Friday, November 22, 2013

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His Chosen People

This post is one I have had on my heart for several months. For some reason or another, however, it is has never come to pass. Perhaps it was my own desire not to stir up conflict. Perhaps other posts were more suitable to time and circumstance. But now, I believe this post is right for such a time as this. Like Esther, I wish to stand for God's chosen people.


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The name of Abraham has been revered by Jews and Christians alike for generations. The first of the Hebrew fathers, the majority of the entire Bible centers around a very special promise God (Elohim) gave to Abraham.

In Genesis 15, Elohim tells Abraham to gathered a heifer, a she goat, a ram, a turtledove, and a pigeon. He was then instructed to take them, slaughter, and divide them. In that day, two parties would kill and divide animals, then walk hand-in-hand between the pieces. This signified they would keep their blood covenant under pain of death. (This is where we get the custom of a bride walking down the aisle today.)

But, strangely, a deep sleep fell upon Abraham. And, as he slept, God passed through the midst of the animals alone. By this special act, He signified that His covenant with Abraham was unconditional. God's covenant with Israel was not dependent on Abraham or his descendants, proving they would always be His chosen people.

This action was the climax of the covenant promise Elohim began in Chapter 12. He promised Abraham that He would make of him a great nation; that He would bless him; that Abraham himself would be a blessing; that He would bless those who blessed Abraham; that He would curse those who cursed Abraham; that in Abraham all families of the earth would be blessed. 

Today, there are those who wrongly believe God has cast His chosen people aside and replaced them with the Church. (Replacement Theology.) Allow me to say that, for Replacement Theology to be true, one must consider God Almighty to be an unholy liar. 

Elohim created an unbreakable blood covenant that day with Abraham. Quoting John Yates, "If God made specific promises to Israel as a nation and never delivered what He promised, these would be broken promises even if He gave something else (spiritual blessings) to someone else (the Church)." I agree. 

Contrary to the claims of some, God means what He says. If He says "all", He means it. If He says "forever", He means it. Again quoting John Yates, "Forever does not mean temporarily until Israel sins. Israel does not mean the Church". Why is this so important? Because nearly the entire Bible and all doctrines revolving Salvation, Baptism, the Church, and Prophecy center on this truth. 

God would not put His holiness on the line by making a blood covenant He had no intentions of keeping. His covenant with Abraham was eternal, unconditional, non-transferable, and literal. 

Yes, Israel has been temporarily set aside for the Church Age. But they have not been replaced. After the rapture of born-again Christians, God has a very special plan for His chosen people in drawing them back to Himself during the 7 years of tribulation. And we as Christians have a very special obligation to love and honor the Jews.

Yes, they as a nation have turned their back on God. But this is no excuse for Antisemitism, for the hate that has poured down upon them through the ages. Consider it: if God replaced His chosen people, why the hate that continues to surround them? Why the attempts of nation after nation to destroy them? The answer is simple: God has not broken His holy word. And He does not turn a blind eye to those who scorn His people.

Consider Egypt and the ten plagues. Consider Assyria, who ruled the world until she withstood Israel. What about Babylon and Rome, who were used to chastise Israel, but ultimately fell in defeat for their Antisemitism. Where is Nazi Germany? What about Stalin, who ordered the extermination of the Jews and soon fell dead. Even England suffered after they mistreated the Jews in 1290 through several centuries.

And we as Americans will only prosper while we are supporting Israel. 


Forever means forever. God still claims His chosen people. Replacement Theology is not of God, nor is anyone who chooses to scorn or harm the Jews. 


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5 comments:

  1. Wow Alicia, it seems we're on the same page with a lot of things! I totally agree with you. The Apostle Paul clearly reminds us in Romans 11 that God is not done with Israel:

    "I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?" (Romans 11:11-15).

    These verses clearly show that Israel will be restored (and just like you mentioned in the post, it will be during the great tribulation).

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  2. Very good Alicia!
    The moment America and the Christian church remove her hand of support to the nation of Israel is the moment, I believe, that God will remove His hand of blessing from us and unfortunately that day is closer than we think.

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  3. Thanks for pointing out that God's promises are for Abraham's descendants and that the Jews have not been replaced by the Church. Sadly, history often repeats its self. A while back I saw an interview of German youth and they said that the Holocaust never happened. :( I also read that antisemitism is on the rise again in Germany with the youth. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Love Ya!

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  4. I'm glad you posted this! We need to love and defend the Jewish people. That they are still here today, against all odds after millennia of anti-Semitism, is one of the best testimonies we have of God's faithfulness. How could we ignore that and pretend that they don't matter? I pray that Christians everywhere would realize this. Thanks for posting! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

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