I received the following questions from a viewer of my YouTube videos and a visitor to this site.
From: Lou ****
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 5:03 AM
Thank you for answering my questions, and rather than go back and forth with your busy schedule, I would like to ask you 2 questions?
1. How would the Preterist view explain the existence of Israel in the land of Palestine Today if the church has replaced Isreal? Does Israel have the right to possess the land?
2. Based on what I have asked you in the past Don., what books could you suggest I read from your library in the understanding of Preterism?
Not all right now, lol.
I appreciate your professionalism in explaining your view, and looking forward to your answers.
Yours in Christ,
Here is my response to these good questions:
Lou, I believe that the “Jews” that are in Israel are essentially just like any other nation. It is, to be sure, a complex situation. However, just a few thoughts.
1.) As many noted historians have observed, the Israel that exists today, is not the Israel of the Bible, neither ethnically or theologically. The Jewish “Encyclopedia Judaiaca” acknowledges that there is no blood line of Israelites today, and that the idea that there is, is nothing but a myth. Theologically, modern Israel is Talmudic, and not based on Torah. Huge difference!
2.) The nation of Israel today was created due to the misguided dispensational views of many of the leading British politicians of the era, and going all the way back to the late 19th century, the groundwork was being laid. Basically, those politicians decided to fulfill what they believed to be prophecies of their time.
3.) It is indisputably true that those who established the nation in 1948 were, and are, as Arnold Fruchtenbaum admits, “atheists, agnostics and unbelievers.” Thus, as I demonstrate in my book Israel 1948: Countdown to No Where, there is no justification for claiming that 1948 was the fulfillment of prophecy. God never promised to bless Israel while she was in a state of rebellion against Torah– and that is undeniably how she was in ’48 and is now.
As to my books, on the topic above, my book Israel 1948: Countdown to No Where, would be helpful, I think. Also, on preterism, let me suggest the following:
I hope this is helpful, and thanks for your interest and good questions.
Make your plans to be with us next July 19-21, 2012, for our Preterist Pilgrim Weekend!
Instead of a conference, there will be a formal public debate between Don K. Preston and Joel McDurmon of American Vision (Gary DeMar’s organization) This promises to be a landmark debate, so make your plans to be with us!
Don K. Preston