Where is the " Israel of God"..and how many does the bible say are going there?
The apostle Paul, when using the expression “the Israel of God,” shows that it has nothing to do with whether one is a circumcised descendant of Abraham or not.—Ga 6:15, 16.
The apostle Peter quoted what had been said to natural Israel and applied it to this SPIRITUAL Israel of God, saying it is in reality “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for special possession.”—Ex 19:5, 6; 1Pe 2:9.
The 12 tribes mentioned in Revelation chapter 7 must refer to this spiritual Israel for several valid reasons. The listing does not match that of natural Israel at Numbers chapter 1.
Also Jerusalem’s temple and priesthood and all the tribal records of natural Israel were permanently destroyed, lost forever, long before John had his vision in 96 C.E. But more important, John received his vision upon a background of the aforementioned developments from and after Pentecost 33 C.E. In the light of such events, John’s vision of those standing on the heavenly Mount Zion with the Lamb (whom natural Israel had rejected) revealed the number of this spiritual Israel of God to be 144,000 “bought from among mankind.”—Re 7:4; 14:1, 4.
Light and Truth...You didn't really answer the question. Do you agree that spiritual Israel is made up of 144000?
Matt 19:28 you quote is, of course referring to world of mankind who are outside that royal, priestly class, as pictured by the 12 tribes on Atonement Day.--Lev., chap. 16
Paradise... yes, ...Basically the Hebrew congregation was composed of natural Israelites. Persons comprising the anointed Christian congregation of God are spiritual Israelites, forming the tribes of spiritual Israel. (Re 7:4-8) Inasmuch as the majority of the natural Israelites rejected Jesus Christ, “not all who spring from Israel are really ‘Israel,’” that is, spiritual Israel. (Ro 9:6-9)
- angelmusicLv 71 decade agoBest Answer
The Israel of God is not a location of land, but a recognition of those who have been selected by Jehovah God to serve as his people in a special capacity.
Exodus 19:6 shows that the original Israelites were to produce a "kingdom of priests and a holy nation."
When the Israelites rejected God's Son, Jesus, as their Messiah, Jehovah chose to expand his selection of "people" to include even those of the Gentiles.
That is why Christians now have become the "Israel of God".
And the apostle Peter called Christians in 1st Peter 2:9 "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for special possession."
And that is why in Revelation 20:6, those who are selected as part of the first resurrection are "priests and kings".
Also Revelation 14:1-3 shows that those who have been "bought from earth" to fulfill this special role are numbered as 144,000.
Their kingship and priesthood will be over the earth as Revelation 5:9 and 10 state, to help the "righteous and unrighteous" mentioned in Acts 24:15 to attain God's favor and blessing of everlasting life here on earth.Source(s): One of Jehovah's Witnesses
- Light and TruthLv 71 decade ago
In the New Testament, the name Israel refers to the people of God, not usually in a nationalistic sense but designating those who are, or will be, gathered to Jesus Christ by obeying the word of God (e.g., Matt. 10:6-7; Luke 24:21; John 1:31, 49; Acts 2:22, 36). It also refers to Christ's kingdom (Matt. 27:42; Mark 15:32), into which Gentiles will be grafted as if into an olive tree (Rom. 11:17-21). Two passages in Galatians clearly equate Israel with the early Christian church (Gal. 3:27-29; 6:15-16), and the connection is also affirmed by Jesus' statement that his apostles will judge the tribes of Israel (Matt. 19:28).
- sego lilyLv 71 decade ago
Rom 9:6Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
7Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
8That 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 seed.
9For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.
10And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;