Monday, January 24, 2011
**Table of Contents**
- God Keeps His Promises
What Does the Bible Say About...?
**IN THE NEWS**
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God Keeps His Promises
It has been said that wars begin in the minds of men. By the same token, the
alarming number of violent anti-Semitic acts against Jews and Jewish
institutions around the world has increased in concert with the pitch of
anti-Semitic rhetoric. A study done at the University of Tel Aviv concluded
that anti-Semitic violence in 2004 was the worst it has been in 15 years.
And that is six years old!
Many people today do not take the Word of God seriously. Some ignore it, many
disbelieve or deny it, and others dilute its meaning with conjectures,
allegories, and redefinitions. But God says what He means, and means what He
says. God delights in making and keeping His promises.
A disturbing aspect of many modern churches is their failure to appreciate the
seriousness of God's covenant with Israel. Some believe that Israel "forfeited
her promises" by rejecting her Messiah, and that these promises now delegate
somehow symbolically, or allegorically, upon the Church. This false doctrine
has been taught now for centuries.
Under the influences of Martin Luther and others, the Protestant Reformation
brought an intensive return to the authority of the Scriptures which, in turn,
resulted in the subsequent reform in the study of salvation with its emphasis on
salvation by grace through faith alone. Many were willingly burned at the stake
for their commitment to a Biblical perspective. However, one of the unfortunate
shortcomings of the Reformation was that it failed to also reexamine the
eschatology of the Medieval Church in the light of Scripture. As a result, most
Protestant denominations today are amillennial and/or post-tribulational.
There are two basic views in eschatology (the study of End Times) which concern
the promises to Israel and the millennium: amillennialianism, which says they
are symbolic, and premillennialism, which says they are literal. One of the
derivative aspects of an amillennial perspective is that it denies Israel's
future role in God's plans. This also can, and in many
cases, leads to a "replacement theology" in
which the Church is viewed as replacing Israel in God's program for mankind. In
addition to forcing the allegorization of many key passages of Scripture, this
eschatology promotes anti-Semitism and, I believe, was a contributing
factor to the tragedy of the Holocaust in Europe. Unfortunately this
"replacement theology" still continues to pervade the doctrines of most
Protestant denominations today.
Anti-Semitic violence has become a serious problem throughout the world. Some
may blame the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Arab media, or Islamic
leadership for fostering anti-Semitism. Others may say that such racially
motivated hatred is limited to neo-Nazi groups and radical Islamic sects. Yet
hatred of the Jews goes back long before even the existence of the Islamic
faith, before the Nazi party took power in Germany, and before the advent of
television and of the modern media. The real root of anti-Semitism is Satan's
desire to thwart Godís plan for the redemption of mankind. Anti-Semitism exists
in many places and many forms. It may be displayed in blatant aggression or in
more subtle and subversive ways, but all are aimed at the destruction of Godís
chosen people. And we are all God's chosen people.
What Does the Bible Say About...?
In this section of the Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked. If
you have a question that you would like ask, and do not mind having printed
in the newsletter, (your name will not be mentioned), feel free to send your
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for this issue is, "How
do you reconcile the Antichrist's desecration of the future Jewish Temple
with the fact that Revelation 21:22 says that there is no Temple in eternity?"
This is because there is a long
time span between the two events. Actually, there are two
different Temples prophesied in the Bible to be built in the End
Times. The first is that which the Jews will put up prior
to, or in the early part of the Tribulation period. This
is sometimes referred to as the 'Tribulation Temple'. It
is this Temple into which the Antichrist will enter at the
mid-point of the Tribulation period, (3Ĺ years), and proclaim
himself to be God.:
"... that man of sin be
revealed, the son of perdition, Who opposes and exalts
himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped,
so that he, as God, sets in the Temple of God, showing
himself that he is God,"
The second future Temple will be
built when Christ Jesus returns at the end of Tribulation to
implement His Millennial Kingdom. This is called the
'Millennial Temple.' and is described in Ezekiel Chapters 40-48.
Given the dimensions of this Temple, and the sacrifices to be
offered therein, we know that it is a Temple that has not yet
been built. However, during the Millennium, it will be in
use to worship Christ Jesus. Animal sacrifices offered
there for the purpose of looking back at to Christ Jesus'
sacrifice at Calvary, just as in the Old Testament, animals were
offered looking forward to the same event, where sin was
concurred in all those who accept Christ Jesus as Lord and
At the end of the Millennial
period, the present Heaven and Earth will be destroyed and then
God will form a new Heaven and a new Earth, according to 2 Peter
3:10-13 and Revelation 21:1-2. The remainder of Revelation
describes the New Jerusalem. One of its features, stated
in verse 22, is that there will be no Temple there, because the
personal presence of God the Father and our Lord Christ Jesus
will suffice as its Temple.
So, in discussing the situation of
the Temples of the End Times, we are actually talking about
three different phases that transpire over a period of just
**MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK**
O Lord, You
have searched me, and known me.
You know my downsitting and mine uprising,
You understand my thought afar off.
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