By RANDY WHITE, D.Min.
Founder and CEO
(Read Part 21)
Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Bible study!
To refresh our memories, here once again is this vitally important section of Scripture:
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:
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:
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.
Final Lessons from the Dispensation of Promise
We have learned a number of things from our study of this dispensation. The first thing I would like to share may be misunderstood or taken to be controversial, but it really should not be. I think it is very Biblical.
Ethnicity ought to be valued, instead of erased.
God promised, after all, to make “a great nation” from Abram. In fact, that “great nation” would bless all the other nations of the world.
The world today tells us to downplay all ethnic differences so that we can just live together as one people. There is some measure of truth in this approach, but we must not carry it to an unbiblical extreme.
When it comes to ethnicity, what we need to do is to recognize that we are different. We ought to value that and honor that!
At the bottom of the idea that everyone should come back together and become one is really a Satanic deception. It is a Satanic kind of antisemitism that seeks a way to get rid of the Jewish people. One way to do so, in practice, is to say that there are no ethnic differences—everyone is the same.
What people are really doing when they talk this way is trying to undo Babel.
Do you remember how the previous dispensation ended at the Tower of Babel?
So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth. (Gen. 11:8-9, NASB)
This immediately created different ethnicities. When you take a pool of people and separate them from everyone else, they will become genetically unique. This is how the so-called races began with their various dominant characteristics. I do not like to use that word, because there is only one race—the human race!
But there are different ethnicities within the human race, and I think that we ought to appreciate that. This is not a prejudicial statement at all. In fact, it is the opposite of prejudice. What it says is that there is value in each distinct ethnicity, and we ought to recognize and celebrate that, and not attempt to remove all of those ethnic distinctions—lest we end up seeking to undo Babel or diminish the Jewish ethnic group.
Babel created the various ethnicities, and the call of Abram highlighted one special ethnic group through which God would work in a very distinct way.
If you get rid of this dispensation, you end up with replacement theology at the very least—and Jewish pogroms in the worst-case scenario. A pogrom is an ethnic cleansing, and the Jewish people win the prize for having the most pogroms against them throughout history.
There are more logical conclusions that you reach if you do not honor this dispensation. It leads to doing away—not only with the Jewish people but also with their right to the land.
If you remove all of this, then I think you have the workings of a one-world government. The idea in the world—and, more and more, in the church—today, is that there should be no nations, no borders, no distinctions of any kind between Jew and Gentile. Let us all just be people! That sounds so good, but God has given us nations and borders, and He does not want us to have a one-world government!
Many pastors, professors and theologians even think in those terms today. We need to come back and study this dispensation.
We need to be thinking people who are living in light of God’s revelation in His Word. We need to meditate more deeply upon the fact that God has selected the people of Israel and given them a land, knowing that someday He will fulfill all the promises that He has made to them.
I pray that that day would come about quickly, when there is peace in Jerusalem because “the prince of peace” has come.
Thank you for joining us for our Bible study!
Editor’s Note: This blog was compiled with the assistance of Paul J. Scharf,
editor in chief of Dispensational Publishing House,
and is taken from the video that you can watch in its entirety below.
(To be continued)
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