Another post similar to the last, containing my response to a friends missive on Israel in the millennial time. The paragraphs quoted are from Reggie Kelly, my response is in ( ) and then below the two paragraphs is more of my take on this issue. The preterist lie that all this prophecy is past already, is leading many pride-filled, grace rejecting people down of path of destruction.
One can see at once the kind of problems that such re-interpretation and spiritualization of such a large body of specific prophetic detail would pose for the church's apologetic towards Jews that are knowledgeable of the scriptures. So the question of the relationship and harmony of the two testaments is a problem that has great bearing on how we talk to Israel, certainly now, but most critically in the coming time of Jacob's trouble. (Our knowledge, our trust, our firm belief in these promises will be the 'faith' that carries,the paralyzed body of a broken and fleeing people, to Jesus, just like it was the faith of 'his friends' that allowed the paralyzed man to be forgiven of sin and healed.)
These two paragraphs are so very key,
As Jesus was the stone of stumbling to first century Israel through the mystery of His twofold advent, it seems evident to me that the same mystery is still with us in its essence; now in the form of the question of an abiding election of a particular land and people. I believe God intends to use the last day's crisis of Israel as a formidable test of the heart concerning its disposition towards God's free and sovereign right to choose as He will choose. (There it is! Once again and always, our view of God's sovereignty and grace, in His dealings with Israel and us is the crux of the matter, the foundation that must be properly laid.)
It seems to me this lengthy time between the appearance of Messiah and the Millennial fulfillment, has served to remove from this people their hope of a literal Messiah. It is the 'servants' that they will meet in the wilderness, who will speak the prophetic words that have the life of God in them to restore this hope. In fact, "Restorers of Hope" would be a perfectly good name for those who carry this message. Unfortunately, those that still do hope for a literal Messiah but reject Jesus, are blinded to His first appearance and so are wide open to the deception of the false peace agreement and the invalid, man-made building of the altar/temple.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz-HwIIjXKo&feature=related In the last 20 minutes of this movie, Jeremiah is shown stating, Jer.31:31-33, this is strong Biblical evidence of yet to be fulfilled promises to the people of Israel, shown to be a literal people by the reference to being taken out of Egypt.
|31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke,though I was their husband, declares the Lord. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.|