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All Israel Shall Be Saved
“ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED”
Preached by: Pastor Carolyn Sissom
Romans 11:25-27: “For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, less you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles come in. And so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, there shall come out of Zionthe Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob (Isa. 59: 20-21. For this is my covenant to them, when I shall take away their sins.”
The apostle does something here which he has done before—drops a big bomb of truth. At Rome, where the church was predominantly Gentile, he has to deal with the matter of pride and superior feelings (spiritual elitism). So this time he unveils the truth that the Gentiles will only be in the tree for a specified time. Their day of opportunity will come to an end.
The times of the Gentiles have been fantastic. The nations have risen to dazzling heights in terms of academic, technological achievements. In the Gentile era, prosperity and freedom have come to mankind wherever the gospel has been received. The Gentile believers could easily become conceited and feel their exalted position is permanent. To take the wind out of their sails, and check any conceit they might feel having the inside track with God, he tells them their present supremacy is temporary.
The Gentiles had better be careful not to lord it over God’s nation during the time of her humiliation. When one of the Lord’s children is in the woodshed, the rest had best not say, “na-na-na-na-na”.
Here Paul is speaking as a prophet with the statement that, “all Israel will be saved.” This truth could only be apprehended by direct revelation. That is why he calls it a “mystery”. There are still those today without the revelation of this “mystery”. Those who would judge her future in the light of her present distress, have no insight to God’s secret purposes. Once the full count of Gentiles (a precise number known only to God) has been saved and added to the church, the Gentile era will end and God will again restore the salvation store to the Jew.
As evidence that all Israel is to be saved, the apostle offers three confirmations from Scripture: two from the prophets and the third, God’s covenant with Abraham. Drawing from Isa. 59: 20 and the 14th Psalm, the apostle says, “the Deliverer shall come out of Zion and turn away ungodliness from Jacob. The use of the word “Jacob” is significant for it stands for fleshly Israel. It is the fallen and rejected Israel that is to be saved. The spirit of stupor and blindness which is now over her will be removed. In John 5:43, Jesus is prophesying to the Jews. “I have come in my Father’s name, and you did not receive me. If another shall come in his own name, you will receive him.” Those who come in their own name are those who are of the spirit of anti-christ.
God’s promise to Abraham is Paul’s third proof that Israel will be saved. His spiritual descendents of like- precious- faith whether Jew or Gentile will reign with Jesus.
Isa. 2: 2-5: It shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow to it. And many people shall go and say, come you, and let us go up- to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us His ways, and we will walk in His paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war any more.
Zion is where the Throne of God is eternally established and sure against all attacks of an enemy. (Ps. 2:6; 87:5)
Zion is the dwelling-place of God, where he is gloriously praised, where His doings are known. (Ps. 9:11; 74:2; 76:2)
Zion is the place where God’s most glorious praise is known because there the fullness of salvation is known in the lives of the redeemed. (Ps. 9:14)
Zion is the source of continual salvation. Those who discover Zion know the fullness of salvation, and yet learn day by day more of an increasing fullness (Ps. 14:7; 53:6; Isa. 46:13; 59:20; Joel 2:32; Rom. 11:26).
Zion is the joy of the whole earth, experienced already by many, anticipated by others, travailed after by all. (Ps. 48:2) The joy of the Lord is our strength. (Neh. 8:10)
Romans 11:28: “As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes; but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
It is easy for anti-Semitism to flourish as long as Gentiles remain ignorant of God’s program for the Jews. Those nations and peoples who have favored Israel will be favored by God. Those who have abused Israel during her humiliation will be judged. (Mt. 25:31-34): “When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats: (Ez. 14:17) And he shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say to them on His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:”
There is no way for the Lord to go back on His promises; no way for Him to change His mind about the gifts He makes or the calls He issues. There is a general principle which operates in connection with all of God’s dealings with man: once He makes a choice, He never retracts it. Once he issues a call, He never revokes it. There is no way for God to change his mind about us. There is no way for evil to frustrate the plan of God. He uses it to accomplish His purpose. However, if we go off course, and begin to teach error, we can expect to be taken home. I have seen it happen.
Romans 11: 30-32: “For as you in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God has concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.”
This verse should forever silence those Christians who are biased against Israel. Paul is admonishing us to show mercy to the Jew in the same way that we received mercy and have been saved into the program of God. That should take the wind out of the sails of all anti-Semitism, criticism, pride and arrogance toward the Jew.
God has locked all men into the sin program that he might show mercy to us all. He could have abandoned the human experiment when Adam and Eve sinned. But he didn’t. He allowed the races to appear, knowing all men would be sinners because of Adam’s fall. He deliberately let the human program roll in sin. Why? The only way to know the mercy of God is to be a sinner. Only sinners can be forgiven. And God wants all of us to know this side of His nature—by experience.
As the Lord is preparing the “church universal” for the Harvest. We, like Israel, are going to have to lay aside our conceit, spiritual pride, self-righteousness, condemnation, criticism, false judgment and (spiritual elitism) if we are to be used of the Lord for His next program of salvation.
11: 33-36: “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Or who has first given to Him and it shall be recompensed to him again? For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom is glory forever. Amen”
Having laid out God’s program for working with men and nations, the apostle is filled with such wonder that he cannot contain himself. He breaks forth in rapturous praise to God! Having laid out God’s remarkable plan for restoring Israel, his mind goes over the entire program for saving men out of a guilty world. In a single view, he beholds the history of man from Adam’s fall to Christ’s reign as King of Kings. His discussion dissolves into worship for theology is doxology or it is nothing at all. The interpreter of God’s program to man is forced to break out in spontaneous praise to God: “How Great Thou Art!”
As He does, this, he realizes it is not man’s history that is before him, but God’s wisdom! He is overwhelmed by the wisdom needed to take sinful bits of dust and raise them to the level of sons of God. How God can give sinners a free will, allow satan a free hand with them as the “god of this world,” and still end up with His will being done—is too much for the human mind. To try and figure out God’s reasoning is like a five year old trying to fathom a formula developed by the genius of an Einstein. That God can take the failures of men and nations and weave them into a program that fulfills His plan to a tee, is so incredible the apostle has to stop and say…”Praise the Lord!”
Paul borrows the question of “who has known?” from Isaiah. The ancient prophet asked who has directed God’s Spirit or who has been God’s teacher? (Isa. 40: 13, 14).
If you listen to some people they sound as if they are in a position to counsel God and act as His critic. You’ve heard their challenges to God’s wisdom: “If God is so great, why does He allow so much suffering in this world? If He’s so powerful, why can’t He see to it that people don’t go to hell? Why does He have to make people so that they sin in the first place?” With finite reasoning they seek to impugn God because they can’t figure out why He does what he does.
Not a few think they are smarter than God. Consider those who look on this world as an accident, or think that it came into being through a blind uncaused process known as “evolution.” They are exalting their wisdom above the Word of God.
Paul’s idea of God’s riches goes beyond His wisdom and knowledge. He isn’t thinking in terms of money and possessions. That’s the way the world thinks. God’s wealth consists of His ability to bless people and enrich their souls to walk in the Spirit. His wealth is unlimited and is the pearl of greatest price. No earthly king every dreamed of such wealth. It is beyond imagination to have such wealth that you can make all of your son’s kings in their own right (that’s what we are in Christ) with unlimited riches of our own. He has seen God’s purposes of lavish grace. There is still a vast universe of divine wealth beneath and beyond, out of human sight. (Isa. 40:13; Job. 41:11).
No man will ever out-give God. We can only come to God and give to Him what He has given us. He asked us to give to Him to keep our heart from hoarding, selfishness, and greed. When a man humbles himself before God, the Lord reaches out with his wealth of mercy and exalts him as a “joint heir” with undreamed riches of his own. That is why Paul said in Rom. 10:12, “God is rich unto all who call on Him!” he is the source of every blessing. He created us all with his Word and is the author of every gift we receive (Ja. 1: 17, 18). The entire creation was made by Him and for Him. He runs it to suit Himself. Paul has preached himself “happy”. “To Him be glory and honor forever!” He is standing on the Mountain top of Faith of his arguments in Romans. And we say, Amen.
The spiritual blessings promised to Abraham are received by Faith in Christ. Israel’s rejection of Christ as the Messiah temporarily resulted in her loss of being the store of salvation. However, this did not wipe out her election. They are objects of His election-love as heirs of the glorious Israel of old. The never-changing God does not take back a gift or cancel a summons.
Abraham has two kinds of seed: spiritual and natural. Those believing the Lord’s promises concerning the Messiah receive the blessings and promises. God is “Source, Guide and Goal of all that is.”
Next week we will continue with Chapter 12. Up to this point in Romans, Paul has given us the believing side of the Gospel. The next four chapters have to do with the behaving side.
Preached by: Pastor Carolyn Sissom
Quotes from K.J.V.; Text from C. S. Lovett’s Lights on Romans; F.F. Bruce Bible Commentary, Leslie Allen; Principles of Present Truth from Isaiah by: Kelly Varner. Comments and conclusions are my own and not intended to reflect the views of those from whom I have gleaned.
In 1990, the call came to start a church. We officially incorporated. In retrospect, I now know that we were chosen to be a part of the ushering in of the Third Day Glory Church. At the time, I was preaching by vision and Spirit of Revelation. As in every move of God, we came under heavy persecutions. However, the Lord was more than faithful. He raised up dear Pastors, Prophets and Ministries to stand with us. Those great warriors continue to be a part of the Eldership of this ministry.
We had incredible visitations and mighty outpourings of the Glory of God in our meetings. Hindsight now reveals that without the persecution, we would never have dug in. Also, we had to be tested by persecution in order to overcome and be proven to produce fruit 30-60-100 fold.
In 1997, my husband’s company moved us to Houston, After a much needed rest and time to reflect on what had transpired in those 7-years in Baton Rouge, the Lord again directed me to start a new work here in Houston.
This came in along with the Golden Glory Revival. The Lord did not tell me that I would be a conduit of the Golden Glory, but that I was to prophesy it. I was preparing to teach on Gift of Miracles at a community Bible Study. Our friends, Barney and Joann Fuller, mailed me the book by Ruth Ward Heflin, Golden Glory. I read the book on a flight to Los Angeles. That night I awoke, sitting straight up in my bed. The room was filled with golden angels. They were all singing the song recorded by Candy Christmas, GLORY, GLORY, GLORY, THAT’S MY STORY.”
Prior to this visitation, the Lord spoke to me around November 2000, that wherever I went, I was to declare the Glory of God.
It seems that no matter where I preach in the Bible, I end up with only one message, the declaration of the Glory of God: Feast of Tabernacles, The Holy of Holies, the Mountain of the Last Days,The Overcomer, The Sons of God, The Kingdom of God, The Joseph Company, The Bride of Christ, The 144,000, The Remnant, Those who pass under the Rod, The Branch of the Lord, Those who follow the Lamb wherever He goes, Mt. Zion, New Jerusalem, etc. etc. All of this plus more tell only one story, “GLORY GLORY GLORY.
We are an apostolic ministry as well as prophetic. Our desire is to reveal Jesus Christ in the fulness of the Majesty of His Great power and Glory
“Until we all come in the unity of the faith, of the knowledge of the son of GOD, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of CHRIST.“
Carolyn Sissom, Pastor.
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