FOR ALL>>>One of the most insidious doctrines that now permeates our Christian churches and theological seminaries, is the doctrine of Universalism--the thesis that all are welcome, that all can be accepted, that all are qualifed for under the biblical terms that outline salvation...It is this misguided and wrong thesis that has led to the rampant multiculturalism and diversity which has become the principle doctrine of Judeo-Christianity---at the expense of the truly chosen, THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL -- A people, who are still in the dark, so to speak, or as St. Paul noted when speaking to the Romans, that they (and many other Israelite/Gentiles) were yet, "blinded in part," implying that a few of these Romans being addressed, were aware of being of ancient Israel.
Romans 11:25, is one of the most telling of Bible verses, for it offers to us, facts that Paul understood, but had not been free to elaborate upon what he knew to be true, so it takes a bit of study and association to understand what he is saying to these "kinsmen" of his, these Romans...What he is saying in that verse, he also spoke in salutation to other Gentile/israelites in other letters and epistles...But it is this particular verse 25 that contains all of the main thoughts and themes of his mission to the so-called, "gentiles." Here it is:
"For I would not brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in."
Consider: Paul addresses them as "brethren." Just as he has done in many of his other letters and epistles. Why? Because Paul is from the tribe of Benjamin, and thus kin to these Romans, who, do not and did not realize yet, that they too were of the tribes of Israel....
What Paul is advising here, is an alert, about a "mystery" associated with themselves; little of which they knew or understood. Saying that they were "ignorant of this mystery" that applied to these Romans; something which, if they had known and understood earlier, might have developed into a national "conceit" on their part, an attitude which would not have been favorable to their reception of the facts and truth about themselves now -- that Paul is explaining to them here....that they had been blinded in part, to preclude this conceit from developing and inhibiting their future---but yet, a blindness that was to remain until "the fullness of the time of the Gentiles be come in."
When is this time? SInce the translators chose to use the term "Gentiles" here, rather than the real and proper term, "Nations", we are led to believe that this applies to all "non-Jews", the real definition of this Latin word, "Gentilis". But such error does not apply here, for the true depiction of what Paul is speaking about here, is Israel! And we see this from his statement that these issues are all "happened to Israel." (Why didn't he say Jews?--because most Jews Were Not Of Israel! It is that simple) It is the Nations or Tribes of Israel that is to "come in," not the entire, non-Jewish world!
This "fullness of the times" appears in the Bible in one other instance: when He came the first time. "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law." (Gal.4:4) Then Paul says that He came to "redeem them that were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." (v.5)
Now, who was it that was "under the law"? Well, only those who were present at Mt. Sinai, when the God of Israel heard the people say that they would abide His laws in covenant...Only Israel was present at Mt. Sinai, and only Israel was put under the law, and as a consequence, only Israel will be judged by the Law. No others, Indians, Eskimos, Mayans, Africans, etc, were present at Mt. Sinai.
But, we can see in this term, the fullness of the times, a commonality today to the "time" when Jesus came the first time. The world was dominated by Roman power, a common currency, wide taxation of the known world, military might dominating the lives of most, and a universal language that most understood within the boundaries of the regions controlled by Rome...International trade was enabled by Roman roads and sailing ships, and the people were practicing multiple religions, as freedom of religion was prevalent, with multiple "gods" worshipped and citizens needs satisfied with sporting events of phyisical mayhem and rampant hedonism.
Into such times, we find that Jesus first appeared...Today, is there much difference in what has become so common; in the domination by one nation and its influence over the world, so pronounced? Have our sporting events become as hedonistic and diverting? Is the time so similar to that first appearance that we should anticipate His coming? Into the "fullness of the time of the Gentiles"?
(FYI--Goyim is the Hebrew word that has been mistakenly transliterated into several other words in English as well, Pagan, Another, Gentile, Heathen, People-- which lends considerable confusion over who is who in the Bible - but a separate subject)
Now, lets consider one more aspect in this verse 25: '...the fullness of the (time) of the Gentiles (or nations). It is apparent that it refers to a period in which we can see an end, or conclusion, a termination of an historic period--in other words, a closing of a Biblical age in which the Nations of Israel would no longer be in the dark so to speak, but awakening to their origins -- to their ancient association with the Nation of Israel as the lost sheep of the house of Israel !
It is the end of the age in which these 'gentile' nations have held sway by virtue of having been exactly who they were! The recipients of the Covenant Promises which God had made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel---something that only few of them ever understood, as few do yet today -- that the nations of Europe -- in their historic westward trek over the centuries, were exactly the people whom the Bible calls them: the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel....
A people now finally gathered in one location, in North America, as has been prophetically announced so often in the Bible, and as confirmed by God when He advised David through Nathan, at a time when ancient Israel was living in peace and quiet in Palestine. For, here, God speaks to His great Plan for them -- that He would finally settle them in their own land, and "move no more." In fact God's words on this promise are so emphatic, that they appear twice, in almost identical wording: First in II Samuel 7:10>
"Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will 'plant' them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime."
"Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more as in the beginning."(1 Chronicles 17:9)
The Romans were then, (and we) are the self same people to whom Jesus directed His disciples to "ONLY GO" (Matt.10:6) and the same people to whom He advised the Canaanite woman (And us) that He was ONLY SENT! (Matt: 15:24)
"But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."(Matt.10:6)
"But He answered and said, I am sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."(Matt:15:24)
Now, what do such statements do to this Judeo-Christian theme of Universalism and its attendant, multiculturalism and diversity? We as Israel have been held in captivity by our in-house 'Adversaries' (Sawtawn in Hebrew),* for some decades, and now one can see how anxious and determined our captors have become today. The entire Christian world has been subdued by talmudic interference in the doctrines of Christianity until the faith has become merged, or rather, submerged into that new religion, Judeo-Christianity, which assumes that the Jews gave us our Faith, that Christianity rose up out of Judaism and that we "owe" the Jews for this Faith...Judeo-Chrisitianity is a true oxymoron and the two faiths are diametrically opposed, despite the claims of our blinded in part, Evangelical preachers who tout these alien Adversaries as being the "chosen".... The Prophet Jeremiah had something to say about this point in his time, and it is applicable today:
"My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have cause them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains, they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place."(Jer.50:6)
FYI: Mountains are Biblically symbolic of governments, and hills, lesser governments, and yes, we have forgotten our resting place!
*Sawtawn, the Hebrew meaning of the word Adversary, a common noun, was transliterated by ancient translators of the Catholic Church and the Talmudists into the proper noun, "Satan." Subsequent translators did the same with the Greek of the New Testament, for when the Greek word "Diabolos", meaning false accuser, a common noun, appeared, they chose to transliterate it into "Devil" -- a proper noun, and in both cases, making these adversaries and false accusers into demonic entities-- We should wonder who gave these early translators such leeway and authority?
(Or, did God purposely permit such deviancy in the Word simply to hide the Truth that must be dug out of the Word by the truly interested, the true seekers?) Just as He advises we should to in Isaiah 28:9-11.
Some of you will say after reading this, "Suppose We Are Israel -- What difference does it make"? Well, let one former Professor, a DD, say Why -- for he also experienced this awakening to the Truth: **
"It is not, therefore, within the province of man to go through the Book, sorting and picking, this and that which he proposes to accept and say with regard to the remainder, What difference does it make? To do so is the height of presumption--and insults stulfies one's own Spiritual intelligence. What difference does it make? bespeaks an attenuated idea of the Scriptures, and the great purpose of God in furnishing them to mankind: or, a closed mind; or, a spiritual indolence that does not want to be disturbed."
'However, in the fact that we are Israel, there is opened a vast field of Biblical knowledge upon which many eminent scholars have bestowed years of careful study and painstaking research. There, in the Word, is presented, for our enlightenment, a great volume of information, involving the origin and history of the various races of the earth, the Divine plan for the ages, the division of the world into the Israel and non-Israel nations, the marvelous covenants made by God, the exceeding broad sweep of the atonement, the place allotted the Church in God's world program, the meaning and movement of the present world crisis, who constitute the Kingdom of God on earth, what it will be when it comes, Israel's work for the new age, and the new order under the reign of Christ and the ultimate restitution of all things which which were lost in Eden."
The author goes on to say: "The Israel nations, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, the British Commonwealth, the United States of America and Kindred nations, are the only nations on earth which have made the law of God, the Ten Commandments, the common law of the land; the only nations which have established their form of government after the model given at Mt. Sinai with its constitution, laws, statutes and judments.
Does the fact that a man is saved eternally, preclude the possiblity of his appreciating the civil blessings that he enjoys under the Abrahamic covenants in these Israel countries? A short sojourn in the heathen lands of the antichrists and pagans would show the difference and is quite convincing.
The man who has his eyes on the skies in contemplation of the glories, honors and emoluments which God will confer in the life to come, cannot serve God or his own highest spiritual welfare by spurning the honors which God has bestowed upon him, here on earth, as one of His Israel people. It does not require great research to find a host of texts in which God reveals the exalted position given to His chosen race. Here are but two but what they says is certainly telling:
"But Now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name, thou are Mine."(Isaiah 43:1)
"You only have I known of all the families of the earth:..."Amos 3:2)
Thanks for Listening.
J. Richard Niemela
Col. USAF (Ret)
**Source- "Suppose We Are Israel" by James S. Mcgaw D.D.