ISRAEL IS NOT CAST AWAY

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23)

Leslie M John

Lord Jesus Christ promised the living water to the Samaritan woman (cf. John 4).  He promised the living water (Holy Spirit) to whoever is thirsty (cf. John 7:36-39). He said to the woman salvation is of the Jews.

The church, which is not a replacement of Israel, was a mystery in the Old Testament period. In the grace period, where we are, we are saved by grace through faith in Lord Jesus Christ. Paul makes it clear in Romans Chapter 11 that God did not cast away the Jews; and He is not through yet with them. He is yet to deal with them fully and restore them.

The children of Israel did what God commanded them to do. They offered animal sacrifices and oblations for their individual sins and for national sins as per the commandments they received in the Books of Exodus and Leviticus. Their sins were covered and forgiven by God in the way God ordained, although they lived in ignorance, about the method by which their sins will be fully forgiven in future.

In this dispensation Jews and Gentiles are saved alike. There has been none saved or will be saved, in any dispensation, by any other means than by the blood of Lord Jesus Christ, who bore our sins on Himself and died on the cross. God raised Him on the third day.

The man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly nor joins the way of sinners or sits along with scornful delights in the LORD, and he meditates in the law of God day, as and when he gets opportunity, in and day out. He will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water and since there is constant water supply to the tree it brings forth fruit in its season. Its leaf will not wither, and so is the man who is planted by the word of God. He has constant supply of the strength, health and help from the Lord that he shall not be moved; rather he always bears good fruit and prospers (cf. Psalms 1:1-3).

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:1-3 ESV)

There are similar blessings in the millennial rule of Lord Jesus Christ. His rule for one thousand years and it is literal from the throne of David; there is no symbolism attached to His rule. He comes again and steps on the Mount of Olives when the mount splits into two a great valley is formed, and a great change takes place in the geography of Israel. He comes with scepter of Judah, whose kingdom shall never end. (cf. Ezekiel 47:1-12)

Just as the river that was in the Garden of Eden went ahead and split into four heads and watered the garden, the river in the millennial period emanates from trickle of water that proceeds from the threshold of the Temple and become a huge river. It splits into two; one flowing into the northern part of the Dead Sea and other flowing into the middle part of the Dead Sea.

The waters of the river heal the Dead Sea and fish and other animals could live in the Dead Sea where no life could exist because its water was seven times saltier than normal water.

While it is so, there is no Sea in eternity. There is “pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb” (cf. Rev. 21: 1-4; Rev. 22:1)

“In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him” (Revelation 22:2-3)

There are immense blessings in accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as personal savior. Repent of your sins and receive eternal life. Confess that “Jesus is Lord” and believe in heart that God raised Him from the dead.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23)

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10)

HEAVEN REJOICES

“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:7 ESV)


Israel and the Church SECOND COMING OF JESUS
Israel and the Church

This book deals with the facts about the second coming of Lord Jesus Christ and intriguing questions about “Rapture”, “The Restrainer”, “Antichrist”, “The Two Witnesses”, “Armageddon Battle”, “New Jerusalem”, Israel and the Church, which are two distinct entities, and various Temples described in the Bible.

The sacrifices of Old Testament period are restored to the Israel during millennial kingdom. God promised that David’s kingdom will be everlasting. The temple in the millennial kingdom is the promise of God and He will fulfill His covenants viz., Old Covenant, New Covenant, Abrahamic Covenant. Solomon’s prayer and answer to his prayer by God, have much significance to understand the plan of God for Israel and the Church.