TIMES TO COME : THE RESTORATION OF ISRAEL

Acts 1:6-8 – When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

The part which is in bold, underlined and in italics hasn’t happened yet – it will happen during the tribulation.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Acts 3:20-21 – and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.

Luke 21:24 – And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

The Jews are currently dispersed throughout the nations, and the current state of Israel as she stands is a shadow of her former glory where her borders stretched from Egypt right up to the Euphrates River and incorporated what is now known as Jordan and Saudi Arabia, not to mention other lands.  Apart from that, current day Israel is filled with Christ deniers, apostate Christianity, not to mention Atheists.

We are currently living in the times of the Gentiles where Jerusalem is currently being trodden down of the Gentiles – Roman Catholics, Muslims, mainline denominationalists such as the Church of England, Russian Orthodox churches, you name them, they are all there, not to mention the United Nations, there are probably American military bases there as well, not to mention British military bases, NATO, etc.

The Apostle Paul wrote concerning Israel’s current blindness :

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 has 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. – Romans 11:25-26

The reason why the Apostle Paul says that blindness IN PART has happened to Israel is because they can still be saved by his gospel today – and there are those who do believe the Apostle Paul’s gospel today who are Jews and are members of the Body of Christ – saved and sealed unto the day of redemption (the catching away of the saints, otherwise known as the rapture).

Did God cast away Israel permanently, and did He replace them with Gentiles who are now the new Jews?

Romans 11:1 – I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

This is what happened and will happen in times to come :

Romans 11:12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

Israel crucified her Messiah, she rejected His offer of the Kingdom :

Acts 2:2 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

It clearly says “Ye men of Israel”, it doesn’t say “Ye men of America”, or “Ye men of Britain”, or “Ye men of India” or “Ye men of ________” (insert applicable country).  Nor does it say “Ye men of the world”, or “Ye men everywhere”.  It’s referring to Israel, not Gentile nations who were pagans and not part of Israel’s covenant, unless they prostelysed :

Ephesians 2:12

That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Peter reiterates :

6 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

This isn’t our gospel today, plain and simple, the Bible makes it very clear who Peter is speaking to and what he is referring to, yet most of mainline Christianity take it to be written specifically to them.

Our gospel today is 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, otherwise known as the Apostle Paul’s “my gospel” which is different to Israel’s kingdom gospel.

Romans 16:25

Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Today we preach Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery revealed to the Apostle Paul by the risen Christ, we do not preach Jesus according to the Kingdom Gospel, i.e., Jesus earthly ministry where He preached the offering of the Kingdom to Israel.

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