About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
"Eretz Israel" has been the rallying cry of many Jews seeking a state of their own
over the years. It means
of Israel." This rallying cry has
echoed around the world, partly due to God's promise to Abraham that his
descendents would be a great nation, possessing a specific portion of land
in the Middle East (Genesis 12:1 - 3, 15:18).
These promises, known as the Abrahamic Covenant, have yet to be
fully realized, but, as the vision of Ezekiel 37:1 to 14 predicts,
"eretz Israel" will become, and is becoming, a reality.
In this vision Ezekiel
saw a valley of dead bones coming to life to form a great nation. During
the height of the Charismatic Movement of the 1960's and 1970's I
consistently heard these dead bones referred to as the church. Many
in the movement believed they would help facilitate the dead bones of the
church coming back to life. The
Biblical fact, however, is that Ezekiel 37:11 specifically states that
these dead bones coming to life are the people of Israel, not the church.
Romans 11:29 tells us
that God cannot revoke or default on a promise.
I also believe that God does not reinterpret a promise to mean
something different than what was originally intended to mean, as
Replacement Theology teaches concerning Israel. For this reason
The future success of Israel
doesn't depend on
The restoration of the
Jews and their nation to greatness is not the end of the matter.
Ezekiel 37:23 says that
Ezekiel 37:24 states that
God's servant David, who Christians understand to be the Lord Jesus
Christ, will rule over the nation of Israel. Psalm 132:11 says that God
swore an oath to David that one of his descendents would sit on his
throne, an oath He will not revoke. That
descendent is Jesus. Isaiah
66:8 predicts a nation would be born in one day.
Like many, I believe that refers to