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Romans 11
 
This chapter is a continuance of the thought in the last verse of the preceding chapter.
 
Romans 11:8 According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear; unto this day.
 
Paul tells us and explains God's plan, why He let some stumble, and why He blinded them.
 
The purpose of this stupor is that the Gentiles would have an opportunity to accept Christ and could come into their own kingdom, as is recorded in the 21st chapter of Revelation.
 
God says, He will not go back on His word, but understand the mystery.
 
Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
  • Paul reveals his own lineage in this verse.
  • He says in many other places that he is a Roman, because he was a Roman citizen, but this is his genealogy, his specific seed line.
  • He was an Israelite of the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,

3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
  • Now Elijah had said this in 1 Kings, the 19th chapter.
  • Remember the ten tribes had left Israel at the time, and having left the old temple, they had all turned to idolatry.
  • Now think of our people today.
  • Who are the ten tribes worshipping today?
  • We see the same thing.
  • They don't know whom they're worshipping.
  • Most people, do not know who they are.
  • They're worshipping a false christ.
  • They're believing the Kenites people are the true sons of Israel, and we could say much the same thing Elijah said; but Elijah forgot the divine promise to the seed.
  • We're speaking specifically of Israel here.
  • Verse 4 gives God's answer.
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
  • This did not happen in Elijah time.
  • Elijah never died, and he shall return, but these seven thousands were specifically set aside and reserved.
  • This speaks directly about you. Other cannot understand this, but you of the elect know.
  • This is the seven thousands who know, who the the false christ is, it's Satan.
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
  • Note again this remnant is chosen.
  • It according to the election of grace.
  • He explain that this remnant was specifically chosen, and you understand they actually earned the right before the foundation of the world, in the spiritual war in the heavens, by standing with God against Satan.
  • This doesn't make them any better than anyone else. It is simply that it is God's purpose that they shall lead their people to the truth during the millennium. 
6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
  • Selected by grace and not works.
  • If it were by works, then of course it could not be by grace.
  • By works, he's referring to the law of Israel.
  • So then; we are talking about salvation and election by believing on Christ.
7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
  • Ten tribes are lost here and they did not come to the point that they should have, but the election hath obtained it.
  • The remnant hath attained the truth and not confused Christ with the false christ.
  • In no way can they be deceived or confusion; they have the truth.
  • But the rest were blinded, which in the Greek means their hearts were hardened to the truth.
8 According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear; unto this day.
  • God put them in this slumber or stupor.
  • There is no such word as ''slumber'' in Greek language, a stupor, or ''eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear''.
  • The purpose of this stupor is that the Gentiles would have an opportunity to accept Christ and could come into their own kingdom, as is recorded in the 21st chapter of Revelation.
9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a recompence unto them:
  • They think they're doing good for God, and David says, let this be a snare to them.
  • Now think of today.
  • If people are going to church all in good faith, but they are being taught a Kenites messiah and that God's chosen people are Kenites, then their very Christian religion becomes a stumbling block to them.
  • David predicted this many, many years ago, and we see today many of Israel being deceived.
10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back always.
  • Let them carry a heavy load.
  • Yes, beloved, they do carry a heavy load when they are taught hell and damnation instead of His peace and His love.
  • Within this deception, they are praying to the wrong father.
11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
  • If the children of Israel had not stumbled and had lived perfectly by the law, then Christ would not have had to come, and the only promise from God was to the Israelites.
  • There was no promise to others, but you see they did not live perfectly and Christ came, so then it was possible for the others to have salvation.
  • This came about through Christ.
12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness?
  • If Israel's stumbling and deception brings riches to the world, if their loss brings riches to the Gentiles; what a great thing Israel becomes by being a blessing to the whole world.
  • And of course, we remember the covenant with Abraham that he would be the father of many nations.
  • He would even be a blessing to the ethnos, and we know this has come to pass through Christ.
13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
  • Paul is telling the Gentiles that although he teaches his own people, Israel, he is the teacher of Gentiles also, so he has enlarge his ministry.
14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
  • Paul was a Benjamin, or an Israelite, and he's hoping to save some of the Israelites also.
15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
  • If their falling away into deception, and bear in mind always that God sent the stupor upon them.
  • If their deception brings the Gentiles into the fold, then when the Israelites return to God, they will come to life loving God strongly.
  • During the millennium, they will understand the error of their ways and shall be saved, or gain eternal life, as the stupor will be lifted.
16 For if the firstfruits be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
  • It's easy to understand that if a tree is healthy the roots also must be healthy, or if the roots are healthy, the branches will be healthy.
  • Therefore in the Biblical sense, if the firstfruits, or Christ, be holy, then the Israelites or the people He comes from in the flesh must also be holy, despite the fact that some may be in deception because of a stupor that God Himself sent.
  • And I might add because God sent it is the reason for the millennium, or the opportunity for righting their error.
17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
  • So Paul says here,  if some of the branches are broken off the natural, or good, olive oil tree, standing for the Israelites.
  • And the Gentiles from a wild olive tree were grafted, then the Gentiles who truly love Jesus, are grafted to this natural tree.
18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
  • Don't boast about this, because it is God, the Father, that responsible for this.
  • It is through Christ that you become part of this tree.
  • It's not you who support the tree, but Christ Himself.
19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
  • Paul is telling the Gentiles, this is what you say then because this is the truth of the matter.
20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high minded, but fear:
  • The Israelites were broken off because of lack of faith, and you better not be uppity, but revere and love God.
  • Don't let your faith weaken, but remain humble and reverent.
21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
  • If God spared not Israel, who is of the tree by covenant, then how quickly He would not spare the Gentile, who is by faith.
22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
  • Paul says God's severity fell on those who faith faltered, and His goodness is toward you, only if you keep the faith.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
  • If they return to the faith, God will accept them.
  • IF = is a condition
24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
  • In Greek, a good olive tree translates to a garden olive tree.
  • Now if the Gentiles were cut off the wild olive tree and grafted into a cultured and nourished olive tree, then these others of Israel, which belonged before, will belong again; with the qualification in verse 23, of course, "if they abide not still in unbelief".
25 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.
  • Mystery = secret
  • Lest = in order that...not
  • Fulness = That is, the fulness of times when the full number of Acts 15:17 is completed.
  • Acts 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
    18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
    19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
  • Mystery =  Luke 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
  • 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
  • 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
  • 25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
    26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
    27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
    28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh
  • Isaiah 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.
    21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.
  • Just in case you feel pretty special, I want you to know God planned it this way, that part of Israel would be blinded until the Gentiles that had faith were taken in.
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
  • After the fullness of the Gentiles comes in, all Israel will be saved.
  • The Deliverer, or Christ, will turn ungodliness away from Jacob.
  • When will this happen?
  • During the millennium.
  • Consider the end of this earth age, that shall begin the age of the millennium.
  • We are told in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, that Satan will appear first before Christ second coming.
  • Those who have ears to hear, understand this, and there's no way loving God or Christ that you will be deceived.
  • In Isaiah 14:16, it's says, They that see thee (Satan) shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdom?
  • Having this knowledge, there's no way you're going to worship the devil instead of the true Jesus, the Christ and Saviour that you love.
  • But what about those who do not have ears to hear, those upon the stupor was sent?
  • They are the very reason for the millennium.
  • As it is recorded in the 20th chapter of Revelation, that old serpent, which was from the beginning in the Garden, which is the Devil, which is Lucifer, is going to be removed totally and completely.
  • He will have no influence on any soul, Israelite, Gentile, Ethnos or Kenites.
  • He will be in captivity in the pit during the millennium when you, the elect, will teach with Jesus Christ; thus the people will no longer be blinded or in ignorance.
  • God does not judge any creature that is in ignorance.
  • Now understand, Lucifer shall be loosed a little while at the close of the millennium to test those that accept Christ and God's full truth.
  • They shall then have a place in His kingdom.
  • God wants their love freely given to Him.
  • They must make a choice, and the opportunity to make a choice is the whole purpose of this world.
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
  • God's covenant with Abraham that all Israel shall be saved.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.
  • Or, Israel was blinded and erred so the Gentiles could in to eternal life, but as to the elect of Israel, they are beloved.
  • Remember what He said in Revelation..touch not mine elect.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
  • God never goes back on His word, and He has said, I will keep a remnant reserved to myself.
  • Roman 11:4 This remnant is the 7,000 who will not bow a knee to Baal.
30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
  • Gentiles, he's telling them, you can be thankful that part of Israel was blinded.
31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
  • Through bringing you Gentiles in, they will also obtain mercy or forgiveness.
32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
  • All men, being the whole world.
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
  • Unless you study the Bible and understand what God's plan is, His ways are mysterious.
34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counseller?
  • Did anybody help Him with this plan?
  • Do we have a right to question it?
35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
  • Another way to put this is that, through Him come all things, even eternal life.
  • Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
  • Fear = reverence
  • All wisdom beginning from God
  • True wisdom is to justify God and condemn oneself.
  • This is the first thing to know, wisdom
  • This has double meaning, comparison both be wise or unwise
  • If you're doing wrong, God's going to punish you for doing wrong.
  • Fools have no knowledge of God's word = careless habit of mind and body.
This chapter 11 is a very deep chapter.
 
It explains the plan of God, why He let Israel stumble, why He blinded them.
 
Paul tells us why He could come to the whole world. Israel and the Gentiles.
 
He says He will not go back on His word, but understand the mystery. Through this stumbling, He will also give kingdom to the ethnos, as it is recorded in the 21st chapter of Revelation.
 
Paul says, if you could just understand the knowledge and the wisdom of God, the wealth of His forgiveness.
 
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