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(Isaiah 11:1116; 45:17; 54:610; Jeremiah 3:17,-23; 30:17,-22; 31:3137; Jer 32:3741; 33:24, 25, 26; Ezekiel 34:22,-24, 25,2 6, 2731; 37:2128; 39:2529; Ezekiel 40:1-48; Hosea 3:5; Joel 3:1621; Amos 9:14,15; Micah 7:1520; Zephaniah 3:1220; Zechariah 10:612) (Psalms 14:7; 106:47; Isaiah 59:20)

And so – In this way, so -The thus seems to correlate with with the until of verse 25, thereby acquiring temporal force, such as “when that has happened.”

– Important marker of continuation of Paul’s argument.

All Israel – This phrase has been interpreted primarily in one of three ways (and only one can be correct). The “candidate” interpretations are that all Israel is…

1) The NT Church composed of Jews and Gentiles.

2) The elect remnant of believing Jews during this present age.

3) The literal ethnic nation of Israel.

4) Every individual Jew who ever lived – There is absolutely no suggestion elsewhere in Scripture that Paul means that every individual Jew that ever lived will be saved. Matthew 11:24 “Nevertheless I (Jesus as He began to reproach the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent) say to you (Jews) that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.“)

All Israel will be saved – Notice first, Paul does not say “might be saved” but “will be saved”! This is not just a possibility but is an absolute certainty! And it is to transpire in the future.

Also that literally the text says all Israel and the plain reading would take this as indicating all of the nation of Israel.

In fact, if you are a new Christian who is reading this text and you have not been biased by someone’s teaching on this verse, you are probably wondering why give such a lengthy discussion to a topic that seems so obvious on simple reading. In other words, in your reading of the text you probably read Israel and that is what you interpreted it as – Israel.

The best paper I have seen or read (other than John MacArthur’s of course) is this paper the gives a great summary of “all Israel in Romans.”

In summary, all Israel in Romans 11:26 means all Israel. (See Master’s Thesis paper by Matthew Waymeyer (Pdf) – Romans 11:26 The Identity of “All Israel”

So I would suggest that you click on the link to get a better summary.

This will take place when Christ returns to earth to establish His millennial kingdom centered in Jerusalem Zechariah 12:8-10; 13:1 and 14:9, following the Great Tribulation period Matthew 14:15 and 21

As John MacArthur says “From the midst of their fiery refinement, the elect remnant of Israel will see Jesus Christ, their Messiah and call on Him as their Savior and Lord. Israel will thus be saved and restored to covenant relationship with the Lord.” To reiterate this is the all Israel who will be saved in Romans 11:26 – it is the 1/3 of the nation of Israel who believe on their Messiah.

John MacArthur explains that all Israel refers to…Got to be right, right?
All the elect Jewish people alive at the end of the Tribulation, not the believing remnant of Jews within the church during this church age. Before all Israel is saved, its unbelieving, ungodly members will be separated out by God’s inerrant hand of judgment. Ezekiel makes that truth vividly clear (Ezekiel 20:33-38Zech 13:8, 9) (MacArthur, J.: The MacArthur Study Bible Nashville: Word0


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