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What about Isaiah 51 and Romans 11?

Submitted: 11/26/2005
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Question: Isaiah chapter 51 and Romans 11:25, 'So that you will not be conceited, brothers, I do not want you to be unaware of this secret: a partial hardening has come to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The Liberator will come from Zion; He will turn away godlessness from Jacob. 27 And this will be My covenant with them, when I take away their sins. 28 Regarding the gospel, they are enemies for your advantage, but regarding election, they are loved because of their forefathers, 29 since God's gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable.' Is there a Covenant outside of Acts 2:38 for natural Jews during the tribulation? I don't see how there could be. Does Isaiah 51 apply to Abraham's natural seed, spiritual seed or both?

Answer: There is no separate plan of salvation for Israeli Jews during the time of great tribulation. They must come to God through the new birth just like everyone else (John 3:5; Acts 2:38). The passage in Romans 11 tells us that God has promised to bring the gospel to the people of Israel in the last days. This means that there will be a great outpouring in Israel before the coming of the Lord. This is unique because God has not made this promise to any other ethnic group. He did not promise to send revival to the Chinese, the American Indians, the French, or the South Africans...only the people of Israel. But this is not a different plan of salvation--they must enter by the same narrow gate as all the rest of us.