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Prayer points for 2017

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As we get into the New Year 2017, let us put our trust not in the economy nor in vanity of the world but rather totally trust the Lord God. Never love vain entertainment nor the false promises of the Evil One. Put your faith in the Lord Jesus alone for your deliverance.  Acknowledge that all your prosperity is for the glory of God and it his goodness towards you that it may increase as per his holy will. The salvation that you are offered is not limited to only yourself but for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord. Now lets read the below verses:

I love the Lord, because he has heard

    my voice and my pleas for mercy.

Because he inclined his ear to me,

    therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

The snares of death encompassed me;

    the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;

    I suffered distress and anguish.

Then I called on the name of the Lord:

    “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;

    our God is merciful.

The Lord preserves the simple;

    when I was brought low, he saved me.

Return, O my soul, to your rest;

    for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For you have delivered my soul from death,

    my eyes from tears,

    my feet from stumbling;

I will walk before the Lord

    in the land of the living. (Psalm 116:1-9)

Now for the prayer points for the year 2017, pray each of them as many times as you wish till you feel it coming from your heart. Pray for yourself and pray for others especially your family. Pray for your state or nation and for the whole world. But as you ask, have gratitude towards the Lord God for sending his only begotten son Jesus on earth to obtain salvation for you by his crucifixion, death and triumphant resurrection. All your prayers in Christ Jesus are to be done in faith, humility and hope. Desire the glory of God as you pray. Remember him as the Savior of the World. Put in your heart and mind that the Lord God can save all those who call on his name in faith. With all this said, here are the prayer points that you can pray for the year 2017:

Personal prayer points

  • O Lord I pray that I be truly holy as you O Lord of heaven and earth are holy.
  • Keep me victorious by the precious blood of Jesus Christ over all the temptations in the world that the Evil One might have in mind for me.
  • Preserve me fully in body, mind, soul and spirit from all the attacks of the Devil, I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
  • Bless my friends that they come to the knowledge of salvation in Jesus Christ and grow in spirit and in truth.
  • Give me your peace O Lord Jesus so I can be calm in the world of confusion and deception so that I walk the path of truth safely for your name sake. Amen.
  • I pray that I be able to plan my actions be it financial, spiritual, emotional etc with due diligence for the glory of God.
  • I ask that I be guided by the Holy Spirit in all truth which the Lord God has ordained for me, so that I grow to love and serve him everyday in a better way. Amen.

 

Family prayer points

  • In the name of Jesus I bless my parents and elders with peace, joy and salvation in the Lord God.
  • And also that the younger ones grow in the Holy Spirit.
  • Help me to encourage my family to love the Lord God more and more.
  • I pray for my family members who still are rebellious or unsteady towards the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Change their hearts and mind and give them ears that are open to the preaching of the Gospel. Let their hearts glow in the love of the Lord.
  • I pray that there is unity among all my family members in justice, honor and love.
  • I reject and revoke all curses over each of my family members including the younger ones, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

Local and worldwide church prayer points

  • I pray that all in the Church locally and abroad, honor the Lord God and serve him only.
  • That the preaching of the Gospel is carried out by more members of the church instead of a select few.
  • I pray that each place on earth, where Jesus Christ is glorified receives more stability and all of those church members have true salvation in the Lord God.
  • I pray in the name of Jesus that all those who work in the vineyard of the Lord God are prudent in their conduct towards others and to themselves. I ask that they be genuine examples of everything the Gospel preaches.
  • I also pray that all those Christians who are suffering persecution on account of their faith in Jesus Christ, receive their vindication and consolation in the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
  • I pray for those in Church but who have not yet understood the love of God for them are saved from the lies of the Evil One and accept the Gospel of the Lord Jesus in all obedience. Amen.
  • In the name of Jesus I pray all heretics and also the imitators of Judas, Jezebel and Herod in the church are exposed and their evil works of deception be challenged and halted by the true servants of the Lord God. Amen.

 

National prayer points

  • I pray the every leader of my nation (or state) that I live in ends up doing only the will of God just like how the Emperor Cyrus let the Jews rebuild the Temple of the Lord God (refer Isaiah 44:28).
  • That my nation tackles it’s debt and the debts of the people of the land with due diligence. Expose and cast out all those corrupt government officials who desire to progress at the cost of the citizens, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
  • I pray that my nation does not promote laziness but rather generates jobs that have respect and fair wages for all the unemployed in the nation.
  • I pray that the laws of the land do not become a staging point for evil. And so I pray that every law that infringes upon the Law of the Lord God is overturned and repealed this year. Amen.
  • Forgive my nation of all its sins and let the workers of righteousness preach the Gospel to every creature so that like the people of Nineveh they all humble themselves and seek your face O Lord God.

 

International prayer points

  • I pray for peace of Jerusalem which is the heart of Israel and for the whole land of Israel. I pray that every treaty that is in truth evil against Israel gets exposed and cancelled in the name of Jesus. Amen.
  • I pray that every illegal invasion in each continent of the world comes to a halt, especially the invasion by terrorists in Iraq and Syria. Also, I ask that the Lord’s agents of justice act more boldly againsts all the evil doers in these lands. Amen.
  • I pray that the all people especially the children and innocent of world are safe from landmines, radiation, chemical warfare and all type of terrorism, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
  • I pray that the worlds resistance to the preaching of the Gospel is nullified more and more till the Gospel is preached to all the nations, in the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
  • I pray that the rulers of the earth be humbled by the Lord God if they plot against the people of the Lord God. I ask that the angels of God thwart the plans of the Evil One who has been working through them, so that God’s children who are those who believe in Jesus Christ dwell securely in the land. Amen.

 

I wish you dear reader a very blessed year in the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for me as I pray for you.

God be with you!

 

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Indeed one day!

Prayer points for 2016 (Second Quarter – fight back)

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. (Acts of the Apostles 3:1-10)

The Apostles Peter and John could help the lame beggar only when they spoke the word of healing over him, in the of name of Jesus Christ. The beggar was lame right from birth and every day until he decided to believe in the Word of God. He had to mentally fight back all of his past experiences. He didn’t even bother that how will be able to get the sympathy of people once he is healed so that they give him alms. All he wanted was his healing. So by faith in the Word of God he received his healing.

Are you willing to fight back everything that is preventing you from achieving everything good in your life by the grace of God?

If yes, then the following prayer points are indeed for you.

 

Personal prayer points

  • I pray that everything which hinders me from doing the will of God is exposed and cut off from my life.
  • That everything blocking my healing and finances are uprooted in the name of Jesus.
  • That every secretly false person with whom I interact or have relationships with, is exposed in their misdeeds and that I’m set free from such ungodly partnerships.
  • I pray for peace and property in my family.
  • I pray that every evil spirit sent against me is removed out of my life completely and never wins against me, in the name of Jesus.
  • That every ungodly thing that is working against me is cast out of my life totally.
  • That the holy angels of God fight for me everywhere so that no harm befalls me.
  • That the favour of the Lord God is upon me and everyone who meets me reflects the favour of God on me and not a single bit of evil overcomes me.
  • That I truly believe, think and act like a conqueror in Jesus Christ.
  • That no matter what happened in the past, I do not live in fear and unbelief but rather be confident in the name of the Lord.
  • That I always be above and not below as I trust in the Lord God who created the heaven and the earth.
  • I pray that the grace of God works in all areas of my life and the Holy Spirit directs my paths everyday to honour the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

National prayer points

  • I pray in faith to the Lord God who raises good leaders and deposes the evil leaders, that my nation is rid of every selfish and immoral leader.
  • That all leaders who plot secretly against my nation and its citizens are exposed and pushed out of their places of influence and prominence.
  • That only good and just leaders get elected/chosen to run my state and nation.
  • That no false leader is selected due to sympathy votes and fake votes.
  • That all enemies whether foreign or domestic do not succeed in their evil plans against my fellow countrymen.
  • That the national infrastructure, the environment, the land, the air and the sea are kept safe, clean and secure.
  • I ask that the angel of God watch and protect the poor, the underprivileged, the orphans, widows etc and by this no harm affects whom they are protecting.
  • I pray all our national weaponry and ammunition are in safe hands and let no enemy be able to sabotage and destroy it.
  • I pray that the people of my nation do not give up their rights for the sake of fake peace and fake promises of peace by anyone whether in government, media or religion.
  • That all terror attacks are foiled and all bombs are disarmed or fail to go off when planted in my nation.
  • That the economy does well and the finances of those who belief in the Lord God are protected against all harm by vile schemers.
  • That the laws of my nation are prevented from being misused to allow immoral living and profane entertainment.
  • That all the medical plans and medical practitioners are made to work only to benefit the people and not to harm nor short change them.
  • I pray for the true peace and prosperity of my nation, in the name of Jesus. Amen and Amen.

 

International prayer points

  • I pray that all those who plot terror against innocent and unsuspecting people of various nations are punished by the Lord God Almighty, in this life and in the next.
  • I pray for peace and justice to be established in the land of Israel. Let the rocket attacks continue to be thwarted by the Israeli Defence Forces and let them be victorious against all evil doers.
  • That all those who plan stabbings in Israel are stopped right in their tracks. May the forces of good neutralize the murderers of the innocent. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
  • That nations in South America, Africa and Asia are kept stable politically and are self-sufficient so that they don’t have to borrow from other nations and put a strain on the global economy.
  • That Western nations do not keep lending to other nations while their own economies are yet to recover from the economic turmoil they have been through in the past years.
  • That all of Europe thinks logically about accepting each and refugees from the Middle East so that no workers of iniquity later on cause terror attacks in Europe. Also that Greece, Macedonia and other countries develop the right plans and attitudes about absorbing the refugees or deporting the fake ones among them.
  • I pray for peace in both the Korea’s and that Japan and China are also kept from provoking each other to wars and do not disrespect each other especially by war shrines and memorials.
  • I pray that the Russian’s do what is right wherever they go to achieve justice when other other nations try to act neutral instead of fighting for the innocent in Iraq and Syria. That wherever they claim to go to secure peace for that nation, there is true peace without hidden malice. I pray that the Russian leadership works in justice and honesty for their own people and others too.
  • That all nuclear installations in various nations of the world are kept safe from sabotage and evil hands.
  • That all chemical and biological warfare programs are not misused in various nations.
  • I pray for the will of God to work in all nations whether they are believers or not. Amen.

 

Local church prayer points

  • I pray that the people who attend their local church continue to do so with true faith and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • That there are no untoward incidents of violence and hate in the local church.
  • That the Word of God is preached fully and without compromise to all those who come to church.
  • That there the preachers of the Gospel seek to please the Lord God alone and not those who want to get ears tingled.
  • That those who have immoral lifestyles coming to church are not ignored but challenged in true love and humility to leave their sinful ways and love the Lord in spirit and truth.
  • I pray that the local church is a beacon of light in a neighbourhood of despair and confusion, so that people are drawn up to Jesus Christ who is the source of this light.
  • That all who come to the local church receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ very clearly and without any ambiguity.
  • I pray for healing and deliverance to happen more strongly and visibly in the local church.
  • I pray for the presence of the Lord God to be felt in such a way that it cannot be denied in the local church.
  • That all counterfeit spirits are banished from operating in the activities of the local church.
  • That the angels of God guard the local church and the followers of Jesus Christ who attend it.
  • That the Holy Spirit guides and leads the people to follow Jesus Christ more closely.
  • I pray that the people grow and achieve their calling in the local church. I ask this all in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

Worldwide church prayer points

  • I pray that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached to each and every nation in the world.
  • That all the Gospel gets preached despite all the opposition.
  • That all heretics and false prophets are named and shamed, so that the people are not misled into sin.
  • That the angels of God interrupt the plans of the Evil One, in the lives of those who active preach the Gospel.
  • That all those who profess the Christian faith stop fighting each other and recognize all false man made divisions which prevent them from loving and respecting one another.
  • I pray that all religious leaders who instigate their denominations to feel superior against other denominations are exposed for their sins of pride and malice, which go against the tenets of the Bible. May their followers realize that they are being used and misled to false promote the superiority of their denomination though the Bible tells us to be humble.
  • I pray that the coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ is never delayed but he comes soon enough to lead all Christians on earth and break away all divisions. I asked all this in the name of Jesus, through the intercession of Holy Spirit for the glory of the Lord God. Amen.

 

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O come, O come, Emmanuel (Video)

This song not just prays for the return of Jesus Christ but also pleads for him to save Israel as well. Indeed, God’s will be done.

Here are the lyrics:

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Prayer points for 2016

As we come to the close of one year and the beginning of a new one, let’s come with a willingness to change what’s gone wrong. Let’s have the desire to continue in what is right. This is a time to reflect and pray for a better year ahead in 2016. For this we can read the below verses:

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100)

Now for the prayer points for 2016, I’ve broken then up into five basic categories as mentioned below. Pray each of them as applicable to your own need. Faith in Jesus Christ is the key to a victorious 2016, keep this in mind as you pray them out. Also ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you as you pray, so that you remember any special thing that you need to pray for this year and do not miss it. Here are the prayer points:

Personal prayer points

  • O Lord I pray that get more opportunities to love and serve you all through the year of 2016.
  • Keep me and my loved ones safe from all dangers and terrors and calamities by your grace. Let not the enemy prevail against me in any way.
  • Protect my health, intellect, memory and finances O Saviour of the world. Remove all debt and financial liabilities out of my life. Help me to make the right decisions about the way I work and spend my money.
  • Bless my family, friends and loved ones with safety in spirit and in body too.
  • Let all demonic influences be exposed and removed from my life and from my loves ones, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
  • Open my eyes to take every day fruitfully by reading and believing in your Holy Word.
  • Help me by your Holy Spirit to put my hope not in any man nor woman but only in Christ Jesus the Lord.
  • I pray that I keep getting wisdom from above to help me walk wisely and in the light of Christ.
  • Bless me with gratitude as my attitude towards you O true Lord of all, that I don’t fall into pride and vanity. Amen.

National prayer points

  • I ask for forgiveness and healing for my nation in which I live and which you have ordained me to be in O God.
  • I pray that all evil leaders and corrupt officials are booted out of their seats and positions of power. I also desire that these bad one’s are not let loose again to carry out their evil plans against anyone.
  • Please instead of them give us real and true leaders that seek only the welfare of the nation.
  • In the name of Jesus I prayer that there be no earthquakes, no tsunamis, no snow nor sand storms nor forest fires for each every area I pray for in this nation (try to think which place needs which sort of safety).
  • I pray that the borders of my nation are secure and all traitors are stopped from carrying out their evil deeds.
  • I ask that there comes no civil war in this nation nor is there any infringement of the rights of the people in the name of false peace and false safety by the government.
  • Grant that those who plot against my fellow Christians and true Jews in my nations are only met with failure in their evil schemes. Amen.

International prayer points

  • I pray for peace in every nation where there is war, that the killings and violence cease.
  • That children are no longer harmed in places such as Uganda, Nigeria, Iraq, Syria, North Korea and Afghanistan etc.
  • That the laws of the nations are not twisted to enable the people to transgress the will of God in areas of marriage, relationships, finances, genetics etc.
  • I pray that all false refugees are stopped and only true refugees are cared for in Europe and North America.
  • That there is true peace in Israel and all of Jerusalem.
  • That there be escape for the people of various nations from natural calamities and financial ruin.
  • May the weapons and bombs of the terror groups fail in abundance where they plot against innocent people. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

Local church prayer points

  • I pray that the local church finds true rest in Christ the Lord.
  • That there is no racial nor ethnic discrimination in church.
  • That the church goers desire to pray everyday and read the Bible everyday.
  • That the people of the church worship God with eagerness and thanksgiving.
  • That there is only the right understanding of the Holy Scriptures at church.
  • I ask in faith that my local church is protected by the grace of God from all enemies visible and invisible.
  • That my local church is kept safe against all heresies and worldly lies..
  • I pray for the elders and leaders and preachers of the local church, that they be true to divine calling in serving the people of God in Christ like humility and courage. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

Worldwide church prayer points

  • I pray that all resistance to the authority of Jesus Christ is met with failure by his enemies who might pose as true believers but are in reality fake ones.
  • That the church of the Lord Jesus Christ continues to have faith among its various members even if this is an age where people become apostates.
  • That all denominational fights are settled in a peaceful way without compromising on the true Gospel teaching.
  • That all false Christian unity movements and related organizations are exposed and their plans are sabotaged by the people of God and the angels of God.
  • That the Gospel is preached to every nation on Earth in accordance with the will of God.
  • That signs and wonders of the Lord by the Holy Spirit pave way for the preaching of the Gospel and healing of the nations.
  • I ask for the safety of missionaries and even the general Christians in areas where the persecution against those who believe in Christ is dangerous and tyrannical.
  • I pray that in regions where Christians are in majority, that they are not lax in the keeping the faith nor are they stuck in worthless pursuits of worldly passions. May their eyes open to the truth and not be fascinated by the darkness of the world. O Lord, cause the preachers to preach to the people over there without diluting the Word of God. Amen.

I wish all those who have taken the initiative to read this, a blessed and prosperous New Year in the Lord Jesus Christ. May the joy the Lord be your strength. I pray to God that the Enemy of your soul is not able to outwit you and also that you cling always to the Word of God in all that you say, think or do. Amen.

Christ be with you, this entire year and forever!

A short prayer for Israel

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Psalm 115 (To Your Name O Lord Give Glory)

1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
Why should the nations say,“Where is their God?”

Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.
They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell.
They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk;
    and they do not make a sound in their throat.
Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.

O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LordHe is their help and their shield.
11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the LordHe is their help and their shield.
12 The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron;
13 he will bless those who fear the Lord, both the small and the great.

14 May the Lord give you increase, you and your children!
15 May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
16 The heavens are the Lord‘s heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man.

17 The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence.
18 But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the Lord!

 

Reflection on Psalm 115:

The Lord God respects his Holy Name because is faithful and ever-loving. There is no need for unbelievers to question where God is. Because the answer is already given; God is in heaven and does whatever he wishes. The Lord is not like any false god of whom people make idols. He is genuine and everlasting. His dominion is from age to age. Idols of false gods are useless because they don’t have the sense of hearing nor the sense of taste and neither can they see. So shallow are false idols that they cannot even walk. As lifeless as these idols are, so is the effect of putting hope in them. Avoid all such detestable idols. Let no material object nor any lust of any kind nor any thought pattern from the sinful world become a false idol to you!

The nation of Israel not matter what their current state is still called to trust in the Lord God and so are their priests; the household of Aaron. All those who trust in the Lord must remember he is the help and the shield of Israel and all believers when they trust in him. The Lord won’t forever forget the household of Israel nor that of Aaron the high priest of Israel, as per the law of Moses. In due time, he will turn their hearts back to him. But do remember, that God’s favour is not limited to them alone but is for all people who respectfully fear the Lord even if they are from the most remote parts of the earth. God’s mercy is available for all nations, tribes, language groups and races of the earth.

Always seek the blessing of God the everlasting One for yourself and your children. Because he is Great and has made heaven and earth. All of heaven belongs to the Lord of all the holy angels. But he has given mankind the earth, not as a possession but for stewardship, so that they glorify HIM in their thoughts, words and deeds while on earth.

Make good use of the time when you are alive on earth. Because for those who are dead, especially those who are dead in spirit to the will of God, there no time later to praise the Lord. While for those who are righteous in Christ at the time of their death are more alive than ever. They will praise the Lord in eternity which has God’s living light.

As for those of us who are still living on earth, lets us bless and praise the Lord forever and ever. Praise the Lord.

 

Verses for further reflection:

  1. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. (1 John 5:21)
  2. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8)
  3. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5)
  4. Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” (Romans 11: 25-27)
  5. After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7: 9-10)

Israel: Fulfilling Bible Prophecy (Video)

Note: Credit for the YouTube video goes to Associated Bible Students of Central Ohio (www.biblestudents.com)

God’s plan for the Jews (prophecy)

The Lord God has the final say about the Jews and their future. No man nor woman nor demon can sabotage their destiny which comes from God the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. People tend to forget a historical fact in the beginnings of the Church it had a Jewish majority and also that Jesus Christ himself was born a Jew. Only fools will use the Bible as a pretext to hate Jews. Never use the Bible to promote racism of any sort!

God still loves the Jews and wants them to be saved. Any teaching that says Jews are doomed forever is in fact a false teaching and heresy.

At present the Jews are still not saved as a nation but that doesn’t write them off. If anyone can save the Jews then its only one person; the great Lord and Deliverer Jesus Christ himself. Please read Romans chapter 11 mentioned below to get clear understanding about the future of Israel:

11 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written,

“God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.”

And David says,

“Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; 10 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.”

11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. 12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!

13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry 14 in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. 15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? 16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. 19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. 23 And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.

25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,

“The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; 27 “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”

28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. 32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”

36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

 

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