THE DANGER OF CHRISTIAN ZIONISM

THE DANGER OF CHRISTIAN ZIONISM

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) This subject is bound to provoke, but it’s a subject close to our hearts that has been concerning us for some time.  Please keep in mind the Emmaus Group was founded on promoting the relationship between the church and Israel and as such we remain strong advocates of Israel’s legitimacy.   Emmaus will always encourage the church, the people of God, to be reconciled to their Hebraic roots – for she must if she is to survive.  If there was ever a time in church history for repentance and turning back to the holy teachings of God it is now. So let us be clear: the church has not nor ever will ‘replace Israel’.   Those familiar with Apostle Paul’s teachings in Rome know how he taught followers of Christ they are akin to wild olive branches grafted into a cultivated tree – symbolic of Israel.   But when Paul spoke these words we must understand he was speaking of both spiritual and physical Israel.  True Israel is made up of the people of God: there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ.  (Galatians 3:28) And who are the people of God – the saints, the elect or the holy ones?   They are those who keep both His commands and the testimony of Jesus Christ.   This point is so important! “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel with the statutes and judgments.”  (Micah 4:4).  All Israel includes all who keep the commands...
WARNING! THE LAW OF MOSES APPLIES TO GENTILE BELIEVERS

WARNING! THE LAW OF MOSES APPLIES TO GENTILE BELIEVERS

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Warning: The Law of Moses Does Apply To Gentile Believers! “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord?  For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from being king….”  1 Samuel 15:22/23 The prophet Samuel spoke these words to King Saul after he disobeyed God, proving rebellion can be extremely costly – in Saul’s case he lost his kingdom!  Refusing to obey God is considered equal to the sin of divination, and such insubordination is also considered equal to iniquity and idolatry.  The King James translation uses the word stubbornness for insubordination.  It says; rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness as idolatry.  Why idolatry?  Because refusing to obey God means by default placing someone else’s ways  before His, in other words one worships another before God’s – that is idolatry.  However: “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.  But outside are dogs (unclean people) and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.”  Revelation 22:14-15 God frequently called the early Israelites a stiff-necked people.  People with stiff necks cannot (or will not) turn their heads to see things differently.  The Israelites were stiff-necked by choice, not wanting to change their old ways so they rebelled.  Like Saul, they too lost their place in the Promised Land....
ROMANS 11 & THE 2 OLIVE TREES

ROMANS 11 & THE 2 OLIVE TREES

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Those who understand Paul’s teachings in Romans 11, know he likened Gentile disciples of Christ to wild olive branches, who through Christ, are grafted into a cultivated tree, a symbol of ‘spiritual Israel’. In the Middle East and southern Europe where olive groves abound, it’s very noticeable how harshly cultivated trees are pruned in order to produce better fruit.  Cultivated olive groves have lines of well-ordered and pruned trees, whereas wild trees grow everywhere on the hillsides, straggly and wild, producing lesser fruits.  The harshness with which cultivated trees are pruned, even using chainsaws to cut off major branches is significant when considering Paul’s parable in Romans 11. Why, because Gentile branches should expect to be pruned and trained as the host tree is.   If Gentile believers are grafted into the cultivated tree, becoming spiritual citizens of the commonwealth of Israel, they too should expect to do as the Lord requires of Israel.    Otherwise we risk falling into the trap of wanting to have our proverbial cake and eat it.  We want the blessings that Israel receives without paying the full price of commitment and obedience. Jesus makes clear: love = obedience to His word, all of it!   This is not out of legalism (a trap into which Israel has fallen) but out of love for our Father in Heaven. God placed laws and commandments for the Israelites to follow with the counsel that great blessing or cursing would come too, depending on whether they obeyed or rebelled.   The Western church majors on the doctrine of grace, a doctrine which has been placed on such...
ISRAEL – A THORN IN THE ARAB SIDE

ISRAEL – A THORN IN THE ARAB SIDE

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) As tensions and violence continue in the Middle East with both Palestinians and Israelis hardening their hearts, disciples of Jesus Christ who understand Israel’s unique place in biblical prophecy, must align their thinking with God’s by taking every thought captive to Christ.[i] First and foremost we are citizens of the kingdom of heaven,[ii] so must see the conflict through God’s eyes, not ours. As ambassadors for this kingdom, in all matters pertaining to political-religious conflict, we must seek first the wisdom of our King. Attempting to make sense of the Arab-Israeli conflict through man’s eye is destined only to confuse, divide and cause trouble. To understand what’s happening in this aged dispute we must turn to God’s word. For it is an aged dispute, one that goes back over four thousand years to the first disputes about land, water and inheritance. “The Lord blessed Issac…the man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous.; for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.” Genesis 26 12-14. When one reads the name ‘Philistine’ in the Bible one must think Palestine. ‘Filisteen’ is simply the Arabic pronunciation of our word Philistine, from which derives the modern pronunciation Palestine. The early ‘Filisteens’/Philistines/Palestinians envied the early Israelites much as they do today. Abimelech, the Philistine king, said to Isaac “go away from us, for you are much mightier than us” (Gen 26:16). Later in verse 20, we read how Isaac’s herdsmen clashed with the Philistine herdsmen over water (much as they do today). “The...