Opposition to Israel is firmly held by many who call themselves Christians. It is astonishing how many true believers who are clear on most of the Bible remain adamantly opposed to what the Bible declares so plainly about Israel being restored fully to her land in the last days. It could rightly be said that one’s attitude toward Israel (which is by far the major subject of the Bible, taking up at least 70 percent of its pages) defines whether or not one believes in God. Almost every event in the Bible happened either to or in Israel, as will prophesied events that are yet future.
The church is not a nation but is made up of people from every nation, and therefore could not have replaced Israel in prophecy. There is only one nation and one people – the Jews alone – to whom God ever gave a land, with specific, perpetual promises concerning it.
Certainly, the Promised Land was never given to the church, nor did she ever occupy it as a “nation.” The church was never, for her rebellion against God, cast out of a Promised Land. Nor was the church ever promised a return to be established again as a nation in that land. But all of that and more was prophesied of and fulfilled in Israel. The church is clearly not Israel – it never was and never could be!