Participants: Pastor Stephen Bohr
Series Code: CGC
Program Code: CGC000019
01:12 Shall we bow our heads for prayer?
01:14 Father in Heaven, thank You for this beautiful day.
01:18 Thank You for the privilege of being here once again to open
01:23 Your Holy Word, so that You can teach us, so that we can have a
01:28 closer walk with our beloved Savior Jesus.
01:31 We ask that as we study the story of Genesis 16 through 21,
01:36 that Your Holy Spirit will guide us and help us to understand
01:40 the great lessons that You have for us from these chapters.
01:44 And we thank You, Lord, for heaving our prayer,
01:46 for we ask it in Jesus' name, Amen.
01:50 I'd like to just do a little review of what we studied
01:54 in our last lecture, because it's foundational for what
01:58 we're going to discuss in our lecture today.
02:01 As you remember, this magnificent story of Genesis
02:07 chapter 22 is describing the fact that God was going to bring
02:14 a Seed into the world, and that Seed was going to be offered
02:20 as a burnt sacrifice, or as a burnt offering to save
02:26 the world from its sins.
02:30 Now this was presented to Abraham in symbol form,
02:35 as a shadow of the reality, which would come in the future.
02:40 And, of course, the shadow was what we studied;
02:43 all of the parallels between what happened then,
02:47 and what happened at the time of fulfillment when Jesus came.
02:53 The bottom line is that in this story God was telling Abraham
02:58 that He, that is God, was going to save the human race
03:05 by providing a substitute for sinners.
03:09 That is the key point.
03:10 And as we noticed in our study, Abraham
03:15 understood this very well.
03:18 I'd like to begin by reading John 8:56, where we find this
03:25 idea clearly expressed; that Abraham understood
03:29 what this was all about.
03:31 John 8:56. Here Jesus, speaking to the Jews says:
03:51 Did Abraham understand that God was going to provide a seed
03:55 who would bring the blessing, who would restore the earth,
04:00 who would bring about a multitude of redeemed people
04:04 that no one can number, and who would remove the curse?
04:08 Very clearly, Abraham understood that God was going to do this,
04:14 by a supernatural miracle.
04:17 Now the story that we're going to study in our lecture today,
04:22 is actually the story that comes immediately before the one
04:27 that we studied last time.
04:29 It's the story of two sons that Abraham had.
04:34 The first of those sons, of course, was Ishmael,
04:39 and the second of those sons we spoke about
04:42 in our last lecture.
04:43 His name was Isaac.
04:45 Now there's a lot of talk in the news today about the conflict
04:49 between the Israelis', and the Palestinians.
04:52 It seems like there's never peace over there.
04:55 There's always strife.
04:56 And when I got to Christian bookstores, I find an abundance
05:01 of books that have been written about the role of Israel
05:05 in Bible prophecy, and how the Arabs are all going to
05:09 get together, and they're going to come against the Jews
05:12 in the great battle of Armageddon,
05:14 in the Valley of Megiddo.
05:16 And there is book, after book, after book
05:19 and television evangelists who preach this idea that the great
05:24 final battle is going to be between the Jews and the Arabs,
05:28 perhaps allied with the Russians, and some think even
05:33 with the Chinese, and with the Japanese, whom they interpret
05:36 to be the kings from the east, in the story
05:40 of the battle of Armageddon.
05:41 Now the question is, is this really the scenario that Bible
05:47 prophecy presents concerning end time events?
05:50 I believe that the way that we can understand whether it's
05:55 correct or incorrect is by analyzing the story that we are
05:59 going to take a look at in our lecture today.
06:02 First of all, I underline again that God revealed to Abraham
06:07 that salvation was going to come through God bringing a Seed
06:13 into the world who would suffer a substitutionary sacrifice
06:18 in place of man, to save him from his sins.
06:22 In fact, God promised Abraham decades before Isaac was born
06:27 that He was going to provide a son, a son born by a miracle
06:32 of the Holy Spirit, who was going to bring the promised
06:36 Seed into the world.
06:38 Now the story of Isaac and Ishmael is very interesting.
06:44 It just so happens that God had promised Abraham a son.
06:50 But time passed and no son was born.
06:57 In fact, the story tells us that Sarah could
07:00 actually not get pregnant.
07:02 And so Abraham, knowing that God had promised that He was
07:08 going to give a seed, through whom The Seed
07:11 would eventually come, Abraham jumped the gun and he said,
07:16 God's promise is in jeopardy.
07:18 This promise is never going to be fulfilled, because Sarah
07:22 cannot have children.
07:23 And so Abraham says, maybe what I need to do is to have a child
07:32 that I can have with my slave, Hagar.
07:38 And, by the way, the person who suggested it was Sarah.
07:41 Maybe I can have a child through Hagar, and that will be the
07:46 child of the promise.
07:47 And so Abraham took matters into his own hands, and he actually
07:52 was believing that he was going to bring salvation through
07:56 his efforts rather than through the promise that God had made.
08:02 In other words, Abraham tried to bring
08:05 salvation by his efforts.
08:08 He tried to bring salvation by his own works.
08:13 And that's the reason why in the book of Galatians, chapter 4,
08:17 which we're going to go to in a few moments, we are told that
08:21 Ishmael was the son who was born according to the flesh,
08:26 simply because he was the product of the efforts of
08:32 Abraham to bring salvation through the promised Seed
08:36 on his own, through his own works, when God had said,
08:41 It's not you who's going to do it.
08:43 I will provide a miraculous son, and he will bring the seed
08:48 who will save the human race by offering His life
08:52 as a substitutionary sacrifice.
08:55 And so Abraham took things into his own hands,
08:58 and he tried to bring about salvation by his own works.
09:04 Now the interesting thing is that Hagar was a slave,
09:08 and therefore the son that she had, Ishmael, was also a slave.
09:15 He was not a son, technically speaking he was a slave.
09:20 And, of course, being a slave he had absolutely no rights
09:27 of inheritance, because slaves do not inherit, sons inherit.
09:34 And so you have this son who is born first, incidentally.
09:39 He's born according to the flesh.
09:42 He's born into the world through the works and the
09:47 efforts of Abraham.
09:49 He's born from a slave woman, which means that he's not a son,
09:54 because Isaac was Abraham's only son, as we noticed.
09:58 And, therefore, not being a son, he had no rights
10:01 to inherit anything.
10:04 And then, of course, a little bit later on Isaac was born.
10:12 He was the second, the son of the second birth we might say.
10:17 And in Galatians chapter 4 we are told that Isaac was born
10:21 according to the Spirit.
10:23 So you have one son who is born according to the flesh,
10:27 who is the product of human works, and you have another son
10:30 who is born by the Spirit, who is the product of a miracle
10:35 of God, who comes as a result of the promise that God had given.
10:39 And, of course, Isaac was Abraham's yacheed son,
10:46 in other words his only son, his only begotten son.
10:49 And because Isaac was a son, he had every right to inherit
10:55 that which belonged to his father.
10:58 Now when Isaac was born into the household,
11:03 shortly thereafter strife came into the household.
11:08 You see, the son that was born according to the flesh
11:12 could not coexist with the son who was born
11:15 according to the Spirit.
11:16 The son of the first birth could not coexist with the son
11:20 of the second birth.
11:21 They were at each others throats.
11:24 In fact we are told in Galatians 4:29 that the son who was born
11:29 according to the flesh was actually seeking to kill
11:33 Isaac, his brother.
11:34 And so God gave Abraham some counsel.
11:38 He said to Abraham, the only way that this is going to work
11:41 is if you cast out the son of the slave woman.
11:46 If you exile and get rid from the household of the son who
11:51 was born according to the flesh, the son who is the slave,
11:55 who's not technically a son.
11:56 You have to send him away from home so that the child
12:01 of the promise, the child who was born according
12:04 to the Spirit can subsist.
12:06 And, of course, we find there in Genesis 16...
12:09 I'm summarizing this story because we don't have time
12:12 to read all of the verses.
12:13 I would suggest that you read Genesis 16 through 21.
12:16 There you have all of these details.
12:18 When God told Abraham to exile his son, and Hagar, that is not
12:24 technically his son, but the bondservant's son.
12:26 Abraham said, how can I do that?
12:29 Oh that Ishmael might live before You.
12:34 In other words, may the son of my works
12:37 be the promised Savior.
12:39 And God says, that's not the way it works.
12:43 Exile him from home.
12:45 And so the Bible tells us that Abraham expelled Ishmael,
12:52 and expelled Hagar, the bond woman and the son slave
13:00 of the bond woman.
13:01 Now the question is, why did God give this story
13:06 in Genesis 16 through 21?
13:09 Before I go to the New Testament and show you clearly that God
13:14 gave this story as a prophetic story, allow me to review
13:18 the key points once again.
13:20 God had promised that He was going to bring the Seed
13:25 into the world by a miracle of the Holy Spirit.
13:29 That child of the miracle, born of the Spirit, was going to
13:35 bring, eventually, the Seed into the world who would save
13:39 the human race from its sins.
13:41 Abraham disbelieved the promise, and he tried to bring,
13:47 and actually brought a child into the world, his first born
13:51 son, so to speak, into the world by his own works,
13:57 by his own efforts.
13:58 And by bringing him in by his own efforts,
14:02 he was really saying that salvation was going to come
14:06 through what he did, and not what God was going to do.
14:10 Of course, this son was not really a son, because he was
14:15 the son of a slave.
14:16 Therefore he was a slave.
14:18 He had no right to inherit anything that belonged
14:21 to his father at all.
14:22 He had no rights of inheritance.
14:24 And the presence of this first son in the household was a
14:29 source of conflict.
14:30 And then, of course, you have the second son, Isaac.
14:34 He was born by the promise.
14:35 He was born by a miracle of the Holy Spirit.
14:38 He was going to bring the promised Savior into the world.
14:42 Isaac was the son born according to the Spirit.
14:46 He was really a son, and therefore he had a right to
14:50 inherit all of the promises that God made
14:52 to his father Abraham.
14:54 But Isaac and Ishmael could not live under the same roof,
14:58 because the existence of the child of the
15:00 Spirit was endangered.
15:02 And so Ishmael was expelled from the household to safeguard
15:07 the existence of the child according to the Spirit.
15:11 Now why was this story given?
15:14 The apostle Paul gives us the explanation in the New Testament
15:19 of why God gave this story in Genesis.
15:22 Like all of the other stories in Genesis,
15:24 this is a prophetic story.
15:26 In other words, this is a story that has prophetic dimensions.
15:30 Now go with me to the book of Galatians, the book of Galatians
15:35 chapter 4, and let's examine the prophetic
15:38 dimension of this story.
15:40 Galatians, chapter 4, and I want to start reading,
15:45 ah, let's see here. Let's start reading at verse 24, verse 24.
15:52 Galatians 4:24. It says here, actually, let me see.
15:59 Let's start at verse 21.
16:00 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear
16:06 the law, for it is written that Abraham had two sons.
16:09 The one by a bond woman, the other by a free woman.
16:14 But he who was of the bond woman was born according to the what?
16:19 There it is, to the flesh.
16:21 And he of the free woman through promise.
16:26 And then he says in verse 24:
16:32 Or an allegory, the King James Version says.
16:41 In other words, Hagar and Sarah, Isaac and Ishmael,
16:45 represent or symbolize the two covenants, and so it says:
17:00 Now notice, the first covenant is the covenant of Hagar,
17:07 the slave woman, and it's the one that is illustrated
17:10 by Mount what? by Mount Sinai.
17:13 In a moment we're going to see what this means.
17:16 Verse 25: For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia.
17:30 Who was in bondage with her children? Jerusalem.
17:33 Now wait a minute!
17:35 The apostle Paul is saying, I don't know whether you caught
17:38 the point. He saying the first covenant, which is represented
17:42 by the son of the first birth, is represented by Hagar,
17:48 represents what happened at Mount Sinai, and represents the
17:54 Jerusalem that existed in his day.
17:57 Now if we want to know what that means, we have to go back
18:01 to Mount Sinai, and we have to understand what characterized
18:05 the Jerusalem of Paul's day.
18:07 Now lets go back to Exodus 19:7, 8, Exodus 19:7, 8.
18:16 Here God is about to give the ten commandments,
18:19 and He says to Israel, I want to make a covenant with My people.
18:22 I want to make an agreement, because a
18:25 covenant is an agreement.
18:26 I want to have a covenant with My people.
18:28 And I want you to go down, and I want you to talk to Israel,
18:32 and ask them if they're willing to enter into this
18:35 covenant agreement with me.
18:36 And so Moses, he goes down to the people and he says,
18:40 Hey, God has this covenant.
18:41 He has the ten commandments, and He wants to know whether
18:44 you're willing to obey the ten commandments.
18:46 And notice what Israel says.
18:48 Exodus 19:7, 8. It says here:
19:14 So Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord.
19:19 And that's where the covenant was made.
19:21 What did Israel say?
19:22 All of the words that God speaks on this mountain we will what?
19:28 We will do. How long did their promise last?
19:35 A very short period of time.
19:37 In fact all of their pilgrimage in the desert was the story
19:42 of one rebellion after another, totally breaking God's holy law,
19:48 In spite of the fact that they had said, All that the Lord
19:51 has said, we will do.
19:55 You see they thought they could legalistically keep
19:58 the ten commandments.
19:59 But they could not keep the ten commandments unless their hearts
20:05 had been converted to the Lord.
20:07 By the way, later on in Jeremiah 31 God promises to make a
20:12 new covenant with Israel.
20:14 He says, I will make a new covenant with Israel.
20:16 Not like the first covenant that I made at Mount Sinai,
20:20 for they broke My covenant.
20:23 He says, But the covenant that I will make is that I will take
20:26 that law which they promised to obey,
20:29 which was on tables of stone.
20:30 I will take that law, and I will write it on their minds
20:34 and on their hearts.
20:35 Now let me ask you, is the difference between the two
20:41 covenants, the first covenant has law,
20:43 and the second covenant doesn't.
20:45 That's why many Christians say the first covenant was a
20:48 covenant of law, and the new covenant is a covenant of grace.
20:51 That's not what the Bible teaches.
20:53 The Bible teaches that the first covenant,
20:56 the reason why the first covenant was wrong,
20:58 is because the people were saying, we will obey the ten
21:01 commandments, but their hearts had not been changed.
21:05 You cannot keep God's holy law with a heart
21:08 that is enslaved by sin.
21:10 In the new covenant the law doesn't change,
21:15 it's the place where the law is written.
21:19 And so God says, I will write My law on their hearts,
21:22 and then He goes on to say nobody will need to teach them
21:26 that they're supposed to do this or do that,
21:28 because they will naturally do it, because the law
21:30 is written upon the heart.
21:32 And so in this first covenant, see what happened with Israel
21:37 is they did the same thing as happened with Abraham.
21:42 Abraham says, I'm going to bring salvation by my own what?
21:47 by my own efforts.
21:48 And Israel says, We will keep the law how? by our own efforts.
21:53 And, of course, both of them failed miserably.
21:57 Now, what was the Jerusalem of the days of the
22:03 apostle Paul like?
22:04 Because it's not only that Hagar and Mount Sinai are similar,
22:08 but the apostle Paul says that Jerusalem of
22:11 his day was the same.
22:13 Notice Romans 10:3, Romans 10:3 explains the condition
22:20 of Jerusalem in the days of the apostle Paul.
22:23 It says here: For they, that is the Jews...
22:41 What characterized the Jews in the days of the apostle Paul?
22:45 They tried to establish their own what?
22:47 their own righteousness.
22:49 Was that exactly what Israel tried to do at Mount Sinai?
22:51 All that the Lord has said, we will do?
22:53 Trying to keep God's law without a changed heart?
22:56 Absolutely! God says, that won't do any good.
23:00 Under the new covenant I'll take My law, the same law,
23:03 by the way, and I will write it upon the heart,
23:06 and then people will automatically do what
23:09 the law requires, not because they have to,
23:11 but because they want to.
23:13 Are you understanding what I'm saying?
23:17 And so the Jerusalem of Paul's day wanted to establish the
23:22 righteousness by their own works, and they were slaves.
23:25 In the same way at Mount Sinai Israel said, All that the Lord
23:29 has said we will do.
23:30 But they had an old heart, and with that old heart
23:34 they could not obey.
23:35 And with the story of Hagar and Ishmael; they were slaves,
23:41 and, therefore, they could not bring about
23:43 the promise of salvation.
23:46 Now lets go to Galatians 4:31, Galatians 4:31.
23:54 Here the apostle Paul contrasts another group with
23:58 the Jerusalem of his day.
24:00 Galatians 4:31 the apostle Paul says:
24:15 How many kinds of children are there
24:17 according to the apostle Paul? two.
24:20 The first type are what? those that are characterized
24:25 by Hagar and Ishmael; slaves to their first birth,
24:28 to their first nature, to their old nature.
24:31 It's just like Israel of Mount Sinai trying to keep the law
24:35 without a change of heart.
24:37 It's just like the Jerusalem of Paul's day, trying to establish
24:40 their own righteousness.
24:41 But the apostle Paul says that there's another group,
24:44 and this group are those who are children of the free woman.
24:49 Now lets take a look at this.
24:51 This is very, very important.
24:53 According to the apostle Paul, the Jews of his day
25:01 were children of whom? were children of Hagar.
25:06 You're not catching that point.
25:09 What the apostle Paul is saying; that the Jews of his day were
25:14 not Jews, because they were children of whom? of Hagar.
25:22 And the Jews come from Isaac.
25:24 Are you following me?
25:26 You try calling a Jew today an Arab, and you see what happens.
25:32 But that's what Paul is saying.
25:35 He's saying the Jews of our day in Jerusalem are not really
25:41 the covenant people.
25:42 They are really children of Hagar, because they are in what?
25:46 in bondage trying to work out their own what? trying to work
25:52 out their own salvation.
25:54 Now do you know that there are two births also
25:58 with respect to our life, according to the New Testament?
26:02 Go with me to John 1:12, 13, John 1:12, 13.
26:09 Lets apply this on a personal level now.
26:12 John 1:12, 13. It says here:
26:19 Has received whom? has received Jesus.
26:30 When do we become children of God?
26:32 When we what? when we receive Him, according to this.
26:53 Which son would that be?
26:54 That would be Ishmael.
26:58 But born of whom? born of God.
27:01 How many potential births are there in the Christian life?
27:04 There are two. What is the first birth?
27:08 The first birth is the one that I have from my mother.
27:10 And how am I born from my mother?
27:14 I am born according to the flesh.
27:18 I am in bondage. We find David saying in Psalms 51 that in sin
27:27 did my mother conceive me.
27:28 I'm born with a sinful nature that sins.
27:32 Can I keep God's law with that nature?
27:35 Can I be saved? Can I earn enough brownie points to be
27:39 saved with that nature?
27:41 Absolutely not! So what must happen with me?
27:45 I must have a second birth, and that's what Isaac represents.
27:51 Go with me to John 3 and see how Jesus refers to this.
27:56 John 3 and let's read.
28:01 Here Jesus, by the way, is speaking with Nicodemus,
28:04 a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin, a very studied Jew.
28:08 And it's interesting that he didn't even have the foggiest
28:12 idea what true religion was all about.
28:16 Notice John 3:3, and then we'll jump down to verses 5 and 6.
28:35 So is there something wrong with our first birth?
28:38 How were we born in our first birth?
28:41 Like Ishmael was born in his first birth.
28:44 How? slaves to sin.
28:47 Can we bring about salvation through our own efforts,
28:51 the way Abraham thought?
28:53 No! So what do we need to experience?
28:57 We need to experience a second birth, represented by which son?
29:01 Isaac, who was born according to the Spirit.
29:05 Notice verses 5 and 6:
29:20 See the same terminology as Galatians 4?
29:29 So when we're born the first time we are Ishmaelites.
29:34 We are slaves! We have no rights of inheritance.
29:40 Are you understanding what I'm saying?
29:43 We are dispossessed.
29:45 We cannot inherit the covenant promises.
29:49 In fact we cannot be subject to the law of God
29:51 no matter how much we try.
29:53 Our bondage will not allow us to live as free people.
29:57 And so we have to be born again.
30:00 We have to have a second birth, like Isaac was born second.
30:05 And I want you to notice what happens as a result.
30:08 Galatians 4:4-7, Galatians 4: 4-7.
30:15 Here the apostle Paul is picking up on this idea of Hagar
30:19 and Sarah, Ishmael and Isaac. It says here:
30:54 So what do we become as a result of what Jesus has done,
30:58 when our heart is converted?
30:59 We become Sons of God.
31:03 Do we have a right to inherit everything that belongs to God
31:07 through Jesus? Notice verse 7,. it says:
31:13 See how He's discussing this issue of Genesis?
31:26 Now go with me to Romans 8:7-9, where the apostle Paul discusses
31:33 the same issue, Romans 8:7-9.
31:38 Here the apostle Paul says this:
31:45 This is the mind of the first birth, by the way.
31:48 This is the mind that is alienated from God.
31:50 It's the slave mind.
31:51 It's the mind that cannot be subject to the law of God.
31:54 It's the mind that even though you try to work out your
31:58 salvation by your own works, and your own efforts,
32:00 you're attempting an impossibility,
32:02 because you are a slave.
32:05 And so he says, in verse 7:
32:16 Do you see that? Because it's a slave. Verse 8:
32:43 And, by the way, when we become Sons, by receiving Jesus,
32:47 the Son of the promise, the Son who was born according to the
32:51 Spirit. We find in verse 17 that the apostle Paul says,
32:55 Romans 8:17, and if Children then what? there it is,
33:01 then heirs, heirs of God, and joint heirs with whom?
33:07 with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him that we also
33:12 may be glorified together with Him.
33:14 So let me ask you, who is the only true Seed of Abraham?
33:20 That's Jesus, who only is the One who deserves
33:26 to inherit the promises that were made to Abraham.
33:29 The promises were made to Abraham and his Seed.
33:32 It does not say to seeds as of many, but your Seed,
33:36 which is One who is Christ.
33:38 In other words there is only One Seed to whom the
33:41 promises were made.
33:42 But let me ask you, can those promises be mine also?
33:44 It says in Galatians 3:29, If you are Christ's
33:50 you are Abraham's Seed, and heirs according to the promise.
33:54 Let me ask you then, those Jews who live over in the holy land
33:57 today, so called holy land, who reject Jesus Christ the Lord.
34:02 Are they children of Abraham?
34:04 So is prophecy going to be fulfilled with them?
34:08 With whom is prophecy fulfilled?
34:12 The final battle is between Israel and Babylon.
34:17 I suppose that Babylon, you have to go over to Iraq to find
34:21 Babylon. And you have to go over to Jerusalem to find Israel.
34:26 No way, because Israel are those who have joined Jesus,
34:30 who have been born again.
34:32 Which means that if Babylon comes to war against Israel
34:36 it's not coming to the Middle East.
34:37 It's coming to where those who have accepted Jesus are.
34:42 Are you following me, or are you not following me?
34:46 Now, do you remember that Abraham was told to expel
34:50 his first born son?
34:52 What are we supposed to do with that old carnal nature
34:55 that we're born with?
34:56 The apostle Paul says in Galatians 5:24 that we are
35:02 supposed to crucify the old nature.
35:05 We're supposed to get rid of the old nature,
35:08 just like Abraham was told, Get rid of that bond woman's son.
35:14 It sounded very drastic.
35:15 But the new nature is in danger when the old nature
35:19 is present in the house.
35:20 And the same is true with our spiritual life.
35:23 The flesh must be crucified.
35:26 It must be overcome.
35:27 It must be exiled, that the Son of the Spirit might excel,
35:32 and might proliferate.
35:34 Now lets go to Galatians 3, Galatians 3.
35:41 I want you to remember what we're studying this evening,
35:43 because this is the foundation for most of what we're going
35:46 to discuss concerning Bible prophecy.
35:47 See the big issue in the interpretation of Bible prophecy
35:52 folks, is who is Israel?
35:55 If you get that straight, Who is Israel,
36:00 you'll get prophecy straight.
36:02 If you don't understand who is true Israel,
36:05 you will get prophecy wrong.
36:07 You see, Israel is not those who live in the Middle East,
36:13 who live in Jerusalem, whose last name is Goldstein,
36:16 who have the literal blood of Abraham flowing through their
36:20 veins. True Israel are those who have joined Jesus.
36:25 Now notice Galatians 3:26, Galatians 3:26.
36:32 Here the apostle Paul says:
36:35 See he picks up on this idea of sons of God.
36:40 How do we become sons of God?
36:49 And then he says that all ethnic and national
36:53 distinctions disappear.
36:55 Doesn't mean that there's still not people from
36:57 the United States, and people from Israel,
37:00 and people from Egypt.
37:01 What it means is that in the sight of God national
37:04 distinctions mean nothing anymore.
37:06 Verse 28. It says there:
37:18 Verse 29.
37:26 Who are going to inherit all of the promises
37:28 that God made to Abraham?
37:29 Those who are Christ's.
37:32 So my question is, are any of the promises being inherited
37:36 today by those who reject the Lord in the Middle East?
37:40 Absolutely not. And I'll tell you what, the apostle Paul
37:43 says that the Jews of his day were actually
37:46 children of the bond woman.
37:47 They were not Israelites at all.
37:50 In fact the apostle Paul underlines this same idea in
37:55 several places in his writings.
37:56 Go with me to Romans 2:28, 29, Romans 2:28, 29.
38:06 Here the apostle Paul says something which is almost
38:10 totally ignored by people who tried to
38:12 interpret Bible prophecy. It says there:
38:20 Are there Jews who are not Jews? Yes or No? Yes!
38:37 That's the first verse, by the way.
38:57 What is true circumcision?
38:59 It's a change of what? of heart.
39:02 And what does God write in the heart when He changes the heart?
39:05 He writes His Holy Law.
39:07 So much for the idea that in the Old Testament God expected
39:11 people to keep the law.
39:12 But in the New Testament, because we're under grace,
39:14 we don't have to keep the law anymore.
39:15 The law does not change.
39:19 What changes is the place where the law is written.
39:22 The law on tables of stone, no matter how much I try to measure
39:25 up, I can't, but when the law is in the heart, I can measure up
39:29 because it's not imposed on me.
39:31 It comes forth from me because I love Jesus.
39:34 And he who says he loves Jesus, he who says he knows Jesus,
39:39 and does not keep His commandments is a liar,
39:41 because if the law was in his heart he would keep
39:43 the commandments of God.
39:45 And that's why in Revelation it says that the final war
39:48 of Satan will be against those who keep the commandments
39:51 of God. Not to earn salvation, but because they know Jesus
39:56 and they say, I will be loyal to my beloved Jesus,
39:58 even to the point of death if necessary.
40:01 Are you following me?
40:04 Now let's notice also Romans 9: 6-8.
40:09 The apostle Paul picks up on this many times.
40:12 Romans 9:6-8. Here the apostle Paul says:
40:31 That's a strange... Not all Israelites are Israelites.
40:34 What does he mean?
40:38 Let's read verse 7.
40:44 Is everyone who is the literal seed of Abraham a child of God?
40:53 See, not in Ishmael, but in whom? in Isaac.
40:57 The second birth. The birth according to the spirit.
41:01 The birth where God writes His law on your heart. Verse 8:
41:10 Who are those? the literal Jews.
41:28 Could the apostle Paul be any clearer?
41:31 I don't know how the apostle Paul could be
41:34 any clearer than this.
41:35 That not everyone who claims to be Israel is really of Israel.
41:40 Now go with me to John 8, to where Jesus
41:43 picks up on this idea.
41:44 And, by the way, Jesus is talking here about Abraham
41:48 back in Genesis. Notice we're going to move through John 8,
41:54 and I'm just going to read certain verses because
41:56 we can't read them all.
41:58 We'll read verses 32 and then we'll jump down to verse 36.
42:03 John 8:32. Jesus says:
42:11 If the truth makes us free, it's because before we were what?
42:15 we were slaves, of course.
42:18 Now what does that mean, you will know the truth, and the
42:20 truth will make you free, or children of the free woman?
42:23 Notice verse 36. Jesus says in verse 36:
42:32 How do you become a son of the free woman? by receiving whom?
42:38 Jesus. If you reject Jesus whose son are you?
42:42 You are the son of the slave woman.
42:45 And because of that you have no right to inherit any
42:49 of the promises which God made, because only Sons inherit.
42:54 Raise your hand if you're understanding what I'm saying.
42:56 This is critical for the understanding of prophecy.
42:59 Now go with me to John 8:33, John 8:33.
43:06 The discussion becomes very interesting.
43:08 They answered him...
43:14 The Old King James Version says, We are Abraham's Seed.
43:28 What were they claiming to be?
43:31 They said, We are the literal seed of Abraham.
43:33 Does Jesus consider being the literal fleshly seed of Abraham
43:38 of any significance? Absolutely not!
43:41 But they're saying, We are Abraham's seed.
43:43 We've never been in bondage, because as children of Isaac
43:46 we are sons of the free woman.
43:48 Now the discussion is going to become very, very interesting.
43:52 Notice verse 37. Jesus says:
43:58 But in a moment He's going to say, You're not really.
44:09 Are you understanding what Jesus is saying?
44:12 You say that you're children of Abraham.
44:14 I know you're children of Abraham physically speaking.
44:17 But now lets notice verse 39.
44:20 The discussion becomes very interesting.
44:23 They answered and said to him, Abraham is our father.
44:26 Jesus said to them:
44:33 Verse 40:
44:42 In other words, you're not acting like your father;
44:46 like the father you claim to have,
44:48 because he's going to say, He's not really your father.
44:52 You're not really the children of Abraham,
44:53 because you're rejecting Me.
44:55 Now notice verse 41.
44:58 You do the deeds of your father.
45:00 Then they said to Him, because they couldn't
45:03 answer His arguments, We were not born of fornication.
45:07 They're saying, We don't know who Your daddy is.
45:11 We have one father, God, they say.
45:16 And now notice what we find in verse 42.
45:19 Jesus said to them, If God were your father, you would love Me,
45:23 for I proceeded forth and came from God, nor have I come
45:27 of Myself, but He sent Me.
45:29 Why do you not understand My speech?
45:31 Because you are not able to listen to My Word.
45:34 And then verse 44 really gets heavy. Jesus says:
45:40 Were they Abraham's children? Yes and No.
45:46 They were Abraham's children, but according to Ishmael,
45:51 not according to Isaac.
45:53 And only through Isaac were the promises to be inherited.
45:57 So if the Jewish nation today is rejecting Christ,
46:01 they are in what? they are in bondage, and they are children
46:06 of the bond woman.
46:07 And because they are in bondage they have no right to inherit
46:11 anything that belongs to Abraham and to Isaac.
46:17 Are you understanding what I am saying?
46:18 Now am I saying that I am against the Jews? No.
46:22 Do you know what? That conflict in the Middle East would end
46:25 in an instant if Jews and Arabs received Jesus.
46:27 They'd have no more reason to fight, because both of
46:31 them would be Jews, according to the Biblical definition.
46:36 If the Palestinians said, we received Jesus as our Savior.
46:40 Even though they are physically sons of the bond woman,
46:44 because they received Jesus, they would be Israelites.
46:48 And the Israelites, who are also sons of the bond woman,
46:53 because they reject Jesus.
46:54 If they receive Jesus they would also be Israelites.
46:58 And then they would say, now you're an Israelite.
47:00 I'm an Israelite. What are we fighting about?
47:02 Are you with me? The key in prophecy is found in Jesus.
47:08 And it's not found in your national origin.
47:12 It is not found in the land that you live in.
47:15 So Jesus says in verse 44:
47:23 He's saying, you want to murder Me, so who's your father?
47:38 Wow! Did Jesus agree with the apostle Paul?
47:42 Who are the children of God?
47:45 Those who have received Jesus.
47:49 So who does the devil hate?
47:53 Does the devil hate Jesus?
47:54 Of course he does.
47:57 Now if he hates Jesus, who else is he going to hate?
48:00 Those who have joined Jesus.
48:03 So who is the final war going to be against?
48:05 Listen, the devil has the Jews in his pocket,
48:09 if they're outside Christ.
48:10 He doesn't have to worry about them because there's no
48:13 salvation outside Jesus.
48:15 But the devil has tried to make it appear like the Jews
48:20 are God's favorite people, as a theocracy, as a nation,
48:23 and that the devil hates them and God loves them.
48:27 Now I'm talking about them as a nation.
48:30 As individuals any of them can accept Jesus Christ.
48:36 And, by the way, any people from any nation that rejects
48:39 Jesus is in the same boat.
48:41 So I'm not picking on the Jews.
48:44 I mean it can be a Mexican, too.
48:47 A Mexican who does not receive Jesus is a son
48:52 of the bond woman.
48:53 A Columbian, an Indian, doesn't matter where you're from.
49:00 If you reject Jesus you are a son of the bond woman,
49:05 because you have not experienced the second birth,
49:08 the birth according to the Spirit.
49:10 Now go with me to Philippians 3: 4-8.
49:15 Are you catching a picture here?
49:16 Yeah? Come on, talk to me, Yes?
49:20 Philippians 3. The apostle Paul had this experience.
49:26 He was quite a Jew.
49:28 We'll start reading at verse 4, Philippians 3:4.
49:34 The apostle Paul says, Though I also might have confidence
49:38 in the flesh. See, I might have confidence in the flesh.
50:11 Was he lost? Was he really a Jew?
50:15 In this condition, was he really an Israelite?
50:18 Not according to Paul's own definition.
50:22 Because he has said, It is not a Jew who is one outwardly,
50:26 but inwardly. A Jew is one who is according to the promise.
50:30 According to Paul's own definition he was lost.
50:32 He was in bondage because he tried to measure up
50:36 and he couldn't. Now notice what he says in verse 7:
50:42 But what things were gain to me, these I have
50:46 counted loss for Christ.
51:08 At this point was Paul really a Jew?
51:12 Was Paul an Israelite indeed?
51:16 And, of course, he suffered many persecutions as a result.
51:21 See before he knew Christ he was the persecutor.
51:24 When he knew Christ the devil says, This guy I hate.
51:28 And he becomes the persecuted.
51:30 Are you catching a picture here?
51:33 Now lets go to John 1.
51:39 John 1 and lets read about one of the lesser known apostles
51:47 of Christ. His name was Nathaniel.
51:50 When Andrew comes and he says, We found the Messiah,
51:55 Nathaniel says, Where is He from?
51:59 From Nazareth. No! Can anything good come from Nazareth?
52:05 Be real! But then he makes a confession which is amazing
52:10 in the light of the fact that he's just discovered
52:12 that Jesus is from Nazareth. Notice John 1:47:
52:27 I guess that if there are Israelites indeed,
52:30 there are Israelites not indeed.
52:32 An Israelite indeed in whom is no deceit.
52:40 Now why was he an Israelite in the sight of Jesus?
52:43 Notice verse 49:
52:53 Did he receive Jesus as the Messiah? Yes, he did.
52:57 And therefore he was an Israelite how?
53:01 an Israelite indeed.
53:03 Now do you remember the conversation that Jesus had
53:07 with the Samaritan woman?
53:09 It's found in John chapter 4.
53:13 Jesus is in Samaria and the Samaritan woman says,
53:20 You know, the Jews say that we're supposed to worship
53:23 on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.
53:27 And we believe that we're supposed to worship
53:30 here at this mountain.
53:32 What do You say?
53:34 And I want you to notice what Jesus says.
53:37 John 4:21-24, John 4:21-24.
53:48 Very significant words! He says this:
54:03 Do you know what Jesus is saying?
54:06 No more holy city, no more holy mountains, no more holy temples.
54:12 Because now everything is shifting to the heavenly
54:16 Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, and to the heavenly
54:20 temple where I am going to go to minister.
54:25 By the way, do you know that Jesus said where there are two
54:28 or three gathered in my name, there I am in their midst?
54:31 See, Zion, Mount Zion is where Jesus is.
54:43 Jesus is not where Mount Zion is.
54:48 In other words, you want to know where Jerusalem is today,
54:52 where Mount Zion is today, where the temple is today.
54:55 All you have to do is discover where Jesus is.
54:57 And, by the way, can we enter by faith into Jerusalem,
55:02 into the temple? Can we go to the temple today
55:05 and worship in spirit and in truth?
55:07 The whole book of Hebrews says that we can approach
55:10 the throne of God through faith.
55:11 We can approach boldly the throne of grace.
55:15 That's not over in Jerusalem, but it's the temple in Heaven
55:21 where Jesus ministers.
55:22 And now notice, Jesus says, we're not going to worship
55:29 in Jerusalem or on this mountain the Father.
55:38 And what He means is that salvation came as a result
55:41 of God calling Abraham, and the Jewish nation.
55:43 Jesus the Messiah came from Jews.
55:45 It's not that the Jews save, it's that the Savior
55:50 came from the Jews.
55:51 And then notice what we find in verse 23: But the hour
55:56 is coming, and now is,...
56:04 In spirit and in truth.
56:07 Did you catch that?
56:11 God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him
56:16 in Spirit and in truth.
56:18 Where is Mount Zion today?
56:20 Where Jesus is. And where is Jesus?
56:25 Where two or three are gathered in My name,
56:28 there I am in their midst.
56:31 So in what geographical locality is the final battle
56:35 going to be fought?
56:36 It's going to be fought against Zion and Jerusalem.
56:39 But where is Jerusalem?
56:40 Where Jesus is. And where is Jesus?
56:44 Where two or three are gathered in His name,
56:46 which means that the final battle is going to be a battle
56:50 against God's people where? all over the world.
56:54 And they're going to be attacked by a system known as Babylon,
56:59 which is also a worldwide system.
57:01 In other words the final battle is not between
57:04 the Arabs and the Jews.
57:05 It's between those who have received Jesus, on a worldwide
57:10 scale, and those who rejected Christ, or claimed to have
57:15 accepted Christ, but are in bondage because they're trying
57:18 to bring about salvation on their own.