The following: (“If Israel today is Biblical“); are statements of the relationship that God had with Israel. When it came to the promises God made with Israel, they were always based on: “IF”- As in: “If you keep My laws”, “If you obey My commandments”, “If you keep My statutes”, “If you keep My ordinances”, which if kept, Israel prospered in the land of milk and honey, while the LORD God took care of them in every aspect of their lives. However, if they did not obey, it resulted with God punishing those Israelites that disobeyed, that were rebellious, that transgressed the will of God by continuing in Idolatry, intermarrying, adultery, murdering, lasciviousness, et cetera. God killed or destroyed many Israelites that committed such iniquities throughout their history. This pivot point is made to show that God is “no respecter of persons“, even of His own “chosen people” of that time as we all know. Therefore, with Jesus, came a new covenant, which replaced the old covenant. A covenant with better promises. With Jesus, came “laws that were written in the minds and hearts of man“, which replaced the laws of works, such as, “circumcision”, “sacrificing of animals”, “the priests”, “the tabernacle/temple”, “the items used with the temple and sacrificing”, “the keeping of the Sabbath”, “the keeping of all the various days and feasts”, “the tithing of their first fruits, (food, bulls, sheep, rams, goats and even money). In essence, any and all rituals and traditions they kept that were required by law, were now eliminated, since they were all of works. With the advent of the new covenant, “Jesus“, all mankind now had the opportunity of becoming God’s “chosen people“! The Gentiles would then be grafted in to the Olive Tree of Israel’s chosen people that would have accepted and believed in Jesus Christ as the LORD and Saviour, the Son of the Living God! Those Jews that rejected Jesus, were thus removed from their own Olive Tree, which then and now became an opened opportunity for any and all Gentiles/Greeks to be grafted in to the Olive Tree. The symbolism of the Olive Tree, maintained that any and all Jews that accepted and believed in Jesus, through repentance, water baptism and ultimately being filled with the Holy Spirit, were to remain as God’s “chosen people”, along with the addition of, or (grafted in) Gentiles that believed in Jesus, and also followed through with repentance, water baptism and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Thereby, the Gentiles, being grafted in to the Olive Tree, became God’s “chosen people”. Therefore, the Olive Tree, became the symbolism for the “church”, “the body of Christ”, “the Bride” that Jesus is coming to bring us to the new heaven and earth.
2Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
1Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Why modern Israel today is not Biblical, and not even God’s chosen people!
In 1947, Great Britain along with the United Nations finally executed their plan (which Britain, along with other European nations had been working on for some years, even dating back to World War I) of giving a portion of what had been known as Israel, back to those Jews that had been living throughout all the nations of the world (in 1948). Many theologians believed that it was fulfillment of Biblical prophecy? However, with Jesus’ first coming, He fulfilled prophecy, relating to Israel and to the temple. Jesus became the Spiritual Temple that all peoples of all nations were to come and abide. Even us, that become born again, our body becomes a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in. The rebuilding of that second temple was indeed critical to fulfilling prophecy. Because of the prophetic symbolic nature to Jesus, not only becoming the Spiritual Tabernacle, but also to those of us, in which our body becomes the new Temple where God now dwells in the Holy Spirit. Thus, the prophetic fulfillment of the temple being destroyed in 70 AD. It was therefore no longer needed, and was of no value anymore. Jesus came, and fulfilled all the prophecy of the prophets. So, if we keep the context of the Word of God in chronological order as it is meant to be read and understood, and not extract a portion of Scripture and somewhere place it in the future where it does not belong, then everything will fall in proper place and make logical sense.
John 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
Jesus became the New Covenant, with better promises, eternal life for those that became obedient to the Word of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ! God is not a respecter of persons, but that He wants everyone to come to the knowledge of God and to repentance!
Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
If Israel today is Biblical, then where are the prophets or priests and kings that God would speak directly to, and them communicate back with God? This communicative contact was necessary as God would deal directly with Israel through His prophets, priests or kings?
If Israel today is Biblical, then why are there Jews still living in all nations of the world? As it was back then, every Jew was called to come back to Jerusalem from all the nations of the world. Just like when the Jews were called out from Babylon after 70 years of bondage, and the remnants that came back from all the nations of the world. Why are there still Jews living everywhere in the world but in Jerusalem? If it was of God, they most certainly would all be there? Because they all would have been called and gathered together by the prophet, priest or king that was in direct communication with God, as it was before?
If Israel today is Biblical, then why are the Christians also called God’s chosen people? God’s people make up the body of Christ. It doesn’t appear to be logical nor make sense that God would have two sets of “chosen people”? So, which is it? Israel, or the church?
[ Israel used to be God’s chosen, but because of their continued disobedience, and finally their ultimate rejection and unbelief of Jesus Christ, they became cut out of the Olive Tree. Those Jews that become born again, becoming disciples or Christians remained in the Olive Tree, and are now God’s chosen people, along with those Gentiles being (grafted in) to the Olive Tree, which make up the body of Christ! The same applies then and today, as long as any (Jewish) person, or Gentile believes Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and becomes born again.]
If Israel today is Biblical, then they would be in total control of the temple that God dwells in, if indeed God still dwells there?
Numbers 35:33 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.
Numbers 35:34 Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.
[But since Israel did pollute the land, their demise became inevitable as Jesus prophesied of the eventual destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD. So, is God still dwelling there or not? If so, where is He, and why doesn’t the whole world know of this, like the other nations of the world did back then as before?]
Psalms 79:10 Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
Let there be known among the nations in our sight
The avenging of the blood of Your servants which has been shed.
Psalms 115:2 Why should the Gentiles say,
“So where is their God?”
If Israel today is Biblical, then they would be living in a land filled with milk and honey just like before. There wouldn’t be any elderly living in squalid conditions? Israel wouldn’t have to do any real hard manual labour? Their land would be plentiful, because God would be taking care of them, by supplying their every need, just as before, providing they were in a state of obedience?
If Israel today is Biblical, then certainly they would have been given all the land that had been divided up per tribe as before? But that couldn’t happen, because they no longer know what tribe they belong to, as their lineage has been forever lost, since the destruction of Israel in 70 AD! That dispersion caused them to be scattered all over the nations of the world. Undoubtedly, they became mixed with every race, ethnicity in the world. Their genealogy is forever gone without a trace!
1Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. AND
Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
[These Scriptural verses seem to more than apply? These Scriptural verses were more than likely written for situations, events and examples like this when genealogies becomes a factor?]
If Israel today is Biblical, then why aren’t they still practicing their proper days of feasts and sacrifices as before? Where is the priest, and the priestly gold and silver and bronze items that are utilized for the sacrificing rituals of the animals that are placed in the temple?
If Israel today is Biblical, then why do they go to a wailing wall, (which is not Biblical,) instead of directly to the priest for their requests, as before?
If Israel today is Biblical, then they wouldn’t be needing help from anyone, like the United States or Britain? God would be supplying their every need, and fighting their enemies for them? Just like before?
If Israel today is Biblical, then Israel would not be losing lives to the enemy, God would have taken care of Israel and destroyed their enemies, and would not have allowed these things to happen, like as before. It was God that would destroy His own people for their transgressions to make examples of them for others? However, when Israel became disobedient, then God would allow the enemy to kill His people by the sword, take some captive, while dispersing many others and ultimately taking the land back? Otherwise, the people of Israel would be living comfortably in peace with abundance of everything they need supplied by God because they would be obeying God’s commandments and keeping the law? This still would be done through the prophet, priest or king?
If Israel today is Biblical, then they would be treating the strangers that come to live in their land as they did before, by making sure every man and boy was circumcised according to the laws of Moses, and adhere to every ordinance, statute, law and commandment? So, I ask you, what is Biblical of Israel today? There are many other examples, but these should be enough here to more than make the point, and to whet your curious interest to know the truth? Everything stated above has Scriptural backing that I left out so you can read for yourself and confirm it. Pray for revelation! Remember, God’s Word is not to be interpreted, but revealed to you by the Holy Spirit! And I personally give all praise and glory to God the Father for revealing to me the Truth of His Word through His Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ!
Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all)
Acts 10:37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Acts 10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
Acts 10:40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
Acts 10:41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
Acts 10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Acts 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Acts 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptised, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptised in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.