Pleas and Promises

The necessity of reaching the Jews.

R.L. Odom, Editor, Israelite Magazine

[Seventh-day Adventists have a mandate from the Lord to share with the Jews the blessings of light and encour­agement that the Lord has given to us, and He has made wonderful promises which He will fulfill if we carry out His directive. The following quotations from the writings of Ellen G. White set forth counsel and guidance given by the Lord for work among the Jews. This material is divided into two sections: (1) "Pleas and Promises," which appears in this issue of the MINISTRY; and (2) "Presenting the Promised One," which will appear in the next issue. —EDITORS.]

I. A Strangely Neglected People

"It has been a strange thing to me that there were so few who felt a burden to labor for the Jewish people, who are scattered throughout so many lands."—Evangelism, p. 578.

2.    Take Particular Interest in Jews

"In the closing proclamation of the gospel, when special work is to be done for classes of people hitherto neglected, God expects His messengers to take particular interest in the Jewish people whom they find in all parts of the earth."—The Acts of the Apostles, p. 381.

"There are Jews everywhere, and to them the light of present truth is to be brought."—Evange­lism, p. 578.

"There is to be true, sincere missionary work done for the Jews. A little is being done, but it is as nothing compared with what might be done. There is a decided failure to take hold of this work as we ought. Let the people of the Lord meditate and pray over this matter."—Letter 24, 1912.

3.    Special Efforts Needed

"Let there be special efforts made for the enlight­enment of the Jews. Every soul converted causes joy in the heavenly courts."—Manuscript 87, 1907.

4.    Special Wisdom Needed

"The work for the Jews, as outlined in the eleventh chapter of Romans, is a work that is to be treated with special wisdom. It is a work that must not be ignored. The wisdom of God must come to our people. In all wisdom and righteousness we must clear the King's highway. The Jews are to be given every opportunity of coming to the light."—The SDA Bible Commentary, Ellen G. White Com­ments, on Romans 11:1, p. 1079.

5.    God Has Mighty Men Among Jews

"We are plainly taught that we should not despite the Jews; for among them the Lord has mighty men."—Manuscript 87, 1907.

6.    Jews Uniting With Us

"The Jews are corning into the ranks of God's chosen followers, and are being numbered with the Israel of God in these closing days. Thus some of the Jews will once more be reinstated with the peo­ple of God, and the blessing of the Lord will rest upon them richly, if they will come into the posi­tion of rejoicing that is represented in the Scrip­ture, 'And again He saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with His people' [Romans 15:10]."—Evangelism, p. 578.

7.    Individuals Will Be Converted

"I saw that God had forsaken the Jews as a na­tion; but that individuals among them will yet be converted and be enabled to tear the veil from their hearts and see that the prophecy concerning them has been fulfilled; they will receive Jesus as the Saviour of the world and see the great sin of their nation in rejecting and crucifying Him."—Early Writings, p. 213.

8.    Pentecost Will Be Repeated

"The time has come when the Jews are to be given light. The Lord wants us to encourage and sustain men who shall labor in right lines for this people; for there are to be a multitude convinced of the truth, who will take their position for God. The time is coming when there will be as many converted in a day as there were on the day of Pentecost, after the disciples had received the Holy Spirit.

"The Jews are to be a power to labor for the Jews; and we are to see the salvation of God."—Art. "The Need of Home Religion," in Review and Herald, June 29, 1905, p. S. (NOTE: This statement was made by Mrs. White in a talk given at the General Conference session on May 27, 1905.)

9.    A Multitude Will Stand for God

"The time has come when the Jews are to be given the light of the last gospel message. The Lord wants us to sustain and encourage men who shall labor in right lines for this people; for there are to he a multitude convinced of the truth, who will take their position for God.--Manuscript 87, 1907.

10. Many Jewish Converts Will be Used

"There will be many converted from among the Jews, and these converts will aid in preparing the way of the Lord, and making straight in the desert a highway for our God. Converted Jews are to have an important part to act in the great prepara­tions to be made in the future to receive Christ, our Prince. A nation shall be born in a day. How? By men whom God has appointed being converted to the truth. There will be seen, 'first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear' [Mark 4:28]. The predictions of prophecy will be fulfilled."—Evangelism, p. 579.

"There is a mighty work to be done in our world. The Lord has declared that the Gentiles shall be gathered in, and not the Gentiles only, but the Jews. There are among the Jews many who will be converted, and through whom we shall see the salvation of God go forth as a lamp that burneth. There are Jews everywhere, and to them the light of present truth is to be brought. There are among them many who will come to the light, and who will proclaim the immutability of the law of God with wonderful power. The Lord God will work. He will do wonderful things in righteousness."—ibid., p. 578.

II. Jews Mighty in Scriptures Will Serve

"Among the Jews are some who, like Saul of Tarsus, are mighty in the Scriptures, and these will proclaim with wonderful power the immuta­bility of the law of God. The God of Israel will bring this to pass in our day. His arm is not shortened that it cannot save. As His servants labor in faith for those who have long been neglected and despised, His salvation will be revealed."—The Acts of the Apostles, p. 381

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R.L. Odom, Editor, Israelite Magazine

December 1964

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