The quick answer is ‘no’ to the question concerning the natural Jewish people and the nation State of Israel being God’s prophetic time clock.
In the 38 years I have been a sold out believer in Jesus Christ it has been reported by the pop prophetic voices in the church at least 6 different people purportedly to be the antichrist, as well as natural Israel being God’s prophetic time clock.
These dispen-sensational dispensers of fake news have taught we must keep our eyes on natural Israel to know what God is doing in the earth. This of course is completely unbiblical, as the writer of Hebrews tells us to fix our eyes of Jesus because He is the Author and Perfecter of faith [Hebrews 12:2].
Jesus is not just the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Our faith has not yet reached Jesus’ faith.
Jesus is the Author and Perfecter of all faith in and faithfulness to God the Father.
Additionally, Paul wrote this to the saints in Ephesus:
“1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles — 2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; 3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. 4 By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 6 to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. 8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; 10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. 13 Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.” [Ephesians 3]
Paul reveals a mystery was revealed to him, and that mystery was “of Christ.” This mystery of Christ was not made known in previous generations, and was at the time of Paul’s life being revealed to God’s holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit. This is very interesting because Paul states in Galatians 3 the gospel was preached to Abraham [3:8; Genesis 12:3c], and the writer of Hebrews tells us the gospel was preached to the people God delivered out of Egyptian bondage [4:2].
Paul goes on to be more specific about this mystery of Christ and that it is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body [of Christ], as well as fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Who are the people the Gentiles are joined in being heirs, members and have fellowship with – BELIEVING Jews who continue on in His word!
Jesus described who those believing Jews are in John 8 – “30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.‘”
Paul states he was given grace to:
* Preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ [the gospel]
* Bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which had been hidden in God who created all things [the gospel]
All of this was so that the manifold wisdom of God “might now” be made known THROUGH THE CHURCH to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. Paul states emphatically these were done “in accordance with the ETERNAL purpose which God the Father carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This wisdom includes God’s plans and how He uses the best way of accomplishing them.
So, for the last 2000 years God has been using His church, not unsaved natural Israel, to reveal His manifold wisdom. What began with revelation to the 1st century apostles and prophets is continuing through the real church of Jesus Christ of Nazareth even into eternity future.
There are many important truths that could be unpacked but for the sake of time and space I will not unpack all of those truths. Just read Paul’s text again very slowly and let what he wrote sink deeply into your spirit.
The Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, His life and ministry, is the only life that the revelation of the mystery hidden in God should guide our lives. Natural Israel is not a factor at all in what He is doing in, and revealing to, the earth.
The phrase “hidden in God” reminds me of another text with that phrase in it.
“1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” [Colossians 3]
We are to keep ‘seeking the things above’ and to ‘set our minds on the things above, not on the things that are on the earth.’ This means we are to think like heaven [God] not earth [man].
It is impossible to be so heavenly minded you are no earthly good. It is possible to be so earthly minded you are no earthly good.
Paul uses ‘things above’ twice. This is because it is a vitally important truth. Heaven [God] has a higher way of doing things and a higher reason for doing them that way!
The life of our Lord is the guiding Light which unveils all of God’s eternal plan for the world. Nowhere in the New Testament do we find instruction to look to or depend on the unsaved, whether Jew or not, for what God is doing in the earth. Everything God has done, and is doing He is doing in and through the life of His Son Jesus Christ. God’s plan for man has ALWAYS been the Person of Jesus Christ.
Paul goes on to state this manifold wisdom of God is being made known through the church that Jesus is building and is the Head of to the unseen spiritual world that is manipulating the minds of people who are not surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Some Christians are being manipulated by these unseen spiritual “rulers and authorities.”
Here are some dates that are coming quickly that these unseen manipulators of truth would have us focus on.
April 23, 2018 – A new rapture date predicted by someone postulating he has figured out this date based on Revelation 12:1-2 and certain plantetary alignments that are happening or or about that date. Yawn! The rapture theology has ruptured so many times it is not even worth writing about in this blog.
May 14, 2018 – The nation State of Israel’s 70th anniversary. I was gloriously born again in April 1980. In the 38 years I have served Christ Jesus I have witnessed natural Israel’s 40th anniversary in 1988, her 50th “Jubilee” anniversary in 1998, and now her 70th anniversary May 14th. All of these dates were reportedly key dates in the time clock craziness the pop prophetic voices have used to divert people from the real truth, which is – “Keep your eyes on Jesus Christ” and “keep seeking and setting your minds on things above.”
In addition, we now have the “new fear” of WWIII starting over the Syrian dilemma and other geo-political issues facing the nations of the world. These matters are playing into the hysteria the world is about to come to an end. Memo, “The meek shall inherit the earth” so hang on to your sanity so you can stay focused on what your Father wants you to inherit.
I have often said, “If you truly believe this rapture and world ending nonsense then prove it by giving to me all of your property, money, investments, and any other items of real value because I have a mission to carry out training, equipping and activating maturing saints to effectively and faithfully steward the revolution Jesus started 2000 years ago.” I have a training center to build to be able to train all the people God has promised our team and I will train.
I would like to propose a funeral service be planned for the fake news reports from the so called Christian prophetic experts of the earth’s demise, and the secret rapture of Christ’s Bride, based on the misinformation that God and His plans are tied to the unbelieving Jewish people known as the nation State of Israel.
I for one have already laid to rest the lie that natural Israel is God’s prophetic time clock.
I pray with the passing of her 70th anniversary May 14, 2018 all believers will lay it to rest too, and the rest of the true Church of Jesus Christ will be prepared to inherit and steward the revolution Jesus started 2000 years ago. The world is depending on us!
Keep His Passion, Power, Presence, Purity and Purpose!
Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin