The Importance of Israel

Some people believe that the Church has replaced Israel; that God has fulfilled the promises made to Israel and therefore, they are not necessary. But sadly, though many people who hold this opinion call themselves Christians, they do not understand what the Bible says. Let us take a look at what the Bible says, and let us see why the church has not replaced Israel.

First, let us look at what Romans 11:1-4. Paul says

            “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image to Baal.”

            If the Church has replaced Israel, then that passage is a fraud. If the church is the new Israel, then God has cast away His people which He foreknew.

1st Corinthians 10:32 says: “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God”.

If the church has replaced Israel, then why are they mentioned separately? Clearly, God has not thrown Israel away.

In the Bible, God is called the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob several times. Here are some examples:

Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Luke 20:37).

            “That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee” (Exodus 4:5).

These are just two of all the times that God is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Three times God is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. In Malachi 3:6, God says: “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

If God was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob then, and if God loved Israel then, He still is God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and He still loves Israel.

As a final thought, Jeremiah 31:35-37 says: “Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar: The LORD of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever. Thus saith 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, saith the LORD.” 

            Is not the sun still shining? Is the moon still there? Then Israel and the Church are two separate entities.

This is only a sample; there are MANY more verses that clearly say that God is not done with Israel.

Also consider that, as God will work more with Israel during the Tribulation (the time of Jacob’s trouble), God must not be done with Israel.

So we can conclude that since God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and since He made everlasting covenants with Abraham, and since the universe is still working, we can be sure that Israel, though they must come to salvation through Jesus Christ and no other way, which they will do during the tribulation, therefore we can be sure that the Church has not replaced Israel.

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