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All Israel Saved – Background

written by Asher Intrater
September 01, 2012

The Messianic body in Israel believes with a united heart that “all Israel will be saved” – Romans 11:26. The idea that one nation, Israel, is promised a predestined, national revival is a radical concept. It is too radical to be based on one verse, even coming from Paul (Saul) the apostle. It must be a principle developed throughout the Scriptures.

The prophets of ancient Israel began to have revelation of Israel’s salvation. It is from their prophecies that Paul received the biblically-based authority to make such a bold statement in Romans 11.

Isaiah 45:17 – Israel is saved in YHVH, an eternal salvation.
Isaiah 45:25 – In YHVH all the seed of Israel will be righteous and praise.
Isaiah 46:13 – I will give salvation to Israel, My glory.
Isaiah 60:21 – Your people will all be righteous; will inherit the earth forever.

This last verse became the basis for the rabbinic teaching that all religious Jews have eternal salvation. All Israel has a part in the world to come, as it is said, “And your people will all be righteous” – Masekhet Avot 1:1. The interpretation of Isaiah’s prophecies as referring to eternal, national salvation is parallel in the New Covenant and in the Talmud/Mishnah – with obviously quite differing applications.

The other prophets, particularly Jeremiah, continued in Isaiah’s viewpoint, which in turn paved the way for Paul’s revelation in Romans.

Jeremiah 23:6 – In His days, Judah will be saved
Jeremiah 30:7 – Time of great tribulation for Jacob and he will be saved out of it
Jeremiah 31:7 – YHVH saves your people, the remnant of Israel.
Jeremiah 33:16 – In those days, Judah will be saved

The contexts of these passages are prophecies describing the Messianic king, the restoration of Israel and the New Covenant. The early chapters of Jeremiah focus on God’s judgment for Israel, the latter chapters on God’s judgment for the nations. Right in the middle is a poetic, prophetic section, concerning the restoration of Israel. Jeremiah 30-33 is parallel to Romans 9-11, which was Paul’s thesis on the restoration of Israel as well.

Jeremiah 31:7 states that the time of Israel’s national revival is during the great tribulation. Israel’s revival and end time tribulation are concurrent. Other prophets continued in the same insight; also describing Israel’s revival in the context of end time tribulation:

Daniel 12:1 – Time of tribulation such as never was… and at that time your people shall be delivered.
Joel 2:31-32 – Sun turned into darkness, moon into blood, before the coming of the great and terrible day of YHVH… whoever calls on the name of the YHVH will be saved, for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance
Zechariah 12:7 – YHVH will save the tents of Judah first

The vision for national revival in Israel in the end times is established by the full range of Israel’s latter prophets. The root of biblical authority for this idea goes all the way back to the prophecies of Moses in the Torah.

Deuteronomy 33:29 – Blessed are you, Israel, a people saved by YHVH.

We would not emphasize the salvation of Israel were it just an isolated verse in Romans. However, Israel’s restoration, remnant, and revival during end times’ tribulation are major themes of Scriptures, from the Torah to the New Covenant.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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