All Israel will be Saved

venemaI had just added this article to the Amillennialism website that we created to store our eschatology resources but I thought it would be worthy of a mention here.

Here is an expanded version of the discussion found in Cornelis Venema’s book “The Promise of the Future” on the identity of Israel and exactly how all Israel will be saved. It  provides a good treatment of the importance of understanding what Paul meant by “All Israel will be saved” found in Romans 11:26 from an Amillennial perspective.

The Charge of Antisemitism Against Calvinists

israel015Over the years there have been many charges made by Christians against myself and others who hold to the doctrines of grace. One of the most troubling charges that I have experienced is the claim by dispensational 4-point arminians who claim that those who hold to Covenant Theology are anti-Semitic. This is a very serious accusation that underlines a misunderstanding of what Calvinists believe[i]. I am certainly not anti-Semitic in my view of the current state of Israel in that I believe that the government in place is a better government than prior to the Israel becoming a recognized state. We appreciate the Jewish people and their perseverance in history as a great people. We also value the attempts at peace put forward by the Israeli government but at the same time we do not render them faultless. We would not want to assume too much since the political framework surrounding the Israel/Palestine behind the current conflicts is complex and we do not have all the details. We feel that this conflict in Gaza may not be resolved till the return of Jesus Christ.

With all this said, the charge of antisemitism doesn’t stem from political views but from theological views. The charge finds its foundation from the idea that if one believes that the land promises to possess Palestine is no longer valid then we must be anti-Semitic. As we have already mentioned, the accusation is generally made by those who promote dispensational theology which states that God will deal with Israel as a nation once again to fulfill promises that He has yet to realize. It also teaches that the current secular nation of Israel has rights to the land of Israel because of an Old Testament covenant promise.

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The Purpose and Effect of Your Views on Prophecy

man-with-binocularsWhile we try not to generalize when we make comments on a blog about a particular theological position, sometimes it is difficult to think of the “exception to the rule”. I would like my readers to remember this point while I write this small post.

There are many people who miss the mark when it comes to our understanding of the purpose of eschatology. They somehow believe that the texts in both the Old and New Testament were written to just give us some knowledge about how things are going to end. Some of this knowledge, in their view, has nothing at all to do with us and is left to a future generation or a completely other group of people. What most prophecy students miss is the purpose of giving this information and how it essentially should affect us.

I have met many individuals whose eschatological understanding causes them to retreat from everything around them in some fatalistic fashion. They cannot be bothered by their surroundings and attempt to escape their current age by retreating and waiting for the end. We merely need to look to Israel and ignore our surroundings to get a glimpse of the end. There are others who become almost overly involved in the culture. Their hyper optimism is seen in their quest to take over the world through political, social and economic means all the while arguing that their eschatology is one that brings forth cultural regeneration. There are a number of other views and affects to our eschatological position that could be mentioned. The questions we must think through is what does the bible say about eschatology and how does it affect me today?

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65 Years of Speculation by Dispensationalism and Counting:

I would generally use my Twitter account to post this type of information however I wanted to make a point to make this information as visible as possible.

Gary Demar just posted that today marks the 65th anniversary of Israel becoming a nation again which has fuelled prophetic speculations about such things as the secret rapture, the great tribulation and the millennium all within 40+ years after this event. The importance of this event to Hal Lindsey and those who share in his prophetic outlook cannot be diminished. While I don’t agree with Demar on many interpretations of prophetic scriptures, this article is definitely worth a read! this article