Session 11

Key to revival

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Session 11 ... transcript

Key to revival

Romans, chapter 11 verse 12, points to a revival that is coming.

In Romans 11, the apostle Paul is speaking to Gentile believers in Jesus (see Romans 11:13). Paul writes as a Jewish believer in Jesus.

At the start of chapter 9 of Romans, Paul says that he has "great sorrow and unceasing grief" for his fellow Israelites ... Jews who have not yet come to know Jesus.

At the start of chapter 10, Paul again cries out for the salvation of Israel.

At the start of chapter 11, Paul says that God's promises to Israel haven't failed, because he himself is an Israelite. God has a "remnant" of people of faith among the Jews.

Then in verse 11 of Romans 11, Paul says: "Did they ..." (that's the unbelieving majority of Israel) ... "Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery?" "No!" he says. Emphatically "No!" That means God hasn't finished with Israel.

Now comes our key verse ... Romans 11:12 ... "If their transgression means riches for the world and their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fulfillment bring!"

Their stumble, their transgression, of not believing in Jesus, has allowed the gospel to come to us non-Jews. We were blessed. We were made rich ... spiritually.

But, when unbelieving Israel turns to Jesus, it's going to bring greater riches. Wow! Something even better than the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Some background. Jesus was a Jew. Jesus was the promised Messiah of Israel. The first disciples of Jesus, and the apostles and writers of the New Testament, were all Jews.

The first church ... those who came to faith on the Day of Pentecost ... were all Jews. Thousands more Jews came to believe in Jesus in the years that followed.

But, they were "a remnant". They were a small percentage of all Israel. The majority of Jews hardened their hearts and refused to believe in Jesus. They had been waiting for a conquering king ... someone to deliver them from the rule of the Romans. They missed the suffering servant.

Those of Israel who did believe in Jesus remained Jews. The apostle Paul called unbelieving Jews his "brethren" ... his "kinsmen according to the flesh who are Israelites" ... (Romans 9:3-4). Paul said that he too was "an Israelite" (Romans 11:1)

In Acts chapter 10, we read about a Roman centurion, Cornelius, and his family, who were the first Gentiles to get saved.

When Peter reported to the church (to the Jewish believers in Jesus) that God had given the Holy Spirit to non-Jews, they were amazed (see Acts 11:15-18).

More and more Gentiles came to believe in Jesus. It didn't take long before the church had more non-Jewish believers in Jesus than Jewish believers in Jesus.

This is the background of Paul's letter to the Romans. Paul wrote: God's promises haven't failed because God has a remnant of Israel who believe in Jesus ...

But, God hasn't finished with Israel. Unbelieving Israel (the majority of Jews), have been set aside for a period ... so that God can get a people for Himself from among the non-Jews.

We non-Jews had been "without God and without hope in the world" (Ephesians 2:12). We received a huge blessing when unbelieving Israel was set aside. But, God says, "greater riches" are going to come to everyone when unbelieving Israel finally turns to God ... in faith in Jesus.

It will be life for the church as we know it today ...

We need a move of the Holy Spirit. And, it's coming.

Think about this: In the 1880's Jews started to return to the land of Israel ... the Promised Land. They were driven out of Eastern Europe by persecutions.

There were waves of Jewish migration to the land through the early 1900's.

In 1948 the state of Israel was declared and hundreds of thousands more Jews returned to the Promised Land.

Today, one out of every three Jews in the world is back in the land of Israel. An astonishing transformation has taken place.

Israel is thriving. It has a strong economy, powerful military and much of the desert has been turned into a garden. Ruined cities have been rebuilt. The Bible said that these things would happen.

Exactly in line with the physical regathering of the Jews and the physical restoration of the land, God has poured out physical and material blessings in the world.

Think what a different world we live in today. Think how life has changed in the last 100 years. Life today is completely different to life as it was for thousands of years.

Think about air travel, automobiles, computers, communications, anaesthetics, housing ... It's amazing.

Is it just a coincidence that our physical and material lives have changed so much for the better, exactly in line with God's physical dealings with His people Israel?

Maybe you can sense what is coming as God takes up His spiritual dealings with Israel. Every time the gospel is preached to Jews, every time a Jew comes to faith in Jesus, it releases spiritual blessings into the world and into the church. It's a key to the end-time harvest ... a key to renewal ... and a key to the last days outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

What I am saying is not understood by certain Christian denominations. They teach that God has finished with the Jews ... that the church is now Israel ... (which makes no sense at all of Romans chapter 11 verse 12)

It will help to understand the Bible on this topic.

Go now to the next session: Why Israel matters.