In all of this discussion about whether or not it is Israel that is the apple of God’s eye, and my conversation with Dr. Cone, a dramatic revelation has fallen on me, for which I must repent for this glaring omission of perhaps the most important reason why this must be Israel. I can’t believe I missed this.
It must be Israel because the return of the literal Jews to Israel is how God will unveil his glory in the Last Days, but to also prove with the literal fulfillment of Prophecy is Sovereignty over his people and take vengeance for his land. This is the elephant in the room that must demolish the stronghold of Replacement Theology, revisionist biblical history, and all of its masquerades and counterfeit deceptive disguises.
Reformed Covenant Amillenial Theology is Abandonment of Israel Lite…or cowardice!
Ezekiel puts it best when he pens why God is going to this is guarantees it:
“Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen:” Ezek 36:6
“…These [are] the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. ”
Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not [this] for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.” Ezek 36:20-22
“THEN THE NATIONS WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD, DECLARES THE SOVEREIGN LORD!” Ezek 36:23
“And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, WHEN my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.” Ezek 37:28
BOL main theme is the sovereignty of God. So here is a perfect opportunity to declare it!
And here is more of WHY God is going to do this in the future End Times
And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes. Ezek 38:16
“And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, [that] my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy [and] in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;” Ezek 38:18-19
Vengeance is mine saith the Lord. Jesus Christ response to poking (striking) a stick in the apple of his eye (Jerusalem…i.e. Zion) will be an act of vengeance against the surrounding nations for plundering his land…not for plundering the church…the church is NOT Zion. If the Church is now Zion, then we could call are Christians Zionists as a synonym. But they are not synonyms. But God will judge those who would dare remove or redefine who he can take vengeance upon.
For the most part God has yet to take this vengeance out on and strike those who poked a stick in his eye…it remains unfulfilled or consummated. When it is we will all know it and it will be a sovereign act of a Sovereign God. He is the kinsmen avenger and will be glorified in it. Christ will not sit on the Throne of David until he has avenged the apple of his eye. Some argue that it is the New Jerusalem that is the apple of God’s eye, but is impossible because it is impossible to poke a stick at the New Jerusalem without going to Heaven, and if one could go there, they wouldn’t poke it.
“So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not [let them] pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I [am] the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.” Ezek 29:7
It is impossible for the Lord to do this to the Church, so therefore would make it impossible for the “nations to know”.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; This [shall be] the border, whereby ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph [shall have two] portions. Ezek 47:13
And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another: [concerning] the which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your fathers: and this land shall fall unto you for inheritance. Ezek 47:14
Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Besides theft of sovereignty of a nation, here are more thoughts:
I am going to use the strongest biblical argument and Scripture used by Replacement Theology to revise and redefine the promise of the land to Israel.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Here is the remaining match.
Col 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all.
I have a friend who is Christian brother, he is also therefore, a joint heir in Christ. He has a wife who is the apple of his eye who is also a Christian. I have a wife who is the apple of my eye and also a Christian. Now because in Christ Jesus, there is neither male nor female, all four of us are one in Christ. My friend John and his wife are one flesh because they are married. Karen and I are one flesh because we are married. So on two levels we are one. Furthermore, we would all be the apple of God’s eye right? Therefore, the apple of John’s eye is the apple of my eye, and the apple of my eye is the apple of John’s eye, right? Therefore, John’s wife is the apple of my eye, and my wife should be the apple of John’s eye too, right? WRONG! Of course not! Well this is the tantamount argument, that because Israel is the apple of God’s eye, and the Church is the apple of God’s eye, the church can help itself to the land of Israel, and Israel can help itself to all land, if any, that belongs to the Church.
This logic must follow if there is NO distinction between Jew and Gentile, or if there is a distinction it is irrelevant, so long as they are both saved. The promised land of Israel was once, literal, but now is just a type, God’ is geographically neutral and all boundaries are now irrelevant, just like the boundaries between sexes would have to vanish because, after all, we are all on in Christ, and there is neither male nor female, right? Now as to the argument of fulfillment theology. That is that Jews, so long as they are Christians get to share in the promise of the land now transferred to the Church, right? But what this is saying is that the Church now is the apple of God’s eye, but will share its apple with the Jews, i.e., share its wife (apple of the eye) with another man, or worse wife swapping the mutual apples of their eyes? But there is another problem with this sharing the apple. The Church gets most of the apple, while the Jews get a most a sliver or small bite.
What a deal for the Jews! Problem with this model is that the land of Israel was and will be TOTALLY divided up to every tribe of Israel, all twelve tribes, right down to the clan as Ezekiel proves. There is only one Scripture in Ezek which offers and land promise to Gentiles, and that is what Israel is commanded to do with “aliens” in the land…they are to have equal citizenship in the land of Israel. It is not clear that the alien would even have to be saved to be treated equally as a citizen in Ezekiel’s prophecy. This is true, but keep in mind, every grain of sand is still Israel. Arabs, or Gentiles could buy property like you buy a house and parcel of land in the U.S., or lease it. We own our property for our home.
But we can’t form a separate nation with our address, or secede from the United States, form our own currency, arm ourselves with tanks and missiles and form our own army against the local police, county, state, or country. And who decides how much of the apple that now belongs to the Church will be rationed out to the Jews? The Church? But why the Church when Jesus Christ, through Ezekiel already surveyed the land and divided it up according to His Sovereign will? And since there is now no distinction between male and female in Christ, either can be an elder in the church right? Most Reformed and Replacement adherents want their cake and eat it.
How is it that if we are no longer servants in Christ but Jesus Christ calls us friends because we now know what the Lord doeth, that these Replacement Theology friends don’t know what the Lord doeth regarding Israel?
If Rick Warren, The Southern Baptist Church, and a host of other pastors who have promoted Rick Warren, had exposed and marked Obama instead of blessing him at the Inaugural, 25 million Evangelicals might not have voted for him in this election, dooming us!
Obama has abandoned Israel. The Church has abandoned Israel. America has become a death star. But the bright and Morning Star will become the Kinsmen Avenger. The stage is now set for ALL of the nations to surround Israel. Jesus Christ, Commander of the Host and Armies, will fight alone on behalf of Israel destroying the satanically indwelt Antichrist (Habakkuk 3:13, 2; 2 Thessalonians 2:8)
Shalom, James Sundquist
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