Jul 252016

If you have signed up for Jack Kelly’s daily emails (www.gracethrufaith.com) you have this in yesterday’s inbox. In this post Jack clarifies the answer to the question of how the Church is grafted in but remains separate from Israel.


Q. I understand your view on replacement theology and how we have not displaced Israel as God’s people. Through your post on “The Great Pause” I’ve seen how God has only paused His time line for Israel. In accordance with Romans 11:17, my church teaches that we are grafted into Israel. What exactly does that mean? To what extent? Are God’s promises for Israel for us too? Should we be observing Jewish feast days or is the church totally separate from Israel?

A. This “grafting in” as Paul called it takes place through the Lord Jesus. He explained this in Galatians 3:26-29, and Ephesians 2:11-22.

It’s not that the Church has become Israel, it’s that through the Lord, Jew and Gentile have become the Church.

Both the natural branches and the grafted in branches receive nourishment from the same root, which is Christ. The Church doesn’t need to try to be separate from Israel, the Church is by definition separate from Israel.

Paul made this clear in Romans 11:25-27 when he said Israel has been hardened in part until the full number of gentiles has come in. He was talking about the Church being raptured. After that Israel will be saved. He was saying the same thing he heard James say in Acts 15:13-18. Israel and the Church are distinct and separate entities and God deals with them as such.

Whether you observe the Jewish feast days or not is up to you, as long as you understand you’re not required to do so.

In Colossians 2:16 Paul said not to let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration, or a Sabbath day.

And in Romans 14:5 he said, “One man considers one day more sacred than another, another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.”

(For more on replacement theology see “Doctrines that Divide Christians” Bible Prophecy 101, chapter 3, home page of this site)

Jul 232016


(Jordanian special forces participate in an anti-terrorism drill at King Abdullah II Airbase in Amman)

JPost: “Throughout the  turmoil that has roiled the Middle East during the last five-and-a-half years, Jordan has managed to maintain its equilibrium, affected by events, to be sure, but seemingly immune from the twin catastrophes of state failure and rampant violent conflict that has characterized much of the region.

However, two recent jihadi terrorist attacks, the largest experienced by Jordan in a decade, give cause for concern, especially in the context of larger trends.

The most recent attack, carried out by the Islamic State on June 21, killed seven Jordanian soldiers and injured at least twice that many at a Syrian-Jordanian border checkpoint.”

jrdanOpinion: Jordan has a significant role to play in end times prophecy. In Psalm 83:1-8 the entire state is represented in great detail as part of an alliance to eliminate the Jewish state.

  • Edom: Southern Jordan, home  of the tribes of Esau until the 6th century BC
  • Moab: Central Jordan, firstborn son of Lot
  • Ammon: Northern Jordan, brother of Moab

Edom, or Esau (Genesis 36:1), is known as the eternal enemy of the Israelites. In Genesis 27:41 Esau vows to kill his brother Jacob whom God named Israel (Genesis 35:10) over the birthright that Esau squandered. Esau’s descendants are still trying to kill Jacob.

Modern day Edom is the West Bank (Judea) today.

Moab and Ammon were born to Lot and Lot’s elder and younger daughters in the aftermath of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible refers to both the Moabites and Ammonites as Lot’s sons, born of incest with his daughters, Genesis 19:37-38.

After the Psalm 83 alliance is defeated, Jordan is not mentioned again until the final war of Armageddon.

Daniel 11:40-41: “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon.”

Daniel prophesies one of the final battles of Armageddon right before Antichrist moves his armies into Israel. Notice that Jordan will escape the wrath and destruction.

Here’s why: In Matthew 24:15-16, Jesus instructs the Jews who will be in Judea in that day to “flee to the mountains”. The mountains are modern-day Petra in southern Jordan.

All Jordan is spared because the remnant of the Jews will be there.

Jul 222016


Arutz Sheva: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surveyed the separation barrier today near Meitar, ahead of planned building for the security barrier in that area.

Addressing future work on the security barrier, Netanyahu said, “We established that we will close breaches [in the security fence]. We will prevent illegal residents and attackers from reaching the cities of Israel. It’s complicated, we need to guard the villages, and we of course need to deal with the whole chain of illegal activity, including employers and those that supply lodging and transport for illegals.”

“I think it’s clear that this project will be finished. It’s important for the security of the citizens of Israel and for the State of Israel.”

Opinion: Funny how much sense a security fence makes to leaders who have a sincere desire to keep terrorists out and citizens safe.

The rise of Donald Trump to the Republican nomination can be attributed to just that.

But what is equally fascinating is that some day, possibly soon, Israel will be removing the same security fences that they are building today.

“On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan:  You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates” Ezekiel 38:10. 

Ezekiel is addressing Gog, a prince of Russia who devises an evil plan to attack Israel. Israel will be living in a false peace, but to really understand why, we need to back up a few verses.

After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely – all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’— to take plunder and to take booty …”. Ezekiel 38:11-12

In the latter years (just prior to the tribulation), Israel will be attacked. Her people will have been gathered from the nations after a long desolation (1868 years). Israel will be brought back from the sword (Hebrew – war) and living in a false peace. The Gog Magog alliance is after plunder (great wealth).

But what war could be so decisive that Israel would take down the walls that are providing protection?

A victory in a future war, as described by a temple priest 3000 years ago in Psalm 83:1-8, could provide that much confidence.

Asaph individually named each member of an alliance that includes virtually all of Israel’s very hostile Arab neighbors today. And their battle cry sounds like one of today’s headlines:

Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”

“For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You:  The tents of Edom (West Bank) and the Ishmaelites (Saudi Arabia); Moab (central Jodan) and the Hagrites (Egypt); Gebal (northern Lebanon), Ammon (northern Jordan), and Amalek (southern Israel); Philistia (Gaza) with the inhabitants of Tyre (southern Lebanon); Assyria (Syria and northern Iraq) also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot”.

Yeah, that could do it.


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