Recently, a presidential candidate visited Israel and drew some serious criticism for defying the standard position of the U.S. government (as well as the international community) regarding the city of Jerusalem. Going back as far as the Six-Day War in ’67, the Johnson administration’s refusal to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would become the standard assertion of every other administration.
The interpretation of God’s dealings with the nation of Israel in 70 AD (when the city of Jerusalem was completely destroyed by Roman armies) as His rejection/replacement of them as His people has so many implications. The primary result (besides anti-Semitism) has been a reinterpretation of the Scripture to a more relevant message to Gentiles. Thus, the straightforward events and promises of Scripture were reinterpreted to be spiritual and applicable to my life. In the next part I’m going to go into some of the promises and how they were interpreted before change.