5. Has GOD Left Israel forever?
“I am he; I am the first, I also am the last”(Isa.48:12)
Does He knows everything ahead before it happened?
“and new things
do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them” (Isa.42:8,9);
“I am God, and
there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient
times the things that are not yet done”
He said that His word is forever?
“For he spake,
and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast”
Did He really said to Israel That
He will always love them?
So how we can say that God was so disappointed with the Jews that He decided to leave them forever despite of His promise to theirs forefathers?
people say: “But sometimes God changes
knew, that Israel will turn away from Him:
teach, that all true Christians now are Israel of God (that is true), the real
Israel does not exist for God anymore, and consequently the prophets of Old
Testament, speaking about Israel, had in mind not the real, but the spiritual
Israel, i.e. us, former Gentiles, who became Israel through faith in Jesus. It
is a great mistake, which brought to a misunderstanding of all prophecies about
the end of days.
the prophets of Old Testament God spoke about their people, about the real Jews:
how do you think, Jesus had to be born in Israel and had to choose the disciples
from the tribes of Israel?
was concerned for Israelites, that though God promised them, that to them
belongs "the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law,
and the service of God, and the promises " (Rom. 9:4), the only few
still had accepted Christ. Further Paul told, that
God’s word about Israelites has come true, but not about all of them,
because "They are not all Israel who are of
As you remember Israel (Jacob) had the brother – Esau. God promised to their grandfather – Abraham, that his seed will inherit the adoption, and the glory… However none of His promises were received by Isaac’s firstborn - Esau. To be a firstborn was a very honorable position in a Hebrew family - the tradition, which was established by God Himself: “all firstborns are Mine” (Num.3:13,8:17; Ex.13:2). When Esau “for one morsel of meat sold his birthright” (Heb.12:16), he ignored one of the most important law of God, he refused to be a man of God, he wanted to eat more than he wanted to obey God. God said: "I loved Jacob, and I hate Esau" (Mal.1:2-3).
Thus, the real Israel that God chose were not all descendants of Abraham (people like Esau and Jacob), but the descendants of Abraham, who obeyed Him (only people like Jacob).
Paul spoke many times, that through the faith in Jesus Gentiles became God's Israel (Gal.3:29; 6:15-16; Rom.9:8). However it does not mean, that there among real descendants of Abraham there is no God's Israel any longer. Then who are the apostles? It doesn't mean, that before Jesus there was no God's Israel there either. Jesus has named Nathanael as "Israelite indeed" when he hadn't accept Jesus yet: “an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit” (John 1:47). The true Israel, the Old Testament prophets were written about, were honest and feared God people - the Israelites like Jacob: «Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart» (Ps.73:1).
Though the Jews frequently betrayed God, it does not mean, that all Jews were rejected by Him. God has explained, why Jews betrayed Him all the time: “for among My people are found wicked men”(Jer.5:26). He promised that at the end of days :“I will take away from your midst those who rejoice in your pride…I will leave in your midst a meek and humble people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. The remnant of Israel shall do no unrighteousness and speak no lies” (Zephaniah 3:11-13, also Amos 9:9-11). “Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved” (Rom 9:27, Isa.11:21,22).
We are gentiles in the past, were included in the God’s family through our faith in Jesus. We are adopted children, Israel of Jacob’s type is the firstborn: « Israel is my son, even my firstborn”(Ex.4:22)..
We - gentiles in the past - became God's Israel after Jesus' ministry. Israel of Jacob’s type always was and is God's Israel. We were grafted to the holy tree of God's Israel, and he is the root and branches of this tree, and «...if the root (Abraham and the patriarchs) be holy, so are the branches (all Israel like Jacob). And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree (gentiles), wert grafted in among them... Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee... because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:... And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again» (Rom.11:16-18,20,23).
By stating that Jews can not be called God's Israel because they had rejected Jesus, we are "boasting against the branches", because Israel like Jacob is a very special for God, it is His prodigal son, who will be always welcome to come back to the Father.
the faith in Jesus we were included to God’s Israel, but we not had replaced
prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation.
And not for that nation only, but that also he should
gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad»
"That at that
time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and
strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the
world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by
the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and
hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us "
He was born first of the world of the people, he is an oldest son, we are younger, we are adopted (Gal.4:5). He is the heir by the law, by his birthright, by the right of His Promise, we are heirs because of His mercy (Rom.15:8,9).
said: «This people have I formed for myself; they
shall shew forth my praise.… I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy
(Israel) transgressions for mine own sake, and will not
remember thy sins»(Isa.43:21,25).
the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance»
"If his (David)
children forsake my law.. and keep not my
commandments... Then will I visit their
transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my
lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to
fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my
lips…His seed shall endure for ever" (Ps.89:30-37;
Then why till now is the disagreement about this matter in Christian circles? Why does no one among the angels challenge the birthright of Jesus, and we, people, are challenging the birthright of the nation chosen by God? Because the prophecy about 70 weeks (we will see further) was understood incorrectly.
two thousand years God does not communicate with His elected nation. And this
circumstance became a temptation for many to think, that God rejected His people
forever. But He has not rejected, just the time has not come yet. As Jesus came
in the world, «when the fulness of the time was come»
(Gal.4:4), i.e. when His time had come (in 69 weeks after the commandment to
restore Jerusalem was given), so God again will turn His face to His nation when
«the fulness of the time» will come.
«the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and
without a prince, and without a sacrifice... Afterward shall the children of
Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, …and shall fear the LORD and his
goodness in the
latter days» (Hosea 3:4-5).
I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will
establish unto thee an everlasting covenant»
many think, that Jews are rejected by God forever, but soon «in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my
people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God
» (Hosea 1:10).
Even turning away from His chosen people for so long time, God continues to keep His promises given to them. Thus, to Daniel the prophet was given to decode the prophetical dream of king Nebuchadnezzar about the great tree. That dream-prophecy was not just about the king, it was also about Jewish nation (Dan.4:10-16, Isa.6:13).
The prophecy was telling the tree (Jewish kingdom) will be cut down, but the root will be left in the ground with band of iron (Rome) and brass (Greece), and seven times will pass over it (4:16). After that the kingdom will be restored (4:26).
the prophecy was given to Daniel Jews were in Babylonian slavery. Before that
through the prophet Jeremiah God told, that the Jewish land will be under the
slavery for 70 prophetical years (Jer.29:10; 25:11; 2Chron.36:21). Thus in the
time when the prophecy was given to Daniel there the prophecy about 70 years was
still fulfilling. So the time of the
seven times of the prophecy about the tree had to be start right after the 70
prophetical years of slavery would finished. The prophecy tells that when the
seven times will finish Jewish kingdom will be restored.
That means that there, in Israel will not be kings anymore, only Jesus will be the next king there.
kingdom did not exist anymore. God promised that the kingdom (the stamp of its
roots) will be restored (will grow) after the 7 times (Dan.4:10-16, Isa.6:13).
The time = 360 days/years (Rev.12:14 - time + times + half of time=1260 days), 7
times = 360x7 = 2520 prophetical years or (x360÷365) 2485 solar years.
538BC+2485 years + 1 year (cm.ch.1) = 1948 AD- year of the establishing of the
state of Israel, the kingdom without a king.
keeps His promises to Jewish people, because «the
gifts and calling of God are without repentance»
(Rom.11:29), i.e. they are eternal.
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