A Prophetic Blessing and Cursing
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles, please, to Deuteronomy, chapter 28. We remind you of the analysis of the book of Deuteronomy, which we have presented to you so you will be able to keep in mind what we are following as far as an outline of the book of Deuteronomy is concerned. Keep in mind that we told you the book of Deuteronomy represented the discourses of Moses which were delivered over a period of forty days as the children of Israel were on this side of Jordan in the plains of Moab waiting for their entry into the promised land.

The book of Deuteronomy is made up of three discourses. The first discourse, chapters 1-4, represented a review of the past failures of the nation of Israel and God's faithfulness in the midst of those failures. The second discourse, beginning with chapter 5 and going through chapter 26, is actually what gives the book of Deuteronomy its name—the Second Law—for it represents a repetition of God's law. The third discourse is one which comprises chapters 27-31, and we have entitled it A Revelation of the Future because it is related to the prophetic Word.

We are at the present time discussing the third discourse of Moses, beginning with chapter 27 and concluding with chapter 31, representing a revelation of the future. Then in chapter 32, we have what we have referred to as the song of Moses. This is something that you and I, though some of us may not be able to sing at the present time, will have the opportunity of singing when we get to Heaven because we will sing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb.

Then, in chapter 33, we have what we refer to as the blessing, which represents the blessing which Moses pronounced upon the twelve tribes of Israel, that blessing in itself in a sense being prophetic. Then in chapter 34, we have what we refer to as the obituary because it represented what Moses wrote concerning the end of his own life—his funeral, so-to-speak, the manner in which he would come to an end as far as this earthly life was concerned.

Last week we began a discussion of this third discourse, which begins with chapter 27 and concludes with chapter 31. In chapter 27, we discussed with you what we refer to as a picturesque ceremony . This picturesque ceremony was made up of six tribes of the children of Israel, standing upon Mount Ebal uttering curses on the children of Israel if they failed to obey. On Mount Ebal, there was the law of God written upon tables of stone. There was also an altar made out of old stones upon which the hand of man had never fallen. Then on Mount Gerizim there were six other tribes who uttered the blessings which would be the heritage of the nation of Israel if they were obedient to the law.

In the valley between the two mountains was the Ark of the Covenant and the Levites. Joshua and the people, as the law of God was read, entered into a covenant with God to keep the law. We pointed out to you several reminders of spiritual truths related to this very picturesque ceremony which we will not take the time to review for obvious reasons.

The second portion of this third discourse deals with what we refer to as prophetic blessing and cursing , as it is recorded in chapter 28. As has already been suggested, this will be the subject of our discussion; but anticipating ourselves a little, we go on and mention to you that the third discourse comprised as well what is commonly known as the Palestinian Covenant , which is recorded in chapters 29-30 of this particular book of Deuteronomy. Then in chapter 31, we have a number of personal charges which Moses delivered to the children of Israel related to their need of obedience and following through God's blessing upon their hearts and their lives.

As we come to chapter 28, I would like to emphasize that we have come to one of the most important chapters in the entire book and, in one sense of the word, one of the most important chapters in the entire Bible. Bible scholars have been free to express themselves about this particular chapter and its effectiveness in understanding the Word of God. One Bible scholar has said, for example, “The whole chapter, the solemn blessings and the curses refer to Israel as a nation in the light of God's purpose.” That is just another way of saying that in this one chapter is delineated for us the entire purpose of God for the nation of Israel.

Another Bible scholar has said that the first fourteen verses refer to what Israel might have been in the past through obedience and what she will be during the millennial reign of Christ by virtue of grace. I am quoting this statement because it speaks volumes in few words, so let me repeat it: “These verses indicate what Israel could have been through obedience.” But we know she failed, and we will see more definitely that she did. But they also reveal, and this is the note of hope, the rainbow of glory that is put across the whole chapter, what she will be by grace in the millennial reign of Christ.

Another Bible scholar has said that verses 15-68 of this chapter represent an outline of the history of Israel from the days of their early apostasy while they were yet in the land of promise up to the present time and on to the last seven years of Jacob's Trouble which is yet to come. You will keep in mind that Jacob's Trouble is a phrase which describes the Great Tribulation which is to follow immediately upon this present age of grace in which we live. So if you are listening, you will recognize that in this chapter, particularly the portion beginning with verse 15, we have a prophetic outline of the history of the nation of Israel from the early days of apostasy while she was yet in the land of Canaan up to the present time in which we live and on to a time yet future, known as Jacob's Trouble.

One of the most interesting statements that has ever been made about this chapter has been made in recent days, and I have portrayed it before you so that you will be able to let the impact of it reach you. This is a quotation from an open letter to a scholar in Israel, who recently replied to a question concerning what passage of Scripture made him feel that the Word of God was breaking into human speech? He replied, “The portion of the Word written in the Oriental language, this chapter of curses in Deuteronomy, where the destiny of Israel which is without analogy is foretold down to the present day.”

If I say to you that in this chapter, there is the destiny of Israel foretold down to the present hour, you might discount what I say and say, “Well, you are hipped on the subject of prophecy, so it is normal for you to see some prophetic implication in any and every portion of the Word of God.” But we would like to remind you that Max Broad is a contemporary historian, doing research on the subject of Israel, writing to a contemporary Israelite, saying to him, “What passage in the Scripture makes you feel that the Word of God is breaking into human speech?” That is, what passage of Scripture causes you to feel that the Word of God is relevant to the day in which we live? His answer is chapter 28 of the book of Deuteronomy.

Blessing through Obedience

We share this with you to emphasize to you the importance of the portion of the Word of God that we are going to discuss together. We referred to this chapter as representing the prophetic blessing and cursing which Moses, by inspiration, pronounced upon the children of Israel. This chapter has 64 verses in it. I do not think we would accomplish a great deal by my reading these verses one after the other and asking you to follow in your Bibles. It would be difficult for you to keep in mind what we read after we read it, so I would like to divide this chapter up in sections, giving you some mental pegs upon which to hang some of the thoughts that I want to leave with you, suggesting to you that this chapter, related to prophetic blessing and cursing, presents to us first the principle by which God dealt with the nation of Israel. That principle, summed up in a very few words, is blessings based upon obedience. This is the manner in which God deals with the nation of Israel at this present hour. It is the manner in which God dealt with the nation of Israel when they prepared to cross over Jordan.

We would like to emphasize that this is not the principle upon which God deals with us today. God deals with us today on the principle of grace. Oh yes, there is obedience, but it is obedience accomplished by the discipline of grace. As the Apostle Paul said in his letter to Titus, “The grace of God that bringeth salvation to all men hath appeared, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present evil world.” The individual who says that obedience is legalistic is forgetting the principle of the discipline of grace. What you cannot do because the law is weak through the flesh, you can do because the Holy Spirit resides in your heart and will control your life if you will permit Him to do so.

I would like for you to notice why we say that the principle on which God dealt with the nation of Israel is blessing through obedience. Glance at chapter 28, verse 1, and read:

Deuteronomy 28:

1And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

Notice carefully what that verse of Scripture says: “If you are careful to obey all of these commandments, then I will set you on high above all the nations of the earth.” Verse 2:

Deuteronomy 28:

2And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

Keep in mind that Israel is an earthly people and the blessings of which God spoke are related primarily to the earth. Remember that the Church of which you are a part if you have received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior is a heavenly people, and God has guaranteed blessings primarily of a heavenly nature to the Church. This does not mean there are no earthly blessings. It is still true that God has said in His Word, “No good thing will I withhold from them who walk uprightly,” but primarily the blessings are spiritual and not material.

But notice the material quality of the blessings described in these verses beginning with verse 3, where we read:

Deuteronomy 28:

3Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

You will keep in mind that individuals in this particular day lived in the city and went out to farm beyond the city walls. God had promised blessing both at home and abroad. Verse 4:

Deuteronomy 28:

4Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

There He is simply saying that children who are a heritage of the Lord would be theirs if they were obedient. Likewise there would be an increase of their cattle, the kine and the flocks. Verse 5:

Deuteronomy 28:

5Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

That is, “Blessed will be the food that you need, the supplies that are necessary for your existence. Verse 6:

Deuteronomy 28:

6Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

“I will be with thee, constantly and consistently, if thou art obedient.” This is the blessing that God had in store for the nation of Israel. Verse 7:

Deuteronomy 28:

7The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
8The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
9The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.
10And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.
11And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
12The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
13And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
14And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

These verses of Scripture emphasize what we suggest to you, that the principle by which God deals with the nation of Israel is blessing based upon obedience. These verses of Scripture which we have read also describe the purpose that God had for the nation of Israel in this portion of the Word which we have described as prophetic blessing and cursing . In order to help you remember what we have read in your hearing, may I suggest to you that the purpose which God had in mind for the nation of Israel was threefold. There was the matter of prosperity; there was the matter of protection; there was the matter of privilege. If the nation of Israel had continued obedient to God, they would have been prosperous. Look at verse 4-6 once again:

The Matter of Prosperity

Deuteronomy 28:

4Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
5Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
6Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

Emphasis upon material prosperity. Glance now at verse 8:

Deuteronomy 28:

8The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
11And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
12The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

This means prosperity. It can mean nothing else, and so long as the nation of Israel was obedient to God, there was this prosperity for them as a nation; but when they became disobedient to God, this prosperity was removed. In every place where there was an individual Israelite obedient to God, this prosperity was his. When there was disobedience, it was withdrawn.

The Matter of Protection

Not only was there the matter of prosperity, but as indicated before you, there was the matter of protection. God declared that they would be divinely protected so that no enemy, no matter how strong, could have any effect upon them at all. Look at verse 7, please:

Deuteronomy 28:

7The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

Get the picture: A great army coming against the nation of Israel and the little nation of Israel standing before them with such divine force that the opposing army flees in seven different directions. Glance at verse 10:

Deuteronomy 28:

10And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.

If you trace the history of the nation of Israel, you will see that on occasion such has been the blessing of God upon them; and you recognize how God has caused a little nation to cause a whole world to tremble. As a matter of fact, God says that He is able to take Jerusalem and make it a cup of trembling in the hands of the nations of the world because of His plans and His purpose for them.

The Matter of Privilege

Had they been obedient, they would have been considered a nation of privilege— privileged as no other nation in all the world. Glance at verse 9:

Deuteronomy 28:

9The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.

A people especially set apart for God. Glance down at verse 13, and notice:

Deuteronomy 28:

13And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath…:

God intended that the nation of Israel should be the leading nation of the world instead of the tail of the nations. He intended that the nation of Israel should be above and not beneath; but because of her disobedience, He could not fulfill immediately, on the basis of obedience, the purpose that He had in mind for her. Because God is omniscient, because He knows the end from the beginning, because He knows what our response will be to His plan and to His purpose, even though He will do nothing in changing the picture in the sense of forcing our will or forcing the will of any nation, He caused by inspiration to be uttered the prophecy He had in mind in relation to Israel; so in the verses that yet remain in the chapter, we have recorded the prophecy He forecast in relation to Israel.

Here again, because we have a series of verses that may not have any particular meaning to you unless we give you something to enable you to call them to mind, we are going to give you a number of words which describe the various things which were prophesied in relation to Israel because of her disobedience.

Prophecy of Depression

Keep in mind as we go over these verses that you are reading the history of the nation of Israel from the time that she entered the land down to the present time and on beyond this present time into that future period of time known as Jacob's Trouble . The first word that we use to describe the prophecy that was given in relation to them is the word depression . We use this word in the sense that many of you young people will not be able to call to mind because the Depression was long gone before you ever came to this earth, but some of us remember what the Depression was. Some of us remember when we were very fortunate to eat one meal a day. I remember during the days of the Depression when we had one meal a day and that one meal was grape jelly and bread, and my mother made both of them. We were glad to get it because of the economic situation of the day.

In the paragraph which begins with verse 15 and concludes with verse 19, God prophesied that because of the disobedience of the nation of Israel, they shall know what real depression is. Because of the similarity of these verses to those we read in relation to prosperity, we will not re-read all of them, but you will notice in verse 15:

Deuteronomy 28:

15But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
16Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
17Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.

This simply means that everything that they thought would bring them money would bring them poverty instead. We do not have time to review the history of the nation of Israel from a secular standpoint. Those of you who are familiar with the persecution which this chosen nation has suffered will recall the ghettos which are described in history books, particularly in European nations when the Israelites were in much greater poverty than any ghetto resident in our own age.

Prophecy of Destruction

Another word we use to describe what is presented here by way of prophetic forecast is the word destruction . We do not use this word in the sense of annihilation. We use this word more in the sense of ruin. We use this word more in the sense of bringing to naught everything that could be considered good. You will find this destruction described in the paragraph which begins with verse 20 and concludes with verse 26, but you will notice it emphasized, as far as the Word itself is concerned, particularly in verse 20 where we read:

Deuteronomy 28:

20The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
22The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish [The word ”perish” is the same word as ”destruction”.]

Then notice down in verse 24, where we read:

Deuteronomy 28:

24The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall [This is talking about a good, old Texas dust storm in Palestine.] it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

You see, God's prophecy was that because of their disobedience, they would be a nation facing destruction.

Prophecy of Disturbance

Another word is the word disturbance , and we use this word to describe the emotional condition of the nation of Israel because of the persecution which she has suffered down through the ages. The Scripture uses the word madness , but for the sake of alliteration, we have used the word disturbance . Look at the paragraph that begins with verse 27 and concludes with verse 34, and you will see the details of that madness. We will not read in detail because of our time, but we suggest that you read it when you have time. We do call attention particularly to verse 28, where we read:

Deuteronomy 28:

28The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:
29And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.

Then down in verse 34, it is emphasized again:

Deuteronomy 28:

34So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.

Prior to that verse is the description of the persecutions which they will suffer—seeing their wives and their children treated in such fashion that the very sight of it will drive them mad. Of course if you want to verify the prophetic Word, because we are thinking now not only of prophecy unfulfilled, but of prophecy fulfilled, all you need to do is take a history book of the various ages that have transpired since this prophecy was first uttered and see how it has been fulfilled because in a sense, it describes a continuous fulfillment.

Prophecy of Discussion

Another word which describes this prophetic forecast is the word discussion . We use this word not to describe what the nation of Israel does, but what is done about them. If you will notice the paragraph which begins with verse 35 and ends with verse 46, you will find that they had become the subject of discussion for the entire world, for they are a people who cannot be explained. For example, every nation that has come to the shores of America has eventually been absorbed into our own culture so that many of us have backgrounds that can be traced back to several different nations. For example, my own background is one of Scotch-Irish. My wife's background is partially German and French. That means our children have a heritage of Scotch-Irish, German, and French. You couldn't tell it by looking at us, but that is our heritage. Yet you find the Jews coming to the shores of America and to the shores of every nation in the world and you find them still remaining a distinctive member of their race, not being absorbed and not being hidden away as far as their distinctive national qualities are concerned.

When I say that they are the object of discussion, that is what I refer to. They are a mystery to the rest of the world. If you will glance at verse 37, God said:

Deuteronomy 28:

37And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee.

They are indeed an astonishment and a byword among all nations. Look at verse 46:

Deuteronomy 28:

46And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.

This is a reference to the persecution which they are to endure. Some of you are able to remember by newspaper accounts the programs related to the history of Nazi Germany. Others of you have read them in history books and you do know that in countries where Christianity has not held sway or in countries where Christianity has been subjugated to human philosophy, the Jewish nation has been an astonishment and a proverb, and the persecutions they have suffered have been for a sign and a wonder upon their seed forever.

I am sure that most of you have heard the illustration that was one time asked of Gladstone, who was a Prime Minister of England. An unbeliever said to him one time, “Mr. Gladstone, give me one word, one word alone, that will prove absolutely the authenticity of the Bible—not a sermon, just one word.” Mr. Gladstone said, “Jew,” and the man had to admit that the Jew represents an irrefutable proof of the authenticity of the Word of God, for he is something that cannot be explained.

Prophecy of Distress

We have another word to describe what is found in this chapter. It is the word distress , and this is presented to our minds in the paragraph which begins with verse 47 and concludes with verse 62. It is brought to our mind because the word itself is used within this particular paragraph. Look down at verse 53:

Deuteronomy 28:

53And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:
55So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates.
57And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.

And the distress of which we speak is compromised by the description in the entire paragraph. If you took the time to read it, and I hope that you will when you have the time, you will read that God said that over a period of years, there would be various sieges laid to the city of Jerusalem which would be so great that individuals would eat their own children. Not only would they eat their own children, if you knocked on their door and said, “I'm hungry,” they would say “Well, that's too bad. I have part of one child left and I am going to eat him myself. I am not even going to share him with you.” This paragraph goes on to describe that ladies who are so delicate in their nature that they would not get their hands dirty with any kind of manual labor would slay their own children and eat them in order to stay alive.

This may seem difficult for you to comprehend at the moment. It may seem difficult for you to even accept, but this is what God's Word says would happen to the nation of Israel during this sixteen centuries of God's chastening hand upon them.

Prophecy of Dispersion

A word more familiar to you, I think, is the word dispersion , for God said that part of the judgment that He would pronounce upon them for their disobedience would be dispersion, and something like seven or eight references are made to dispersion in this particular chapter from the immediate dispersion as far as their immediate neighbors were concerned to the world-wide dispersion which is now in our generation beginning (Please notice what I say.) to come to an end. Look at verse 25:

Deuteronomy 28:

25The Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: [notice carefully] and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.

Then look down at verse 36:

Deuteronomy 28:

36The Lord shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.
37And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations [notice now] whither the Lord shall lead thee.

Then look down in verse 49:

Deuteronomy 28:

49The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;
50A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:

Then notice down in verse 63:

Deuteronomy 28:

63And it shall come to pass, that as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.
64And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.
65And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:
66And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:
67In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.

Here is definite scriptural proof that the nation of Israel will experience dispersion to the four corners of the world.

Fulfilled Prophecy

We have been dealing with this chapter in a very general way. We have been suggesting to you that this is what God has forecast for the nation of Israel. We suggested to you that there is a sense in which there has been a continuous fulfillment of this prophecy down through the ages. But you may be interested in some specific references in the chapter. You can look upon the chapter not as prophecy to be fulfilled, but as fulfilled prophecy, reminding your hearts of the words of the Apostle Peter that we have a word of prophecy made more sure to which we should take heed as a lamp shining in a dark place. The word of prophecy made more sure is simply fulfilled prophecy. If you will glance at verse 36 once again, you will notice a fulfillment of a specific prophecy.

Deuteronomy 28:

36The Lord shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.

This is a specific reference to Babylonion captivity and was fulfilled when Zedekiah was taken in the final dispersion to the land of Babylon. Look at verses 49-50 and recognize the tramp of the Roman armies as the Roman eagle came against the city of Jerusalem in 70 AD:

Deuteronomy 28:

49The Lord shall bring a nation against thee[notice] from far, from the end of the earth [a great distance Rome came when she marched against Jerusalem], as swift as the eagle [the symbol of Rome] flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;
50A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:

If you are familiar with the fall of Jerusalem under the siege of Titus in 70 AD, you will recall that what is recorded in verses 54-57 represents the horrors of that siege when people actually ate their children as they attempted to survive the siege; but finally, as the prophecy very plainly declares, the walls of the city fell down and not one stone was left upon another because of the disobedience of Israel which culminated in the rejection of the Messiah. If you will look at verse 64, you should be able to see the present dispersion under which the nation of Israel is laboring now and has labored for the last sixteen centuries:

Deuteronomy 28:

64And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.

There is hardly a village or hamlet anywhere in the world in which there is not one Jewish person or at least one such person at some time or other, for this is the fulfillment of God's prophetic Word. In verse 68, if you are familiar with history again, you will recognize that after the siege of Titus, Jews were taken into ships and were taken into the land of Egypt and were there sold to their enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man could purchase their freedom.

Conclusion

Beloved, when you are looking at God's Word, remember that you are looking at the Word that has been proven, proven so distinctly and so definitely beyond the ramblings of mere finite beings that it is absolutely ridiculous to question the authenticity of the Word of God. Let me encourage you, do not be apologetic.


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