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Recent Future Of Israel Conference

October 23, 2013

After the recent excitement over the “Strange Fire” conference, some may have overlooked another conference held earlier this month in New York.  “The people, the Land and the Future of Israel” conference featured several speakers including Dr. Michael Vlach, and the videos are now available.  I’ve listened to a few of the messages so far, including Dr. Vlach’s and a panel concerning questions about current events in Israel.

Dr. Vlach’s message gives a brief summary of church history in reference to Israel’s future, considering the four main periods of church history:  Patristic (A.D. 100 to about 450), Medieval, Reformation (16th century), and Post-Reformation (17th century to now).  Using the same terminology as Barry Horner, he distinguishes between ‘replacement’ and ‘restoration’ views; the latter, restoration, refers to the belief of Israel now under divine judgment but having a future restoration as a nation (and restoration to their land).  As noted in his lecture (and also in Dr. Vlach’s book ‘Has the Church Replaced Israel?’), the early church was premillennial but supersessionist — though with belief in a future salvation for ethnic Israel.  Before the post-Reformation era, though, few Christians understood a restorationist view of Israel.  Since the Reformation, though, and starting in the 17th century, we find many prominent theologians who have affirmed a future restoration of ethnic Israel.

What I’ve listened to from other messages is also interesting, including discussion about the middle East and current events related to Israel, and the future of Israel in light of the holocaust (Barry Leventhal).

  1. October 23, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Thank you for this reminder. I have posted the information to our local church’s blog site.

  2. October 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I wonder how John S. Feinberg felt as he was in the pulpit at Calvary Baptist Church delivering his message? I am sure that he was aware that his father preached “What Israel Means to God” there during the great New York Congress on Prophecy (1-8 NOV 1942). See “The Sure Word of Prophecy: Report of the New York Congress on Prophecy assembled in the Calvary Baptist Church, New York City, November 1-8, 1942”, ed. John W. Bradbury (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1943). The messages delivered at that event when William Ward Ayer pastored Calvary, and published in this volume were as follows:

    The sovereign claims of God in relation to divine prophecy / W.H. Rogers —
    How shall we interpret the Bible? / Charles H. Stevens —
    What it has cost the church to neglect the Bible’s prophetic message / William Ward Ayer —
    Christ above all in prophecy / I.L. Yearby —
    Have the Gentiles failed? / John W. Bradbury —
    What will God do with the cosmos? / Lewis Sperry Chafer —
    What are the Jews seeking? / H.B. Centz —
    Prophecies of the New Testament / B.B. Sutcliffe —
    The unfinished program of the Son of Man / C. Gordon Brownville —
    God’s New Testament ecclesia / John W. Bradbury —
    A shout, a voice and a trump / W.H. Rogers —
    Why the church will not go through the great tribulation / Harry A. Ironside —
    The church on four fronts / Albert G. Johnson —
    Is the church ever called Israel? / Howard W. Ferrin —
    The seventy weeks of Daniel nine / Harry A. Ironside —
    Is the battle of Armageddon in John’s vision on the Isle of Patmos the same as the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39? / Louis S. Bauman —
    Prophecy and the deterioration of nations / John F. Walvoord —
    God’s purpose in the Gentiles / Henry E. Burke —
    Prophecy concerning evil and its end / Lewis Sperry Chafer —
    Is God through with the Jews? / Joseph Hoffman Cohn —
    The Jew in history and destiny / J. Palmer Muntz —
    What Israel means to God / Charles Lee Feinberg —
    The rapture of the saints / W.M. Robertson —
    The Jew after the rapture / W.E. Pietsch —
    Two phases of Christ’s return : the parousia and the epiphany / Albert Lindsey —
    The messianic kingdom a mediatorial kingdom / Harris H. Gregg —
    The Lord’s Supper in the light of the Passover / A.B. Machlin —
    The return of our Lord an incentive to soul-winning / Dean S. Bedford —
    Christ, the Lord of history / R.L. Powell —
    Effect of the doctrine of our Lord’s return / Adam B. Hunter —
    Christ the eternal king / Albert G. Johnson —
    Watching for the morning / Donald James MacKay.

    Source: OCLC World Cat at http://www.worldcat.org/title/sure-word-of-prophecy/oclc/8310655 [accessed 23 OCT 2013].

    • October 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks, interesting info especially about that very same church in New York! I recognize a few of the names from that 1942 gathering, which must have been a much larger conference and broader range of topics.

  3. Pauline
    October 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    John your brain is like an enclopaedia !!

  4. October 23, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing this…I saw this on his blog then forgotten about it because of all the hype of Strange Fire

  5. October 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I wish! Actually I had that book (original edition) sitting in a box of books on premillennialism within feet of me when I read Lynda’s blog post. I was always interested in Calvary Baptist since my maternal grandfather and step-grandmother had attended there when Ayer was the pastor. When I read the location of this conference my mind went immediately to this book. I have friends who call me WikiJackia (my family nickname is “Jack”) and BiblioJack, but I can assure you that it is not all in my head as I have a lot of dead brain cells! 🙂

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