Israel at 60 - 4) The hope of Israel - the true Christian hope


Published on - The last of a four part series exploring Israel and its significant position in the world. In this final presentation we make thigns relevant to you; as our series draws to its conclusion, focus shifts from Israel to you as we show how the things we have looked at in relation to Israel relate to you too, how their wonderful future affects your future, and why these things deserve further investigation while the opportunity remains!

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Israel at 60 - 4) The hope of Israel - the true Christian hope

  1. 1. 1948 – 2008 ISRAEL AT 60 4) The hope of Israel – the true Christian hope
  2. 2. ‘The hope of Israel’ <ul><li>Phrase appears once in the Bible, used by the apostle Paul </li></ul>Acts 28:20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you , and to speak with you : because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.
  3. 3. Paul the apostle 1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
  4. 4. Christians Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
  5. 5. Paul’s work Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
  6. 6. Paul’s work Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. Being a true Christian is to hold to the hope of Israel
  7. 7. The hope of Israel Acts 26:6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:
  8. 8. The fathers Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers , hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
  9. 9. The fathers
  10. 10. The fathers
  11. 11. The fathers
  12. 12. The fathers
  13. 13. The promises to Abraham Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
  14. 14. The land of Israel Genesis 17:8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan , for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
  15. 15. Abraham’s seed Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
  16. 16. Summary so far <ul><li>Scripture joins the hope of Israel with being a Christian </li></ul><ul><li>The hope of Israel is the hope of a promise God made to the fathers of the Jews </li></ul><ul><li>This promise involves the giving of the land of Israel to Abraham and his descendant (singular) for ever </li></ul><ul><li>This descendant is explicitly declared to be Jesus Christ </li></ul>
  17. 17. The coming blessings Isaiah 56:6-7 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; 7. Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
  18. 18. The hope of Israel – the true Christian hope Matthew 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
  19. 19. The hope of Israel – the true Christian hope Acts 13:23 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
  20. 20. The hope of Israel – the true Christian hope Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
  21. 21. The hope of Israel – the true Christian hope Romans 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
  22. 22. The hope of Israel – the true Christian hope 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
  23. 23. The hope of Israel – the true Christian hope Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
  24. 24. The hope of Israel – the true Christian hope 1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
  25. 25. The hope of Israel – the true Christian hope Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
  26. 26. The hope of Israel – the true Christian hope John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
  27. 27. The hope of Israel – the true Christian hope Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
  28. 28. The hope of Israel – the true Christian hope Isaiah 62:1-7 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. 2. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. 3. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. 4. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. 5. For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. 6. I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, 7. And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
  29. 29. A final thought
  30. 30. What is a true Christian? <ul><li>A true Christian is one who shares the hope of Israel </li></ul><ul><li>A true Christian needs faith (belief) and baptism to be recognised by God </li></ul>Galatians 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith , the same are the children of Abraham. Galatians 3:26-29 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus . 27. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29. And if ye be Christ's , then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
  31. 31. Israel at 60 <ul><li>Our conclusion from this series is that Israel is a nation of extreme importance </li></ul><ul><li>Their future is linked to yours </li></ul>We therefore urge you to investigate these things further so that you too can share in the hope of Israel!
  32. 32. More online <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Listen again to this presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Articles on other Bible topics </li></ul><ul><li>Details of forthcoming talks (God Willing) </li></ul>