“All Israel Will Be Saved”

I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”

Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.

 

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I will set My glory among the nations; all the nations shall see My judgment which I have executed, and My hand which I have laid on them. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward.

The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid My face from them. I gave them into the hand of their enemies, and they all fell by the sword. According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from them.” ’

“Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name — after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they dwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid.

When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer. And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord God.”

 

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Covenant and Controversy part 3

We need to interpret the modern return to the land of Israel and the constitution of this modern phenomenon called the State of Israel.

We need to view this not as the fulfilment of eschatological prophecy, but we need to view it as the preliminary requirement that sets in motion the fulfilment of eschatological prophecy. Meaning that now they are in the land, these events can unfold. Now that they’re in the land these things can take place.

Because how do you flee Jerusalem if you are not in Jerusalem?
How can you be banished from Israel, if you’re not in the land of Israel?
There’s all of these verses about eschatological, apocalyptic expulsion and exile from the land that presuppose a Jewish presence in the land. (Dalton, Thomas, Covenant and Controversy part 3)

This is the third of a series of three videos. The other two parts have been posted previously.

The videos can also be accessed and downloaded via the vimeo site by clicking on the “vimeo” logo at the bottom of the video.

I have downloaded the films from that site onto a USB stick, I find that format makes it easier for me to watch half an hour at a time rather than have to find time to watch it all at once.

I think the films are very well written and produced and I highly recommend them.

Informed By “Unsanctified Optimism”?

Dalton Thomas quote from Covenant and Controversy III: The Great Trouble (video scheduled to be posted to this blog on 29th May). First two highly recommended episodes have already been posted.

We Christian Zionists, in our generation, have made a grave mistake. We have interpreted the victories of Israel over the last generation with an unsanctified optimism.

We saw these victories and we said we’re going to go from glory to glory. Now that they’re back in the land it’s only going to get better and better and better.

Look! The dry bones of the holocaust are coming together and now the State is back together, so flesh is being put on the bones and then God’s going to breathe into the State and its going to be amazing, and if anyone tries to oppose it, God will crush and destroy them.

We’re reading Israel’s victories onto the text and we’re not looking at the text and saying what does the text say.

Because what the text says is that if those days were not cut short, no flesh would survive in Jerusalem.

Zechariah 14 says that half of the city of Jerusalem will be taken into captivity and the other half will be absolutely pummelled.

Women raped. Houses destroyed. Goods stolen.

That’s the context of Jerusalem, and I can tell you this, Jerusalem will be the last stand.

If Jerusalem is on the verge of collapsing. If Jerusalem is about to fall, then you know the perimeter of the nation has been violated.
Meaning, that in order to get to Jerusalem via the plain of Megiddo, you have to get through the Golan heights.

And if you got through the Golan Heights, it means this, the Israeli military, the Israeli security forces have been neutralised. Their lines have been broken. They are unable to defend themselves against the onslaught.

The overwhelming emphasis of the prophetic, apostolic, eschatological texts related to Jerusalem at the end of the age, is that it is a final showdown and everyone is huddled into that city for the final climax of the age.

It’s not going to be on the heels of this progressive improvement of the State of Israel, where they’re growing and getting better and better and better and stronger and stronger.
It’s cataclysm.
It’s crisis.
It’s suffering.
It’s death, burial and resurrection.

The way that Jesus walked is the way Israel will walk.

Covenant and Controversy part 2

 

This is the second of a series of three videos. Part one has already been posted. The other part will be posted later.

The videos can also be accessed and downloaded via the vimeo site by clicking on the “vimeo” logo at the bottom of the video.

I have downloaded the films from that site onto a USB stick, I find that format makes it easier for me to watch half an hour at a time rather than have to find time to watch it all at once.

I think the films are very well written and produced and I highly recommend them.

Recognition of Israel

The fact that scripture forewarns of terrible things ahead for Israel indicates to me that the current political state is only one of a number of steps towards the fulfilment of prophecy and not the actual fulfilment of prophecy regarding the return of the people of Israel to the Promised Land.
It is a mistake to view today’s Israel as if it has already attained its promised return.

The present day nation Israel relies upon its geographical territory, political power and the strength of its armed forces to ensure its ongoing security and the safety of its people. The slogan “Never Again” has been used to declare they won’t allow a repeat of the Holocaust.
However if we are to take scripture seriously – especially the words of Jesus, there will not only be an “Again”, but the horrors of the Holocaust will be surpassed.

I believe one reason for the time of Jacob’s Trouble, what Jesus describes as great tribulation, is to bring Israel to the recognition that their only hope is in Him.
Everything that gives them security will be shown to be worthless and stripped away, leaving them no place to turn.

THEN God will intervene and “the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward“.

I want to ask whether evangelical interest and support of post 1948 Israel (as well-intentioned as it may be) in reality takes attention away from something potentially more significant.

If we focus our attention on a place or a political entity rather than a people, might we miss something important?
Maybe we need to consider the question: who or what is Israel in God’s eyes? When we refer to God’s promise to Abraham (“I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you”) who is the “you” referring to?

To what extent has International politics and evangelical eschatology blinkered the definition, making it primarily a reference to a political entity in the Middle East? And as a result, how much has that made evangelicals reluctant to say anything “critical” about the State of Israel and what it does?

Shouldn’t the definition of Israel be much wider – to cover the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob wherever they are?

In that case the majority of Israel remains in exile and will do so until after the time of Jacob’s Trouble (Great Tribulation) which will be experienced by Jews outside of the Promised Land (Amos 9) as well as those within its borders (Zech 13). Israel will experience great suffering at the hands of the nations before the Lord intervenes.

Amos describes this period as a sifting, through which “all the sinners of [His] people will die by the sword”
Zechariah describes it in the terms of refining, through which two thirds will be “cut off and die”.

But despite the predicted horrors, there are promises of salvation, there are promises of the complete and permanent return of Israel to the land that God promised them; a fulfilment completing the partial return reflected by today’s imperfect political reality. A return of a complete nation, all of whom recognise and accept their Messiah. (Zech 12:10, Matt 23:39)

Unlike today’s imperfectly governed state that like any other nation is prone to injustice and unrighteousness (the reason they ought not be set on a pedestal and denied scrutiny by those professing Christ), that future return of the people will be to a land ruled by their just and righteous King, their Messiah, Jesus.

And instead of nations gathering to wage war against them, the nations will honour their King and celebrate with them, or face significant consequences. (Zech 14: 16-18)