The Ezekiel Tetrad in the New Testament.
It is somewhat ironic that almost all of the verses that deal with the Ezekiel Tetrad are found in the Old Testament. You would think that the closer that you get to an event, the more that you would hear about it. That seems to be especially true with biblical prophecy.
Of course, no one asked God’s opinion on this.
Why God has chosen to handle the salvation of Israel in this way will always be a mystery – until we stand before Him at the last day.
But, let’s get into what the New Testament says about Israel’s return to the Land, and her salvation.
1 I say then, Did God cast off his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
Let me say here and now, that if any of you say that God is no longer concerned with the Jewish people (i.e., Israel), that the promise has been taken away from the Jews. If any of you believe like that, please get out of this website.
I have no interest in working with those who reject the Jewish people. You are cursed by God, and I don’t want you around me, or around anything that I’m doing. I wash my hands of you and shake the dust of your household off of my feet.
Now, that I’ve established that, we can continue.
2 God did not cast off his people which he foreknew. Or know ye not what the scripture saith of Elijah? how he pleadeth with God against Israel:
3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have left for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
There have always been Jews who have followed Christ. Always.
For two thousand years, there have always been those Jews that had not bowed the knee to Baal.
6 But if it is by grace, it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.
7 What then? that which Israel seeketh for, that he obtained not; but the election obtained it, and the rest were hardened:
8 according as it is written, God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear, unto this very day.
9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, And a stumblingblock, and a recompense unto them:
10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, And bow thou down their back always.
11 I say then, Did they stumble that they might fall? God forbid: but by their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy.
This should be a humbling statement for you. The Gentiles have come to God as an example to the Jewish people – to lead them back to their Father.
12 Now if their fall, is the riches of the world, and their loss the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
And, when they return to God?
In fact, ‘wow’ will be too small a word to describe the joy that Israel will have when they are finally reunited with their God.
13 But I speak to you that are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I glorify my ministry;
14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy them that are my flesh, and may save some of them.
15 For if the casting away of them is the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
16 And if the firstfruit is holy, so is the lump: and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and thou, being a wild olive, wast grafted in among them, and didst become partaker with them of the root of the fatness of the olive tree;
(wild olives are NOT as good as the natural olives)
18 glory not over the branches: but if thou gloriest, it is not thou that bearest the root, but the root thee.
19 Thou wilt say then, Branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
20 Well; by their unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by thy faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
21 for if God spared not the natural branches, neither will he spare thee.
22 Behold then the goodness and severity of God: toward them that fell, severity; but toward thee, God’s goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23 And they also, if they continue not in their unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
24 For if thou wast cut out of that which is by nature a wild olive tree, and wast 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?
The same curse that afflicted Israel for the past two thousand years has turned to afflict us, because unbelief has entered the church. The Gentile Christians are losing their faith and those who have not, have turned to wickedness.
The Gentile branches are about to be broken off, and the Jewish branches are about to be returned to their place on the Olive Tree.
25 For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant of this mystery, lest ye be wise in your own conceits, that a hardening in part hath befallen Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in;
26 and so all Israel shall be saved: even as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer; He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 And this is my covenant unto them, When I shall take away their sins.
And, when does that happen?
The Ezekiel Tetrad.
28 As touching the gospel, they are enemies for your sake: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sake.
29 For the gifts and the calling of God are not repented of.
Israel was given an eternal calling. The children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are eternally chosen, and are loved because of that eternal choice.
Eternal choices cannot be cancelled.
30 For as ye in time past were disobedient to God, but now have obtained mercy by their disobedience,
31 even so have these also now been disobedient, that by the mercy shown to you they also may now obtain mercy.
32 For God hath shut up all unto disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out!
34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
35 or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
36 For of him, and through him, and unto him, are all things. To him be the glory for ever. Amen.
So, if you ever have the urge to claim that the promises to Israel are no longer towards the descendants of Israel… well, read the above until the urge goes away.
I discussed what appears below, when I talked about The Blessing.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel After those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, And on their heart also will I write them: And I will be to them a God, And they shall be to me a people:
11 And they shall not teach every man his fellow-citizen, And every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: For all shall know me, From the least to the greatest of them.
This is a direct reference to Deuteronomy 30
12 For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And their sins will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new covenant he hath made the first old. But that which is becoming old and waxeth aged is nigh unto vanishing away.
And, this will be in their future.
I am tempted to discuss the sealing of the 144,000 here. But, I do not believe that this is the Ezekiel Tetrad. I believe that this 144,000 is a subset of those of Israel that have been saved. I do not believe that the Ezekiel Tetrad represents just 144,000.
When it says ‘All Israel’ (which numbers in the millions), that cannot be 144,000.
What part of ‘All Israel’ do we not understand?