Let’s start by answering the main dividers of the church from yesterday’s post. Then we will examine the Scriptural Support. Here they are:
The main differences between these various views from all camps are these: is or is not Israel still involved in God’s future plan? YES. Will or will there not be a future millennium? YES. Will the Lord come back in the resurrection and rapture before, during or after the Tribulation and the final battle of this age Armageddon? AFTER. The Scriptures support for this and the next question will come in the next article. Are there many parts to the resurrection or is there just one or maybe two as believed by some. I SHOULD HAVE HAD THE FIRST RESURRECTION IN THIS QUESTION NOT JUST “THE RESURRECTION”. THE ANSWER — There is only one first resurrection, but there is a second resurrection of the unjust following the Millennium.
Now you know where I stand on each of these questions, but I wrote the book to explain why, so realistically it is not possible that I can boil this down to one article? — maybe I can wet your appetite to learn more of what scripture states in the next couple which will be about the proof for these conclusions. But there is also much more evidence already presented within the other over 20 articles on this subject that have already been posted on this website.
Let me start here by stating that I am firmly planted within the premillennial camp. Why? There is one main reason. Jesus taught us to pray “Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”. I Don’t know about you, but I think that’s a pretty good reason to expect a future Kingdom on earth ruled by God. So let’s consider Israel’s role in this future Kingdom. Again I am going to give you only minimal verses, but there is obviously significantly more in the book.
So what is so compelling? Before we get to the compelling a reality check is in order concerning Israel. She was chosen as a nation to be a holy nation and a royal priesthood, but let’s be honest — not all Israel as in all Jews were, are or will be saved; Paul makes this clear based on His Old Testament studies in Isa. Ex. Jer. etc. but in the end all Israel will be saved, through the same Gospel offered today. No not a misstatement all Israel has a Scriptural definition as explained by Paul in Romans chapters 9-11. Further Isaiah, Jeremiah and the prophets are filled with the turning from God of a people. The Gospels are replete with the cutting off of a people. Jesus came unto His own and His own received Him not, but to as many… You know the rest. Paul says we are adopted, we are in Him, in who? We are in Israel’s Messiah. Now to the compelling verses.
Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “ Uncircumcision” by the so-called “ Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
(Ephesians 2:11-13,19,3:4,6,4:4-6 NASB)
So we are no longer aliens and strangers but fellow citizens in Israel, (the oliveTree of Romans 11) Christ is the root, all must come through Him grafted into the tree which already existed as the Church body in Israel. A tree which already existed, before we Gentiles were added. In the end Israel’s Jewish remnant will also be grafted back into this holy nation of which Peter says that we are a part and then all Israel will be saved. It is understood by Paul in these verses that we are part of Israel. This is the message of Romans chapters 9-11, but these chapters alone without the support of the balance of prophetic scripture can be, and yes are being twisted to say differently. Yet when anyone does that twisting it results in contradictions to other scriptures and thus confusion.
So now we are set to examine the scriptures which tell us the timing of the Lords Return for this one body, this one new man that will be completed in what is called the resurrection.
These two passages from Paul are conclusive as to the oneness of the Jew and Gentile. They are conclusive proof that we will inherit with Israel based on the promised covenants given to Her. Those promises are Kingdom promises and they are Messianic in nature. And the Rapture is definitely taught in scripture to follow the resurrection of all those in Christ (1Thessalonians 4; 1Cor. 15).
Any questions? Include them in your post. On this website I invite your challenges to my conclusions. I only ask that you support your challenge with scripture, and we must be civil in our discussions.