Israel Inverted: All Israel Is Not Israel
Many Christians are gravely concerned about the rising anti-Semitism in the United States and elsewhere. Recently, an organized group of Aryan Nations related membership constructs announced a political demonstration condemning Jewish influence in America. Published statements have also demonstrated these groups are willing to associate themselves with militant Islamic groups based on their mutual hatred of Jews.
Predictably, significant numbers of Christians are rallying to the defense of the Jewish people in general, and the modern state of Israel in particular. Many 'Messianic Christian' groups have issued newsletters and essays seeking to reinforce the prevailing theological view of a special relationship between Jews and Christians due to what is usually referred to as our Judaeo-Christian heritage.
Here at the Christian Media ministry, we wholeheartedly agree with the "Judaeo-Christians" against the Aryan racists as they seek to build a racial alliance with Islam against the Jews. The Aryans and other extreme Identity oriented groups are white supremacists clothing themselves in a thin veneer of twisted scripture. We stand against all those that teach that God prefers one group above another based on racial or national characteristics. The problem is, many of the "Judaeo-Christians" are doing the same thing the white supremacists are - except the roles are reversed.
A recent editorial from one of the many "Messianic Christian" organizations sums up the problem rather succinctly. Less than 2 weeks ago, a writer for a group called For Your Glory mass emailed the following:
"God states that the covenant of the Land is based on His eternal character, not on Israel's own righteousness, and He makes clear that even when they forsake His will, He will NEVER forget His covenant."
The author, Barbara Richmond, goes on to list Leviticus 26:42-45, Jeremiah 31:35-37, and Psalm 89:30-37 without actually citing these 3 verses for support. We sharply disagree with the slant on the Old Testament statements cited here regarding the covenants with national/racial Israel requiring a modern day regathering in order to be fulfilled. While the statement sounds scriptural, it very subtly sidesteps the true issue of the eternal covenant with Israel. In this regard, we choose to be like the Bereans and "see if these things be so."
On the website sponsored by this typical 'Israel first' group, Richmond also states the classic dispensational false doctrine that God's "chosen people" are still the Jews through the promise to Abraham to bless his "seed" in Genesis 12.
In the recent email newsletter, the writer first accurately states that "God states that the covenant of the Land is based on His eternal character, not on Israel's own righteousness...." This is obviously straightforward and true. But then, Barbara Richmond cleverly links the prior phrase concerning "the land" with the next statement where she continues "and He makes clear that even when they forsake His will, He will NEVER forget His covenant." The real question before us is, what covenant is it the LORD will "never forget?"
Let's look at the 3 scriptures listed by Richmond to support the false conclusion of the Rapture Cult (dispensationalism). In the Levitical passage, the LORD essentially says even though Israel has turned from Him, "I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors...." (Leviticus 26:45). She then notes the famous Jeremiah passage where God says "I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel...I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts...." (Jeremiah 31:31,32)
The Psalm she referenced in support of her contention that the Jewish people are irrevocably the "chosen people" also refers to the New Covenant, which God will keep even "if his children forsake my law" (Psalm 89:30); but the Psalm in question plainly connects this eternal relationship with Israel to the Davidic Covenant in verse 35 - "Once I have sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David...my covenant will I not break, nor will I alter the thing that is gone out of my lips" (Psalm 89:35,34).
This Davidic Covenant is ignored by the dispensational writer. She also omits the characteristics of it that are stated in the Psalms concerning the very person associated with the covenant in question -- David. In II Samuel, God details the covenant with David:
"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 thy house and thy kingdom shall be established forever before thee; thy throne shall be established forever." (II Samuel 7:14-16)
This speaks of that same irrevocable covenant with Israel, but demonstrates that this "everlasting covenant" is to be associated with DAVID.
If you look for this "everlasting covenant" or this "New Covenant" where God says HE will always remember Israel, you'll find it is always associated with the Davidic Covenant. See Isaiah 9:7, 16:5, 22:22, 55:3, Jeremiah 17:25, 23:5, 30:9, 33:15, 33:22, Ezekiel 34:23, 37:24, Hosea 3:5, Amos 9:11, Zechariah 12:10, and dozens more. This is why Jesus is called "the son of David" because He fulfills the promise that God made to "remember" Israel - through the New Covenant.
At no time was there NOT a remnant of Israel. When Christ says "I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" we're all faced with a tough choice. If, as the Identity (read Gentile supremacists) crowd says, the "lost tribes" were up in England at that point, then Jesus sure came to the wrong place. On the other hand, if Israel was not present to have at least a remnant to receive Christ's new covenant fulfilling the promise to David, then He came at the wrong time. If you say the kingdom was "postponed" until the Jews could figure out the truth, you make God one who miscalculates. If you make these promises unfulfilled awaiting a latter day bloodline, you have circumvented the central message of the New Testament and re-instated the Jews as the "chosen people" (read Jewish supremacists) when the Word of God plainly states "the kingdom of God shall be taken from you..." (Matthew 21:43) and the Christians are to become the "chosen" (I Peter 2:9).
The simple truth is the promise to REMEMBER Israel was in the eternal promise to the "house of David" from which Jesus Christ is descended. Because there were Israelites present ("the natural branches" that were not broken off - Romans 11:21) a remnant of Israel was preserved before the Judaean led nation was decimated by the Romans - as a direct result of "the overspreading of abominations" (Daniel 9:27). That "abomination" was the resumption of animal sacrifice for the sins of Israel when the MESSIAH had already shed His priceless blood. There is no further fulfillment necessary. A subtle distinction is, this doesn't mean God can't yet choose to intervene with physical Israel - it means He is not required to in order to fulfill his Old Testament promises as they have already been fulfilled in the life of Yahshua Ha' Moshiach (Jesus the Messiah) - the "Son of David."
In short, God has already fulfilled His promise to remember Israel in that He "sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
If you look closely at those eternal promises to "remember" Israel, you'll find precise links to Christ's ministry. For instance, when Isaiah speaks to Israel about what occurs WHEN God establishes His everlasting covenant, he writes "Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come...he will come and save you. THEN the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. THEN shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing; for in the wilderness shall waters break out and streams in the desert." (Isaiah 35:5, 6).
Jesus directly applies this prophecy to Himself when John the Baptist's followers asked Him if He was the one. He said go tell John "The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them" (Matthew 11:4, 5). In Ezekiel, God says the same thing He said in the few verses cited by the dispensational (read Jewish supremacist) writer - but the promise is directly related to the person of Jesus Christ. Ezekiel reminds Israel of the broken covenant, but adds "Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant. And I will establish my covenant with thee: and thou shalt know that I am the Lord...." (Ezekiel 16).
Isaiah elaborates on the ONLY "everlasting covenant" to be made with ISRAEL: "Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles...I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and GIVE THEE FOR A COVENANT OF THE PEOPLE, for a light of the Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house" (Isaiah 42:1, 5, 7).
Now if Jesus Himself stated that HE was the fulfillment of this prophecy, how then do Rapturists (dispensationalists) teach that God will still move AGAIN to redeem "Israel?" Is there yet another "new covenant" still to come? Of course not. Thus, to the people that teach that the Jewish people are still somehow preferred above all others by the Lord Himself, I say the following: If you refuse to recognize the fulfillment of God's promise, and instead place the unbelievers (see I John 2:22) that have already had their 'last chance' in the role of the "elect" based upon their racial or ethnic heritage, haven't you now become the racist?
The point is, by refusing to recognize the sonship of the Christians as the inheritors of the promise as WE have been grafted in to the tree of Israel (not replacing Israel, but being appended to that construct), the dispensationalists are setting up the believers in Jesus for the final deception of the Antichrist. When he is installed in Jerusalem, he will be a professing Christian, and as the Jews accept his leadership, it will seem that "Israel" has now been converted to Christianity. At that point, the "Church" will transition from futurism to Post-Millennialism - i.e. it is now time to build God's kingdom on the earth - but that kingdom will be the kingdom of the Antichrist.
I'll say this again. Dispensationalism is a completely false doctrine, and the attempt to place national Israel into a pre-eminent position in God's plan is Antichrist through and through. At the risk of redundancy, I'll restate this another way. The doctrine of national Israel as the "chosen people" is Satan's gambit designed to lure evangelical Christianity into an Israel-first millennialism that will ultimately enthrone the religious syncretism that will vault the Antichrist to power in Jerusalem.
August 19, 2002 -- James Lloyd
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