Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Fate of Them That Sleep: Daniel and Jeremiah on the View That Individuals Who Die With Unforgiven Sin Will Face Eternal Damnation

It can be frustrating when you tell a non-Messianic Jew that he or she needs Yeshua.  There are a range of responses.  Some might quote from Scripture.  Most don't.

And the ones who quote from Scripture tend to use the passages that indicate a future, corporate salvation of Israel.  

Here's the problem with that:  Daniel and Jeremiah say that there will be some individuals within Israel who die in their sins and go to everlasting condemnation.

"29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah," Jeremiah 31:29-31)

"And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt," (Daniel 12:1-2)

The L-rd Yeshua also quotes from Daniel and expounds the text:

"21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. 24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned," (John 5:21-29)
Now, of course, I can hear the response, "But in the Jeremiah passage, while it does say that every one shall die for his own iniquity, it immediately goes on to say that G-d will give a New Covenant in which He remembers sin no more!"  Yes, but this New Covenant is only for those who have accepted Yeshua:
"If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved," (Romans 10:9)
Keep in mind that Yeshua IS G-d:
"For in [Yeshua] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily," (Colossians 2:9) 
Therefore to reject Yeshua is the same as rejecting G-d. 

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