Each time there is a new conflict in the Middle East involving Israel numerous references
are made regarding the nation being "the holy land" or "God's chosen people." Such
remarks reveal the tremendous depth of ignorance of God's Word that exists throughout the
world. Friends, the truth of the matter is that the so-called "holy land" (Israel) is no
more holy today than any other tract of land in the world! All people today live in the
Christian age (no apology or exception to the Muslims or to anyone else), and God
authorizes no one to worship Him under Patriarchal or Mosaical law (Heb. 8:7-13).
There is no particular race of people or geographical area of the world that God exalts
above all others!
The apostle Paul makes clear Christ's purpose for dying on the cross in saying,
"Wherefore remember, that once ye, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called
Uncircumcision by that which is called Circumcision, in the flesh, made by hands; that ye
were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and
strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus ye that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of
Christ. For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall
of partition, having abolished in the flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments
[contained] in ordinances; that he might create in himself of the two one new man,
[so] making peace; and might reconcile them both in one body unto God through the cross,
having slain the enmity thereby" (Eph. 2:11-16 ASV, emph. MLW).
The chosen people of God today are those who are "in Christ" and are
"made nigh" and "one" by the "blood of Christ." To the Galatians the
apostle Paul said, "There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither bond nor
free, there can be no male and female; for ye all are one [man] in Christ Jesus. And if
ye are Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, heirs according to promise" (Gal. 3:28-29
ASV). One has to be blind to the truth, biased, or wed to preconceived ideals to not
understand that any person today can be "Abraham's seed," but only by
obeying the gospel and being found in Christ Jesus!
Men's theories regarding Premillennialism influence more people today than the
Word of God. Premillennialists have long believed that the church will have to endure
what they call "the great tribulation." The dispensational premillennialist believes that
the church will be "raptured" and removed from this world before the great
tribulation. This latter dispensational view of premillennialism is the most popular one
Now that Israel has invaded Lebanon because of the kidnappings and attacks by
Hezbollah, many remarks are once again being made about Israel being God's chosen people.
It is true that at one time in history Israel was God's chosen people through
which the Messiah was to come (Gal. 3:16; Matt. 1:1-16). God has fulfilled
every promise He made to Israel, and Israel rejected the Messiah who was their
only hope. The apostle Peter, a Jew, privileged to preach to fellow Jews on Pentecost,
said, "Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly, that God hath made
him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom ye crucified" (Acts 2:36 ASV, emph.
God gave His Son (John 3:16), and Christ willingly gave His life for the
sins of all mankind (Heb. 9:25-28). But Jewish leaders of Jesus' day rejected Him
as being the Messiah — just as most Jews do today — and looked for a temporal kingdom
even though the Lord taught that His kingdom would not be of this world (John
False premillennial conclusions influence presidents, congressmen, native
citizens, and the media in America to cry that today it is God's will that special
consideration be given to the nation of Israel. Not so! The nation of Israel today is no
more "holy" than America, and most citizens of Israel and America are not God's people
(cf. Matt. 7:13-14). False premillennial conclusions either condemned or not
supported by the Bible are these:
- God today has a plan for national or physical Israel.
- This plan will have its fruition in Jerusalem and the "holy land" of
- Land promises to Israel were never fulfilled.
- The kingdom that prophets saw in the Old Testament is not the church Jesus
built [Acts 2].
- The Jews thwarted Jesus' plan to establish His kingdom at His first coming.
- After Israel surprised the Lord and rejected the kingdom [Plan A], Jesus
established His church [Plan B].
- The kingdom will be established at Jesus' second coming.
- This can only mean that Christ's first coming was a failure, and His second
coming will accomplish what He could not accomplish at His first coming.
- Christ is not now on David's throne; He will occupy David's throne at His
- Living righteous saints will be "raptured" at Christ's second coming and dead
- The seven years of tribulation follows the "rapture," and toward the end of
the seven years the battle of Armageddon will occur.
- Jesus will reign on earth from David's throne in earthly
Jerusalem for one thousand years [national or physical Israel will be
ruling the world].
Let us now notice the fatal flaws in these premillennial conclusions:
People today would do well to remember that every promise made by God to Israel was fulfilled
or else forfeited by Israel's disobedience. God's promises are always conditioned on obedience.
Jeremiah 18:7-17 makes this truth very clear to Israel. People would also do well to
remember these Scriptures: "So that the law is become our tutor [to bring us] unto Christ,
that we might be justified by faith. But now faith that is come, we are no longer under a tutor.
For ye are all sons of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized
into Christ did put on Christ. There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither bond
nor free, there can be no male and female; for ye all are one [man] in Christ Jesus. And if ye
are Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, heirs according to promise" (Gal. 3:24-29 ASV).
- God's plan for national or physical Israel today is the same as for any other
nation. All people [both Jews and Greeks] must obey the gospel to be saved
(Rom. 1:16). The gospel is to be preached in all the world — including
Israel. One who does not obey the gospel will be eternally lost (2 Thess.
- When the Lord comes again the entire world will be burned up — Jerusalem and
Palestine included (2 Pet. 3:10, 12).
- Land promises made to Israel were fulfilled. The extent of the land
promise made to Abram is recorded in Genesis 15:18-21. The promise
was fulfilled during Joshua's rule over Israel. Listen carefully: "So
Jehovah gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto
their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. And Jehovah
gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto
their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before
them; Jehovah delivered all their enemies into their hand. There
failed not aught of any good thing which Jehovah had spoken unto the
house of Israel; all came to pass" (Joshua 21:43-45 ASV, emph.
MLW). The Bible, God's Word, makes it very clear that King Solomon
ruled over what millennial false teachers claim Israel never possessed.
1 Kings 4:21 ASV affirms, "And Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms
from the River unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of
Egypt: they brought tribute, and served Solomon all the days of his life"
(cf. to the promise made in Gen. 15:18-21).
- The kingdom the prophets saw in the Old Testament (Dan. 2:44; Isa. 2:2-3;
Micah 4:1-2) is the church that Jesus built (Matt. 16:18-19).
Christ did not promise to build His church and then give Peter the "keys" to
something that would not exist until the Lord's second coming.
- The Jew's did not thwart Jesus' plan to build His kingdom, and the church
was not "plan B."
- Christ knew the Jews would reject him as such rejection had been prophesied.
The Psalmist declared, "The stone which the builders rejected is become
the head of the corner" (Psa. 118:22 ASV). The church is God's eternal
plan (Eph. 3:10-11) and was purchased with the precious blood of
Christ (Acts 20:28). The apostle Paul preached the kingdom (Acts
20:25), but admonished the Ephesian elders to "feed the church" (Acts
20:28). The church and the kingdom are one and the same!
- The kingdom was established on the first Pentecost in Jerusalem after the
resurrection of Christ. Jesus said that some living during His earthly
ministry would not die until they saw "the kingdom of God come with
power" (Mark 9:1). The kingdom came with power on the Day of Pentecost
(Acts 2:1-4). Brethren living during Paul's day had been
"translated... into the kingdom" (Col. 1:13).
- Christ was not a failure at His first coming as His kingdom was established.
- As promised, Christ is now sitting on David's throne. The Scriptures say,
"He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and
the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David" (Luke 1:32
ASV). This is a spiritual throne in Heaven and not an earthly throne in
Jerusalem as is made clear by the Lord's statement in John 18:36.
Jesus' ascension to David's throne "would not come through military power,
political change, or earthly favor; but it would be accomplished by his
resurrection from the dead" (Coffman, Luke 1:32; cf. Acts 2:30-31).
- Where does the Bible teach that the righteous saints will be "raptured" at
the second coming? It doesn't! But the Bible does teach, "that we that
are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no wise
precede them that are fallen asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend
from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the
trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we that are
alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds,
to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1
Thess. 4:15-17 ASV).
- The "seven years of tribulation" is to follow something that does not
exist — the rapture! It should frighten one to subscribe to a doctrine
that cannot be found in the Word of God.
- Jesus is now reigning on David's throne in Heaven — it is a spiritual and
not a physical reign! The apostle Peter alludes to this reign when preaching
his sermon on Pentecost (Acts 2:26-31). The fact that Christ is now
reigning over His kingdom on David's throne — spiritual, not physical — is
not a matter of dispute for people who believe God's Word. The Bible says,
"Then [cometh] the end, when he shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even
the Father; when he shall have abolished all rule and all authority and power.
For he must reign, till he hath put all his enemies under his feet. The last
enemy that shall be abolished is death" (1 Cor. 15:24-26).
The majority of the Jews — Israel — do not believe that Jesus is Deity and
God's only begotten Son. Jesus told the Jews of His day that unless they believed He was
the Messiah that they would die in their sins (John 8:24). Unless one will confess
with his mouth that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead, he cannot be
saved (Rom. 10:9-10). If one is not "baptized into Christ," he cannot
"put on Christ" (Gal. 3:27).
One must be in Christ to be "Abraham's seed" and "heirs according to
the promise" (Gal. 3:29). How can people who reject the Christ by refusing to believe
He was/is Deity, refuse to make the good confession, and refuse to be baptized into
Christ for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38) be the chosen people of God?
The truthful answer is that those who do such cannot be God's people!