Hope of Israel
. . for the hope of Israel am I bound with this chain” – Paul, Acts
CHILDREN OF ISRAEL GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE:
The Apostle Paul was a Jew to whom the resurrected Lord
Jesus Christ appeared and converted to the belief that our Lord is the Messiah
and Deliverer promised by God to Israel.
The Apostle did not change his belief in “the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:
unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and
night, hope to come” – (Acts 26-6/7).
He just needed clear proof that the crucified Jew, Jesus Christ, was in
fact what his disciples, other Jews, believed – that he was the promised
Messiah, the future King of Israel and the world.
That clear proof came as a blinding light and a powerful
voice from heaven, on his way to Damascus to persecute Jesus followers.
“Saul, Saul, why persecutest
me?” – (Acts 9-1/6).
Paul, and all who know their Bibles well know,
that God chose the children of Israel to be his special chosen people
above all others –(Genesis 49; Exodus
BECAUSE GOD MADE PROMISES TO THE FATHERS:
God had called and made great promises unto Abraham, the
father of the Jewish people. Those
promises are found in Genesis 12-1/3, v.7; 13-14/17;15-4,5; 18/21; 17-3/8;
22-15/18. They involve
Abraham being resurrected to become, with his “seed”, a great blessing to
all nations; a great nation; and possessing all the land of Canaan from the River Nile to
the River Euphrates. The
Jewish people are Abraham’s descendants and our Lord Jesus Christ is the
inheritor of Abraham’s promises, (Galatians 3-16).
Because of those promises, God who cannot lie, chose the children of
Israel as His special, national people, and he raised up Jesus to be Israel’s
future Saviour and King. God
also made a great promise to King David in 2 Samuel 7-8/17,
involving God making David an everlasting
house and kingdom through his “seed” – a special descendant, our Lord
Jesus Christ. (Matthew 1-1;
Luke 1-30/33) .
ISRAEL’S NATIONAL HOPE:
“The hope of Israel” is therefore the national
hope of the Jewish people, that
they should one day inherit all the promises God made to Abraham and to David.
They would become God’s Kingdom on earth and inherit all the land of
Canaan now known as The Middle East.
The Apostle in Hebrews 11-1 tells us that
“faith is the substance of things hoped for”, and
in Romans 10-17, that “faith
cometh by hearing…. the word of God”.
Though most modern Jews
do not believe these promises, or
in our Lord Jesus as their Messiah, some do and many Gentiles also believe.
HOPE OF ISRAEL IS THE HOPE TO BE A PART OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD:
The wonderful thing about “the hope of Israel” is that it can become our hope too.
God has opened up the door of faith to everyone.
Everyone is now invited by God to become a everlasting part of the great
Age to come when the prayer they are now permitted to offer will become a
reality in the earth: “Our
Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in
The Hope of
Israel is now the hope of the world, and apart from this hope there is no hope
– for God has NOT promised we will go to heaven when we die.
He HAS promised eternal life on earth in His eternal Kingdom – which
our Lord Jesus Christ will set up in Jerusalem in Israel.
(Micah 4-2). That is
why He said, “Swear not by Jerusalem for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING”.
WILL BECOME GOD’S KINGDOM AT CHRIST’S RETURN:
Upon His return to earth our Lord Jesus will raise the
responsible dead, grant immortality to the faithful, save Israel from its
enemies, call upon all Jewry to return, solve the Israel/Palestinian problem, and
“restore again the Kingdom to Israel”. (Acts 1-6).
Faithful Jews and Gentiles of all ages will become “kings
and priests reigning upon the earth”, (Revelation 5-9,10).
CHRIST COMES GENTILES MAY HAVE ISRAEL’S HOPE:
Whilst we wait the return of the Lord from heaven, God has
opened up the door of faith to the gentiles, (Acts 10-34/43; 11-18).
The Hope of Israel may become our
hope. If we will believe God’s promises we can become part
of the Abrahamic “seed”, our Lord Jesus Christ.
BELIEVE WHAT ISRAEL HAS REJECTED:
“Without faith it
is impossible to please Him”
But belief in the gospel brings His justification and hope of life,
(Romans 1-16,17; ch. 4). Not
any belief will do – we must believe in the gospel promises, then be baptised
for the forgiveness of our sins and the putting on of the Name of Jesus Christ,
the only “name under heaven given among
men whereby we must be saved”. (Mark
16-15/16; Acts 4-12).
Through Israel’s fall (from faith and grace)
salvation has come to the Gentiles - but they must ever remember that they stand
only by faith. (Romans 11-11/21). We
must believe all that God has promised.
ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED:
our Lord Jesus does come again (and indications are that it must be very soon),
both humbled and converted Jewry and believing gentiles will be saved. ( Romans