The Hope Of Salvation For The Jewish People
Part 4 of 4 examining positive prophetic promises that precede the second coming of Jesus!
We’re in the midst of looking at four positive trends that presage the return of the Lord as a way to sharpen our prayer focus during 10 Days. These incredible prophecies are promises that are meant to drive us to extraordinary prayer!
Today, we’ll look at the fourth positive trend, the incredible hope of salvation among the Jewish people. Rabbi Grant Berry of Reconnecting Ministries, a key contributor to the 10 Days movement, has been kind enough to write the following. I hope it enlightens and encourages our prayers!—Jonathan Friz
As we draw close to the end days before Yeshua/Jesus returns, Israel’s salvation becomes paramount in God’s plan to glorify His Son upon the earth (Ezekiel 36:22-27).
When we read Romans 11 carefully, we can see that the Apostle Paul asks 3 separate questions relating to Israel’s plight and journey and in the 3rd question he asks, “Did they stumble beyond recovery? Not at all”, he answers, and then goes on to explain how the Gentile part of the family a significant role to play in Israel’s salvation experience, to help draw them to jealousy and to release God’s mercy back to them (Romans 11:11; 30,31).
In fact, I believe that the whole purpose of Romans chapters 9 and 10 is to lay a foundation to help unravel the great complexity of Israel’s salvation experience, which apart from The Remnant of Jewish believers (Question 1 - Romans 11:1-6), would come down at the end.
This salvation experience has already begun in a number of ways: in the natural realm through the re-establishment of Israel as a nation, with over 7 million Jews already being drawn back to her from over a 100 nations. Spiritually, we have witnessed the beginning of Israel’s awakening through the Messianic Movement, which began en masse in the late 1960’s after Israel took back the physical domain of Jerusalem.
These Jewish Messianic believers and those in the Church now make up the modern Remnant of Israel. It’s paramount for Gentile believers to reconnect with Messianic believers as one family to help re-unite the Kingdom between Jew and Gentile (See Ephesians 2:19). Gentile believers have a role to fully encourage and bless them into their Jewish identity, so they may reflect Yeshua back to their own people as a Jewish faith.
Restoration and Reconnection
If you are willing to accept it, Israel’s restoration has begun. But God needs our help to complete it, as we have a most crucial role to play. So we must be willing to make adjustments for this time, just as the Jewish believers did when the Gentiles first started to come in. “Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. “As it is written: The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins” (Romans 11:25-27; Deuteronomy 30:4-6 and Ezekiel 36:22-27).
As this happens, God will not take anything away from the Gentile church but rather bring us into the fullness of the harvest through the unveiling of this mystery that is happening before our very eyes, as His covenants towards Israel are fulfilled. This is a key element here to our understanding in God’s end time glory plan and the two are intricately linked together.
This is why we must now spiritually reconnect to our roots and heritage, as we will never fulfill our end time call as a Church operating as a separate entity away from Israel. Nor have we replaced them, but rather are a part of them (Ephesian 2:19,20). It may have been permissible to act this way during the “time of the Gentiles”, but as we move into this season of fulfillment, we need to reconnect spiritually as family in order for this spiritual transaction to properly work through us.
Jonathan Friz and Gregg Healey discuss the coming salvation of the Jewish people.
Unity Through Diversity
When the apostle Paul wrote about the unity of The One New Man (Galatians 3:28,29), he never meant to eliminate the distinction between Jew and Gentile.
When the Church was first formed, the Gentiles coming in were naturally associated to its Jewish roots and expression without having to follow the law. However, when Rome took over the Church it looked to eliminate this influence and set it apart and so its link to Israel was severed. The unfortunate influence of these supersessionist teachings have affected the Church for some 1600 years and now need to be broken off of us.
Just look how Paul behaved when he returned to Jerusalem and how apparent it was that the Apostles living there were still following Jewish customs (Acts 20:20-26). This is why he used the example of a man and a woman in the same text. As Jewish and Gentile believers, and as men and women, we are now one through Messiah/Christ in the Spirit through our salvation and are now co-heirs; however, we still perform different roles and have different expressions.
This has become apparent through the Messianic movement and their differing expressions of the faith. Gentiles were not called to practice exactly the same way Jews do, which was seen through the Church in Jerusalem, but also now in the way in which Messianic believers worship and celebrate. Yet we are called to be one in Spirit with Israel’s Remnant; to love one another as Messiah loves His Church. Especially now so our L-rd can return to us, we must be re-united as one family; to be able to freely bless each other from within the unity of The One New Man. Our Father in heaven is longing for this reconnection. It is His design and footprint for this time and the very heart of Jesus' prayer in John 17, that His end time power would be unleashed upon His Church through the unity of Jew and Gentile.
We are entering a new day in the Spirit and He is beginning to draw His body together back into the fullness of The One New Man, so greater unity and power will flow through us to reach a lost and dying world. In this light, there is a huge need for prayer and intercession to help bring this about, not only for Israel’s salvation, but also to awaken the Church into this end time role.
-Rabbi Grant Berry