Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Israel and the Language of Expansion

What really is at the heart of Jamin's views of Israel, the modern state of Israel, and whether Israel can lay claim upon the Holy Land? Honestly, it is how one understands the place of Israel in God's entire revelation.

Is "Israel" of the OT the same as the "Church" in the NT? Was God only concerned with a godly "remnant" in the OT and not with the nation as a whole dwelling in the physical promised land in a geopolitical kingdom? Does NT fulfillment cause us to have "greater light" on God's purpose with Israel so that now, because of Christ, we re-interpret OT promises of fulfillment made to Israel in light of the NT Church?

In other words, it is a matter of the hermeneutics one brings to the texts pertaining to the promises given to Israel and how we understand those promises being fulfilled. Does the language of Scripture insist we must expand the OT promises of fulfillment to mean merely the NT Church, or will those promises of Israel being in the Holy Land in a geopolitical kingdom certainly be fulfilled in a real, tangible way?

I have explored this topic in previous posts from the last couple of years in my studies of eschatology. Other things began to occupy my time and I dropped off from my series on premillennialism, which i hope to take up again soon.

Additionally, Paul Henebury has been exploring the topic of Israel and expansionist language at his blog and has written some articles worth one's time reading. Previous articles in his series are linked at the top of the article.

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Blogger Jacob said...

http://www.theologicalstudies.org/ is another good resource.

God bless.

8:32 AM, October 04, 2011  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

It certainly is, because Mike Vlach is a buddy of mine. =-)

9:02 AM, October 04, 2011  
OpenID drreluctant said...

Fred, appreciate you linking to my posts.

God bless,


12:51 PM, October 04, 2011  
Blogger Pastor Howard Brown said...

Thanks for the link to drreluctant. I am in the midst of defending a dipensational hermeneutic as I preach through 1 Thess. and there is somme needed help here. Thanks for the great work!

9:55 PM, October 04, 2011  
Blogger thomas4881 said...

Romans 11:I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

10:46 PM, October 04, 2011  

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