Israelology Part 4 of 6 -- By: Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum
CTSJ 6:1 (January 2000) p. 39
Part 4 of 6
[*Editor's note: Arnold Fruchtenbaum earned a B.A. degree from Cedarville College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from New York University. He is the founder of Ariel Ministries, Tustin, CA, a ministry to Jewish people around the world; he holds Bible conferences in most English speaking countries around the globe. Arnold is also an adjunct professor at Chafer Theological Seminary. CTS accepts Dr. Fruchtenbaum’s bi-annual five-week study tour of Israel for academic credit. His e-mail address is [email protected]]
Traditionally Dispensationalists have focused on Israel Future. Except where they have not reached consensus or where they have been unclear, it does not require an extensive treatment.1 Specific eschatological sections form the divisions of this topic.
Israel and the Church Age
Part 3 of this series discussed how the state of Israel today fits into the prophetic scheme, and that no dispensational principles preclude the fulfillment of certain prophecies about Israel while the Church is still on earth.2 The re-establishment of Israel is one such prophecy. Another issue, the Jewish control of Jerusalem, may not extend to the whole city before the Tribulation begins, although the Jewish state must exist by that point. The 1948–49 Israeli War of Independence initiated Israeli control of West Jerusalem, the newer Jewish section. The Old City of Jerusalem (the biblical city) fell into the hands of the Jordanian Legion. Later the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan annexed it. Jerusalem became a divided city and remained so for the next nineteen years.
Nevertheless, prophetically speaking, Jews will control the Old City of Jerusalem. Prophecies concerning the Third Jewish Temple (the Tribulation Temple) establish this. Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:3–4; and Revelation 11:1–2 relate a specific event in the middle of the Tribulation.
CTSJ 6:1 (January 2000) p. 40
The Jewish Temple will be rebuilt and begin functioning again, for these verses view the Temple in operation. They also presuppose Jewish control of the Temple Compound, so Jews must possess the Old City of Jerusalem. While no passage tells when it would occur, the 1967 Six-Day War clearly fulfilled it. While Scripture never predicts that war itself, it certainly predicts its result, Jewish ...
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