The End-Time Salvation of Israel
God has always expressed his unfailing love and compassion for the Jews. He has made a unilateral covenant with the Jewish people and He will never break this covenant. His eternal integrity would be at stake otherwise. His covenant is immutable.
Jeremiah 31:3 ‘The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have drawn you with loving kindness, I will build you up again. And you will be rebuilt O virgin Israel.”
Their journey has often been long and tortuous. Many have become very worldly and trusted in their own strength rather than in the strength of God. But then, who are we to judge! Despite all their failings, God has always been faithful to Israel and believed in His beloved children.
Exodus 32:3 ‘So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool.
God is faithful to his covenant. He fully intends that His beloved Israel will walk with Him through all eternity.
Deuteronomy 4:30 ‘When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey Him. For the Lord your God is a merciful God, he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which He confirmed to them by oath.’
God has this awesome faith in His rebellious children. He yearns to bring them together in holy communion.
God will have compassion on His people and forgive them their sins and transgressions.
Micah 1:8 ‘Who is a God like you who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever, but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us, you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl our iniquities into the depths of the sea. You will be true to Jacob and show mercy to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our fathers in days long ago.’
We may encourage ourselves with the truth that just as God is forgiving to Israel, so we will be forgiven for all our sins and transgressions.
The end-time tribulations will be extremely tough for the Jewish people.
Daniel 12:1a ‘There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then.’
Jeremiah 30:7 ‘How awful that day will be! None will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob but he will be saved out of it.’
This will be a terrible time and we must be prepared to pray and intercede for Israel and help them in their distress.
But yet God will protect a remnant of His people through these tribulations.
Revelation 12:14 ‘The woman was given the two wings of an eagle so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time.’
Isaiah 43:2 ‘When you walk through the fire you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy one of Israel your Saviour.’
Just as God protected Israel whilst they were in captivity in Egypt, and during the outpouring of the plagues, so God will protect the remnant of Israel during the onslaught of the beast.
Their self-confidence and arrogance will be broken.
Deuteronomy 32:36 ‘The Lord will judge His people and have compassion on his servants, when He sees their strength is gone.’
Daniel 12:7a ‘When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.’
We all know how arrogant and self-reliant we can become. During the tribulation, the stubborn arrogance of Israel will finally be broken and they will be ready and open to receive Christ Jesus as their Messiah when he returns in power and glory.
God will pour out a spirit of repentance upon the Jews.
Zechariah 12:10 ‘And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they pierced and they will mourn as one mourns for an only child and grieve bitterly for him as one mourns for an only child.’
Ezekiel 36:25 ‘I will sprinkle clean water on you and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.’
Only by grace can we ever be saved. When God pours out His gracious cleansing love on Israel then their hearts will be melted and they will fall into His merciful arms.
The Jews will receive Christ Jesus as their Messiah!
Matthew 23:39 ‘For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Revelation 1:7 ‘Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.’
Zechariah 12:10a ‘They will look on me, the one they have pierced and they will mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for an only child.’
When Christ Jesus returns in power and glory then Israel will know he is their Messiah who has come to rescue them out of exile and gather them in his arms and lead them back to Jerusalem.
God will gather His beloved Israel.
Isaiah 27:13 ‘And in that day, a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain, Jerusalem.’
Jeremiah 31:8 ‘See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth.’
Jeremiah 31:9 ‘They will come with weeping, they will pray as I bring them back, I will lead them beside streams of water.’
Although we have seen the miraculous gathering of Israel to their homeland in recent years, and although a precious number of Israelites are receiving Christ Jesus as their Messiah today, nevertheless the fulfilment of these end-time promises will not be fully realised until Christ Jesus returns in power and glory.
God will free Israel from their chains.
Jeremiah 30:8-9 ‘In that day, declares the Lord Almighty, I will break the yoke off their necks and will tear off their bonds, no longer will foreigners enslave them. Instead they will serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.’
Ezekiel 34:27a ‘They will know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them.’
Just as God broke the yoke and chains of Pharaoh, so He will break the chains of the end-time beast and release His beloved children.
Christ Jesus will return in power and glory, defeat the end-time beast and gather exiled Israel and bring them back in a triumphant second exodus to Jerusalem.
The Jewish people and the Christians will join to become the beloved of Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:15a ‘His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross…For through him we both have access to the Father by one spirit.’
Romans 11:23 ‘And if they do not persist in unbelief they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
I would suggest that just as a man and woman retain their unique identity but yet become one in marriage, that the Hebrews and the Christians will retain their unique identity but yet become one in Christ Jesus.
And thus there will be one new man in Christ.
And there will be much rejoicing!