Almighty God, Christianity & Israel, Pt.2

Gentiles Will Never Replace the Hebrew People

by Pastor John Hamel


“… and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and THOU, BEING A WILD OLIVE TREE, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; BOAST NOT AGAINST THE BRANCHES. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. BE NOT HIGHMINDED, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.


“BEHOLD THEREFORE THE GOODNESS AND SEVERITY OF GOD: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?


“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. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:” (Romans 11:16-26)


As we saw in part one of our web study on Almighty God, Christianity and Israel, the Almighty has not totally rejected the Nation of Israel because of their unbelief and rebellion.  He will continue to work with Israel and there will be a remnant that will finally turn to Him. (Isaiah 10:22; Zechariah 13:1-14:21; Romans 9:27) 


The Apostle Paul actually used himself as an example of God’s willingness to continue to work with Israel. (Romans 11:1-2,5)  As Christians, we must never take the unscriptural position that Almighty God has completely rejected the Jewish people, replacing them with Gentile (non-Jewish) Believers as the new people of His Covenant. 


Here in our text Scripture we find what is commonly referred to as the “Olive Tree Metaphor.”  A metaphor is simply something being described through the use of symbolism.  In this metaphor Gentile (non-Jewish) Believers are referred to as “wild olive tree” branches. (Verse 17)  The believing Jewish remnant is referred to as the “root” of the original olive tree into which the wild olive tree branches have been grafted. 


It is the root that gives life to the branches, not vice versa.  It is God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David that has resulted in life to the Gentiles, not vice versa.  Paul is using this metaphor to admonish Born Again Gentile Believers of his day to never adopt haughty attitudes towards the Born Again Jews of his day. 


Although the Apostle Paul is addressing the Church of his day, the Holy Spirit is addressing the Church of all ages.  Still today Gentile Believers must realize that we need Israel to explain and to define our spiritual heritage.  Israel does not need Christianity to explain or to define their spiritual heritage.  As we saw in part one of this study, without our Jewish heritage Christians would have no adoption as children, no Glory, no Covenant, no understanding of the Law, no promises, no spiritual connection to Abraham, no linkage to Joseph, Mary, the Apostles or Jesus. (John 4:22; Romans 9:4-5; 15:9) 


It is Christians who need Israel in order to define their spiritual heritage, not vice versa.  Yet at the same time, Jewish Believers must be careful to never look down their noses at Gentile Believers because of what the Almighty has made available to us through them.  After all, it all happened through Jewish unbelief and rebellion. (Romans 11:20, 30-31)


The Apostle Paul was determined that there would not be division between Jewish Believers and Gentile Believers.  This is why he wrote the Book of Ephesians.  The Book of Ephesians is actually a letter of unity to the Jews and Gentiles at Ephesus who needed to be brought down a couple of notches.  To Paul, Jesus was much bigger than personal opinions, prejudices, manners, customs, cultures and religion.  Paul saw Jesus as He is; the One Who has all power to solve every problem of humanity and to bring all the families of the Earth into one unified Body through Him. 


Paul was determined to see Jewish Believers regard Gentile Believers as brothers and sisters and to see Gentile Believers regard Jewish Believers as brothers and sisters in Christ. (Ephesians 1:4-12)  Paul was committed to overseeing the establishment of one Church with Christ as its focal point. 


Here in the Metaphor of the Olive Tree we find the foundation of all New Testament Church teaching.  Unless we learn the lessons revealed here, we will remain ignorant of true Christianity.  If we miss it here in the love realm, we will miss it everywhere. (Galatians 5:6; 1John 4:4) 


The Almighty’s method of dealing with the Jews and Gentiles individually is pictured in this metaphor, as well as His non-acceptance of prejudice from Born Again Gentiles towards Born Again Jews.  It is only His non-acceptance of Gentile prejudice that we will deal with from this metaphor. 


No Gentile Boasting Allowed


“BOAST NOT against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.” (Romans 11:18-19)


The Greek word for “boast” in this verse is “katakauchaoma,” which means, “to exalt oneself over and to rejoice against.”  It also means, “to exhibit joy in a bad sense.”   Paul is rebuking the superior attitude whereby Gentile Believers saw themselves as better than Jewish Believers. 


He also addresses, in verse 19, those who insist that the original Jewish branches were broken off and that Gentile Believers now replace them as the new Covenant people of God.  Paul is saying, in essence, “Alright everybody, listen up and listen up good.  You Gentiles need to get rid of your superior, condescending attitudes that you’re something special, because you’re not. 


You don’t support the root.  The root supports you.  It's time to knock off this un-Scriptural business about God replacing Israel with Gentiles.  It’s never going to happen.  As long as the sun and the moon are in the sky, the Almighty will remain in Covenant with His chosen people.” (Psalm 89:1-52) 


We are forbidden to boast of being accepted in place of the Jews, because it is not true.  Again, let me remind you, Gentile Believers are dependent upon Jewish heritage, not vice versa.   


No Gentile High-Mindedness Allowed


“Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not HIGH-MINDED, but fear:” (Romans 11:20)


The Greek word for “high-minded” in this verse is “hupselophroneo,” which means, “to be lofty in mind and to be arrogant.”  This is the same word that the Apostle Paul used instructing Pastor Timothy to not accept high-mindedness from the wealthy. (1Timothy 6:17)  Nobody is special just because they have a little more temporal wealth than others, and no Gentile is special just because he has been able to cash in on the temporary unbelief of the Jews. 


 The Almighty will not put up with boastful, high-minded, arrogant, disobedient Gentiles now any more than He would put up with boastful, high-minded, arrogant, disobedient Israelites way back then. (Psalm 107:11-16; Isaiah 63:10; Ezekiel 2:3; 20:8,13,21)  Think twice.  Be nice, or pay the price. 


No Gentile Absent-Mindedness Allowed




Here the Apostle Paul admonishes the Gentile Believers to always remember both the goodness and the severity of the Almighty.  Israel stumbled and fell and is temporarily experiencing the severity of the Almighty. (Jeremiah 3:14; Zechariah 13:1-9)  As a result of their temporary stumbling through unbelief, His goodness is now being offered to the Gentiles.  Born Again Gentiles who refuse to continue in His goodness towards Israel can be cut out just as easily as they were cut in! 


Somebody said, “I believe in eternal security.  God will never cut me off no matter what I do.”  That somebody simply needs a good Bible education.  Our above Scripture verse clearly states that those who cut off the flow of goodness to Israel will be cut off themselves. (Genesis 12:1-3; Psalm 122:6-9; Zechariah 12:1-3)   As a matter of fact, it is possible to be cut off by refusing to walk in love towards anyone, not just the Hebrew people. (Matthew 18:8-9; 19:17; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:7,11; Galatians 6:7,8; Colossians 1:21-23; 1John 3:14,15; Jude 1:20-24)   


No Gentile Ignorance Allowed


“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.” (Romans 11:25)


The Greek word for “ignorant” in this verse is “agnoeo,” which means, “to lack knowledge or intelligence, to not understand or to deliberately ignore.”  What is the mystery that Paul does not want us Gentiles to be ignorant of?  The mystery of how we came to be saved! 


“How that by revelation HE MADE KNOWN UNTO ME THE MYSTERY; …THAT THE GENTILES SHOULD BE FELLOWHEIRS, AND OF THE SAME BODY, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:” (Ephesians 3:3,6)


That the Almighty would save Gentiles could not be the mystery Paul is talking about because He openly promised this to Adam right after his fall in the Garden. (Genesis 3:15)  Abraham was a Gentile and it was his seed that the Almighty promised to multiply and to bless.  This was no mystery either. (Genesis 12:1-3; Galatians 3:8)  Even Moses, Hosea and Isaiah non-mysteriously prophesied that the Gentiles would be saved in order to provoke Israel to jealousy. (Romans 9:24-33; 10:19-21) 


The mystery that Paul is referring to in the above Scripture was that Gentiles would not only be saved but that both Jews and Gentiles would be saved without having to observe the Law of Moses and that the two would become one Body.  This is what Paul meant by the Gentiles being “fellow heirs” and “of the same Body.”  He is referring to the New Testament Church, which is a result of the merging of Jewish and Gentile Believers. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:1-11; 4:11-16; 5:22-23; Colossians 1:18,24)  This supernatural merging would be accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit. (1Corinthians 12:12-13, 27-31) 


This was not to be a joint body whereby Gentiles would be connected to a previously existent Jewish body.  This was to be a brand new Body with Christ as its Head. (Ephesians 2:14-16; 4:13; Colossians 1:18)  In this new Body there is no distinction of privilege based upon culture or custom. (1Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 2:14-15; Colossians 1:18-29; 3:10-11; Hebrews 11:12; Revelation 21:9-27)  This was a brand new revelation to both Jews and Gentiles.  It blew a lot of them away. (Galatians 1:12; 2:2; 3:13-14; Ephesians 3:1-12) 


We now have a responsibility, as Gentiles, to understand this revelation and to receive this revelation.  Ignorance of this revelation is unacceptable to the Almighty.  Some “Christian” Gentiles just do not want to hear this because they do not want fellowship with Born Again Jews.  That is the spirit of the devil and it is causing them to remain in darkness. (1John 1:7; 2:8)  The Almighty will forgive and deliver any from this spirit of anti-Semitism, if asked. (John 14:13; 16:23)  Gentile Believers are commanded by the Almighty to reach out and to accept Jewish Believers, genuinely, in Christ’s love.   


No Gentile Conceit Allowed


“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.” (Romans 11:25)


Everyone knows what it means to be conceited and nobody appreciates someone who is.  Conceit is particularly ugly when it lashes itself to a follower of Jesus, the Merciful One.  


The word “conceits” which Paul uses in this verse is from two original Greek words, which actually translate into “to be beside yourself” and “to oppose yourself.” 


What he is saying is, when Born Again Gentiles begin to rejoice over Israel’s temporary stumbling to the point where they are actually “beside themselves” with joy, that they are actually “opposing themselves” and could eventually be cut off for their lack of goodness. (Romans 11:22)  


Some Gentile Believers need to get down off their high holy horses and stop believing the lie that Israel has been abandoned by the Almighty and will not rise again. 


Not only will Israel rise again, but Israel will return again. (Jeremiah 33:1)  Israel will be revived again. (Psalm 85:6)  Israel will turn from their sin again. (Jeremiah 25:5; Ezekiel 18:27)  Israel will be made over again. (Jeremiah 18:4)  Israel will be grafted in again. (Romans 11:23)  Israel will ultimately be Born Again, as well. (Zechariah 13:1-9; John 3:3-7; 4:22


Israel’s temporary blindness is being allowed only until Christ returns, at which time Israel will be restored. (Isaiah 66:7-8; Zechariah 12:10-13:9)  If the “wild” Gentiles were grafted into the original olive tree, contrary to nature, how much more easily can the Almighty graft the Jews back in, according to that which is natural?  They came from the original tree.  We did not. 


Gentile Believers must remain humble and always remember that the temporary unbelief of the Jews vacated the place that we now occupy by faith. (Romans 11:20,30-32)  God did this for us.  We did not do it for ourselves.  It is a merciful gift. (Romans 4:5; James 1:17)


No Gentiles Giving Up on Israel Allowed


“AND SO ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:” (Romans 11:26)


It is not permissible for Gentile Believers to give up on the Nation of Israel being saved.  It is not permissible for Gentile Believers to accept the unscriptural lie that the Almighty Himself has given up on His Covenant with Israel and that we are now “spiritual Israel.” (Genesis 13:15-16) I cannot possibly emphasize enough how Psalm 89 alone literally blows the lid right off of that anti-Semitic, demon-inspired false doctrine.


No doubt, somebody is wondering, “How is it possible for ‘all’ of Israel to be saved when so many Jewish people have already left the Earth having rejected Christ, and the Bible reveals that so many more will?”  Well, that is a very good question and one that is clearly addressed in the Bible. 


When Paul stated that “all of Israel” would be saved, he was referring to “all” of the Jews who would be alive in Palestine at the time of Jesus’ Second Coming.  “All” of those Jews who experience His return will realize how badly Israel missed it over the centuries and repent. (Isaiah 66:7-8; Zechariah 12:10-13:1; 14:1-15; Matthew 24:39)  It is at this time that “all” the remnant of Israel will be finally gathered in. (Isaiah 11:1-12; 66:19-21; Matthew 24:31) 


It is absolutely supernatural that the Almighty has been able to preserve a remnant of all Israel for thousands of years in order to fulfill the Covenants that He made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and King David.  He promised these men that their seed would both endure forever and inherit the land of Israel forever. 


It is absolutely supernatural the way the Almighty has prophesied from Genesis to Revelation that there would always be a remnant of Israel in the Earth who would ultimately experience eternal restoration under Jesus, the Messiah. (Genesis 12:1-3,7; 13:14-17; 15:18-21; 17:2-8,19; 21:12; 22:17,18; 26:3,4; 28:3,4,13-15; 2Samuel 7:1-29; Isaiah 1:9; 10:20-22; 11:10-12,16; 46:3; Jeremiah 23:3; 31:7; 39:9; 40:11; Ezekiel 6:8-10; Joel 2:32; Micah 2:12; 5:3-8; Zephaniah 2:7-9; 3:13; Zechariah 8:6-12; Romans 9:27; 11:5; Revelation 12:17) 


It was Isaiah who specifically prophesied that a very small remnant of Israel would finally be preserved during the coming destruction of Judah and Jerusalem.  If this were not to happen, the very last remnant of Israel would be snuffed out even as Sodom and Gomorrah were. (Isaiah 1:9; Romans 9:29)  


Rest assured, however, the Almighty will continue to preserve His remnant. 


The fact that Israel has survived and is still alive is a supernatural testimony to the existence, the power and the faithfulness of the Almighty.  He commands His Gentile children to never be boastful, high-minded, absent-minded, ignorant or conceited when dealing with saved or unsaved Israel.  


It was the seed of Israel, coming through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David, which gave the Almighty access to bring the Savior into the world. (Genesis 17:1-9; Isaiah 11:1)  


For this He will be eternally grateful. (Revelation 7:1-3; 12:5; 14:1-5; 20:1-22:21) 


Anyone who resists Israel at any time, for any reason, regardless of who they are or what their motives may be, will find himself or herself in direct defiance of the Almighty.  


They will find themselves under “The Little Pieces Curse.”  


This is a position in which no sane man or woman would ever want to find themselves. 




“Father, forgive me if I have ever been boastful, high-minded, absent-minded, ignorant or conceited concerning Israel and Your plan of redemption.  I choose, as of this day, to be a blessing to Israel and to the Jewish people.  I speak peace to Israel and Jerusalem.  Please send Gospel laborers to them. Thank You for sending revelation of Israel to our political leaders.  (Psalm 2:8; Matthew 9:37-38; Romans 10:14-17)  Please show me how to help Israel.  I know now that You will bless me big because of my love for the Jewish people.  In Jesus’ Name.” (Psalm 122:6-9)


Be blessed as you bless Israel ...  John and Barbara



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