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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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.