Monday, September 19, 2016

THE HOPE OF ISRAEL - By Jon D. Bekemeyer




Scripture Reading: Acts 26:6-7, 28:20

Five times in the book of Acts the Apostle Paul mentions  that the preaching of the resurrection was the reason for his  difficulties. Four of these five times he refers to the  resurrection as a hope, a future expectation. Then in his last  reference to this issue, he refers to the resurrection as the  hope of Israel.

There are many distinctions between the mystery  program and the prophetic program. One relates to Heavenly  Places; the other relates to the Earth. One involves a Body;  the other involves a Nation. One follows Christ as the Head;  the other follows Christ as the King. These distinctions are  clearly revealed in God's Word; but in our zeal for these  distinctions, we must not overlook the things that are  common. Such as, that which is our "blessed hope" (our  resurrection at the Rapture) is also the hope of Israel (their  resurrection at the Second Coming).

When the Lord fulfills His prophetic promises, it will be  a marvelous thing. The curse will be lifted from the earth.  The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord (Isaiah  11:9). It will be inhabited only by those who are righteous  (Psalm 25:12-13), and it will be ruled directly by God  (Zechariah 14:9).

But what about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who died  thousands of years ago? They never experienced these  kingdom blessings. Yet, Matthew 8:11 tells us that they will be  there in the kingdom of Heaven. What about the heroes Of the  faith listed in Hebrews 11 who died before they received the  promise? They too will be there, as well as every other Old  Testament saint. This could only be possible through  resurrection, which is truly, the hope of Israel.


How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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