Are the Jews still God's chosen people? do they still have a purpose to fulfill as God's elect? is the state of Israel a fulfillment of biblical prophecy? the answer is no and in this article I will go over the reasons why the Jews are no longer God's elect and have no greater purpose than the rest of the peoples of the world and why today's Israel has nothing to do with any prophetic fulfillment.
Today many if not most Christians believe that the Jews are still God's elect and are blessed by God because of it and the state of Israel is a fulfillment of bible prophecy, I used to think so as well, until I realized that in truth not only the Jews are no longer God's people many are of the devil, of course not all of the Jews are evil, I come from a Jewish family and am Jewish myself according to my mother but for the most part Israel and its people are very far from God, probably further than they have ever been.
Lets begin with the promise God made to Abraham, God promised Abraham that his seed will reign forever and his descendants will be as numerous as the stars...; "4And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; 5Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws." (Genesis 26)
This is a very powerful statement that God made here, he has promised an eternal blessing to Abraham and his seed, his descendants will be as numerous as the stars, now lets think about this for a moment, numerous as the stars, there indeed have been millions of Abraham descendants over the ages and at some point Israel was very large and its population was quite dense but still at no time past or present did the descendants of Abraham the Jews were even close to be counted as many as the stars, was it just a figure of speech? or perhaps it has a much deeper meaning than just a suggestion of many. you see any word could be described as many, but why as many as stars? how is it possible? the only explanation is that Abraham's seed will continue into eternity much after the age of man and sin is over, you will need a very long time to have as many people as the stars in the universe and of course we know from Isaiah and astronomy that the universe is ever expanding which means it never stops growing which means there will be always new stars born so basically what God was promising Abraham is that his seed will never end and his descendants will keep multiplying into eternity, this makes perfect sense and syncs with Galatians;
26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:26-29;
This also brings me to my next point that Abraham's seed are those who are in Christ in other words God's elect or followers of messiah, you can say and think as much as you want that you are God's elect because you are a Jew by birth right but the truth is if you are not following messiah you are not of God and if you are not of God you are not a Jew. keep in mind that in messiah there is neither Jew or Gentile, we are all one, so the sad truth is that the Jews who call themselves Jews today are actually not Jews at all.
Now keep in mind there are people around the world who never heard of messiah but are following him nonetheless unaware because they are following their conscience and keeping God's commandments which is what messiah taught, these people can be called Jews because they are of God, those who keep God's law are God's people whether they heard of messiah or not.
Messiah himself mentioned to the pharisees that being of Abraham seed means nothing if your fruits are bad..."
7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. (Matthew 3)
From these verses we can see how the seed of Abraham is actually those who bring forth good fruit and are of God. already Jesus was condemning the Jews of his days by calling them generation of vipers.
Nothing really changed, the Jews of those days are the Jews of our days and even worse.
Recently some one pointed few scriptures that prove that God is not done with the Jews;
What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. Romans 11:1-7
In Romans 11 Paul is speaking about how there is a very small remnant(7 thousand from all Israel!) of his people(believers) and the rest are blinded because they are not worthy (verse 7) so Paul was among the very very few elect, it was always about the few elect that were chosen even today the true elect are very few, who knows maybe you the reader are among them? ;)
Verse 26 is not that literally ALL ISRAEL will be saved obviously because there are some very evil men even in Israel today, if literally ALL Israel would be saved then there would be no need for repentance or keeping God's commandments because every one would be saved anyway, so what does it mean all Israel?
Paul explains this in verse 27-28 that a messiah will come and take away the sins of those who believe in him, even though the gospel is offered to ALL not ALL will accept it.
Why would the Jews today have any special purpose? Messiah accomplished what the Jews could not, he took the place of the animal sacrifice and put an end to sin, salvation was made available not only to the Jews but to the rest of the world, the Jews not only failed as God's elect they killed his son the messiah!
I used to think that since I am a Jew I am God's chosen but the truth is Jews are those by heart and faith and not by name or title or mother.
The only reason Jews were selected as people to begin with was because God needed some one to prove how incompetent and weak we are as sinful humans in teaching holiness and living righteously, so the Israelites were selected because of Abraham but God knew all along the Jews would fail, he knew before the foundation of the world that he will send a messiah to fulfill his plan because there is no other way, and sadly the Jews are no longer needed because messiah said so himself "it is finished" everything is paid in full, done.
As of today there is not even an option to build a temple and its for a reason because there is absolutely ZERO need for it and what good are the Jews if they are not attending their priestly duties? their Job was to be God's ambassadors and they failed, salvation went to the rest of the world, some how the Jewish leaders today think they still have God's favor even though they are without a temple.
Many also believe that today's Israel is a fulfillment of many bible prophecies.
With a little bit of reading into the text of the eleventh chapter of Isaiah we can safely conclude that God's promise had not come to fulfillment as of yet. I could go over all the verses in the bible that people use to prove Israel today is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy but all I need is just one verse in Isaiah 11.
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
The chapter begins with a description of the messiah and how he will judge with righteousness and wisdom.
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