Only Saved Jews & Gentiles Are Grafted Into God's Family
by David J. Stewart | May 2015
Romans 11:22-23, “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.”
You'll never hear the truth about Israel any simpler than what I'm about to tell you. After years of pondering this subject, the Lord settled my heart a couple years ago concerning this matter, revealing the plain truth in His Holy Word. Like most Christians, I had grown up misled (from reading Zionist commentaries), thinking that Jews were more special than Gentiles. Boy was I wrong!
Our text verse says it all from Romans 11:22-23. The Biblical truth is that believing Gentiles (the branches) are grafted into true Israel (the olive tree, i.e., Abraham's spiritual seed). Please note that I don't believe in Replacement Theology (i.e., the belief that the Church replaces Israel). Our text Scripture is so important as a key to understanding Israel. The Church does not replace Israel. The Church is the Church and Israel is Israel. The Bible teaches that Gentile and Jewish believers alike can be grafted into the olive tree (true Israel, i.e., Abraham's spiritual seed), BUT ONLY BY FAITH IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!
To “graff them in again” in Romans 11:23 doesn't refer to Jews losing and regaining salvation; but rather, many Old Testament Jews perished in unbelief (Hebrews 4:2), and went to Hell, not being of the spiritual seed of Abraham; but now Paul says that there is still hope for Jews today, because they can still be grafted into Abraham's spiritual seed once again by faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26), and this promise applies to both Jews and Gentiles alike (Romans 1:16). Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
If the Jews Abide Not Still in Unbelief
Please notice again what the Holy Scriptures say in Romans 11:22-23, “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell [OLD TESTAMENT JEWS], severity; but toward thee [GENTILES], goodness, if thou [GENTILES] continue in his goodness: otherwise thou [GENTILES] also shalt be cut off. And they [JEWS] also, if they [JEWS] abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them [JEWS] in again” [words in brackets added for clarity]. Paul was speaking to the Roman Gentiles in this passage. God is plainly telling us that ONLY BELIEVING JEWS AND GENTILES WILL BE GRAFTED BACK INTO TRUE ISRAEL (ABRAHAM'S SPIRITUAL SEED). Galatians 3:29, “And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Although the physical nation of Israel had been cut off, there was still hope. Anyone, Jew and Gentile alike, can be grafted back into true Israel, of the spiritual seed of Abraham, simply by believing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 3:29 says that all the promises of God apply ONLY to those who are in Jesus Christ.
Now there will be a restored nation of Israel. There will be 144,000 Jews saved during the Tribulation period. Christ will literally reign over the earth from the throne of David in Israel. God will once again deal with the nation of Israel during the Tribulation, when a remnant of Jews repent toward God by faith in Christ Jesus. The Church will be removed from the world at the Rapture. God dealt with Israel in the Old Testament. He's dealing with the Church now in The Times Of The Gentiles (Luke 21:24). And God will deal with Israel again during the Tribulation.
Today, Jews and Gentiles alike who believe the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ are members of the New Testament Church. We are all a part of God's family (the house of God) as born-again Christians (Galatians 3:26). The true nation of Israel has not yet been restored to the land. It is Satanic heresy to recognize, honor, praise and support the unbelieving, wicked, Marxist-Communist, homosexual, present-day, Wall Street funded, secular state of Israel and the professed Jews who are part of it. Old Testament Israel was unfaithful to God, and so the Lord finally (after much longsuffering and pleading) reluctantly signed the divorce papers. Jeremiah 3:8, “And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.” Israel played the whore continually, in perpetual whoredoms, committing spiritual idolatry and adultery.
Please understand from reading Romans 11:22-23 that no unbelieving Jew (i.e., a Christ-rejecting Jew) will ever be grafted into God's olive tree (Abraham's spiritual seed, or true Israel). Galatians 3:29, “And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.” That's what the apostle Paul meant in Romans 9:6, “Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel.” In other words, a physical Jew is not necessarily a spiritual Jew. You're not a born-again Christian just because you're Jewish. Jews must be born-again, just like Gentiles (John 3:3).
Nearly all present-day Jews still abide in unbelief. This means they are not grafted into God's family tree. The Holy Bible couldn't be any more plain in Romans 11:22-23.
God's Promise to Bless the Jews is Conditional
Millions of U.S. churchgoers and Christians mindlessly sing praises to present-day secular Israel and Christ-rejecting Jews, ignorantly misunderstanding the Words of God concerning Israel. Exodus 19:5 plainly states, “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine.” Notice the conditional promise... IF, IF, IF!!! If the Jews obeyed God, only then would they be a peculiar treasure above all people on earth, as God's ambassadors to the Gentiles. Their elevated social status was not because they were biological Jews; but rather, because they were doing God's work as God's obedient people. The very notion that Jews are superior merely because of their biological origin is insane.
God divorced His people after centuries of rebellion and spiritual idolatry and whoredoms. It was a business agreement gone bad. The Jews refused to cooperate for so long that God gave up on Israel (i.e., as far as His hope of the Jews proclaiming His Word to all the world). So instead God turned to the Gentiles to provoke the Jews to envy (Romans 11:11). Romans 11:22-23 makes very clear that unbelieving Jews today are NOT grafted into the olive tree. The Apostle Paul says that the fallen Jews CAN BE GRAFTED BACK IN, but only thru BELIEVING ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!
The unbelieving Jews in the New Testament had the same arrogant attitude that so many have today, and John the Baptist sharply rebuked them, calling them nothing. Matthew 3:9, “And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” Wow! John the Baptist told the Jewish religious leaders that they were NOTHING, and that God could raise up some rocks to be Abraham's children. If God can give life to a clump of dust and make a man, and can calm the winds and waves as Christ did, He can certainly raise up some stones as Abraham's physical descendants if He wanted to. John rebuked the arrogant Christ-rejecting Jewish leaders, who thought they were something special merely because they were biological Jews.
As Pastor J. Vernon McGee Biblically points out in the following article and MP3 clip, God promises to restore future Israel to the Promised Land when they turn to God. Pastor J. Vernon McGee Refutes Zionism (present-day Israel is NOT the fulfillment of Bible prophecy). There has been no genuine turning to God in Israel. In fact, it is quite the contrary today. Dr. McGee, before his passing into Heaven in 1988, firmly believed that there were less than 300 born-again Christians in all of modern-day Israel. The truth is that The Council On Foreign Relations (who started the United Nations after World War II) put secular Israel back on the map in 1948, not the Lord God of the Holy Bible. Present-day Israel is a Satanic counterfeit, awaiting their counterfeit Messiah, i.e., the Antichrist.
Only Believing Jews and Gentiles are God's People
But you say. Brother Stewart, I'm confused. I always thought that the Jews were God's people and Israel was God's nation. Isn't that still true today? We must differentiate between true holy Israel and counterfeit Israel (aka, present-day Israel). Hosea 2:23, “And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.” This Scripture refers to believing Gentiles throughout history who've been grafted into God's family tree (i.e., Abraham's spiritual seed - Galatians 3:29).
Present-day Israel is a Satanic fraud, created by The Council On Foreign Relations (CFR). The physical seed of Abraham (Jews) have been scattered across the world since 70 AD, and have intermarried over the past 1900 years. There are no pure ethnic Jews today. So who are God's people today...20% Jew... 50% Jew... 70 % Jew, et cetera? Or is it Orthodox Jews? National Jews? Cultural Jews?
Here is some helpful information . . .The idea that the so called Israelite peoples are a distinct ethnic group differing radically from others seems to me to be flawed by the simple fact that there are virtually no ethnically pure groups on earth today. When Yair Davidiy claims [without any serious evidence] that "the Danes" are Israelite because of the verbal similarity with the tribe of "Dan", this implies that actually the "Danes" aren't ethnically Scandinavian but Semitic. That proposition is ridiculous. Further, the implication seems to be that whoever lives in Denmark is also a "Dane" and therefore also Semitic—because so many tribes moved around and came to live in Denmark over the past few millennia. But these theories presuppose that the original Jewish or Israelite tribes who supposedly moved to Denmark and Anglo-Saxon countries were themselves pure. A brief review of their history shows this is far from the case:
- Abraham, father of the Israelite peoples, was not an inhabitant of the land we now know as Israel. He was from far away, in modern day Iraq.
- Isaac and Jacob both took wives from tribes who were the forefathers of the Arabs. God reminds Israel of this later: "Your father was an Amorite, and your mother a Hittite" (Ez. 16:3,45)—as if to say 'Listen Israel, ethnically you're really no different from the surrounding Arabic tribes'. It is following the faith of Abraham which makes people his children, rather than fleshly descent (Rom. 4:12-16; Gal. 3:7-9). Hence Paul's comment: "They are not all Israel who are of Israel" (Rom. 9:6).
— Some of the children of Jacob were by his servant girls, who were also ethnically 'Arabic' rather than 'Israelite'
— Joseph married an Egyptian, Asenath-Ephraim and Manasseh his sons were half Egyptian.
— The community which left Egypt and journeyed to Canaan included a very large "mixed multitude" (Ex. 12:38, Heb. 'a mongrel people'). However there was no ethnic distinction made between them and the descendants of Jacob, neither in the Law of Moses nor in any social legislation. They were assimilated.
— Repeatedly, Biblical history laments how the children of Jacob intermarried with the local Canaanite tribes and surrounding nations.
— Solomon's mother was an Ammonites. Yet he was in the royal line. Other kings also had Gentile mothers.
— In captivity in Babylon, the Jews quickly assimilated, adopting paganic Babylonian names. Only a minority of them returned to the land under Ezra and Nehemiah, and even these were characterized by marriage with non-Jews, to the point that their children couldn't speak Hebrew (Ezra 10 etc.).
— Much research has been done to investigate why despite the small number who returned from Babylon, by the time of Christ a few centuries later, the population of Palestine had increased so many fold. It's apparent that there was large scale immigration into Palestine of various groups who assimilated with the Jews.
— Throughout the past 2000 years, the 'Jewish' people have continued to follow a pattern of assimilation and intermarriage, persecution, separation, acceptance, assimilation...
This brief summary shows that the Jewish people are far from ethnically pure—in fact they have experienced far more dilution of their ethnicity than most other races! What is clear is that being 'Jewish', being the children of faithful Abraham, is a matter of faith and spiritual culture rather than genetics or blood ethnicity. That's why modern Israel includes black Africans, Chinese, Filipinos, Americans, pale skinned, blonde, blue eyed Scandinavians... all wearing skull caps and claiming to be Jews. That simple fact shows that the Jews simply aren't ethnically pure, and to claim that all those nations of origin are somehow legitimately 'Israelite' is therefore a genetical and ethnological fallacy.
READ MORE: Are The Jewish People Ethnically Pure?
God chose Abraham because he was a righteous man. The promise made to Abraham were between him and the Lord. Galatians 3:16, “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” This passage of Scripture plainly teaches that God established His promises between Abraham and Jesus Christ. God NEVER promised to bless wicked unsaved Jews. The insane idea that churches today ought to support and stand behind reprobate, evil, Godless, homosexual, Israel is Satanic heresy!!!
In the Old Testament, the promises of God always flowed through a line of faith. God accepted Jacob, but He rejected Esau (both Jews). The unbelieving Jews wandered in the Wilderness of Sin for 40-years and perished (Hebrews 4:2). Only the younger generation were permitted to enter into the land of Canaan. We see that 10 of the 12 spies lacked faith, but Joshua and Caleb had faith. Unbelieving Jews perished into Hell. There is no record of wicked, blaspheming, Christ-rejecting Jews in the Old Testament or New Testament being blessed by God or men. How ridiculous and unbiblical it is to idolize modern-day Christ-rejecting Israel.
We read in Hosea 3:4-5 . . .
Hosea 3:4-5, “For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.”
For over 1900 years the children of Israel have not had a king, nor a nation; but when Israel turns to the Lord at the close of the Tribulation, Christ will regather and reign over them that believe of Israel. Hosea 1:10 teaches that whereas unbelieving Jews were cut off and rejected as God's people, today's Jews can become God's children by being born-again through faith . . .
Hosea 1:10, “Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.”
The “sons of the living God” in Hosea 1:10 refers to believing Jews who have been grafted back into the olive tree. Unbelieving Jews go to Hell. No unsaved Jew will ever enter into the Kingdom of God, not now, not ever!!! All men must be born-again (John 3:3). That includes Jews. As back then in Bible times, elite Jews today are arrogant, thinking they are a superior ethnic group, but they are nothing. We are all nothing!!!
But you say, doesn't that mean then that the Church replaces Israel, and Christians replace Jews? That is looking at the situation backwards, because the Jews chose not to be God's people anymore when they rebelled against His commandments. Remember that Abraham and his physical seed began as God's people, because they had faith in the coming Messiah and obeyed God's commandments. Abraham's son, Isaac, had faith in Christ. Abraham's grandson, Jacob, had faith in Christ. However, Jacob's brother Esau was not saved, because he rejected the God of his fathers. And so we see that unbelief began early on in the development of the Jewish people. Hebrews 4:2 tells us that many of the Jews who wandered around in the Wilderness for 40 years perished in unbelief, because they had no faith in the Gospel.
As I taught you earlier, God in Exodus 19:5 made His promises to the Jews CONDITIONAL upon their continuing obedience. Notice again Galatians 3:29, “And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.” So any Jew who is not Christ's, that is, not a born-again blood-washed Christian, is not one of God's people. There was never a time when unsaved, blaspheming, Christ-rejecting, Jews were God's people. That's what many people fail to understand. Exodus 19:5, “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine.” Again, notice the conditional promise... IF, IF, IF!!! If the Jews obeyed God, only then would they be a peculiar treasure above all people on earth, as God's ambassadors to the Gentiles. So, NO, unbelieving Jews are not God's people. Exodus 19:5 and Galatians 3:29 make this very clear.
Esau was not one of God's people. Esau was Jewish, a physical descendent of Abraham, but he was not of the seed of promise as was Jacob. Esau beget children with heathen wives and formed the nation of Edom (the Edomites). Unlike Israel whom God repeatedly defended before their fall in 586 BC, Edom was a sitting duck. If the spiritual promises made by God to Abraham apply to the physical seed of Abraham, then the Lord should have defended Edom as He did Israel, but He did not. Why? It's because being a physical Jew DOESN'T grant any special rights, privileges or even membership into God's heavenly family. You must come thru Jesus Christ!
Since Israel rebelled continually, whoring in spiritual adultery after other gods, the Lord finally gave her a bill of divorce. Israel forsook God hundreds of years before He finally decided to move on elsewhere. Literally, like many victims of divorce, God was placed into that unpleasant situation, compelled to make a decision that He didn't want to make. Josiah was the last godly king that Israel ever had, and 4 wicked kings later Babylon annihilated Jerusalem in 586 BC. In the preceding chart of Israeli kings in the Old Testament, I counted 6 righteous kings and 31 evil kings, and 5 others mixed or unknown. Clearly, what began as a dream come true promise to Abraham and his seed around 2000 BC, turned into a hellish nightmare by the time Israel's temple priests had begun worshipping the sun (Satan) around 600 BC (Ezekiel 8:16).
NOTE: By the way, God sets the example on divorce here. Notice that it was only after dozens of betrayals, continuous spiritual adultery, and much patience by God waiting for Israel to repent, before He finally broke things off. Please understand that Israel forsook God long, long, before God divorced her. God pity the person who divorces their spouse just because they stumbled and commit adultery once and have a broken-heart about it, weeping and begging for your forgiveness. If your fallen spouse is sorry, committed to renewing the marriage vows, and to stay married to you, you ought to forgive them (Matthew 18:22). God waited several hundred years after Israel gave up on Him, giving them the divorce they wanted. It was Israel who wanted a divorce from God, and so He gave it to them. God didn't divorce a repentant, heart-broken and compliant people; but rather, a stiff-necked, rebellious and idolatrous wicked people!!!
God promises to restore Israel to The Promised Land When Jesus Christ returns to reign upon the literal throne of David during the Millennium. Those who profess to be Jews today (Abrahamic and Khazarian alike) are not God's people unless they've been born-again by faith in Christ Jesus (the only way to be grafted into God's family tree). Nothing has been replaced in God's plans for Israel or the Church. But I'll tell you what has been replaced; the modern Christless, secular, Communist, state of Israel has replaced true Israel; and the soon coming man of sin, the Antichrist, will replace Christ in the eyes of unbelieving Jews and Gentiles alike. So the truth is that Israel gave up on God, and then God temporarily set Israel to the sidelines, turning to the Gentile world to do His will of evangelizing the planet. God will once again deal with the nation of Israel during the Tribulation, when 144,000 Jews are saved (a remnant) and start preaching the Gospel to all the world.
Why does Zechariah 2:8 calls Israel the apple of God's eye. Keep in mind that God originally intended for Abraham's descendants (the Jews) to be His ambassadors to the Gentile world. God wanted Israel to be a peculiar people, zealous of good works, living and obeying God's commandments, soul-winning and letting the light of Christ's shine thru them unto the world. Literally, Israel was supposed to be doing what the Church is doing today, but the Church is not Israel, nor does it replace Israel. The Jews were a big let down for God. So He turned to the believing Gentiles to do His work and be His people, and he invites believing Jews to come back to their first love too.
We learn in the Old Testament that if a stranger came into the land of Israel and beared children there, God said they were to be included in the inheritance of Israel. So it wasn't a matter of ethnicity. Even Gentiles were considered “Israelites” if they lived in Israel and beared children in the land. ...
Ezekiel 47:22, “And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord GOD.”
Israel Belongs to God, Not the Jews
The Jews have ran the nation of Israel into the ground so-to-speak. You must understand that Israel belongs to the Lord, and not to the Jews. The nation of Israel is holy, but not the blaspheming Jews. The land of Palestine belongs to God. The Jews blew it for themselves in the Old Testament, just as they blew it in the New Testament (killing their own Messiah), just as they still are blowing it for themselves today in 2015. Nearly all Jews still reject Jesus as the Messiah. There has never been a genuine turning to God in Israel by the Jewish people. Tel Aviv, Israel, is the world's gay Mecca these days.
Literally, it is the number one tourist destination in the world for homosexuals. Do you think that Israel today is the HOLY LAND? No, not at all. God is holy. The Bible is holy. The true nation of Israel itself is holy (not the unholy Marxist mess that exists today). Only born-again Jews and Gentiles who are living for Jesus are holy. The nation of Israel that was created in 1948 by the international banking cabal via Wall Street funding and United Nations military power is NOT the fulfillment of Bible prophecy!!! Most Christians are confused about this. Because most believers are unlearned concerning the things I am teaching you, they cannot discern the drastic difference between God's holy nation of Israel verses the unholy Jewish people who ran it into the ground, and the counterfeit secular state of modern Israel (Satan's Israel). Now you've been educated.
If you want to see just how woefully misled some pastors are spiritually, read about Pastor James Modlish, who said that he wanted to hire a Jewish man to witness only to Jews in his community, so that God would bless their church. That is Satanic heresy! As if hiring a black man to witness to African-Americans won't bring the same kind of blessings from God. The Biblical truth is found in Romans 10:11, “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” Did you read that... THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE!!! God blesses soul-winning, and race has no issue nor merit in the degree of God's blessings. 1st Corinthians 3:7-8 places the emphasis upon one's own labor. God rewarding our labours, because only God can give the increase. That is, only God can save a soul from sin and Hell. Our part is to preach the Gospel. Witnessing to Jews doesn't bring any additional rewards than witnessing to Chinese, Iranians, Koreans or Africans.
My friend, please don't ignorantly support present-day apostate Israel, because they ARE NOT GOD'S PEOPLE. Not one verse in the Holy Bible tells Christians to treat Jews any different than anyone else. We are commanded to love our neighbour as our self, and that includes all nations, races and peoples. END
love God who doesn't love sinners!”
(a quote by Dr. Jack Hyles classic MP3 sermon, “The Happiest Man” (happiest is the man who will not impute sin to others!)
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