The longing to see God's ancient convenanted people as a Nation restored unto the Lord whom she rejected and crucified is summarized so well in the emotional description provided by that faithful Minister of the Church of Scotland, Samuel Rutherford (from Rutherford's Letters, pp. 122,123):
'O to see the sight, next to Christ's Coming in the clouds, the most joyful! Our elder brethren the Jews and Christ fall upon one another's necks and kiss each other! They have been long asunder; they will be kind to one another when they meet. O day! O longed-for and lovely day-dawn! O sweet Jesus, let me see that sight which will be as life from the dead, thee and thy ancient people in mutual embraces.'
The Apostle Paul spoke of the great sorrow that weighed upon his own heart as he contemplated the present apostasy of Israel as a people and Nation (Romans 9:2-3). But Paul holds forth a great mystery in Romans 11:25-26 that explodes with a confident and certain expectation for the future salvation of Israel: The hardening of Israel in apostasy from the Lord Jesus Christ will continue only ‚Äúuntil the fullness of the Gentiles be come in‚ÄĚ, and so in this manner and at that time ‚Äúall Israel shall be saved.‚ÄĚ -- Greg Price.
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