The Israel of God
Premillennialists have a tremendous interest in literal Israel. News from the Middle East is of great concern to them. To them I must say, “It is time to say goodbye to the Old Testament covenant, folks.” Israel as a favoured people, Jerusalem as a holy city, the Old Testament temple with all the ordinances and sacrifices that pertained to it…were abolished at the cross and are done away forever! All these types were fulfilled in Christ and apply spiritually to His New Testament church. Please stop reading end-time fiction books so popular today and study the Bible, particularly the books of Hebrews and Galatians for true understanding of this.
Consider these words of Charles E. Brown: “If the earthly Jews are not of the house of Israel, who is? Let Paul answer. Writing to the converted heathen of Philippi, he says: ‘We are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh’ (Phil. 3:3). Would that our premillennialist brethren had less confidence in the glory of fleshly Israel.
To the former heathen of Colosse he points out the only valid circumcision today: ‘In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands…by the circumcision of Christ’ (Col. 2:11). If the Jewish circumcision is no longer valid and if the heathen people of Philippi and Colosse were circumcised with the circumcision of Christ–which must be valid–does it not follow that the converts to Christianity become the true Israel of God?
Into what abysmal depths of error can a good man fall! Could anything less seductive than premillennialism induce a Christian man to offer to Jews or anyone else any other alternative than to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour now? Not one word can one find in the New Testament offering Jews the choice of accepting Christ or ‘holding fast to the ancient hopes of the fathers.’ Instead, the apostles taught, ‘Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men [not even the famous name of Zion], whereby we must be saved.’ Acts 4:12.
Such teaching makes us shudder lest good men whom we love and honor should make themselves obnoxious to the solemn words of Paul addressed to those who were preaching Judaism in the first century: ‘Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.’ Gal. 1:8.”
False prophets have severely fogged the minds of dear souls, else they would not have been led astray on this millennial bypath. The Bible is exceedingly clear–Christians are the “Israel of God” (Gal. 6:15-16), the seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:28-29).
Rom 2:28-29 “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”
Jesus told the Jews, “Therefore say I unto you, the kingdom of God [their reign as God’s special people] shall be taken away from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” Matt. 21:43. Peter declares the “nation” to be henceforth so blessed, is God’s “holy nation,” the church (1 Pet. 2:7-10).
One premillennialist wrote, “Key to this entire prophetic plan is the refounding of Israel as a nation state in Palestine. Without Israel, the whole plan falls apart.” And fall apart it does, when tested by the scriptures. The only hope of literal Israel is the same hope offered to all–salvation through Jesus Christ in this present gospel day. There will be no age to come, for when Jesus returns in the air, all the world will be called into final Judgment and the earth will be destroyed.
- Susan Mutch