Why God’s Promises to Israel are Important to Us

June 15, 2013 | Tags: ,

I will strengthen the house of Judah
and deliver the house of Joseph.
I will restore them
because I have compassion on them,
and they will be
as though I had never rejected them.
For I am Yahweh their God,
and I will answer them.

-Zechariah 10:6

The complete fulfillment of God’s promises to His chosen people and nation, the nation of Israel, have yet to be fulfilled, but we can be sure they will be one day. Why is it important that we not only believe this biblical truth, but support and proclaim it? For one thing, God promises to bless those who support Israel (Gen. 12:3). For another, we need the hope and assurance of a covenant-keeping God. After all, if we believed God would remove His promises from Israel, what’s to say He wouldn’t remove His promises to us, the Church? It is a slippery theological slope to go down. No, the answer is to believe that what God promised He will fulfill–to you, me, and His Chosen People, the Jews.

In short, the fulfillment will come in the thousand-year reign of Christ when He comes again to the earth. He will establish His physical rule on earth, and there will be 1,000 years of peace as Satan is looked up and bound, and cannot deceive the nations (Rev. 20:1-3). Many of the OT prophets spent a lot of their writing foretelling the Millennial Kingdom, although they couldn’t see at the time that Christ would come first to redeem. His second coming will be His reign. They thought these prophecies would occur at one time. We, however, have the benefit now of time passing and the complete cannon of Scripture they didn’t have. We are now looking forward to Christ’s reign on earth.

Our God is a covenant-keeping God. What He says He will do, we can be assured, He will do it. We desperately need this hope, because without it, we would be in despair. Our salvation is so guaranteed that Paul even discussed it in the past tense in Romans 8:30–“And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.” Our glorification in heaven is sealed. Our place with Jesus, forever and ever, is certain. Who belongs to Jesus will remain with Him, and no one can snatch us out of His hand (John 10:28).

Rest in the promises of God today. He is holding onto you and will never let you go.

By Courtney Silberman

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