The God Who Keeps His Promises, Pt. 2

One of the most popular doctrines of our day is called dispensationalism. Fundamental to this doctrine is the idea that Jesus came to establish the kingdom of Israel. However, "because that nation refused Him, it became impossible to establish the kingdom." (Thomas Ice, The End Times Controversy, 2003, 85) God supposedly withdrew the kingdom offer from Israel and established the church in its place. He then stopped the prophetic countdown of Daniel’s 70 Weeks. In the (near) future, God will remove the church, restore Israel, and then, in the millennium, establish the kingdom. Does the Bible teach that God failed to keep His promises on time, or that He postponed the kingdom?

In Psalms 2:1f God predicted the rejection of Jesus by the people. What would be God’s response? Would He withdraw His promises, or postpone fulfillment? Read: “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh, He will hold them in derision. Yet, I have set my king on my holy hill Zion.” The rejection of Christ was foreknown, and predestinated by Jehovah. How could it therefore have caused Him to postpone His plans? If He planned the crucifixion, the crucifixion was a part of the kingdom plan. (See Luke 24:26).

In Isaiah 42:5f, Jehovah foretold the coming of His Son to establish the kingdom. Would the suffering of His Servant prevent the fulfillment of the mission? Listen: “He shall not fail, nor be discouraged, until he has established justice and judgment in the earth.” God said His Son would not fail!” Yet, dispensationalism says Jesus did fail.

God promised David that one of his descendants would sit on David’s throne and rule over the kingdom forever. That kingdom was to be established, according to Daniel 9, at the end of the 70 Week countdown. Would the Jewish rebellion postpone that prophetic countdown and prevent the fulfillment of God’s promises to David? Would the Lord of heaven change His kingdom plans to the church plan, and the time from the first century, to at least two millennia later? Read: “My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by My holiness, I will not lie to David.” (Psalms 89:34f) God said He would not alter His promises. No matter how you look at it a 2000 year postponement is an alteration. But the God of heaven said He would not alter His promise, and part of that promise was when the kingdom would be established.

What kind of a doctrine is built on the failure of God to keep His promises? What assurance can anyone have that God would be able to do the second time what He could not do the first? If Jewish rebellion prevented the establishment of the kingdom the first time, can it not prevent it the second time? God knew full well that Israel would reject His son when He sent him, and said that their rebellion would not prevent or alter His purposes.

The God of the Bible is a God who keeps His promises in spite of anything man can do: “What if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God of no effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true and everyman a liar!” (Romans 3:3). Man’s rebellion does not postpone or prevent God’s purposes.