Of course, it can pour down in Israel again immediately after I have published this article. However, this rain would be no divine answer to the current prayers of the Jews for rain (see YouTube-Video, above), but he would let it rain of his own accord, not regarding their prayers, for the following reason: he doesn’t want to utterly destroy them, but he only wants to educate (chastise) them.
The Jews currently praying for rain are not entitled to any answer to prayer. The religion which is commonly called Judaism today doesn’t correspond to the correct interpretation of the Old Testament, which is called Tanakh by the Jews. The correct interpretation of the Old Testament leads to Christianity. Spiritually seen, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Jeremiah, Isaiah, etc. were Christians because they believed in a Redeemer and didn’t want to become righteous through works of the law (however, they lived no lawless life because the law-giver was with them). God’s today’s religion is Christianity because it bases on the Word of God, the Holy Scripture, the Old and the New Testament. Today’s Judaism has no divine legitimation because it doesn’t base on the Holy Scripture but on a false interpretation of the Old Testament.
(there is no contradiction between New Testament and Old Testament, but together both books are the Holy Scripture of the Christian Church; it is only that in the New Testament some topics are more unfolded which are somewhat hidden in the Old Testament; a Jew could not rely on the Old Testament (Tanakh) when he would criticise Christianity; this would be an complete error)
I never want to accuse the Jews of any concrete, practical sin – the thought never crossed my mind. Yet, it is a fact that the today’s Jews are separated from God by a very heavy sin of the spirit: they don’t want to become righteous through faith in a Redeemer but through works of the law. The truth in contrast is that God only gave the law (law of the Torah, the commandments of God) concerning its spiritual dimension in order that man might realize his natural sinfulness. If the natural man tries to keep the commandments by his own strength, then he will notice that he feels like doing more sin than less because “sin takes occasion of the commandment”. Hence, the law reveals the complete depravity of man, and that he needs a Redeemer setting him free from sin and guilt.
Nearly no today’s Jew would accept to be called an idolater, who has deserved similar punishments like the Old Testament Jews who served the idols instead of God. But the persistence of the today’s Jews in a heresy, just the so-called Judaism, is also idolatry because recusancy is a sin like idolatry. The Jews resist God; they are restive against Him by not accepting the faith God has prescribed, the faith in Jesus, but persisting in self-willed worship service.
1. Samuel 15, 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (this said the prophet Samuel to king Saul; R. B.)
Saul had not completely executed the ban against the Amalekites.
1. Samuel 15, 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.
The today’s Jews sin similar to Saul and the people at that time by not wanting to execute the ban against their sinful flesh (see note, below). Through faith in Jesus, who is their Messiah, the Jews would execute the ban against their sinful flesh. Through sacramental baptism the problem of our sinful flesh is solved (the Gentiles have the same problem like the Jews): we die for the sin, and get into Christ through baptism. Hence, someone believing in Jesus Christ has executed the ban against his flesh (his natural man, or what he naturally is, by birth). Through the power of Christ we can obey God despite our sinful flesh. Through Christ we present our bodies as a living sacrifice by obeying God through Christ, in Christ’s power. This is the true worship service which pleases God.
1. Samuel 15, 22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
(The people wanted to sacrifice the spared animals to the LORD; but that was self-willed worship service because the LORD hat commanded to execute the ban against the animals, not to sacrifice them; the LORD demanded obedience to his ban-command and not the sacrifice of animals; R. B.)
Regarding the meaning of baptism (including infant baptism):
Of course, we become righteous through mere faith in Jesus, who died and rose for us. He was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification. However, we are weakened through our sinful flesh what could cause that we use the grace for sinning: “God has forgiven me, Jesus has carried my sins on the cross; hence, I can sin without hesitation.” Through the power of baptism (we have died and resurrected together with Christ) we don’t use grace by sinning without hesitation, but we present our bodies as a living sacrifice and worship God in spirit and in truth. Through baptism our faith is connected with obedience. We will come through at Judgement Day because we kept the faith through the power of baptism and remained in faith. The one who fights the good fight of faith will not give up to overcome his sin through the power of baptism more and more; for that one Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross is an atonement – he has got the forgiveness.
“Sinful flesh” is the natural man without faith and baptism; what we are by nature, by birth.