When will the Jewish remnant repent? Will it be at the physical Second Coming . . . or might it be earlier?
Because most of the assumptions about end time events have been developed in light of the post-trib or pre-trib raptures, these events need to be reconsidered.
I believe this is the first time the concept in this article has appeared in print-making this NEW REVELATION of scripture on a very important topic.
The Jewish Remnant
One of these events that needs to be re-evaluated is the repentance of the Jewish remnant. The Jewish remnant are those Jews who survive the 70th Week of Daniel. Ezekiel tells us 2/3 of the population of Jerusalem will perish in the invasion of the Antichrist armies that takes place at the midpoint of the 70th Week.
One third you shall burn in the fire at the center of the city, when the days of the siege are completed. Then you shall take one third and strike it with the sword all around the city, and one third you shall scatter to the wind; and I will unsheathe a sword behind them. (Ezek. 5:12)
Zechariah gives more information. He tells us that of this 1/3 that survive, half are exiled and half remain in the city.
Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. (Zech. 14:1-2)
Jesus tells us about this event as well.
For there will be great distress upon the [d]land and wrath to this people; and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. (Luke 21:23-24)
In addition to those who are killed and captured, a certain number of Jews who are part of the “woman” (Spiritual Israel) will escape into the mountains and be hidden and protected by the Lord.
But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she *was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth. (Rev. 12:14-16)
So in summary, the 1/3 of the Jews in Jerusalem will survive the initial siege and assault of the Antichrist at the midpoint and will be divided, some in exile (in all nations), some in servitude in Jerusalem, and some will be protected supernaturally in the mountains.
The Great Tribulation
It is at this point (after the escape of some of the Jews into the wilderness), that Satan begins his persecution of Christians.
So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. (Rev. 12:17)
It can be assumed that during this time many Jews in Jerusalem and in the concentration camps will either die or commit apostasy by taking the Mark of the Beast. It is unclear from my study of scripture how many fall into these categories. But those protected in the wilderness survive. AND this is important – they will still be unsaved Jews. They will not have repented or accepted Jesus at this point.
When Will the Jewish Remnant Repent?
Now that we have established who the Jewish Remnant is, we need to begin to answer our central question: when will the Jewish remnant repent? We know from Zechariah that this will occur when they LOOK upon Jesus, the one they have pierced.
I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. (Zech. 12:10)
First, notice this mourning takes place after God pours out his Spirit on the Jewish remnant. True repentance only comes as a work of the Spirit. This is the pouring out of the Spirit mentioned in Joel 2:28-29. This pouring out of the Spirit is the one that takes place immediately before the Celestial Earthly Disturbance (the darkening of the sun and moon when the stars fall and sky is split open.)
So when will the Jews see Jesus? It has traditionally been thought that it is when Jesus returns on a white horse to fight Armageddon – the physical Second Coming. But this is based on the mistaken notion that Matt. 24:30-31 is that physical Second Coming. We now know that it isn’t, it’s the prewrath Rapture when Jesus’s angels gather the resurrected and living righteous together.
And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. (Matt. 24:30-31)
All the important elements of of Zech. 12:10 are presented here. All the earth will SEE Jesus and will “mourn.” This same pattern is also described in Revelation.
Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen. (Rev. 1:7)
This passage further clarifies that those who pierced Jesus (the Jews) will mourn at this point. This is a direct reference to the prophecy of Zech. 12:10.
When does all the earth see Jesus? That is given in Rev. 6.
Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence (Lit. “FACE”) of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Rev. 6:15-17)
After the Great Tribulation and after the Celestial Earthly Disturbance (sun and moon darkened, stars falling event) which is after the Sixth Seal, Jesus will appear in the sky. We know that this passage is that moment because Jesus’s FACE is seen by all people at this point. This passage is parallel to Rev. 1:7 and Matt. 24:30-31. They are depicting the same events.
The mourning of the unrepentant is depicted by them hiding themselves (just as Adam and Eve) from the face of our Holy God. However, there is no sign of them repenting.
Mourning of the Jewish Remnant
Zechariah, however, depicts the mourning of the Jewish remnant.
In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn, every family by itself; the family of the house of David by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Levi by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself and their wives by themselves; all the families that remain. (Zech. 12:11-14)
The mourning of Hadadrimmon in Megiddo was the mourning for the death good king Josiah. This mourning will be similar, but greater. It is the mourning for the great King Jesus, who the Jews rejected throughout all their generations. When the Jewish remnant SEES the King of King and they realize their error in rejecting him, there will be great mourning indeed!
The Josiah mourning extended for many days and later became a yearly, national observance. It is likely to be an extended mourning in the end times as well.
Will the Jewish remnant be taken in the Rapture?
Mourning isn’t repentance . When will the Jewish remnant repent? Will it be soon enough for some of them to be taken in the prewrath rapture? It is a startling question to consider . And we will answer it in our next article!!