Israel plays a key role in God's Plan to reconcile all things in heaven and all things on earth to Himself, having made peace through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. (Colossians 1:20)
The Israelites are the direct physical descendants of Abraham through the line of Isaac and Jacob. The Bible uses the word Israel to mean both the nation and the land. Scripture says again and again, hundreds of times, that God is the God of Israel, and the Holy One of Israel. The word Israel is mentioned over 2,500 times in the Bible. We all need to grasp the tremendous importance of Israel, of why and how God is using Israel to demonstrate His love, His justice and His Plan of Salvation for all people. Any Universalist who fails to understand the importance of Israel lacks an understanding of true Biblical Universalism. We have covered the subject of Israel in detail in Chapter 7
'God's Purpose for Israel'.
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