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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Augustr Edition 2011

When Did The Jews As A Nation Ever Reject Christ?

In the true nature of spiritual reality, nations do not reject or receive Jesus Christ: individuals reject or receive Him. Yet modern dispensational end-time Bible prophecy teaching claims that the Jews, as a nation, officially rejected Jesus as their Messiah, on Palm Sunday, April 6, 32 A.D. This date-set notion is part and parcel of that corporate body of strong assertions, which constitutes the dispensational claim to represent biblical fundamentalism in modern times: but where do these teachers come up with this idea?

Well, they come up with it quite obviously, friends, from Sir Robert Anderson's theory of interpreting Daniel's prophecy of the Seventy Weeks; I mean, where else does anyone turn to find biblical justification for this date-setting for "official-Jewish-rejection-of-Christ-as-a- nation" ideational tidbit otherwise?

The fact is, friends, that the Jews did not at all officially reject Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah, on Palm Sunday, April 6, 32 A.D., as Sir Robert Anderson, and all the dispensationalists following him, have claimed. From the best scholastic evidence we have available, Jesus was crucified in the year 30 A.D., and not the year 32 A.D., in the first place. Listen to the words of Joachim Jeremias, in The Eucharistic Words of Jesus, Study Edition, SCM Press, 1964, p.41:

"We may summarize this discussion as follows: astronomical chronology leads unfortunately to no certain result. It establishes the probability that Friday, April 7, 30, and Friday April 3, 33, fell on Nisan 14, which would correspond to the Johannine chronology. But it does not completely exclude the possibility that Friday, April 27, 31 (or, as a considerably weaker possibility, Friday, April 7, 30) fell on Nisan 15, which would agree with the synoptic chronology. The only certain result which astronomy gives us is that in AD 29 and 32---irrespective of whether these years were leap-years or not, and irrespective of what the conditions were for sighting the new light at the beginning of the month Nisan 14---neither Nisan 14 nor Nisan 15 could have fallen on a Friday; both of these years therefore must be excluded from consideration as possible years for the crucifixion."

So much, then, for Sir Robert Anderson's much-vaunted "precision quality" solution to the chronology of the first sixty-nine weeks; they neither began nor ended when he said they did. Thus, the Jews, as a nation, did not officially reject Jesus as their Messiah, on Palm Sunday, April 6, 32, A.D., for the simple reason that Jesus was not even crucified in the year 32 A.D., to start with. Oops! So much for being technically inaccurate, huh?

The entire Jewish nation did not reject Jesus as the Messiah in the first Christian century, officially, or otherwise, friends: the dispensationalists are simply lying about this matter. The truth is, rather, that the early Christian moment was nearly all Jewish; and they were Jews who did indeed embrace Jesus as the Messiah! So what then, is the excuse of present-day Jews for not NOW becoming Christians, too?

"God's timing is not right," the dispensationalists lamely says, but what does he mean by that? The Bible says that "today is the day of salvation": and nobody has any guarantees of tomorrow, including the Jews.

I know what you are thinking, but are you absolutely sure that you have rightly interpreted Romans 11:25-26? Given dispensationalism's fiasco over Daniel's prophecy of the Seventy Weeks, my friend, I would not be so sure about that one either.

Dispensationalists tend to be superficial, shallow thinkers. You dig a little deeper!

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