The righteousness of the Jews
Who would want such a worthless “righteousness”, to be declared “righteous” by the Jews? What an absurdity, and the reason for their destruction – their self-righteousness. They are so deluded, even setting themselves up as God and declaring “righteous” and “assured of paradise” whom these blinded antichrists deem so? What absolute arrogance!
True righteousness is ONLY in Jesus Christ, put there by the Father for his children (1Co 1:31).
To receive Jesus Christ through faith, is to receive this righteousness as well in Him. All other “righeousness” is filthy rags in God’s eyes (Isa 64:4, Zec 3:3) and will not do in the Judgement.
Rom 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Rom 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
Rom 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Mat 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
These “righteous Gentiles” are apparently “assured of paradise” by this “award”. What “paradise”? One where the Jews rule the earth under their antichrist false “messiah”? That’s hell on earth, not paradise! I certainly wouldn’t want to be assured of that!
John Gill commentary on Acts 1:6
…they asked of him, saying, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
The kingdom had been for some time taken away from the Jews, Judea was reduced to a Roman province, and was now actually under the power of a Roman governor. And the nation in general was in great expectation, that upon the Messiah’s coming they should be delivered from the yoke of the Romans, and that the son of David would be king over them. The disciples of Christ had imbibed the same notions, and were in the same expectation of a temporal kingdom to be set up by their master, as is evident from Mat_20:21 and though his sufferings and death had greatly damped their spirits, and almost destroyed their hopes, see Luk_24:21 yet his resurrection from the dead, and his discoursing with them about the kingdom of God, and ordering them to wait at Jerusalem, the metropolis of that nation, for some thing extraordinary, revived their hopes, and emboldened them to put this question to him: and this general expectation of the Jews is expressed by them in the same language as here,
“the days of the Messiah will be the time when שתשוב המלכות לישראל, “the kingdom shall return”, or “be restored to Israel”; and they shall return to the land of Israel, and that king shall be exceeding great, and the house of his kingdom shall be in Zion, and his name shall be magnified, and his fame shall fill the Gentiles more than King Solomon; all nations shall be at peace with him, and all lands shall serve him, because of his great righteousness, and the wonderful things which shall be done by him; and whoever rises up against him God will destroy, and he shall deliver him into his hands; and all the passages of Scripture testify of his and our prosperity with him; and there shall be no difference in anything from what it is now, only “the kingdom shall return to Israel” (i).
(i) Maimon. in Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 11. sect. 1.