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'For he is like the fire of smelters and the acid used by fullers; He
will sit down to smelt and purge, purging the sons of Levi, refining
them like silver and gold' (Mal. 3:2, Moffatt).
'Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you
into the midst of Jerusalem. As they gather silver, and brass, and
iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the
fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in Mine anger and in My
fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you ... as silver is melted
in the midst of the furnace' (Ezek. 22:19 -22).
To go outside the pages of Scripture for our information is fraught
with danger, we are neither historians nor ethnologists, we simply refer to a
further evidence of this great intermingling that has taken place since a.d.
70. There is evidence in hand to show that another nation was incorporated
into the Jewish faith, a people called the Khazars, who occupied the south
eastern corner of Europe in the eighth century. About the end of the seventh
century, the Khazars became converted to Judaism, and Rabbis were brought
over from Spain to minister in their synagogues. Later on this Khazar
kingdom became incorporated in Southern Russia, and this accounts for the
great Jewish population of Poland, Rumania and adjacent countries. All this,
however, we take 'on trust', knowing little more from history than that such
a kingdom existed.
If to the Edomite intermixture we add the Khazar, and other additions,
we can well understand that the 'all Israel' that God is pledged to 'save'
(Rom. 11:26) cannot include many who are 'of Israel' or who can call Abraham
their 'father' (Rom. 9:6 -8), such are not the children of the promise who
are counted for the seed. If we have represented the character of the 'Jew'
aright, it makes it simply impossible, that to such a mixture, the blessed
words should be addressed, 'Arise, shine; for thy light is come'; such an
unholy mixture could never be used by God as a pre -Millennial kingdom, for
their melting and refining, the ridding of their dross, takes place on the
eve of the Lord's return at His Second Coming. Jerusalem will be trodden
down by the Gentiles until the end of Gentile time. Gentile time will end
when the Stone cut without hands smites the image of Daniel 2. The people
that become a blessing to all nations will be those who at long last will
look upon Him Whom they have pierced, and who will say:
'Unto Him that loved us, and washed (or loosed) us from our sins in His
own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father;
to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen' (Rev. 1:5,6).
In line with all that we have seen, is Peter's appeal immediately
'Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted
out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the
Lord' (Acts 3:19).
The word presence, prosopon, is generally translated 'face' and Cannot
possibly mean 'absence'. In verse 13 we read of the 'presence of Pilate',
and in 5:41 identical language is used for departing 'from the presence' of
the council, and in the reference to the Second Coming in 2 Thessalonians
1:9. The promised 'refreshing' and the threatened 'destruction' flow alike
from the immediate personal presence of the same Lord. This 'Scattered
People' will at last become the Lord's 'Gathered People', and that gathering