Jesus told the Jews that they shall not see Him until the time comes when they say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’. Was Jesus referring to a future event in the end-times where Jews will accept Him as their Messiah? No, the event got fulfilled in Christ’s own time on this earth.
Luke 13:35 “See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’
Matt 23:39 “for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’
The above prophetic words were sometimes used to identify the return of Jesus Christ that is, only after Jews accept Jesus as their saviour.
Luke 19:37-38 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: “ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Matt 21:9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”
According to Luke, what Jesus spoke was not an end-times prophecy but actually got fulfilled in Christ’s time on earth during His triumphant entry. However, Matthew’s account seems to point to a future event since the prophetic statement by Jesus was actually after the triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Now, we need to investigate which gospel account is having the correct chronological order with respect to this particular event. When Jesus laments over Jerusalem as we read in Matt 23:37-39, He was already inside Jerusalem, within the Temple. Hence, the event is out of order and does not fit the surrounding verses to be in context. Hence, the account of Luke is correct and the prophetic words of Jesus got fulfilled in His own lifetime.
Matt 21:43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.
Luke 18:7-8 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
Will Jews accept Jesus as their Messiah before His coming? The answer is No. There will be a few God’s elect who were tested and tried. When Christ comes, will He really find faith on the earth?