Salvation was created on behalf of Israel only
From the reading of the Bible, we know that salvation is Israel and not gentiles. If one reads the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, they will discover a consistent theme. In a nutshell, GOD made a covenant with Israel’s forefathers. Israel will become a gathering of nations.
(Gen_48:4) And he said to me, Behold, I will increase you, and I will multiply you, and I will make you into a gathering of nations. And I will give to you this land, and to your seed after you, for an eternal possession.
Note: this promised land is not referring to the land of Canaan. Because Israel once lived in that land, and if GOD threw them out HIMSELF, then Canaan is not an eternal possession.
See study What land did GOD promise Israel?.
On the way to that eternal possession, Israel will have great turmoil among the nations and great affliction by the gentiles. The MESSIAH will appear to provide propitiation for their sins and right before the final days of earth, HE will respect HIS covenant with our forefathers. Consequently, HE will return to rescue them from their Gentile persecutors and transported to the promised eternal kingdom HIMSELF.
But through the passage of time, the gentile has created a new reality. They believe that GOD has forsaken Israel and HIS covenant people have morphed into the Christians. Christians now replace Israel as inheritors for salvation and GOD’s promise to Abraham. This is the replacement gospel. They have used many verses of the Bible, often out of context to arrive at this idea. I will use this forum to expose some of these damnable ideas.
Israel salvation only is the same in both old & New Testament
Going forward I would like to mention two things. If you find a doctrine or a verse anywhere in the Bible and it appears to contradict another verse or doctrine, we are on dangerous grounds. It is not the Bible that is contradictory, but you have not been given understanding concerning the verses.
After all, we read that GOD wrote the Bible as a parable.
(Mar 4:10-12) And when he was alone, they asked him, (the ones around him with the twelve,) the parable. And he said to them, to you has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those, to the ones outside, all things happen in parables. That in seeing they should see, and not know; and in hearing they should hear, and not perceive; lest at any time they should turn, and their sins should be forgiven them.
Therefore one will never truly hear or understand if one fails to divide the Word carefully, you will not have your sins forgiven
(Luk_8:18) Take heed then how you hear! For whoever should have, to him it shall be given; and whoever should not have, even what he seems to have shall be taken from him.
Israel only Salvation expressed in the Birth of the Messiah
A key phrase that stumbles the gentiles is the one of (Luk 2:30-32) below
(Luk 2:30-32) For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
This and other verses in (Luke chapter 2) are favorite passages for those who hold the views of the replacement gospel. It does appear to be saying that YESHUA came as a light to the Nations, whom they reference here as Gentiles. And interestingly enough it seems to have a lot of perceived reference to gentiles getting salvation.
The context to understand these phrases are in this very chapter of Luke 2 and elsewhere in the Bible, even in the Old testament. Consequently, we will commence our study at (Luk 2:10)
A great joy which shall be to all people
(Luke 2:10) And the angel said to them, Fear not! for behold I announce to you good news –great joy which shall be to all people.
Remember the principle I told you above? If the Bible is saying that this represents salvation(good news) for gentiles then there are some serious contradictions. The Bible has shown elsewhere that not all people will be saved. actually not all Israel will be saved! The term (great joy which shall be to all people), must be paid some serious attention. It conflicts with other parts of the Bible.
We get the context from (Luk 2:13-14) below
(Luk 2:13) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly military praising God, and saying,
(Luke 2:14) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
LUKE 2:14 KJV++ (King James Version)
The Blue Letter Online is also an excellent resource to understand Bible word definitions.
This is taken from the KJV translation. It is how we have always been taught this verse. No matter how you try to turn it, the reading, it will assert that that YESHUA’s coming is a sign of goodwill towards men(gentiles). This is the meaning the translators try to convey to the readers.
However this meaning conflicts with the wording of other translations below, and therefore it may be that the KJV is way off from the original translations.
Luke 2:14 ABP+ (Apostolic Bible Polyglot)
Notice that the word “with” is italicized. it is not of the original text. If read correctly, it says peace among men of goodwill; or men with kindly intent towards GOD; or men of benevolence towards GOD. Not towards all men. See the Thayer definitions.
Thayer Definition:good will(G2107) 1) will, choice 1a) good will, kindly intent, benevolence 2) delight, pleasure, satisfaction 3) desire 3a) for delight in any absent thing easily produces longing for it
LUKE 2:14 DRB (Douay Rheims Bible)
The DRB is actually an English translation of the Latin, Vulgate (Catholic) bible. In recent years the Catholic and protestant are trying to become compliant for political reasons. Consequently, the later editions of the DRB are becoming indistinguishable from the KJV.
But as incredible as it seems, someone never got around to making Luk_2:14 compliant. The DRB renders this verse as Glory to God in the highest: and on earth peace to men of good will. ***notice it is not saying peace and goodwill towards all men as the KJV say. It says peace only to men of goodwill. The Thayer definition above can be rendered as “peace among men whom GOD is pleased; or among men of goodwill; or among men of kindly intent, among men of benevolence.
LUKE 2:14 BIB++ (Berean Interlinear Bible)
The Berean Interlinear Bible hits it right on the head. Glory in [the] highest to God, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased! A clear stating that GOD is extending peace to only the men whom HE is well pleased. Not all Men.
LUKE 2:14 FCAB (First Century Aramaic Bible)
Glory to God in Heaven, and upon earth peace, Good News to the children of men. It would not be easy to render this as anything but “upon earth peace, Good News to the children of men“ GOD is saying that the good news is extended to all men. But I purposefully left this for last so I can prove a point. Since this is one of my favorite translations, I could offer the defense that it is ambiguous and the meaning could have been lost in the translation. Afterall, Aramic is a different language than Greek. somewhere hidden underneath or lost in the translation theory. For example.
(Psa_73:1) O how good is God to Israel, to the ones straight in the heart.
The statement above at first appears to say that GOD is good to all Israel. But the phrase “straight in the heart” modifies Israel. Therefore the statement can only mean that GOD is good only to straight in the heart of Israel, and not all Israel. But all of this would be made unnecessary because we read the following.
(Mat_15:24)And responding he said, I was not sent except unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
YESHUA modifies the statement to show that the peace offered to is not mankind but only Israel! But also here HE even modifies it further to the “Lost sheep” modifies Israel. HE has come to Israel, but salvation is for the lost sheep only.
Peace(salvation) comes to Israel, Not Gentiles
It is noteworthy that some translations, including the KJV will use the word, “people” but some other translations will use the world or universe. Even then, when we look at all the verses that appear to be saying YESHUA’s birth represents salvation to all peoples, we have certainty that this is not so.
(Luke 2:10) And the angel said to them, Fear not! for behold I announce to you good news –great joy which shall be to all people.
(Luke 2:31) which you prepared before the face of all the peoples;
Although good news may be apparent to all people, the actual application of salvation is for saved Israel only. Finally, we know that these verses are only saying that the salvation of Israel was openly shown to all peoples. It is not a secret. The gentiles have GOD’s word, and every man has seen the Light of the world, YESHUA
YESHUA’s Salvation a Glory to HIS people Israel
(Luke 2:32) A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
It seems like this statement has two parts because we notice the nations and Israel mentioned separately. The (gentiles) and on the other hand “your people Israel”. We must examine this closely because it looks like on one hand, it is saying something good about the nations by using “lightening” but on the other hand, we see GOD uses the word “glory” for Israel.
But since the task of addressing the latter is much less complex, we will start there. For Israel, we have “glory”. We must examine how the word “Glory” is used in this context.
Thayer Definition:Glory (G1391) 2a) in the NT always a good opinion concerning one, resulting in praise, honour, and glory 3c2) a thing belonging to Christ 4) a most glorious condition, most exalted state
In this context, we know that the subject is CHRIST and glory is referring to HIM and not Israel. HE is the glory of Israel. We know that he is glorious without measure. One does not even have to do a word study, because we know by instinct that this word could only be attributed to HIM. The word certainly connotes, excellency, Majesty, Heavenly. So we can say that *CHRIST* is the glory(a most glorious condition, most exalted state, splendor, brightness, magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace, majesty) of *HIS* people Israel.
YESHUA A Light To Lighten The Gentiles
Now let us look at the part about the gentiles. We read that “CHRIST is a light to lighten the Gentile”. Here we have two words that need our attention. The word Light(G5457) and lighten(G602)
Thayer Definition: light(G5457) 1) light 1a1) emitted by a lamp 2) metaphorically 2c) that which is exposed to the view of all, openly, publicly
In this context, CHRIST is the torch or lamp (metaphorically (2c) that is exposed to the view of all, openly, publicly). HE is exposed to all the world to see.
Thayer Definition:lighten(G602) 1) laying bear, making naked 2) a disclosure of truth, instruction 2a) concerning things before unknown 2b) used of events by which things or states or persons hitherto withdrawn from view are made visible to all 3) manifestation, appearance
An uncovering: you will notice that the words used across all six translations. It is either uncovering, lighten or revelation, but the same G602. In Thayer the meanings are constant (1) laying bear, making naked, a disclosure of truth, instruction, concerning things before unknown (2b) used of events by which things or states or persons hitherto withdrawn from view are made visible to all (3) manifestation, appearance)CHRIST is a disclosure of truth of the contents of their hearts and wickedness. The evil ones would like to cover their deeds because man cannot see their hearts but now they are laid bare and prepared for judgment.
CHRIST Coming Is A Realization Of Old Testament Promises
What we have seen in (Luke 2:10-32) is a realization of the promises to Israel that were founded in the Old Testament literature. Even more, it is a testament to GOD’s dependability. Here are only one of the many mentions of HIS coming which HE fulfilled.
(Isa 49:5) now, thus says the LORD, the one shaping me from out of the belly, to be his own servant, to gather Jacob to him, And Israel I shall have gathered, and I shall be glorified before the LORD, and my God will be my strength.
Here are some of HIS many mentions of salvation for Israel.
(Isa 49:26 the ones afflicting you shall eat their own flesh; and they shall drink their own blood as new wine, and shall be intoxicated. And all flesh shall perceive that I am the LORD, the one rescuing you, and assisting the strength of Jacob.
(Mic_4:10) Travail, and take courage, O daughter of Zion, as the one giving birth! For now you shall come forth from the city, and shall encamp in the plain, and shall come unto Babylon. From there he shall rescue you, and from there he shall ransom you, the LORD your God, from the hand of your enemies.
Even in the new testament, GOD declared these. That is why there are dozens of references that tell us that one-day GOD will rescue us out of the hands of the nations whom we are scattered. HE must because HE has said it in HIS word. It is impossible for HIM not to do it because HE cannot go back on HIS Word!
(Mat 24:9) Then they shall deliver you unto affliction, and shall kill you; and you shall be ones being detested by all the nations on account of my name.
(Isa 49:13) Be glad, O heavens, and exult, O earth! Break asunder, O mountains, with gladness! for God showed mercy on his people, and the humble of his people he comforted.
You see that YESHUA did come to comfort HIS people Israel, but here also Israel is modified by (“the humble of HIS people”). This verse shows a two-fold purpose. It explains that YESHUA came not to console all the people of the earth. But Israel you must also understand that not all of Israel is referenced here. It is only the poor of HIS people. This may be a good time to read the eight Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10) again.
(Jas_2:5) Hearken, my beloved brethren! Did not God choose the poor of this world, rich in belief, and heirs of the kingdom of which he promised to the ones loving him?
(Luke 2:34)And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, Behold, this one is situated for a downfall and a rising up of many in Israel, and for a sign being disputed;
Salvation is of Israel only, but I would be remiss in my responsibilities to Israel if I do not mention the following:
CHRIST coming is for the salvation of Israel (“A rising up of many in Israel”) but on the other hand, “a downfall” of many as well. There will be strong contentions concerning HIM. Yes, but haven’t you read that HE is a stumbling block in Israel.
Nevertheless, the Word of GOD conclusively shows that salvation is of, and behalf of Israel only! Christianity is an absolute fraud, invented by the nation. Replacing Israel will never deliver the Gentiles.