What we think about Israel.
We believe that even from creation, God set into motion His plans for humanity - for both Jew and Gentile, for Israel and the nations. He continues to work those plans out today. God set Israel and the Jewish people apart to be an example to the nations; not to be more important, but special and different.
We believe covenant is forever. When God made a covenant with Abram, He made the
covenant completely dependent on God Himself (Genesis 15:18), without dependence on
man. This means the covenant can’t be broken – ever! The covenant made with Abram, related to both the Jewish people and the Land of Israel (Genesis 17:7-8, 18-19). God has not broken covenant, nor changed covenant, nor has He replaced the Jews with any other people (Psalm 89:30-37).
We believe Israel to be the “natural branches” of the Olive tree, spoken of in Romans 11, while Gentile believers are the “wild branches” grafted into the Olive tree. The “natural branches” (Israel) were broken off, and the “wild branches” (Gentiles) were grafted in (Romans 11:17). This led to the Gentiles being made partakers of the promises of God and inheriting the blessings of His salvation. This by no means indicates God is finished with Israel. While the “natural branches” were cut off because Israel failed, God’s purposes are not complete until Israel is grafted back. This brings full circle God’s wider redemptive plan (Romans 11:30–32) for both Jews and Gentiles as distinct identities in God’s Kingdom. The Olive tree will then fully reflect both Jews and Gentiles together as one new man (Ephesians 2:15).
The Battle’s Origin:
We believe God has placed huge significance on the Jewish people and the Land of Israel (Matthew 23:39), tied-in with the return of Jesus. Satan is determined to eradicate the Jewish people, and lay claim to the Land God promised to them. If he could accomplish this, it would make God a liar. We know this will not happen, as all of God’s plans and purposes will be fulfilled.
The Battle Continues:
We believe the physical outworking of the spiritual conflict, can be clearly seen throughout history, There is an ongoing conflict in the spiritual realm over the Jewish people, and the Land of Israel. It is this battle which is being manifested in the physical world, from Haman (Esther 3:9), to the Holocaust, from Replacement Theology in the Church, to Hamas. The spiritual attacks take on many forms, but ultimately they are all rooted in one issue: God’s plans and purposes for the Jewish people and their Land as they reflect His faithfulness (Deuteronomy 7:6-8).
From Exile to Promised Land:
We believe God exiled the Jewish people from the Land He promised, because of their rebellion against Him; only, in His mercy, to once again return them to the Land, fulfilling Biblical prophecy (Deuteronomy 30:3-5). We believe this happened in 1948, when the State of Israel was reestablished, and that the Jewish people will now remain in the Land, never to be plucked from it again, just as God promised (Amos 9:13-15).
We believe that the plans and destiny for both the church and the Nations, are firmly connected with the plans and destiny for Israel and the Jewish people. It is clear from Scripture that God judges the nations according to their treatment of Israel (Joel 3:2). Sadly, this has historically been a rough relationship; even today some within the Church stand against or do not understand God’s plans and purposes on this subject.
We believe Yeshua (Jesus) will one day return, making all wrong things right. He will return to rule and reign from the Throne of David, in Jerusalem (Isaiah 9:6-7). We believe He will only return when the Great Commission has been fulfilled, and when the Jewish people in the Land of Israel, cry out for Him to return (Matthew 23:39).