- Religion and Philosophy
Why Christians Support Israel
About the time of the End, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the prophecies, and insist on their literal interpretation in the midst of much clamor and opposition.
- - Sir Isaac Newton (A.D. 1643-1727)
How right Isaac Newton was! And have we not dissolved the inward man so much that all sustenance of living is now “loosed upon the world, ”extrovertly” sought rather “outside” one’s self than found “introvertly” or “inside” one’s self?
This manner of living is likened to the “Great Whore” that the Bible writes of in its Book of Revelations. Yet, even while this is understood among various Christian sects, there is yet division. That division resides in precepts that are derived and dependent upon “extroverted” exegesis versus “introverted” or more “spiritual” exegesis. And we witness the annihilation of the individual where the inward life is ignored through the implementation of socialistic policies that do more to exploit the individual and lose him, and when we desire the masses be controlled by medical and government authorities for the sake of the “whole” which paradoxically results in doing more destruction than they were resurrected to correct in the first place.
In his book The Road to Holocaust theologian Hal Lindsey distinguishes between the false doctrine of Christian Dominion Theology and its belief that the Jews are no longer God’s chosen people after Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection versus the true “spiritual” Christian doctrine and belief that the true spiritual blessings of the covenants God made with the Jews are promises that will not be broken and remain intact until this day. He wrote:
Because Israel failed under the Mosaic Covenant, which was a conditional covenant to begin with, the Dominionists teach that all of their covenants were forfeited . . . this ignores the fact that Israel’s other four covenants are all unconditional and not dependent on the Mosaic covenant. That is why this allegory says that “we do not support the root, but the root supports us.” (Romans 11:18) This statement affirms that the covenants are still in force, and that they are being kept in reserve from the descendants of the Patriarchs whom the LORD will bring to faith.
When people consider the meaning “chosen people” they distinguish between those people who have God’s “merited favor” and those that do not. They also question why God, if He loves all, would “choose” a people. But they view this question from a “material” or “literal” earthy perspective, not a "spiritual" one. It is spiritual and we are “chosen” from within by change of the heart, mind and will. It is spiritual first and foremost, as God is spiritual and requires our contemplation of the spiritual to know Him.
So when we look at the Bible as a spiritual and progressive history, and thus God’s purpose fulfilled in the intervention and progression of man’s individual soul, we have to admit that in order for God to accomplish His spiritual refinement of man and His purpose of establishing man as benefactor of His wisdom and love, He would have to logically and rationally begin with creating a people that worshipped Him “extrovertly” first. This had to be done since man was “collective” in his beginnings and since life was so difficult man sought God “outside” himself and in all manner of the world. Man was at this time “extroverted” and was not conscious at all of his inner workings. God thus created the Jewish people to bring into the world the knowledge of the truth of spiritual life and of Him.
This is how the Old Testament is connected to the New Testament. The Old Testament is a journey of man worshipping God “outside” himself and then with The New Testament and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, man’s journey towards the worship of God begins “inside” himself, individually and apart from the collective.
Up until the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, mankind was more “collective” as a mass whose worship of God was defined by obedience to laws of morality and behavior. So, if God were to dwell within man to bring reconciliation with Him, it would then follow by necessity that man in his individual self would thus “choose” God. Jesus Christ then is the embodiment of truth to that end, where the consciousness of the inward life is raised up as against the “collective” whole and God Himself providing release from sin to the justification of life by faith through Him. After Christ’s death and resurrection, therefore, no longer did man sacrifice the animal for remission of sin (extroverted release), but through the worship of Christ as the Son of God would there be, henceforth, the remission of individual sin (introverted).
Life then in the spiritual realm is a returning to the roots of the reason for our “fall from grace” and our reconciliation and understanding of arrestment of the war of opposites in ourselves. To become united rather than divided in ourselves, Jesus Christ died so “our sins would be forgiven.” We therefore must die "inwardly" also. Inwardly now, rather than outwardly, we contemplate the reasons for our sins and we acquaint ourselves with our motives. We look deeply inside ourselves. Thus, when we choose God and accept His offering for our own personal salvation, we connect with Him in the deepest of ourselves, in a personal relationship, that part we will eventually take with us in the life to come. In essence, to know the wisdom of our spiritual God for our reconciliation with Him in the spiritual realm that fulfills our former desire before the Fall from Grace that began with Adam and Eve.
However one may view this theological view, it is no doubt that much of what is suggested here forms the foundational basis upon which we can trace back and find the origin of anti-Semitism. That is because the world in most part resolves its problems “extrovertly” rather than “introvertly” with regard to all matters both economic and spiritual, which makes little wonder that anti-Semitism ignites a “jealousy” and “fury” from other extroverted religious faiths that could be said to be unconsciously “jealous” of the status as “chosen” people when, in reality, God's intention was by way of using the Jewish people as vehicles from which ALL would come to know Him spiritually. And it is THIS jealousy or extroverted exegesis and manner of worship that is the cause of “religious” wars and, thus, anti-Semitism and also anti-Christianity.
However, there can be no wars in the inward man except his own. So while religion is “extroverted,” the spiritual is not. In the deepest and most profound realm of the spirit of God people can be united. And they can be united by desire to reclaim their individuality, even if they do not choose God, since individual salvation is not dependent on the world.
Which brings me to the subject of Christianity as “philosophy” versus Christianity as “religion.” As Hal Lindsey in his book “The Road to Holocaust” correctly delineates:
“The Jerusalem Church Elders still thought that Gentiles had to become Jews to be accepted in the Church. The Apostle James resolved the issue by a quote from Amos:
“After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild and I will restore it, that the remnant of men may seek the LORD, and all the GENTILES who bear my name, says the LORD, who does these things that have been known for ages. (Amos 9:11-12 quoted in Acts 15:16-18)
As Hal Lindsey explains further:
In this context “David’s fallen tent” is clearly referring to the reestablishment of the Davidic rule and kingdom. HOWEVER, God also states “’. . .yet I will not totally destroy the house of Jacob. . For I will give the command, and I will shake the house of Israel among all the nations as a grain is shaken in a sieve, but not a kernel will fall to the ground.’” (9:8b-9)
It is at this time, when God shakes the world and redeems a remnant of Israel which is scattered among the nations that He will restore the tabernacle of David. This is a clear reference to the Tribulation which immediately precedes the Second Coming of Christ. Jeremiah describes this same situation:
“How awful that day will be! NONE WILL BE LIKE IT. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, BUT HE WILL BE SAVED OUT OF IT. . . Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you . . .I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents and have compassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins and the palace will stand in its proper place.” (Jeremiah 30:7, 11, 18)
James only draws one point from this quote – the LORD will first “take out from among the Gentiles a people for Himself,” and then afterward the LORD will return and restore the Davidic kingdom to Israel.”
And Mr. Lindsey concludes with:
This answered the main problem the council was convened to solve – that a body of Gentiles must first be saved from among the nations, then the Messiah will return and fulfill His Covenants with the House of David and Israel.
Some Christians feel that Israel’s future is The New Testament. But as Hal Lindsey points out on Pg. 99:
“I maintain that once God makes a definite promise that depends only upon His faithfulness, He cannot break it. If a promise is clearly stated in this manner in the Old Testament, then the New Testament cannot contradict it. If someone comes up with an interpretation that seems to contradict it, then rest assured their interpretation is wrong, not the Bible, because it cannot contradict itself.”
I emphatically agree. We can all be united spiritually, as regarding the love of God by them and for Him, for as individuals we choose God and if one does not choose God, that choice belongs to him.
This is a deep topic that deserves a more public debate, and I maintain that it must be in the realm of “spiritual” contemplation where we as a nation will tread our course and future, not of enmity between "religious" groups, or any religion versus the Bible, but in the spirit of faith by God’s Will and not our own and by the course we choose to take in our lives as individuals within the collective whole.
Despite how much we believe we control our destiny, like it or not the prophecies are unfolding despite ourselves, and doing so in a "spiritual" rather than "literal" way, as God planned it, for His calling has always been for the "inward man" and the dispensation of His grace.