Like most people around the world, I have to keep up with the news that is taking place globally. Just glancing at a television broadcast, we have seen wars, political upheaval, natural disasters, and everything in between. Also, like most believers, I view the news through the lens of the Holy Scriptures and the prophecy described within the pages of the Bible. Over the past few years, it seems that the events foretold by prophets like Ezekiel, Isaiah, and Daniel are coming to pass at very increasing rates.
This past week, as I watched the President of the United States declare Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, I couldn’t help but believe that this action was also part of the fulfillment of prophetic events. Yet, in my excitement at that moment, I felt within me a check in my spirit and this check redirected my thoughts to three Scriptural texts. Two of these texts are very familiar to most of those reading this article. The third may not be as familiar, but the concept and message of the verse will be.
The first verse is Matthew 28:19-20:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach ha-Kodesh, teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. And remember! I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Most believers are familiar with these verses, which are often referred to as the “Great Commission.” They provide the commandment from Yeshua for all of us to be active in making disciples of all nations and teaching them to observe the commandments of Yeshua.
The second verse is found in Romans 1:16:
“For I am not ashamed of the Good News, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who trusts—to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
This verse continues the instructions of Yeshua that we read in the book of Matthew by letting us know that the “Good News,” which is the power of G-D for salvation, was to be shared to the Jew first and also to the Greek, or non-Jew.