Both Houses of Congress have just taken steps to protect Israel from her arch-enemy Iran. The Democratic-led Senate voted 99-0 to support Israel if it has to defend itself from an Iranian nuclear threat. At the same time the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has prepared new legislation to increase sanctions against Iran to slow their development of nuclear weapons. The bill is expected to pass with an overwhelming majority.
Meanwhile, the Christian Church as a whole is becoming less appreciative of God’s Chosen People. Theologically liberal mainline denominations turned their backs on Israel decades ago. They chose to champion the cause of the Palestinians instead. But the worst news is that a large and growing percentage of evangelicals have also lost sight of God’s declared plan to restore Israel.
How could this be?
They have forgotten God’s promise to Abraham.
Now the Lord had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” – Genesis 12:1-3
They have adopted a non-biblical “Replacement Theology.”
This is view that the Church has replaced Israel permanently in the plan of God. They think the promises and prophecies about Israel have been transferred to the Church. This teaching is usually associated with an amillennial view of eschatology. They do not expect a literal thousand-year reign of Christ in the future, nor do they expect God to re-gather and bless Israel in the future (Revelation 20:1-6)
This belief is wrong and dangerous. A literal interpretation of Scripture requires belief in an actual thousand year period of time during which Christ will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The book of Revelation describes these periods of time clearly: The Church Age (chapters 1-3), The Tribulation (chapters 4-19), The Millennium (chapter 20), and then The New Heaven and earth (chapters 21-22).
They have a disdain for biblical End Times prophecy.
This is especially disturbing since we are living in the very time when so much of what has been prophesied is coming to pass right before our eyes. The amazing rebirth of the nation of Israel in 1948 was accurately predicted in Ezekiel chapters 36 and 37. The development of massive threats to Israel was predicted in the next two chapters – Ezekiel 38 and 39. Jesus’ own explanation in the Olivet Discourse about the “Beginning of birth-pains” Matthew 24:3-8) is being fulfilled day by day and recorded in the news headlines about wars, rumors of war, fearful events, etc.
People who do not want to hear anything controversial fill Megachurches where they will not be confronted with moral issues like abortion, sexual immorality, or disturbing topics, like prophecy.
Many evangelical church leaders are now teaching that prophecy is counter-productive to Kingdom-building. From their perspective, teaching what the Bible says about the Rapture, the Tribulation, and the Millennium distracts people from spreading the gospel and helping the poor and needy. They think that the Church can build the Kingdom of God here and now. However, the Bible teaches that Jesus will establish it Himself when He returns. Read the section in our free book about current trends in prophecy for balance on this subject. Believers are indeed members of that Kingdom, and Jesus is already our King, but He said His kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36-37) and we are told to pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).