Has God abandoned Israel? Has the Church \u201creplaced\u201d Israel? What does the Bible say?
This briefing package explores the Biblical origins, roles, and destinies of Israel and the Church\u2014and the big surprise on our near horizon!
2) Paul, in his definitive statement of Christian doctrine called The Book of Romans, spends three chapters (9, 10, and 11) stressing that God is not finished with Israel\u2014they have a very definite prophetic destiny;
3) The Seventy Week prophecy of Daniel 9 out- lines the prophetic role of Israel after the \u201cinterval\u201d of the Church period. [The Church is not present in the 69 weeks, nor is it on the earth in the 70th; the interval between the 69th and 70th week (Dan 9:26) is the period of the Church on the earth.]
Israel appears 75 times in the New Testament. Each time, it refers to national Israel, includ- ing the solitary ostensible exception in Gal 6:16\u2014thek a i grammatically sets apart the \u201cIs- rael of God\u201d from the church and prevents syn- onymity. [Lindsey, p.268-9; Johnson; Fruchtenbaum.]
Even after the adoption of \u201cChristianity\u201d by the secular leadership after Constantine, the notion that Jesus was to literally return to rule the earth to free it from Satan\u2019s evil world system was not popular with the administra- tion in power\u2014it was not \u201cpolitically correct.\u201d Origen\u2019s system of allegorical interpretation led to Augustine\u2019s amillennial eschatology, which became a tradition that would dominate the church for over a thousand years. The con- tention that the church was the inheritor of Israel\u2019s promises\u2014and therefore must take ul- timate authority over the political powers of this world\u2014became the preoccupation of the Medieval Church.
Even the Reformation, despite its effective fo- cus on salvation by faith alone, failed to reex- amine and return to a literal, pre-millennial eschatology.
And I will make of thee a great nation,
and I will bless thee, (personally)
and make thy name great;
and thou shalt be a blessing:
And I will bless them that bless thee,
This curse is still valid at the Second Coming: Sheep and Goat Judgment in Mt 25:31f. The \u201cthird party\u201d is Jesus\u2019 brothers. (Note: the church cannot be present during the Tribula- tion, since in the Church there is no distinc- tion between Jew and Gentile.)
The Jews were promised the Land: Gen 12:7; 13:14-17 (\u201cforever\u201d). The Title Deed was sealed in Gen 15:9-19\u2014note the performing parties: only one. This was a unilateral covenant.
Moses and Ezekiel confirm the covenant. (Curses are just as binding as blessings: Deut 30:1-8; Ezek 16:59-63.) Not conditional: \u201cwhen,\u201d not \u201cif,\u201d delineates the consequences
anti-semitism that resulted in the Holocaust. These views led to the tragedies of the Cru- sades, the blood-libel hoax, the scapegoats for the Black Death, and other tragic misconcep- tions.
The real root cause of anti-Semitism is, of course, the Red Dragon of Revelation 12, Sa- tan. (There are a number of apparent motiva- tions, not the least of these being the possible attempt to thwart the Second Coming by wip- ing out the Remnant before they can repent as required by Hosea 5:15, et al.)
It is important to distinguish the origin and destiny of Israel from the origin and destiny of the Church: they are clearly distinguished in the Scripture.
From Genesis 12 onwards, the Biblical mes- sage focuses on fouru n c o n d i t i o n a l covenants God made with Abraham and his descendants through Isaac and Jacob. The destiny of the entire world is secured through these cov- enants! (The onlyc o n d i t i o n a l covenant is the Mosaic.)
(The blasphemy that God has discarded Is- rael\u2014and the completion of these covenants\u2014 is prevalent throughout the Church today and the misconception underlying the misguided policies presently leading the Middle East\u2014 and the whole world\u2014to Armageddon.)
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