Who is a True Jew?

"Those who trust in the LORD are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever."  Psalm 125:1

"Do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.  For ...  God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. ...'" 
Matt. 3:9

"A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God.  Though your people, O Israel, be like the sand by the sea, only a remnant will return."  Isaiah 10:21-22

For "They are not all Israel, who are descended from Israel."  Rom. 9:6 

Bible vs. TalmudThe above verses are clear that not all of Israel's descendants are children of God.  One evidence that this is true is the simple fact that a majority of people who claim to be Jewish have not accepted their own Messiah (Prov. 30:4, Isa. 9:6; Ps. 2:7-12) but rather put Him to death (Isa. 53).  And in this regard, the quote above from Isaiah 10 tells us that only a "remnant" (or a small portion) of Jacob's descendants will come back, not just to Palestine, but to the true and 'Mighty God.'

The Old Testament-Covenant  
The New Testament-Covenant  
A Woman who gives Birth by the Spirit  

False vs. True Zionism  
Abraham and Ephraim = many nations  
What many Rabbis refuse to admit 
Who are Israel and the Church? 
Are the Church and Israel the same? 

What we must all do to inherit eternal life  



The Old Testament-Covenant

Below is a quote from the Old Testament book of Micah that refers to Jewish, Israelite, and/or Gentile believers who are true followers of God: who become the 'remnant' nation of God. 

"In that day," declares the LORD, "I will assemble the lame, and gather the outcasts, even those whom I have afflicted.  "I will make the lame a remnant, and the outcasts a strong nation, and the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion from now on and forever." "The people who walk in darkness will see a great light;  Micah 4:6-7

Note that the words 'Judah,' 'Ephraim,' 'tribes of Israel,' etc. are not used here, thus indicating that this great gathering of lame, outcasts, and afflicted is an all-encompassing one that includes people from all nations and nationalities, such as the gathering that occurs on the 'last day' of this age: John 6:37-40; 14:1-3; Matt. 24:29-31; Rev. 5:9-10.  The verse below makes this quite clear.

It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth."  Isaiah 49:6

Therefore Israel's Messiah is also the Messiah of the entire world.  

"  ... then I will  remove from your midst  your proud, exulting ones, and you will  never again be haughty  on My holy mountain.  But I will leave among you a humble and lowly people, and they will take refuge in the name of the LORD.  The remnant of  Israel will do no wrong and tell no lies, nor will a deceitful tongue be found in their mouths ..."  Zeph. 3:12-13

"Now it will come about in that day that the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel."   Isa. 10:20

And from the verse below we can say that they are NOT all descended from Israel. 

"Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, 'The LORD will surely separate me from His people.'  Neither let the eunuch say, 'Behold, I am a dry tree."  For ... 'To the eunuchs who keep My sabbaths, and choose what pleases Me, and hold fast My covenant, To them I will give in My house  and within My walls a ... name better than ... sons and daughters ...'  Also the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to Him, and ... love (His) name ..., to be His servants, ... (and) who keep from profaning the sabbath, ... I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer.  The LORD God, who gathers the dispersed of Israel, declares, 'Yet others I will gather to them, to those already gathered."  Isa. 56:3-8. 

The "foreigners" and "others" -- to those already gathered -- are (almost certainly) "gentiles," while "those already gathered" are primarily Jews and Israelites.   We also see this from the following:

"Ho!  Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat.  Come,  buy wine and milk without money and without cost.   ...  Incline your ear and come to MeListen that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies shown to David ... "  Isa. 55:1, 3

"Those who live in a dark land,  The light will shine on them.  Thou shalt multiply the nation ... (and) increase their gladness; They will be glad in Thy presence ..."  Isa. 9:2-3

"... (Ephraim) ... shall be greater ... and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations."  Gen. 48:19

Here we see that Abraham's descendants include much more than just old (or modern) Israel, and in fact include many nations.  This is also a question that few teachers have attempted to answer: i.e. which nations today came from Ephraim?  In fact, what exactly happened to the lost ten tribes of Israel?  Which peoples or nations did they become?

In Isaiah 54:1 we are told that the sons of  the "barren one" will be more numerous than the sons of the married woman ..."  This "barren one" who (has) "not travailed" is either the New Jerusalem (who the apostle Paul refers to as "our mother" -- Gal. 4:21-31), or the new and revived nation of Israel: that God will put together just after Christ comes back.  See also Isaiah 53:10 (and note the word "offspring" in regards to the Messiah, and "sons" and "daughters" (of God) in Isa. 43:1-7.  

"Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion!  Shout in triumph, O Israel!  Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!  The LORD has taken away His judgments against you, He has cleared away your enemies.  The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, You will fear disaster no more.  In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: 'Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp.  The LORD your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior.  He will exult over you with joy.  He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.  "I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts -- they came from you, O Zion;  The reproach of exile is a burden on them.  "Behold, I am going to deal at that time with all your oppressors, I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will turn their shame into praise and renown ... "At that time I will bring you in, Even at the time when I gather you together;  ... when I restore your fortunes before your eyes," says the LORD   Zeph. 3: 14-2

 

The New Testament-Covenant

The New Testament tells us that it is only those who are "born again" who are God's  people: John 3:3; 8:24; Matt. 18:2-5; Luke 11:11-13; Acts 4:11-12; 5:32.

"Therefore, bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance; and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as for our Father' ; for I say to you that God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham."  Matt. 3:8-9

"For he is not a Jew who is one outwardlyneither is circumcision that which is of the flesh.  But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that ... of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter;  and his praise is not from men but from God."  Rom. 2:28-29

In other words, having the outward appearance of being Jewish, or saying out loud 'I am Jewish,' means nothing to God, nor does being circumcised in the flesh make one a true Jew but rather it has to do with who one is inwardly and it also has to do with having God's Spirit living inside of you: as opposed to claiming to be Jewish or attending Synagogue and/or learning Hebrew, becoming an Israeli citizen, etc.  

"And such confidence we have through Christ toward God.  Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life ... Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there  is liberty."  2 Cor. 3:4-6, 17 

"For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.   There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ.  And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise."  Gal. 3:27-29

In other words, when God gives a person His Spirit, then that person now has a personal relationship with his, or her, Creator, and is now free to serve the Creator, and His people, and to do things from his, or her heart -- that God puts there: such as to Love God's people and become involved in some sort of ministry that God gives to them -- in accordance with their spiritual gift or gifts: I Cor. 12:1-31; 13:1-13; 14:1-4; 26-31; Gal. 5:13.

"But now in Christ Jesus you who were formerly far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For He, Himself, is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall." Eph. 2:13-14

The "both groups" talked about here are Jews and Gentiles.  This is made clear from verses 11-12 (of the same chapter).  We also see this from the book of John: 

"I am the good shepherd ... (who) lays down His life for the sheep  ... And I have other sheep, which are not of this foldI must bring them also, and they shall hear My voice; and ... shall become one flock with one shepherd."  John 10:11, 16 

The apostle Paul also tells us to beware of false teachers, evil workers, and those who think they are right with God simply because of their (parental) heritage.

"Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.  To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.  Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;  For we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh."  Phil. 3:1-3

The "false circumcision" talked about here would be Jewish and/or Israelites who think they are God's people, just because of their heritage.  Sort of like "born Jewish" and will die Jewish -- even though they rarely attend "church" or synagogue, almost never open their bibles, and are not sure if anybody made them  The same could also be said of just about any other "religion" or system that excludes God's Son or that tries to usurp His authority: John 14:6; 5:22-23; Matt. 28:19-20.  

"... many shall come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom (i.e. Jewish or Israeli people who didn't believe) shall be cast out into the outer darkness ... (where) there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."  Matt. 8:11-12  

"The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy"  Matt. 22:8 

In other words, any Jewish, or Israeli person who thinks that he or she can bypass Jesus, and/or  who thinks that their (no god) evolutionist (so-called science) beliefs will save them, will be disappointed on the day of judgment (John 3:18; 5:22-23; 12:32; John 14:6).  This applies to people of all other nations (and faiths) as well.  In other words, Jesus was the prophet who was prophesied to come (after Moses), -- yet BEFORE the temple was destroyed (in 70 AD) -- that the people were told (or rather warned in advance) to "give heed to" in everything: Deut. 18:15-19; Acts 3:22-26; Heb. 12:25; Dan. 9:25-26; Isa. 53:1-12; John 10:7, 14, 27.   The One who said:

"I  am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.   John 14:6, and "Believe in God, believe also in Me, " (John 14:1) ... (and) In My Father's house are many dwelling places.  (and) ... I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go to prepare a place ... I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also ..."  John 14:2-3

"For you are a Chosen Race, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation and a People for God's Own Possession ... who once were not a people, but now are the people of God"  I Pet. 2:9-10.  

Note also that I Peter was written to both Jews and Gentiles, as was Galatians, the book of John, and Acts: and the entire New Testament.  And that the above verses apply to all those who serve God -- and Jesus: Mal. 3:16-18 and John 12:26.

"After these things I looked and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice saying, 'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'"  Revelation 7:9-10

This takes place on Mount Zion: a future Mountain that will 'raised up' above the other mountains when the Lord Returns (Micah 4:1-5).  The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will also be somewhere nearby -- perhaps just above it -- and from which there will be highway (or highways) leading up to it: Isa. 35:8-10, 40:3, 49:11, 62:10, Psalm 84:5; Heb. 12:18-24.  

 

A Woman who gives Birth by the Spirit 

In Isaiah 54:1 we are told about a woman who has more sons than a married woman, yet who has not  'travailed'  to give (physical) birth.  And in Isaiah 53 we are told of a Man who gave His life for 'the sins of the people,' yet, after dying He 'prolonged His days,' and saw His 'offspring.'   Isaiah 53:10

We find more details about this woman in Galatians chapter four, where we are told that:

" ... Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman.  But the son of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son of the free woman through the promise.  This is allegorically  (or figuratively) speaking: for these women are two covenants, one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are ... slaves; she is Hagar ...  and corresponds to the present Jerusalem (who was then in slavery to the Romans) ...  (whose children are still) in slavery. 
But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.  For it is written, 

'Rejoice, barren woman who does not bear; Bread forth and shout, you who are not in labor; For more are the children of the desolate than the one who has a husband.'

"And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise ... (and) not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman."  Gal. 4:22-28, 31

Note that the apostle Paul is making a distinction not between Jews and Gentiles, but rather those who are in bondage to their flesh and thus still in slavery (to the law, their flesh, and death), versus those who are Abraham's seed according to the promise (Gal. 3:7, 16), who are 'born from above' by the Spirit (John 3:3-8).  The apostle Paul refers to those who are Abraham's seed as his brethren and makes it clear that he is not talking about Jews, but rather followers of Christ, or Christians (Rom. 10:1-4.  In fact, regarding his former brethren, the Jews, he refers to them as "dogs" and the "false circumcision" in Phil. 3:1-3.  In the same chapter he makes it clear that his former manner of life, that was based on the Jewish law, was "rubbish" and that he would rather have the righteousness of God that is found only in Christ: Phil. 2:8-11; Rom. 3:23; 10:4. 

"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek (i.e. Gentile, or non-Jew), there is neither slave nor free man; there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 

"And if you belong to Christ, then are you Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise." Galatians 3:26-29.  

 

False vs True Zionism 
Genesis 12:3 and I Cor. 16:22

True Zionism simply refers to those who are committed to the true God.  False Zionism is, in effect, little less than racism.  

In Genesis 12 God tells Abraham that He will 'bless those who bless you (Abraham) and the one who curses you,  I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.' 

Very often the above verse is used to falsely accuse anyone who dares to expose anything selfish, discriminatory, immoral, and/or evil that has been done by Jewish or Israeli people.  When they do this they forget that the Old Testament prophets themselves warned Jewish people to turn away from their wicked ways and to return to the LORD.  And thus they either don't know, or fail to say what the Scriptures actually say in this regard.  For God Himself told the Israelites that if they rebelled against Him then they and their works would be cursed: Deut. 28:15-63.  This is brought out in many other places in both the Old and New Testaments.  

In this regard, Psalm 125:1 makes it clear who, and only who, has a right to call themselves a Zionist: i.e. only "those who trust in the LORD."    So the only people today who have a right to use the name of Israel  or claim to be a Zionist are those who trust in the LORD, regardless of race or nationality.  This means that today's modern Jews have no right to claim that they are "Jews," nor to use the word "Zionist" -- much less to use it in a derogatory way by thinking they are the "chosen" race, and all other races are "goyim" (i.e. dogs).   For it is a fact that many, if not most people today who claim the be Jews are atheists who do not believe in God as the Creator of all life, nor do they accept the Torah as truth: i.e. that Adam and Eve were the first two people on earth, that birds reptiles, mammals, etc were created by God to reproduce (only) after their own kind. That their really was a worldwide flood that destroyed all land animals that were not on  the ark. 

In addition, all those who reject God's Son (Prov. 30:4) are rejecting the prophet that Moses warned everyone to pay close attention to, and thus are risking their very souls (Deut. 18:15-19).  This is made very clear in Psalm 2:1-12.  Thus, today's Christ-rejecting Jews and /or Israelites are under a curse: even though they may (falsely) use the word 'Jews,' or 'Zionist,' and may in fact be Israeli citizens. 

The New Testament (that was written almost entirely by converted Jews) makes this abundantly clear. For example, Jesus said that it is only those who hear the words of God that have the right to call themselves children of Abraham (John 8:47).  This was stated in a different way by the apostle John (I John 4:6) with regard to the children of God (I John 2:28-3:2). And in Luke 13:1-5 Jesus told those Jewish, and/or Israelite people who were listening to Him that they also must repent (or change their minds) about their sin and recognize their need to believe in the Messiah and be saved: Luke 13:1-5; John 3:16-18; 8:24.  At one point He told the (Jewish religious and political rulers) that they were "of their father the devil" (John 8:44), because they were not only seeking to kill Him (John 8:39), but  hindering others from coming to God (Matt. 23:13), oppressing the poor and stealing their houses (Matt. 23:14).  He even called them "whitewashed tombs" that looked nice on the outside but inside were "full of dead men's bones," and "hypocrisy and lawlessness."  (Matt. 23:27-28).  In this regard I can't help think of leaders today who promote godless lifestyles, courts that support them and even tout atheism as if it were based on 'science," -- along with the owners of our media who have joined with them in promoting virtually every form of immorality one can think of and who use violence as a means of entertainment.

In other words, If Jesus were here today, you can be certain that He would point fingers at many unethical things that are taking place in our society: many  of  whom are owned and controlled by  Jewish people: including our mass media and the lies and violence it promotes and uses for entertainment, a legal profession that's (owned and operated by a so-called 'Jewish' family known as the Rothschild's) that is heavily involved in "Child Trafficking" via (for profit /franchise) so-called 'Family' Courts, not to mention governments that are (in large part funded by Jewish banksters) that promote atheism and immorality in public schools (in the name of  Science).  He would also be against abortion and the promotion of anything other than natural / heterosexual / marital sex .  In fact, the God of Israel turned away from ancient Israel for these very things: 2 Kings 21:9-16; Isa. 3:14-15; 5:20-23; 58:1-14; Ezek. 22:6-12;  Joel 3:3; Amos 2:6; 8:5-6; Mal. 1:13; Zech. 11:5-6.

The New Testament equivalent of the above verse tells us that  anyone who doesn't love the Lord is under a curse: I Cor. 16:22.  This would certainly include so-called "Jews" who "don't believe in Jesus." In fact, it includes everyone: including so-called "goyim."   See also Rom.  2:28-29; 10:12-13; Eph. 2:11.

And in Matthew 21:42-43 Jesus warned his own (Jewish) countrymen that if they didn't humble themselves before God and recognize who He was (and is), and come to Him willingly, then they would NOT be part of the New Israelite nation that He was going to recreate.  We quote what He said below.

"Jesus said to them, 'Did you never read in the Scriptures,

'The Stone which the Builders rejected ... has become the chief cornerstone; This came about from the LORD and it is marvelous in our eyes'?

"Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and be given to a nation producing the fruit of it."

When the Lord returns He will gather the 'outcasts' and 'afflicted' and make them a 'remnant' and a 'strong nation' and 'reign over them from Mount Zion'?   Micah 4:5-6.  This event will happen from all over the earth (Isa. 11:10-12. Matt. 24:29-31) and involve 'many nations ... who ... join themselves to the Lord' and become His people (Zech. 2:11) -- even those who were once 'not (His) people' (Hos. 2:23): including 'foreigners' (or Gentiles) Isa. 56:3-8.  


Abraham and Ephraim represent Many Nations

Genesis 17:4 is clear that Abraham's descendants would become a company (or multitude) of nations.  The same thing was said about Ephraim: the younger son of Joseph in Genesis 48:19.  It is also interesting to note that Joseph was one of the 12 tribes of Israel, and that both his sons were given an equal share of his inheritance among the other 12 tribes: meaning that Joseph got a double portion, Gen. 48:5-6.  In addition we are told in Hosea 7:8 that Ephraim "mixes himself with the nations" or intermarries with them.  If this were not enough to end the myth that there is any pure-bred people of Jacob left, the prophet Jeremiah stated in Jeremiah 31:9 that "Ephraim is My firstborn," meaning that he is God's favored son.  These facts, along with Ezra 10:18-44 give the strong impression that there is no such thing as a pure "Israeli" citizen: who is only descended from Judah, or Levi, or Benjamin, or any of the other tribes.  The New Testament also tells us to 'avoid genealogies' and other 'foolish controversies': such as who one's ancestors were, or were not: Titus 3:9, I Tim. 1:4.


What many Rabbis refuse to admit 

Many Rabbis and Jewish people say that the reason they reject Jesus as the Messiah is because of what the prophet Jeremiah said in the passage quoted below.  

"Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, when I shall raise up for David a righteous Branch, and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land.  In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, The LORD our righteousness."  Jer. 23:5-6

Note the phrase "In His days," with regard to what He will do: i.e. save Judah and Israel and provide safety and security.  And since Jesus did not, in His lifetime on earth, do the above, many Jewish people (still) say that for this reason Jesus can't be their Messiah.

What they refuse to accept, or realize, is that we are still living in the days of Jesus. This is because, as Isaiah foretold, the Messiah would "prolong His days" (Isa. 53:10) after being "pierced through," and "cut off from the land of the living," for the sins of the people, to whom the stroke was due, Isa. 53:1-9.  The prophet Daniel also predicted that "Messiah, the Prince," would be "cut off" ... to "make atonement for iniquity" (Dan. 9:24-26).  See also Zechariah 12:10-14 with regard to the Messiah being pierced, and the families of  Israel weeping over Him, when they actually "look upon" Him and realize what they did to Him and what He did for them: and will then do for them at that time.  See also John 19:34 and Rev. 1:7.

This was also confirmed by King David in the book of Psalms, when God told him that He would "not allow" His "Holy One" to "undergo decay"  (Psalm 16:10).  And since "decay" normally occurs after death, this prophecy was obviously referring to God's Servant being raised up from the dead: something that was clearly predicted in Isaiah 53:10  of the One who would bear the sins of His own people.  See also Isa. 26:19 and Psalm 9:13 with regard to God's ability to raise the dead, and Hosea 6:1-3 with regard to being raised up "after three days."

The book of Hebrews (1:1-2) is quite clear that ever since God's Son came we are living in the last days.  Note also that Jesus did, in fact, claim to be God's Son: Luke 22:70; John 4:25-26; 5:17-18. And since Jesus told His disciples that He is coming back to get those who are His own (John 6:37-40, 14:1-3) we can say emphatically that when He comes back, He will fulfill the prophecy above from Jeremiah 23. 

In this regard we also note that it was also prophesied that "the builders" (or Jews) would reject the very "stone" who would become the cornerstone (Ps. 118:22; Isa. 28:16; Matt. 21:42; Acts 2:22-36; I Pet. 2:6-10) and that Jesus told us that He is coming back (Acts 1:9-11; John 14:1-3) -- meaning that He is not yet finished with His works on earth, yet His work of providing atonement for sins is done (John 19:30).  In this regard, it is also significant that the sentence Jesus was guilty of was to claim that He was God's Son, and the "King of the Jews," which is what Pilate, the Roman governor who sentenced him actually wrote above His head and which was also nailed to the cross: Matt. 2:2; 21:5; 27:11.  That was His "crime."  And to those who say that God doesn't have a Son, we point out that the Scriptures say otherwise: for example Proverbs 30:4 and Psalm 2:1-12.   The New Testament also makes this quite plain.  See for example Luke 22:70, John 4:25-26, 5:17-18, and Matt. 16:13-16.

 

Who are Israel and the Church 
Who are the Chosen / Elect / People of God?

Consider the quote below from Isaiah, and note what it says, verses what it does NOT say.

"Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat.  Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? 
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance.
Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, according to the faithful mercies shown to David ... "
  Isa. 55:1-3

Note that they above verse does not say, 'Ho! Every Jew who thirsts,' nor 'Every Israelite who thirsts,' but 'Every one',  which means that the good news of Messiah, the seed of Abraham, is for Everyone.  Everyone who comes to Him (and who acknowledges Him for who He is) is 'chosen.'  We can say this because that is what the Messiah said, and what His followers also confirmed: i.e. that the gospel is available for everyone who wants it.  This is made plain by the verse above, and by statements made someone who not only claimed to  be the Messiah (John 4:25-26), but who fulfilled many of the prophesies made about Him: including rising from the dead.  With this in mind, consider a few of the things that Jesus said.

"All that the Father gives Me will come to Me; and the One who comes to Me, I will certainly not cast out."  John 6:37

"This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me, I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. ... that everyone who beholds the Son, and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I, Myself, will raise him up on the last day."  John 6:39-40 

"Behold I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door (i.e. of his or her heart), I will come into him (or her) and sup with him (or her)."  Rev. 3:20

"I am the door, if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.  I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."  John 10:9-11

"I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except by Me."  Jn. 14:6

"Unless you believe that I am (He), you will die in your sins."  John 8:24   

The above verses make it abundantly clear, that Jesus, who is also called Christ, claimed to be the only way for someone to get right with God: or to become one of God's children.

While reading articles on this topic, we came across an article called "The Commonwealth of Israel, by Gavin Finley MD.  A portion of it is quoted below with regard to the Church. 

"The word "church" merely means "assembly."  The Greek word "ekklesia" means "called out," "congregation," or "assembly." It is only when the object of the assembly is mentioned that the word has anything beyond just a generic meaning. The so-called "church" should be properly presented as "The Congregation of Israel", or "The Congregation of Israel's Anointed Messiah".  Those more Biblically correct names would help connect the dots and help Christians ... (understand) their true identity.

True born-again ... Christians are by that atoning blood ushered into the Congregation, the Nation, and the Commonwealth of Israel. ... (Yet) ... Christians, for the most part, are blind to their corporate identity in the Commonwealth of Israel."   

Romans 11 tells us that a partial hardening has happened to many people of Jewish and Israeli descent and that many gentiles have been "grafted in" to the "olive tree" (Nation and Priesthood) of God's people, who are citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20) and of the New Jerusalem, which is from above (Rev. 21-22).  Note that it is the church that is grafted in to Zion or the New and heavenly Israel: as opposed to the present nation of Israel that requires any of it's would-be citizens to renounce their faith in Jesus in order to be a citizen.  

In Romans 11 it is clear that Gentiles are grafted into a God's nation called Israel: which becomes more than just a non-political and local "Church."  The New Testament also makes it clear that God tore down, not only the old veil that covered the holy of holies, but also the whole temple itself and will some day build a new one, where God Himself will dwell: Matt. 21:42-44, Rom. 3:28-31, I Pet. 2:9-10, Isa. 11:11-12, 49:13-18, 56:3-8, Micah 4:6-8, and Zeph. 3:8-20. 

In regard to this time of "re-structuring" the "church" from a local body of believers to an Israelite nation, gentile Christians are instructed not to be arrogant toward people who are of Jewish or Israelite descent (Rom. 11:18-22): nor to abandon their faith in the Lord and His goodness ... that has 'great reward.'  Heb. 10:35-39; Isa. 25:6-9; 35:3-5.   Some Christians take this to an extreme, and even make statements such as that "the Jews are God's chosen people" and therefore don't even need to believe in their own Messiah.

With regard to the end-time Tribulation period and who is in it, Stephen Amy says the following: 

"Pretribulation authors typically acknowledge that there will be saints on the earth during the tribulation, but they deny that such saints are members of the church. This assertion grows from dispensationalism, a method of interpreting Scripture that distinguishes Israel from the church in the last days. Thus they explain that although saints can be on the earth, the church is not. But there can be no doubt that believing Jews are portrayed as members of the church (from Pentecost to the coming of the Lord) in such passages as Eph. 2:14; Rev. 2:8-11, and Rev. 3:7-13. The ... assertion that believing Israel is not ... (part of) the church ... fails to consider that: 

(1) believing Jews and gentiles go through the tribulation (Rev. 7:4-8, 9-14); 
(2) the church, since the time of Pentecost, has been composed of Jews and gentiles;  and 
(3) the book of Revelation is written “to the churches” (Rev. 22:16)."
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Are the Church and Israel the same?

If the Church is separate from Israel, or Zion, then why would the apostle Paul say that there is "no distinction" between Jewish and Gentile believers (Col. 3:11, Rom. 10:12), that we are now one in Christ, and that the dividing wall has been broken down: Eph. 2:14? 

In this regard, note what the Lord said to His 12 disciples who were definitely part of His Church: i.e. that after the resurrection they would sit on 12 thrones: judging the 12 tribes of Israel: Matt. 19:28. Therefore, since the 12 apostles were (and are) part of the church, and will also be part of Israel, then it appears that Israel and the Church are inseparably tied together. 

Note also that when the Lord returns He will gather the 'outcasts' and 'afflicted' and make them a 'remnant' and a 'strong nation' and 'reign over them from Mount Zion' (Micah 4:5-6) -- suggesting quite strongly that the new nation of Israel will be comprised of both Jews, Levites, Israelites, and Gentiles.  This will happen from all over the earth (Isa. 11:10-12; Matt. 24:29-31), involve 'many nations ... who ... join themselves to the Lord ...  to become His people (Zech. 2:11): including foreigners who once were not His people: Hos. 2:23; Isa. 56:3-8; Zeph. 3:19-20; I Pet. 2:9-10. 

To assert that the rapture of the church occurs before the tribulation is to assert that believers (who comprise the church) are separate and distinct from Israel or Zion; however, in Romans 11:25-31, we learn that Israel is the crown -- or completion -- of the church, and that after all the Gentiles who are willing to come to Christ actually do, then God will save the whole Jewish and Israeli nation: which will become believers in the Messiah all at once.  The apostle uses the words "come in" to refer to what the Gentiles are now still doing: i.e. coming in to the new nation of 'Israel' -- whose Founder, Maker, King, and "seed" is none other than the Son of God: Yahshua, the Messiah (Matt. 21:5; 27:11; John 12:15; Zech. 9:9; Gal. 3:14-28; Heb. 1:5-14; Phil. 2:9-11).  Note also that when the great wedding feast is discussed in Isaiah 25:6-9, nothing is said of two different groups.  However, in this regard, Jesus did say that many of those who were invited to come, made excuses, because they were too busy with other things (Luke 14:16-23; Matt. 8:10-12).  However, those who were seeking God and His kingdom will say:

"This is our God, for whom we have waited, that He might save us ... "let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation." ... The One who will "wipe tears away from all faces."   Isa. 25:8-9

 

What we must all do to inherit eternal life
This applies especially to Jewish people

1.  Stop cursing yourself by rejecting your only hope of salvation: i.e. God's Son, Yahshua, also known as Jesus, who gave His life and suffered a horrible death to pay the price of our forgiveness and offer eternal life to all who come to Him.  John 6:37-40; 12:32; 14:1, 6; I Cor. 16:22; Rom. 3:23; 10:4.

2.  Stop cursing yourself by cursing Yahshua's people who are, in fact, the seed of Abraham: i.e. Born again Christians -- both Jew and Gentile (Gal. 3:16-29; 4:21-31; Rom. 9:6-8; Matt. 23:39; Acts 9:1-5). For there is no longer any more "Jew nor Greek" (or Gentile / Goyim), slave nor free man, male nor female, but rather we (believers in Messiah) are now one in Christ, and are "Abraham's offspring" according to promise: Gal. 3:28-29.  

3. Confess your sins to God, ask for His forgiveness, and be willing to change your evil ways: or to ask God to help you do so.  Matt. 18:3; Luke 13:1-3; Rom. 3:23-27; Eph. 2:8-9

4. Call upon God's Son Yahshua, Jesus to save you. Acts 4:12; Rom. 10:9-13; Rev. 3:20.   The One who said: "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me, I will certainly not cast out."  John 6:37

 We conclude with what the (Jewish) apostle Peter said over 1900 years ago to a group of Jews in Jerusalem:

“And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.  Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,  whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.  Moses said, 'The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren, to Him you shall give heed to everything He says to you.  And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.'  And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days.   It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘ And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’   For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”  Acts 3:17-26

See also: Deut. 10:16; Jer. 4:4; 9:25-26; Zeph. 3:19-20; Zech. 2:11-13; Matt. 9:15-17, 11:28-30; 23:23-35; John 6:63; 8:37-47; Rom. 8:9-11; I Cor. 4:4-5; and Gal. 5:6

See also: 
Who is Israel?
Why I left Judaism 
Zionism Unmasked 
Who is the true Israel  
On the Brink of  WWIII 
Is everyone a child of God?
Prepare to meet your Maker 
Judaism = Zionism = Satanism 
Scriptures on Israel's Restoration 
Rothschild Zionist New World Order 
Who is the Prophet Moses spoke about? 
Christians are God's Chosen People: Not Jews 
Christianity's Unholy Alliance with False Zionism 

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