Israel Is Still God’s Chosen Nation
February 14, 2018
David Cloud, Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061
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The Wood Duck
    The following is excerpted from the new book WHAT ABOUT STEVEN ANDERSON?, which is available in print or as a free eBook from www.wayoflife.org.
    Anderson is an Independent Baptist preacher who has growing influence through his YouTube videos and movies. The book is a review of his teaching and deals with the following errors:
    - Holocaust denial
    - Replacement Theology
    - Rejection of biblical Repentance
    - The heresy that salvation doesn’t have evidence
    - Cursing of homosexuals
    - Christ suffering in hell as an atonement for sin
    - The denial of the imminency of the Rapture
    We give extensive proof that God is not finished with Israel and that the church is not Israel and defend the Pre-Tribulation Rapture.

As we will see in the study on the Abrahamic Covenant in the chapter “Is God Finished with Israel?,” the covenant promised personal blessings, national blessings, and universal blessings. Paul teaches us that all of the blessings come through Abraham’s greater Seed, Christ (Gal. 3:16), but Paul also taught that Israel today is still Abraham’s seed, though not yet restored and blessed and not children of God (Ro. 11:1; 2 Co. 11:22).

Israel still is the inheritor of that land; and those who bless her are blessed and those who curse her are cursed. God has used many nations to judge Israel when she sinned, but He always judged those pagan nations afterwards.
Isaiah 33:1 pronounces woe upon “the spoilers,” referring to the spoilers of Israel. God used the spoilers to judge sinning Israel, but He pronounced woe upon the spoilers.

This applied first to Assyria. She was God’s instrument to judge Israel, but God said, “Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria” (Isa. 10:12). God said that Assyria will be destroyed but Israel will be restored:

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God. For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness. ... Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt. For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction. ... And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing” (Isaiah 10:20-22, 24, 25, 27).

God said the same thing of Babylon. He said that He would take vengeance on Babylon for destroying Israel’s temple.

“The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple” (Jer. 50:28).

“Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple” (Jer. 51:11).

When the remnant of Israel called for vengeance on Babylon, God answered them and promised vengeance:

“The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zion say; and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say. Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will plead thy cause, and take vengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry. And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant” (Jer. 51:35-37).

In Zechariah 2:8-9, God says that Israel is the apple of His eye, and He warns that He will judge those who destroy Israel.

The prophet Ezekiel addressed many nations and pronounced judgment upon them for hating Israel. See Eze. 25:3-7 (Ammonites), Eze. 25:8-11 (Moab), Eze. 25:12-14 (Edom), Eze. 25:15-17 (Philistines), Eze. 26:2-5 (Tyre), Eze. 28:22-24 (Zidon).

Ezekiel promises that Israel will be regathered, restored, sanctified, and blessed
in the land that God gave to Jacob, but that God will judge “all those that despise them round about them” (Eze. 28:25-26).

This applies to all of the pagan nations that God has used to chasten Israel, including Rome and those who tormented Israel during her Diaspora. Ultimately God’s woe against the spoilers of Israel will fall on the final pagan kingdom headed by the antichrist.

Israel is under God judgment’s today for her unbelief, but she is still Israel. I, for one, would not curse Israel, even in her most apostate condition. When Israel was wandering in the wilderness because of her sin and unbelief, God did not allow Balaam to curse her. “
How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?” (Nu. 23:8).

I believe we can see this biblical principle at work in the history of Great Britain. After Britain turned against Israel and renounced the Balfour Declaration, which was a solemn promise because of Jewish help during World War I, and Britain did everything she could to arm the Arabs and to disarm the Jews prior to and after 1948, she soon lost her empire.



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