The Biblical Place of Messianic Gentiles

Messianic gentiles Are biblically and prophetically part of Israel. The term Gentile is used here to refer to those not of Jewish descendancy, because that is what non-Jews are called in popular speech. In actuality, Messianic Believers who are not Jewish, but are part of Israel by faith, cannot also be Gentile, for one cannot historically be Gentile and a part of Israel

At the same time. In scripture, the Gentiles were pagans or heathens. Messianic Believers, in our view, should no longer think of themselves as Gentiles.

Grafted-In Ministries completely rejects the idea of British Israelism, and the use of Biblical concepts in a secular context, which causes confusion. The following should be understood as theological truth, which is obtained by faith alone, and which is only useful for communication of God's promises within the Messianic community.

Gathering of the Gentiles to Israel

Neither let the son of the foreigner, that has joined himself to Yehovah, speak, saying, Yehovah has utterly separated me from His people...
Isaiah 56:3

Also the sons of the foreigner, that join themselves to Yehovah, to serve him, and to love the name of Yehovah, to be his servants, every one who keeps the sabbath from polluting it, and takes hold of My covenant, even those I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon My altar, for My house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. Adonai Yehovah who gathers the outcasts of Israel says, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered to him.
Isaiah 56:6-8

The nekar (foreigner) is used of the Gentiles throughout scripture. The Gentile who has joined himself to Yehovah is not to even say that he is separated from His people Israel. Notice that these foreigners are gathered to Israel, and they are sabbath keepers. Yeshua quotes the latter part of this scripture in His cleansing of the Temple. In context, this shows that the "house of prayer for all people" is for those who are gathered to Israel only.

Attachment of Rightoues Gentiles with Righteous Jews

Yes, many people and strong nations shall come to seek Yehovah of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before Yehovah. Thus declares Yehovah of hosts, In those days ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, they even shall take hold of the garment [talit] of the one who is a Jew, saying, We will go with you, for we have heard that Elohim is with you."
Zechariah 8:22,23

No doubt that righteous Jews are to lead righteous Gentiles by example into the proper expression of worship to Yehovah, "for salvation is of the Jews." This is instead of the backwards way it has been attempted for many centuries. If righteous Jews and Gentiles may pray together before Yehovah, then they have the same covenant of Israel together.

Prophecy to Israel Fulfilled by Messianic Gentiles

Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, You are not my people, there it shall be said to them, You are the sons of the living Elohim. Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel."
Hosea 1:10-11

Even us, whom He [Elohim] has called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As He says also in Hosea, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, You are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living Elohim.
Romans 9:24-26

Messianic Gentiles are Part of the "Holy Nation."

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a people for His possession, that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light, who in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10

Here Kefa (Peter) uses the same prophecy in Hosea to show that Messianic Believers, whether Jews or no-Jews, are Israel, even giving all Believers the private and exclusive label only Israel was given by Yehovah as a "kingdom of priests" and a "holy nation."

Messianic Gentiles Brought into the Commonwealth of Israel

That at that time you were without the Messiah, being foreigners from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without Elohim in the world. But now, by Yeshua the Messiah, you who were at one time far away have been brought back [to Israel] through the [sprinkled] blood of the Messiah. For He is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us.
Ephesians 2:12-14

As Moshe (Moses) confirmed Israel into covenant by the sprinkling of blood, so all who are sprinkled by acceptance of the blood of Messiah are also confirmed into Israel. For which is greater confirmation, the blood of bulls and goats, or the blood of Messiah? What does sacrifice even mean without one being Israel? Any nation who sacrifices besides Israel is pagan and Godless in their sacrifice. For a sacrifice to be legitimate, it requires the receiver to be in covenant with Elohim through the promises made only to Israel.

Messianic Gentiles are Warned to Stay in Israel.

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 you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them you partake of the root and fatness of the olive tree. Boast not against the branches. But if you boast [remember], you do not bear the root, but the root bears you.
Romans 11:16-18

For if Elohim spared not the natural branches, be careful, in case He also does not spare you. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of Elohim, on those who fell, severity, but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness, otherwise you also will be cut off. And they [natural branches] also, if they do not stay in unbelief, shall be grafted in, for Elohim is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree, how much more shall these, which are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, in case you should become 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 Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away unrighteousness from Jacob. For this is My covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Romans 11:16-18

The Olive Tree is Israel. The root is Elohim and Mashiach. The grafted in wild olive branches are Messianic Gentiles. As long as they remain in Israel, without being arrogant of their position, they are safe and receive nourishment from the root. It is very important for Messianic Gentiles to see themselves, humbly and thankfully, as a part of Israel. Of the natural branches, the Jewish people, some have been broken off from the nurishment of the root, but not all, and Elohim will gladly graft back again the ones broken off.

Those who say they believe in Israel's Messiah, yet do not want to be a part of Israel (continue in His goodness), are in danger of being cast off. For this reason we are seeing the return of the Jewish people to their own Olive Tree of Israel.

Also, to be broken off requires the knowledgeable act of unbelief. The natural branches who have not known or heard of the true Messiah of Israel are not broken off. Most Jewish people today have not yet heard about their Jewish Messiah Yeshua in truth. Rejection of a Catholic or Baptist Jesus is NOT rejection of the true nature of Israel's Messiah. Therefore, most Jewish people remain in the covenant promises, even though partially blinded. Gentile Believers who do not realize this are arrogant against them, and themselves are partially blinded. Once the fulness of the Gentiles come into Israel the blindness on all parts will lift, then all of Israel, Jews and non-Jews, will be saved together, by the Deliverer, Yeshua. He is the very one who has turned away unrighteousness from Jacob, not from the world at large. The truly righteous person must accept their covenant place in Jacob, through Messiah, which is confirmed through His removal of their sin.

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