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Religion letter: The New Testament church has not replaced Israel

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Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 10:55 pm

The turmoil in Israel has been very prominent in the news lately. Ever since the nation of Israel was “reborn” in 1948, there has been tension in the region. Some have called for Israel to cede some of her land, while others have called for Israel to be obliterated from the planet.

Additionally, some Christians have adopted a belief called “Replacement Theology,” which says that the New Testament church has replaced the nation of Israel as God’s chosen people, and He has no interest in the land.

When you study the promises God made to Abram in Genesis 12 and 15, they are unconditional, and one of the promises God made to Abram and his descendants was the land that we now call Israel or Palestine. Thus, this small strip of land in the Middle East belongs to the Jews no matter what presidents, prime ministers or imams say. God has given it to the nation of Israel and it cannot be changed.

But some say, why was Palestine occupied or controlled by other nations for hundreds of years? Because God told the Israelites that, while the land was unconditionally theirs, their presence in and enjoyment of the land was conditional based on their obedience to God (Deuteronomy 28-30). When the Jews fell into idolatry and immorality, they were defeated and taken captive by the Assyrians and Babylonians. They eventually returned and rebuilt the land under the leadership of Ezra, Zerubabbel and Nehemiah (although they were still under foreign control), but were defeated and dispersed by the Romans in 70 A.D. because they rejected Jesus as the Messiah. Yet they returned to establish the nation on May 14, 1948 in fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy in chapter 37.

Throughout history all those who have attempted to obliterate the Jews have failed and are no more because one of God’s promises to Abram was that He would bless those who blessed the Jews and would curse those who cursed them (Genesis 12:3).

No, the church has not replaced Israel as God’s chosen people, and the land of Palestine belongs to the Jews because God has said it. Period.

Pastor Frank Nolton

New Hope Community Church

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