And so history is destined to repeat itself. But for Israel, the nation, for Judah, the nation, for believers that span history, this pattern will always be there.
God chooses those who believe in Him, blesses them above all others who reject Him, and the enemies of God rise up against His people, try to destroy them, even to small numbers, and yet God raises up yet another generation or generations, and history repeats itself.
Adam was promised a savior who would be born of woman, making the savior, who is God, both God and man, together in the same person.
Abraham was promised a savior that would be one of his descendants.
Jacob was promised an eternal nation. David was promised an eternal dynasty.
And the world has tried and tried again to destroy all of these promises, but each time that Gods people are destroyed, yet another generation rises up. And so it will be, from the ruins of the Assyrian empire, to the Roman empire, to the final generation in the Tribulation.
Israel and Judah are both the genetic selections of God as well as the symbolic believers of faith selection of God.
And even when God is rejected by His own genetically selected people, Jewish people, He is faithful and maintains them as a race and will continue to maintain them as a race, when finally in the last generation, in the Tribulation, they as a race, will turn in huge numbers to Christ.
During that last terrible seven years, well over ninety percent of the population of Israel will be destroyed. Even of the final ten percent, our current passage, the terrible destruction will continue as evil will attempt to eliminate the race entirely.
But at the Second Advent, when Christ finally returns to earth, the numbers of Jewish people, who by the way will be believers in Christ, will have diminished to an extremely low number, and yet those will survive to be rescued, and will enter into the Millennium to repopulate the world.
The trees mentioned are cut down with virtually no stump remaining, and yet a shoot, and little stem, that is virtually insignificant by comparison to the once whole tree, will survive to grow again and thrive into a new era.
A small shoot, is nothing when compared to the giant tree it comes from. The surviving numbers of Israel, will be very small when compared to the total population that will not survive, but yet in the face of horrendous odds and destruction, God will preserve His people, while all others will die.
Pursuit of anything and everything in this world will come to a bitter end. Pursuit of doctrine as God has intended, will come to a phenomenal destiny.
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