Romans 11:1-5 (NKJV) “I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying,
“LORD, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”? But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.”
Many of those that have paid attention to the events of our times have concluded that the end is closer than when we first believed (see Romans 13:11-14).
Another thing is that many of us, obviously, including myself, believed that salvation is just about the church. We’ve excluded the Jews as a secondary issue. Then you have the ones that believe in the misguided doctrine called “replacement theology.”
That the church replaced Israel.
The OT refutes this and Paul refuted this in chapter 11. Even the Lord Jesus refuted this baseless teaching in John 10:16.
John 10:16 (NKJV) “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”
When you read the book of Daniel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah, and what Jesus said in John 4 that “salvation is of the Jews,” and look closely at the Book of Revelation, you’ll see that during the great tribulation period, the salvation of Israel will be underway.
Just as the Lord God promised.
From the time that the Lord instructed Abram to leave Ur of the Chaldees in Babylon to the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus, it’s God’s will to save Israel. But in the salvation of Israel is the salvation of all mankind.
Israel was to be that shining light on a hill that couldn’t be hidden, but the children of Israel rebelled against the Lord. Israel failed to take heed of the warning that the Lord God gave them.
Long story short. in 586 BC, God sent Nebuchadnezzar to remove the children of Israel and exiled them to Babylon for 70 years (see Jeremiah 25:8-14 and Daniel 9:1-2). Then after 70 years, Cyrus, king of the Medes and Persians allowed Israel to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall and repair the temple that was destroyed.
Ezra and Nehemiah, along with Israel returned to the land and led the work in restoring the wall and the Temple.
Did you notice what happened?
God called Abram from the area of Babylon to walk through the land of Canaan, and he ended up in Egypt. After 430 years, Israel left Egypt and was established in Canaan. Israel came into the land and took up the bad sinful habits of the former inhabitants and were exiled back to Babylon.
It’s almost like a redoing.
But notice the book of Revelation. The Whore of Babylon in Revelation chapters 17-19.
The Lord concludes the end times with the destruction of Babylon. Remember. Babel means confusion. Remember. Nimrod attempted to build a tower that would reach into heaven. The people were one because of their ability to communicate in the same language.
God confounded their languages and scattered them across the lands.
Today, we’re seeing technology quickly translating the languages. Our cultures, customs, and traditions are different, but the aim and intent of man is to become one against and without God. Interpreters are at an instant with our smartphones and computers.
In Acts 1:6-7, a question was posed to the Lord Jesus 50 days after His resurrection.
Acts 1:6-7 (NKJV) “Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.“
As far as when it would take place, they weren’t supposed to know but the restoration of Israel is to take place.
Times and seasons is different from the restoration of Israel. It’s just a matter of when.
Israel will be restored, it’s a matter of when the Lord will do it.
Acts 17:30-31 (NKJV) “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Mark 13:32-37 (NKJV) “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.
It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.
Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”
Matthew 24:42-44 (NKJV) “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.“
You see, the Lord God appointed a day but we don’t know when that day is. That’s why the Lord Jesus instructed us to watch.
There’s been a lot of teaching on the end times. Some of which is consistent with Scripture, others are a rabbit hole that leads to no rabbit. Some have truth that need to be placed aside until “knowledge increase” (see Daniel 12:4).
However, my point is that when you look at the total sum of end time prophesy, it’s about Israel’s restoration, which includes the salvation of man.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 (NKJV) “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”