|Q303 : What if Israel had Accepted Christ at His First Coming?|
Hi Dr. Woods,
I am an avid listener to Brannon Howse World View Weekend, and enjoy your teaching.
I am reading your latest book, The Coming Kingdoma and have not finished it yet, but I have a few questions I hope you can help me with.
The first is concerning Israel rejecting the Kingdom, after Matt 12:24, where Jesus then only taught in parables.
If Israel had accepted the Kingdom, and you state, that it (the Kingdom), would have been set up then & there, and that Jesus would have been enthroned as the King on the Davidic Throne in Jerusalem, as stated in 2 Samuel 7? This didn't happen, so the Kingdom has been put on hold.
How would redemption for the world have happened?
My second question is regarding Chapter 5: Kingdom Mysteries.
After Matt. 12;24, Jesus only spoke to the disciples in parables, and the 8 Kingdom parables are covered. You state that the Kingdom is different to the Church age, which I have thought for many years anyhow, but then you mention the wheat & the tares, teaching it will be hard to distinguish between saved & unsaved within professing Christendom;
Also, you state that the parable of the mustard seed teaches that in its final form, Christendom will represent an apostate form of truth;
The leaven parable, you state, teaches that professing Christendom will experience increasing moral & doctrinal corruption as the age progresses.
I am getting a little confused because as you say, the Kingdom has been put on hold, the Church Age is a parenthesis between the rejection of the Kingdom & the acceptance of the Kingdom by Israel and the acceptance of Christ as their Messiah, how then can you apply the Kingdom Parables to the Church Age?
Thank you for reading my questions and I look forward to your response.