The Open Letter to Evangelicals [issued by Knox Seminary] declares: “Section VI: The inheritance promises that God gave to Abraham…do not apply to any particular ethnic group, but to the church of Jesus Christ, the true Israel…. Section IX: The entitlement of any one ethnic or religious group to territory in the Middle East called the “Holy Land” cannot be supported by Scripture. In fact, the land promises specific to Israel in the Old Testament were fulfilled under Joshua.”
Fulfilled under Joshua? Yet this refers to the church? Can they be serious? The church didn’t even exist in Joshua’s day!
The error of that statement should be plain to any serious student of the Bible. We have seen that the land was given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and their physical descendants by an “everlasting covenant.” Certainly, the “everlasting” possession of that land could not have been fulfilled under Joshua, because he died at the age of 110 – a far cry from “everlasting.” The “land promises specific to Israel in the Old Testament” included prophecies that Israel would be cast out of the land for unbelief but brought back into it in the last days. Surely neither the casting out nor restoration were fulfilled under Joshua.
Nor could the prophecies possibly have been fulfilled under Joshua that the Messiah would come to that land as a man to redeem Israel, that Israel would reject and crucify Him in that land, or that Israel, having returned to her land after being scattered worldwide, would be attacked by all the nations of the world in the battle of Armageddon and that the Messiah would intervene to rescue her. Behold the power of prejudice against the Jews to blind even Christian leaders to the plain teaching of God’s Word!
That the vast majority of Jews today (including most rabbis) either ignore or deny these clear prophecies is not less astonishing.