If you are amongst the millions of Christians who believe that the Jews living in present day Israel are the “Apple of God’s eye” and “His chosen people”, I urge you to re-evaluate your thinking in line with the clear teachings of God’s inerrant, holy Word…
In Africa, where I live, if I write on the Blacks I am labeled a racist…when I write about the Jews I am labeled not only a racist but ant-Semitic…Let me start off by stating that I am neither. I am not in this ministry to make friends or enemies; I am here solely to open eyes and ears to the truth…no matter the cost. John Wesley said to his lay-preachers “If you haven’t offended the congregation…you haven’t preached the Gospel”
Today we look at Israel and think that we have to take their side, no matter how harsh we believe they are against the Palestinians, or vice-versa. We believe that we have this bond with them because they are living in the country of our Old Testament Holy Scriptures.
I am now of the persuasion that we are being conned as Christians into believing that there is a certain time set aside for the Church age know as “The time of the Gentile” LK 21:24 “And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.; after which God is going to re-establish all of the Jews in present day Israel to their promised land ROM 11:26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; We have been conned into believing that the present day Jews are the sole heirs to the covenants or promises of old. I apologize to all, because I once thought this way as well.
In this missive we will investigate the four promises made to Abraham by God …and see how they were fulfilled…God is a covenant keeping God.
1.The first promise. God promised to make the descendents of Abraham into a great nation…Gen 12:1 Now the LORD had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
12:2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
This promise was reaffirmed to Abrahams grandson Jacob (who was re-named Israel by God) Gen 46:2 Then God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, “Jacob, Jacob!” And he said, “Here I am.”
46:3 So He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.
Through the leadership of Moses and Joshua we see how God fulfills His promise to make them a great nation 1 CRON17:21 “And who is like Your people Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people-to make for Yourself a name by great and awesome deeds, by driving out nations from before Your people whom You redeemed from Egypt? ….This great nation Israel continued growing and at last reached its peak under the reign of David and Solomon.
2. The second promise given to Abraham by God was the promise of great posterity…that his descendants would be too numerous to count… GEN 13:16 “And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. 15:5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
There are those today who think that this is still to be fulfilled, but Holy Scripture tells us through the words of Solomon otherwise… 2 CRON1:9 “Now, O LORD God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.
1:10 “Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”
The first book of kings states…1KINGS 4:20 Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking and rejoicing.
The brilliant author of Hebrews also confirmed this fact totally confirmed and fulfilled; that from one man (Abraham) … HEB 11:12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude-innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
3. The third promise made to Abraham by God was that his descendents would inherit the land of Canaan…This was accomplished fully …JOSH 21:43 So the LORD gave to Israel all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they took possession of it and dwelt in it.
21:44 The LORD gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.
21:45 Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.
To-day there are those skeptics who maintain that the Israelites did not inherit all of the promised land from Egypt to the Euphrates…but this is simply not true GEN 15:18 On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates- …
A close look at King Solomon confirms that the promise was totally fulfilled in his lifetime…1 KINGS 4:21 So Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. They brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.
This River is the great Euphrates…how do we know that? …because Tiphsah was on the Euphrates river in Mesopotamia…
4:24 For he had dominion over all the region on this side of the River from Tiphsah even to Gaza, namely over all the kings on this side of the River; and he had peace on every side all around him. 9:16 (Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up and taken Gezer and burned it with fire, had killed the Canaanites who dwelt in the city, and had given it as a dowry to his daughter, Solomon’s wife.)
4. The fourth promise made to Abraham by God, was the promise of the Messiah…GEN 22:18 “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Paul clarifies exactly what is meant in this passage GAL 3:15 Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it.
3:16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.
Was this promise fulfilled? You better believe it …GAL 4:4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
4:5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”
4:7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
When Jesus, The Christ, hung and died upon the cross of Calvary all the promises given to Abraham and his descendants had been fulfilled …the physical covenants of the flesh had passed away and a New Covenant instituted …a spiritual Covenant.
HEB 8:13 In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
We the Church, have by no means replaced Israel, but we have been grafted into the root and as such get out sustenance from the OT root there is no longer a distinction between Jew and Gentile…We share in the promises…A Jew, as too a Gentile, has to accept Jesus as the Christ…There is no other way…except for those who were looking forward to a new kingdom on earth …this was the ‘land’ promised to them …and a resurrection to everlasting life with the Lord…We who believe on the Lord Jesus THE Christ…are the true Israel of God.