A Rationale for the Future of Israel
Robert in his work agrees with the Old Testament that defines Israel as a special community that is spiritually bound together by a covenant with God and physically related by Abraham through their Jacob. Their special relationship with God is believed to occur for the service to the rest of the world (Isa. 65.5f). However, despite its special position and role in the world, many have viewed that Israel`s mission had ended with the rejection of Christ and might not have a future. This believes makes every serious theologian and scholar to critically question “does Israel have a future?”
In conclusion, it is evidently clear that both the OT and NT have special canonical revelation on the future of Israel. These evidences promote world view on the positive future of Israel.
Isaiah 60:1–22 and Amos 9:11–15
When we exclusively explore the scripture particularly Isaiah 60:1–22, we come to realise the speciality at which Israel as a nation is to God. Isaiah 60:1-20 exclusively addresses the restoration of Israel. In verse 1, God says, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of Jehovah is risen upon thee.” This verse explains the restoration, redemption and preservation of the Israelites by the Lord Himself. He continues to crescendo on the subsequent chapters to include his theme of salvation to mankind. The rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem during this time paints the picture of New Jerusalem that are coloured by the Lord`s hands. The command “a rise and shine” reflects Gods command to resurrect the Spirit of Christ within Israelites.
Similarly in Amos 9:11–15, despite the challenges Amos provides a new Hope for Israelites. The Amos 9:11–15, onset with a vision of a shaken temple by the Angel of Lord that falls and destroys Judah and Israel. It clearly states “Judgement is coming, but beyond this day of judgement is a day of blessing to Israel.” These words denote how remnant of faithful believers will be spared during the destructive period by Yahweh. The result of this destruction will be a pungent type to the unfaithful lot. However, God will still spare His remnants and preserve them. He further denotes that the remnant Israelites’ will be purified from impurity and chaff.
In conclusion, it is evidently clear from the OT and NT bible verses that Israel still has a great hope the future. Despite the challenges that the people of this blessed generation might face, it vital that they take heart as God himself is in control.
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