TEXT: Romans 11:25-32
25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Israel in the End Times (Part 8)
In today’s reading from Romans 11, Paul begins to draw his argument on the matter of Israel’s salvation to a conclusion. In our last message, we took a closer look at how the Christian faith rests on the foundation of the faith of the Jewish patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, whom God made special covenants with. Paul seems to take great pains to ensure that his Gentile readers do not become boastful over their status as Christians and the benefits they have from being in the body of Christ.
Paul calls the plan of God for the salvation of the Israelites a “mystery.” Dr. Walvoord and Dr. Zuck state in their commentary that “in Scripture a mystery is not a truth difficult to understand, but a truth previously unrevealed (and therefore unknown) which is now revealed and publicly proclaimed.” So, Paul is making the eventual salvation of the Jews a matter of public knowledge. God’s plan for them is being put out in the open. Paul’s desire for us to be knowledgeable about this mystery is so that we will not become wise in ourselves — that is conceited or proud. God has simply turned his attention to the Gentiles for a time, and one day, He will turn his attention back to the Jews.
Dr. Walvoord and Dr. Zuck state, “God purposed that some from all nations should by faith receive the righteousness provided by grace. In order to achieve this goal, Israel’s relationship as God’s Chosen People was rescinded for a time and Israel is now experiencing a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. There is a fullness for Israel and a fullness for the Gentiles. God is now ‘taking from the Gentiles a people for Himself.'”
Paul begins his conclusion of this discourse with these words: “And so all Israel shall be saved.” What does he mean by “all Israel”? Does he mean every single Jewish person will eventually accept salvation through Christ? Probably not. As we have seen before, he at least means that a mass number of Jews will be saved. F.F. Bruce states, “‘All Israel’ is a recurring expression in Jewish literature, where it need not mean ‘every Jew without a single exception’, but ‘Israel as a whole.'” Often, we speak of America as a “Christian nation.” Last month, the British Prime Minister called Great Britain a ‘Christian nation.’ Of course, when we use this terminology, we do not mean that every individual in the United States or in the United Kingdom is a Christian, but that many people are. We also mean that Christianity influences and permeates society. David Guzik states that the words “all Israel” mean that the nation as a whole will embrace Jesus Christ as the Messiah — especially its leaders. It was the Jewish religious leaders who persuaded the people to demand that Jesus be crucified. When Jesus returns to defeat the Antichrist, the leaders of the nation of Israel will be eager to embrace Him.
Paul quotes the prophet Isaiah when he says, “There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” Jesus is the deliverer who came forth from Zion. The word “zion” refers to the hills of Jerusalem where David established the capital of Israel. This city has been called the most controversial spot on earth. The Jews have a claim to it; Christians have a claim to it; and Muslims have a claim to it. It sits at the crossroads of three continents. Benjamin Disraeli, the only Jewish-born prime minister of Great Britain, said, “The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; [and] it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.”
One of the main reasons why peace has not been established between Israel and Palestine is because the Palestinians want Jerusalem for their capital and the Israelis refuse to give it up. The status of the city is also a sticking point in global diplomatic affairs. Because of the ongoing controversy, no nation has yet recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, preferring instead to place their embassies in Tel Aviv. But Jesus calls our attention to the true status of Jerusalem, the city referred to as Zion. Not only is it the capital of Israel, but one day, it will become the capital of the world. Zion is the city from which Jesus ascended, and it is the city to which he will return. When he returns, the Jewish people will turn away from ungodliness and will embrace the Son of God. This time was also spoken of through the prophet Zechariah when God said, “I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced…”
There will be many Jews who will “turn from” their rejection of Jesus Christ, however there will still be some who will not. Ezekiel chapter 20 speaks of a purging of those Jews who stubbornly reject Jesus in the end times. God says, “And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me…”
There is another interesting passage in Zechariah 13:8-9 which states: “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.” Many Bible prophecy experts such as Tim LaHaye believe this passage teaches that due to the tragedies of the Tribulation (especially the period called “the time of Jacob’s trouble”), two-thirds of the nation of Israel will be wiped out and all of the remaining Jews who survive the Tribulation will place their faith in Jesus Christ. Thus, in a quite literal sense, indeed ALL of Israel will be saved.
Back in our main passage, Paul continues quoting Isaiah in verse 27 when he writes, “For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” After the judgment of Israel during the Tribulation period, God will remove the sins of His chosen people and will establish with them the New Covenant — the same covenant He establishes with the Gentiles who believe on Christ. When this covenant is established, the Jews will not only be the children of Abraham, but they will be united with all Gentile believers under the headship of Jesus Christ.
The Bible indicates that the turning of Israel to their Messiah is a necessary condition of the return of Christ. In Matthew 23:39, Jesus Christ told the Jews, “Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” These words come at the end of Jesus’ lament over the city of Jerusalem — the city that ‘killed the prophets and stoned those sent to preach to her.’ In this lament, Jesus spoke of his desire to ‘gather the nation together just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.’ Unfortunately, the Jews of that day made the choice to ultimately reject Jesus and that rejection brought condemnation and a long, but temporary, period of being cut off. However, as Dr. Walvoord and Dr. Zuck state, “Jesus is not through with the nation and the city of Jerusalem. Though He would soon depart, at a future time He will be seen again and will be accepted, not rejected.’ Jesus was speaking of His return to the earth to establish His millennial kingdom.” In that day, the nation will indeed say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’
Lord willing, we will continue our study of this passage in our next message.
If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.