This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: March 20 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
The exclusiveness of Israel's salvation of ‘such Greatness’
Salvation and its verb forms have been commandeered by ‘Christians’ to mean almost everything else but what it is and to whom it actually applies in Scripture.
Right through the Scriptures, however, salvation refers to the Israel of God being saved from total destruction as a people and having their special relationship with Jehovah restored via a new covenant. It also applies to the members of that nation individually, whatever their ethnic origins, having their place within that people made eternally secure.
To thoroughly verify this from Scripture would go beyond the scope of this note, but a couple of verses from Hebrews chapter 2 certainly illustrate the need to appreciate this in order to clearly understand God's temporary purpose for Israel:
Jesus came solely to save and redeem disobedient Israel from total annihilation.
Just look at the NT evidence here primarily from the NKJV unless otherwise indicated:
(Luke 1:31-33 31 "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 "And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end." * NKJV
* That would void all the promises of Jehovah along with the Bible, if taken literally.
The actual quote is from Daniel 2:44 here from the NWT which renders the Hebrew correctly with times indefinite rather than conveying an erroneous idea of eternity:
“And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite;
That kingdom was a temporary one, to be handed back to God after accomplishing what it was meant to according to God's will and purpose - see 1 Corinthians 15:27-28.
But to continue with the NT evidence:
(Luke 1:54-55) 54 He hath given help to Israel his servant, That he might remember mercy 55 (As he spake unto our fathers) Toward Abraham and his seed for ever. asv
(Luke 1:67-79) 67 ¶ Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: 68 "Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people, 69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David, 70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began, 71 That we should be saved from our enemies And from the hand of all who hate us, 72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant, 73 The oath which He swore to our father Abraham: 74 To grant us that we, Being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. 76 "And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, 77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, 78 Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; 79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace." NKJV
(Luke 2:10-11) 10 Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. NKJV
(Luke 2:25) 25 ¶ And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. NKJV
(Luke 2:29-34) 29 "Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, According to your word; 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation 31 Which you have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of your people Israel." 33 And Joseph and His mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against NKJV
(Luke 2:38) 38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption* in Jerusalem. NKJV
(Acts 4:8-12) 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of
the people and elders of Israel: 9 "If we this day are judged for a good deed done
to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 "let it be known to
you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before
you whole. 11 "This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has
become the chief cornerstone.’
12 "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." NKJV
Yes, the we here and the other plural personal pronouns* represent Peter and the people Israel to whom he was addressing his words, not to the whole inhabited earth, mankind in general!
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