What’s Happening In Israel Isn’t About Jesus

What’s Happening In Israel Isn’t About Jesus May 16, 2018
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When American Televangelists like John Hagee and Robert Jeffress stand in Jerusalem and proclaim that Biblical prophecy is being fulfilled, it’s important to realize that there is no such Biblical prophecy being fulfilled.

None.

Every Old Testament prophecy about Israel returning to the land was fulfilled.

The final prophecy about the fate of Israel and the destruction of Jerusalem was spoken by Jesus and fulfilled in AD 70. There were no prophecies made after that time about any restoration of Jerusalem or rebuilding of the Temple.

On the contrary, there were dozens of prophecies and statements in the New Testament by Jesus and the Apostles about the new Temple of God being fulfilled in Christ, and subsequently by those who are in Christ.

The new Temple of God is us.

“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 2:4-5

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” 1 Cor 3:16

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” 1 Cor 6:19

“What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 2 Cor 6:16

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him, you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” – Eph 2:19-22

In fact, there IS one verse in Revelation about the fact that there is NO Temple whatsoever in Jerusalem:

And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And they city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and her gates will never be shut by day – and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” [Rev. 21:22-27]

So, we are the Temple of God, and at the same time, Christ is our Temple. These are not made by human hands but are made of flesh and bone. The Temple is made of living stones, not brick and mortar.

Jesus abides within us, and we abide within Him. We are the living Temple of the Holy Spirit where Christ lives, and Christ is the living Temple where all of us “live and move and have our being.”

What’s happening right now in Jerusalem, and in Palestine is sad, and tragic. It is totally man-made. God has nothing to do with the posturing, the nationalism, the violence, the genocide, or the fear-mongering.

American Christians have a choice: They can follow Dispensational doctrines cooked up by John Darby in 1830, or they can follow Christ.

Christ does not rejoice over the death of anyone. Christ does not celebrate the murder of innocents. Christ does not revel in the oppressive power of Empire.

In Christ’s Kingdom, everyone is loved. No one is excluded. Those national identities are meaningless. Everyone is simply a child of the Father and a brother or sister who deserves to be loved, fed, comforted, and embraced into the Family of God.

In Christ, there is no Jew or Gentile, Male or Female, Slave or Free. In Christ, we are all one people.

Jesus is not waiting for anything to happen in the Middle East. He has already accomplished everything necessary for everlasting peace. He has shown us how to love, and to forgive one another. He empowers us and inspires us to love God, and love others, in this same extravagant way.

“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. ” (Rev. 18:4-8)

As for me and my house, we will follow Jesus.

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Keith Giles is the author of several books, including the forthcoming “Jesus Unbound: Liberating the Word of God From the Bible”, available July 4th, 2018.

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  • It is also important to note that, for the most part, Israelis have no plans to rebuild the Temple.

  • steve

    Jesus is a mythical character. Fuck that bible shit.

  • Miguel Labrador

    If there are no Temple prophecies yet to be fulfilled, then what do you do Ezekiel 40-48?

    Additionally, are there ANY prophecies about anything yet to be fulfilled? Which?

  • Kevin K

    Thing is, it kinda is about Jesus. It’s about the evangelical-fundy brigade; John Hagee, et al, pumping Mango Mussolini with ego-boosting praise and getting him to do what they want — which is to start the world down the road to Armageddon.

    Without the evangelicals, the embassy stays where it is, and the treaty with Iran is still in place. Because it makes no sense to upset either apple cart other than in light of the “needs” of the evangelicals to encourage the End Times™.

  • drdon

    One of the most insidious, damaging things to happen to Christianity was the Scofield Reference Bible–I know, I had one when I was growing up. All that pseudo-prophecy and dispensationalism was in there–I guess C.I. Scofield got it from Darby. Whoever thought his musings deserved wide circulation was a False Prophet if there ever was one. I don’t know if today’s evangelicals still pull their Scofield bibles off the shelf or if there are any Bible Colleges that teach that sh*t, but it has done a world of damage. I know one still hears echoes of these ideas on so-called Christian radio. The Israelis are of course thrilled to have these dupes egging them on–even though according to dispensationalism their rejection of Jesus as Messiah is going to land every one of them in hell–because they know suckers when they come across them.

  • The prophecies about an End Times Temple are fulfilled, primarily, in Christ. He speaks of the “Temple of His Body” and all of those OT shadows are metaphors which point to the reality which is Christ. He is the real High Priest. He is the true Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. His body is the true Temple where this sacrifice is offered. Now, today, all who are in Christ are the royal priesthood offering themselves as daily, living sacrifices to God as living stones which are being built up into the Temple of God where He lives by His Spirit. No more shadows or metaphors are required.

  • Steve Bailey

    Please. Save your ignorant and unhelpful comments for another site. Thanks

  • Rudy Schellekens

    And that new Jerusalem IS the church… At least, according to the text…

    So that leaves even less reason to long for a physical temple in a physical Jerusalem…

  • Peter Bigg

    This is very helpful and completely aligned to the thinking of some of the best voices within the Palestinian Christian community.

  • Fartrell Cluggins

    Sshhh… Mr. Author, stop raining on the evangeliderps’ parade with these facts about the Bible. You’ll ruin their hateful fun.

  • Patricia Wolfenden

    Thank you so much! I actually feel sane again! Nice to know there’s no actual Scriptural basis for this bloodthirsty campaign of death against the Palestinians.

  • Patricia Wolfenden

    But all that is NOT Jesus. Ironic I know.

  • it’s me

    Didn’t Jesus promote slavery in the New Testament? I believe he did,.,saying that prophecies have already been fulfilled and that this is nothing of God,, when actually the whole entire religion and its God are all man made,.and there is nothing divine about any of it,.,just tribes fighting over land that an imaginary character gave them in a book.,.We need to let go of mythology and engage in the real world b4 religion kills us all.

  • Kevin K

    Tell that to Hagee, et al.

  • Steve Bailey

    I continue to maintain that John Nelson Darby did significant and lasting harm to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His twisted interpretations, picked up by the Schofirld Reference Bible appeal to those with a shallow understanding of the Scriptures and have been used to inflict much social and cultural harm – particularly in the United States. There must be a solid repudiation of this stuff by strong Christian leaders.

  • Nimblewill

    As an evangelical, although grudgingly, scripture tells me that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. These are not facts about the bible they are (mis)interpretations.

  • Nimblewill

    See, Fartell Cluggins. I told you.

  • Daniel G. Johnson

    As a Jew, I am ashamed of the Israeli authorities having anything to do with Hagee and Jeffress. More importantly, I am ashamed of the IDF’s murder of Palestinians on the Gazan border.

  • Brianna LaPoint

    The thing about Isreal, it didnt become a country until after WW2 and Hitler. People just made things happen because they had the opportunity. Theres many reasons im no longer christian, and my small bout as a jew for jesus kinda killed that *good feeling vibe* especially when i realized theyre just trying to make christianity as a *true* religion and an *old* one. Christianity is neither.

  • Brianna LaPoint

    people should be allowed to comment even if you dont agree with them. this is not a dictatorship. But it does drive the point home that christians get too offended and it does convince us non christians that we were right to shove christianity away.

  • Alan Christensen

    The problem is that so many Christians take certain scriptures to refer to a future end time. And since they allude to the Jews being in the land of Israel and there being a temple . . . I happen to disagree with them, but given the premise, the conclusion is pretty inevitable.

  • Angelina Marie

    The Christian Right’s sick obsession with the end of the world and this otherwise insignificant spot of land has caused so much human misery and suffering.

    Kind of sick of the delusional religious fantasies that lead to this kind of trouble in the first place. The entire world is holding its breath while supposedly grown-up people slaughter each other to prove whose made-up imaginary friend is better.

    Since the nation of Israel is bound up in and based on a single religion, it is nothing more, itself, than a sick Apartheid experiment that I am long since done jollying along. I don’t know what value there is in supporting a theocratic dictatorship. It’s all the more tragic to see that these events are merely a continuation of mindless, religiously-based hatred going back centuries.

    I wonder when the rest of the human race will tire of this immature fantasy, and the rivers of blood that must be spilled to jolly along its adherents.

  • saffiregal

    How do you define Slavery in the ancient Hebrew scriptures?

    The Law to the Israelites stated a slave who was maimed by his master would be set free. If a slave died because his master beat him, the master would be punished with death. – Exodus 20:10; 21:12, 16, 26, 27.

    God’s Law to the Israelties did not condone taking a fellowman and forcing him into slavery this too was punishable by death. – Exodus 21:16

    True, a system of servitude existed among God’s ancient people, but that did not resemble the tyrannical forms we’ve seen today. Some Jews voluntarily became slaves to their fellow Jews in order to repay debts. This practice protected people from starvation and actually allowed many to recover from poverty. Furthermore, at key junctures in the Jewish calendar, slaves were to be released if they so desired. Exodus 21:2; Leviticus 25:10; Deuteronomy 15:12.

    The fact that some Israelite slaves chose to remain with their master when they were eligible for release is clear indication that slavery among God’s people was not abusive.

    Slavery in the Bible

    http://bibleapologetics.wordpress.com/slavery-in-the-bible-25/

    In the same frame, in the New Testament, being a slave of Christ is to submit oneself to his will by serving him. if we so choose. .

  • Barrie Beaumont

    As I endeavour to cope with the myriad of views proliferating sites such as this, I become disappointed at how some use the biblical text to enhance, and define their view.

    I will be frank and say that it is all very well to use biblical text, but what about the meaning and intention of the biblical text? There is overwhelming evidence of a disparity in interpretation of God’s word which is the primary reason why we have so many faiths. It has been a case of how one person or more, interpret text and convince others that they are right. The result has been that over time a new church is formed based on interpretation by one or more.

    There are sound and cogent reasons for a church to be formed on biblical interpretation but, it promotes this question which dominates the entire scene. Is the interpretation correct, and is/was it necessary to form breakaways because of the interpretation of a few that sounds good and correct. I am convinced that in some instances this was both a sound, and progressive step, but I am not convinced as a mature church history student, that it applies in all instances. Plainly it does not and I suggest that there is an accumulated waste of resources by some who espouse a doctrinal issue because they follow an interpretation that may be questionable.

    There is only one Bible regardless of the version or language, so how is it that we have such a divergence of belief? It only makes sense if Christians satisy their own minds by their own conversations with God that they are living within and understanding the text as God intended it to be. Yes there is an abundance of ‘Christians’ who do not question their beliefs because of family convictions and cultural brainwashing by some churches.

    I assert that there is no excuse for belonging to any faith wirhout applying close examination and being satisfied that it is where God wants us. Just because your family were what ever, it is not good enough for you to do the same without examination. If we are committed Christians we have the grace of God within us to advise us, and there is nothing is better than his advice. My argument is this. If we are in receipt of God’s grace then he provides the answer on what we follow. God does not give bad advice.

    Praying is one thing, but a conversation with God is the ultimate in understanding his will for us. By and large we are an impatient lot, particularly because of the me centered culture that seeks to dominate us. We want his answer when we want it, and that is not always his way of doing things.

    There are two points I want to make, and I add that I have wanted to express these thoughts for sometime.

    1. There is no acceptable excuse for failing to examine the doctrine/ practises of the church that you belong to. Why attend there? being comfortable is not a good enough reason; is it where God wants you or you want to be because you like the singing, or, have a close friend there. It is not our decision to make. Our want may not be his need. God does not want us to belong where we cannot do what he wants each of us to do. Conversing with God is the way to knowing what he wants.

    2. Some authors and responders quote the biblical text as they perceive it applies to the subject, but do not explain its meaning. I assert that if we quote, we have to know, and explain what it means. It is all a question of interpretation and the number of faiths is evidenced by interpretation. We have to be aware, and there are a multiplicity of means to do this but placin our complete faith in God is the surest way to understanding.

  • Jeffrey Maris

    there’s one proficy I did not see and the one which should be taken seriously. when the deciples asked Jesus “when will we know that the end is near?” Jesus replied ” when you see a river of blood in Jerusalem you will know”.

  • Alvin Trini Jenkins

    All things written have been fulfilled since the fall of Jerusalem, the Gospel of Luke and the Olivet Discourse prove it. This article in 100% truth!~Min. Brian Jenkins

  • Monty

    To me the real tragedy is the amount of division caused by what is really speculation about the meaning of end time prophecies. We have plenty of highly educated Christians who are skilled in Greek and Hebrew but who disagree, sometimes aggressively. The reality is that no one knows for sure and all will be revealed eventually. I was taught to listen to the “tone” of a preacher. Some are hard and harsh, which is not in the least edifying. Others are gentle, loving and kind. Above all we need to remember that God is bigger than any individual and Christ will indeed return someday. The sooner the better, for me at least. A lot of preachers will be put to shame in that day. A lot of seemingly insignificant, humble yet faithful Christians will be surprised at the warmth of the welcome they receive from their Lord and Saviour.

  • Monty

    Self defence is acceptable. The Palestinian problem is a result of Arab arrogance thinking that Israel would be destroyed before it even became a nation. I recommend a thorough examination of history and facts before blaming Israel.

  • it’s me

    Are you kidding me right now?,.,I hope you are! slavery was never chosen bc that is what they wanted to do.,.they were given a chose to either leave their families or stay and serve their master!.,.what kind of choice is that? Please stop listening to apologist and actually dig in with your own mind and read the bible.

  • saffiregal

    Read ALL the quoted scriptures and try to understand what they are saying.

  • saffiregal

    Oh, like coming on a Bible commentary site with nothing but insults?

  • saffiregal

    Not all Bible prophecies are fulfilled. A Christian can understand their eventually.. However It is after they take place that one sees their fulfillment. Example: Matt 24, Mark 12 Luke 21

  • it’s me

    I have read the bible in its entirety,.,and understand it well. Maybe you should take another hard , honest look!

  • saffiregal

    Me too! I gave you scriptural examples. Please show how you dispute them.

  • Tim

    Amen. Well said.

  • frank Schlernitzaver

    This article is just false and completely misleading. In Jeremiah it is clear He will restore Israel, both the land and the people and the people are the Israel of Jacob the people in whom He says He has an everlasting love for. This AD 70 claim of it being the fulfillment of prophecy is nothing more or less than Post Millennialism which is in error, serious error; they do not even use the word of God to interpret the Kingdom riddles Jesus gave us in Mt 13, calling the leaven in verse 33 that was hidden in three measures of meal the word of God itself, despite leaven being forbidden in the law of God, as well las if you bother to look up every use of leaven in the word of God this is the only one that leaven is anything good, which makes no sense. Riddles can not be taken at face value we learned this in Judges with Sampsons unsolvable riddles, only His riddles are NOT unsolvable, if we search them out scripturally, He has given us clues and wisdom/insight; first see Ezekiel 17:2, now turn to Proverbs 26:7, & 9 The legs of the lame are not equal so is a parable in mouth of the self confident. (note is says equal, they say leaven is good here despite every other use it represents evil, their understanding is not equal). As thorn goth up into the hand of a drunkard so is a parable in the mouth if the self confident. ( The drunk feels no pain neither does he from the thorn in his hand, he is like the self confident man who thinks he understands but does not realize his hurt.)

  • frank Schlernitzaver

    You are in error, consider Jeremiah 31:37 “Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.” now I ask you is He done with Israel(?), He also speaks in Jeremiah of a time of Jacobs trouble like no other time a time yet to come, He also says He has an everlasting love for the Israel of Jacob, and will rebuild them and Jerusalem establishing them there and they will NEVER be removed again. Go ahead read Jeremiah if you dare and tell us what you have found; your comments above have no scripture in them only dark/mean spirited comments with zero facts behind them from scripture.

  • frank Schlernitzaver

    It is also full of error too; it dos not matter who agrees with something but does it agree with the word of God! And it does not agree with word of God.

  • frank Schlernitzaver

    Apostasy is the norm today.

  • frank Schlernitzaver

    Huh? These palestinains are all islamists a religion that has at its foundation the belief ALL jews are to be exterminated, they also praxis beastiality, rape, child brides, murder of unbelievers, honor killings of women/girls very common, stealing form unbelievers is legal and called for, and much much more that is and has been the dread of the civilized world for 1600 plus years. Are you insane or just so filled wit hate of God you are INSANE!

  • frank Schlernitzaver

    Yu have screw or few loose too.

  • frank Schlernitzaver

    You disagree but scripture does not.

  • ScienceRules

    This is between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Jesus as a deity is not real and is pointless and very silly discussing.

    I think the Israeli government is doing the right thing by protecting its people from Hamas.

  • Jesusisdemocrat

    Sorry, but Daniel is obviously an intelligent and spiritual person.

  • Jesusisdemocrat

    With all due respect, yoyr post is one of the most egregiously unChrist-like spewing of lies I have read from a person professing Christian beliefs in a long time. It is also horribly dangerous!

  • Jesusisdemocrat

    Yes, actual history, not Netanyahu lies.

  • Jesusisdemocrat

    Sorry, how is it in error

  • Peter Bigg

    I own an owners manual for a Model T Ford which explains how a car works. The shop that maintains my Mercedes SL600 doesn’t take any notice of it. Stuff evolves.