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

Copyright © 2002 Christian Media Network

See Also

The Remnant Of Israel

The Remnant In Romans

The Translation Of Israel

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