What is the Book of Revelation really about? A lot of Christians have wrestled with the End-Times prophecy over the years, but Joel Richardson sees it this way: the specifics of the End-Times are just steps leading up to the most significant event – the return of Jesus.
Jesus should always be the focus of our Biblical study. But it is still important to understand the role of Israel in the End-Times? Does Israel (as a nation) still have a role in the future fulfillment of Scripture?
“There is a restoration of the kingdom of Israel that is coming.” Joel said, addressing the congregation of Grace Church St. Louis.
During his address, Joel focused particularly on the covenant God made with Israel through the Old Testament Patriarchs, going all the way back to Genesis 15:
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. – Genesis 15:5-7
God made a direct promise to the father of the Jewish nation, that the Jewish people would grow beyond number. God also told Abraham that the reason Abraham had been brought out of Ur was so that he could take possession of the land of Israel.
In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates… – Genesis 15:18
Not only did God give the land to Abraham, but to ALL of Abraham’s descendants, the land of Israel was their birthright forever.
“The Lord is not just the God of Israel” Joel continued. “It has always been for everybody, however, his original plan: to begin with this piece of land …has never changed.”
In conclusion, we see, as Joel points out, that Israel was the means by which God reached out to all the other nations and kingdoms of the earth. It was by Abraham’s bloodline that the Messiah came to be born. Israel mattered, will always matter, because it was through Israel that salvation was offered to the world by our Lord Jesus.
Israel will always be the promised land, that is one of the reasons why we hope you get a chance to see it for yourself! In April of 2019, Joel is traveling to Israel and he invites you to join him on a journey that will take in the best of the Biblical sites.