This Olivet Discourse Decoded post features an interview of John MacArthur called ‘The church is NOT Israel.’
John MacArthur says that in the future, that the nation of Israel will be saved.
He’s citing Romans 11:26, which says ‘And so all Israel shall be saved.’
In Romans 9, the Apostle Paul declares that ‘not all Israel is Israel.’ He is delineating two people groups, the physical Israelites, and the true Israelites who are Jews and gentiles who have a covenant relationship with the Father through the Son.
3,000 Jews were redeemed for the kingdom on the Day of Pentecost and more were added daily. The foundation of Messiah’s Ekklesia, His church, is built on true Israelites, those who believed in their Messiah.
The unbelieving Jews who rejected Messiah and delivered Him up to be killed were left lost in their sins. And their nation was punished during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD, when 1.1 million Jews died in and around Jerusalem.
Paul is pointing to the coming judgment in Romans 11:25, 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 fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
The unbelieving Jews, the physical Israelites, were blinded to their coming desolated by the Gentile Romans in 70 AD. And Paul was telling the true Israelites not to be conceited about the coming judgment of the unbelieving Jewish nation, as verse 28 declares that they were enemies of the followers of Messiah.
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John MacArthur says that the church is not Israel.
This is an ignorant statement by a supposed esteemed theologian! The Heavenly Father has always had a remnant of believing Israelites, His Ekklesia, His church. But the majority of Israelites disobeyed Him and worshiped pagan gods and foreign armies were sent to desolate them.
A remnant of Jews believed in Messiah, but the majority rejected Him, and the Gentile Romans were sent to desolate Jerusalem, the second temple and the Jewish nation.
Today, most people reject Messiah but a remnant believes. The remnant which is made up of both Jews and Gentiles, is the true nation of Israel.
A true Israelite has a covenant relationship with the Father through the Son, both Jews and gentiles.
The application of Romans 11:26 is that the true Israelites, the followers of Messiah, fled Judea to the mountains of Pella, to escape the coming judgment of the Jewish nation during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD.
Jewish historian Josephus does not record one death of a follower of Messiah during the war, so indeed, all Israel was saved!
It’s not about a future dispensation period when the Heavenly Father deals with the Jews in Israel after the supposed pretrib rapture of the church.
John MacArthur teaches a false, futuristic fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9, the Olivet Discourse and the prophecies in Revelation.
The 70th week of Daniel 9 is about Messiah’s ministry and His blood sacrifice as the Spotless Lamb to atone for our sins. It has nothing to do with the antichrist or the end times.
The Olivet Discourse foretold the events that would lead to the desolation of Jerusalem, the second temple and the Jewish nation; as punishment for the Jewish leaders continuing in rebellion against the Heavenly Father and for delivering His Son up to be killed. It has nothing to do with the antichrist or the end times.
Most of the prophecies in Revelation have been fulfilled in exacting detail during the last 1,900 years. It describes the historical narrative of the Satan-empowered leaders of the Roman beast kingdom (pagan Emperors > antichrist beast Popes > false prophet Jesuit Superior Generals) fighting against Messiah and His saints.
The explanations of John MacArthur serve to deflect blame away from the enemy in Rome, and to mislead the end-times saints so that they’re not prepared for how the end-times will play out, and don’t know the context of Messiah’s return.
On the Bible Prophecy Decoded website you will find summary PDF’s, links to request free PDF’s on my books and links to order printed books.
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