THE APOSTLES' VIEW OF THE INHERITANCE OF ISRAEL
Follow Paul's words
quote:If futurism was correct, and Israel will certainly experience a literal regathering to the land of the east according to the promises to Abraham, then Paul would not have answered his hypothetical question as he did above.
In essence, the above states, "God promised natural Israel the inheritance as noted to Abraham. But God's promises are not nullified simply because most of natural Israel is unsaved due to rejecting Jesus Christ. Not at all. The TRUE children of Abraham are the children of promise, who are the spiritual children. The children who are naturally descended from Abraham are not those whom God was speaking about in His promise to Abraham."
How can anyone deny that? That is what Paul said!
If futurism was correct, and Israel would receive the literal, physical land according to the promises to Abraham, then Paul would say that God's promises were not nullified because after the Church is removed from the earth, God will give natural Israel the land. Or else, he would have said SOMETHING to the effect that AFTER he works with the church, He will turn to Israel. BUT HE DID NOT!!!
The references in the New Testament where we read of Paul's words concerning the inheritance of the PROMISE to Abraham, IN EVERY CASE, point to the church members as the SOLE heirs. Never does Paul speak of the natural Jews receiving this promise. NEVER.
NEVER does Paul depart from the thought that the CHURCH is the TRUE seed of Abraham who are the TRUE and ONLY heirs of the promises.
What promises were there?
The inheritance of the land. No other inheritance is noted. And IN EVERY CASE, Paul says it's not for the natural jews, but the spiritual seed of Abraham!
A futurist brother once said this:
quote:We cannot find where the apostles interpreted these words as so. That has been my point all along. We have nothing from the epistles that state that natural Israel would inherit the physical land. However, we also do have nothing but words of those promises applying to the spiritual seed of Abraham, the church, alone!
Is this a confusing of promises in the Bible?
The futurist problem is that they feel the gathering to a physical land is a silent issue in the New Testament However, the apostles wrote of the very same promises that the prophets foretold! And they regarded the Church, according to the apostles. The apostles interpreted the prophet's words about the kingdom as the spiritual kingdom of the church.
Jesus said the Kingdom DOES NOT COME WITH OBSERVATION.
How important is a belief if the apostles were silent about it, as futurists contend that the regathering of national Israel is important for us to understand, at the cost of fellowship amongst brethren? I should rather ask, how incorrect is a belief if the apostles were silent?
The CHURCH is the ONLY kingdom of God there is and WILL EVER BE!!!!!!