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CHAPTER TWO

Survival of Old Testament Israel

The teaching that God is through with physical Israel and that all the Old Testament promises he made to Israel are now to be applied to the church is inaccurate. The apostle Paul says:
Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God (I Cor.10:32).
Thus he divided humanity into these three distinct groups: Jews, Gentiles, and the Church of God.

Some argue that God has rejected Israel because of their transgressions and unbelief. God punished, and will punish, Israel for their transgressions. However, God will never forsake them

The prophet Jeremiah said:

For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the Lord of hosts, though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel (Jeremiah 51:5).
God punished Israel for their sin and He scattered them among the nations. But He will never forget His covenant with them:
Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor them so as to destroy them completely, breaking my covenant with them. I am the Lord their God. But for their sake I will remember the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the Lord (Leviticus 26:44,45 NIV)
It is clear from what we read in the book of Revelation that Jews from all the tribes of Israel returned to Israel after it was recognized by the United Nations as an independent state and will remain in Israel until the great tribulation and the second coming of the Messiah. This is evident from what we read in Chapters 7 and 21 of Revelation.
And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand (Revelation 7:2-8)
Also we read concerning the Holy City, New Jerusalem:
And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel (Revelation 21:12).
Israel is still - and will always be - God's miracle nation.
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