Israel Will Again Be God’s People

September 22, 2013

Friends,
Israeliteindeed has posted a new message which can be read here: http://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/the-land-of-israel/

I completely agree that all people, whether they are Jew or Gentile, can only be saved by uniting with Christ Jesus (–God who came to earth in the flesh to atone for sin), and that this unity comes only by renouncing all wickedness (Luke 13:3 // Heb. 10:26-31), and, in full submission to Christ, embracing the life of holiness He brings. (Rom. 8:9)

I therefore agree that being of Jewish descent is inconsequential concerning salvation from Hell. All sinners will go to Hell, even if they are a blood descendent of Abraham. Only through faith in Christ Jesus and by holding to His teachings will a person be saved. (John 3:16 & 8:31,32 & 14:6)

However, concerning the land of Israel, and though the Kingdom of God is not, until Jesus returns to earth, visible (John 18:36), Jesus will certainly one day rule visibly from Jerusalem. (Jer. 3:17 // Zech. 8:1-3,7,8,20-23 & 14:9,16) God’s purpose in electing a descendent of Jacob to rule forever (Rom. 9:11,12) –who is Jesus– and because Israel is “loved on account of the patriarchs” (11:28), God has not dismissed Israel as His chosen people. Yes, He divorced them (Jer. 3:8), but they, even as a whole nation, will eventually repent with weeping contrition, and God will embrace them as His own once again. (Jer. 3:14-18 // Zech. 12:10-14 & 13:1 // Rom. 11:25-27)

Israel is definitely special to the Lord. This doesn’t mean that while they are adulterous toward Him, and while they refuse to accept Jesus as their Messiah, the Lord is not exceedingly angry with them, for He is. He has rebuked them, saying, “She is not My wife, and I am not her Husband.” (Ho. 2:2) But He has also promised that in their own land, they will once again belong to Him (1:10,11 & 2:14-23), for He says, “I will plant her for Myself in the land; I will show My love to the one I called ‘Not My loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not My people,’ ‘You are My people’; and they will say, ‘You are My God.'” (2:23) As Hosea made his adulterous wife wait, so will the Israelites be made to wait. (3:3,4) But afterwards Israel and the Lord will be united through compassion, repentance, forgiveness, love, and blessing. (v. 5 & ch. 14)

Are we to fight militarily or politically to make this reconciliation come about? Absolutely not. Such efforts would be fruitless. We are, though, to pray. To pray for Israel (as a whole and as individuals) to repent and to recognize and love their Messiah.

This should also be our prayer for the inhabitants of the whole world.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

P.S. A very informative article on the relationship of Israel and the church is at this link: http://www.levitt.com/essays/israel-church

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