Although God has temporarily cast Israel off until the Church is complete, He has not finished with them as His chosen people. God's promise to Israel, which is irrevocable (Romans 11:29), is "In My wrath I have struck you, but in My favour I have had mercy on you ... For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish and those nations shall be utterly ruined " (Isaiah 60:10-12).

Elsewhere it is also written "It shall come to pass that everyone who is left of the nations ... shall come up from year to year to worship the King the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem" (Zechariah 14:16). Thus during the Millennial Kingdom, Israel will be God's chosen instrument to rule the nations on earth and Jerusalem will be the geographical centre of Christ's earthly Kingdom.

It is for this reason that God has once again turned with favour to His people Israel and restored them as a nation in their own land. The final preparations for the establishment of Christ's Kingdom is taking place. 

This is in accord with God's word also, for it is written, "God first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name (The Church) ... After this He will rebuild the tabernacle of David (Israel) which has fallen down ... so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord " (Acts 15:14-17). 

It is important to note that the reason for the restoration of Israel is so "the rest of mankind may seek the Lord". How strange, until we consider that there will be nations on the earth during the Millennial Kingdom who will be restored to the Lord as well. 

God has yet another covenant for Israel which will come into force after their restoration as a nation (Jeremiah 31:31-34). The terms of this covenant are: 

  1. God will put His laws in their hearts.
  2. He will be their God and they will be His people.
  3. They shall all know the Lord personally without having to be told about Him. (Note: in this age this is not so, for we must all teach others about the Lord).
  4. He will forgive them their sins.

Created: 23 - Jan - 1997.
Last modified: 18 - Sept - 1998.
Copyright © 1998, Graham Brodie.

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