Pt Three The Outer Appearance And The Inner Remnant

Asher Intrater in his article The Destiny of Nations states that in every nation there are two groups of people in God's view. They are the general population and the believing remnant. The general populace is the mass of sinful rebellious people [like an outer shell] and a group of true born-again followers of Jesus [the inner core]. Of course God sees and deals with both. Man usually misses it.

1st Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

He gives China as one example, a very wicked national government over a nation that has a very large underground church. His second example is the Palestinians, of all people. Here the leaders openly practice terror and oppression, yet there is a remnant of faithful Christian Arabs amongst them.

Then he challenges us to examine our attitude toward Israel. Do we see a nation led by atheist politicians and unbelieving Rabbi's? Or, do we see that there is a believing remnant there. He cites the Lord's rebuke to Elijah, as quoted in Romans 11 as a corrective example.

Romans 11:2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,

3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. Israel idolatry and Replacement theology.

If we miss seeing this we may end up in one of two errors that are polar opposites. Let me quote him directly.

If you continue to try to see the spiritual destiny and purpose of Israel by looking only at the unbelievers, you will only get confused either on one side or the other. Either you might become an "Israel-worshipper"; in which case you might start believing that a right-wing politician or religious rabbi is saved just because he can quote some things from the Bible.

On the other hand, you might end up in "Replacement Theology", rejecting God's plan for Israel altogether because you say, 'These people are not spiritual and not believers in Yeshua. Therefore they can't be Israel; and God has no special destiny for this nation.' That is also a grave mistake. Both Israel idolatry and Replacement theology are errors. Both come from the mistake of missing the role of the Messianic remnant within the nation. The Messianic Remnant provides the correction for both Israel idolatry and Replacement theology.

Israel Idolatry is the unquestioning support of the State of Israel as a political entity, regardless of it's policies. It is going far beyond supporting Israel and affirming her right to exist. In some cases this is called Christian Zionism. Commonly it's a byproduct of dispensationalism, [try saying that 3 times real fast], which teaches the pre-tribulation rapture.

Replacement theology, as we have seen, goes back much farther in history. But in our time it is strengthened by a backlash [over-reaction] against dispensationalism.

Intrater sees the role of the Messianic remnant in Modern Israel to be the same as the remnant's was in the time of Elijah, and the time when the book of Romans was written. And the existence of this remnant is why God has not cast off his people.

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