Thursday, July 31, 2014

No Temple, No Israel

And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. 1 Kings 18:44

I began to watch a video in which a man claimed that Israel had been restored. His proof? He had witnessed the very moment when rain had come to the land, indicating God's approval. When God was displeased with them, the wind came from the arid east. But when He was pleased, the western wind brought rain from the Mediterranean Sea.

Now that Israel is slaughtering Palestinian people, mostly children, may we assume that the wind is once again blowing from the east? For according to this man, he had just happened to be there at the time of the blessing of God in the form of rain.

He held up his hand, as if we did not know what one looked like. It was a gesture to illustrate the scene from 1 Kings 18:44, as if he were Elijah, perhaps. Though the one who saw the cloud was Elijah's servant, and this did not signify Israel's restoration. A horrible example of so-called teaching, but I am sure many in the crowd ate it up.

So, what should we look for concerning the restoration of Israel? How about the restoration of the temple in Jerusalem? Since God has supposedly restored Israel, why do they not rebuild the temple?

Answer: the Muslim's will not allow them. Every year, there is an attempt by orthodox Jews to lay a cornerstone (in the wrong location) and a huge riot, ending in the removal of the stone.

A Covenant theologian might say that Israel will never build the temple because the true Israel has become the Presbyterian church. No kidding.

But the temple will be rebuilt. Paul tells us that when it is, anti-Christ will then desecrate it, starting the Day of the Lord (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4).

Attempts to imitate the scene from 1 Kings are no proof of Israel's return. Without their temple, there is no Israel. This is yet in the future.

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