Israel Regathered Only When Jesus Christ Returns
by David J. Stewart
February 2005 | Updated July 2017
Galatians 3:28-29, “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. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Believing Jews And Gentiles Are God's People
The world hates the Jewish people because God gave the world a conscience through Israel. God's Law came to the world through Israel (Romans 9:4). This is why Israel is so hated around the world. Sadly, MOST Jews are headed straight for Hell when they die to burn in the sulfuric flames of torment because they have arrogantly rejected Jesus Christ as the ONLY True Messiah. The following Scripture evidences that Old Testament saints were saved the EXACT SAME WAY that New Testament saints are saved, that is, by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Acts 10:43, “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”
The Bible calls Israel the apple of God's eye...
"For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye." —Zechariah 2:8
God chose Abraham because He knew Abraham would raise up his children to obey God (Genesis 18:19). God called Israel the Apple of His Eye because of all that He planned to do, and has done, through the nation (Romans 9:4). However, God warned what He would do if the Jews rebelled. Several hundred years before the Jews were carried off in judgment by the Assyrians (722 BC) and by the Babylonians (586 BC), God had warned what would happen if they rebelled against God's Commandments...
Deuteronomy 28:32-37,“Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand. The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway: So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head. The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.”
Wow, that's horrifying! Yet, God later promised in Jeremiah to one day regather Israel...
Jeremiah 31:10, “Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.”
The following prophecy will NOT occur until the Lord returns at the Second Coming, after the 7-year Tribulation Period. The Rapture occurs BEFORE the Tribulation, that is, a Pretribulation Rapture. The modern nation of Israel which began in 1948 was birthed by the international banking cartel and Wall Street, the Rothschilds and not God. If that seems shocking to you, please read William Guy Carr's eye-opening book PAWNS IN THE GAME; and also Antony C. Sutton's book, WALL STREET AND THE RISE OF HITLER.
Truthfully, the entire movement to “support Israel” is unbiblical. As shocking as it may be to the average person's mind, Luke 21:24 in the Bible plainly teaches, “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”
Israel today, which became a secular nation in 1948, is a Satanic counterfeit. Only when Jesus Christ returns at His magnificent Second Coming, will true Israel be restored by the Lord Himself. Jeremiah 3:17-18, “At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.” Many churches have gone astray today, idolizing and supporting unsaved Jews and the heathen state of Israel. Our emphasis as believers ought to be preaching THE GOSPEL to the world, and not supporting the ungodly nation of Israel today.
The Lord will one day regather true Israel...
Ezekiel 36:19-24, “And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.”
The following Scriptures plainly reveal that the preceding passage of Scripture can only be referring to when the Lord returns to set up His earthly kingdom (after the 7-year Tribulation), when He shall sit upon the throne of David and rule over the world from Jerusalem...
Ezekiel 36:25-28, “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.”
A remnant of Jews will repent and believe the Gospel after the Rapture happens. These are the 144,000 of Revelation. God will restore His covenant with Israel (“he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week,” Daniel 9:27) during Daniel's 70th week, that is, during the 7-year Tribulation period. For now Israel in part is blinded, but once the Church is CAUGHT UP (1st Thessalonians 4:16-17), then the Jew's eyes will be opened and they will turn to God in large numbers...
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.”
We are now living in The Times Of The Fulness Of The Gentiles (Luke 21:24). This era will end at the Pretribulation Rapture, which could happen at any moment. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
God Blesses The Obedient; Curses The Wicked
God promised to bless those who blessed Abraham, and curse those who cursed Abraham (Genesis 12:3). This promised was made exclusive to Abraham because he pleased the Lord. This promise was not made, as many people errantly think, to all Jews. God never blesses a wicked person, family, city, nor nation.
Many false prophets have taught that God will bless evil. No, He will not. When Israel went into sin, God punished them. Gideon couldn't understand why evil had befallen Israel.
Judges 6:13, “And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
What Gideon didn't realize, because he couldn't see the forest for the trees, was that Israel has done evil in the sight of the Lord.
Judges 6:1, “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.”
So you see, the promise made to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 applied only to him, and to those who obey the Lord (Deuteronomy 28). God blesses the obedient and curses the disobedient. God is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11), and so Jews are no more special to God than Gentiles (Romans 10:12). The promise in Genesis 12:3 to bless the nations of the earth through Abraham's seed was fulfilled by the gifts of the law, the prophets, the Bible and the Messiah Himself, Jesus Christ.
God in His sovereignty chose Israel as His ambassadors to the rest of the human race. Israel was to proclaim God's saving grace of the Gospel of Christ Jesus; but, they forsook God and said no. So God broke off His dealings with Israel (a divorce, Jeremiah 3:8); BUT God NEVER divorced nor forsook His own people (Romans 11:1; Hebrews 13:5). It was a business agreement gone bad; but that had no affect on family relations. God loves His children and nothing in the world can change that.
Many Gentiles Will Also Be God's People During Christ's Earthly Reign
Please note that God's people are not just physical Jews, but all saved born-again believers as well (Zechariah 2:10-12; Galatians 3:26). The following Scripture speaks of the time when the Lord Jesus will return to establish His earthly kingdom, when He shall reign from the throne of David in Jerusalem over the world. Amen and amen!
Zechariah 2:10-12, “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD. And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee. And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
The Bible plainly teaches that MANY NATIONS shall be added to the Lord. Galatians 3:26 explains the meaning of this Scripture. Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” The Lord proclaimed that all born-again believers will be HIS PEOPLE in His kingdom. What a wonderful truth!!! God began the nation of Israel (the Jews) with Abraham, calling his physical descendants MY PEOPLE; but God also teaches that all of Abraham's spiritual descendants (Christians) will be received as God's People too.
No Unsaved Jew Will Go To Heaven
It is VERY IMPORTANT for Jews to understand that no unsaved Jew will be allowed into God's kingdom. Jesus taught Nicodemus, a Jew and leader over the Jews, that unless a man is born-again he cannot enter into Heaven (John 3:1-7). 1st Peter 1:23 teaches that we are born-again by the Seed of God's Word, by faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God (John 20:31).
Judaism is a Satanic false religion, because they deny that Jesus is the Messiah. They claim that their Messiah has not come yet. Sadly, they will embrace the man of sin, the Antichrist, when he appears.
As true Christians, we know that Jesus, the Messiah, came 2,000 years ago to take away the sins of the world as the Lamb of God (John 3:16). Amen and amen! Judaizers hate the New Testament, because it teaches that God loves and respects Gentiles as much as Jews (Romans 2:11; 10:12). Jesus rebuked the self-righteous and religious Pharisees and Sadducees. Jesus said they weren't going to Heaven (Matthew 5:20). Self-righteousness is a road to Hell, fire and damnation (Romans 10:3-4; Romans 3:20)!
Sadly, Most Jews Are Not God's Children
Unfortunately, Israel rebelled and spit in God's face, even crucifying their Messiah. God turned to the Gentiles instead to proclaim the Gospel, also in part to provoke Israel to jealousy (Romans 11:11).
A clear distinction MUST be made between God's people and God's children. God divorced Himself from the nation of Israel in the Old Testament; but NOT from His children. Some wicked people foolishly attempt to use this Scripture to justify the sin of divorce. Nothing could be further from the truth. Marriage is not a business agreement; it is a lifetime commitment between a man and a woman. God never gave up on His people, not his children.
Jesus said that Rome would totally annihilate what remained of Israel in A.D. 70. Look what Hitler did to Israel. It is obvious that God is not defending Israel as He once did way back in the Old Testament when David was king. Are the Jews still God's people? Yes! However, and sadly, most of them are not God's children and will go to Hell when they die. No one (not even Jews) can go to Heaven without being BORN AGAIN (John 3:3). John Hagee is a heretic!
The Jews are God's people in a physical sense. However, to be a Child of God means realizing one's own sinful condition and then believing on Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Once saved, you become a spiritual Jew. Only saved Jews will be a part of the "remnant" which Paul speaks of in Romans 11:1-5. Have you ever trusted Jesus Christ to forgive your sins? Do you believe that Jesus is the ONLY begotten Son of God, God manifest in the flesh? Have you been born-again?
Most Jews deny that Jesus is the Messiah. They are NOT God's children. You see friend, you can be a physical Jew and not be a spiritual Jew.
The Bible likens unbelieving Jews to branches broken off a good olive tree. The root of the tree is Jesus Christ...
Romans 11:20 and 23, “Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear ... And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.”
Any Jew can be saved and made right with the Lord by faith. It was unbelief that got them into trouble in the first place. That is what we just read. The Gentiles are likened to a wild olive tree, that are grafted into the good olive tree, which are the Jews. In other words, salvation is of the Jews! God has given the Law, the Bible, the prophets and the Lord Himself through Israel. We are blessed through Israel.
I once witnessed to a Jewish woman who laughed in my face when I asked her if she was going to Heaven. She said... “Of course I'm going to Heaven, I'm Jewish.” The Word of God teaches that ONLY through Jesus Christ can anyone get to Heaven (John 3:1-7; 10:1,9;14:6). Don't be fooled by “another gospel” my friend. I don't care who you are... you will burn in Hell if you don't get your sins forgiven. I'm not talking about religion here, I'm talking about your sins. Have your sins been forgiven by Jesus Christ?
Since salvation came to the Gentiles through Israel, how tragic it is that even one of God's people would fail to enter the kingdom of God. Albeit, that is exactly what is happening. Most Jews today are arrogant and boast against Christ in blasphemies. Jesus plainly told the Jews that they would NOT enter into the kingdom of God unless their righteousness exceeded the phony self-righteousness of the Pharisees. Matthew 5:20, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” This Scripture plainly teaches that most Jews are going to Hell.
So what does Romans 11:26 mean? Romans 11:26, “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.” The last part of Romans 11:26 explains its own meaning, i.e., God will clean house when He returns. Christ will turn all ungodliness away from Israel.
A remnant of Israel is being saved by God's grace (Romans 11:5); this is true of all mankind. The important thing is to make sure you are in the faith, i.e., in Jesus Christ. Have you ever come to God as a sinner, believing that Jesus is the Christ Who died for your sins? If you believe on Him, you are saved. Christ died, that's history; Christ died for me, that's salvation! If you believe on Jesus, the Son of God; then you also believe on the Father.
1st John 2:23, “Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.”
The Word of God plainly tells us who the “remnant” of God are in Revelation 12:17...
Revelation 12:17, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
So the remnant in Revelation 12:17 are clearly defined as the seed of the woman, and we learn in Revelation 17:18 that the woman is that great city, Jerusalem. Hence, the remnant are born-again Jews who obey God's Commandments...
Revelation 17:18, “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”
The true remnant of Jews today are scattered around the world. They will be caught up and removed from the world at the Rapture. However, a large group of unbelieving Jews will repent and turn to the Lord to be saved following the Rapture. The Times Of The Gentiles will have been fulfilled and God will once again deal directly with Israel (the new remnant of Jews saved during the Tribulation).
Israel Has NOT Been Regathered By God Yet
God won't defend a Godless nation today, nor did He in the Old Testament. One of the purposes of the Tribulation will be to purge Israel to prepare to meet her King, Who will reign from the throne of David in Jerusalem during the Millennium. The Lord will be defending a remnant of saved Jews Who love Jesus Christ when Russia and China attack Israel. But until the Rapture, Satan's false Jews have control of Israel, which is why Jewish rabbis are spitting on tourists in Israel. Search the web and read it for yourself. Also, it's against the law in Israel to convert a Jew to Christianity (5 years in jail).
Jesus prophesied that Jerusalem would be completely destroyed in A.D. 70, and it was. Just as Abraham doubted God's promise of a son, and took matters into his own hands, so are many Jews today trying to FORCE God restore Israel; but, it is not God's time.
I do NOT believe that the modern-day restoration of the nation of Israel in 1948 is the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Why? Well for one, God promised to regather Israel when He returns, not before. Christ hasn't returned yet. Israel will be regathered “In his days” according to the next verse, Jeremiah 23:5-8. In whose days? In the days when Jesus Christ will reign from Jerusalem over the entire earth (and what a glorious day that will be!)...
“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS... they shall dwell in their own land.” —Jeremiah 23:5-8
Secondly, God clearly told Abraham what the boundaries of this land would be...
“In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.” —Genesis 15:18
So Israel basically has been promised every inch of presently occupied Arab land. Everything from the Nile River down in Egypt, up to the Euphrates river in Syria belongs to Israel when Christ returns. Israel does NOT possess their land yet in accordance with Biblical prophecy. The Bible clearly teaches that God will firmly plant Israel in the land, a land MUCH bigger than what Israel presently owns.
Another reason I believe that modern-day Israel is not the Biblical fulfillment of prophecy is because Israel has NOT been restored to it's once incredible agricultural and beautiful status. The following Scripture promises gardens, vineyards, and built-up cities (all of which Israel does not have yet). Yes, there have been some agricultural developments in Israel, but nothing like it was in the days of King Solomon. Israel will be restored when Christ returns to a paradise.
“And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.” (Amos 9:14-15)
The land of Palestine will be restored to what it once was, a land flowing with milk and honey, with beautiful palms and cedars.
Also, every born again Arab has as much right to the future Promised Land as does any saved Jew (Zechariah 2:10-12). Galatians 3:7 states, “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.” The Promised Land isn't just for saved Jews; but for all saved people. Jesus Christ will reign from Jerusalem, and all believers will serve under our eternal King.
There are those today who ignorantly claim that Jesus won't physically reign as King from Jerusalem; but He will according to Zechariah 14:9.
There are also others who foolishly believed that unsaved Jews will inherit the Promised Land. Sorry, it won't happen! John 3:3 couldn't be any clearer, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Only through faith alone in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior can you go to Heaven (Acts 16:31; John 20:31; Ephesians 2:8-9).
The Star Of David Is NOT Found In The Bible
Also, the “Star of David” is NOT found in the Bible and is in fact the Satanic hexagram, no doubt resulting in part from the occult Masonic influences of the Rothschilds family who were instrumental in the rebirth of Israel.
I am not saying that God isn't working in Israel today, I am simply saying that Biblical prophecy paints a far different picture than what has happened to Israel over the past 50 years. I love Jewish people, just as I love ALL people. God is NO respecter of persons (Romans 2:11). Jewish people are God's people and I believe that they are dear to the heart of God, but that in no way makes them any better or more privileged than anyone else. God loves the Arab people as much as the Jewish people. God is not loyal to men; He is loyal to His promises and agreements to men.
Yes, the Jewish people are God's people according to the Bible. However, the Biblical promises of regathering and restoration will ONLY be for born-again Israelites; not those Christ-rejecting Jews who adhered to the false religion of Judaism. It's Heaven or Hell. It's Jesus or Hell my friend. If you are a Jew and want to be part of the regathering of Israel someday, then you MUST receive Jesus Christ and believe on Him to be saved (Acts 4:10-12; 10:43; Romans 4:5; 10:3-4).
“And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord” (Ezekiel 37:13,14)
The above verse clearly teaches that the restored nation of Israel will be inhabited by resurrected saints. Notice that God will regather Israel from “YOUR GRAVES.” Daniel 12:2 teaches that some will be raised to everlasting life and others to everlasting contempt.
“Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved.” (Romans 9:27)
How sad that only a small fraction of Israel will someday inhabit the Promised Land. It is tragic indeed (and totally unnecessary), but us humans are stubborn and filled with sinful selfish pride.
“But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.” (Romans 9:31)
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)
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