The messianic reign

Fredy Winkler

For those who believe in the truth of the Bible, the modern nation of Israel is undoubtedly the strongest, visible evidence that God fulfills His promises. As to the question of how things will continue in Israel, there are varying opinions. That is the case even among the Jews.

Considering this topic, it’s actually incredible that in Israel and among the Jews, there really isn’t any discussion about the coming Messiah, as described in the Bible. The only groups in Israel that have some conscious level of messianic awareness are the religious Jews, and in particular, those who have settled in the Palestinian zones. They view the settlements as fulfillment of biblical promises, such as the statement in Jeremiah 31:5, “You will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria.”

The biblical context from which that statement is taken, however, indicates that this promise will occur during the messianic reign. When interpreting end-time prophecies from the Bible, it’s always important to pay close attention to the time in which they will apply.

Paul wrote to his disciple Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15, to be someone who rightly divides the word of truth. Among other things, that surely meant that he was to properly indicate who the words applied to and in which timeframe they occur, just as Peter stated in 1 Peter 1:11.

For example, in Isaiah 61:1-2, it’s clear just how important it is to rightly divide God’s Word. When Jesus Himself interpreted these verses in Luke 4:16-21, He stopped in mid-sentence and said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing,” even though the text in Isaiah continues. Jesus was telling that audience that the first part of the prophecy pertaining to the “Year of the Lord’s favor” was being fulfilled, but the remainder of the prophecy that pertains to the “Day of vengeance of our God” was still in the future.

These same problems with interpretation can be found in the end-times promises for Israel. Many of them clearly apply to the gathering of the Jews in Israel before the coming of the Messiah, or the return of Jesus. Other prophecies, though, apply to His return in power and glory and the messianic reign that will follow His return. Those prophecies do not apply to the current situation in Israel.

When we consider present-day Israel, we must always keep these important facts in mind. The gathering and return of Israel in its homeland is actually a pretty amazing event. Israel has done great things since the founding of the modern state, and it is at the forefront of technology in many areas, but we cannot confuse these events with the promised messianic reign.

Ben-Gurion once said, “We’re going to bring the messianic age to the world through our science, research and development.” Perhaps some in Israel are expecting a manmade messianic age, instead of the coming of the biblically-promised Messiah. In fact, there will not be a glorious messianic age without the coming of the promised Messiah in person. The messianic reign that is promised in the Bible does not depend on human success and progress, but rather on the person of the Messiah. Therefore, the hope in the return of the Lord Jesus, the greatest Son of Israel, is the hope that surpasses all human hopes.

Greetings to you in this glorious hope, Shalom!

News From Israel - 04/2017

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