The Gospel is for everyone, of course.
It’s the Good News for the whole world.
Yet it would be a mistake, an oversight, a glaring error if Bible-literate people the world over did not recognize that one nation has a very special connection with the Gospel – and always will.
And that is Israel.
We all know where it was that Jesus was born and prophesied to be born – Bethlehem.
We all know where He grew up – Nazareth.
We all know where He preached and healed – the Galilee, Judea and Jerusalem.
We all know where Jesus died and was buried – Jerusalem, again, just as prophesied.
Many followers love to visit Israel so they can walk where Jesus walked.
That’s special, but for some people that’s where the connection ends, I’m always surprised to learn.
While we note the prophesies about His first coming, not all Christians, for whatever reason, accept what Scripture says about His Second Coming – to Israel, where He will rule and reign physically as King of kings, Lord of lords, the Lion of Judah and the Son of God for 1,000 years, restoring the entire world to something resembling the Garden of Eden.
Why is that?
Part of the reason is, we just don’t know our Bibles the way we should – especially our Old Testament.
But another reason is an idea called “supersessionism,” or “replacement theology.”
It began a long time ago with certain elements within the church – Catholic and Protestant. Since Israel was dispersed shortly after Jesus ascended, with no sign of return to the land except for dozens of future prophecies, the notion took hold that “Christians” would inherit the promises made by God to the children of Israel.
That was never God’s plan, as He spells out through His prophets so clearly, dramatically and prolifically.
Many Christians believe Jesus is somehow finished with Israel. If that’s so, then ask yourself this: “How is Jesus going to fulfill His destiny as King of Israel, seated in the throne of David?”
Has there really been a change of plan?
Why are there so many prominent pastors, teachers and Christians who believe we don’t need the Old Testament any longer? The problem for them is that they need to throw out much of the New Testament as well – because the promises are echoed there, too.
Some of these people – a minority to be sure – don’t even think Jesus is coming back. Others, believe it or not, just don’t think about it much.
As I was writing my newest title, “The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament,” I was struck with how finding the Good News in all 39 books of the Hebrew Scriptures magnified my own faith in this fully integrated, singular, cohesive and miraculous message written by about 40 different authors over nearly 2,000 years.
It’s the Gospel, the Gospel, the Gospel, the Gospel – in the Old Testament!
It’s one of the reasons I love to take people to Israel almost every year – to show them not just where Jesus and the prophets walked, but to see where they are going to walk again!
Jesus is coming back to the Mount of Olives, we’re told in Zechariah 14:4. How’s that for specific?
He’s going to judge the living and the dead when He comes back to live in Jerusalem, we’re told in Isaiah 16:5.
He’s going to pour out living waters upon Israel to restore His land, we’re told in Zechariah 14:8 and Ezekiel 47:1-19.
He’s got a detailed plan for a lasting peace in the Middle East in Isaiah 19.
I don’t interpret anything. I just take you to the texts themselves so you can see them with your own eyes, pour over them, look them up in other translations, find the original words in their original languages and come to your own conclusions.
I have submitted my work to the scrutiny of many different kinds of Christians and some very famous ones. I’ve been honored with endorsements from nearly all of those I have asked.
One thing I will not accept is that the Bible – which has a track record of literal fulfillment of prophecies throughout – would resort to allegorizing at this late date. If you want to believe that, you can feel free, but you’ll still get the benefit of “The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament” for your handy reference. You don’t have to agree with me.
If you are a believer – no matter what your differences with me might be – the Gospel is still the Gospel and I thought you’d be happy to hear it’s in every book of the Old Testament.
Isn’t that some really Good News?
It’s Good News for Israel, too.
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