The Blindness of Israel and the Fullness of the Gentiles

shutterstock_111903299For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. (Romans 11:25)

The Gospel message was for the Judean, Samaritan, and those of the Gentile nations, and because of Jesus’ success on earth and at Calvary, it is still available to all today!

Daniel was written with the Jews and their city of Jerusalem in mind. They were the custodial keepers of all that God wanted witnessed to man in the earth. Remember, the same Heavenly messenger, Gabriel, gave both the vision Daniel received in Daniel 9, as well as proclaimed to Mary that she was chosen to birth the One, Jesus, who would fulfill Daniel’s vision. Gabriel said concerning this:

Matthew 1:21
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

He—JESUS—shall! SHALL!! Shall what? SAVE HIS PEOPLE from THEIR SINS! If this is inspired-of-God scripture, then “SHALL” means IT WILL HAPPEN! Notice what it says this happening is: Jesus will “SAVE” (takes righteousness for that…again Daniel 9:24) “His people” (This has to be a reference to the Jews since this message was given to a Jew named Mary, and it was her house into which Jesus was born.) “from THEIR” (Jewish people’s) “SINS.”

This coming Messiah—Jesus—was to “SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS!” This required all six points found in Daniel 9:24 to be fulfilled, which also required this last 70th week of Daniel to have arrived. This means that for this to be announced and truly fulfilled by Jesus, He would have to completely fulfill all six points of Daniel 9:24. If He failed in even one of these, this salvation from sins would not be available to man.

To keep this promise of salvation and the fulfillment of this by Jesus in perspective, one has to remember that the One proclaimed to be JESUS was also the One proclaimed to be EMMANUEL. If Jesus is EMMANUEL (God with US), and if He was come to “SAVE HIS PEOPLE from THEIR SIN,” I have a hard time believing that anyone would think He would fail.

TIME FOR THE COMING MESSIAH

The Jews knew the timeframe of when these 490 years would be completed. They also knew that the generation into which Jesus was born was to be during the First Century. Simeon was such a Jew. He prayed that he would live long enough to see with his own eyes this promised Messiah. Look what this old sage had to say when the anointing of the Holy Ghost came on him as he looked upon the Christ child, Jesus:

Luke 2:30-32
(30) For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
(31) Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
(32) A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Simeon knew what the Messiah coming would mean for his people. He also knew that He was not coming to bring some kind of exclusive divine favoritism to one certain nation or people, but was rather coming to bring salvation to all mankind—Jew, Samaritan, and Gentile—alike!!

Simeon wasn’t the only one who knew that Jesus was THE MESSIAH. As you read the following list, notice that those who announced who Jesus was stretches in diversity from Jew, to Samaritan, to Gentile, to supernatural, to male, and to female:

  • The Jewish Apostle Peter knew: Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
  • The Jewish Martha knew: John 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
  • The Samaritans knew: John 4:42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.
  • The Magi knew: Matthew 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
  • The devils knew: Luke 4:41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.

These are an example of those who knew Daniel prophesied about that First Century generation as being the time when the Messiah was to come.

REJECTION AND THE CROSS

Now let’s look at Paul’s references to this salvation in Romans 11:11-36. Please, read his words EXACTLY AS WRITTEN, and don’t change any of his tenses or wording…

Romans 11:11-36
(11) I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

The Jews’ rejection led to Christ’s ultimate reason for coming—THE CROSS!

The Bible says: “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Corinthians 2:8). Many times preachers say this is referring to the devil and his demons. But every place a devil spoke while Jesus cast them out a person, that devil always claimed to know who Jesus is. The LITV translation casts a lot of light on who these “princes of this world” are: “Which none of the rulers of this age has known. For if they had known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” Here the LITV clearly shows a reference to the political rulers of the Jewish age. This was the same age that Jesus ended when He was cut off in the midst of Daniel’s 70th week (see Daniel 9:27). This cutting off was Jesus’ crucifixion. These rulers positioned Jesus before Pilate, which sent Him to the cross so that He could die for ALL HUMANITY! This is one mistake that was horrific…but thanks be to God that it happened, just as the Bible, and Daniel, said it would!

DEFINING “FULNESS”

Back to Romans 11

(12) Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

“Their fullness” must undoubtedly be speaking about their coming into the knowledge and the obedience of the New Covenant message of Jesus Christ. How could they be considered in their “fullness,” if Jesus had not completed what He was supposed to do? John says this is available now to the Jews as well as to ALL others: “And of HIS FULLNESS HAVE ALL WE RECEIVED, and grace for grace” (John 1:16).

More Romans 11

(13) For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
(14) If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
(15) For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
(16) For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
(17) And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
(18) Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
(19) Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
(20) Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

They were NOT CAST OFF because of JESUS’ FAILURE. They were cast off because of THEIR FAILURE to believe Jesus fulfilled all written and that He was therefore their Messiah.

Romans 11

(21) For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
(22) 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.
(23) And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
(24) For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?

God always judges man according to his decision regarding WHOM HE WILL SERVE! If they choose life they will live; if they choose death, they will die. God’s judgment is what Moses said would come against the Jews if they rejected God’s Old Covenant (see Deuteronomy 28). That chapter shows the blessings that would come to those who chose life, and the curses that would come to those who chose death.

These judgments are also the focus of many of Jesus’ parables. Remember that Jesus told these to the same Jewish generation that saw the 70 AD destruction of Jerusalem and her Temple. An example of this is found in Jesus’ story of the vineyard owner…

Mark 12:1-12
(1) And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the wine vat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
(2) And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
(3) And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.
(4) And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
(5) And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
(6) Having yet therefore ONE SON, HIS WELL-BELOVED, HE SENT HIM ALSO LAST UNTO THEM, saying, They will reverence my son.
(7) But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
(8) And THEY TOOK HIM, AND KILLED HIM, and cast him out of the vineyard.
(9) What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
(10) And have ye not read this Scripture; THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED IS BECOME THE HEAD OF THE CORNER:
(11) This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?
(12) And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for THEY KNEW THAT HE HAD SPOKEN THE PARABLE AGAINST THEM: and they left him, and went their way.

Jesus accurately foretold what was to come to that generation just 40 years (a biblical generation) later. The Jews that rejected Jesus and His New Covenant suffered under that 70 AD judgment. Their city was then taken from them and given over to another (gentiles).

THE CAUSE OF BLINDNESS

Back to Romans 11

(25) For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
(26) And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
(27) For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

This blindness was self-inflicted. It happened only to that First Century generation of Jews. They were blinded by their sin. They refused to open their eyes and see Jesus was their Messiah. It is as if the Temple sitting on Mount Mariah obstructed their view of who Jesus truly was. This obstruction stood for as long as the Temple stood. But when the gentile army lead by the Roman General Titus came in 70 AD, they removed that obstruction. Jesus taught you had to remove the plank in your own eye before you could remove the speck in someone else’s eye. Jesus did that for that generation. He removed their plank so they could plainly see that judgment had come upon them.

“All Israel shall be saved” is understood by first identifying the True Israel of God…

THE IDENTITY OF THE “ISRAEL OF GOD”

The identity of the “Israel of God,” begins by realizing that whenever “Jacob” is mentioned in the Bible, he is always referred to by his natural birth name, “Jacob,” and not by the heavenly invoked name, “Israel.” The only time “Israel” is used is when the Bible is speaking of the ‘spiritual Israel of God.’ Jesus and Jesus alone lived up to the definition of the name “Israel,” which is: “HE WILL RULE AS GOD” (See Strong’s H3478). Jacob never lived up to that name, nor did any of his descendants other than Jesus. Notice in the next scriptures how they all point toward Jesus being the True Israel of God:

Matthew 2:14-15
(14) When he arose, he took THE YOUNG CHILD and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
(15) And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, OUT OF EGYPT HAVE I CALLED MY SON.

Hosea 11:1
(1) WHEN ISRAEL WAS A CHILD, then I loved him, and CALLED MY SON OUT OF EGYPT.

Exodus 4:22
(22) And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, ISRAEL IS MY SON, EVEN MY FIRSTBORN:

John 3:16
(16) For God so loved the world, that HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Mark 12:6-9
(6) Having yet therefore ONE SON, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
(7) But those husbandmen said among themselves, THIS IS THE HEIR; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
(8 ) And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
(9) What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? HE WILL COME AND DESTROY THE HUSBANDMEN, AND WILL GIVE THE VINEYARD UNTO OTHERS.

These verses interrelate together showing that the Promised Child was and is Jesus Christ! He is the same promise Paul referred to allegorically in Galatians 3:16 as the One promised SEED of Abraham. Through Jesus, the Church becomes partakers of that same promise, and members of the True Israel of God.

An identity crisis comes from a lack of identity in Christ. Once a person sees that Jesus is the True Israel of God, they can then be set free to pursue Christlikeness. That is what Paul meant by this statement:

Galatians 6:15-16
(15) For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
(16) And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

It’s all about being IN JESUS CHRIST! The “rule” to which verse 16 speaks is not about being a Jew (circumcision) or a Gentile (uncircumcision), but about being a “New Creature” in Christ! This is speaking of the New Covenant, not Old Covenant. Paul is saying that those who walk in that rule will have “peace” and “mercy.” The conjunction “and” tying this to Paul’s “Israel of God,” is the Greek work “Kai.” Kai can be translated “and, also, even, indeed, but” (See G2532). The Amplified Bible uses the word “even” in place of “and” in this verse.

Galatians 6:15-16 AMP
(15)  For neither is circumcision [now] of any importance, nor uncircumcision, but [only] a new creation [the result of a new birth and a new nature in Christ Jesus, the Messiah].
(16)  Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule [who discipline themselves and regulate their lives by this principle], even upon the [true] Israel of God! [Ps. 125:5.]

This translation clearly has Paul saying those living by this rule make up the membership of the Israel of God. These commentaries agree with this conclusion:

Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible
And upon the Israel of God – The true church of God; all who are his true worshippers; see the note at Romans 2:28-29Romans 9:6, note.

Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible
The Israel of God – The true Christians, called here the Israel of God, to distinguish them from Israel according to the flesh. See the notes on Romans 2:29Romans 4:12 (note).

A Commentary on the Old and New Testaments by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown
Israel of God — not the Israel after the flesh, among whom those teachers wish to enroll you; but the spiritual seed of Abraham by faith (Galatians 3:9Galatians 3:29Romans 2:28Romans 2:29Philippians 3:3).

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible
Galatians 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule – Glorying only in the cross of Christ. Being crucified to the world. And, Created anew. Peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel, that is, the Church, of God – Which consists of all those, and those only, of every nation and kindred, who walk by this rule.

Neither the ethnicity of the Jews nor their opportunity to receive salvation through Jesus ended because of the 70 AD destruction of Jerusalem and her Temple. But with this destruction came the elimination of the self-righteous system of Law to which the Jews had fallen prey. Jesus’ coming in judgment during that generation—as prophesied—firmly established Him as the King of kings and the Lord of lords who does RULE AS GOD (See Matthew 28:18). When we (Jew, Samaritan, or gentile) are “born again,” we become a member of Jesus’ Body and thereby a member of the true Israel of God.

You can’t “turn away ungodliness from Jacob” and to “take away their sins” (Romans 11:26-27) unless you put an END to sin first. The continual sinning of Israel caused a continual sacrifice to be offered at the Temple. This was the reason why the priesthood never sat down. The writer of Hebrews said, “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins FOR EVER, sat down on the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:11-12). After Jesus’ sacrifice, He, as the High Priest, sat down FOREVER. This required that HIS SACRIFICE made an END of SINS—FOREVER. This does not mean that worldwide sinning has stopped. But that the problematic sin-nature like Adam’s can now die, and then be replaced by a quickening soul-nature that comes from Jesus Christ. Such a change does not happen on a worldwide scale, but rather one man at a time.

SALVATION TO ALL

Now back to Romans 11

(28) As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
(29) For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
(30) For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
(31) Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

The heathen Gentiles had received mercy though their rebellion against God. This shows that the Jews similarly receive the same kind of MERCY, thus they can also receive the SAME salvation! This is the SAME mercy that comes through the blood of Jesus Christ in the Church!

(32) For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

God has ended them all at the place of unbelief so that He could renew them again to His salvation.

(33) O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
(34) For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
(35) Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
(36) For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Jesus is ALL THINGS to ALL MEN! There never was one like Jesus before, and there never will be another like Him after. For OF HIM are ALL THINGS, and THROUGH HIM are ALL THINGS, and TO HIM are ALL THINGS. These ALL THINGS is what ALL MEN need, which would include ALL THAT WAS WRITTEN OF HIM IN DANIEL as well!

Some believe the Gentiles only “got Jesus” because He couldn’t reach His own people. Such a notion necessitates that the Gentiles were NEVER in His plan. This would mean that Jesus failed, and because so, the Jews are now outside the New Covenant salvation plan instituted through Jesus. The question then becomes, is Jesus’ will only contingent upon whether the Jews accepted or rejected Him? And since they did reject Him, did they then stop His plan? No one can give scriptures that say the Gentiles were never part of Jesus’ gospel plan. They also cannot show where the Bible says Jesus went to the Gentiles exclusively because the Jews rejected Him. Nor can they show that the Jews’ rejection of Jesus’ New Covenant caused God to stop His prophetic time clock.

The Bible shows that the First Century Church was made up of believing Jews who believed Jesus’ New Covenant. It says that the promise of salvation was always to the Jews, Samaritans, and Gentiles. This promise began with Adam (a non-Jew). He was told of a redeemer that would someday come to separate him from his sin-nature. Then it went to Abraham (also a non-Jew). He was told he would be the father of “many nations” (this would be Jewish and non-Jewish alike). Later in Galatians 3, the Apostle Paul said this promise would come through a promised “SEED.”

Galatians 3:7-29
(7) Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
(8) And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
(9) So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
(10) For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
(11) But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
(12) And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
(13) Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
(14) That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The Jews rejection of Jesus did not cause this! It came because it was always PROMISED to come to pass!

(15) Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
(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.
(17) And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
(18) For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

The promise was made to Abraham by God! HE manifested Himself as JESUS to fulfill His promises to the Jew, Samaritan, and Gentile!

(19) Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
(20) Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
(21) Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
(22) But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
(23) But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
(24) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
(25) But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
(26) For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
(27) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
(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.
(29) And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Anyone could split hairs over whether they believed each of the six points of Daniel 9:24 is fulfilled or not, but the real issue that stops any such disagreement is the fact that Jesus CANNOT be a failed messiah and also qualify as the true prophesied Messiah. To see this, please consider what Daniel said the stone cut from the mountain was to do.

Daniel 2:34-35
(34) Thou sawest till that A STONE was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them to pieces.
(35) Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

This STONE is JESUS CHRIST (see Matthew 21:42). Jesus said He would come against that generation and scatter them to the four corners of the earth (see Luke 21:24). That is what happened to this chaff after 70 AD, as the remaining Jews were dispersed throughout the gentile nations of their day. Jesus’ coming in judgment removed these Jews from their “PLACE” (see Matthew 24:15). This “place” referred to their Temple. The image this rock struck was contrived of several different metals. Each of these represented a different heathen political system. The iron mingled with clay was representative of the Jewish religious system (clay: see Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 18:2-6) mingling with the political system of Rome (see John 19:15; Revelation 17:1-3). Notice that the destruction did not end the hope for mankind, because the stone grew into a “GREAT MOUNTAIN.” This mountain replaces the mountain that Jesus said His followers could speak against and see it cast into the sea. This is a reference to the mountain, Mount Moriah, on which the Temple sat. Jesus even spoke the promise of casting this mountain away while standing outside the Temple area (see Mark 11:17, 23). This is a reference to His NEW JERUSALEM, the CHURCH, HIS NEW TEMPLE, becoming a GREAT MOUNTAIN that FILLS ALL THE EARTH (see Matthew 5:14; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 12:22-23). This New Earth would include salvation going to all those in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to all them that are a far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call (see Acts 1:8; Acts 2:5-11, Acts 2:39; Acts 8:5; Acts 10:45).

 

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2 Responses to The Blindness of Israel and the Fullness of the Gentiles

  1. Natasha October 5, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the layout of your site?
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    • TK Burk December 12, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

      Thank you for your comments. I’ll consider your suggestion and improve where I can.

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