Have you ever stood back and pondered Jewish history? Were in the world does this hatred come from.
Why do the nations seem to have such an antagonism toward this people?
I wonder how long before the issues of the nations, which are escalating, become the issue of the Jew.
It seems like they cannot hide from the spotlight of history, it follows them every were they end up.
How does one as a believer make sense of the Jew? What do they really represent to us as Christian believes?
Can we continue to ignore them?
Are they really that important to us?
Should we be concerned with them as a people?
Well as one that never really considered them up to about twenty years ago, to one that now, through a slow process is beginning to see that the centrality of Israel restoration in the last days is the issue of the coming of the kingdom.
I really feel I need to lay down the conclusions that I have come to regarding this people.
I feel the times are very urgent, we as the church need to come to terms with the Jew.
There has been for to long this strangeness with the church and the Jew, we truly do not understand them nor their destiny.
The issues that I feel that I need to deal with are not some quick conclusions. These things that I am addressing come from long exhausting searches of ancient and modern scholars, and theologians.
I will try to streamline things for the lack of over extending peoples interest.
The big question that seems to be at the forefront is has the church replaced Israel.
This question truly is such a source of so much confusion in Christianity today.
The quick answer is of course not, the Church has not replaced Israel, we the Church have been grafted into Israel.
This is very tricky, is Christ now the new Israel? I believe the answer is of course not.
This might offend some, but no Christ is not the new Israel, Christ is the true vine of Israel, Israel is a nation, Christ is the true vine of Israel, remember that Israel has been an reality long before Christ came.
So did the coming of Jesus do away with the nation of Israel?
No, Christ’s coming was the fulfillment of the promise to Israel, Christ fulfilled the promise given to Abraham.
So does this mean that we the church are now Israel, well yes and no, remember we were strangers and aliens, but now through Christ, we the gentiles have been brought into this existing, eternal nation which is Israel.
So yes we have now become a part of Israel, but only through our union with the vine of Israel, who is Christ our Lord.
This is where things get very tricky, why should we be concerned with the Jew?
Why should we worry about their restoration as the nation under Christ, does this affect us in any way?
Right now I would say absolutely yes!
This is the great issue of the coming of the messianic kingdom.
This is the event of the all the events of the last days, the OT prophetic scriptures are full of this time.
Israel is the issue of the end; they are absolutely central to the return of Christ.
The king is contained in the heavens until the what? The restoration of all things. The king has to have a nation to return back to. Christ will not return until Israel as an corporate nation call upon him whom they have pierced, this is the event of events, this is what the prophets spoke.
We cannot replace the destiny of this nation, it is impossible, we were adopted into this people through Christ, they are the natural branches.
Remember what Paul said, don’t be wise in your own estimation, this hardening that has come their way will not last for ever, it is only for a season.
How long is this season? Well until the fullness of the gentiles.
What does this mean?
There are two lines of interpretation which I like, one is a number of gentiles, the other is, there will be a day when the witness of the kingdom is finished toward the gentiles and then the Lord will return back to the house of Israel. It’s hard to say which Paul was referring to, but I kind of am leaning toward the second one, this one seems to make more sense to me.
Things get very tricky when we start to ask questions such as. Does the church and Israel have the same destiny?
Here again I would say yes and no, even though the church is a part of Israel, yet it is only because of Christ.
This is where I begin to really veer of into areas that many don’t like to discuss.
I see a heavenly body, which is the church, but I also see an earthly Israel, which is the restored nation.
So how can this make any sense?
Well the way I see it, there are two realms of rebellion in Gods good creation, one in the heavenly realms, and the other is in this earth.
The Church is destined to rule and rein with Christ over the fallen powers that presently are in a state of hostile rebellion. This is the destiny of the Church, to rule this universe through Christ.
But remember this world still carries on, the bible says for a thousand years after the return of Christ. Life and death still continue. Yes man will not learn war any longer, the wolf and the lamb will dwell together, but the cycle of life and death still continues.
Remember that the last enemy to be destroyed is death, this only happens after the thousand-year reign.
So I see Israel and the church like a man and woman, very different destinies but in union through Christ one.
Remember the holy city the New Jerusalem does not descend to earth until the thousand years, and then last enemy which is death, is finally and fully destroyed.
I believe the restoration of Israel under Messiah, and also the rapture of the church are one great event.
The kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Christ.
At the same time the heavens are released from the fallen powers, who will be fully defeated, and the church sits and rules over the heavenly thrones of power, of which these powers who presently hold them are doing everything they are able to hold them.
Remember after the resurrection Paul says we will be like the angels, immortal glorified beings.
But the nations still will continue, Israel as an earthly nation still continues, but now under their Messiah living in their land in peace.