The Distinctive of Israel and What God Has Promised Them

Studying Bible Prophecy

 In this post and the next one, I will attempt to show why replacement theology is in error by showing the distinctiveness of each group—Israel and the church, and why they cannot be merged.

To begin our discussion, let me assert this: the name Israel, as it is referred to in scripture, always means the Jewish people—those who are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and the church always means those people who are believers in Christ and the Bride of Christ.  Therefore, what we are affirming is that after the birth of the church at Pentecost, the distinction between these two groups remains intact.  In fact, in the book of Acts, both Israel and the church exist simultaneously.  The term Israel is used twelve times and ekklesia (church) nineteen times, yet the two groups are always kept distinct.”

ISRAEL 

Israel is not only distinguished because of their race—a…

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Daniel 9:24: To Make Atonement for Iniquity

Studying Bible Prophecy

 I have been blogging about promises made to Israel as a direct result of the seventy weeks (of years) according to the determined purpose of God.  They have been labeled as goals or accomplishments; however, we must also see them as the promises of God—things that will definitely happen as it has been decreed by God as Israel’s future.

golgothaIn this third Israeli promise, the work of Christ’s atonement is in view.  Thus, the promise points to the second part of Hebrews 9:26: “He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Italics are for emphasis). His blood shed on Calvary will make atonement for Israel’s long standing iniquity.  This work of atonement will affect the entire process of their salvation—their repentance, conversion and regeneration, as seen in the first two phases (click HERE and HERE)—making it all of God’s work and nothing of their…

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