On this date, seven years ago, I stood in Israel as the “nation born in a day” celebrated 60 years from that rebirth. The Bible is true. When God says something will happen, you can rest assured that it will come to pass exactly as He foretold it.
This is the blessed assurance we have as Believers.
But there is a doctrine within mainstream Christianity that calls this into question. It is the belief that because of the Jews rejection of Jesus as the Messiah of Israel 2,000 years ago, God has moved beyond His covenant with Israel. The promises to Israel have transferred to the Church. Israel is just another nation and people group.
If the covenant with the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is rendered invalid today, then we have no confidence that God will keep His promises. He’s a liar.
And today, many within Christianity are claiming that God is just such a liar.
But God has made it clear that this covenant is in effect today. An in His infinite wisdom, he prepared an argument that reveals the moment when this covenant would cease to apply:
Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar — the Lord of hosts is his name: “If this fixed order departs from before me,” declares the Lord, “then shall the offspring of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.” Thus says the Lord: “If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done,” declares the Lord.
– Jeremiah 31:35-37 ESV
Last night, billions of us could have walked outside and seen the Milky Way scattered across the dome above. The moon is still directing the tides. The sun is shining through my window as I write this. God’s covenant with the Children of Abraham stands.
Scientists are completely impotent to measure the universe. And though we’ve been able to send spacecraft to the moon and vessels to the outer reaches of our own solar system, we are incapable of reaching the deepest of the oceans on our own planet. And until we can measure the heavens and explore our own oceans, the covenant with Israel remains in effect.
And this leads me to something that is as difficult for me to say, as it is for those who claim that Israel is just another nation to hear: your opposition to the Covenant that the Almighty has made with the descendants of Abraham has put you in direct opposition to God, Himself.
You may worship Jesus on Sunday. You may read the Bible. You may claim to be a Christian. But you are on the wrong side of eternity. God’s covenant with Israel is about more than a nation or an ethnic group. It’s about God’s character. His integrity. His Word.
Oppose Him, if you will. But this isn’t something you should take lightly. This idea that “the Church has replaced Israel” is making the claim that God doesn’t keep His promise. That’s a serious charge.
I wouldn’t want to worship that God. And fortunately, I don’t.