Bible Study Notes

Jesus Prophesies the Fifth Cycle of Discipline will come to Israel, Pt. 1.

Luke Chapter 19
V. The Condemnation of the Son of Man for Men, Luke 19:28-24:49.
  A. Sunday; Luke 19:28-44.
       1. Jesus’ Triumphal Entry, vs. 28-44, paralleled in Mat 21:1-9; Mark 11:1-10; John 12:12-50.

Vs. 43-44
Jesus prophesies that the Fifth Cycle of Divine Discipline will come upon the Nation of Israel. Cf. Luke 21:20-24.

Doctrine of the Five Cycles of Discipline, Lev 26.

Given the prophecy Jesus made towards Jerusalem and the people of Israel in Luke 19:43-44, and again in Luke 21:20-24, it reminds us of God’s warning to the people and nation of Israel in Leviticus 26, which describes the Five Cycles of Divine Discipline of the nation when it enters into reversionism and apostasy. Leviticus 26, was given specifically to the nation of Israel when they were under the Law, but we also see that these things have occurred to other Gentile nations that were “client nations” to God during the Church Age dispensation.

A “client nation” is a national entity under the patronage of God, assigned the responsibility for the formation, preservation, communication, and fulfillment of the Canon of Scripture. Before Israel became a nation, custodianship of the word of God involved Divine revelation apart from written Scripture. But since Israel has become a nation, it is involved in the authorship, custodianship, and dissemination of the written Word. Additional custodianship was assigned to Israel in the formation of the New Testament, since all except one writer was a Jew, Ex 19:4-6; Deut 7:6; 26:18-19, cf. 1 Peter 2:9-10; Rom 9:25; 10:19.

Ex 19:4-6, “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. 5Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; 6and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”

Israel was the first client nation and had five Jewish client nations of the OT with a specialized priesthood. This continued through the time of the formation of the NT. Then the client nation changed from Jewish nations to Gentile nations; Judea to the Roman Empire in 70 A.D., for the dispensation of the Church with its universal priesthood.

1 Peter 2:9-10, “But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.”

Rom 9:25-26, “As He says also in Hosea, “I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’ and her who was not beloved, ‘beloved, (Hosea 2:23).’ 26and it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they shall be called sons of the living God, (Hosea 1:10).”

A client nation is a synonym for a priest nation. The name “priest nation” is used for Israel because it had a specialized priesthood. The term “client nation” is used for any Gentile nation that performs the same functions during the Church Age. In Roman history, a client is defined as someone dependent on another family. Instead of calling a Gentile nation a priest nation as such, the believers in the Church Age are a holy priesthood and a Royal Family of God designated to disseminate the Word of God to the other nations of the world.

1 Pet 2:4-5, “And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but elect and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house, (cf. Heb 3:6), as a result of a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through the agency of Jesus Christ.”

Israel was always called a holy nation. The Church is called a holy priesthood. Why?, because in the Church Age, every believer is a royal priest.

Believers in Christ are the Royal Family of God, and this is the key to Gentile client nations in the Church Age. A client nation to God is a nation under Divine protection, because it has a large pivot of mature believers. Mature believers have blessing by association to those around them and historical blessing to their nation, cf. Rom 12:9-21 and references in the Bible related to the mature believer being salt.

The key to all client nations is found in the history of Israel as a priest nation, which was the most important client nation. Gentile client nations should have a maximum number of mature believers for a pivot, maximum evangelism within their own nation, maximum missionary activity to other nations, and they are to provide a haven for the Jews.

A client nation is responsible to do five things.
a. It must evangelize its own population at home.
b. It must communicate Bible doctrine to the believers in the nation.
c. It is responsible for the custodianship of Bible doctrine.
d. It provides a haven for the Jews.
e. It is responsible to send out missionaries to evangelize other nations.

The client nation is characterized by being pro-Semitic. No Gentile nation can be a client nation to God without providing a haven for the Jews during the “times of the Gentiles.” Cf. Gen 12:3.

Gen 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you; but the one who curses (despises) you, I will curse. And through you, all the nations of the earth will be blessed.”

Rom 11:25, “For, brethren, I do not wish you to be ignorant of this mystery, (Church Age doctrine), lest you become presumptuous, (wise in your own estimation), that a partial hardening has occurred to Israel until the full measure of Gentile nations has come in.”

The word translated “Gentile nations” is the Greek word ETHNOS. This word means Gentiles and Gentile nations. The full measure of the Gentile nations is a reference to all the Gentile client nations that will be from the fall of Israel in 70 A.D. until the end of the Church Age. The full measure of Gentile nations refers to the times of the Gentiles with one slight difference. The times of the Gentiles goes from 70 A.D. until the Rapture of the Church. The full measure of the Gentiles has to do with the fact that there will always be Gentile client nations until the resurrection of the Church. After the Rapture, the 7 year Tribulation will be a unique time in that during it there is no Jewish or Gentile client nation, as Israel is not yet restored as a client nation. During that time the 144,000 Jews throughout the world will be the primary evangelists to the world, acting as a de-facto client nation, Rev 6:3-8.

A client nation is destroyed by the reversionistic believers who “spin-off” from the pivot of mature believers by their rejection of Bible doctrine. As the pivot shrinks, the nation loses its client nation status with God and undergoes the five cycles of discipline.

An overview of “National Decay.”
About the time our original thirteen states of the United States of America adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier. (Some believe this came from Alexis Charles Henri Clérel, comte de Tocqueville who was a French aristocrat, diplomat, political scientist, political philosopher, and historian.)

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. From bondage to spiritual faith.
2. From spiritual faith to great courage.
3. From courage to liberty.
4. From liberty to abundance.
5. From abundance to complacency.
6. From complacency to apathy.
7. From apathy to dependence.
8. From dependence back into bondage.”