However, IMO there are certain truths that all Christians should understand and adhere to. I should note that these were basic principles I formulated when I became a Christian. Some of these are found here but when Lee or I brought them up they were never answered.
2) If Israel is desolate, then Christians must be the new Israel (as Lee's excellent piece points out). Gentiles are grafted in.
3) God is the sole author of our faith and is master over all. He is the one who hardens hearts and open eyes to hear His calling just as the verse that "a certain hardening has come upon Israel" implies.
We are given to having "itching ears" so it is important that we pray for understanding before we make doctrinal decisions. Contrary to popular "God loves me/God loves Israel" mentality, God is very much interested in us formulating a good doctrinal understanding about Him. Yet good sound doctrine seems to be very boring to most people.
God loves us and blesses us ONLY because we are being conformed to the image of His Son-something He is doing by His grace and will. God gives grace to unbelievers but His wrath rests on them-not His blessings. Israel exists today because it was God's will. That doesn't mean that God loves Israel any more than He would have loved the formation of Rome or Nazi Germany which was also His doing. It simply mean that there is a divine purpose in all of this.
I would suggest we all listen to Lee's audiofiles in post 30.
I would suggest we all listen to Lee's audiofile in post 30.
One of the things I like about the typical eschatology presentation from the folks I listen to is that they deal much more with the sweep of redemptive history, and the first coming of Christ, than the typical dispensational presentation. Gospel saturated.
The one I pointed to is an example of that.
Will they listen?