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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

How, then, can they convert the Jews?

"Because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou, Gentile, standest by faith.

Be not high-minded, but fear: for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee"; for "thou also shalt be cut off if thou continue not in his goodness," Both Jews and Gentiles are faithless in the gospel of the kingdom in the name of Jesus.

The Jews believe one part of it, and the Gentiles another part of it, but even these several parts they adulterate with so many traditions, that neither Jews nor Gentiles believe anything as they ought.

Therefore, as He broke off Israel by the instrumentality of the Romans, so He is now about to break off the Gentiles by the judgments soon to be poured out upon them.

The work of grafting Israel into their own olive belongs to God, who, as the scripture saith, "is able to graft them in again".

No one, I presume, will dispute His ability.

As I have shown elsewhere, He has assigned the work of restoration to the Lord Jesus, who will graft them in again upon a principle of faith.

He will bring their unbelief to an end in a way peculiar to the emergency of the case.

When the fulness of the Gentiles is come in, then Israel's blindness will be done away.

The restoration of the Jews is a work of time, and will require between fifty and sixty years to accomplish.

When Gogue comes to be lord of Europe, like Pharaoh of old he will not permit Israel to remove themselves and their wealth beyond his reach.

His dominion must, therefore, be broken before the north will obey the command to "give up," and the south to "keep not back"; and even then Israel must fight their way to Palestine as in the days of old.

The truth is, there are two stages in the restoration of the Jews, the first is before the battle of Armageddon; and the second, after it; but both pre-millennial.

God has said, "I will save the tents of Judah first".

This is the first stage of restoration.

Jesus has already been "a stone of stumbling and rock of offence" to Judah and his companions for 40 years, that is from the day of Pentecost to the destruction of the temple, so that they need not be subjected to a like process any more.

But the word saith, "He shall be a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel": now it is well known that this has not been fulfilled in relation to the ten tribes.

They did not inhabit Canaan at the time Jesus sojourned and ministered there.

The gospel of the kingdom has never been preached to them in his name hence, they are only acquainted with him as they have heard of him by the report of Jesuits, and the priests of Gentile superstitions -- a report which is incapable of making men responsible for not believing.

It remains, then, after Judah's tents are saved, to make use of them as apostles to their brethren of the other tribes, to preach to them a word from Jerusalem, inviting them to come out from the nations, and to rendezvous in "the wilderness of the people," preparatory to a return to a land flowing with milk and honey, in which Judah is dwelling safely under the sceptre of the Seed promised to their fathers.

Judah's submission to the Lord Jesus, as the result of seeing him, will give them no right to eternal life, or to the glory and honour of the kingdom.

It just entitles them to the blessedness of living in the land under the government of Messiah and the saints.