Thursday, March 5, 2009

Israel in Prophecy or Just in the News This Week?

Chief amillennial spokesman Kim Riddlebarger writes in "A Case for Amillennialism": "Much like modern dispensationalists expect Jesus to reign over the nations in the future millennial kingdom, the Jews expected the Messiah to establish a political kingdom whereby Israel would rule over the Gentile nations. This explains why the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah. The New Testament, however, equates Israel's restoration, prophesied in the Old Testament, with Jesus' kingdom--a kingdom not of this world (John 18:26)."

He writes earlier in the book: "Another significant eschatological theme in the Old Testament is the promise that the nation of Israel will be gloriously restored in the distant future. Leading dispensationalists believe these prophecies refer to national Israel even though the authors of the New Testament apply them to the church."

Meanwhile I wonder how dispensationalists this week take Secretary of State Clinton's encouragement of two states for Israel and Palestine.

Still wondering how it will all turn out and grateful for my faith, that is faith, that doesn't have all the answers.


  1. Just got in the mail the fresh off the press "A Case for Historic Premillennialism: An Alternative to'Left Behind' Eschatology" edited by Craig L. Blomberg and Sung Wook Chung. Authors with chapters are Timothy P. Weber, Richard S. Hess, Helene Dallaire, Don J. Payne, Donald Fairbairn, Oscar A. Campos and also the editors. Look for me to post on this maybe next month.

  2. I'm commenting not because I know everything about this subject, but because, I want people to know that the bible is about Jesus Christ and what He has done. Not about Israel.Israel is a people Christ tried to save, some did and some didn't? Why? Why do some get saved and some do not?Because God is the Father and Jesus is the son, Jesus came and lived the way we cannot, He is the perfect sacrifice, and we need him to live, to be brought back together to a Holy God.Because of our sin we have been seperated from God. Jesus Christ is the one who brought us and bought us back to God, by his blood.
    See it's not about Israel, Jesus is the king and it's his kingdom, and it's not of this world. It is for those who God has given to Jesus to save. ooopps now I've gotten into something even deeper... Please read the book of John, the Gospel of John, Read the Bible for what it says, not for what you can fit into it.
    Read the bible to find Jesus then you will find life.


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