The Hope of Israel: What Is It?

The reason for posting the three chapters from Hebrews yesterday actually begins by my not being able to lightly dismiss a quote from an earlier post titled, Israel and the Church, Two Separate Destinies.

In the Old Testament, God promised Israel that He would return one day to dwell among them in their land on Earth forever (Ezekiel 43:1-7). In the New Testament, Jesus promised the Church that He would come back and take us off the Earth to be with Him in His Father’s House (John 14:1-3). Both these promises will come true, so Israel and the Church will fulfill their prophetic destinies in different locations. The purpose of the rapture of the Church is to remove us from the time and place of the end times judgments that will take place on Earth (1 Thes. 1:10, 1 Thes. 5:9, Rev. 3:10). The purpose of the end times judgments is to completely destroy all the nations to which Israel has been scattered (Jeremiah 30:4-11) and to purify Israel in preparation for the coming Kingdom (Zechariah 13:8-9)…..

And also from the same post, (Concerning the Millennium and Israel and the Church)

The primary purpose of this Kingdom (known to the church as the Millennial Kingdom) is to give Israel its long promised Kingdom Age, although the entire millennial world will benefit from it…. Israel will be the preeminent nation on Earth during the Kingdom Age, and surviving tribulation believers and their descendants from all nations will come to Jerusalem to learn the ways of the Lord. He will settle their disputes, making war between nations a thing of the past. The wealth of neighboring nations will pour into Israel. Camels will be brought from Midian. Gold and incense from Sheba will adorn the Lord’s Temple in Israel. Flocks from Kedar and Nebaoith will be received as offerings on His altar there…..Any nation that refuses to serve Israel will be utterly ruined by divine decree.

Meanwhile, life will be far different in the home of the Redeemed Church…..Our mansions in the sky will be built of the purest gold as will the streets that run before them, their foundations made from precious stones. There will be no Temple in the New Jerusalem because the Lamb of God will dwell there and is our Temple. The energy source that will light and warm us is the Glory of God, and our radiance will in turn provide light for the nations of Earth. (Rev.21:9-27) Other than calling us Kings and Priests, the Bible doesn’t mention any kind of work for us. Our glorified bodies will have been released from their dimensional bonds, allowing us to appear and disappear at will, traveling back and forth through time at the speed of thought as we plumb the limitless delights of God’s Universe.. Our eternal home is not on Earth, but it’s not at the Throne of God either. Coming down out of the heavens but never landing on Earth, our home could be called a low orbit satellite in today’s terminology…

I was really glad to see Orange Mailman had stopped by and left a comment (link) under the previous post comprised of Hebrews 8-10. He may recall my stopping by his blog some years ago with a question for him after reading there is a belief (at least in many America’s Churches) that not only does God have separate plans for Jews and Gentiles now, but that the separation of the two will continue AFTER Jesus returns. To say I was both flabbergasted and confused is putting it mildly. Even as a one-time dispensationalist, I’d never heard such teaching!

Since then, I’ve come to realize this two-plan, both now and later teaching, is quite common. Also, it’s not new, having been taught within many Churches in the West for some time: which is not surprising taking into account it’s been taught at many  of America’s oldest Theological Seminaries for at least 100 years….or at least since the Scofield bible was accepted;

Lewis Sperry Chafer, founder of Southwestern School of the Bible, the forerunner to Dallas Theological Seminary, shortly before his death claimed as his greatest academic achievement,

“It goes on record that Dallas Theological Seminary uses, recommends, and defends the Scofield Bible”.  (Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth, p. 46)

And still uses it,

Since then Dallas Theological Seminary has continued to be the foremost apologist for, and proponent of, Scofield’s views….through the writings of Ryrie, Dyer, …and Hal Lindsey. (Road Map to Armageddon, p. 77)

Why is this important; well because from what I’ve gathered so far, this doctrine of eternal separation was first introduced in the West by Darby, Scofield, and a number of their disciples, finally becoming firmly rooted within our Churches after Scofield published his Bible with Personal Notes.

To be continued…. 


6 comments on “The Hope of Israel: What Is It?

  1. Guess i should have added that next i’d like to look at one author’s views concerning “The Hope of Israel: What Is It?”.

    Is it a restored earthly kingdom, or something else….

  2. It depends on what we mean by “Israel”. I am not interested in either joining nor debating the support Israel group, and although I cannot deny some hints of a future coming to Jesus by a large group of Jews, the entire human narrative has always pointed to and now culminates in Jesus. All these charts and flannel boards are just man’s way to confuse. It is Jesus. It’s all about Him not Israel.

  3. Seems when I read the following citation it means something different to me than to them?:

    When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (Ephesians 3:4-6 ESV)

    • Amen Michael. I’m with you brother, and don’t understand how anyone can see it any differently when the Word is so plain.

  4. I have deep respect for Dallas Theological Seminary. In many ways they have been abulwark of orthodoxy in protestantism through the years. But on the dispensationalist issue, they are just simply wrong. As Henry so eloquently points out, Jesus Christ IS the hope of ALL Israel AND there is NONE OTHER! This single fact alone wipes the foundations out from under dispensationalism which continually erodes the Lordship of Jesus Christ by downplaying the rejection of Jesus by apostate Israel and instead, forever tries to fine ways to provide them with some alternative path to salvation that sidesteps the inherent offensiveness of the Gospel. In the end, the simple message of the Gospel of Christ trumps all of the machinations of the dispensationalists which stand as a LIE in the face of the TRUTH. The Gospel of Salvation became hidden from the Jews of Jesus day (who represented themselves as children of God) for a reason, and for that same reason it is becoming hidden from Gentiles (who represent themselves as children of God) in our day. It is an endless search for an EASIER Gospel in which God accommodates man rather than the other way around. Salvation is about bending the knee to the God who IS the “I AM”, not about worshiping the God of our own design Who meets all of our preconceived expectations. Scriptures like the one Michael quoted make it crystal clear that there is ONE body, NOT TWO. As Henry notes, that in NO WAY precludes a future awakening and spiritual revival among Jews, but it does preclude for all eternity a separate PATH to Salvation for those who are ethnically Jewish who some perceive as being ISRAEL even though God may not see them as being so.

  5. As Henry so eloquently points out, Jesus Christ IS the hope of ALL Israel AND there is NONE OTHER!

    George i thought of your comment and this entire topic we’re looking at when reading Bill’s newest post today:

    True Believers Have Always Desired A Heavenly Country (Not An Earthly One!)

    When we take a look at the scriptures in our Bibles we learn that the true patriarchs of the faith had their eyes lifted up toward heaven, looking at the spiritual and eternal things. Their MAIN CONCERN was not on this earth and the physical and temporary things.

    By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Hebrews 11:8-10)

    Abraham and his descendants were looking for a city where Almighty God was the maker. They dwelt in tents (tabernacles) which were temporary dwelling places. Their true riches and possessions were up above where God dwells.

    Every TRUE BELIEVER in Jesus Christ has already come to Mt Zion, the city of the LIVING GOD, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM. Their focus is not on Jesus Christ reigning in an EARTHLY city of Jerusalem as so many, have believed in this modern day. I do have sympathy for those who have been ensnared by that great deception because it is taught in most churches, and I was formerly among the deceived on that point until the Spirit guided me into the truth. If the “fathers of the faith” had their eyes on the heavenly country, then that is where our eyes must also be. There has always been one people of God, and that includes Jew and Gentile. The TRUE CHILDREN of Abraham are those who have FAITH in Jesus Christ. Any person who does not believe in Jesus Christ is not part of the Kingdom of God. The apostle Paul could not have made it any clearer in His writings.

    If interested, you can read the full message here

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