The restoration on Israel relates to the times when Israel fell away. God promised to restore them to the land He promised them. When did that happen? Does this point to the end of time? Does it relate to Israel today? Watch as Robert looks closely at this important Bible doctrine.

ROBERT >> Will Israel be restored to Palestine and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem? That’s the question we began looking at last week here on The Truth In Love I want to continue to look at this week. According to some, all the twelve tribes of Israel from every place on earth will be gathered back to Canaan land, the city of Jerusalem and the temple will be rebuilt, its worship will be restored. All of this, they contend, will begin to take place at the coming of the Lord just prior to his thousand-year reign on earth in the end times. What does the Bible really have to say about that? Let’s continue to look together. I hope you’ll stay tuned. I’ll be right back.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,
speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> Already in our study last week we learned how that God indeed promised Abraham and his descendants, Israel, the land of Canaan. We saw that this promise has already been completely fulfilled. It was fulfilled after God’s people were brought out of Egyptian bondage, through the wilderness, and Joshua led them ultimately into the promised land, where they came to dwell and where they came to possess that land. And they continued to possess that land until the time of David and the time of king Solomon, when their territory extended all the way to the river Euphrates. God completed his promise to Israel just as he had stated. We learned that that promise that God made to Abraham was actually an inheritance for his descendants, and that not at the end times, but soon after Moses led them out of Egypt, during the days of Joshua until the days of king David and king Solomon were they possessing that land. But very importantly, we learned that the possession of the land by Israel was always conditioned upon their faithfulness to God. That generation that came into the wilderness could not go in and inherit the land because of their unfaithfulness. And in time, when Israel turned away from God, even those that had come in to possess the land, they were removed from the land because of their disobedience, scattered by the Assyrians, taken captive by the Babylonians. But now let’s take this study a little further this morning, because you see, God also promised to return those who were removed from the land when they returned to him.

Let’s look together in Deuteronomy 4:29-31. Before Moses died, he wanted to tell this new generation that was coming into the promised land about these very things. Deuteronomy 4, beginning in verse 29, “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice. For the Lord your God is a merciful God, He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.”

Yes, even though they would find themselves taken captive and in great distress, when they turned back to the Lord, when they sought after him, he would bring them back into that land to possess it once again. In Deuteronomy chapter 30, one of the later sermons of Moses before his death, before he would leave this generation of people, he comes back to this again.

In Deuteronomy 30 beginning in verse 1, “Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, and you return
to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you. If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with allyour soul, that you may live. Also the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. And you will again obey the voice of the Lord and do all His commandments which I command you today. The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, and in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the Lord will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”

And so even though God’s people were taken captive, taken away from their land, they were not without hope. Because of a merciful and a gracious God, they could return to him, and they could once again be restored into the land of Canaan. Now, there are many other passages which speak of this, but I want you to notice that only a remnant of Israel would actually ever be returning to the land. It would only be a number that was just a few that would actually turn and seek the Lord and be returned into the land.

Let’s read this in Isaiah 1:9. In this first chapter, the prophet reminds God’s people of this because they had turned away from him and they were going to be taken captive. And it says, “Unless the Lord of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah.”

It would not be a national restoration, but a very small remnant. We see this also in Isaiah chapter 10. Look at verse 22. “For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea, a remnant of them will return; the destruction decreed shall overflow with righteousness.”

Yes, it would just be a few that would turn to the Lord and return to Israel. And we can read other passages.

Chapter 11 and verse 11, “It shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, from Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea.”

So from all of these places, wherever men would turn to the Lord, he would bring them back; but it would just be a remnant, just a few.

In verse 16, “There will be a highway for the remnant of His people who will be left from Assyria, as it was for Israel in the day that he came up from the land of Egypt.”

I also want to turn over to the prophet Jeremiah, because Jeremiah spoke to these same people of these same things. Jeremiah 23:3, “But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back into their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.”

Jeremiah 31:7, “For thus says the Lord: Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, O Lord, save
Your people, the remnant of Israel!”

Once again we see, and we could look at many other passages like Zechariah 8:6, Romans 9:27, but all of these emphasize that only a remnant would return, would be restored back to the land, and it would be of only those who had turned back to the Lord, who would seek him with their whole heart, with their whole soul. But with the influx of Jews to Palestine in these modern days, it consists mostly of those who hold to a liberalized Judaism and even a few atheists, not of those who have returned to the Lord. There will be no national conversion of the Jews, as some contend.

Now, I know that many go to Romans 11:25-26 for this teaching. And so I want us to look closely at that today. Look at Romans 11:25-26, and let’s see what this is really talking about. Here the words say, “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. 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.”

Does this verse teach us that there will be a national conversion of the Jews at the end time, as some contend? Let’s take a look at this little phrase, all Israel, and understand that all Israel here is not the entire Jewish race, but the remnant of the Jews and the many Gentiles who come to faith in Jesus Christ. All we have to do is go back and look beginning in Romans 9:6-8, where Paul began this entire discussion.

In Romans 9:6, listen to what it says: “But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, In Isaac your seed shall be called.”

That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. They’re not all Israel who are of Israel. The all Israel of Romans 9, 10 and 11 are not fleshly Israel who came from the physical seed of Abraham, but those who have faith in that seed of Abraham, Jesus Christ. Look at it in Romans chapter 9. Go back to verse 25 through 27.

As He says also in Hosea, “I will call them My people, who were not My people, and her beloved, who was not My beloved. And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, You are not My people, there they shall be called sons of the living God.”

Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel: Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, the remnant will be saved. So the true people of God, the Israel of God is not the physical descendants of Abraham, just a remnant, those who believed, along with those of other nations who were not his people, now he calls them his people. That’s the true Israel of God.

Look at it in Romans 9:30-33. “What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.”

Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. “For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. As it is written: Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, and whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

You see, Israel had the law, and they failed to live up to that law. And instead of putting their faith in Jesus Christ to seek forgiveness, they rejected him. And because they rejected Christ, God rejected them. But of the Gentiles, many would come to be made right with God through Jesus Christ and become
a part of the true Israel of God, his church.

We read on from Romans chapter 9 into chapter 10, and look what he says in verse 12 and 13. “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Salvation was not found in physical Israel, in that nation, but in spiritual Israel, those who call on the name of the Lord, those who come to believe and trust and to obey the Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

Look at it in chapter 11 and verse 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.”

Paul, who wrote this letter, he was of the physicalnation of Israel, and he had not been cast aside, because he came to believe in Jesus as the Christ. In verse 5 it says, Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. There were a few. There were some of that physical nation who came to faith in Christ and thus became a part of the true Israel of God, his church. In verse 7, What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. So don’t ever think that there’s going to be this national conversion of all the physical seed of Abraham. The church, made of Jews and Gentiles, a remnant of the Jews, many of the Gentiles, that is the Israel of God or his people today.

In Romans the 2nd chapter, look with me there, where Paul had actually addressed this earlier.

In chapter 2, verse 28 through 29. Here he says, “For He is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.”

And the apostle Paul in other letters has taught this very same thing. Go with me to the book of Galatians. In Galatians chapter 3, and really, Galatians is just a smaller exposition of the things that were extended in the book of Romans.

But in Galatians 3:7-8, Paul writes, “Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.”

And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, In you all the nations shall be blessed. The blessing of God would come not just through Abraham, but through his seed, Jesus Christ, to all those who truly believe on him.

”Inverse 16 this is made clear, of Galatians 3. Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, And to seeds, as of many, but as of one, And to your Seed, who is Christ.”

And then he explains it further in verse 26 through 29 when he says, For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

So the idea of all Israel being saved refers to the remnant of Jews, the many Gentiles who by faith in Christ were baptized into Christ. These are Abraham’s seed. These are the heirs of the promise. We could look at other passages.

In Galatians 6:15-16, when he closes this book he speaks of that true Israel of God, the church, saying, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.”

And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. It’s the church of
Christ, not the physical nation of Israel.

Philippians 3:3, throughout the letters of the apostle Paul we see this idea expounded upon. Here he says, “For we, the church, we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”It’s not the cutting of the flesh. It’s a circumcision of the heart that makes the difference.

Look at it in Paul’s letter to the Colossians in chapter 2, verse 11 and verse 12. “In Him, that is, in Christ, you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”

When you in faith are baptized with Christ, your sins are forgiven. Those sins are cut off. You’re circumcised by Christ. You’re raised to walk in newness of life. And then one other passage, 1 Peter 2:9-10. But you, you Christians, “you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

What a grand and glorious privilege to be a part of the people of God. It was not just for fleshly, physical Israel, but it was for all nations, all people of all time who would put their faith in the Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, they looked forward to one who was coming; but now that Christ has come, we look back to the cross and we look back to the resurrection of Christ to see that he has come and that he has paid for our sins, that he has risen to give us the hope and the assurance of eternal life. As Peter pointed out here, we who have accepted that, who have received that in baptism, being baptized into Christ, we are that royal priesthood, we’re that holy nation, we’re that special people with a special purpose, to glorify God, to show forth his praises.

Have you obtained the mercy of God?

Are you a part of the people of God?

Do you have the hope and assurance of an eternal inheritance of the greater Canaan land of heaven?

Will you let us know here at The Truth In Love how we can help you towards heaven today?

singing>> In heavenly armor we’ll enter the land.
The battle belongs to the Lord.
No weapon that’s fashioned against us will stand.
The battle belongs to the Lord.
And we sing glory, honor,
power and strength to the Lord.
We sing glory, honor,
power and strength to the Lord.
When the power of darkness comes in like a flood,
the battle belongs to the Lord.
He’s raised up a standard,
the power of his blood.
The battle belongs to the Lord.
And we sing glory, honor,
power and strength to the Lord.
We sing glory, honor,
power and strength to the Lord.
When your enemy presses in hard, do not fear.
The battle belongs to the Lord.
Take courage, my friend, your redemption is near. The battle belongs to the Lord. And we sing glory, honor,
power and strength to the Lord.
And we sing glory, honor,
power and strength to the Lord.
We sing glory, honor,
power and strength to the Lord.
We sing glory, honor,
power and strength to the Lord.

ROBERT >> Thank you so much for watching our program today. Our interest in our viewers with regard to our program is about eternal salvation. It’s not about money, it’s not about anything like that. We’re interested in your soul.

The Bible says that in Jesus Christ salvation is found. A person, to be saved, he must have faith in Jesus Christ; not just to believe in him generally, but believe that he is indeed the Son of God.

He said, “Except you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins,” John 8:24.

But he also said that a person must repent of sins, and that means to change your mind about your sinful past, to decide to change your action and to live for God.

“Except you repent, you will perish,” Jesus said in Luke 13:3.

Paul said that, “God commands all men everywhere to repent,”Acts 17:30.

The Bible also teaches us that in order to be saved, we have to be willing to confess to others our faith in Jesus Christ. Paul wrote to the Romans in Romans 10:10, “With the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

But even that’s not enough, because the Bible teaches that a person must be immersed in water to have their sins washed away by the blood of Christ. Peter said on the day of Pentecost to those who asked what they must do to be saved, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,” Acts 2:38.

Jesus himself said before leaving this earth, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved,” Mark 16:16.

And so when a person does that, they don’t earn their salvation, but that’s just the moment at which the blood of Christ washes sins.

Revelation 1:5 tells us that it is the blood of Jesus that washes away our sins.

And Acts 22:16, it tells us when the blood washes. “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

I hope that you’ll study these things for yourself to see that these things be so. And I hope and pray that if you’ve not obeyed the gospel, that you will before it’s eternally too late.

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singing>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven,
sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam. Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven,
sing the sweetest song of all.

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