There is a new end times book based on the US recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel! First off, I need to say that I have not read this book, and that I found out about this publication based on a conservative talk show commercial.
Nevertheless this commercial got me to considering a time when this end times topic would have grabbed my attention. Now it just makes me angry. Anger due to the bare faced profiteering off of the modern day church, but more so due to the distraction and confusion the topic causes believers.
Distraction from the Word of God. (How often have I chosen man’s thoughts over God’s?)
Confusion in that so many books elevate the nation of Israel as the focus and purpose of all that God does. (Spoiler alert – The focus and purpose of all that God does is to reveal Jesus Christ.)
Of course, this raises a central question in my thinking that will provide the fodder for the following posts. The overarching question is…
Should the nation of Israel expect realization of Old Testament promises in the future?
I suppose if the promises God made to Israel in the Old Testament have not been fulfilled, two consequences occur to me.
The promises have yet to be fulfilled, for no other reason than to maintain the honor of God. This thinking fuels the futurist theology that seems so popular in the modern American church.
God is a liar.
No one wants to think of the second bullet – Dang I had a hard time typing it! The desire to see God honored is fantastic. No denying that.
But wait – The two consequences above are a false dichotomy – I think I’m seeing another possibility!!
What if the promises made to Israel in the Old Testament have been fulfilled?
God made three big promises to Israel in the Old Testament. The next three blogs will deal with these promises, with a final post supplying a conclusion, that hopefully ties together the discussion and provide some insight.
Promises to Israel – The Land
Promises to Israel – The Seed
Promises to Israel – The Nation
Each post will offer a chance for discussion and comment, which I look forward to receiving. Hope to see you in the next post.