Israel A Branch of God’s People Broken Off

{Note:  did you know this is also session #24 in Bible Studies in Jeremiah?}

The book of Romans is far from being simple; but it is understandable for
those who have sufficient meat eating capabilities in the Word, and who
also have the courage to face up to the realities of total truth independent
of the pressures of the crowd of the world and the extreme tolerance
concept of the American Democratic Faith. To start getting your head on
Scripture screwed on straight, you might begin to answer the question,
"Who Broke off Israel as a Branch?" and the obvious answer is "God".
Surely Paul says more about His own people of the Hebrew nation, and
their fate as the once called {not the same as chosen} people of God; first
wrestling with the issue of "what good is it to be a Jew then?" and then by
saying "in every way, since to them were committed the oracles of God"
(Romans 3:1-2), and making the next logical step {sort of a culmination of
how they ceased to be the primary chosen people of God in Romans
chapter 11), the reality that "they were the natural branch broken off"
(Romans 11:20)

1. The Jewish people were at the time of Christ and the book of
Romans, like a natural branch but broken off from God.

"Because of unbelief THEY WERE BROKEN OFF, and you stand by
faith. Do not be haughty, but fear." (Romans 11:20)

NOTE: Paul does not pause to explain why you Christians in
churches of Gods people today should "fear"; for Paul is hastening
on in his argument to the status, or lack of status, of the Jews {the
word "Jew" originated early in the history of the Hebrew nation as
short for Jerusalem, of a resident of Jerusalem, and really did not
take on any bad connotations until after the destruction of Jerusalem
and Judah in 722 B.C. when those passing by shook their head at
what it was now as compared to what it use to be} or Hebrews as
the people of God, does every now in then remind Gods present
people that the same thing could easily happen to them. And of
course, we know from the teachings on the great apostasy of
Christianity called the Falling Away {II Timothy 4:3,4 and II
Thessalonians}, it is right now in the fourth of five stages of the
Falling Away.

2. At any time after the time of Christ and of the writing of Romans,
the Jews could be "grafted back in" as part of the people of God, all
they have to do in a small group or a large group "believe in the Lord
Jesus Christ" as Saviour and Lord, the Son of God.

"And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grated in,
for God is able to graft them in again." (Romans 11:23)

NOTE: The emphasis here is on, "God is able to graft them in again";
of course, even God is not able, for He has placed those constraints
upon Himself in the nature of His own character, to graft them back in
without belief!

3. You must know that "not all Israel is of Israel" (Romans 9:6)

In the nature of progressive revelation {a little at a time each generation
until the most complete from Christ and the Apostles}, it was in the book
of Jeremiah that it was finally and clearer identified that Gods chosen
people were defunct of acceptance with God; and further that the LORD
of hosts of Gentiles and Jews would for generations to come after Christ,
chose a people made up of more Gentiles than Jews, that is right up until
the time that the fullness of the Gentiles (Romans 11:25) was completed,
the time that we are in or approaching right now since surely "the gospel
has been preached to every nation".

4. Amazingly the Bible Studies of www.biblecombibleman.com {the
official web site of SunGrist_Bible} on Jeremiah during the last 2
years have come together with the well-known "Top 12 Topics of the
Bible". It happened right here on the eighth topic of "What Happened
to the Jews as the Chosen People of God." In short, right here in
Jeremiah with the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah as God used
Babylon and King Nebuchadnezzar to carry out His plan for Captivity
and Destruction. {It was almost complete destruction of Jerusalem
with some residents left, and scattered, also destitute in the rest of
the nation of Judah.}

(1). As the same time, Daniel over in Babylon was asking and getting an
answer to "what is going to happen to my own people"; and with those
specifics we will treat them in a section to follow.
(2). Also the Prophet Zechariah gave us a lot of details and specifics on
the numbers that would be both "called and chosen" of the Jews people;
that also we will look at in a separate section. {Many of your pastors and
Bible teachers do not have the courage to deal with these details, likewise
many of the commentator chickens dodge the issues.}  And please do not
give up on our Bible Studies through the "Top 12 Topics of the Bible",
especially now that it is coming together with Bible Studies in Jeremiah;
for now the Bible moves rapidly to complete the progressive revelations
with the last 4 topics:

9. What Happened to the Jews as the Chosen People of God?
10. The Salvation of God.
11. The New King of the New Israel.

NOTE: More than even in this Top Topic #9, the Top Topic #11
identifies what the New Israel is; and that part of the Old Testament
from the Prophets is what you will find quoted quite often in the book
of Romans. Also identifies what the New King, the Lord Jesus Christ,
is like; and what kind of kingdom He will establish at His first coming,
give a permanent home on the new earth at His Second Coming.

9-1: What Happened to Israel as the Chosen People of God?

There are many biblical aspects to this question that make the answer far
from simple, but the "troubling of souls" by false prophets and "itching
ears" Bible teachers of the Messianic Judaism movement demand that
this such a difficult issue be properly tackled according to the Bible.
What happened, just based on the Scripture above of the Word of God, is
that the Jews or Hebrews as a total people were broken off from God as
the people of God, like a broken branch off the tree of God; of course,
there was and was right up until the time of the Apostle Paul "a remnant"
of Gods people among the Hebrews, some of the more famous being our
forefathers in the faith like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the Apostles.
Surely from the first century right up until now, there has been a very small
group of believing Jews as part of that generation by generation remnant;
in fact, I can think of several like Hyman Appleman, a converted Christian
Jew and evangelist, who for years led in Baptist Revivals.

1. There is to balance to the understanding of this subject, without a
simultaneous consideration that ALWAYS IN THE HISTORY OF GOD’
S DEALINGS WITH MAN, THERE HAS
BEENADIFFERENCEBETWEEN THE "CALLED" OF GOD AND THE
"CHOSEN" OF GOD.

"Many are called, but few are chosen." (Matthew 22:14)

The ones who are faithful Christians are both "called and chosen" (Rev 17:
12).

2. Like in this verse above from a parable told by Jesus, it is
impossible to understand what happened to the Hebrew people apart
from the understanding of parables. That is the reason that parables
one way or another dominant the eighth topic of the Top 12 Topics of
the Bible,"What happened to the Jews as the chosen people of God?"

The OT and Jesus explain the nature of parables (Isaiah 6:9,10, Matthew
13:14,15, and Mark 4:12). This is also one of the prime messages that
Jesus brought to His own nation hundreds of years later, and is a key to
understanding both the way Jesus taught by parables as well as
understanding of the whole Bible itself. Jesus, with introductory words
before He quotes Isaiah 6:9,10, explains to His twelve disciples the
reason for parables is to allow members of the kingdom to understand the
mysteries of the kingdom of God as given in the OT {and NT}, but how to
all "outsiders" all spiritual things come in parables. Then Jesus quotes
Isaiah.

"so that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may
hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be
forgiven them." (Mark 4:12 and Isaiah 6:9,10)

3. This verse is quoted from Isaiah 6, and before that in Isaiah 5:1,7 is
the Scripture Jesus quoted to tell the parable of the wicked
vinedresser with Israel as the nation who rejected the rightful owner
of the vineyard (Isaiah 5:1,7, Matthew 21:33, and Mark 12:2).

"For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the
men of Judah are His pleasant plant. He looked for justice, but
behold, oppression; for righteousness, but behold, a cry for help."
(Isaiah 5:7)

Gods complaint against the people through this Prophet as with the other
Prophets was consistently a complaint against their justice and
righteousness. No wonder when we come to Daniel, and with an answer
to Daniel’s prayers about what will happen to his people that at that time
are in Chadian Captivity, Daniel through Gabriel and then the Son of Man
{a common term for Christ} is informed that shortly after the life of Christ
the nation of Israel will become spiritually desolate.

Even as it will be stated often in the LEARN CHRIST commentaries that
in each book of the Bible, "the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of
the individual parts", likewise for the Bible as a whole, the sum total of a
parable is more than you see and hear, the addition beyond the sum of
the individual parts is perception, understanding, and forgiveness of sins.
Disciples are to get the full message beyond the sum of the individual
parts, but those outside the kingdom will not. Israel of the first century
suspected, but did not know, that soon with the "abomination of
desolations" of Daniel would lose forever the ability to see the whole,
except for approximately 100,000 Jews that were converted before the
cutoff, God and Christ through the Apostle Paul, the Hebrew of the
Hebrews, turning to the Gentiles to begin the thousands of years toward
the Fullness of the Gentiles.

9-2: Rachel’s Children Are "No More" in Matthew 2:18/Jeremiah 31:15.

1. "No More" refers to the slaughter of children with men and women at
Ramah, north of Jerusalem during the earlier Assyrian Invasion.Rachel, a
wife of Jacob {Israel} and mother of Joseph and grandmother of the tribes
of Ephraim and Manasseh {the sons of Joseph} who settled north of
Jerusalem, is the personified Israel; and what happen to the children of
Israel them, and later, is the personified fate of the whole nation of Israel
in the sight of God.  It always impacts a nation hardest when they know
that their children are gone away!
2. "No More" children of Israel refers to the killing by Herod of all the male
children of Bethlehem.
3. "No More" children of Israel of Gods people was a judgment passed by
God in Jeremiah, and executed at a specified time in the first century.
God always in the history of the Prophets sends two or more signs to
show (1) that He is still in control and active in world affairs, and (2) to
make more public a long range decision, and judgment, He has made in
present terms that they can understand. He sent one in Rama as he
allowed the Assyrians to destroy men, women, and children in the district;
He sent another after the birth of Jesus as He allowed the children below
the age of two to be killed in the district of Bethlehem; however where He
was trying to draw attention was in that the nation had eternally lost their
place as the children of God.

9-3: Israel no longer Blessed of God as a Nation of Gods People.

Gentile nations like the United States have obviously been blessed of
God, at least up until 9/11, China and Europe have been blessed, even
Russia to a larger extent than Israel; however Israel lives now in insecurity
and fear. They are surrounded by their Muslim-Arab enemies: Isabella to
the north, Gaza to the west and the West Bank to the East; and out of
Egypt to the south came many of the 9/11 radical Muslim bombers. Then
Iran a short flying distance, or missile distance away, has threatened their
destruction.
1. The Periods of Isaiah and a little in Jeremiah were the point of no return
for them in blessings from God. You might call Jeremiah their "last
chance" which they turned down.
2. Oh yes, there was the restoration which 70 years after Captivity, but
that was in order to have Jesus of Nazareth born in the nation as the
ultimate oracle of God; and never did the nation received the blessings of
God to be a kingdom again like under Solomon. This is symbolized by the
miserable simile of the Temple of the Restoration, or even the Temple of
today. Never again will they be a world leader in anything until after the
Second Coming of Christ as the New Jerusalem is lowered from heaven;
and with God and Christ dwelling among the new people of the
established kingdom of God on earth, then the Jewish Apostles of Jesus
from Jerusalem when establish the new government over the nations of
the Gentiles.
3. Then there was the second restoration in 1947 as Jews were brought
back to Palestine; however they have never lived in peace, nor will they
ever live in peace because of the extent to which they fell away from God
during the time of Jeremiah. And they were warned at least 163 years,
dating all the way back to not only Isaiah but also Joel and Hoshea.
4. And it is not that the nation of Israel did not want to reestablish that
covenant relationship with God as a nation, it is just that they could not!
God made it impossible for them after the destruction of Jerusalem.
Except for a few Jews, God has sent "blindness" on the nation so that
they can not see the way back to God. {At least until after the "fulness" of
the Gentiles.}

"....blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fulness of the
Gentiles has come in." (Romans 11:25b)

9-4: Isaiah dolled out the method, Daniel and Zechariah presented
details.

While it is the Prophet Isaiah, quoted and explained by Jesus, that told the
method of blindness; it is the Prophets Daniel and Zechariah that gave the
specific numbers of the "in part" blindness. Yes, it happened during the
time of Jeremiah; but Daniel was a contemporary, among the early
Babylonia captives out of Jerusalem, and who from Babylon wrote of
"what would happen to his own people."
1. Isaiah foretold of the blindness and the method of stumbling over a
rock of offence. What God provided for the salvation of the world, the
majority of the Jews, officials and otherwise, just could not take. That God
would select a man of low means born in the town of Bethlehem and
raised in Nazareth, and a carpenter to boot, to be the new king of the new
kingdom; and to provide rescue for all Israel of Jews and Gentiles by a
despised method of death, that of on the cross. It was, and still is, just too
much for them to take.
(1). Most of Israel has been blinded by God since the days of Isaiah and
Jeremiah, and beginning earlier.

"God has given them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see
and ears that they should not hear, to this very day." (Romans 11:8,
Deuteronomy 29:4, and Isaiah 29:10)

(2). Most of Israel continues to stumble over the rock of offence which is
Jesus of Nazareth and the cross. Jesus had no status, no wealth, no
visible kingdom; and they still just can not take that! {How could God be so
cruel to them, they thought and still think, to withhold another materialistic
and influential in the world kingdom like during the days of David and
Solomon!}

"What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue
righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the
righteousness of faith; but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness,
has not attained to the law of righteousness.

Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the
works of the law {today we still have many of Messianic Judaism and
are trying to revive "works of the law" for salvation, that Peter and
James dealt with as a source that was troubling souls in the Great
Jerusalem Circumcision Conference}. For they stumbled at that
stumbling stone.

As it is written: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of
offence, and whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."
(Romans 9:30-33 and Isaiah 8:14 and Isaiah 28:16)

(3). Yet it is more that the Gentiles were allowed to see the salvation of
God, more than the Jews were simply denied; and since you might
wonder how God did that, it was through the work of the Holy Spirit. God
through the Spirit was very selective among the people in the world where
He "convicted the world of sin, of righteousness, and judgment." And still
is until the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit from earth {II Thessalonians 2:7}.

"To whom He was not announced {the Gentiles and Jesus}, and
those who have not heard shall understand." (Romans 15:21 and
Isaiah 52:15)

2. Zechariah predicted that after Christ only one third of the Jews would
be allowed to believe, part of the "in part"; that two thirds of the Jews
exactly would continue to remain blind, and even the one-third--so strong
was the rejection of the nation during the days of Jeremiah, that this one-
third, you know centered around the Apostles and those others of the first
and second century persecuted for faith in Jesus, the one-third would only
believe with persecution. {You see Gods people blew it during the days of
Jeremiah; finalizing in the forsaking of God and the building of alternative
cisterns of salvation as a substitute of the God that had blessed them for
so many years since Egypt, yet this was only the culmination of years of
forsaking and alternatives.}   They just plain lost any entitlement as a
nation to be called the people of God as they no longer had that
relationship with the Great Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. You see
you must discriminate in your thinking as God finally did after a thousand
years of trying to work with the nation of Israel. You can not think of the
whole nation then--in the time of Jeremiah, in the wilderness, in the time of
Jesus, and now--like you think of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jesus, the
Apostles, and many others of our selected forefathers in the faith. Some
of these new movements like Messianic Judaism are sentimental but
misleading: nothing any better than what you see right now in Palestine is
going to happened to the Jews, except on the New Earth as the New
Jerusalem is lowered down from heaven and under the leadership of the
dwelling on earth God and Lord Jesus Christ, the Jewish Apostles are
going from the New Jerusalem to govern the surrounding kingdoms of the
Gentiles. {Of course, these are only Gentiles that have become part
through the generations of history of the new kingdom through the new
birth!}
3. While it is Daniel that spells out most of the details of Jewish rejection,
including the "day of abomination" when Jerusalem, like in Jeremiah, was
again destroyed, and the Temple; it is the Prophet Zechariah that gives us
the percentages, 2/3 of the nation die, 1/3 are redeemed but only with
persecution.

9-5: This Future Preference for Gentiles was Announced in Jeremiah.
Yet is it most clearly stated in Hosea:

"I will call them My people, who were not My people, and her beloved,
who was not beloved. And it shall come to pass in the place where it
was said to them, ‘You are not My people," there they shall be called
sons of the living God.’" (Hosea 2:23 and Romans 9:25,26)

9-6: Only worse for Israel until the old earth ending attack on
Jerusalem.

As stated earlier, Israel is already surrounded by her enemies that
demand her destruction, and there is absolutely no reason to think, from
current history or the Bible, that it is going to get anything but worse. We
know that it is a gigantic army that will come against Jerusalem and the
"camp of the saints" {no doubt a camp outside Jerusalem of the United
States and allies}, the core of which already exists in all the radical
Muslims that wish to destroy Israel, and which must for some yet
undisclosed reason {perhaps oil, or the UN trying to prevent them from
starting World War III}, must be joined with such superpowers as China,
Iran, and Russia.

NOTE: If they continue to make the whole world mad except the United
States, the army could be joined by almost any large and powerful nations
in the world. One reason could be that the United Nations desires to stop
Israel from precipitating the third world war, say with an attack on Iran
because of nuclear weapons.

But do not be deceived, according to the record of Revelation {Revelation
20:7}, it is not a war of the world against Israel and the U.S. that will
destroy the old earth with nuclear weapons {they will not help any}, but the
Bible is clear that "God will rain down fire from heaven."

"Now when the thousand years {not one thousand years and not a
millennium, but an extremely long time: goodness, it has already been
over two thousand years since the coming the Holy Spirit bound
Satan} have expired, Satan will be released {Satan bound with the
coming of the Holy Spirit on the first day of Pentecost after the
Resurrection and released as the Holy Spirit is withdrawn from earth,
according to II Thessalonians 2:7} from his prison and will go out to
deceive the nations {well under way right now with many "men of
sin" who want to destroy Israel and stand in a temple like God} which
are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them
together to battle, who number is as the sand of the sea. They went
up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints
{obviously a population of Christians like in the U.S. but camped
outside Jerusalem} and the beloved city. And fire came down from
God out of heaven and devoured them." (Revelation 20:7-9)

NOTE: You might notice that the great innumerable army of the world first
surrounds and attacks the army camp of the saints, then Jerusalem.

9-7: Jeremiah, Daniel, and Zechariah work together to Predict Jewish
history.

1. Daniel reads in Jeremiah of the 70 years of absolute desolation for
Jerusalem.

"In the first year of his reign {reign of Darius the Persian over
Babylon} I, Daniel, understood by the books {books of the Old
Testament} the number of the years specified by the word of the
LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish
seventy years in the desolation of Jerusalem." (Daniel 9:1-9)

2. Daniel makes intercessory prayer with confession of sins for the nation.
Daniel in prayer and confession reviewed the history of the children of
Israel before the destruction of Jerusalem in Jeremiah, admitting for the
nation the transgression of Gods laws, the departure from God not to
obey His voice (Daniel 9:11), "therefore the curse and the oath written in
the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us,
because we have sinned against Him." {We have in this prayer and
confession one of the best summaries of the history of the Jewish people
up to the destruction of Jerusalem from God through the Babylonians.}

3. Yet beyond the 70 years, it will take 70 more weeks (Daniel 9:24) for
Daniel’s people and holy city {Jerusalem} to make complete reconciliation
for the iniquity.
(1). From the decree for Restoration until the Messiah, the period of time
shall be 69 weeks, divided into two periods of 62 weeks and 7 weeks;
then the wall of Jerusalem shall be re-built in troublesome times. {Daniel 9:
25}
(2). During the 7 weeks period: Messiah shall be cut off, but not because
of Himself or for His own sins {obviously the Crucifixion}. (Daniel 9:26a)
(3) Rome under General Titus, the Roman Emperor to come, destroy the
city and the Temple. (Daniel 9:26b)

NOTE: See how even the rebuilding of the Temple during the Restoration
was only temporal. Again Gods people sinned even worse that before the
first destruction of Jerusalem, this time killing Gods own Son. {Like Jesus
predicted in the parable of the vineyard and the owner.}

(4). One year after the crucifixion of Christ {weeks are for years}, the
covenant of the New Testament is confirmed with many, primarily Jews;
and we know from New Testament records that approximately 100,000
Jews were saved during this one year {or week} after the crucifixion of
Christ, many on the first day of Pentecost after the Ascension. (Daniel 9:
27a)
(5). During the middle of that one week, God brings an end to "sacrifice
and worship", in other words Temple worship. (Daniel 9:27)
(6). There comes a war and a flood of abominations on Israel and on the
saved Jews. On the wings of all these destructive abominations, Satan
and men of sin commence more warfare and floods. (Daniel 9:27)
(7). The consummation on the desolate
{Gods people of Israel} is much longer than this, and determined by God,
no doubt until the end of the world as Christ comes again. Like in Gods
children are "no more" in Jeremiah, in Bethlehem, and at the end of time,
the reconciliation continues to be paid by Israel to God. (Daniel 9:27b)
(8). We, nor the Jews, can escape the terrible judgments of subsequent
history after the destruction of Jerusalem and to the end of time, and
eternally, of the words: "Even unto the consummation, which is
determined, is poured out on the desolate." (Daniel 9:27c)

NOTE: You might even say that the "desolate", the nation of Israel,
determined in the judgment of God to be desolation in Jeremiah, about
the same time as the Temple and city destruction, will receive a long
history of continuing consummation as God has determined; and an
eternal desolation, of course except for those select few like the 100,000
plus some later who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

4. Zechariah confirms this future history of hard times on the Jews.

"Strike the Shepherd {the Crucifixion of the Messiah}, and the sheep
will be scattered. {obviously like in Daniel, there are two categories of
Gods people, the sheep}; then I will turn My hand against the little
ones {more of "no more" children}. ‘And it shall come to pass in all
the land,’ says the LORD, ‘That two-thirds in it shall be cut off {cut off
from God, and die twice, once physically and once eternally} and die,
but one-third shall be left in it: I will bring the one-third through the
fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is
tested {persecutions of the first two centuries and beyond}. They will
call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My
people’; and each one will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’" (Zechariah 13:
7-9)