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Romans 9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also
bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,
2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
Verses 1-5 Paul's sorrow regarding Israel's
Paul says he speaks the truth and he is
addressing his brother of Israel.
He is speaking from the heart, directly and
earnestly to you.
3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my
brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
Or, his sorrow is caused because you won't
4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory,
and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God,
and the promises;
And therefore he would rather be accrued, or
separated is a better word, from Christ than
that you were.
Notice he says my kinsmen indicating natural
brothers born into Israel.
5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ
came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
Who are Israelites = the elect that we have just
God's promises pertain to them.
6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not
all Israel, which are of Israel:
Through this very same flesh, Christ came.
Christ was an Israelite.
7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children:
but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
Verses 6-13 God's purpose had respect only to a
Now this is translated awkwardly in the English.
It means these Israelites won't believe.
They haven't accepted Christ salvation, and so
the question is: have God's promises failed, and
his answer: they are not all Israel which are of
8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the
children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the
The promise was made to
all of Abraham's seed but to those of Abraham
and Sarah's issue.
"In Isaac shall thy seed be called".
I'd like to make a point here.
Understand that you do not have any choice in
God does the choosing.
But know this! If we have ears to hear, if we
are part of that elect, God brings us to
whatever destiny He has chosen for us in His
He will guide you and lead you, because He has a
purpose for you, and this world is not going to
continue much longer.
He has certain of His elect that are going to
bring His plan into action.
He moves you, if you are part of that elect, and
Paul is speaking directly to you in the chapter
9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara
shall have a son.
In Genesis Abraham had a bond wife, Hagar, with
his wife Sarah's blessing because she was
barren, and he had a son by Hagar, who was an
Egyptian and not an Israelite.
This happen before God promised Abraham a son by
Sarah which was Isaac.
Therefore, Isaac is the seed of promise: not
through the issue of Abraham and Hagar, but
through Isaac, the child of Abraham and Sarah.
Understand as regards salvation, Hagar's issue
has an opportunity for salvation, but the point
Paul is making here is that through Isaac is the
destiny of being of true Israel and of the
Genesis 17:16 And God said,
Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and
thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will
establish my covenant with him for an
everlasting covenant, and with his seed after
10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even
by our father Isaac;
This verse spells it out quite clearly.
11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or
evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of
works, but of him that calleth;)
Now Rebecca conceived by one, our father Isaac.
Note that word one, and in her womb, she carried
12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
So before the children were born, having done
neither good nor evil, God chose above the
This is explained as we go along, but I'd like
to notice the destiny that is implied here.
13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
In the Greek this is better translated, the
greater shall serve the lesser.
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God
What kind of God would love one and hate the
other even before their birth?
It was the soul that God put in Esau from the
first earth age
This is truly not difficult to understand.
It was not what they were, as innocent babes
about to enter the flesh in this world that is,
that God (YHVH) judged.
It is the same as the election .
Those chosen were not chosen for anything they
do in this world that is.
It is because judgment took place in the world
Each soul earned its place during the spiritual
battle when Lucifer first fell away in the world
that was, or before Adam was.
There were 7,000 that held the line firm and
remained with God and at that time they earned
the right to be elect.
We have a fair and loving God.
Now it would appear unfair to say I hate a child
that is yet in the womb, but you see it was from
what happened before.
This is a spiritual thing, and actually God does
not concern Himself too much about our flesh
It is our spiritual body that concerns Him most.
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will
and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Verse 14-29 God's purpose regarded only the
God put the soul into each of the flesh, so He
knew the soul He put into Esau, it's what he did
in the first earth age.
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but
of God that sheweth mercy.
This is the Father speaking.
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have
I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name
might be declared throughout all the earth.
The point Paul is making here is that, as far as
the elect are concerned, this was all decided
It isn't up to anyone who wishes or
works for it.
God decided .
God did the choosing.
18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will
19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath
resisted his will?
Pharaoh was a Gentile and we see God will show
mercy to a Gentile if he so wishes.
He will also blind whom so ever He wishes.
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the
thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
Paul says you're going to argue this point, and
in the next verse, he sets up his explanation.
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one
vessel unto honour, and another unto
Don't back-talk the Creator?
22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known,
endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to
The potter, as an example, can make one creation
noble and another menial.
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels
of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
So if God puts up with vessels that are bent on
destruction, He has every right to show His
24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the
The "vessels of mercy" refer to the elect, and I
want you to read that word "afore" with
It means exactly the same as we read in the 8th
It means to fit up in advance, to, preordain, or
These vessels were prepared to
righteousness and to glory before the foundation
of this world.
Only the elect can understand this.
25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not
my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
Whom He hath called, makes it clear again that
we are speaking of the elect.
Past teachings generally have led the Christian
to think in terms of personal salvation,
something that is left up to the individual, yet
we are told in definite terms here that "He hath
So then, who so ever be of the elect, he or she
has no choice.
Now there's been some confusion introduced to
this particular scripture.
Instead of "whom He hath called, not of the Jews
only". it should read, "whom He hath called from
among not only the Jews, but of the Gentiles".
The word "Jew" here refers to the tribe of Judah
26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto
them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of
the living God.
Verses 25-26 Israel restored to supremacy over
Again, you see here divorced Israel included in
God's over-all plan.
27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the
children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
This refers to the ten tribes that went north,
Hosea 1:9-11 You may wish to read the book Hosea
in connection with this, as it is all about
those tribes, and He gathered them back and did
have mercy on them.
28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness:
because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
Verses 27-29 Divine election justified by
That remnant is the election, and it is a small
number; only seven thousand shall be saved.
This refers of course to the age prior to the
millennium, be cause during the millennium all
shall be taught the truth.
Everyone then will be given the
opportunity for salvation.
29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabbath had left us a
seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.
And I declare to you that this "short work" to
which Paul refers, will come to pass very soon
for the Father's honor and glory.
30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after
righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness
which is of faith.
Why would the end times be as Sodom and Gomorrha?
Those in most churches of today will accept the
Kenites messiah, the false one that they have
been told is Christ.
If there were not that small remnant that knew
the false christ was going to return to this
earth before the real Christ Jesus comes... if
it were not for this small remnant, the whole
world would worship the false messiah.
And Again, we would truly have a Sodom and
But, the Lord left us a seed.
You of the elect will be delivered up when the
false christ does appear, and you will avert
From your lips will come God's truth, and the
world will realize that it has been seduced by
the false christ.
31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not
attained to the law of righteousness.
Verses 30-33 Israel's failure in spite of the
32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the
works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone;
So Paul asks in verse 30, is it true then that
the Gentiles who haven't followed righteousness
and didn't even know the law should attain
salvation through faith, and in verse 31 that
Israel who followed the law should be left out?
Now realize that it's impossible for a flesh
person to live up to that law letter-perfect,
but Paul poses the question, shall Gentiles be
preferred over Israelites, and he gives the
answer in the next two verses.
33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling stone and rock of
offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Because Israel had no faith.
They stumbled at that stumbling stone, which was
They didn't accept Him as the Son of God.
As it is written in 1 Peter 2:6, "confounded" is
a better translation than 'ashamed".
Beloved, you shall not be confounded or
You of the elect shall teach together with Jesus
Christ during the millennium and in love bring
them to God's full truth.
As it is recorded in Isaiah 60:22, a small group
shall become a strong nation.
This will be the nation of Israel led by God and
established for the purpose of bringing in His
• Exactly 2520 years from the exile
of Benjamin, Iceland became an independent nation.
The first tribe to be
conquered by the Assyrians was Manasseh,
in 745 B.C. Exactly 2520 years later America became a nation on July 4, 1776.
• Study the book: Abrahamic Covenant,
(A study outline of the identity of God's people) By E. Raymond Capt
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