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 Israel: 

God's Chosen People?

 

Is Israel still God's chosen people?

Are the Jews the Chosen people or the “Unchosen” People?  He told us “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.  Do you think he would break His promise to the Jews?  If He does break His promise how can we trust Him?

 

Did not God say that the Jews would be scattered and come back in one day May 14, 1948 and speak their original language Hebrew? Where is there an old language like Hebrew brought back and spoken?   On May 15 Israel was attacked by many Arab countries yet a miracle happened and  Israel kept their independence.  There are many miracles in the Nation of Israel that show that God’s hand is on that nation.  What about the desert becoming a fertile land(The land of Israel)?  If you look at that area prior to the nation of Israel it was desert.  Was that not prophecied in the Old Testament?

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Are the Old and New Testaments anti-Semitic?

By Jan Willem van der Hoeven

Just as there is no need to change or rewrite the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) in those places where it is not exactly complimentary to the Jewish people because of their constant failure to respond to their God lest people would take these negative verses about the Jews as an excuse for antisemitism - in the same way there is no need for the New Testament to be changed or expunged of its negative, seemingly antisemitic passages.

The overall message of both the Old Testament and the New Testament is clear. God never has and never will forsake the people He has called. No! Rather, He plans to bring them through all their negative experiences to a glorious, glorious end.

This is the clear message of the whole Bible, and it therefore excludes any reason for a negative, antisemitic attitude towards the Jews on the part of anyone who says he or she believes the words of this Book!

This is how it is spelled out, first in the Old Testament and then in the New Testament:

Thus says the Lord, Who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (the Lord of hosts is His name): "If those ordinances depart from before Me, says the Lord, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever." Thus says the Lord: "If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, says the Lord. (Jeremiah 31:35-37)

I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. (Romans 11:1-2)

Actually, this must be of comfort to all Gentile believers who feel themselves grafted into Israel's commonwealth, as we often have not obeyed and responded to God's Word ourselves. We may know, even as Israel knows, that He has remained faithful to His promises to those who are of contrite heart and want to do better with His help.

As to the specific question so much under discussion today regarding Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion of the Christ," there is no need to change or alter the New Testament record. Instead, we must draw the same conclusions the early apostles - all Jews - had to draw.

Should a truthful recounting of the suffering and crucifixion of Christ as recorded by the New Testament's Jewish Gospel writers necessarily generate antisemitic sentiment towards the Jewish people?

I believe the same New Testament teaches the opposite:

In fact, the passion of Jesus features centrally in the preaching of the Jewish Apostles, as is clear in the beautiful passage written by Paul to the believers in Corinth:

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." (1 Corinthians 2:1-9)

This is how the Jewish apostle Peter expresses it:

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go. But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. ... Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets" since the world began. For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.' Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days. You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.' (Acts 3:13-15, 17-26)

The lesson is so clear, the way Peter speaks about it: "Brethren I know you did it in ignorance" as Jesus Himself said on the cross. And yet God will use it all in the end to fulfill His holy purpose, also with His own people!

"To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities." (26)

So we see that, in the mouth of the Apostles, the Jewish leadership's rejection of Jesus was never preached as a reason for incitement against the Jews or as an excuse for antisemitism (after all, they themselves were Jews). Rather it was done in order to urge them to turn to Him so as to be blessed by Him in return.

There is therefore no biblical reason or justification for the vile antisemitism that wretchedly has stained so much of Church history towards the Jewish people.

This also comes out in the beautiful story of Joseph revealing himself to his brothers. He does not upbraid them or express anger towards them for having sold him to the Midianites, but he says:

"do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life." (Genesis 45:5)

Joseph does not condemn his brethren for having sold and rejected him - he embraces and comforts them and tells them God has used their rejection of him to bless them. And as he embraces them in love he weeps upon their shoulders.

The picture of Joseph may well have end time implications, foreshadowing the moment when the Jewish people, like Joseph's brothers, suddenly become aware and recognize who their love-filled, merciful Brother really is.

Zechariah the prophet foretells it in a most striking way when he prophesies:

"And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem... And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself..." (Zechariah 12:10-12)

May the Gentiles not be shut out - like the servants of Pharaoh from that moving scene of recognition and embrace - when this day of weeping, grace and supplication happens to the whole house of Israel!

Or will it be as it was in the case of Joseph, who had to send out his Egyptian servants who thought that he had become one of them, an Egyptian, just as Gentile believers have thought that because they believe in Jesus He is now one of them and has ceased to be Jewish.

Like the Egyptians, who had "Egyptianised" Joseph, forgetting his deep love for his own brethren, so most Christians have "Christianised" or even "Gentilised" Jesus, thus cutting him off from His own people whom He so loves!

When this revelation takes place, Gentile believers had better be humble and contrite, as Paul warns them:

... do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in." Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? (Romans 11:18-24)

May we ourselves not be cut off at the very moment when God, according to His mercy and great plan, grafts His own people back into their own tree!

It's the nations of the world this time that need to be very careful indeed of God's judgments, as God warns through His prophet Jeremiah:

"But do not fear, O My servant Jacob, and do not be dismayed, O Israel! For behold, I will save you from afar, and your offspring from the land of their captivity; Jacob shall return, have rest and be at ease; no one shall make him afraid. Do not fear, O Jacob My servant," says the Lord, "For I am with you; for I will make a complete end of all the nations to which I have driven you, but I will not make a complete end of you. I will rightly correct you, for I will not leave you wholly unpunished." (Jeremiah 46:27-28)

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Supersessionism (sometimes referred to as replacement theology:

But then Paul wrote to the Gentiles in the local assembly in Rome: "You will say then, 'Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in" (Romans 11:19). Therein lies the very heart of Paul's teaching regarding Gentiles whom God has called and their place in the world: Gentiles (the wild olive branch) were grafted into Israel (the root) after other natural branches (Jews) had been broken off for their unbelief. The biblically correct position of those called in Messiah, according to Yeshua and Paul, is in the middle of Israel, not next to or opposite her. In fact, Paul saw the body of Messiah as a Jewish sect, as did the Jewish leaders of his time (Acts 9.2; 19.9,23; 22.4; 24.14,22). He did not see it as something separate from Israel at all.

 

 

 

Who did God curse because they cursed Israel and the Jews.

The Russians,

The Nazis,

 

10 + Major 'Acts Of God' That Coincided With The Timing of U.S. Pressure On Israel To Give Up Land

October 30, 1991:

President George Bush opens the Madrid Conference with an initiative for a Middle East peace plan involving Israel's land. On the same day, an extremely rare storm forms off the coast of Nova Scotia. (It was eventually tagged "The Perfect Storm," and a book and movie were made about it.) Record-setting 100-foot waves form at sea and pound the New England Coast, even causing heavy damage to President Bush's home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

August 23, 1992:

The Madrid Conference(land for peace) moves to Washington D.C. and the peace talks resume, lasting four days. On that same day, Hurricane Andrew-the worst natural disaster ever to hit America-produces an estimated $30 billion in damage and leaves 180,000 homeless in Florida.

 

January 16, 1994:

President Clinton meets with Syria's President Hafez el-Assad in Geneva. They talk about a peace agreement with Israel that includes giving up the Golan Heights. Less than 24 hours later, a powerful 6.9 earthquake rocks Southern California. This quake, centered in Northridge, is the second most destructive natural disaster to hit the United States, behind Hurricane Andrew.

March 1 to April 1997:

The combination of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat touring America; Clinton rebuking Israel for not giving away her land for peace; and pro-abortion activity coincide with some of the worst tornadoes and flooding in U.S. history. On the very day Arafat lands in America, powerful tornadoes devastate huge sections of the nation, ripping across Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. Arafat's American tour also coincides with the storms in the Dakotas, which result in the worst flooding of this century, in addition to weeks of major storms throughout the Midwest. Arafat finishes his tour and leaves the U.S. and the storms stop.

January 21, 1998:

Netanyahu meets with President Clinton at the White House and is coldly received. Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright refuse to have lunch with him. Shortly afterwards that day, the Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks into the mass media and begins to occupy a major portion of Clinton's time.

September 27-28, 1998:

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright works on the final details of an agreement in which Israel will give up 13 percent of the West Bank. The same day Hurricane Georges slams into the Gulf Coast with 110 m.p.h winds and gusts up to 175. The hurricane hits the coast and stalls. On September 28, Clinton meets with Arafat and Netanyahu at the White House to finalize the land deal. Later, Arafat addresses the United Nations about declaring an independent Palestinian state by May 1999, while Hurricane Georges pounds the Gulf Coast causing $1 billion in damage. At the exact time Arafat departs the U.S. the storm begins to dissipate.

October 15-22, 1998:

On October 15, 1998, Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu meet at the Wye River Plantation in Maryland, to continue the talks, which ended on September 28. The talks are scheduled to last five days with the focus on Israel giving up 13 percent of the West Bank. The talks are extended and conclude on October 23. On October 17, awesome rains and tornadoes hit southern Texas. The San Antonio area is deluged with 20 inches of rain in one day. The rains and floods in Texas continue until October 22 and then subside. The floods ravage 25 percent of Texas and leave over one billion dollars in damage. On October 21, Clinton declares this section of Texas a major disaster area.

May 3, 1999:

This is the same day in Israel that Yasser Arafat is scheduled to declare a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital. The declaration is postponed to December 1999 at the request of President Clinton, whose letter to Arafat encourages him for his "aspirations for his own land." He also writes that the Palestinians have a right to "determine their own future on their own land, " and that they deserve to "live free, today, tomorrow and forever." That same day, starting at 4:47 p.m. CDT, the most powerful tornado storm system ever to hit the United States sweeps across Oklahoma and Kansas. The winds are clocked at 316 m.p.h. the fastest wind speed ever recorded.

These are a few examples of the many "Act of God" events that coincide with the timing of the country's pressure on Israel to give up her land for peace. The land that God gave to Israel as the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is documented by covenant in The Holy Bible.

9/11/01  1 week Prior to 911, President Bush formulated the 2 state(Isreali Palistinian) policy. On Sept 13 secretary of state Powell was going to notify Saudia Arabian governemt of this policy. And on Sept 23 the UN was planned to be notified of this policy.

 

 

8/29/05

According to one of our local newspapers, the Gaza pullout was completed on 8/22/05. Hurricane Katrina then struck exactly one week later on 8/29/05. Coincidence?.
9/11/01  1 week prior to 911-President Bush formulated the 2
state(Israeli Palestinian) policy. on Sept 13 Secretary of State Powell
was going to notify Saudi Arabian governemt of this policy. and on Sept
23 the UN was planned to be notified of this policy.
 
 
8/29/05
according to one of our local newspapers, the Gaza pullout was completed
on 8/22/05. hurricane Katrina then struck exactly one week later on
8/29/05. coincidence?
 
found on the Internet and discussed on your program(some) and  on
sidroth.com: 
January 22-28, 2007
watch online: (real player) | (windows media)
guest: john McTernan
subject: America has been blessed or cursed depending on its treatment
of Israel.
 Did not God promise that the earth would not be destroyed again by water but by fire?