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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.

Ancient Judaism

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.

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 We admire Judge Roy Moore – his courage, his tenacity, and his commitment to God — and wish him well in his campaign for Supreme Court Justice in the state of Alabama.

However, MythBusters would be remiss if we did not investigate the apparently faulty premises on which Judge Roy Moore bases his campaign as well as his judicial theory.

MYTH:   Promoting the form of government found in the United States Constitution is synonymous with promoting the form of government laid out in the Bible.

Our initial impression was that nothing can be further from the truth.  This myth has left Christians mired in confusion and political impotence for over 200 years.

We found a number of statements in a recent fundraising letter for the Roy Moore campaign put out by World Net Daily that illustrate the problem.   First is the assertion that….

We need a God-fearing Chief Justice who will uphold the Constitution of The United States and who will stand for what made our Christian Nation great!  We are watching judges ignore and dismantle the greatest constitution in world history.

Herein lies the great contradiction.  We noted the logical conflict between being both a “God-fearing Chief Justice” and at the same time trying to “uphold the Constitution of the United States.”  That is because the Constitution of the United States contradicts the Bible on virtually every major point.

A  recent book by Pastor Ted Weiland proves that accusation beyond a shadow of a doubt:  Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution.  Pastor Weiland has identified at least 75 points on which the U S Constitution directly contradicts the Bible.

Included among the primary contradictions are the following.  The United States Constitution is opposed to a Biblical form of government because:

1)      its governing authority is derived from “we the people” rather than from God, per Rom. 13:1.  This complies with the definition of humanism:  Man in and of himself defining what is good and what is evil, with no reliance on God.

2)      It makes itself and all the man made laws that flow from it, “the supreme law of the land” instead of the Bible (Art VI, sec 1).  This alone would be enough to condemn the document.

3)      Exclusion of the religious test oath outlaws the Biblical requirement that government officials swear to make their judicial decisions based on the law of God. (Art. VI, sec. 3)

Turning to the Bible we observed that American government was constituted under the same circumstances and with the same outcome as the Israelite rebellion from God recorded in I Samuel Chapter 8.  Israel was a confederacy of loosely united tribes or states, as were the American colonies.  Israel wanted to be united under a grand king, who would ride in and out to make war, “like the nations.”  The American colonies wanted a similar centralized military coalition like the other great empires of the day.

In both cases they rejected God from being king over them.  In both cases the  results have been disastrous.

The letter goes on to make a further rather problematic claim.

“This great nation was founded on a belief in God and founded on Christian Principles.  I pledge to fight for the rights and freedoms given to us by God and guaranteed under the greatest constitution of government ever devised by man.

What Christian principles we asked?  The conflict is largely symbolic.  Shall Judge Moore’s monument be allowed on display in the state Supreme Court Building.  As a “lower magistrate” Judge Roy Moore is commended  for  opposing the tyranny of a corrupt king or “higher magistrate.” Symbols are important, but the real issue is whether or not the law of God shall form the basis of the legal system in the state and nation.

That goes beyond even the Ten Commandments.  God requires that not only the commandments, but His statutes and ordinances be enforced in the courts of law (Neh 10:29).  These are the specifics of the law and its penalties.

“And the statutes and the ordinances and the law and the commandment, which He wrote for you, you shall observe to do forever; and you shall not fear other gods.”

The Ten Commandments are recorded in Exodus 20.  The statutes and ordinances follow immediately in Exodus 21-23.  These are treated as a unit (Ex. 24:7) and aside from ceremonial changes, there is no basis for keeping one and rejecting the other.  God’s standard of justice does not change from age to age.  It boils down to whether we will fear God and His law or the law of some other god.

Is Judge Moore as committed to the statutes and ordinances as he is to the Ten Commandments?  This is uncertain and calls for further investigation.

Case Closed:  Where is all this taking us?  Judge Moore cannot cling to the United States Constitution and at the same time claim allegiance to the law of God.  In an interview earlier this year, Judge Roy Moore said that the trend toward secular government will lead to Sharia law in the United States.

The article notes that “The man who is likely to be Alabama’s next chief justice is warning that secular government will lead to Islamic law in the United States.  In an interview with conservative talk show host Steve Deace last week, Roy Moore opined that “a government that is denying God was also allowing Sharia law to take hold.”

It is a supreme irony that the man who issues this warning can in the same breath defend the document that is the heart and soul of American  secular government.