Romans Chapters 9-11
No, God is not through with the Jews, in spite of what some would have you believe, and I have five proofs, straight from God’s Word. The Middle East continues to be the center of great controversy over Israel and who should be living there.
After 2,000 years of exile, the Jews began returning to the homeland God gave them, though political pressure has now reduced it to a mere sliver of their original land.
Storm clouds of Armageddon gather, focused on Israel and her people. Politicians plot to bring peace to the Holy Land; such is the focus of headlines in every newspaper worldwide.
But only one voice matters—the voice of God, who created Earth and owns it all. What does He say about this unending conflict? Almost 100% of Bible prophecy relates to the land and people of Israel.
All eyes focus on the little nation—and well they should, for Israel is the land and people of destiny. As the Jew goes, so goes the world. Israel is God’s yardstick – His outline, program, and prophecy – for all other nations. Israel is:
- the world’s geographic center. It is a land bridge between three continents.
- the spiritual center. Most of the Bible was written in Israel by Jews.
- the prophetic center. You’ll understand what God is doing in the world when you understand what He’s doing in Israel.
- the storm center. Clouds of Armageddon are gathering.
- the peace center. Without peace in Jerusalem, there’ll be no peace in our world.
- the glory center. Jesus will reign on this Earth from Jerusalem.
Romans chapters 9 through 11 make it clear: God isn’t done with the Jews.
They are still His chosen people. Their failure to receive Jesus doesn’t mean God is done with them. Many Old Testament covenants were conditional—they depended upon man’s choices and behavior—but the one God made with Abraham had no conditions! (See Genesis 12:2-3, 15, and 17:7.) It rested not on man’s performance but on God’s character—and eternal plan.
In Romans 11, Paul gives five proofs God hasn’t rejected His people, broken His promises, altered His covenants, or forgotten His Word. God forbid He would ever do that.
Proof #1: God’s Convicting Power
Paul testifies that he’s Exhibit A for proof God that isn’t through with the Jews, for God commissioned him as a missionary to the Gentiles—a Jew to evangelize the pagans of this world.
God will do the same thing with Israel. He will supernaturally appear to Israel, and the Jews will see Jesus as Paul saw Him, glorified on high. A nation will be born again spiritually in a day. (See Zechariah 12.)
Like Paul, the Jews will turn and embrace their Messiah. (See Zechariah 12:8-10; 13:6.) Paul asserts God hasn’t rejected them.
Proof #2: God’s Careful Preservation
Just as God preserved 7,000 Israelites in Elijah’s day who never bowed the knee to Baal, He has reserved a remnant in Israel by His grace. (See Romans 11:2.)
The Jews are not God’s chosen people because of their faithfulness, and they won’t be rejected because of their unfaithfulness. The Jewish nation is indestructible. (See Psalm 89.)
They were scattered, but not destroyed. Egypt’s king couldn’t diminish them or the Red Sea drown them. Jonah’s whale couldn’t digest them, the fiery furnace devour them, Haman’s gallows hang them, nations assimilate them, or dictators annihilate God’s ancient people, the Jews. God always preserved a remnant.
Proof #3: God’s Controlling Plan
Israel was never supposed to be a reservoir, just receiving God’s blessings, but His pipeline through which He would disperse blessings. God told Abraham, “through you, all the nations shall be blessed.”
God is doing all this according to His magnificent plan: If He said He would bring pagan Gentiles to Israel’s Messiah, how much more will He keep His Word to Israel?
Proof #4: God’s Continuing Promise
Though they rejected Paul’s message, God will never break His covenant promise with Abraham, the root of Israel. If Abraham is God’s, then the whole tree is God’s.
Proof #5: God’s Culminating Purpose
Salvation for both Jews and Gentiles is God’s culminating purpose.
- In His time (Romans 11:26).
- For His purpose (Romans 11:25).
- Through His Son (Romans 11:26). All Israel will look upon Jesus, whom they have pierced (Zechariah 12:9).
- According to His Word (Romans 11:27-29).
- For His glory (Romans 11:33)
- By His grace (Romans 11:30-36).
We’re living in the most exciting time in the history of God’s chosen people. Since the re-creation of the state of Israel, May 14-15, 1948, God has repeatedly intervened to protect His people. Prophetic promises are becoming reality.
Three major events happen just prior to Jesus’ Second Coming. Two have already occurred:
- Re-establishment back in their land.
- Regathering to their land.
- Rebuilding the temple on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
They will see Him and ask, “What are those wounds in Your hands?” Jesus will answer, “This is where I was wounded in the house of My friends” (Zechariah 13:6).
Is God through with the Jews? God forbid. And He’s not through with you, either.
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