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Full Context of the Promise to the Jewish Nation Contingent Upon Belief, in Jesus Christ's First Visit as Well as His Return

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jul 12, 2010 at 12:22

So what you are implying is that a Jew who has come to the LORD and has believed as a child of the King and yet is still part of the Jewish community, in contradiction to Zechariah and the writings of the Jew delegate to the Gentiles, Paul as he writes to believers, Jewish and Gentile, in Rome.

Zechariah12:1) The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. 2) Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah [and] against Jerusalem. 3) And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. 4) In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. 5) And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem [shall be] my strength in the LORD of hosts their God. 6) In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, [even] in Jerusalem. 7) The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify [themselves] against Judah. 8) In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David [shall be] as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. 9) And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. 10) And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for [his] only [son], and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for [his] firstborn.

Romans 11:1) I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2) God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, 3) "LORD, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life"? 4) But what does the divine response say to him? "I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal." 5) Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6) And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. 7) What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. 8) Just as it is written: "God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see And ears that they should not hear, To this very day." 9) And David says: "Let their table become a snare and a trap, A stumbling block and a recompense to them. 10) Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, And bow down their back always." 11) I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation [has come] to the Gentiles. 12) Now if their fall [is] riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness! 13) For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14) if by any means I may provoke to jealousy [those who are] my flesh and save some of them. 15) For if their being cast away [is] the reconciling of the world, what [will] their acceptance [be] but life from the dead? 16) For if the firstfruit [is] holy, the lump [is] also [holy]; and if the root [is] holy, so [are] the branches. 17) And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18) do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, [remember that] you do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19) You will say then, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in." 20) Well [said]. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21) For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. 22) Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness,if you continue in [His] goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 23) And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24) For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who [are] natural [branches], be grafted into their own olive tree? 25) And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; 27) For this [is] My covenant with them, When I take away their sins." 28) Concerning the gospel [they are] enemies for your sake, but concerning the election [they are] beloved for the sake of the fathers.

So, it appears from Scriptures that the ethnicity of the nations is removed from those who have believed, yet the promise to Abraham, a Hebrew, is, and continues to be intact; and the ethnicity of his grandson Judah, in the descendents who have believed along with those of us who are grafted in by faith and belief, remains.

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