When God judges the world at the end of the seven year tribulation period, He will also rid the world of all idols and false prophets and unclean spirits. And no human left on the earth will have a proud and haughty heart; for because of all the tribulation they will endure, their hearts will be humble. And God will give them a new heart and a new spirit, and thus a new desire to serve Him and be holy as He is (Ezek. 36:26-27).
This will be especially true of the Jews who have returned to Israel. They will be a shining example of a pure and holy people. Zephaniah 3:11-13 describes them well.
Zephaniah 3:11-13 “In that day you will feel no shame Because of all your deeds By which you have rebelled against Me; For then I will remove from your midst Your proud, exulting ones, And you will never again be haughty On My holy mountain. 12 “But I will leave among you A humble and lowly people, And they will take refuge in the name of the Lord. 13 “The remnant of Israel will do no wrong And tell no lies, Nor will a deceitful tongue Be found in their mouths; For they shall feed and lie down With no one to make them tremble.”
There is also an apt description of believing Jews, and all believers living in Jerusalem (Jews and Gentiles) in Zechariah 13:1-3. Notice how strict they will be to any of their own children who are found to have a false or unclean spirit.
“In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity.
2 “And it will come about in that day,” declares the Lord of hosts, “that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered; and I will also remove the prophets and the unclean spirit from the land. 3 “And it will come about that if anyone still prophesies, then his father and mother who gave birth to him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, for you have spoken falsely in the name of the Lord’; and his father and mother who gave birth to him will pierce him through when he prophesies.
But I can’t help think how privileged all believers in Israel will be in that day, and how God will aid them in living a pure life; for they will be always in the presence of holiness, being always close to Christ and having the temple to worship in; for every detail of the temple will provide them with constant reminders of His holiness and to be holy. And there will be continual teaching of truth from the temple—by Christ and His followers. Isaiah 2:3 says,
And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways, And that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Oh what a time that will be! A time to be holy like Him. And especially in Israel among the Jews, everything in their lives—every activity and every item—will be set apart for His service and declared holy (Zech. 14:20-21). (References used: Isa. 1:26-27; 2:3; 4:3-4; 29:18-23; 31:6-7; 35:8-9; 52:1; 60:21; Ezek. 36:24-31; 37:23-24; 43:7-12; Zeph. 3:11-13; Zech. 13:2; 14:20-21.)
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