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I want to review with you today what God says about the nation Israel, it's place in God's program; what God says about the church and the place of the church in His program. Everything in the Bible revolves around God's dealings with two groups of people: the nation Israel and the church. The only exception is the first 11 chapters of Genesis. It's necessary for us to understand this because we as believers bemoan the fact that the world is divided and you have different nations, different languages, different races and we say we all ought to be able to get together. It is not God's plan and purpose that we all get together. It is not His plan and intention that there be one world unified until Jesus Christ comes to rule that world. And that is why you have the on-going conflict between the nations, between the races, between the peoples of the world.
The Sermon isn't all about Israel May, I suggest, Brad, if you get the opportunity to listen to the entire sermon, which is really a good summary of the Book of Revelation as well, and notice that the Church has great prominence in it. Now it is in the second part this nearly hour-long sermon.
Please notice that during the Church Age NOT ONE Jew is saved! Not One! Now there are Jews who are saved when they become Christians, and this is the only way anyone can be saved during the Church Age.
Gil vigorously defends the local church against the family first types, individualists, and the mystics. Now if you are a supercessionist, "What is Replacement Theology?"
then you may have some problems with the sermon. However, as Gil mentioned even if one is pro-Israel doesn't mean you're a Christian. I don't see anywhere in the sermon that the Church is de-emphasized, and a good history of its beginning is given just as they are for the nation Israel.
Jim from Nebraska (2/7/2006)
Great Sermon! Brad, I will correct several misconceptions. During this Church Age, The salvation of the Jews is a backdrop for what God is doing for us. As I pointed out the booklet by Gil, "Does God Have a Future for Israel?"
Shows how the dispensations work.
It is a pity that much of the land that was given to the Jews by God is unrightfully occupied by Moslems, but this will be sorted out by God in the future.
Great Sermon! It is a great sermon, there is a booklet out which you can see in printed form aboout the differences between the Church and Israel, with a PDF viewer. The IHCC website is always a work in progress, so the URLs can and often do change. At the present time the URL is:
http://www.ihcc.org/sw_ index.php?id=booklet_desc&item_ id=CI0cucatjJOVayHI41PwBgT7D
It is one of the Gil Rugh booklets under Doctrine at the present time.
God is not done with Israel I can't speak for Indian Hills, but
I think you might also want to look at he publication on the www.ihcc.org website:
It will have some good printed ideas on the subject. You will need a PDF viewer to read it.
Brad Stone (3/30/2004)
from Morgantown IN
Good history of Israel, but... Gil Rugh is certainly an accomplished speaker, but he characterizes the dominant Zionist Christian idea that the current people of occupied Palestine comprise "God's Chosen People." It seems, as a result, that Gil would have the spriritualized Church fall on its sword in favor of a physical Israel. Because of his assumption that a physical, current Israel will yet come into a prophetic destiny, God's Church as appear only as a passive backdrop in his pre-millenial conviction.
In the fall of 1969, Gil began a full-time teaching ministry as Senior Pastor of Indian Hills Community Church. He also earned his Ph.D. from the California Graduate School of Theology. The focus of Pastor Rugh‚Äôs ministry is systematic, verse-by-verse teaching of the Bible. As a Bible...