Christ-rejecting Jewry by the Romans was not to happen until the selection of the new nation had first occurred (Rev. 7:1-3). In Revelation chapter eight, under the rubric of the sounding of the first four warning trumpets, we have the final abolition of the old nation “third part.” The faith of Abraham life-giving essence (8:7); the law of Moses fiery mountain (8:8); the star of David messianic hope (8:10-11); all turned to bitter, utter darkness (8:12), even as the Son of Righteousness elsewhere arose across the Gentile world with healing in His wings (Matt. 23:37-39).

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