All Israel Saved

Since we've gone this far, we might as well go all the way! Only Jews will be saved. Furthermore, all Jews will be saved! Now after you pick yourself up from the floor, allow us to explain these bold statements.

We all know that people are saved under the new covenant, right? Now notice the wording of this new covenant: "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house ofjudah" (Jeremiah 31:31).

And in the book of Hebrews, Paul expands on this concept: "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house ofjudah For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more" (Hebrews 8:8, 10-12).

The new covenant is made "with the house of Israel"! God never makes a salvation covenant with Gentiles. In fact, nowhere in Scripture do you find any saving covenant made with anyone but Israelites! So if you want to be saved, you must be born again as a spiritual Jew. This is not to say that all Christians must now be circumcised and sacrifice lambs, but we must have the spiritual equivalent of these things—Jesus, the Lamb of God (the final sacrifice), and circumcision of the heart.

God does not have one method of salvation for Jews and a different one for non-Jews. Everyone is saved the same way under the same program—by grace through faith. Paul uses the analogy of an olive tree to explain that all Gentiles who are saved are grafted into the stock of Israel. "And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wertgrafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root [supports] thee" (Romans 11:17, 18).

The Christian religion is based on a Jewish manual called the Bible. (In this light, it is difficult to understand how any professed Christian could be anti-Semitic.) Christianity is not a new religion, but rather the completion of the lewish faith. So with this in mind, we can now better understand what Paul meant when he said, "And so all Israel shall be saved" (Romans 11:26). Some take this verse to mean that God will ultimately save all literal lews. If this were true, it would contradict every principle of God's dealings with humans throughout history and Scripture. God is not a racist. In lesus' eyes, "There is neither Jew nor Greek" (Galatians 3:28).

We are saved based on choices we make regarding God's provision, not on national status or physical citizenship. But if, when Paul says that "all Israel will be saved," he is speaking of spiritual Israel, and if we understand that we become a "true lew" only by a choice, then it all makes sense.

Israel's Purpose

The primary functions for the lewish nation were to preserve Scriptures and introduce the Messiah to the world, which was accomplished at Pentecost. We read, "Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God"

(Romans 3:2). And in Acts 2:5, "And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven." These converted Jews then took the truth back to their respective countries.

Jesus was also very concerned that the early ministry of His apostles was to focus specifically on the literal house of Israel. "These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matthew 10:5, 6).

But after Jesus' death, the lewish Sanhedrin (supreme court) officially rejected the message of the gospel through the Spirit-filled preaching of Stephen. They even executed him. From that point on (AD 34), God opened the doors to the Gentiles.

• "Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles" (Acts 13:46).

• "For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth" (Acts 13:47).

Prophetic Applications

How does all of this apply to prophecy?

The greatest book about prophecy, the book of Revelation, talks about Mount Zion, Israel, Jerusalem, the temple, the Euphrates, Babylon and Armageddon. Thus it is clear that Revelation uses the terminology of the Middle East in its prophecies. But sincere Christians all over the earth are applying these prophecies to literal places in the Middle East and to the modern nation of Jews. Yet once we grasp the New Testament principles discussed in this study, we are able to finally see that there is something wrong with that picture. We should be seeing error messages all over the place!

Remember that when Jesus came the first time, the devil had bamboozled God's people into making the spiritual prophecies about the Messiah carnal and physical. Satan is doing the same thing today with the subject of Israel. Yet the plain, biblical truth is that Revelation centers on Jesus Christ and God's Israel in the Spirit, not the Israel of the flesh.

And with this correct understanding of spiritual Israel, suddenly other prophecies in the New Testament take on a whole new meaning! It's now easy to see that the 144,000 of Revelation 7 and 14 are not literal lews and the new temple will not be earthly, but rather the Body of lesus and the church (lohn 2:19, 20).

An Amazing Fact: "Fools Gold," or iron pyrites, a mineral composed of iron sulfide, actually contains no gold at all The mineral is brass yellow and has a metallic luster. The resemblance of pyrite to gold caused many prospectors to mistake it for gold, which is how it became known as fool's gold. Even though it is often found in the vicinity of gold, it is easily distinguished from the real thing by its brittleness.

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