WILL ALL ISRAEL BE SAVED?

Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Are we looking at a stumbling stone which has been placed in front of the church? We need to get to the bottom of this.  These verses can provide a satisfied feeling for the spiritually lazy in God’s church. After all “I’m a blood-line Israelite, (or have been grafted into Israel), so I WILL be saved,” the thoughts might go.  But what are these verses really saying?   In Romans 10:1, “desire” is Strong’s #2107, meaning “satisfaction, i.e., (subj.) delight or (obj.) kindness…”  Paul was only stating his “wish” and even felt so strongly about this subject that he prayed that he was willing to sacrifice his own salvation in order that all Israel MIGHT be saved.  However, his prayer has an overtone of despair  that the WHOLE of Israel was not salvageable.  Read Romans 9:2-3:

Romans 9:2-3: I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race.” (NIV)

An old English proverb says, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”  Wishing DOES NOT equal fact.   Look at 2 Peter 3:9 again.  God is not willing that any should perish, but each human must make a voluntary decision:

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

God puts the choice before each of us, but where is there any hint of coercion as to which way we choose?

Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

This is a quotation from Isaiah which we will come back to later.  First, look at Romans 9:27:

Romans 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

“Remnant” in this verse in Romans is Strong’s # 2640 meaning “remainder, i.e., (by impl.) a few- remnant.”  Is this a CONTRADICTION?  Romans 11: 26 says “ALL Israel shall be saved,” while Romans 9:27 says “a REMNANT shall be saved.”  Note that BOTH verses are quotes from Isaiah.

What did Isaiah cry?

Isaiah 10:20 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the remnant (#7605) of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.

21 The remnant shall return, [even] the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God. 22 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, [yet] a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.

23 For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.

24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.

This is talking about a physical salvation (verse 20).

“Remnant” in these verses from Isaiah is Strong’s # 7605, meaning “a remainder:-X other, remnant, residue, rest.”

“Return” in verse 21 is Strong’s # 7725 meaning “to turn back…”

Verse 22, “consumption” is Strong’s # 3631, meaning “pining” or “destruction…”

Verse 23, “consumption” is Strong’s #3617, meaning “a completion; (full, utter) end, riddance…”

Verse 24  talks about the Assyrian.  This scenario is describing the same events as in Ezekiel 5.  This “remnant” is described as a “few” in Ezekiel 5:3.  Isaiah 10:22 and surrounding verses are talking about a physical saving, but is most certainly dual in meaning.

But Romans 9:26-28 must be talking about both physical and spiritual salvation.  If Paul KNEW that all Israel was assured of salvation, why was he so VERY CONCERNED about their fate in verse 29, where he viewed their fate as that of Sodom and Gomorra.

Rom 9:26  And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

27  Isaiah also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

28  For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

29  And as Isaiah said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrah.

Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

Paul was so concerned about Israel’s salvation that he was praying about it.  Yet, it is preached vehemently in the Churches of God today as FACT that ALL ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED.

Now look at Romans 11:26:

Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Now why do Christians make a big thing out of this, twist it, and pervert it?  Like I said earlier, it is a cop-out for the spiritually lazy.  There are also those who are super-sensitive and cannot visualize God as being so STERN as to not save everyone.

Paul said that “all Israel shall be saved, as it is written…”  Now exactly how and where is it written?  Look at the source of this quote:

Isaiah 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

“Transgression” is NOT sin, or lawlessness.  It is Strong’s #6588, which means “a REVOLT…”  There IS another revolt ahead in God’s Church.  What will your position be?

The Redeemer is coming to the Church to save those who turn from their revolt. Are we  naive enough to think that “all Israel” will turn from their revolt?  He will not save the non-repentant.  More will be said about the non-repentant toward the end of this article.

We are all aware of what a “revolt” is.  They are endlessly in the news of recent years.  Now we have a coming, yet future, “revolt” inside God’s Church.  What are they revolting against?  Certainly not Satan!  That only leaves God, and His pure written word. Test yourself. What is your reaction to knew knowledge about scripture that doesn’t fit within your comfort zone and challenges your understanding? Are you motivated by the “love of the truth” spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2:10 to dig into your bible in an impartial effort to prove or disprove any new knowledge?

2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they might be saved.

Note that LOVE of the truth is required for salvation and it does NOT SAY that only a specific source (i.e. an “ordained” minister) can present it.  Truth IS truth.

Let’s look at another verse that is used as a cop-out to be spiritually lazy:

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

“Longsuffering” is Strong’s #3114, meaning “forbearing” or “patient…”  God goes to the ultimate degree waiting on us to repent.  Notice that if you DO NOT REPENT, you will PERISH.  But HE runs up against the human immune system against any new understanding which is presented by anyone who is not “credentialed and ordained.”  Notice Revelation 3:20:

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

But the HUMAN has to open the door.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

“Willing” in 2 Peter 3:9 is Strong’s # 1014 means “to “will” i.e. (reflex) be willing, – be disposed…”

“Perish” is Strong’s # 622, meaning “to destroy FULLY…”

“Repentance” is Strong’s # 3341, meaning “compunction (for guilt, includ. reformation)…”

God is NOT willing that any should perish, but He plainly says that they will perish if they do not change.

How on earth can anyone read Romans 11:26, 2 Peter 3:9, Romans 10:1 and come to the conclusion that ALL Israel will be saved?  How much of the Bible do you toss away to maintain this conclusion?  We had better pay attention to the exact word of God.

Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

Yes!  This IS Paul’s deep desire, that ALL Israel might be saved, because he understood that only a remnant would be saved in the end.

Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Brethren, can we take the first seven words of this verse out of its context and totally eliminate the rest of the verse, which explains it clearly?  Can we lift this seven word phrase completely out of the original context in Isaiah from which Paul quoted it?  That is like proving that Rebecca smoked because she “lighted off her camel!”

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Revelation 20:12 states that we will be judged by what is “written in the books, according to their (our) works.”   We had better take these verses seriously to heart before we go changing the meaning of scripture.

Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

This is a CLEAR statement of God’s attitude toward human salvation. God has put these verses in the Bible as a stumbling stone to trip up “Christians.”  The SPIRIT leads into truth:

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

“Guide” is Strong’s # 3594, meaning “to show the way (lit. or fig.) teach, guide, lead.”

Did you ever try to lead an animal that did not want to go?  The Bible makes clear the fact that humans are just animals if they are not developing their Godly potential.

Look closely at Luke 16:31:

Luke 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

If you have the written word in front of you, THAT IS ALL YOU GET.  God is looking for the people who are willing to accept HIS WORD on face value!  For humans, this may be the ultimate act of FAITH. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please Him.

To anyone who wants to insist that “all Israel will be saved” on the flimsy verses we have discussed, would you please answer the following questions:

Could Revelation 21:8 refer to a sizable number of people or just a few of each group described?

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Is Revelation 22:15 referring to a handful out of Israel (or all humanity)?

Revelation 22:15 For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Does Revelation 20:8 describe the fate of gentiles only?

Revelation 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them

How great a number IS “the sand of the seashore”? Isaiah 10:21 is a Bible definition comparing “the sand of the seashore” to Israel’s population in the end-time:

Isaiah 10:21 The remnant shall return, [even] the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God. 22 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, [yet] a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.

Revelation 3:20 DOES NOT indicate that Christ will KICK THE DOOR DOWN in order to go in and SAVE these people.  Is Christ knocking on your door right now?

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

The whole Sardis church era only produces a FEW who qualify for salvation. Does this “few” consist of ALL Israelites, and NO gentiles?

Revelation 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

“Few” is Strong’s #3641 meaning, “puny, (in extent, degree, number, duration or value).”

Let’s be realistic.  Are we going to call this mighty God a LIAR and continue to worship this false god that we have created in our own minds who we think is going to force salvation on almost everyone?  Remember, He forced “salvation” on Satan and the demons because He created them perfect, yet what did He get?

What about the tares in the greater Church of God?  Will God save them just because WE twist and pervert the scriptures, especially Romans 10:1, 11:26, and 2 Peter 3:9?   Review the top of page one.  Christ SAYS the tares will be BURNED:

Matthew 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

Will we DEFY our Savior and insist that they be saved?   If you know anything about gardening or farming,  these tares must be at least half of any congregation.

WHY are these tares burned?  They are CHILDREN OF THE DEVIL.  Jesus Christ himself says so:

Matthew 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one];

Are you going to disregard 1 Peter 4:18 also?

1 Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Are we going to demand that Christ go by OUR rules, or are we going to believe what HE says?

We had better take this seriously.  This mighty God who caused these words to be written  offers salvation freely, but on HIS OWN TERMS, not ours.  He NEVER forces; we must be completely voluntary.  Reject this and you are rejecting the pure word of God.

Published November 9, 1996

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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