Because Thou Knewest Not The TIME
...Of Thy Visitation.
April 10, 2022
(Luke 19:44 KJ) 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.
of thy visitation.
The Lord Jesus came into Jerusalem on Sunday, Nisan the 10th, (today, April 10th) on the colt. He was crying as the palm branches were being laid down in front of the foal. He knew that 4 days later the people would crucify Him; but He also knew what would happen to His people of Israel down through the centuries because of their rejection of their Messiah and King.
He knew that the people of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the 12 tribes would suffer immense suffering by the nations. And it would all happen because they had not believed the Scriptures, which specifically said when the Messiah would come, and because they had forsaken God's covenant, and because they knew not the
T I M E
of their visitation:
Jesus Christ is riding into Jerusalem on Sunday, Nisan 10, four days before the crucifixion and says:
(Luke 19:42-44 KJ) 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.
(43) 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,
(44) 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.
The Scriptures, hundreds of years in advance, literally told the very day that Jesus Christ (i.e., 'Messiah' in Hebrew, i.e., the anointed one), would come. If you added the days up from the time the clock started in 444 b.c., (Dan 9:24-27, Neh 2:6 KJ) to when the Messiah came into Jerusalem on the colt, you would arrive at the very day King Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Sunday Nisan the 10th. That is why King Jesus said as He was riding into Jerusalem:
"If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day,"
…THIS THY DAY,
God's people of Israel had forsaken God's Word prior to the Lord's arrival and God had been silent not speaking to Israel for 400 years. God had spoken 700 years prior to His Son's arrival in (Isaiah 1-39 KJ) about His judgment against Israel in their apostasy towards Him.
And then in (Isaiah 40 KJ) God is speaking comfortably to Israel again. The 40th chapter of Isaiah, which mirrors the 40th book of the Scriptures (Matthew), says this about John the Baptist hundreds of years before he came:
(Isaiah 40:3 KJ) The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
(Matthew 3:1-3 KJ) In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
(2) And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
(3) For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
God, in speaking to Israel for the first time in 400 years, sends John the Baptist in (John 1:6 KJ) to tell Israel that the Kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt 3:2 KJ).
The Lord Jesus said in reference to His earthly kingdom:
(Matthew 6:10 KJ) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
See, God has a worldwide kingdom in earth located in Jerusalem, Israel. He has created the nation of Israel for the specific purpose of being His kingdom nation that He will rule the entire earth and universe through. His people, however, must not be only 'physically' born from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, they must also be "born again" spiritually..i.e., they must be believers in Jesus Christ the Son of God.
(John 6:47 KJ) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
Pete said at Pentecost (i.e., the 4th Jewish feast of the year, after the Lord Jesus had resurrected from the dead and had ascended to His Father in heaven, and 50 days after Firstfruits (Lev 23:50f.f. - KJ), said:
(Acts 3:25,26 KJ)
Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
(26) Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
The Jews are God's "kingdom of priests," which are to be God's channel of blessing to the whole world:
(Exodus 19:5,6 KJ) Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
(6) And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
Pete also spoke to the Jews as being God's kingdom of priests, God's Holy nation:
(1 Peter 2:9 KJ) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
John the Baptist had a message from God that God wanted Israel to hear.
That is: the Messiah is here Israel; come to the Jordan, confess your sins, which is what God had told Israel to do back in (Lev 26:40 KJ) to be put back into a right relationship with Him, and be separated from the unbelievers in Israel by being water baptized of John.
When Satan sinned and decided that he wanted to be like God, he corrupted the fallen angels first, which are in the heavenly places, i.e., space. And then when he deceived Eve and Adam, he then corrupted God's “kingdom of heaven,” which is located on the earth. The Bible distinguishes between the heavens and the earth in the very first verse of the Scriptures:
(Genesis 1:1 KJ) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The Bible tells us what God is going to do, and has done, to reconcile both places back to Himself:
(Colossians 1:20 KJ) And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
That is, Jerusalem, Israel is God's earthly kingdom that He has vested in Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the 12 tribes, i.e., Jacob's 12 boys; and the church of today that God started with Paul (Eph 3 KJ) is God's government for the heavenly places (Eph 1:3; 2:6 KJ). By God the Son's shed blood, God will save those (Jews) who will be His kingdom nation on earth, and He is now saving those who will be His people in the heavenlies.
Therefore, Israel is the nation that God created (Isaiah 43:15 KJ) to be His kingdom of priests on the earth, His Holy nation, so that He could come into the world unto His own people, die to pay for the sins of Israel and also of the world, to offer forgiveness and salvation to those who would believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died for them: that He died, was buried, and that He rose again for their justification (1 Cor 15:1-4 KJ), and then for Jesus Christ to rule all nations through Israel:
(Daniel 2:44 KJ) And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
In (Dan 9:24-27 KJ) the timeline is given to Israel as to how long God is going to give Israel to be redeemed to Him, and what God is going to do to make that happen. In that passage, the Messiah's coming and death, and the exact timing of it are literally spoken about.
Starting in 444 b.c., when the Jews were captive in the Media/Persian empire, and also in the month Nisan, the same month that Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on the colt, Nehemiah is told to go back to Jerusalem and build it again.
God started Israel's timeline of 490 years, i.e., 70 weeks of years (Dan 9:24-27 KJ), or the clock if you will, in (Nehemiah 2:5,6 KJ).
And Jesus Christ came at exactly, to the very day, the day He allowed people to publically proclaim who He was, on Sunday
And died on the cross 4 days later on Thursday, NISAN 14
Recall the date of when God saved Moses and the Hebrews from the destroyer who killed the firstborn of Egypt; that was Nisan 14, the very same day that Jesus would hundreds of years later die on the cross. So Nisan 14 is the day of the Passover in Egypt, and it is also the day of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ; but notice what the Hebrews were to do on Nisan 10, which was 4 days before the Hebrews were to kill the LAMB:
(Exodus 12:3 KJ) Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
And who was it that came riding into Jerusalem on the colt on Nisan 10 to be “killed” 4 days later on the cross? Right. The LAMB of God:
John the Baptist said:
(John 1:29 KJ) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Notice, also, where the blood of the Lamb the Hebrews killed on the night of the Passover, (the first Jewish feast of the year - Lev 23 - KJ) was to be placed:
(Exodus 12:7 KJ) And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
Where was Jesus’ blood on the cross?
Thus the Passover was in literal type, an exact representation hundreds of years in advance, of what Jesus Christ, the LAMB of God, would do on the cross for mankind.
Because Israel forsook the Word of God, they did not recognize God the Son, who their own Book in (Dan 9:24-27 KJ) had foretold would come. Thus Israel suffered for hundreds of years because they did not recognize their King, their redeemer, the One who will free them from the “strongman” (satan) and his “legal” spiritual captivity of them (Isaiah 49:24; Mark 3:27 KJ) at His 2nd coming….in sum, Israel did not recognize:
THE TIME OF THEIR VISITATION.
…..but they will the next time
Jesus Christ visits them
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.