Who Else Is Israel?

Who Else Is Israel?

A little-known fact about the Israelite’s exodus from Egypt is that many Egyptians went with them. 37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. 38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle. (Exodus 12:37-38) A few verses after this record, we read God’s requirements for the annual remembrance of...

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Who Is Israel? Who Are the Jews?

Who Is Israel? Who Are the Jews?

Many people think of “Israel” and the “Jews” as being the same group of people, but in reality, the Jews are just a small segment of the larger group of people God called Israel. Who is Israel? Jacob was the son of Abraham whose name was changed by God to “Israel,” which means “prince of God.” He had twelve sons. Who is Judah? Judah was one of the sons of Israel, and his descendants became known...

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God’s Plan for Israel

God’s Plan for Israel

Let’s first look at what the Bible has to say about Israel. God’s plan was that Israel would become a “multitude” of peoples, meaning that a multitude of ethnic groups would seek to join themselves to the community of Israelites. Now YHVH had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I...

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Who Are the People of God?

Who Are the People of God?

Our English word “church” is used for the concept that people from every tribe and nation (ie. Gentiles) have been “called out” of darkness by faith in Jesus Christ and “made fellow citizens with God’s people” (Israel). In the New Testament, the Greek word ecclesia is commonly translated “church.” Ecclesia means “called-out ones.” Although salvation was originally offered to Abraham’s seed, God extended that...

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Keep Israel and the Church Distinct

A dispensationalist keeps Israel and the church distinct. This is stated in different ways by both friends and foes of dispensationalism. Fuller says that ‘the basic premise of Dispensationalism is two purposes God expressed in the formation of two peoples who maintain their distinction throughout eternity.’ A. C. Gaebelein stated it in terms of the difference between the Jews, the Gentiles, and the church of God. The essence of...

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