Man, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything. I guess every now and then you get “brain drain.”
Anyways, on to my post. I’ve had a renewed interest in learning Koine Greek lately, so I grabbed up my Greek New Testament and started brushing the dust (in my mind) off my koine alphabet. I was also provided a copy of The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures by a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Say what you will about them, but I find their interlinear to be very helpful. As a side note, I intend to pick up The Septuagint soon.
I find it interesting that most “evangelical Christians” in America identify themselves as dispensationalists. Behind this is the drive to “support Israel.” This always comes up in a big way during election years. Which of the presidential candidates are going to do the most to support Israel?
I suppose you could count me in the crowd of “former dispensationalists.” Not by virtue of studying scripture or anything like that. Merely by virtue of attending a church that was “dispensational.” (The prefix “former” came from the actual study of scripture.)
But even then, one thing always nagged on me. If Christ is indeed the Messiah (which is what the term Christ means, it’s not a last name), then modern day “Israel” is not the Israel of the scriptures. And if modern day Israel is the Israel of scriptures, then Jesus was a liar, and you are dead in your sins. And yet somehow, modern day American Christians find comfortable wiggle-room in between.
Anyways, the entire thing is more succinctly stated in Dispensationalism and the Problem of Vindication.