Romans 11

 

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.

There has been no change of topic or context in the narrative from chapter 10 so there should never have been a chapter break here. Chapters and verses are handy for reference and finding scriptures quickly, but chapter breaks can be quite misleading when trying to flow with scriptural context. Let's read the last verses of chapter 10 and pick up the narrative so we can flow with what Paul is saying.

Romans 10:17-21
So then faith [believing] cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.

But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.

But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

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.

When you read the narrative like this, it is easy to see how it flows from chapter 10 into chapter 11. When we ignore thoughtless placing of chapter breaks like this it is often easier to make sense of the scriptures. Paul is still addressing the Israelites, those of the Judean religion who were going to the home churches who were not yet born again.

We know that we are made righteous today by believing rather than by works, so does that mean that God has cast away or discarded the Israelite people? God forbid, don't be ridiculous. Paul was an Israelite of the Judean religion, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. Israelites are very welcome in the church of God. Paul was a murdering religious dragon before he was born again yet God made him very welcome in the church of God. Even Jesuits are very welcome in the church if they choose to believe. Jesus Christ died for everyone.

Romans 11:2-5
God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot [know] ye not what the scripture saith of Elias [Elijah]? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,

Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

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.

Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

A little background is needed here. Elijah was a prophet when evil king Ahab ruled Israel. After confronting the king and the children of Israel on Mount Carmel for worshipping Baal, Elijah then executed the prophets of Baal and put hundreds of them to death with the sword. Real men of God are not afraid to use the death penalty when appropriate.

1 Kings 18:40
And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

When Ahab's wife Jezebel heard about this, she was a little pissed off. Let's pick up the record in chapter 19.

1 Kings 19:1-4
And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.

Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.

And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.

But he [Elijah] himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

When you stand against evil with truth it is going to stir up hatred against you. Baal, who is Lucifer the devil is still the god of this world, and his followers hate us with just as much passion now as they did then. The only way us Christians can be successful in life and live safely is to ensure we live the word and do what God says. When people walk away from God, he sends men like Elijah to confront them. A prophet's life can be a lonely one, and fighting against evil can be exhausting at times.

Trees held special spiritual meaning for folks back then in bible times, and that was why Elijah chose a juniper tree. For example, oaks represented intelligence and education, so teachers often sat under oaks with their students. The juniper tree signified utter despondency and despair. Elijah was exhausted and he'd had enough.

1 Kings 19:5-9
And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.

And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.

And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.

And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

Mount Horeb, or Mount Sinai as it is also known, is in Saudi Arabia. Its location is kept secret, but it has been found and photographed, so do some of your own research. Local Bedouins who live in the area call the mountain Jebel Musa, which translates into English as Moses Mountain. The alter Moses built is still there as is the rock which split when water gushed out of underground springs and formed a lake so the children of Israel could drink and water their cattle. Elijah's cave is still there too, up near the summit of the mountain.

1 Kings 19:9,10
And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

It is heartwarming to see how God looked after Elijah and cared for him during his despair. He didn't call him an idiot and shout at him, he first sent a couple of angels to make sure he was taken care of. When Elijah was settled into his new cave, God approached him with a gentle voice and Elijah poured out his heart to him. He had given his life to the word, and to him it all seemed like a waste of time. His people had thrown down God's alters and built new ones for Baal, they had murdered all the men of God with the sword, and he thought he was the only person left on earth who gave a damn about God and his word.

I know how Elijah felt too, because I've been there. Often as I look around the world and see what's going on, I feel as if I'm the only man left on earth with a heart to see the word live. When I speak up, I'm ridiculed or attacked or censored and blocked. All I see in the world is evil, lies, injustice, cruelty and death, children being farmed, tortured and sacrificed for adrenochrome, or being butchered and turned into homosexual and lesbian monsters. Watching millions of people being herded to the vaccine gas chambers for extermination makes me despair. This teaching is very timely for me.

When you live in evil times it can be difficult to deal with it. During my research I have found 'rabbit holes' that people don't even know exist yet. I once owned a first edition paperback of a book entitled Babylon Mystery Religion by Ralph Woodrow. It is still available to download from archives as a pdf and is well worth a read. When I lost my copy I ordered another, which I think was a 3rd or 4th edition, and the information that caught my attention in the first edition had been deleted. A pond outside a convent somewhere in Italy was once drained by local magistrates, and they discovered the skulls of over 50 newborn babies at the bottom. I went down that rabbit hole and did some research, but what I found horrified me so much I backed away. This is the first time I've ever mentioned this, anywhere, to anyone, and I'm only doing so because God just gave me the green light. Now that everyone knows the Vatican is sacrificing babies to Lucifer, perhaps it's time folks started wondering about where all those babies are coming from. I mean, what do you think convents are for? Why do you think they lock nuns away deep inside them, away from the world, for years? The evil bitches are cranking out babies to sacrifice to Lucifer. They only found the skulls of the newborns at the bottom of that pond because the shitholes eat the babies after they have been sacrificed. When you live with the knowledge that this kind of evil is real, it is easy to despair. Elijah said fuck it, he'd had enough.

Kings 19:11-13
And he [God] said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:

And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

Good learning here. You will never hear God's voice in the storm or the earthquake or the fire, you will only hear his still voice inside you when you are calm. It doesn't matter if you're in a war and bombs are exploding around you with bullets whizzing everywhere, God will be there for you and protect you if you remain calm and listen and do what he says.

1 Kings 19:14
And he [Elijah] said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

Elijah wasn't bitching and complaining here, he was sharing his heart with God as honestly as he could. He'd had enough. It happens. Fight evil long enough and you will tire of the fight at times, we all do. God didn't tell him to fuck off though, he took care of him and made arrangements for him to pass his prophet's responsibilities to another man.

Notice also that God asked Elijah the same question twice, and Elijah answered him with the same words twice. Twice implies Elijah's mind was made up and so the truth was established. Elijah wasn't going to change his mind and so God made arrangements so his people would be taken care of after Elijah's death, and Elisha was the man God chose to succeed Elijah.

1 Kings 19:15-19
And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:

And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.

And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.

Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

See, God told Elijah his life wasn't a waste of time because there were seven thousand men in Israel who had not bowed the knee to Baal or kissed his filthy ring. Now you know what all the masonic kneeling is about you're seeing on television. Let's get back to Romans.

Romans 11:2-5
God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot [know] ye not what the scripture saith of Elias [Elijah]? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,

Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

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.

Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

I began my search for truth in 1977, and I have given my life to studying and teaching the scriptures. Although on occasion my life has seemed to me to be a waste of time and I've despaired, seeing how Elijah went through the same thing and how God cared for him keeps me going. I am here by the grace of God, just as we all are. We may never see the word come to pass in our lifetime, but we have to keep our eye on the bigger picture and keep moving forward.

Romans 11:6
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.

Easy enough to understand. If we have received the righteousness of God by grace, then we did nothing to earn it. If we had earned it, it wouldn't be by grace.

Romans 11:7,8
What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

(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.

These verses pretty much sum up all the religions, ministries and churches in the world today. Priests and pastors and ministers are blind leaders of the blind. If you want out of the ditch, get out of your religions and ministries and churches and open your eyes.

Ephesians 5:14
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

I need a break, I'm off to make a cup of tea.

*A little later*

Okay, I'm back, where were we? Oh yeah, mustn't despair, there are people in the world who haven't bowed to that shithole Lucifer or kissed his ring. I'm doing this for them, and for anyone that currently bows to Baal and wants to change gods. They would be very welcome, even if they are jesuits. Open your eyes and believe and eternal life is yours.

Romans 11:9-12
And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:

Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.

I say then, Have they [the Isrealites, the Judeans] stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

Now if the fall of them [the Judeans] be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

Good logic here. If any Judeans today accept the righteousness of God and become a child of the living God, how much more will God love them now that they are his children?

Romans 11:13
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

Here we have another change of address. It is important to always be aware of who God is addressing when reading the bible. Paul is now directly addressing the Gentiles, those of them who were not born again and who were going to the home churches. This would have been a good place for a chapter break.

Romans 11:14,15
If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.

For if the casting away of them [the Judeans, those of the Judean religion] be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

This truth is still true today. Any Judean on planet earth, or any Jew for that matter who confesses Jesus Christ as their Lord and believes that God raised him from the dead will themselves be raised from the dead. The righteousness of God comes by believing, not by works, and it is  available to everyone.

Romans 11:16,17
For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

The firstfruit, the root and branches here are figures of speech referring to Israel. The wild olive is a figure of speech referring to the Gentiles.

Romans 11:18-21
Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.

Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith [believing]. Be not highminded, but fear [be respectful of the Judeans]:

For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

True words pertinent to Gentiles today. If God didn't spare the Israelites, don't think he is going to spare any Gentiles. If they want to avoid the wrath that is coming they had better get their heads into the word and believe to receive the righteousness of God and get themselves raised from the dead.

Romans 11:22
Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell [the Judeans], severity; but toward thee [the Gentiles], goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

God's goodness is his righteousness, and to continue in his goodness is to believe and get yourself born again. Both the Judeans and the Gentiles need to believe. If they do, they will receive the gift of holy spirit and have eternal life. If they don't, they will be cut off permenantly, forever. The choice is simple. Unbelief is not the right choice.

One thing to note here is that this verse does not contradict something we learned earlier in Romans.

Romans 8:38,39
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 11:22
Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell [the Judeans], severity; but toward thee [the Gentiles], goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

The key to understanding these scriptures is in knowing who they are addressed to. Romans 8 is addressed to the church of God, while Romans 11 is addressed to Gentiles who were not church of God. If you are church of God, nothing can separate you from the love of God. If you're a Gentile who dies without being born again and never becomes part of the church of God, you're fucked permanently.

Romans 11:23-29
And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.

For if thou [Gentiles] wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these [Judeans], which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?

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 fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

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:

For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.

For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Verse 29 is a scripture I've memorised and quoted to myself many times. Eternal life is a gift of God and he never regrets having given eternal life to anyone, ever, not even me. He loves his children, all of them, and their pasts are of no consequence because we have all been forgiven and have the righteousness of God. Jesus Christ accomplished this when he gave his life for us. Listen to the kindness of his words in Ephesians.

Ephesians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

If we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ, then we have all the spiritual blessings that are available. As children of the living God, what more could we possibly have? What on earth could we possibly lack?

Ephesians 1:4,5
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Having predestinated us unto the adoption [sonship] of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

It was God's good pleasure to do this for us. He wasn't coerced into it, it wasn't done grudgingly, or because we twisted his arm, he loves us and he did this for us willingly from his heart. That's why the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. It doesn't matter how much we messed up, or how messed up we may be, God still loves us. We are his children and he is our father. Once we are born again nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 11:30-32
For as ye [Gentiles] in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their [Judeans] unbelief:

Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

For God hath concluded them all [Judeans and Gentiles] in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

It doesn't matter who anyone is or was before they were born again, we were all guilty of death, no matter what nationality, skin colour or religion we were. Once we are born again we become children of God by his mercy and grace. All we have to do is believe.

Romans 11:33-36
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!

For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?

Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

For of him [God], and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.


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