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concerning the Nation of Israel

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“Remember these things, O Jacob, and Israel, for you are My servant; I have formed you, you are My servant, O Israel, you will not be forgotten by Me. I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud and your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:21-22

Israel, God's Chosen Nation

Genesis 13:14-17

14The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; 15for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. 16I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered. 17Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.”
Satellite Image of the Nation of Israel and Its Surroundings

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Aliyah - Return to Israel

Increasing numbers of Jewish people are returning to Israel. This is anticipates the ultimate prophetic return.
Posted November 11, 2019
Jerusalem - God's City Jerusalem is the city God has chosen as His own. Nations can debate its final status, but God will have the last word. Published March 5, 2018
What Are the Most Important Differences between Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology? The gospel is not a difference between the two systems of theology. Nor is the issue of whether dispensations exist a fundamental difference between the two. Surprisingly, Vlach holds that the covenants of Covenant Theology are not a main difference between the two camps. The two major distinctions are (1) Hermeneutics and (2) the Storyline of the Bible: (a) "the nation Israel’s role in God’s purposes, and (b) whether there will be a mediatorial kingdom phase to God’s kingdom program on earth after this present age but before the Eternal State." This article was published on January 20, 2017. It was posted on WordExplain on Jan. 30, 2017
Has the Church replaced Israel? A five-part video series by Dr. Michael Vlach, who spoke at a Bible Conference at Founders Baptist Church in Spring, TX. This conference took place in September, 2015. This link posted Nov. 21, 2015.
Israel's Kingdom in the Apocalypse, by Robert L. Thomas. Dr. Thomas had been assigned to defend Dispensationalism for the (then) upcoming B&H Perspectives on Israel and the Church. He adapted his presentation in a .pdf format for Baptist Bible Seminary's annual Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics. The 2014 Council  was entitled, "Defending Premillennialism." Dr. Thomas' presentation was Session 10. In part, Thomas refutes Dr.Bruce Waltke's contention that the New Testament interprets the imagery of the Old Testament with reference to the present spiritual reign of Christ from his heavenly throne. Thomas also refutes the eclectic hermeneutics of Gregory Beale, by which he justifies his allegorical interpretation of the Apocalpyse. He also critiques the positions of David Aune and Grant Osborne in their commentaries on Revelation.  This presentation was made in September of 2014. This link was added on August 18, 2015.
The Olive Tree Metaphor in Romans 11:11-24. Dr. George Gunn, of Shasta Bible College argues that being grafted into the rich root of the olive tree has nothing to do with salvation. Rather it has to do with being grafted in "to the position of mediatorial administrative responsibility and privilege." The nation of Israel did not do its job effectively, and God has replaced her with the Church, consisting of both Jews and Gentiles who believe in Jesus. But the time is coming when saved Israelis will once again occupy the position of mediatorial administrative responsibility and privilege. And they will perform this role far better than the Church has been able to do. This article was published September 17, 2014. It was published on WordExplain on August 12, 2015.
Some Thoughts on a New Book: "Perspectives on Israel and the Church: Four Views" The first installment of a review of the book. The review is given by Michael Vlach. He reviewed the contribution of Robert L. Reymond Vlach posted his review on his blog on March 23, 2015. Link posted here March 23, 2015
The Goal of Militant Islam The speech of Benjamin Netanyahu given to the UN General Assembly Given in 2014. Posted Oct. 1, 2014
What is Replacement Theology, and Why Does It Matter?  Epicenter 2012 - Panel Discussion 1. Video of a panel discussion on the topic. Participants include Joel Rosenburg, Moderator, Skip Heitzig, Dr. Michael Rydelnik, and Dr. Michael Vlach. September, 2012. Posted here 9-17-2014
A Biblical Case for the Coming Salvation and Restoration of Israel. Video of an address by Michael Vlach at Israelkonferenz 2014 at Zionshalle, Dübendorf, Switzerland. English with German translation. 9-7-2014. Posted here 9-16-2014
"Jimmy Carter's War Against the Jews." Originally a production of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Posted on Original link added July 24, 2014, now obsolete. Present link added Jan. 30, 2017

The Israel-Arab Conflict explained simply. The Jewish Standard. This link added July 20, 2014

Anti-Israel protesters rally across France, defying ban imposed after synagogue clash. The day will come when the whole world will turn against Israel. It will be God's trap to destroy the armies of the nations who oppose Israel (Zech. 12:1-9).
This link added July 19, 2014.

20 missiles found in vacant UN-run school in Gaza. This link added July 18, 2014

Binyamin Netanyahu has some advice for Presbyterians. This link added July 6, 2014

Reflections on Response to Future Israel. By Dr. Barry Horner. Horner briefly states his own position regarding Israel's ongoing role in eschatology. He reaffirms his Biblical position that God still has plans for a revived and prospering Israeli economy based on acceptance of Jesus of Nazareth as their King. He discusses mostly negative, but some positive responses toward the publication of his book, Future Israel, back in 2007. WordExplain agrees with Horner's stance. This link added March 17, 2013.

The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking. 42,500 Nazi death camps and ghettos. By Eric Lichtblau. Published on March 1, 2013 in the New York Times Sunday Review.

President Obama's Failure with Israel. An accurate assessment by Dr. Jim Eckman, past president of Grace University. Linked on WordExplain September 5, 2012.

Israel and Its Security. An insightful article by Dr. Jim Eckman, past president of Grace University. Linked on WordExplain September 5, 2012.

Errors about Israel. By Guest Contributor James Borror, Bible Coach Online.

What is the Most Important Thing Christians Should Know About Jews and Jews About Christians? By Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. The author of this off-site article does not share the views and values of WordExplain, but Rabbi Eckstein certainly offers an informative insight on Jewish-Christian Relations.

What Does Christ as True Israel Mean for the Nation Israel? A Critique of the Non-dispensational Understanding by Michael J. Vlach.  WordExplain agrees with Vlach's stance.

Why the Belief That the Church Has Replaced Israel Is an Unbiblical Doctrine.  A listing of the main points of an article by Michael Vlach on Replacement Theology (Supersessionism).

Ezekiel's Millennial Temple.

New Jerusalem. Rev. 21:10-21. 3D Animated Video. Published by in 2020. Posted by August 29, 2020

An Open Letter to Evangelicals and Other Interested Parties: The People of God, the Land of Israel, and the Impartiality of the Gospel. This position paper was first published online on the website of Knox Theological Seminary, Fort Lauderdale, FL, in 2002. I am presently unable to locate that document on Knox’s website. As of 2012 I viewed it on the website of Providence Reformed Church of Bakersfield, CA, but it no longer appears there. Because this open letter keeps disappearing from the internet, I have placed a .pdf copy on my own website for reference purposes. WordExplain utterly repudiates this unbiblical open letter. Mike Stallard has done an excellent job of refuting this letter in a document entitled, "A Dispensational Response to the Knox Seminary Open Letter to Evangelicals."

(Scripture quotation taken from the NASB.)

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