Prophetic Overview of Romans Eleven
“1) I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2) God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?… 11) I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! 12) But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!” Romans‬ ‭11:1-2, 11-12‬ ‭
As we come to Romans chapter eleven, Paul steps into the office of a prophet. Let me give a brief introduction to this chapter.
Two thousand years ago, Paul witnessed the rejection of the nation of Israel of their Messiah, which opened the door to the Gentiles. But he was quick to point that at some point Israel was going to have a change of heart and welcome their Messiah. The natural olive branch was going to be grafted back in.
We are now approaching those days. Keep your eyes on the nation of Israel. Many Jewish people around the world are turning to the Messiah. The nation of Israel is being isolated and opposed by the nations. The stage is being set for the return of the Messiah.
Read Romans eleven as a whole and pay attention to this trend. This shift is now taking place. We are living in unprecedented times.
The scholars of Israel always believed their day of rest would be after the sixth millennium of recorded history and not at the end of the fourth millennium. That’s one reason why they rejected Jesus during His first coming.
We are now at the end of the sixth millennium. Just as there were six days of creation followed by the day of rest, so Israel is anticipating their Messiah any time. They believe their day of rest is coming. The natural olive branch is being grafted back into the tree.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global