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ISRAEL OF GOD

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. —  August 1, 2014 — 2 Comments
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I receive a lot of email questions. Here is one blog readers might appreciate.

Your discussion is great regarding Gal. 6:16 on pages 172-174 in your book titled: He Shall Have Dominion. I like to ask you a question about how you handle the argument put forward by dispensationalists regarding Galatians 6:16 and the term Israel. They say the term is never used to refer to Gentiles. I know Paul says in Romans 9:6 that not all Israel is of Israel but I am not aware of the term being used to refer to Gentiles other than possibly Rom. 9:6.

Thanks for your comments and question.

The dispensationalist reply is one of desperation in that we know that other peculiarly Jewish titles can refer to Gentiles, for example, Gal 3:29; 1 Pet 2:9. How can such Jewish designations be applied to Gentiles while this one designation (Israel) cannot?


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Furthermore, we should remember also that Jesus said God is able to raise up stones to replace the Jews as the children of Abraham (Matt 3:9). If he could do that (even if this is a metaphorical statement), why could he not appoint Gentiles to take Israel’s position? Especially in that they (we!) have been adopted into his family?

Finally, in Rom 11:17 we find that Gentiles are grafted into the Israel’s tree. Would not the grafted branch be considered a part of the tree? Thus, in this case Gentiles would be a part of the tree of Israel and could, on this basis, be called Israel.

But really, the exegesis of Gal 6:16 in its context demands this — even without these other arguments.

I hope this is helpful. If you ever need a conference speaker on eschatology, Revelation, or anything else, I hope you will contact me. I would love to come and speak to your church.

 

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Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

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Ken is a Presbyterian pastor and the author or co-author of over thirty books, most on eschatology. He has been married since 1971, and has three children and several grandchildren. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A., 1973), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1977), and Whitefield Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1986; Th.D., 1988). He currently pastors Living Hope Presbyterian Church (affiliated with the RPCGA) in Greer, SC. Much of his writing is in the field of eschatology, including his 600 page book, He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology and his 400 page, Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation (his Th.D. dissertation). He contributed chapters to two Zondervan CounterPoints books on eschatological issues: Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (edited by Darrell L. Bock) and Four Views on the Book of Revelation (edited by C. Marvin Pate). He also debated Thomas D. Ice in Kregel's The Great Tribulation: Past or Future? His books have been published by American Vision, Baker, Zondervan, Kregel, P & R, Greenhaven Press, Nordskog, Wipf & Stock, and several other publishers. He has published scores of articles in such publications as Tabletalk, Westminster Theological Journal, Evangelical Theological Society Journal, Banner of Truth, Christianity Today, Antithesis, Contra Mundum, and others. He has spoken at over 100 conferences in America, the Caribbean, and Australia. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and a Church Council Committee member of Coalition on Revival.

2 responses to ISRAEL OF GOD

  1. Thanks Ken, very good question and answer. Helpful to all of those who have come out of dispensationalism.

  2. robert wilson August 3, 2014 at 6:30

    If one is to say all prophecy was finished in 70 AD during old covenant times they would have to leave out prophecies of the second coming that where prophesied in that time. Which is different then saying the mosaic law was finished yet all prophecy was not. “Sit here while I make your enemies your foot stool” has not been finished. I shall “see my redeemer on the last day standing on the earth” has not been finished. Scores of others. You would come to a conclusion Zechariah 12 through 14 which describes a victory over invaders, the messiah meets Jerusalem at a time after he has been pierced. They went to cry “Messiah” and they see him and say “this is the one we pierced,” which further states “all in that day” it happens which historically that has never happened. One can draw the conclusion yes not every Jew receives Christ but “on that day” a remnant does.

    A remnant is not a huge number. This would coincide with Psalm 83 those that wanted to make Israel’s name wiped off the face of the earth and the Lord returns. Not law. Not dispensations. A picture of the day of Christs return. Paul draws the conclusion that it will be an epic event when those biological Jews finally believe Romans 11:15

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