The Mystery of the Temporary Blinding of Israel
Approximately 11 years after Pentecost the resurrected and glorified Lord Jesus chose the apostle Paul to be the apostle to the Gentiles. (Acts 9:15,16) The resurrected Lord Jesus revealed to Paul the gospel of grace and the doctrine for the grace age Church. The Word of God refers to these new revelations as a “mystery” or secret (μυστήριον). These were secrets held in the mind of God until revealed to Paul. (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:26) There were eight mysteries revealed to the apostle Paul. One of them is the “temporary blinding of Israel”. Romans 11:25
“The Mystery of Israel’s Blinding”
For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
The resurrected Lord revealed to Paul that this grace age is only temporary! When the final Gentile is saved, the Body of Christ will be snatched (Rapture) up into the clouds where we will meet the Lord. Where we will be with Christ forever. A short time after the Church has been taken off the scene the anti-christ will be revealed and the 7 years of Jacob’s trouble will begin.
Read Romans chapter 11 several times and you will begin to see God’s sovereignty, wisdom and unsearchable knowledge pop out. It’s absolutely perfect. God’s plans are perfect, so precise and mind-boggling.
Rightly Dividing the Word is Crucial
It’s important to recognize that the gospel of grace and doctrine for the Body of Christ which is His Church was NOT revealed until God called the apostle to the Gentiles, Paul. ELEVEN (11) years AFTER Pentecost!!! Everything that came before was under the law and for Israel. Gentiles were NEVER under the law. (Ephesians 2:11) It’s not possible to mix law and grace.
There is much confusion and division in Christendom because the majority refuse to separate law and grace, Peter and Paul, Israel and the Body of Christ.
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