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Israel, God’s Not Yet Finished

Thanks for the great question BG:

I believe every single promise to Israel has already been fulfilled. I read that somewhere. Joshua 21v 45… There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass

We are delighted to receive this question/statement from BG today (the names haven’t really been changed because this is too much fun).  This question about Israel’s disposition before our Creator is a common misunderstanding especially for those of the Preteristic persuasion.

Isn’t it wonderful how fair and just is our God; still, He is GOD we serve a Creator Who is wholly and utterly GOD in all that implies.

Long before you or I came into existence our God, the Creator, had already laid out through His prescience the day and age we currently find ourselves, namely: The Latter Days just before the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation and things for this AGE set to begin.

So what is Israel’s disposition before the Big Guy Up Stairs?

Well, let’s take a look and see what God’s Word has to say on the subject:

Much of this post is provided through an excerpt taken from “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse” chapter 18; pages 334-336.

By the way, this blog represents the first of three blogs titled, “Israel, God’s Not Yet Finished” parts 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

Remember BG, God works in seasons, ages and as applies to this subject through prophecy timelines such as the “Seventy Weeks of Daniel” which is a foundational prophecy for the Covenant of Jesus Christ in which the Latter Days is a part.

Romans 11

Verses and Commentary

Romans 11 carries a multitude of mysteries, prophecies, and promises from God the Father to the world at large.

Paul reminds the Israelites they have not been forsaken. Regardless of their past transgressions, God remains faithful forever. The promises of God remain constant for the remnant, which the Lord has intentionally preserved among His chosen people. This small Israeli remnant will be saved by grace, regardless of Israel’s existing treacheries.[1] There is and will be an ongoing price for Israel’s continued rebelliousness. Unlike the Babylonian captivity, where God punished Israel’s disobedience openly for seventy years, the Time of the Gentiles will deliver God’s chastisement through a blinding in part, which has concealed the Messiah and all of His divine goodness from Israel until the Messiah is ready to be revealed. Israel’s blinding will continue until the last gentile predestined to receive salvation has entered into his or her reward. When God’s prophetic purpose is complete then the Time of the Gentiles will come to its end. The end of the Church Age should coincide with the conclusion of the Great Consummation and the Second Advent’s glorious beginning. The Time of the Gentiles has produced an abundance of believers. Once the final wild olive branches are grafted into the natural root of the olive tree, the Millennial Reign will launch into Christ’s glorious reign! The convergence will bring God’s will for the Great Consummation to a close. Nations had to be ransomed for Israel even as Israel had to be ransomed for the gentile nations, which became the Body of Christ. So fulfills the will of God and His Word for the Church Age.[2]

Think you dad was tough?

Romans 11 confirms the gentile nations are adopted into the family of God through faith, saved by grace rather than through the biological lineage of Abraham. The Elect, or remnant of Israel, will similarly be saved by grace. Unfortunately, the bulk of the house of Israel has hardened their hearts and slipped beyond redemption. Jesus will return with the Body of Christ and deliver the remnant of Israel into the family of God following the Second Advent.[3] Until such time, their eyes will be covered and their ears shut up so they cannot receive the gospel of salvation as a nation and be healed.

As Paul writes Romans 10 to the saints, he loosely describes how the Mosaic Law was fulfilled through the shed blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, slain from the foundations of the world.[4] The prize of salvation is not simply guaranteed to someone because of their lineage or physical connection with Abraham; rather, salvation, the gift of divine kinship with the Creator, belongs to those who walk in faith, even as Noah, Abraham, Moses, and so many others walked in faith. The offspring of Abraham’s faith are embodied in those who believe in Jesus as the propitiation for their sin.

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel?

“Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” (Romans 11:1–4 ESV)

The ransoming of Israel was done for a significant purpose. Though God exchanged Israel for the Body of Christ, He has not forsaken His chosen people. Rather, God set aside a remnant in accordance with prophecy. There has always been a remnant from the house of Israel and ever will be, leastwise until the beginning of the Millennial Reign.

So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.” And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.” (Romans 11:5–10 ESV)

  • God set the House of Israel for a ransom and a foreshadowing of things to come.
  • Though a blinding in part has come upon the nation of Israel, one day the blinding will be lifted and the Israelites will see Christ for their Messiah and Savior.
  • The true message is grace.
  • Even as the Body of Christ must be saved by faith and not by works, so too must the nation of Israel be saved by faith and not because they are the sons of Abraham according to the flesh.[5]
  • Remember, Ishmael was a son of Abraham and yet not a child of promise or salvation.

(End of Today’s Excerpt)

Wow, how wonderful is our God.

Okay BG, I hope this was a wonder beginning to answering your question.

We’ll continue this in our next blog, “Israel, God’s Not Yet Finished Part 2”

[1] Romans 9:27–29, “Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved.”

[2] Isaiah 35:1–10 and Jeremiah 31:7–12, the ransomed of Israel returns.

[3] Romans 11:25–29, the redeemed of the Lord.

[4] Revelation 13:8, “… The Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

[5] Romans 9:7–8, “Nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham …

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