Turmoil in the Middle East

Text: Genesis 21:9-13

From the beginning, there has been strife between Isaac & Ishmael. It continues today between Jewish & Arab peoples.

Misconceptions About the End

Is Armageddon Coming?

  • Common concept of Armageddon — armies of Christ & armies of nations gathered in Israel; one final, great battle
  • Bible depiction of Armageddon — enemies of Christ gathered at Har-Magedon (Revelation 16:13-16)
  • Symbolic language, but clearly not the end (Revelation 16:21) — enemies weren’t completely wiped out

When Will the End Come?

  • At an unknown time (Matthew 24:36,42)
  • Without signs or warning (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3)

Misconceptions About Israel

Promised Land

  • God promised the land of Canaan to Abraham’s descendants (Genesis 17:7-8) — this promise was conditional (Genesis 17:9)
  • The land promise was fulfilled (Joshua 23:14) — he reminded the people that their keeping the land was also conditional (Joshua 23:15-16)

God’s Chosen People

  • The Jews were God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 7:6-8)
  • But the Jews rejected God (Matthew 27:22-26; John 19:15) — so God cut them off (Romans 11:17,20)
  • Who are God’s chosen people today? (Galatians 3:26-29; Romans 2:28-29)
  • A Jew can be one of God’s chosen people today, but only if he comes to Christ (Romans 11:23)

Restoration of the Kingdom

  • Before His ascension, the apostles asked Jesus about the restoration of the kingdom (Acts 1:6) — many people are still waiting for this
  • Yet Jesus was clear that His kingdom was spiritual in nature (John 18:36)
  • The Jews rejected Christ because He wasn’t bringing the kind of kingdom they expected — many also misunderstand the nature of the kingdom today

Read the article: Are the Jews Still God’s Chosen People Today?

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