In a report titled “The Inheritance of Abraham” issued by the Church of Scotland (which you can view here in it’s entirety), the entire understanding of Israel and the land of Israel are made null and void.

This came to my attention from a story published in the Haaretz online newspaper, titled “Church of Scotland: Jews do not have a right to the land of Israel“.  Since I quickly downloaded and archived the report, I thought it might be interesting to see just how far that organization (Church of Scotland) has fell.  From the report, we read the following tidbits:

  1. There has been a widespread assumption by many Christians as well as many Jewish people that the Bible supports an essentially Jewish state of Israel.”
  2. This assumption of biblical support is based on views of promises about land in the Hebrew Bible. These views are disputed. [by this report]”
  3. Clarence Wagner describes the creation of the modern state of Israel as a ‘miracle’. What is meant by ‘miracle’?”
  4. How can Christians support the violation of human rights in the name of alleged divinely conferred exclusive rights to a specific area of land?”
  5. “There are different meanings attached to “land” in different  contexts and in the theological and political agendas of the various authors of the Hebrew Bible.”
  6. “The New Testament contains a radical re-interpretation of the concepts of “Israel”, “temple”, “Jerusalem”, and “land”.
  7. The book of Jonah is a key text for understanding the Hebrew Bible’s promise of the land to Abraham and his descendants…the people of God even included the hated Assyrians...”
  8. Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple means not just that the Temple needs to be reformed, but that the Temple is finished.”
  9. If Jesus is indeed the Yes to all God’s promises the promise to Abraham about land is fulfilled through the impact of Jesus, not by restoration of land to the Jewish people.”
  10. No part of the New Testament gives any support to a political state of Israel beyond that to any other state.”
  11. “Promises about the land of Israel were never intended to be taken literally…”
  12. The ‘promised land’ in the Bible is not a place, so much as a metaphor of how things ought to be among the people of God. This ‘promised land’ can be found – or built – anywhere.”
  13. “It can be concluded that Christians should not be supporting any claims by Jewish or any other people, to an exclusive or even privileged divine right to possess particular territory.”

What?  Has the Church of Scotland come out in the open now, as the Den of Satan?  How can anyone who has read the Bible’s Old and New Testament’s just one time reach ANY of these conclusions?

I will not go into refuting the 13 points I listed above because it is demeaning to any Christian to have to do so.  (I will gladly answer anyone who wants to debate the legitimacy of this heretical report.)  However, this serves as a clear illustration of the “falling away” that must take place in the time before Jesus returns to Earth.

When a publication like this is actually held up as some type of authoritatively researched document to all Christian’s, we know that we are in or near the time to come when God settles the great controversy:

(From 2nd Thessalonians):

{2:1} Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our gathering together unto him,

{2:2} That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

{2:3} Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come,] except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be
revealed, the son of perdition;

{2:4} Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

{2:5} Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

{2:6} And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be
revealed in his time.

{2:7} For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let,] until he be taken out of the way.

{2:8} And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

{2:9} [Even him,] whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

{2:10} And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

{2:11} And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that
they should believe a lie:

{2:12} That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

I guess the leadership of the Church of Scotland want to vie for the position of the AntiChrist…