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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," February, 2010

The Blindness Of Israel

"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in" (Rom. 11:25). Several things are important to notice here.

First, it is said that Israel's blindness is only "in part." This fact belies the common dispensational teaching that the Jews "as a nation" rejected Jesus at his first advent, and that "as a nation" they will all embrace him as their messiah during the millennial reign.

Nations do not reject or receive Christ, friends, individuals reject or receive him. Furthermore, the truth is that the Jewish people were divided over Jesus from the beginning (see Jn. 7:43; 9:16; 10:19). Some individuals of the Jewish nation DID accept Jesus as the messiah, and they were Jesus' first disciples, who were later called "Christians."

So the dspensationalists are lying, when they pretend that the nation of Israel OFFCIALLY rejected Jesus at the triumphal entry, Palm Sunday, April 6, A. D. 32, as per the theory of Sir Robert Anderson. Dig this: we have completely debunked Sir Robert Anderson's chronological theory of the first 69 weeks of Daniel's prophecy of the Seventy Weeks in our book The Seventy Weeks: Sir Robert Anderson's Interpretation Refuted, and break, thereby, the chain of logic, as it were, in this whole system of popular delusionalism.

The blindness of Isreal has never been total, friends, it has always been only "in part." From the beginning of the Christian era a never-ending stream of so-called racial Jews have gotten their eyes open to who Jesus really is and have embraced him as their messiah. This is the "mystery" we are supposed to understand, according to Romans 11:25. What the text of Romans 11:25-26 is really saying is this: "don't expect all the Jews to get saved until all the Gentiles have gotten saved first--their `particial' blindesss will remain until that happens. This fits a "post-millennial" construction of eschatology perhaps best, and so John Wesley understood our text, as he dutifully explains in his sermon entitled "The General Spread of the Gospel."

It's time to quit being fooled by the old cauger Darbyite original theorists "slight of hand" regarding this text and many others. Rolling back the deception embedded in the seemingly endless interpretational nauances of such passages as Romans 11:25 is probably the only way that most dyed-in-the-wool dispensationalists will ever get their eyes open. Speaking of blindness--"None are so blind, as they who will not see!"

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