Posted by: Yvonne | July 21, 2012

The Future Salvation of National Israel

“Now just as an aside, some people think that this is perhaps some kind of novel premillennial approach and that many theologians historically, and certainly amillennial theologians, wouldn’t believe this. Look, there is no way possible to escape what the Bible says about the future salvation of Israel. You would have to undo Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Zechariah. You would have to undo the preaching of Jesus, the preaching of the apostles, and the book of Romans. You can’t do that. The future salvation of Israel is so clear that if you go back–let’s just take, for example–to the time of the Reformers in the seventeenth century and subsequent centuries of Puritans and Reformers, you will find they believed fully in the future salvation of national Israel. No less than John Calvin, who dies in 1564 (sixteenth century), says this, “When the Gentiles shall come in, the Jews also shall return from their defection to the obedience of faith and thus shall be completed the salvation of the whole Israel of God, in such a way that the Jews shall obtain the first place according to His eternal purpose. He loved that nation and this He confirms by the remarkable declaration and the grace of divine calling cannot be made void.” And Calvin and his friends working on the Geneva Bible placed in the notes of Romans 11 this paragraph, “The blindness of the Jews is neither so universal that the Lord has no elect in that nation, neither will it be continual for there will be a time in which they also as the prophets have foretold will effectually embrace that which they now so stubbornly for the most part reject and refuse.” The whole committee of the translators and scholars and theologians that worked on the Geneva Bible affirmed the future salvation of Israel, and so did a long list of Puritan writers that I could quote you for the next 20 or 30 minutes.

This found its way into the thinking of some of the names that you’re familiar with, theologians like Charles Hodge and Robert Haldane, people like Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and even before him, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Was no less than John Owen, 1616 to 1683; Owen said this, “Days of prayer and humiliation are kept in Scotland. One particular object being that the promised conversion of God’s ancient people of the Jews may be hastened.” It’s inescapable that this is the truth. All of those who were faithful interpreters of Scripture affirm it. One of my favorite Puritans, Thomas Boston, wrote, “There is a day coming when there shall be a national conversion of the Jews. The now blinded and rejected Jews shall at length be converted into the faith of Christ.”” ~ John MacArthur

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  1. Don’t believe John MacArthur in the first place. He preaches a false Gospel of Once Save Always Saved. However, I do believe that 144,000 Jews will be saved at the return of the Lord Jesus Christ but they are the ready ones. I also do not believe in a pretrib rapture. There is no secret appearing of the LORD Jesus Christ. Every eye shall see Him. I used to believe this but the LORD has showed me how those that teach this misinterpret Daniel 9:24-47.

    • Please let me know your thoughts on my earlier response.

      • Welcome, Jerry!

        I have listened to JMac and read his writings for a number of years. I disagree with your statement that he teaches a false gospel and I would also say that I believe Scripture teaches that if you are saved then nothing can change that, not even our sin.

        I agree that there will not be a secret rapture, but I do believe that Jesus will take His Bride out of this world before the 7 years of tribulation (1 Thess. 4:16-18) and that this is the Blessed Hope we Christians are to comfort one another with.

        This post, however, is not about the rapture; it is about the salvation of national Israel at Jesus’ Second Coming. If you’d like to comment about that I would be happy to hear your thoughts.

        ~Yvonne

  2. The opening sentence of the Our Father is “Hallowed be thy name.” Ezekiel 36:19-24 refers to this statement.

    So I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them according to their ways and their deeds. When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name—when they said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they have gone out of His land.’ But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went.

    “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.

    Notice that God’s sending forth of the Israelites out of Canaan led to a widespread profaning of the Name by the Gentiles because they misunderstood the dispersions into their lands as Yahweh’s inability to keep them in His land. They didn’t realize it was because of the Israelites gross sins. Thus they profaned the Name by what they said.

    When we say hallow thy name, we are in effect asking him to take pity on his name (as he says in these verses) and for his name’s sake restore the Israelites to the promised land, thus ending the profaning of his name. Once Christ has returned and is reigning in Jerusalem over the world, all its inhabitants will finally know who God is and who his people always were.

    Thy Kingdom come!

    Stan

    • Hi, Stan,

      I’m not sure I understand your point. Want to elaborate a bit?

      ~Yvonne

      • Hi Yvonne. Just to underline the thought that Israel will be restored and saved and that the idea is even embedded in the opening statement of the Our Father, “Hallowed be thy name.”

  3. All Israel will be saved, but not national Israel. Not all who are children of Abraham according to the flesh are Israel – only those who are children of Abraham according to the promise of God are Israel, both Jew and Gentile. Johnny Mac and anyone who twists Scripture to provide such a future for the nation of Israel is deceived.


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