The Promise

In Genesis 12 the Lord makes a multi part promise to Abraham.

Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Let's focus on the final part of that promise, the blessing to all the families on earth. Galatians 3 talks about it as follows.

Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Here the meaning of the blessing is spelled out. That God would justify the heathen by faith. Also in verse 8, this promise is described as the gospel! [In old testament texts you will find the phrase glad tidings.]

The gospel, then is a promise to the nations that they would be justified and receive this blessing, if they have faith like Abraham. For Abraham believed God and this was accounted as his righteousness, verse 6.

What God promised to Israel is to become a great nation, inherit the land of Canaan and to be a blessing to the nations. Is there an explicit promise of salvation? Is Israel among the nations to be blessed?

To put it another way, will all Israel be justified by faith. When the son of man comes will he find faith?

Luke 18:

7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

81 tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Is there an explicit promise of salvation? A very clear one is found in Daniel; one which is to follow a time of great trouble. [Tribulation]

Daniel 12.1:

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Once again we are looking at the idea of mass salvation of Israel after the tribulation, at the second coming. Let's look at exactly how the blindness is removed, and repentance is granted at the time of the second coming.

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