Jan 27, 2012

In Defense of Israel

Hal LindseyBy Hal Lindsey
The Hal Lindsey Report

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Last week, I reported on an upcoming conference of liberal theologians and ministers (mostly American) and Palestinian Christians. The conference is called "Christ at the Checkpoint" and will convene in March in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Because the event promises to be nothing more than a naked attempt to de-legitimize the state of Israel and the Biblical role of the Jews, I feel it necessary to continue my examination of the errant theological doctrine that drives all of these efforts.

Whether you call it 'Preterism' or 'Dominionism' matters not. The underlying dogma is "Replacement Theology." And it espouses just what its name implies: replacement. It presumes to replace the truth of God's irrevocable oath and promises to Abraham and his descendants with an untruth eked out of thin air by doctrinaires who are nothing more than "alchemists of allegory." I call them that because they insist that the promises made to Israel are nothing more than allegory. And they use the elements of allegory to concoct their hypothesis, which is that those covenants and promises now belong, in fact, to the gentile Church. God took them away from the Jews and gave them to the Church when the Jews rejected Jesus as Messiah.

As each day passes, we see events move rapidly toward the isolation and abandonment of Israel by the West. Every day, we learn something new—and often shocking—about what's going on behind the scenes in the relationship between the United States and Israel. And if you've watched this program for any length of time, you know that I believe this shunning of our great ally will not end well for our nation.

But this is more than just a political or foreign policy issue. For America, I believe our relationship with Israel is a matter of national life and death. I firmly believe that we have been blessed as a nation because we have blessed and protected God's people, the Jews, and the state of Israel.

But not everyone—not even every Christian—believes as I do. In fact, you may be surprised at how many Christians think that the Jews and Israel are no longer a part of God's plan. That implies that we have no obligation to stand by Israel! In fact, even in the daily news there is ongoing and vigorous debate in both civic and religious circles over America's traditional support of the Jewish state.

It is so critically important for the Church to understand this issue in the closing days of this Age, that I'm going to address it again this week. In doing so, I'll debunk the system of theology that threatens the Church and could actually bring our nation under God's curse because of its disregard for His promises and covenants.

And this dangerous doctrine directly affects you, whether you know it or not. Simply put, if God, as the Preterists insist, reneged on His "irrevocable" covenant with Abraham, then what assurance do you have that He'll stand by the promise of eternal life in heaven that He extended to you when you accepted the gift of pardon Christ purchased with His atoning death on the cross?

Fortunately for all believers, though, God is no liar. He stands by His promises and covenants. That is the foundation of our hope in Christ.

Join me this week as I stand "In Defense of Israel."

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Related Links

Which Christ preaches 'Christ at the Checkpoint'? • Israel Today
What is the Preterist view of the end times? • GotQuestions.org
Israel Through the Eyes of Scripture: The Church in Relation to Israel • SpiritandTruth.org (Tony Garland)
Dempsey: US, Israel view Iran threat very differently • YnetNews
Replacement Theology (Part 1) • BPB (James Showers)