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 11:26.
"Israel is saved in YHVH, an eternal salvation" (Isaiah 45:17).
"In YHVH all the seed of Israel will be righteous and praise"
"I will give salvation to Israel, My glory" (Isaiah 46:13).
"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
"In His days, Judah will be saved" (Jeremiah 23:6).
"Time of great tribulation for Jacob and he will be saved out of it"
"YHVH saves your people, the remnant of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:7).
"In those days, Judah will be saved" (Jeremiah 33:16).
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
"Time of tribulation such as never was ... and at that time your people
shall be delivered" (Daniel 12:1).
"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" (Joel 2:31-32).
"YHVH will save the tents of Judah first" (Zechariah 12:7).
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
"Blessed are you, Israel, a people saved by YHVH" (Deuteronomy
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.
All quotes from the Scriptures were translated from the orgininal Hebrew
by the author.