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Response to a PreTrib rapture antagonist

March 17, 2018 1 comment

 

Prophecy-Mystery-ENHANCEDDr. Mike Johnston

Response to a PreTrib rapture antagonist …

This isn’t the first time I have read this anti-PreTrib rapture analysis. It appears in books and blogs all over the internet posted by various people who are obviously in league with you. Unfortunately, it is still just as chaotic and confusing as ever. It would be very helpful if you would rethink your presentation and perhaps provide a chronological order to it with a chart depicting what you are trying to say. That said, what I could decipher reiterates the past 40 years of eschatology study “discussions” with prophecy teachers who claim an epiphany as converts from the historic PreTrib position and are now waging a vendetta to shoehorn the unknown heavenly mystery Body of Christ (Rom. 16:25) into God’s well known earthly prophecy program given to Israel (Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21), which includes “the time of Jacob’s trouble” aka Israel’s (great) Tribulation (Deut. 4:30-31; Dan. 9:24-27; 12:1; Zeph. 1:15; Matt. 24:21, 29; Rev. 11-19; etc), where we can’t be seen, are never mentioned, and frankly don’t belong.

The confusion in all anti-PreTrib arguments originates from wrongly dividing the Bible. To begin with, the NT didn’t begin until AFTER the crucifixion (Heb. 9:16-17) which means the Lord Jesus’ teaching was under a Jewish Old Covenant setting. This includes Matthew 24 verse 29 which every attack against the PreTrib rapture presents as their premier “gotcha” moment.

Right division of the Bible begins by understanding God is overseeing two overarching programs: one for heaven, the other for earth (Gen. 1:1). God’s program for heaven was unknown. It involves the mystery Body of Christ and our inheritance there in heaven with Christ (Eph. 1:3, 20; 2:6) “kept secret since the world began” (Rom. 16:25). His program for earth, however, was well known. It involves prophecy for Israel concerning the Davidic Covenant Kingdom (2 Sam. 7:16), aka the Millennial Reign of Christ, prepared “from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:34) that has progressively unfolded “by the mouth of the prophets since the world began” (Luke 1:70; see Acts 3:21). The prophets exposed and explained five Jewish Covenants God made with Israel to guard her and guide her earthly pilgrimage beginning with the calling of Abraham through the inauguration of the Kingdom. Moses, who first prophesied of a coming Tribulation for Israel also linked it to renewed obedience to the Covenant (Deut. 4:30-31; see Exod. 2:24; 19:5; Lev. 26:41-46) which he warned was the key to continued blessing and possessing the Covenant Land required for the Kingdom (Lev. 26; Deut. 28). However, timing for this Covenant Kingdom was unknown until Daniel codified the final 490-years into a prophecy calendar of seventy weeks of seven years with two stipulations: it MUST be fulfilled by “thy people” (Israel), and it MUST involve “thy holy city” (Jerusalem). (Dan. 9:24-27).

When the Lord Jesus came to earth 2000 years ago, it was precisely as Daniel – and the prophets – had predicted (Dan. 9:24-27; see Matt. 26:56; see Acts 3:18-26). His mission was to inaugurate the Davidic Covenant Kingdom (Luke 1), so He preached the gospel of the kingdom to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matt. 4:17, 23; 15:24). However, Kingdom prophecy was put on hold when the King was “cut off” (Dan. 9:26) precisely at Daniel’s 70th week. This left one final seven-year period still to be fulfilled by Israel before the Kingdom can begin. Christ clarified the 70th week in the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24:21, 29) where He called it “great tribulation.” This same phrase was later used by John in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 7:14) which describes it from commencement (Rev. 6) through to its conclusion (Rev. 19) and the return of the Lord of Glory – Israel’s Messiah –  to earth to establish His Kingdom “immediately after (Israel’s) Tribulation” (Matt. 24:29; 25:31-34; Rev. 19:11).

Now herein lies the crux of our thesis: Prophecy assigns the Tribulation to Israel (Deut. 4:30) as purification and punishment before the Kingdom (Isa. 24; Jer. 30-31; Joel; Zephaniah; Matt. 24; Rev. 6-19). If the church Body is on earth during Israel’s Tribulation, the Holy Spirit went to great lengths to keep us from knowing it. The Body of Christ – which is positionally seated “in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3; 2:6) was unknown to the prophets and hidden from their prophesies. The Body of Christ has no place or purpose for being here and, to wit, there isn’t a verse anywhere in the Bible clearly identifying us on earth for a single moment of “Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Zeph. 1:15) without redefining words like “saints” and “elect” which in the Tribulation Trilogy (Daniel, the Olivet Discourse, and Revelation) studied in its Jewish Setting specifically refer to Israel.

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Israel and Church Differences

February 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Excerpted from Israel’s Tribulation is NOT for the Body of Christ – Dr. Mike Johnston

Israel is a physical nation existing from prophecy awaiting an earthly Kingdom. The church is a spiritual body existing as a mystery awaiting a heavenly inheritance not known by the prophets or discussed in prophecy. The two have both existed since the world began (Acts 3:21; Rom. 16:25), but that’s where most of the similarity ends.

The distinctiveness, therefore, between the earthly nation Israel and the heavenly Body of Christ is an inescapable fact reflected in the prophetic Covenant still in effect with Israel. Dr. CI Scofield’s insight is well worth restating here: “(Israel’s) history alone is told in Old Testament narrative and prophecy [which incidentally continues through the crucifixion]; other nations are mentioned only as they touch the Jew [really consider this last statement because in it is the key unlocking this entire book]. It appears, also, that all the communications of Jehovah to Israel as a nation relate to the Earth. [1]

Notwithstanding, co-mingling God’s program for Israel with His program for the church Body is the “ploy du jour” among PreTrib antagonists often claiming they believe in a clear distinction while spinning unsupportable yarns inserting the church into “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7)  – aka Tribulation – where she can’t be seen and she doesn’t belong. Rightly dividing the word of truth between Israel and the Body of Christ helps clarify the reason the Body of Christ will not go through Israel’s Tribulation.

Scripture clearly teaches Israel and the Body of Christ are not the same. Every effort to diminish their distinction is a dubious distortion. It’s no secret that Satan hates God’s elect Israel for many reasons, not the least of which is the Lord Jesus Christ – God the Father’s Preeminent offspring – God the Son – from the tribe of Judah and royal seed of David who will one day rule the world from Jerusalem. In the wake of Lucifer’s contempt, he has inspired haughty [2] heretical Bible teachers to make unfounded claims –originating in the first centuries of church history – that the Body of Christ is the new Israel – aka Replacement Theology. It’s as if Satan opined after many unsuccessful attempts to annihilate Israel, “Ok, fine. If I can’t personally destroy these Jews, I’ll marginalize and malign them with a mass misinformation campaign led by a cabal of otherwise respected men teaching that the church has replaced them.”

To further help us understand why the Body of Christ will not go through Israel’s Tribulation – let’s get back to the premise underlying the truths in this entire treatise: Israel and the Body of Christ are not the same and neither is God’s plan for them.

I reiterate; the church is not the new Israel. [3] Her future is not on earth and she is not looking for – nor does she require – Israel’s judgment and punishment [4] (Deut. 30:7; 32:43; Isa. 2:19-21; Isa. 13; 24; 34;  Jer. 30-31; Dan. 7; 12:1; Joel 2; Zephaniah, see 1:15; Matt. 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 21; Rev. 6-19) and purification God is going to mete out to Israel and the world during the “Tribulation” (Deut. 4:30; Matt. 24:21, 29). [5] In fact, her inheritance (Eph. 1:11) has nothing to do with the earth. She is the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27), spiritually seated in heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 2:6; Col. 3:1-3). Her “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13) is Christ  and His imminent return in the air (1 Thess. 4:13-18) to deliver her from Israel’s Tribulation wrath [6] to come (1 Thess. 1:10; Rev. 3:10) by escorting her back to His heavenly home according to His immutable promise (John 14:2-3). [7]

 

The Distinctives of the Pauline Body

I like what Miles Stanford wrote regarding the Body of Christ as revealed in Pauline Dispensationalism: We hold to the following indispensable tenets regarding the Church–the Body of Christ:

First and foremost, “Classic Pauline Dispensationalism is based upon the division of LIFE, not simply that of economies.  Once that total separation of the two seminal lives [First and Last Adam] is seen and maintained, the economies will never coalesce.”  The quintessence of the rightly divided Word is the doctrine of the two Adams!

“The Church (Body of Christ) was neither prophesied nor revealed in OT Scriptures.”  The Church is a heavenly entity.  The Church is not, as per covenant theory, the fulfillment of the promised blessings to Gentiles according to the Abrahamic Covenant.  Further, the Church is not the recipient of blessing formerly promised to the nation of Israel nor of any “spiritual blessings” from Israel’s New Covenant.  God made no covenant with the heavenly Church.  The Body of Christ is unique.

“The Church was a complete mystery until revealed doctrinally by Paul.”  It is the Body of Christ and her uniqueness that is the central mystery, not the principles of grace or faith.  There is one Body of Christ, whose advent was on the Day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts Chapter 2.  The Church (Body of Christ) did not begin with the Apostle Paul, but rather his ministry was one of unfolding the truths associated with that one Body.

“Paul, in the Church Epistles, was the minister of Church truth.”  “Those who do not center in the truths which the ascended Lord communicated directly to this Apostle will not know who and where they are in Christ, nor what their part is in the purpose of God.  Neither will they know their heavenly privileges and responsibilities. Those who are ignorant of, and not centered in, the Pauline Gospel as set forth exclusively in Paul’s epistles, are constantly astray in their interpretation of the Gospel, to say nothing of Church truth.

“…for a dispensationalist it is best not to refer to the difference between the Old Testament (books) and New Testament (books), as such.  Much of the NT (Synoptic Gospels) is OT (related to Israel and her covenants): all is OT to Matthew 27, Mark 15, and Luke 23.  Church (Body) truth, the new, is totally different from Judaistic truth, the old; and it was not fully revealed until after the Cross, via Paul.”

“The thirteen epistles of Paul (Romans to Philemon) form a distinct body of truth; and this realm of truth is about us, the Church, the Body of Christ, as no other Scriptures are.  And Paul is the Father’s special messenger to us.  As has been truly said, ‘All of the Bible is for us, but it is not all about us.’”[8]

Before we advance in our study, may I ask if you are sure you know Christ as your Saviour and Lord? If not, ask Him into your life today.

Conflating Israel with the Church to marginalize the distinction

While conflating Scripture for Israel and the Body of Christ is confusing, it isn’t new especially as it relates to placing the church Body into Israel’s Tribulation where she can’t be seen and doesn’t belong.

This ruse originated almost two thousand years ago when a frightening letter arrived in Thessalonica  [9] signed by someone pretending to be the apostle Paul (2 Thess. 2:1-2). Although he had carefully and systematically expounded Israel’s day of the Lord[10] and the assurance of a PreTrib rapture to this church (1 Thess. 1:10; 2:19; 3:13; 4:13-18; 5:9; see 2 Thess. 2:5), this latest epistle implied Paul had apparently been deceived by divine revelation (Rom. 16:25; Gal. 1:11-12) and changed his mind. According to the letter, he evidently now believed Israel’s Tribulation beginning with the day of Christ was at hand and that all Christians were going to have to endure it.

When you discern the divine distinctions between Israel (prominent on earth), Gentiles, Church (subordinate) hinges on the prophets, you possess one of the keys for rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15). The prophets were clear as they spoke Kingdom related messages to Israel (Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21). These men never knew about the church Body, never spoke about us, and certainly never placed us into Israel’s Tribulation – which originated from prophecy and exists in the prophecy program for Israel – for a single moment. They knew this epoch has been reserved for currently unsaved Israel and anti-Semitic nations of the world.

In brief, while many PreTrib rapture combatants glibly request a single verse promising the Body of Christ an escape from Israel’s Tribulation – and I’ve provided many in this treatise – I in turn have asked these men to produce a single Scripture clearly placing the Body of Christ in Israel’s Tribulation without redefining the words “saints” and “elect” and “disciples” which in context identifies Israel.

None have because none can!

[1] This includes the future Tribulation judgment as Isaiah reveals: The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. (Isaiah 24:19-21)

[2] Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. (Romans 11:18)

[3] Replacement theology is a rank heresy Jesus said originated in the synagogue of Satan (Rev. 2:9; 3:9).

[4] For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion (Isa. 34:8).  For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates (Jer. 46:10).

[5] Also called “Jacob’s (aka Israel’s) trouble” (Jer. 30:7), “the time of trouble” (Dan. 12:1), “the hour of temptation” (Rev. 3:10) as well as a few other names.

[6] This coming wrath is described fully in Rev. 6-19).

[7] We refer to this as the Rapture of the church.

[8] Copied from http://withchrist.org/pauldisp.htm

[9] Such was the case in Thessalonica where teachers pretending to be Paul sent letters claiming he’d changed his position and that the church was going through the tribulation (Second Thessalonians).

[10] The day of the Lord (Isa. 2:12; 13:6, 9; 34:8; Joel 1:15, 2:1; etc); a time of trouble (Dan. 12:1); and the tribulation (Deut. 4:30; Matt. 24:21-29). Bear in mind, the tribulation is part of the day of the Lord; a Jewish phrase used by at least nine Jewish prophets that centers on earth and concerns Israel, not the church (see Zech 12-14; Matthew 24; Revelation 6-19), where the focus is Jerusalem, and the abomination of desolation in the Temple (Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:4).

Israel’s 5 Covenants guarantee her Kingdom

January 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Dr. Mike Johnston

Beginning with the Abrahamic Covenant, five Covenants tell the story of Israel. While scant numbers of Bible students have stopped to realize this, fewer have really factored in just what this means. Below is a summary of the five covenants and their relationship to the coming King and Kingdom in Israel.

The Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-4; 13:14-17; 15; 17:1-8) – the Kingdom Family is Chosen

“In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates … And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after” (Genesis 15:18; 17:7). [1]

This Covenant is the foundation of all 5 Covenants. In seed form, it provided blessing for the nation Israel from which the Kingdom would come. By divine decree, Abraham received posterity, prosperity, perpetuity, and property which included the title deed to the land of Canaan, future home of the earthly kingdom. The blessing of Israel to the world notwithstanding, Christianity owes everything to this Covenant. The prophets of God, the majority of writers of the inerrant Word (the Bible), and foremost on the list our precious Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ have all come through God’s Covenant with Abraham.

While Israel has violated this Covenant with Abraham many times, it has never been revoked. It played a major prophetic role in Christ’s first coming (Luke 1:72; Acts 3:24-25) and has often served as the basis for God rescuing Israel. “If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.” (Leviticus 26:40-42) (see Ezekiel 16:60)

The Mosaic Covenant (Ex. 20:1 – 31:18) – the Kingdom Nation is Assembled and its Laws are Enacted

Kingdom Laws written on tables of stone will during the Kingdom be written in the fleshly tables of the heart.

Abraham believed God which was imputed to him for righteousness. The Law was given through Moses as its mediator for the purpose of governing Israel’s (national) relationship with God. It was mainly made up of (a) the commandments, the express will of God, (b) the judgments, the social and civic life of Israel, (c) and the ordinances. This system ceased when the mystery Body convened and the Temple was destroyed. Once the mystery church is taken in the mystery rapture, Daniel’s seventieth week will begin and this legal system will again be in place and the third temple will be rebuilt to host sacrificial Levitical Judaism (Dan. 9:27; 2 Thess. 2:4).

The Land Covenant (Deut. 30:1-10) – the Kingdom Land is Guaranteed

It is an unconditional guarantee that Israel’s Kingdom will be located in the Covenant land of Israel. This is a great assurance given the aggressive actions by the UN and Islamic nations who are trying to steal Jerusalem from Israel (study Zech. 12-14).

“And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee. And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers” (Deuteronomy 30:5-9).

Israel was driven from Jerusalem in 70 AD by Roman armies destroying the city and the Temple. In the latter days God promises to restore her to the land and the commensurate blessing given Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the original Covenant (see Deut. 4:30-31; Lev. 26:42; Ezek. 16:60; etc). We see this fulfillment in Israel becoming a nation once again on May 14, 1948. Praise the Lord!

The Davidic Covenant  (2 Sam. 7:4-16; 1 Chron. 17:3-15) – the Kingdom and the King’s seed are established in Perpetuity

God promised David in perpetuity that his seed – ultimately the Lord Jesus – would occupy a perpetual throne in Jerusalem.

“(David) He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. (2 Samuel 7:13-16)

The New Covenant (Jer. 31:31-40) – the Kingdom people in their Kingdom land, with the King on the throne obeyed from Kingdom Laws now written on the heart

It is a New Covenant with Israel in contrast with the old (Mosaic, “which they broke,” Jer. 31:32). Christ Jesus is the Mediator (in His blood) of this New Covenant which was inaugurated at the cross and is described in Scripture as, “enacted on better promises” (Heb. 8:6). The Mediator of this covenant has become, for all mankind, “the source of eternal salvation” (Heb. 5:9) to all who obey Him; as well as the cornerstone and Head of the Church (Eph. 2:20-22; Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:23) which is being built during this dispensation; individuals called out from both Jews and Gentiles alike. Ultimately and literally, this new covenant with its unconditional and eternal blessings will be established with NATIONAL Israel at Christ’s second advent to earth. Now before discussing His second advent, let’s discuss His first.

[1] The strength of this Covenant brought the Lord to Israel’s rescue many times in history: And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

(Exodus 2:24; see Lev. 26:42, 45, etc). Once again, the Covenant is the hope of Israel’s future: I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant (Ezek. 16:60; everlasting covenant is also referred to in Psa. 105:10; Isa. 24:5; 55:3; 61:8; Jer. 32:40; Ezek. 37:26; Heb. 13:20).

ISRAEL: GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

 Dr. Mike Johnston, Editor 

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed . . . And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee (Genesis 12:3; 17:7)

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ISRAEL: GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE Dr. John McTernan. 4

WHAT IS GOD’S PROPHETIC  PURPOSE FOR ISRAEL? By Justin Johnson. 10

IN DEFENSE OF ZIONISM… 11

10 LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL – MYTH REFUTED Dr. Chuck Missler. 14

20 FACTS ABOUT JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL. 16

THE PALESTINIAN MYTH.. 18

REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY REFUTED Dr. Mike Johnston. 20

CHRISTIAN REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY Dr. John McTernan. 24

 

COLLATERAL READING ASSIGNMENT FOR PMI STUDENTS 

  • Collateral reading and reporting is part of your required coursework. Prepare a brief statement attesting to the fact that you read this booklet from cover to cover.
  • Summarize the pre-1800s history of Israel in 100+ words.
  • Summarize the post-1800s history of Israel in 100+ words.
  • Prepare a 100 word paper on the influence of Anti-Zionist and the Palestinian Myth have played in the international hatred of Jews.
  • Read and explain in 100+ words each section in the Table of Contents
  • Prepare a final 300-500 word report entitled: Israel: God’s Chosen People

 

 

ISRAEL: GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE
Dr. John McTernan

Israel’s History- Pre 1800’s

God called Abraham to be a blessing to all people: Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and his seed that was part of this blessing. This covenant was unconditional and included the land now called Israel: Genesis 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. (8) And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan , for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

The covenant was passed to Isaac and his seed (Genesis 26:3) and Jacob and his seed (Genesis 35:12.) The land belongs forever to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their seed: Psalm 105:6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. (7) He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth. (8) He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. (9) Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; (10) And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: (11) Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan , the lot of your inheritance: 

The Jewish people were warned, under the law of Moses, that if they sinned and disobeyed they would be taken off the land and dispersed into all nations: Deuteronomy 28:63 And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it. (64) And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.

Israel sinned and was dispersed according to the law of Moses, but this did not end the everlasting covenant with Abraham: Leviticus 26:42 Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land . . . (44) And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God. (45) But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.

Romans 11:2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, (25) For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. (26) And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:(28) As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. (29) For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Israel ’s dispersion was only temporary and God would bring the Jewish people back to the land. Modern Israel exists because of the covenant God made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendents: Ezekiel 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel , Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel , but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. (24) For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

At the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, Israel will recognize Him as their Messiah and reconciled to Him: Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

National Israel has a fantastic future with God. At the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus, He will restore the Kingdom of Israel . He will sit on the throne of David from the magnificent temple which He will build and rule over the entire world: Zechariah 6:11-13 Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest; And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. 

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

When the Lord Jesus is ruling from the throne of David , Israel will be holy as they will have been purged of their sin. The Jews will be the envy of all other peoples: Isaiah 4:3,4 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. 

Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. 

The Scriptural promise still holds true that God blesses those that bless the Jewish people: Obadiah 1:15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.[1] 

Israel’s History- Post 1800’s 

Israel, God’s Anvil-

    The words of the Lord are pure words: pure as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (Psalms 12:6)

The rebirth of the nation of Israel has been a real slow process. The process started in the late 1800’s and has continued right up to the present time. At times, this process seems to stop, and then all of sudden a huge event takes place that accelerates it. The start of the Jews coming back did not seem significant at first. But, there was a small but steady stream of them. Then came WW1 and in 1917 the Balfour Declaration. Then like an explosion, the land was being readied for the return. The period between world wars was one of tension and terrorism. There was no apparent move of God toward fulfilling the covenant.

Then came WWII and the Nazi holocaust. The events of WWII set the stage for hundreds of thousands of Jews to go back to Israel. Almost like an explosion, there were huge numbers of Jews ready to go back to Israel. Then came the rebirth of the nation in 1948 and the immediate war. The war ended and Israel was once again faced with tension and terrorism. For 20 years, there seemed no end to the shelling and terrorists attacks.

Then came the Six-Day War in 1967, and like a bolt of lightning, Israel had all of a united Jerusalem as its capital. Since 1967, there has been a major war, plus fighting in Lebanon and continual terrorist attacks against Israel.

Starting in September 2000, a low grade war was started over Jerusalem. This war is a continuation of the fighting that started in 1920. Although the fighting and terrorism seems endless, there will be an end. There seems to be tension, terrorism and fighting between all the major moves to restore Israel. There has been almost 40 years since Jerusalem was united.

Now, the fighting is directly over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount area. The Bible states that the last great world war will be over Jerusalem. All the nations of the world will be drawn to Jerusalem. God is going to use Jerusalem as an anvil against the nations of the world.

The fuse to start the last world war may have been lit in September 2000, when the Temple Mount became the scene of bloody combat. God is moving to fulfill the promises of His everlasting covenant, but one has to be patient. God seems to have moved very slowly with Israel to completely fulfill the promise.

Looking back, since 1917, tremendous progress has been made. Israel is a nation with Jerusalem as the capital. Israel is a mighty military power. Israel has a powerful economy. The rest of the promises of the covenant will be fulfilled in God’s time. No matter what was tried by the British, Moslems, United Nations, European Union or any other group, their attempts have not been able to stop the rebirth of the nation.

Israel is truly like an anvil, and nations are going to be broken trying to destroy God’s covenant nation. In watching God working, great patience is required. The restoration has taken almost a century to get this far. God has His own agenda and timetable. Watching Jerusalem and the war that started in September 2000 over the Temple Mount, shows that God’s timetable may be accelerating.

Remember, Jesus Christ said that Jerusalem was the key to the timetable. With the rebirth of Israel and Jerusalem the capital, this nation becomes an anvil for false views of God and Bible doctrine. Most religions of the world do not recognize God’s covenant over the land of Israel. Some believe the Jews had a covenant, but this covenant is no longer in effect. God is using Israel to now show the literalness of His word. The rebirth of Israel confronts false teaching, doctrine and prophets. Israel has become an anvil to break the false doctrines and misunderstandings of the Bible.

Islam does not recognize the covenant with Isaac and Jacob, but instead believes God made a covenant with Abraham and Ishmael. Islam believes the Koran and not the Bible is the word of God. The Koran fails to mention Jerusalem even once, and it does not mention the rebirth of the nation of Israel. Jerusalem is mentioned 811 times in the Bible. The rebirth of Israel is on page after page in the Bible while the Koran is silent.

The rebirth of Israel shows the authority of the Bible as the word of God. God’s everlasting covenant and the rebirth of Israel is like an anvil against the Koran. Israel is proof the Koran and Mohammed are wrong. This tension between Israel and the Koran can never be peacefully resolved. For Islam to recognize the nation of Israel would be an admission that the Koran and Islam are wrong. Moslem fundamentalists refer to Israel as the “Zionist entity.” They will not even recognize the nation of Israel.

There is a huge confrontation on the horizon between the God of the Bible and Islam. The heart of the confrontation will be the Jewish control of Jerusalem. God is using Israel as an anvil against Islam. When the Islamic nations come against Israel and Jerusalem, they will be destroyed.

God is also using Israel as an anvil against false teachings within the Christian Church. There are doctrines called replacement theology and covenant theology. Both these doctrines are fluid and there are many branches to them; however, believers hold the Church has now replaced Israel in the everlasting covenant. These doctrines hold that God has no future plan with the nation of Israel, and when Israel was destroyed in 70AD, it ended the everlasting covenant. Israel then fell under the curse of the Law, but all the blessings in the Bible now belong to the Church. These doctrines are in stark contrast to what the prophet Jeremiah states:

Jeremiah claims that the nation of Israel will remain forever: Jeremiah 31:35 Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: (36) If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. (37) Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.

God has used the rebirth of Israel to prove both these doctrines to be incorrect. Just as Moses and the prophets have said, the physical descendants have returned and the nation was reborn. The Bible is to be taken literally about Jerusalem meaning Jerusalem, Israel meaning Israel, and not spiritualizing it to say Jerusalem and Israel now mean the Church. To try and get around the error of the replacement and covenant theology, some believers in these doctrines have gone so far to say the Jews in Israel are not real Jews. When these “Jews” were being killed in pogroms in Russia, no one said stop they are not real Jews. When these “Jews” were being killed by the Nazis, no one said to stop they are not real Jews. Now, when these same “Jews” go back to Israel, all of a sudden they are no longer Jews. God is using the rebirth of Israel to cut right through false and incorrect views of His word. The promise of God in the Bible is crystal clear on page after page. Manmade doctrines and false prophets have tried to alter this covenant, but in the latter day, God has made the truth clear for all to see. God is very serious about His word. Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. Jeremiah 1:12.

Believing in false doctrines about the literalness of the rebirth of Israel, blinds people to the working of God that is occurring right before their eyes. God is moving to fulfill His word and millions cannot see it because they are following false prophets or wrong doctrine about Israel and Jerusalem.

The very sad part is believers in Jesus Christ, because of false doctrine, can actually be against the work of God. Many fail to support God’s covenant nation and can be against it, because of a false understanding of Israel and the everlasting covenant. It is very serious, to be on the wrong side of God when He is defending His everlasting covenant. The wrong doctrine can cause a person to be apathetic toward Israel and the Jews. This can lead to the failure to pray for and support Israel in a time of crisis. This incorrect doctrine blinds a person’s ability to see God’s judgment falling on America for forcing Israel.

God is real serious about the land and covenant. Israel will literally be used as an anvil to destroy the nations that come against Jerusalem. The nations will be drawn to Jerusalem like a moth to a light. Multitudes of people have rejected God and the Bible or just do not believe His word. This rebellion will cause the nations to come against God’s anvil. God has warned beforehand what will happen when armies try to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem. The entire world will see the mighty power of God, as He uses Israel as His anvil. This is all laid out in the Bible, and will be covered in depth in the chapter titled, Jerusalem a Burdensome Stone. God is using the rebirth of Israel like an anvil to expose false prophets, doctrines and to have a literal witness on the earth to the authority of His word. It is important that one’s faith be in accord with the truth of the Bible. God’s word has been tested in the furnace of the earth. The word has proven itself to be like pure gold and silver.

The everlasting covenant has been tested now for 4,000 years of history. It is in effect for all to see. God’s is faithful to His word and promises. His word is pure for all to see. “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” [2] 

WHAT IS GOD’S PROPHETIC
PURPOSE FOR ISRAEL?
By Justin Johnson

The Bible describes a two-fold plan and purpose that God has for the universe. The difference between these dual programs inside God’s purpose resides in the information that was ‘spoken by the mouth of the prophets since the world began’ and that which was ‘kept secret since the world began’ (Acts 3:21, Romans 16:25). We mark the difference between the two programs by calling one the subject of prophecy while the other is the subject of the mystery revealed to Paul (Eph 3:1-5).

We can further distinguish these programs by their sphere of dominion. The prophetic program is promised a future dominion on earth, while the program which was kept a mystery is promised a dominion in heavenly places. These two programs describe what will fulfill God’s single purpose for eternity – that all things would be in Christ (Eph 1:10).

God began to reveal his plan for the earth almost immediately to Adam, Abraham, and eventually to the nation Israel. However, he kept the information of his heavenly program a secret from the foundation of the world (Eph 3:9). The aspects of God’s program for the earth can be summed up with the following characteristics: Israel is created as God’s chosen people. God created the nation Israel to have a privileged status before Him as a peculiar people (Gen 12:2, Exo 19:5, Rom 3:1-2).

His chosen nation is promised a kingdom on earth. God promised a specific piece of land that would mark where He would set up his kingdom on earth (Gen 13:15, Deut 34:4, Psalm 37:22, Matt 5:5, Isaiah 2:2-4).

The kingdom will rule the world with the Messiah as King. A Messiah was promised to Israel that would lead the nation into world dominion and power (Daniel 2:44-45, Isaiah 9:6-7, Jeremiah 23:5).

Israel will be the channel of blessing to the Gentile nations. Through their worldwide influence, and access to God, Israel would be the channel of God’s blessing to Gentile nations (Gen 12:3, 22:18, Zech 8:20-23, Isa 60:3, Matt 5:16).

Righteousness comes through God’s covenants. God gave the Old Covenant as a token that Israel would be a nation that followed after God. The New Covenant would replace the old as the method of attaining righteousness and entrance into the kingdom (Deut 6:25, Eze 36:24-27, Matt 5:20, John 14:21, 1 John 3:7-10).

Israel will live through tribulation before entering the kingdom. With the divine protection of God, Israel would be able to live through the time of His wrath poured out on earth. They would be refined as silver and come out prepared to enter the kingdom on Earth (Dan 9:24, Zech 13:9, Mark 13:13, 1 Peter 4:17).

These aspects stand in stark contrast to the aspects of God’s mystery program, or God’s program for heavenly places (see “What is the Mystery”). Today we who are saved are not participants of God’s program for the earth, but rather we are ambassadors of God’s heavenly purpose residing on earth to do his will (2 Cor 5:20, Eph 2:6).

Understanding the difference between the Prophecy and the Mystery in the Bible is a key to understanding what God’s will is for us today. This basic truth can help us better understand our Bibles and the purpose of our Lord and Savior.

IN DEFENSE OF ZIONISM

Alan Dershowitz [3] wrote a shocking expose in Newsmax on the growing hatred for Israel where he said: In many circles, anti-Zionism easily morphs into anti-Semitism, and in some countries Jews are afraid to walk the streets wearing any clothing or symbols that identify them as Jewish.

The lie that Zionists stole Palestinian land is the mantra for both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas who teach it to their children and propagate it in their media. This claim has vast importance, as Palestinian Media Watch explains: “Presenting the creation of the [Israeli] state as an act of theft and its continued existence as a historical injustice serves as the basis for the PA’s non-recognition of Israel’s right to exist.” The accusation of theft also undermines Israel’s position internationally.

But is this accusation true?

No, it is not. Ironically, the building of Israel represents about the most peaceable in-migration and state creation in history. To understand why requires seeing Zionism in context. Simply put, conquest is the historic norm; governments everywhere were established through invasion, nearly all states came into being at someone else’s expense. No one is permanently in charge, everyone’s roots trace back to somewhere else.

Germanic tribes, Central Asian hordes, Russian tsars, and Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors remade the map. Modern Greeks have only a tenuous connection to the Greeks of antiquity. Who can count the number of times Belgium was overrun? The United States came into existence by defeating Native Americans. Kings marauded in Africa, Aryans invaded India. In Japan, Yamato-speakers eliminated all but tiny groups such as the Ainu.

The Middle East, due to its centrality and geography, has experienced more than its share of invasions, including the Greek, Roman, Arabian, Crusader, Seljuk, Timurid, Mongolian, and modern European. Within the region, dynastic froth caused the same territory – Egypt for example – to be conquered and re-conquered.

Many wars over Jerusalem: Emperor Titus celebrated his victory over the Jews in 70 A.D. with an arch showing Roman soldiers carrying off a menorah from the Temple.

The land that now makes up Israel was no exception. In Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel, Eric H. Cline writes of Jerusalem: “No other city has been more bitterly fought over throughout its history.” He backs up that claim, counting “at least 118 separate conflicts in and for Jerusalem during the past four millennia.” He calculates Jerusalem to have been destroyed completely at least twice, besieged 23 times, captured 44 times, and attacked 52 times. The PA fantasizes that today’s Palestinians are descended from a tribe of ancient Canaan, the Jebusites; in fact, but they are overwhelmingly the off-spring of invaders and immigrants seeking economic opportunities.

Against this tableau of unceasing conquest, violence, and overthrow, Zionist efforts to build a presence in the Holy Land until 1948 stand out as astonishingly mild, as mercantile rather than military. Two great empires, the Ottomans and the British, ruled Eretz Yisrael; in contrast, Zionists lacked military power. They could not possibly achieve statehood through conquest.

Instead, they purchased land. Acquiring property dunam by dunam, farm by farm, house by house, lay at the heart of the Zionist enterprise until 1948. The Jewish National Fund, founded in 1901 to buy land in Palestine “to assist in the foundation of a new community of free Jews engaged in active and peaceable industry,” was the key institution – and not the Haganah, the clandestine defense organization founded in 1920.

Zionists also focused on the rehabilitation of what was barren and considered unusable. They not only made the desert bloom but drained swamps, cleared water channels, reclaimed wasteland, forested bare hills, cleared rocks, and removed salt from the soil. Jewish reclamation and sanitation work precipitously reduced the number of disease-related deaths.

Only when the British mandatory power gave up on Palestine in 1948, followed immediately by an all-out attempt by Arab states to crush and expel the Zionists, did the latter take up the sword in self defense and go on to win land through military conquest. Even then, as the historian Efraim Karsh demonstrates in Palestine Betrayed, most Arabs fled their lands; exceedingly few were forced off.

This history contradicts the Palestinian account that “Zionist gangs stole Palestine and expelled its people” which led to a catastrophe “unprecedented in history” (according to a PA 12th-grade textbook) or that Zionists “plundered the Palestinian land and national interests, and established their state upon the ruins of the Palestinian Arab people” (writes a columnist in the PA’s daily). International organizations, newspaper editorials, and faculty petitions reiterate this falsehood worldwide.

Israelis should hold their heads high and point out that the building of their country was based on the least violent and most civilized movement of any people in history. Gangs did not steal Palestine; merchants purchased Israel. [4] 

10 LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL – MYTH REFUTED
Dr. Chuck Missler

There are many groups that believe the northern tribes, separated during the rift between Rehoboam and Jeroboam after the death of Solomon (and subsequently taken captive by Assyria in 722 b.c.), later migrated to Europe and elsewhere.

The myth of the “Ten Lost Tribes” is the basis for “British- Israelism” and other colorful legends, but these stories have no real Biblical basis. They are based upon misconceptions derived from the misreading of various Bible passages.

The Faithful Voted With Their Feet

Before the Assyrian captivity, substantial numbers from the northern tribes had identified themselves with the house of David. The rebellion of Jeroboam and subsequent crises caused many to repudiate the Northern Kingdom and unite with the Southern Kingdom in a common alliance to the house of David and a desire to worship the Lord in Jerusalem.

In 930 b.c., Jeroboam ruled the Northern Kingdom from his capital in Samaria. When Jeroboam turned the Northern Kingdom to idolatry, the Levites (and others who desired to remain faithful) migrated south to Rehoboam.

Horrified that Jeroboam had set up a rival religion with golden calf worship at Bethel and Dan, many Northerners moved south, knowing that the only place acceptable to God was the Temple on Mt. Moriah. Those who favored idolatry migrated north to Jeroboam.

Later, when Asa reigned as king in the south, another great company came from the north.

Years after the deportation by Assyria, King Hezekiah of Judah issued a call to all Israel to come and worship in Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover. Eighty years later King Josiah of Judah also issued a call, and an offering for the Temple was received from “Manasseh and Ephraim and all the remnant of Israel….”

Eventually, all 12 tribes were represented in the south. God even addresses the 12 tribes in the south: “Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin….”

The “tribe of Judah” (2 Kings 17:18, et al.) is used idiomatically for the Southern Kingdom. When encountering the tribal designations, it is important to distinguish between the territories allocated to the tribes and the people themselves.

The Northern Kingdom Falls

In 724 b.c. Shalmaneser V besieged Samaria for three years. King Hoshea of Israel attempted to revolt against paying Assyrians annual tribute money–a treaty with Pharaoh of Egypt did not help –and Samaria, Jeroboam’s capital, fell in 722 b.c. with Sargon II seizing power in 721 b.c.

The Assyrians implemented their infamous policy of mixing conquered peoples to keep them from organizing a revolt. Israelite captives were mixed with Persians and others, and strangers from far-off lands were resettled in Samaria. The resulting mixed, quasi-Jewish populations became the “Samaritans.” (You can read about this “fall” in 2 Kings 17.)

Not all from the Northern Kingdom were deported. Archaeologists have uncovered annals of the Assyrian Sargon, in which he tells that he carried away only 27,290 people and 50 chariots.

Population estimates of the Northern Kingdom at that time range from 400,000 to 500,000; less than 1/20th were deported– mostly the leadership from the capital, Samaria. The rest of the Northern Kingdom were taken by Assyria as slaves, which were a valuable commodity. (It is difficult to view the Assyrians as careless enough to let their captives wander off to Europe.)

When the Babylonians take over Assyria, the descendants of the “ten tribes” were probably again commingled with the captives of Judah.

The Babylonians Take Over

When the Northern Kingdom went into captivity (722 b.c.), all 12 tribes were also represented in the south. When the Babylonians took the Southern Kingdom into captivity (586 b.c.), members of all 12 tribes of Israel were involved. Isaiah, prophesying to Judah, refers to them as the “House of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel…” (Isaiah 48:1; cf. vv. 12-14).

Post-Captivity Terminology

After the Babylonian captivity, the terms “Jew” and “Israelite” are used interchangeably. Ezra calls the returning remnant “Jews” 8 times and “Israel” 40 times. (Ezra also speaks of “all Israel”: Ezra 2:70; 3:11; 8:35; 10:25, et al.) Nehemiah uses the term “Jew” 11 times and “Israel” 22 times. Nehemiah too speaks of “all Israel” being back in the land (Nehemiah 12:47). The remnant who returned from Babylon is represented as “the nation” (Malachi 1:1, et al.).

The same is true in the New Testament. Our Lord is said to have offered Himself to the nation, “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 10:5-6; 15:24). Tribes other than Judah are mentioned specifically in the New Testament as being represented in the land.

Anna knew her tribal identity was of the tribe of Asher (Luke 2:36). Paul knew he was of the tribe of Benjamin, a “Jew” and an “Israelite” (Romans 11:1). The New Testament speaks of “Israel” 75 times and uses the word “Jew” 174 times.

At the Feast of Pentecost Peter cries, “Ye men of Judea” (Acts 2:14), “ye men of Israel…” (Acts 2:22), and “All the house of Israel” (Acts 2:36).

Regathered as One

Ezekiel 36 and 37, the Dry Bones Vision, declares that Judah (Jews) and Israel (10 tribes) shall be joined as one in the regathering. This is true today. (The total physical descendants were not the people to whom the promises were made [Romans 9:4-7].)

Anti-Semitism

Accompanying some of the legends of the so-called “Ten Lost Tribes” are aspersions on the present State of Israel and the people being regathered in the Land. These various theories such as “British Israelism” are by their nature anti-Semitic because they deny the Jewish people their proper place in the plan of God. Let’s remember that Genesis 12:3 has never been repealed!

Israel is being regathered in the land just as God has announced. There is yet to come an event which will awaken them to realize that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob once again has His hand upon them (Ezekiel 38, 39). I believe this event could happen at any moment.

The Throne of David was promised to the Son of Mary (Luke 1:32). I believe His taking possession of it is on the near horizon. Maranatha!

Sources:

Lewis, David Allen, Can Israel Survive in a Hostile World?, New Leaf Press, 1993.

Scofield, C.I., The New Scofield Study Bible, [5] notes on 2 Kings 17:23. 

20 FACTS ABOUT JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL

  1. Nationhood and Jerusalem: Israel became a nation in 1312 BC, two thousand (2000) years before the rise of Islam.
  2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.
  1. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 BC, the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand (1000) years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.
  1. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 lasted no more than 22 years.
  1. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.
  1. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.
  1. King David founded the city of Jerusalem Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.
  1. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.
  1. Arab and Jewish Refugees: In 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left (many in fear of retaliation by their own brethren, the Arabs), without ever seeing an Israeli soldier. The ones who stayed were afforded the same peace, civility, and citizenship rights as everyone else.
  1. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.
  1. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be the same.
  1. Arab refugees were INTENTIONALLY not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own people’s lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey.
  1. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: the Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians. There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won.
  2. The PLO’s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them.
  1. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.
  1. The UN Record on Israel and the Arabs: of the 175 Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel.
  1. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.
  1. The UN was silent while 58 Jerusalem synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.
  1. The UN was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
  1. The UN was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like a policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. [6] 

THE PALESTINIAN MYTH

Finally some truth and sanity in the Middle East politics. Actually the truth and sanity came from United States Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (2012) who rightly called the Palestinians an “invented” people. As students of Bible prophecy we know that there has never been a Palestinian nation, culture, art, economy, language, etc. but the world is full of anti-Semitism and as a result the lie of “Palestinians” being from the ancient land of Israel is nothing but a satanic creation from the pit of Hell. The fact is, the so called “Palestinian” people were  invented as a means of dividing the Holy land of God with the intolerant Islamic hordes that actually moved to the region in the 1800s when the Jews repatriated their ancient homeland. As for Gingrich, the Jerusalem Post reports:

. . . the Palestinians are an “invented” people who want to destroy Israel. The former speaker of the US House of Representatives sided with Israel in its decades-old dispute with the Palestinians but took it a step further in an interview with the Jewish Channel.

Moreover, Gingrich differed with official US policy that respects the Palestinians as a people deserving of their own state based on negotiations with Israel.

“Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire” until the early 20th century, Gingrich said. “I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and it’s tragic,” he said.

Gingrich is exactly right in that there was no Palestinian state, etc. and the truth of the matter is that the “Palestinian” myth is a lie designed to promote anti-Semitism along with the eventual destruction of the Jews in modern day Israel.

Well, the God of Israel has something to say about that in the Holy Bible. It is clear from Scripture that God gave the Jews the promised land of Israel (Gen. 12:7; 13:15-17; 15:7-18; 24:7; Joshua; and many more), which in fact covers much more land than the modern state of Israel covers today. [7] He gave them this land as a permanent covenant to which the Jewish people were to use for worshiping him in a land of their own. It is no secret that many people have tried unsuccessfully to dislodge the Jews from the land of Israel. Adolph Hitler met and planned with numerous Jewish enemies to try to destroy them as they fled Europe during the years before, during, and after the Holocaust where at least six million were slaughtered. Photographs show Hitler meeting with many of today’s same Islamic enemies who follow the anti-Semitic teachings of the Koran.

While all of this is nothing new in history, the fact that a major political figure on the U.S. Presidential stage would make a strong stand for Israel and at the same time expose this “Palestinian” myth is of significance. It is time people got off the fence and took a side that they are going to stand on. For me and my house, I will stand with Israel and help people like Newt Gingrich to expose the myth of the “Palestinian” people and expose the anti-Semitism that is behind it.

When the Gingrich article surfaced, the Palestinians of course responded that his remarks would stir up trouble in the region and harm the peace process. This is typical of the ongoing hypocritical nonsense from the so called “Palestinians” as they know very well that there is no such thing as the “Palestinian” people. The Palestinian people are nothing more than groups of people who came from neighboring Islamic countries looking for work and a better life than the one they had in their original lands. Because Judaism and Islam are not compatible the lie was formulated to introduce the so called “Palestinian” people in order to try to claim the land of Israel. The land of Israel is surrounded on nearly every side by Islamic Jihadist countries that will not be satisfied with a peaceful co-existence, they lust for- and are plotting- the complete destruction of the Jewish state.

Hear me friend. If “Palestinians” really wanted a homeland, they have one. It is known today as Jordan. The majority of people living in Jordan identify themselves as “Palestinians” despite there being no such thing. The solution for the entire Middle East peace process is for today’s “Palestinians” who occupy the West Bank to cross the border and go into Jordan where they belong. Dividing  Israel would be suicidal for the Jews and God will not tolerate it (Zech. 12-14).

Despite the truth that there is no such thing as “Palestinians” the world will never go along with any sensible plan involving so called “Palestinians” relocating to Jordan. The world’s “peacekeepers” in the UN are led by a majority of Islamic countries that have used their international political powers as a whipping post for Israel on the international stage. It is refreshing to see a politician like Gingrich tell the truth about the region as I believe that there is no hope for a two state solution, nor should there be a two state solution. The Palestinians just need to go home where they belong and let Israel be herself. Let us continue to watch the political landscape as the candidates for the U.S. presidency continue to tackle and debate the major issues facing the world today. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee (Psalms 122:6). [8]

REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY REFUTED
Dr. Mike Johnston

There is a growing anti-Semitic heresy amongst Christians originating from the synagogue of Satan (Rev. 2:9; 3:9) that claims the church is the new Israel. It is called replacement theology. While this is a self-damning heterodoxy, we believe here at the PMI Center it is easily refuted by proper Biblical exegesis.

Distinguished Bible authority Dr. Thomas Ice agrees: “Replacement theology is the view that the church is the new or true Israel that has permanently replaced or superseded Israel as the people of God. Another term, often found in academic circles, for replacement theology is supersessionism. Replacement theology has been the fuel that has energized Medieval anti-Semitism, Eastern European pogroms, the Holocaust and contemporary disdain for the modern state of Israel. [9] Mike Vlach [10] notes: ‘The acceptance or rejection of supersessionism may also influence how one views the modern state of Israel and events in the Middle East.’ Wherever replacement theology has flourished, the Jews have had to run for cover.”

The Wrong View: The Church is a Continuation of Israel

The dominant view in Christianity has been that the Church is the New Israel, a continuation of the concept of Israel from the Old Testament. This view teaches that the Church is the replacement for Israel and that the many promises made to Israel in the Bible are fulfilled in the Christian Church, not in biblical, literal, Israel. So, the prophecies in Scripture concerning the blessing and restoration of Israel to the Land of Promise are “spiritualized” into promises of God’s blessing for the Church. The prophecies of condemnation and judgment, however, still remain for national Israel and the Jewish people. This view has been called Replacement Theology because the Church replaces Israel in the program of God. Major problems exist with this view, such as the continuing existence of the Jewish people throughout the centuries and especially with the revival of the modern state of Israel. If Israel has been condemned by God, there being no future for the Jewish nation, how do we account for the supernatural survival of the Jewish people, Israel’s rebirth among the gentile nations, victories in major wars with the Arabs and a flourishing modern democratic Jewish state?

The Right View: The Church is Totally Different and Distinct from Israel

Although being suppressed throughout the history of the Church, the view that Israel and the Church are different is clearly taught in the New Testament. In this view, the Church is completely different and distinct from Israel and the two are never to be confused or used interchangeably. We are taught from Scripture that the Church is an entirely new creation, that came into being on the Day of Pentecost and will continue until it is translated to Heaven at the Rapture (Eph. 1:9-11). The Church has no relationship to the curses and blessings for Israel, the covenants, promises and warnings are valid only for Israel. Israel has been set aside in God’s program during these past 2,000 years of dispersion. The Lord has preserved the Jewish people through great persecutions, though they are largely in unbelief.

After the Rapture (1 Thess. 4:16-18) God will restore Israel. The first event at this time is the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble,” also known as the Great Tribulation. This is a horrible period of seven years, which begins moderately during the first half then intensifies in full during the latter half. The world will be judged for rejecting Christ, while Israel is prepared through the trials of the Great Tribulation for the Second Coming of the Messiah. Now, when Christ does return to the earth, at the end of the Tribulation, Israel will be ready to receive Him. The remnant of Israel which survives the Tribulation will be saved and the Lord will establish His kingdom on this earth with the capital as Jerusalem. With Christ reigning as King, Israel will be the leading nation and representatives from all nations will come to Jerusalem to honor and worship the King. The Church will return with Christ and will reign with Him for a literal thousand years (Rev. 20:1-5).

The History of the Change

How did the thinking in the Church change toward Israel? Slowly, the Gentile majority in the Church began to view Israel as a relic of the past. With spiritual competition between the two groups, we can see why the Church adopted the view that it was the new Israel. The view of the Church was that the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD was brought about divinely, that God had ordained the end of Jewish unbelieving Israel. Since Jerusalem was in ruins and the Jewish people were scattered throughout the world, it seemed evident that God was finished with national Israel. Theologians now proposed that Israel in the Scriptures did not really mean literal Israel, instead, it meant the Church. The Church now became the new Israel and through this spiritualization, wherever blessings are spoken of to Israel in the Old Testament, it was interpreted to mean the Church. In essence they simply replaced Israel with the Church.

Replacement Theology became the position of the Church during the time of Augustine (A.D. 354-430), who popularized it in his book The City of God. Initially Augustine claimed that he was a Chiliast, the belief in the literal thousand year reign of Christ on the earth, the basic view of Premillennialism today. Having come to the conclusion that this view was “inferior” and “carnal,” he adopted the position that the reign of Christ should be much more “spiritual” and it would occur during this present Church Age. His spiritualizing method, of course, eliminated true Israel and the losing of all the promises God made to the Jewish nation, which he viewed as now being fulfilled within the Church.

What Did The Apostolic Church Believe?

Almost all students of the early church agree that Premillennialism, or Chiliasm, was the most widely held view of the apostolic church. Philip Schaff, the noted authority on church history writes, “The most striking point in the eschatology of the ante-Nicene Age [A.D. 100-325] is the prominent chiliasm, or millenarianism, . . . a widely current opinion of distinguished teachers, such as Barnabas, Papia, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Methodius, and Lactantius” (Philip Schaff. History of the Christian Church. New York: Scribner, 1884, Vol. 2, p. 614).

Premillennialism began to die out in the established Catholic Church during the time of Augustine, though it has always survived as a Church doctrine. Even when it has not been widely known it survived through “underground” and “fringe” groups of Believers. The last 200 years have seen the greatest development and spread of Premillennialism, which, like the early church, recognizes a future glorious hope for literal Israel. Beginning in Britain and spreading to America, consistent Premillennialism, known as Dispensational Premillennialism, has come forth as a major theological view in the Church.

The Biblical Basis for Premillennialism

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament support a Premillennial understanding of God’s plan for humanity. Even so, the strongest support for Premillennialism is found in the clear teaching of Revelation 20:1-7, where it says, six times, that Christ’s kingdom will last 1,000 years. After the Tribulation the Lord will return and establish His kingdom with the nation of Israel, Christ will reign over the whole earth with Jerusalem as His capital and Israel will be the leader of the nations. The Church will reign with Him for a literal thousand years. 1 Philip Schaff. History of the Christian Church. New York: Scribner, 1884, Vol. 2, p. 614. [11]

PMI EDITOR’S NOTE: Replacement theology is the teaching of seducing spirits and doctrine of devils (1 Tim. 4:1) that the Lord Jesus warned would flourish in the last days church [12]: Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee (Revelation 3:9). It is an insult to Israel and an affront to God. DO NOT be a part of such heresy my friend! 

CHRISTIAN REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY
Dr. John McTernan

 God is using Israel as an anvil against false teachings within the Christian Church.  There are false doctrines that are called dominion theology, covenant theology and preterism.  These doctrines are fluid and there are many branches to them; however, there is one basic tenet to which they all agree: the Christian church has now replaced Israel in the everlasting covenant with Abraham.

These doctrines hold that God has no future plan with national Israel , and when the Roman armies destroyed Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD, it ended the everlasting covenant.   Israel then fell under the curse of the Law, and all the blessings in the Bible now belong to the Church.  The Church now is the seed of Abraham.  These doctrines falsely state that God has no future with the nation of Israel .

These doctrines are in stark contrast to what prophet after prophet states.  Jeremiah, for example, states the LORD will never cast off all Israel for sin.  Jeremiah claims that the nation of Israel will remain forever, and God will never cast them all away.

Jeremiah 31:35-37: Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:  (36)  If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.  (37)  Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

Ezekiel records that God dispersed Israel into all nations because of sin, but God would one day bring them back because of His holy name.  God tied His name to the everlasting covenant and for this reason He will restore Israel . God will not restore Israel because of their righteousness but because of His holy name.  The nation of Israel exists today only because of the holy name of the God of Israel.

Ezekiel 36:19, 21-24, 28. And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. (21) But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. (22) …Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel , but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. (23) And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen . . . (24) For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.  (28) And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Zechariah prophesied the restoration of Israel ; however, when they return it is in unbelief toward God and the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.  The prophet shows God will restore Jerusalem , and He will judge the nations for trying to destroy Jerusalem .  At the time of this judgment, then Israel turns to belief in the Lord Jesus, “…and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him…”  Israel is in unbelief today, just as Zechariah stated would happen.  The day of their restoration to the Lord God of Israel remains yet in the future:

Zechariah 12:9, 10:  And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem . (10) And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

God is using the rebirth of Israel to prove these replacement doctrines are incorrect.  Just as Moses and the prophets wrote, the physical descendants of Abraham have returned and restored the nation.  In the Bible, Jerusalem literally means the city of Jerusalem .  Israel means Israel , and one cannot spiritualize it to mean the Church.  Islam and replacement theology both refuse to believe the Bible about the restoration of Israel and Jerusalem .  These combined false beliefs fail to prevent the restoration of Israel .

If this restoration of Israel is not of God, then what is it?  Could it be a Divine trick of some sort?  Page after page in the Bible prophesied the restoration.  The restoration of modern Israel matches these prophecies of the Bible.  So, it comes down to the final authority.  Is a manmade doctrine like replacement theology or Islam the final authority, or the Bible with its clear verses that establish the restoration of Israel ?

The restoration of Israel smashes replacement theology.  This restoration proves the error of this belief system.  The foundation of replacement theology is very simple.  It rests upon unbelief in God’s word.  This is a very serious error that leads to consequences with God, including spiritual blindness.

To try and get around the error of the replacement and covenant theology, some believers in these doctrines have gone so far as to say that the Jews in Israel are not real Jews.  When the Tsar was killing “Jews” in the Russian pogroms, no one said to the Tsar “stop they are not real Jews.”  When the Nazis were killing these “Jews”, no one said to Adolph “stop they are not real Jews.”  Now, when these same “Jews” go back to Israel , all of a sudden they are no longer Jews!

God is using the rebirth of Israel to cut right through false and incorrect views of His word.  The promise of God in the Bible is crystal clear on page after page.  Manmade doctrines and false prophets have tried to alter this covenant, but in the latter day, God has made the truth clear for all to see.  God is very serious about His word. Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. Jeremiah 1:12.

Belief in false doctrines concerning the literalness of the rebirth of Israel blinds people to the work of God that is occurring right before their eyes.  God is moving to fulfill His word, and millions cannot see it because they are following false prophets or wrong doctrine about Israel and Jerusalem .  The very sad part is that believers in Jesus Christ, because of false doctrine, are actually against the work of God.  Many fail to support God’s covenant nation and oppose it, because of a false understanding of Israel , and the everlasting covenant.

Replacement theology and Islam are in 100 percent agreement against Israel .  They both refuse to recognize that Israel exists because of the everlasting covenant.  It is a scary thought that someone who names Jesus as their Savior, can be in such rebellion against God that they are in agreement with Islam.  As time goes on, the faithful Church will grow closer and closer with Israel while the church in great error may grow closer to Islam.

It is very serious, to be on the wrong side of God when He is defending His everlasting covenant.  The wrong doctrine can cause apathy toward Israel and the Jews.  This can lead to failure to pray for and support Israel in a time of crisis.  This incorrect doctrine blinds a person’s ability to recognize God’s judgment falling on America for forcing Israel to divide the covenant land.  Therefore, this person is spiritually unable to intercede for America as it faces judgment.

God is very serious about the land and covenant.  The Lord God of Israel will literally use Jerusalem as an anvil to destroy the nations that come against it.   Jerusalem will draw the nations like a moth to a light.  Multitudes of people have rejected God and the Bible or just do not believe His word.  This rebellion will cause the nations to come against God’s anvil.  God has warned beforehand what happens, when armies try to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem .  The entire world will see the mighty power of God, as He uses Israel as His anvil.

Thus God is using the rebirth of Israel to expose false prophets, false doctrines, and to have a literal witness on the earth to the authority of His word.  It is important that one’s faith be in accord with the truth of the Bible.  God’s word has been tested in the furnace of the earth.  The Bible has proven itself to be like pure gold and silver.  The everlasting covenant has been tested now for 4,000 years of history.  It is in effect for all to see.  God’s is faithful to His word and promises. 

PMI EDITOR’S NOTE: As unapologetic Dispensationalists, we understand God is not finished with the Jews! We therefore are not only compelled, but proud, to stand with Israel- God’s Chosen People- in these last days!                                                           

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed . . . And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee (Genesis 12:3; 17:7).

 

[1] © Dr. John McTernan- Blessing Israeli Believers: http://www.blessingisraelibelievers.com/StatementofFaith.html

[2] Dr. McTernan is an internationally known speaker, author, blogger, and radio host. He is a 2010 graduate of the PMI Center for Biblical Studies and Calvary Christian College and Seminary.

[3] Dershowitz is a liberal Jewish Harvard law professor that we (PMI and Dr. Mike) hardly ever agree with. However, we certainly agree with him here!

[4] By Daniel Pipes, National Review Online. Used by permission. Mr. Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.

 

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[6] Copied from http://www.rapturewatch.net/israelthetruth.htm

[7] Israel’s inheritance covers some 300,000 square miles of Covenant Land

[8] From: http://www.raptureforums.com/RaptureReport/rapturereport12102011.cfm

[9] For more info, please order our eye popping booklet: Dividing Israel and God’s Judgment on America.

[10] Michael J. Vlach, “The Church as a Replacement of Israel: An Analysis of Supersessionism,” (PhD dissertation at Southeaster Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, 2004).

[11] © Alan Torres- http://www.biblicist.org/bible/replace.shtml

[12] Many scholars, including Drs. CI Scofield, John Walvoord, Tim LaHaye, Jack Van Impe, David Jeremiah and others see the seven churches of Revelation as a depiction of church history.

The Error of Replacement Theology- Dr. David R. Reagan

By Dr. David R. Reagan

Star of David

The argument that the Church is the fulfillment of all the Bible’s kingdom prophecies is not the only error of Amillennialism. An equally serious one is the assertion that the Church has replaced Israel. This is called Replacement Theology.

The argument usually goes like this: “Since the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah, God rejected them. He poured out His wrath upon them, scattered them all over the earth, and transferred the promises made to them to ‘Spiritual Israel,’ the Church. God has no purpose left for the Jews. The re-establishment of modern day Israel is, therefore, merely an accident of history with no spiritual meaning.”

This viewpoint is held by most of the old mainline, liberal denominations like the Methodists, Presbyterians, and Episcopalians. It is also held by some conservative groups like the Churches of Christ and the Church of God of Anderson, Indiana. Advocates of the view can even be found among Southern Baptists, although most Baptists would reject it.

I would contend that the view is thoroughly unbiblical.

The Jews’ Position with God

There is no doubt that God poured out His wrath on the Jewish people in the First Century in response to their rejection of His Son, Jesus, as their Messiah. And there is no doubt they have remained under the discipline of God to this day. But that does not mean they have been rejected by God.

God loves the Jewish people, even in their rebellion. In the everlasting Abrahamic Covenant, God told Abraham that He would bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse them (Genesis 12:3). In like manner, He told the prophet Zechariah that he who touches Israel, “touches the apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8).

Isaiah proclaimed that God could never forget Israel because He has them “inscribed on the palms of His hands” (Isaiah 49:14-16). Jeremiah stated that the Jewish people would exist as a nation forever (Jeremiah 31:36). And prophet after prophet asserted that in the end times, a great remnant of the Jews will be saved when they accept Jesus as their Messiah (Isaiah 10:20-22; Jeremiah 31:1-7, 31-34; Ezekiel 6:8-10; Daniel 12:1; Hosea 2:14-20; Joel 2:31-32; Micah 7:18-20; Zephaniah 3:12-13; and Zechariah 12:10).

Paul’s Viewpoint

“But,” say the Amillennialists, “all these promises were annulled by the Jews’ rejection of Jesus as their Messiah.” This assertion explains why chapters 9 through 11 of Romans have been the most ignored and despised chapters of the New Testament throughout Church history. Often, these chapters are simply dismissed as an “irrelevant parenthesis” in the book of Romans.

But the truth is that they are anything but that. In these chapters Paul uses the Jewish people as the quintessential example of God’s grace. Despite their history of rebellion against God’s will, and their continuing rebellion, Paul teaches that God still loves them, still has a purpose for them, and is still determined to bring a great remnant of them to salvation in Jesus.

In fact, Paul repudiates Replacement Theology before he even gets to these chapters. He begins chapter 3 with two rhetorical questions:

  1. Do Jews have any advantage with God?
  2. Has their unbelief nullified the faithfulness of God?

Historically the Church has answered the first question with a “No!” despite the fact thatRomans 1:16 says pointedly that the Gospel is God’s power of salvation for “the Jew first.”

With regard to the second question, the Church has consistently answered with a resounding “Yes!” arguing that God has “washed His hands of the Jews” because of their unbelief.

But how does the Apostle Paul answer these questions? He responds in exactly the opposite way. He declares that the Jews do have an advantage because “they were entrusted with the oracles of God” (Romans 3:2). This is a reference to the fact that every book of the Bible (yes, I would include the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts) was written by a Jew. With regard to the second question as to whether or not God has rejected the Jews, Paul responds with great emotion, “May it never be!” (Romans 3:4).

The Truth of Romans 9-11

Paul returns to this theme in chapters 9-11. He begins by talking about how important the Jews have been in God’s redemptive history, and how important they continue to be (Romans 9:3-4):

“…my brethren, my kinsmen, according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises…”

Note that Paul is talking about physical Jews, not spiritual ones, and note that he refers to the continuing validity of God’s promises to them. In Romans 9:27 he refers to the Old Testament promise that God will one day save a great remnant of the Jews, specifically quoting Isaiah 10:22.

He begins chapter 11 with another rhetorical question: “I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He?” For 2,000 years the Catholic Church has answered this question with a dogmatic “Yes!” When the Reformation occurred, the resulting Protestant churches joined in the chorus. But Paul answers it by saying, “May it never be …God has not rejected His people whom He forenew” (Romans 11:1-2).

Again, he affirms that a remnant will be saved (Romans 11:5) by grace after “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” to the Church (Romans 11:25). Then, as Paul considers the stubbornness of his brethren in contrast to the patient, lovingkindness of God toward them, he cries out from his heart, “Oh, the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” (Romans 11:33).

God’s Plan for Israel

It is only when you understand how much God loves the Jewish people and how determined He is to bring a great remnant to salvation, that you can begin to understand what is going on in the Middle East today. The Bible clearly reveals that the 20th Century regathering of the Jewish people from the four corners of the earth back to their homeland is a supernatural act of God that is the first step in bringing about the salvation of a remnant (Isaiah 11: 10-12).

Specifically, the Scriptures teach that once the Jews are regathered in unbelief and their nation is re-established, God will bring all the nations of the earth against them over the issue of who is going to control Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:2-3). The hatred of the Jews and the opposition to their state will climax during the last half of the Tribulation when the Antichrist will turn against them and attempt to annihilate them from the face of the earth (Revelation 12:12-17). During this terrible period of three and a half years, the Antichrist will succeed in killing two-thirds of the Jewish people (Zechariah 13:8).

That’s the bad news. But the incredibly good news is that those remaining will be brought to the end of themselves, and in their total desperation, they will turn their hearts toward God. At that moment, Jesus will appear in the heavens, and the Jewish remnant “will look upon Him whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only Son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first born” (Zechariah 12:10). They will call upon the name of the Lord (Joel 2:31-32), and they will cry out,“Baruch Haba Bashem Adonai!” meaning, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”(Matthew 23:38-39).

God’s Amazing Grace

When I first started preaching about God’s love for the Jewish people and His determination to pursue them until a great remnant repents and accepts His Son as their Messiah, my wife said to me, “You make me want to be a Jew.”

“No,” I responded, “you don’t want to be a Jew because the overwhelming odds are that if you were a Jew, you would have a spiritual veil over your eyes (2 Corinthians 3:14), and you would refuse to acknowledge Jesus as your Messiah.”

And then I made a point to her that I encouraged her never to forget: “Ann, God is not doing one thing for the Jewish people that He is not willing to do for all of us.”

Keep in mind, the Jewish people are God’s Chosen People (Deuteronomy 7:6). That does not mean they are saved. Rather, it means they were called by God to be witnesses of Him (Isaiah 43:10-12). Accordingly, when you study their history, you can come to an understanding of what it means to have a relationship with God. Their history shows that when you are faithful, God blesses. When you rebel, He disciplines. And when you repent, He forgives and forgets and starts blessing again (read the book of Judges).

Currently, the Jewish people are under discipline. They have been for two thousand years. But one day soon their eyes will be opened to the reality of Jesus as their Messiah. When that happens, they will be overcome with grief, they will be swept by repentance, and a great remnant will be saved by grace through faith.

God’s continuing love for the Jews despite their persistent spiritual rebellion is a great demonstration of the meaning of grace — second only to the Cross itself. People often say to me, “How could God possibly be behind the worldwide regathering of the Jewish people when they are still caught up in unbelief? The only thing they deserve is death.”

But that is exactly the point. The only thing any of us deserve is death. But “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

We can thank God that those of us who have put our faith in Jesus will never receive what we deserve. Praise God for His amazing grace! And praise Jesus for His willingness to suffer and die so that we might be reconciled to the Father.

Replacement Theology EXPOSED!

Dr. John McTernan

God is using Israel as an anvil against false teachings within the Christian Church.  There are false doctrines that are called dominion theology, covenant theology and Preterism.  These doctrines are fluid and there are many branches to them; however, there is one basic tenet to which they all agree: the Christian church has now replaced Israel in the everlasting covenant with Abraham.

These doctrines hold that God has no future plan with national Israel , and when the Roman armies destroyed Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD, it ended the everlasting covenant.   Israel then fell under the curse of the Law, and all the blessings in the Bible now belong to the Church.  The Church now is the seed of Abraham.  These doctrines falsely state that God has no future with the nation of Israel .

These doctrines are in stark contrast to what prophet after prophet states.  Jeremiah, for example, states the LORD will never cast off all Israel for sin.  Jeremiah claims that the nation of Israel will remain forever, and God will never cast them all away.

Jeremiah 31:35-37: Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:  (36)  If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.  (37)  Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

Ezekiel records that God dispersed Israel into all nations because of sin, but God would one day bring them back because of His holy name.  God tied His name to the everlasting covenant and for this reason He will restore Israel . God will not restore Israel because of their righteousness but because of His holy name.  The nation of Israel exists today only because of the holy name of the God of Israel.

Ezekiel 36:19, 21-24, 28. And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. (21) But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. (22) …Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel , but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. (23) And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen . . . (24) For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.  (28) And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Zechariah prophesied the restoration of Israel ; however, when they return it is in unbelief toward God and the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.  The prophet shows God will restore Jerusalem , and He will judge the nations for trying to destroy Jerusalem .  At the time of this judgment, then Israel turns to belief in the Lord Jesus, “…and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him…”  Israel is in unbelief today, just as Zechariah stated would happen.  The day of their restoration to the Lord God of Israel remains yet in the future:

Zechariah 12:9, 10:  And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem . (10) And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

God is using the rebirth of Israel to prove these replacement doctrines are incorrect.  Just as Moses and the prophets wrote, the physical descendants of Abraham have returned and restored the nation.  In the Bible, Jerusalem literally means the city of Jerusalem .  Israel means Israel , and one cannot spiritualize it to mean the Church.  Islam and replacement theology both refuse to believe the Bible about the restoration of Israel and Jerusalem .  These combined false beliefs fail to prevent the restoration of Israel .

If this restoration of Israel is not of God, then what is it?  Could it be a Divine trick of some sort?  Page after page in the Bible prophesied the restoration.  The restoration of modern Israel matches these prophecies of the Bible.  So, it comes down to the final authority.  Is a manmade doctrine like replacement theology or Islam the final authority, or the Bible with its clear verses that establish the restoration of Israel ?

The restoration of Israel smashes replacement theology.  This restoration proves the error of this belief system.  The foundation of replacement theology is very simple.  It rests upon unbelief in God’s word.  This is a very serious error that leads to consequences with God, including spiritual blindness.

To try and get around the error of the replacement and covenant theology, some believers in these doctrines have gone so far as to say that the Jews in Israel are not real Jews.  When the Tsar was killing “Jews” in the Russian pogroms, no one said to the Tsar “stop they are not real Jews.”  When the Nazis were killing these “Jews”, no one said to Adolph “stop they are not real Jews.”  Now, when these same “Jews” go back to Israel , all of a sudden they are no longer Jews!

God is using the rebirth of Israel to cut right through false and incorrect views of His word.  The promise of God in the Bible is crystal clear on page after page.  Manmade doctrines and false prophets have tried to alter this covenant, but in the latter day, God has made the truth clear for all to see.  God is very serious about His word. Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. Jeremiah 1:12.

Belief in false doctrines concerning the literalness of the rebirth of Israel blinds people to the work of God that is occurring right before their eyes.  God is moving to fulfill His word, and millions cannot see it because they are following false prophets or wrong doctrine about Israel and Jerusalem .  The very sad part is that believers in Jesus Christ, because of false doctrine, are actually against the work of God.  Many fail to support God’s covenant nation and oppose it, because of a false understanding of Israel , and the everlasting covenant.

Replacement theology and Islam are in 100 percent agreement against Israel .  They both refuse to recognize that Israel exists because of the everlasting covenant.  It is a scary thought that someone who names Jesus as their Savior, can be in such rebellion against God that they are in agreement with Islam.  As time goes on, the faithful Church will grow closer and closer with Israel while the church in great error may grow closer to Islam.

It is very serious, to be on the wrong side of God when He is defending His everlasting covenant.  The wrong doctrine can cause apathy toward Israel and the Jews.  This can lead to failure to pray for and support Israel in a time of crisis.  This incorrect doctrine blinds a person’s ability to recognize God’s judgment falling on America for forcing Israel to divide the covenant land.  Therefore, this person is spiritually unable to intercede for America as it faces judgment.

God is very serious about the land and covenant.  The Lord God of Israel will literally use Jerusalem as an anvil to destroy the nations that come against it.   Jerusalem will draw the nations like a moth to a light.  Multitudes of people have rejected God and the Bible or just do not believe His word.  This rebellion will cause the nations to come against God’s anvil.  God has warned beforehand what happens, when armies try to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem .  The entire world will see the mighty power of God, as He uses Israel as His anvil.

Thus God is using the rebirth of Israel to expose false prophets, false doctrines, and to have a literal witness on the earth to the authority of His word.  It is important that one’s faith be in accord with the truth of the Bible.  God’s word has been tested in the furnace of the earth.  The Bible has proven itself to be like pure gold and silver.  The everlasting covenant has been tested now for 4,000 years of history.  It is in effect for all to see.  God’s is faithful to His word and promises.

Who are the 12 Tribes of Israel?

Dr. Larry Spargimino

Almost every time a new crisis looms in Israel and Christian Zionists call for Christians to back Israel, many in the Christian community issue a challenge: “Why should the followers of Christ support a nation that has turned its back on Christ?”

Those who raise this challenge claim to be offended by Christian support for Israel. They claim that Israel is in disobedience. “After all,” they argue, “there are many faithful Christian missions and missionaries who need our help. Why should Christians reward that disobedience with support?”

This attitude has been gaining support in the last couple of decades. In the spring of 1992 Christianity Today did a cover story entitled “For the Love of Zion” [3/9/92). It claimed that Christian support for Israel was waning. Several years later the tone became more militant. In its May 23, 2002, edition, the Wall Street Journal featured an article entitled “How Israel Became a Favorite Cause of Christian Right.” This was seen as a clear example of mixing religion and politics.

Still more recently a Los Angeles Times article [10/24/08) wrote of a National Council of Churches publication that would prove that Christian Zionism is not only wrong, but dangerous to world peace. The brochure claims that “Christian Zionism fosters fear and hatred of Muslims…” and can lead “to the dehumanization of Israelis and Palestinians.”

I believe that these statements are not valid because they; are based on human logic rather than divine revelation, and because they show the influence of an anti-biblical world and life mindset. Here are four important arguments that I believe demonstrate that Christians should support Israel no matter what her spiritual condition at the present time.

First, Israel’s rejection of Christ is a present fact, not a permanent reality. In Romans 11:1-2 the Apostle Paul writes: “I say then. Hath God cast away his people? God forbid … God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew.” Even within ethnic Israel at the present time, there is a core group, “a remnant according to the election of grace” [vs. 5). After the fullness of the Gentiles is brought to salvation. God will again work in a mighty way with the Jews. Israel’s hardening is only temporary (vs. 25).

Second, the New Testament warns Gentiles about speaking against Israel. Romans 11:17ff Scripture speaks of Israel as an olive tree, and we Gentiles as a wild olive tree that has been grafted in to the natural olive tree. Some of the branches were broken off of the natural olive tree, but we shouldn’t boast against the branches. “Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee…. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee” [vss. 18,20-21).

The Scripture is emphatic. Romans 11:24 tells us that if Gentiles were grafted in to a good olive tree and prospered spiritually, how much more shall the natural branches prosper spiritually when they are grafted in.

Third, we should remember God’s plan and purpose. We should remember God’s unconditional covenant with Abraham and his descendants. This covenant has never been revoked. How could it? It is a grace covenant and grace covenants are immutable. In Genesis 17:6-8 the Abrahamic covenant is reconfirmed. A study of biblical history shows that God’s method of fulfilling the Abrahamic covenant has been literal. Abraham was blessed spiritually and temporally. He came to have a great name, and he was a channel of blessing to others. We have every reason to believe that this method of fulfillment will continue until God’s promises are literally fulfilled in every way.

In a world of uncertainty and fear, Christians need to remember God’s plan and purpose. Man is often unfaithful, but God is always faithful. Recent attempts to “remove” Israel from God’s plan appeals to those who are seeking to “create God in man’s image.” We thank God that His Word makes it clear that God is not man.

Fourth, the Apostle taught that Christians have an obligation to Israel because of our spiritual indebtedness to them. Paul speaks the heart desire of the saints of Macedonia and Achaia to give to the needs of the poor saints in Jerusalem. “It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things”(Romans 15:27). Those who argue that the only way that Israel can have a right to the land and to the support and backing of Christians is that they first receive Jesus Christ are putting the cart before the horse. God’s relationship to Israel is not based on Israel. It is based on God’s unchanging covenant.

The claim that Israel is not a Christian nation and should not be supported by Christians is nothing more than a sanctimonious way of voicing sentiments that are totally without biblical warrant. [i]

Who are the twelve tribes of Israel?

Answer: The Bible lists the twelve tribes of Israel in several locations: (Genesis 35:23-26; Exodus 1:2-5; Numbers 1:20-43; 1 Chronicles 2:2; Revelation 7:5-8). It is interesting that there are slight differences in some places. The 12 sons of Israel (Jacob) were: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher and Joseph. These were the ancestors of the original twelve tribes. However, Reuben lost his rights as firstborn by defiling Jacob’s bed (Genesis 35:22; 49:3-4). In Reuben and Joseph’s place, Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, became tribes of Israel (Genesis 48:5-6). As a result, the twelve tribes became Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Ephraim and Manasseh. In some other lists of the twelve tribes of Israel, Levi is not mentioned, presumably because the Levites were assigned to serve at the temple and therefore were not apportioned land of their own in Israel (Joshua 14:3).

Naming the twelve tribes is a confusing task. Revelation 7:5-8 lists the 12 tribes as: Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin. This is interesting…for the first time Joseph is listed as a tribe along with his son Manasseh. Why isn’t Ephraim listed? Why is Reuben listed, but not Dan? There are no perfect answers to these questions. Technically, there were more than twelve tribes if you count both of Joseph’s sons as tribes in addition to Joseph. Revelation 7 presents a list of 144,000 witnesses from twelve different tribes. It does not say why Ephraim and Dan are not listed. The best answer is that God decided not to choose any witnesses from those two tribes. Some Bible teachers understand Dan being left off the list in Revelation 7 because of what is said in Genesis 49:17, “Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider tumbles backward.”

With all of that said, what are the twelve tribes of Israel? Every list in the Bible contains Simeon, Judah, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin. In addition to those nine tribes, there are Ephraim, Reuben, Joseph, Dan, and Levi. Most Bible teachers would view Ephraim, Dan, and Levi as the additional three to result in twelve tribes. Whatever the case, God is free to re-adjust and re-account the twelve tribes of Israel as He sees fit. [ii]

Recommended Resource: Bible Answers for Almost all Your Questions by Elmer Towns.

[i] © 2009 Larry Spargimino/Southwest Radio Church of the Air

[ii] Copied from http://www.gotquestions.org/twelve-tribes-Israel.html

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