It is nearly impossible to ignore Israel in our day. The nation of Israel seems to be in the headlines everyday. For many Christians this is a fulfillment of their eschatalogical conclusions. In fact, these conclusions have caused many Christians to devote much time and energy in sending Jewish people to Israel. Pulpits everywhere are proclaiming the seemingly unanimous hatred for Israel to be “signs of the end,” using Old Testament Scripture to back their claims. We are told that a new temple will be rebuilt as men are currently being trained for temple priesthood, and that Israel will war with Russia. Israel’s every move is being watched by many a Christian.
Christianity, at least here in America (as this is my vantage point), appears to be very Israel-centered. The overall hatred toward Israel is viewed by many to be perfect evidence that Israel is the chosen nation/people of God. But, is this the case? Although the Old Testament speaks of a rebuilt temple, and a restoration to the people of God, the New Testament appears to be silent on these issues. Paul speaks of a great salvation of the Jews, but after the time of these Old Testament prophecies, a new temple was rebuilt. God’s people were restored as the Spirit was poured out on them.
It seems that for many, the center of the Old and New Testaments is Israel.
What do you think?
Before answering, consider the following Scripture:
13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, forit was not the season for figs. 14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.
19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body.