The Future of Israel

Upon This Rock: A New Look

Catholicism, Israel, and the Church

Kenneth J. Morgan

Lightning Bolt

 

In both chapter 5, dealing with Romans 11, and the third of the three appendices at the end of the book I summarize the future of national Israel based on the Old Testament prophets as follows.

It is not Israel's fall that is "irrevocable" but all of God's covenants and covenantal promises to her! The physical and spiritual blessings promised in those covenants and by the prophets can be summarized as follows. At the second advent, Jesus--King Messiah, the Messiah of Israel--will:

  • Regather all of Israel back to the land God promised them as an everlasting possession: Isaiah 11:10-12; Ezekiel 37:15-28; Micah 2:12-13; Zechariah 8:1-8; 10:8-12.
  • Accomplish Israel's spiritual redemption based on his atoning work at his first coming: Zechariah 12:10-13:1. This is the specific prophecy fulfilled when the natural branches are grafted back into their own olive tree.
  • Reestablish the kingdom of Israel and rule the world from Jerusalem on the throne of David: Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:3-8; 30:8-9; 33:14-16; Hosea 3:4-5; Amos 9:11-12.
  • Establish the universal knowledge of God in both Israel and the nations: Isaiah 2:2-3; 11:9; Jeremiah 3:16-18; 31:31-34; Zephaniah 2:11; Zechariah 8:20-23; 14:16.
  • Bring in worldwide peace: Isaiah 2:1-4; Micah 4:1-4.

Since "the gifts and the calling [election] of God are irrevocable," ethnic, national Israel as a whole must receive these promised blessings at the second advent of their Messiah when "all Israel will be saved." Moreover, as a result of Israel's "acceptance" at that time, the derivative blessings that accrue for the world at large will be nothing less than "life from the dead" (verse 15).


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