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Saturday, July 9 2016
Romans 10: When Will Israel Be Saved?
"Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved ... But they have not all obeyed the Gospel"
The family of Jacob, who the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) renamed as "Israel," were born from various people of the nations of the world as a living prophecy of how the Kingdom of God will be inhabited by "born again" people of all nations of the world (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). That's what the true Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God is all about (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach? and The Only Political Party That's Going To Survive).
The united kingdom of Israel, and then the separated Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah), failed to live up to their prophetic calling. They fell back into the unconverted world from which they came - and so they fell out of existence (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes and Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: Back To Babylon).
The people of the Kingdom of Judah (the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi; see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) returned from their Babylonian exile seventy years later (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Return Of Judah), but thereafter rendered the Way of the LORD into a mere nationalized religion for themselves. It was based upon the actual Truth that they were given, but they moreover made it into little more than observances of their own national traditions (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
It was from that state of self-inflicted blindness, that Paul himself had be cured of (see Paul's Blindness Lesson), that Paul spoke of when he said "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved." That is going to happen, in due time (see the Fact Finder question below).
"10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Fact Finder: (a) Who of "Israel" (and of all of the rest of humanity) have already been called? (b) When will the true meaning of "Zion" happen?
This Day In History, July 9
118: Hadrian, Rome's new emperor, made his entry into the city (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).
455: Avitus, the Roman military commander in Gaul, became Emperor of the West.
869: A magnitude 8.6 earthquake and resultant tsunami devastated the area around Sendai in the northern part of Honshu, Japan.
1228: Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury, died. It was Langton who formulated the original division of the Bible into chapters - the original Scriptures had no "chapters and verses" (see The Lesson Of Man-Made Chapters).
1386: In the Swiss-Swabian wars, Leopold III and his 6,000-strong Austrian army were defeated by a force of 1,600 Swiss pikemen at the battle of Sempach in a display of superior tactics.
1540: The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves, his fourth wife, was annulled by an Anglican convocation (with Henry as the self-appointed head of the Church of England, his annulment request was sure to be "granted").
1686: The League of Augsburg was formed with the alliance of the Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), Spain, Sweden and Saxony against the French King Louis XIV.
1790: The Swedish navy captured one third of the Russian fleet at the naval battle of Svensksund in the Baltic Sea.
1810: Holland was annexed by Napoleon after Louis Napoleon, his brother, abdicated from the throne.
1816: Argentina's independence from Spain was declared at the Congress of Tucuman.
1900: The Commonwealth of Australia was established, uniting the separate colonies under a federal government.
1944: After a month-long battle (that began with the D-Day invasion on June 6), British and Canadian forces captured most of the town of Cain in France.
1947: The engagement of Britain's Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth II) to Lt. Philip Mountbatten was announced.
1958: Lituya Bay, Alaska was hit by the highest tsunami in recorded history: 524 meters (over 1,700 feet) high.
1959: The uprising at Wadi Salib, a slum in the formerly Arab section of Haifa, Israel. Oriental Jews, mostly Moroccans, rioted in protest against their poor situation in Israeli society, in which they claimed that European Jews were favored.
1960: 7 year old Roger Woodward became the first person to survive an accidental fall over Niagara Falls.
1962: The "Starfish Prime" high-altitude nuclear test. A nuclear bomb was detonated 250 miles above the earth, over the Pacific Ocean. It was one of five U.S. nuclear bombings of space.
1979: Voyager 2 encountered the Jupiter system after nearly 2 years of sailing through interplanetary space.
2002: The African Union was established.