The Future Of Israel
Topic: Eschatology Passage: Romans 11:25–11:32
"The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. This is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins." Romans 11:26-27
For those of us who live in the New Testament era of the Church which is mostly made up of Gentiles, it would be natural to assume that since the Jews rejected His Son Jesus, God has rejected them and cast them aside forever and all the promises He made to them are now directed toward us and apply to us. There are godly, sincere Christians who believe and teach that God is finished with Israel and the Church has replaced Israel (i.e. we are the “new” Israel). Granted, Jesus told the Jewish people, “The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it” (Mt. 21:43). God has set aside the nation of Israel and raised up the Church and entrusted us with the privilege and responsibility of being His witness in the world. The Church is to be and do what Israel was meant to be and do. But that doesn’t mean the church “is” Israel. While there are many similarities between Israel and the Church, there are enough differences to keep them distinct from each other (i.e. we are like Israel but we are not Israel). God is not done with Israel. There is a future for the Jews; their best days are still ahead. No other passage in the New Testament speaks more clearly and directly about the future of Israel than Romans 11. This text, in particular, is the strongest evidence so far that God still has plans for the nation of Israel. In vv. 25-32, Paul explained THREE QUALITIES of God that guarantee the future restoration of Israel. In no uncertain terms, Paul stated that there will come a day when God will fulfill all His promises of blessing to them and to the entire world through them.
1. THE MYSTERY OF GOD (v. 25)
2. THE FIDELITY OF GOD (vv. 26 - 29)
3. THE MERCY OF GOD (vv. 30 - 32)