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  1. Very Nice! Sadly today it appears many Christians are quite ignorant of the biblical reality of Christ’s very literal Second Coming to earth! Indeed God surely does reveal His revelation and purposes here. And myself, I see (as Paul) the literal Modern Nation of Israel central here too, i.e. National Israel! Surely St. Paul (Saul) first expanded this subject, as he was of course a Jew, but both a Hellenist (a Jew of the Diaspora), and a Greco-Roman…to the point of being a Roman citizen (Acts 21: 39 ; 22: 3). Paul’s great defense, and his events to his coming to Christ (in time) should be closely read and studied, (Acts 9: 1-31; 26: 9-18). As Ananias said, “The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know His will, to see the Righteous One and to hear His own voice; for you will be His witness to all the world of what you have seen and heard.” (Acts 22: 14-15) Note too, texts like Rom. 9: 3-5 ; 27-29 (noting too, verses 30 through 33). With too, Romans 15: 8-8, etc. Surely Romans chapters 9 through 11, are greatly parenthetical, the Gospel does not set aside the covenants with Israel! God’s mercy is always under His sovereign will, in great grace & glory! (Rom. 11: 36)…and here literal and national Israel is always central! Surely the “Covenant/covenants” are theirs first! (Eph. 2: 12)..(I quite literally missed this great truth for years! But, my time, first in Gulf War I, then living and teaching in the land of Israel (late 90’s), was a personal revelatory time for me…thanks be to God! Yes, I am quite now a “Biblical” Zionist! And I will carry this to my end!) Compare texts like Acts 1: 9-12…noting mount Olivet, from which Christ ascended and to which He will literally return… Zech. 14: 1-5 etc. Rev. 1: 7! And note, I am most surely one who sees the Book of Revelation or the so-called “Apocalypse”, as futuristic! (Rev. 1: 19) Yes, I am also one who is unashamedly somewhat “Dispensational”, but moderately in the interpretive modern sense, but closer to what is called the PD, or the Progressive Dispensational! Indeed this is part of God’s own progression, at least in this aspect of the so-called “Eschatological” unfolding … “Doubtless much which is designedly obscure to us will be clear to those for whom it was written as the time approaches.” I.e. those who will actually see the very End Times themselves! But, in some sense, all of it is written to us! But, WE just could be those who will see the END, which is really the New Creation, itself? GOD does care and love HIS Creation, from eternity to time, and back to eternity again! And “Israel” and the “Church” are bound in their own aspects (Covenant, covenants), and yet “together”! The “New Man” here is not so much the individual believer, as the “church”, considered as the Body of Christ, noting Eph. 1: 22-23 / 1 Cor. 12: 12-13 / Col. 3: 10-11.

    “and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of the a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word (fuller) than the blood of Abel.” (Heb. 12: 23-24)

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