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Israel in the End Times, Part 2

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TEXT: Romans 11

On last week, we looked at an overview of God's plan for Israel in the end times. The main point we took away from that message was simply that God is not through with Israel yet. There are still promises to them that He intends to fulfill. The Bible gives us a glimpse of what the fulfillment of those promises will look like. And, today, I want us to look at the prediction that Israel will one day believe in the Messiah, Jesus Christ, and be saved. The Jews rejected Jesus as their King when He came the first time. However, the Bible tells us that a day will come when they will turn to Jesus Christ and embrace Him as their Messiah, Savior, and King. 

That is what Paul is writing about in Romans 11. He, of course, is writing to Gentile believers, and he is trying to get them to understand the privilege that it is for them to be counted as children of God. In his commentary on the New Testament, Leon Morris writes: "What then does it matter to belong to the chosen people? At first sight, it may seem not very much, for Gentiles may be saved as well as Jews. But it is far from Paul's thought that being a Jew matters little. He goes on to show that, while in the providence of God, Israel's sin and unbelief have been used to open up the way for the Gentiles, now the conversion of Gentiles will lead to the conversion of the Jews. The Jews still have a place in God's plan. Even the hardness of the Jews furthered that plan, but hardness is not God's last word for his chosen people. Paul looks forward to that great day when 'all Israel will be saved.'" 

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