Summary: LET US CONSIDER, PRAYERFULLY, GOD’S PROMISES TO ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED.
THE JEW IN BIBLE PROPHECY
A. THE MODERN JEW IN THE LIGHT OF BIBLE PROPHECY
1. The modern state of Israel:
a. A problem child for the United Nations.
b. The Arab League seeks to destroy the state of Israel.
2. Some Theologians claim:
a. That the state of Israel is the answer to Bible prophecy.
b. That the prophets foretold the reconstituting of Israel as a state shortly before the second coming of Christ.
B. LET US TAKE A BRIEF LOOK AT THE MODERN JEW IN THE LIGHT OF BIBLE PROPHECY
a. Origin and meaning of the name: It was given by the angel of the Lord to Jacob at the ford of
Jabbok - Gen. 32:22-28
b. It signifies: a prince having power with God and men prevailing - Gen. 32:28
c. An Israelite is one in whom there is no guile -John 1:47; Zeph. 3:13
d. A person circumcised in the heart is a true Israelite - Rom. 2:28, 29
e. All who are Christ’s are Israelites indeed - Gal. 3:26-29
2. This shows that the name - Israel - is of spiritual origin and is a misnomer when applied to the flesh: Rom. 9:6-8
3. There are two kinds of Israel:
a. Israel after flesh - 1 Cor. 10:18; symbolized by Ishmael, son of the bond woman - Gal. 4:21-28; a false seed - Isa. 57:4, 11
b. Israel of God - Gal. 6:16; symbolized by Isaac, son of the free woman - Gal. 4:31. This is the seed according to the promise made to Abraham -
C. LET US CONSIDER, PRAYERFULLY, GOD’S PROMISES TO ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED
1. The seed of Abraham, to whom God made the promise, is:
a. None other but Jesus Christ our Lord - Gal. 3:16
b. Christ and Christ alone is the true heir to God’s eternal promise - Heb. 1:1-3
c. The Jews knew that - Matt. 21:37, 38
2. All who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour become fellow heirs with Christ to all God’s promises: Gal. 3:26-29; 4:7; Rom. 8:17
3. It must be remembered:
b. The new birth is the key to sonship in Christ -John 3:3-9; Rom. 8:14-17
c. Flesh and blood are excluded - John 1:12, 13; 1Cor. 15:50
d. Character, and not blood relation, is what qualifies one to be an heir to God’s promises.
e. Character comes to us when we become partakers of the divine nature - Eph. 3:6; 2 Pet. 1:2-9
4. One of the missions of our Lord was:
a. To remove the wall of partition, set up by the selfishness of sinful human beings - Eph. 2:11-16; to bring into union all men into one faith and one hope through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ - Compare Eph. 2:11-16 with chapter 1:10-12 Our Lord considered this objective a Must - John 10:15, 16; the modern Jew occupies the same place in the scheme of God as does any other sinner for whom Christ died - Gal. 3:26-29