Monday, January 21, 2013

#Jesus to restore #kingdom to #Israel #eschatology

When the apostles met together, they asked Jesus a question. "Lord," they said, "are you going to give the kingdom back to Israel now?" Acts 1:6 NIrV

Even after His entire earthly ministry was complete, Jesus' disciples still expected Him to restore the kingdom to Israel. When they asked Him about it, He did not disappoint or deny them. He confirmed both that the Father had set dates and times for it, and that the empowerment they would now receive for the church age was not the restoration of the kingdom to Israel.

Roman's 9 -  11 confirms that God has temporarily set His program with Israel aside, to open the door of salvation to the Gentiles, and provoke Israel to jealousy. When their fullness has come in, God will resume His covenant with Israel, and she will be saved. Revelation 19 - 20 shows God's kingdom will indeed come to earth, and that will include restoring an earthly kingdom to Israel.

Much eschatological confusion can be avoided when we acknowledge a distinction between God's program for Israel and the church.

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