Who is Israel

1. National Israel is the nation state of Israel.

2. Natural Israel is the descendants of Jacob, world wide Jewry.

3. Spiritual Israel is the mass of people who are 'circumcised in the heart', the redeemed [the church].

4. Jesus Himself, the suffering servant, the First Born

5. All of the Above

Here we're concerned with the first two. Replacement Theology would ignore natural Israel. Parallel Restoration Theology argues that the prophetic scriptures that speak of Israel in the end times apply to both natural and spiritual Israel. Every development in the history of natural Israel in the 20th century has a parallel development in the history of the church.

The redemption of natural Israel is something to occur very rapidly. We read in Is. 66:8 about a nation being born in a day. Spiritual Israel is the redeemed, but natural Israel are the ones spoken of in John 10.

John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

And Romans 11 tells us:

Ro 11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.

Romans 9:3 says:

Ro 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Here Paul speaks as a type of Jesus and describes exactly what Jesus did when He became a curse, taking on the sin of the world.

We said that after the fullness of the gentiles, the completion of the number of martyrs, that still leaves the redemption of Israel.

Romans tells us about something that will happen as a consequence. That is all Israel shall be saved.

Ro 11:25 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:

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