posted by roshavotJuly 24, 2010

Can a Gentile be saved?

 

The Estranged shall end their journey and feed your flocks, the Children of the Aliens (your plowmen and your vinedressers). And you shall invite the Priests of YHVH (even appoint the ministers of Elohim) to eat the wealth of the nations that the Estranged shall bring with them. And in their splendor shall you revel. (Our paraphrase of Isaiah 61:5-6, about the beneficial return of the House of Israel; who Judah once regarded as non-citizens and forced-laborers, Eph 2:12-13; 1 Kin 11:28; 12:4).

Q & A

 
Peter's 4-corner sheet

Question: You say that God is dealing exclusively with the Nation of Israel. So you are saying that only a Jew can get saved?

Answer: No. We are saying that only Ephraimites (the northern 10 tribes), Jews (the southern kingdom of Judah and Benjamin), and those who elect to identify with Israel (their "companions", Eze 37:16), will be saved.

Question: You omitted the gentiles, so you believe that God is a respecter of persons?

Answer: You are quoting Act 10:34. In verse 28, Peter interpreted his vision of the four-cornered sheet (verses 11 to 14), saying that, "YHVH hath showed me that I should not assume that any man is common or unclean", seeing that the Voice had said to Peter, in verse 15, "Who YHVH has cleansed call not thou unclean" (a reference to Eze 37:23, but notice, those who are not cleansed are still unclean, Joh 17:9). Then in verse 34 to 36 he surmises that, "YHVH is no respecter of persons, that is, in every nation he that fears Him (Hos 3:5), and works righteousness (Deu 6:24-25), is accepted with Him. This message was extended to the Children of Israel". YHVH's focus is only on the recipients of this message: Ephraimites, Jews, and their companions.

Question: I’m a gentile and I accepted Jesus as my personal lord and savior. You mean I’m not saved?

Answer: Not yet.

Question: Can a gentile be saved?

Answer: Paul addresses that question in 2Cor 6:16-18, alluding to 3 passages from the Torah-Prophets-Writings: What agreement hath the Temple of Elohim (an expression for Israel, as we will see) with idols (gentiles, 1Cor 12:2)? For ye are the Temple of the living Elohim; as it is said, "I will walk in you Israel, and will be your Elohim, and ye shall be my People" (quoting Lev 26:12). Wherefore, "depart ye, depart ye Israel, go ye out from thence, touch no one who is unclean; go ye out of the midst of your host nations; and be ye clean. Bear the vessels of YHVH; for ye shall not go out with haste, nor retreat; for YHVH will go before you; and the Elohim of Israel will gather you up" (quoting Isa 52:11-12). And, "thus saith YHVH, Israel is my son, even my firstborn" (quoting Exo 4:22).

Paul continues to deal with the gentiles and the gathering of Israel, citing 4 synecdochical verses from the Torah-Prophets-Writings, in Rom 15:8-12:The Messiah of Israel was a servant to the Circumcision for the sake of the Truth of YHVH, to validate the Promise made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Gen 15:5; 26:4; 28:14); but the nations, instead of mercy, imagine YHVH as it is written: "You exalt me above my adversaries; You rescue me from violent men. Therefore I will praise You, YHVH, among those nations; I will sing about Your Name" (quoting 2Sam 22:49-50). Again it says, "Cry out, you nations, over His People, for He will avenge the blood of His Servants. He will take vengeance on you, His adversaries; He will make atonement ("making atonement" in Hebrew is kaphar and it means to treat, to purge, or to cleanse, Exo 29:36; Lev 8:15; 16:30; Psa 65:3) for His Land and His People" (quoting Deu 32:43). And again, "Celebrate YHVH, all gentiles! Speak well of Him, all peoples! For great is His faithful love to Israel; YHVH's Truth endures forever. Halleluyah" (quoting Psa 117:1-2). And again, Isaiah says, "On that day the root of Jesse will stand as a banner of the People. The Remnant among the gentiles will enquire of Him, and His resting place will be glorious; Adonai will extend His hand a second time to recover ... the Remnant of His People; He will lift up that Banner in the nations to gather the Dispersed of Israel and collect the Scattered of Judah, from the four corners of the earth" (quoting Isa 11:10-12).

Question: Huh?

Answer: You said that you were a gentile, yet you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. Jesus is nobility because he is the Messiah of Israel. He is a savior (Hebrew: shaphat, Strong's #8199, a defender; see Judges 2:16-18; and yeshuah, the root is Strong's #3467, liberator or rescuer) because he is Israel's kinsmen redeemer (Act 13:22-23; Lev. 25:25; Num. 5:8; Josh 20:5 & Num 35:19; Ruth 3:12; Ruth 4), who has made it possible to regather the dispersed tribes of the House of Israel with the purpose of restoring them, with Judah, back in the Land of Israel (Isa 49:5-12; Luk 4:16-21; Mat 15:24; Eze 37:5; 1Cor 15:23). When both Houses are resurrected, and returned to the Land, safe and sound, under the rule of the Messiah, they will be saved (Jer 30:10-11).

The House of Israel has been assimilated into all the nations for almost 2800 years (1Kin 12; Hos 7:8). Moses mathematically predetermined the future population of Israel to be 2 to 3 billion (Deu 1:10-11, assuming that there were 2 to 3 million Israelites at the time of Moses' discourse), so we can surmise that at least half of the inhabitants of planet earth are descended from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and are not true gentiles (although they look and act like gentiles, Hos 8:8; Luk 15:15). However, it is no mystery that gentiles have always been encouraged to be "saved" (that is, to have an inheritance in the Kingdom of YHVH in Israel), but they must attach themselves to the People of Israel and the Torah (Num 15:13-16; Est 8:17). To illustrate, although there was a mixed multitude that made the exodus with Moses (Exo 12:38), when it came time for a census in the wilderness, they were not identified as aliens or strangers, but were numbered with the tribes of Israel (Num 1:18-54). Thus, Caleb’s family changed their identity from Kenezite (Num 32:12; Gen 15:18-21; 36:15) to Judean (Num 13:6) to afford themselves of "salvation"; an inheritance in the Land of Israel (Jos 14:13, see Eze 47:21-22). If Ruth (assuming she was a Moabite and not an assimilated Reubenite) had not been adopted, she could not be "saved", according to Ruth 1:4,16 & Deu 23:3.

Conclusion

 

Gentiles are going to be hard pressed in the age to come, because all the gates into the Great City of Jerusalem are for the tribes of Israel, and all the gentiles will be outside Her walls (Rev 21:12; 22:15).

Eph 4:17-19 (Holman Christian Standard Bible) This I say therefore, and testify in YHVH, that you henceforth walk not as the gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts, having their understanding darkened, being excluded from the life of Elohim because of the ignorance that is in them, and because of the hardness of their hearts. Who being callous, have given themselves over to promiscuity, to practice every kind of uncleanness with a desire for more and more.

1The 4:5 (Holman Christian Standard Bible) Not with lustful desires like the gentiles, who don't know YHVH.