What strange power does the nation of Israel hold over the evangelical church. Under the sway of dispensationalist theology Christian reverence for Jews and the reborn nation of Israel has waxed so strong that evangelism of Jews is actually discouraged.
For example, we find this conclusion to an article by dispensationalist Allan R. Brockway, Should Christians Attempt To Evangelize Jews? “No matter what their theological conviction concerning the legitimacy of converting Jews may be, it is important that Christians maintain deep respect for and acceptance of “Jewish Christians” in the Christian community … But Christians would be well advised not to try actively to increase their number — lest they be found apostate themselves before the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob . . . and Jesus.”
This delicate, handle-with-care attitude of the dispensationalists extends also to the geopolitical echelon.
Myth: If America pressures Israel to give up any land or discontinues foreign aide to Israel, she will be cursed by God.
This, according to Gen. 27:29 – “…Cursed be those who curse you, and blessed be those who bless you.”
We found this attitude in a recent dispensationalist article in World Net Daily which states “The phenomenon was best documented by Bill Koenig, author of ‘Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel.’
“Koenig points out that nine of the 10 costliest insurance events in U.S. history followed dramatic calls by U.S. officials for Israel to make land concessions in bids for peace with its neighbors. He points out with startling detail how six of the seven costliest hurricanes in U.S. history followed such events. He points out how three of the four largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history followed such developments.”
We recalled that correlation does not equal causation, but is there any validity to this hypothesis from a Biblical standpoint? MythBusters approached this investigation on the assumption that American Christian’s understanding and attitude toward the nation of Israel must be defined and qualified by the Bible’s teaching on the relationship between Christ, Israel and the church.
Christ, Israel and the Church
Starting with the New Testament we found that Jews and Christians have been made one in the church by Christ. This is spelled out in Ephesians 2 which explains how the Gentiles “who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ (2:13) For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall” (2:14) In another letter Paul declared, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28).
The conclusion seemed inescapable: the theory that there are two peoples of God (Israel and the church), rather than just one is Biblically implausible. And so, when people talk about “Jewish Christians” or “American Christians” for example, they introduce a foreign element of divisiveness into the church because both Jew and Gentile have been made one in Christ. There are no elite categories of Christians based on ethnicity.
We found this union further illustrated in Romans Chapter 11, which describes how the Jews have been broken off from the olive tree representing God’s people in order that the Gentiles as a wild olive might be grafted in (Rmn. 11:17). But after “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in (v.25) “all Israel will be saved (v.26)” by Christ and thus grafted back into the olive tree. We noticed that there is only one olive tree, not two.
Turning finally to the Old Testament we observed that this unity of Jew and Gentile is also expressed in God’s promise to make a New Covenant with the House of Israel (Jer. 31:31). The author of Hebrews indicates this refers to the Christian New Testament (Heb. 8:8,9), thus proving that Old Testament spiritual Israel became the New Testament church. This Biblical teaching on the unity of Jew and Gentile is obviously the antithesis of anti-semitism, although it is also obviously the antithesis of dispensationalist political Zionism.
The Jewish leaders resisted the message of both Christ and the apostles and were thus condemned by both. Jesus was unsparing in His scathing condemnation of the leaders of the Jewish nation and their imminent divorce from God. “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” He said at one point, “Behold, your house is being left to you desolate” (Mt. 23: 29,38)
It was the unbelieving Jews who persecuted the Apostles and rejected the gospel in every city. The Deacon Stephen leveled this charge against them, “Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become” (Acts 7:52).
The nation of Israel — political Israel — was decisively judged by God and destroyed by Christ in the first century (70 A.D.) when Titus’ legions razed Jerusalem and the Temple. The leaders of the nation rejected their Messiah and had Him crucified, thus sealing their own doom. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days” the lights went out on national Israel, when the sun and moon were darkened and the stars fell (Mt. 24:29). Those were the symbols of Israel in Joseph’s dream.
Jesus declared that the political nation of Israel was being replaced by the church when he told the Jewish leaders, “…the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and be given to a nation producing the fruit of it” (Mt. 21:43). And what is that nation? According to the Apostle Peter, the church is “…a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation….” (I Pet. 2:9).
Thus, Jesus Himself established the doctrine of what some call “Replacement Theology.” Nowhere does the Bible speak of a future rebuilt temple in a reborn nation of Israel. This theory has been imposed on various Bible texts by the dispensationalist system. Necessity is the mother of invention when it comes to dispensational theology. The closest they can come to a rebuilt temple is in Ezekiel’s vision (40-48), but since animal sacrifices are required (Ez. 45:21-25 this can only refer to the temple rebuilt after the Babylonian captivity.
Case Closed: MythBusters concludes that Israel as a nation was judged and permanently cast off by the risen Christ in the destruction of Jerusalem, the temple, and the sacrificial system in 70 A.D. Contrary to dispensationalist theology, there is no special blessing or curse associated with giving special favors to the modern nation of Israel or advocating its partition. MythBusters Rating: Red Flag to Bill Koenig, Allan R. Brockway and WorldNet Daily for perpetuating this myth.
Christ Himself declared that the Kingdom of God was taken from Israel and transferred to the church. Thus, the rebirth of political Israel in 1948 has no special significance in the economy of God, although Isaiah tells us that Israel will be blessed with the other nations as the gospel gradually conquers the world.
In that day Israel will be the third part with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of Hosts has blessed, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance’ (Is. 19:24,25).
Our followup report will explore why the globalist elite created modern-day Israel for the purpose of igniting World War III.