is God done with national israel

There is an interesting anti-dispensationalist text that can be found at monergism.com. It starts:

THE INTERPRETIVE grid which sees a literal fulfillment of certain Old Testament prophecies mandating a futuristic, national restoration of ethnic Israel as an earthly people of God enjoys much currency today.

Well, let’s see what the Bible says about that:

Rom 11:25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
Rom 11:26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “THE DELIVERER WILL COME OUT OF ZION, AND HE WILL TURN AWAY UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB;
Rom 11:27 FOR THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.”

Oh, I guess God IS returning to Israel. And if the text is not clear enough, Paul clarifies that he is talking about the true Israel in the very next verse (Covenant Theologians claim that Paul uses Israel to mean, symbolically, the Church):

Rom 11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.

So, Israel is enemies “concerning the gospel”, but they are beloved for the father’s (probably meaning Jacob’s) sake. God cast off Israel, but he is not done with the national Israel. Paul tells us not to be “ignorant” about this.

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