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Israel: God’s Sign for the World
Now let’s look at three very important chapters in the writings of Paul. In the letter written to the church of Rome, the Holy Spirit reveals some very important truths concerning how He felt about His people the Jews.
In the book of Romans Chapters 9, 10, and 11; the Holy Spirit reveals the heart of the Father toward the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
I say then, Hath God cast away His people? God forbid…God hath not cast away His people which He foreknew. Romans 11:1,2
Also, Romans 11:16-36 is a stern warning to the church not to think wrongly concerning Israel. This is exactly what the early church did. They began to call the Jews Christ killers and all kinds of terrible things. We, the church, are called to show mercy to them; just as He has shown mercy to us.
This reveals something about our Heavenly Father, when He can concolude someone in unbelief He then is willing to extend mercy such as in the case of Paul himself in I Timothy 1:13
“Who was before a blasphemer, and persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.” So here in Romans 11:32 “For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all.” Paul here reveals how God can and will extend His mercy to anyone but also to Israel and we who are members of His church must realize that to whom much is given, much is required and our Heavenly Father expects us to extend mercy to His first born just as He has done for us.
In conclusion, we as the church are witnesses to one of the most amazing happenings in history. Back in the 19th century there began a return to the land by God’s people, the Jews. Slowly but surely they came; from all corners of the earth, fulfilling prophecy after prophecy until the day in My of 1948 when David Ben Gurion declared Israel a sovereign nation again.
Israel is here to stay and Jerusalem (God’s city) will be the seat of His throne, where Jesus will rule and reign for a thousand years.
Israel is a sign to the world and especially to the church. Matthew 24:32,33 Jesus said “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when it’s branch is yet tender; and putteth forth leaves, you know that summer is near.” The fig tree represents political Israel, the olive tree represents spiritual Israel. The establishing of the State of Israel in the evening of May 14, 1948 fulfilled the parable of the fig tree. It signified to the world and the church, the day of the Lord is very near. We are there, even at the door!