It's been a sparse summer around here. Writing juices have dried up, and both time and ideas are hard to come by.
So I turn to you--the reader--for a bit of blog fodder.
There seems to be a resurgent interest and infatuation with Israel among Dispensational Premillennialists. Perhaps it's the inevitable result of John MacArthur's straight-forward and (somewhat) controversial "Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a (Dispensational) Premillennialist" talk at a recent Shepherds' Conference. In this talk, MacArthur tauted the fulfillment of a literal territorial land promise to the Jews as the pinnacle proof of God's faithfulness. In other words, God cannot be faithful if He doesn't give the Jews a rather large parcel of turf in the Middle East. And God will do so in the Millennial Kingdom--not to be confused with the New Heavens and New Earth.
All of which brings me to the point of this post. While Dispensationalists are quick to acknowledge that God has set the Jewish nation aside during this dispensation (choosing rather to work in and through the Church--comprised of believing Jews and Gentiles), they seem to intimate that the present-day State of Israel is somehow key to God fulfilling His covenantal land promises in the Millennial Kingdom. In anticipation of the coming Kingdom, the State of Israel is to be protected, guarded, and lauded (including the GARBC's "birthday congratulations" to the present-day State of Israel).
So here is the poll question (not that poll results determine truth, but just for a little prophetic fun): Which statement or statements describe the present-day State of Israel's involvement in biblical prophecy?
a) The present-day State of Israel is a precursor to the return of Christ. Things have fallen into place in the Middle East, precipitating Christ's return.Now it's your turn. Let's have a little fun today!
b) As with any other present-day earthly nation, the present-day State of Israel has nothing to do with biblical prophecy. God's faithfulness is not bound to or dependent upon the present-day State of Israel.
c) Present-day Israel and its people should be lauded and loved because they remain God's covenant people. There are special blessings promised to people and nations that express kindness to the State of Israel.
d) 'Judeo-centric Eschatology' (a term employed by Barry Horner in his book, Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged) is key to a correct understanding of biblical prophecy. Any eschatological view that does not include an appreciation for the present-day State of Israel and a future land kingdom for the Jews is anti-Semitic.
P. S. -- For those attempting to pigeonhole my eschatological views, please understand that every worthwhile journalist (not that I am one!) attempts to veil his own views when asking others for theirs.