#EndTimeMyth’s Busted: One New Man Theology
I was recently reading a book that was making claims of a future Jewish revival based on passages from Romans and Ephesians. Let’s take a look and see if we can actually find the predictions that this author was claiming.
“[My] view points to Paul’s teaching that the Jews were hardened for a time (Rom 11:7-8), but a day will come in the future when He will open their eyes to recognize Jesus as Messiah. This understanding sees the Jews as still having God’s promise that assures them of a future awakening. Therefore, a major revival will take place among the Jews, resulting in Jews and Gentiles worshipping Jesus Christ together.”
Based on the Romans passage that the author references, I cannot see how he has arrived at such elaborate conclusions. Take a look for yourself:
“What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, as it is written: “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear, to this very day.” Romans 11:7-8
Yes, it does say they were hardened. And if you read the larger context of Romans 11:1-7, you will easily see that Paul shows that Israel in his day was like Israel in the days of Elijah. That in both time periods there was a Godly remnant and a larger group that was hard hearted toward God. If Paul was writing a prophecy about a future “major revival,” wouldn’t he be much clearer? Yet there is nothing in this passage that indicates a future Major Revival 2000+ years in the future.
Yet the popular verse to quote is Romans 11:26b “All Israel will be saved.” Supposedly, this verse is predicting a future Jewish revival. But that isn’t true either.
When it is read in context, a different picture is drawn: “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved.” (Romans 11:25-26)
(1) Israel has experienced a partial hardening while the Gentiles are getting saved.
(2) and in this way – this is a qualifier to the statement – all Israel will be saved. (the question should be, “in what way will all Israel be saved?”)
(3) To make the claim that this passage is saying that someday in the future, God will soften Israel and then a massive Jewish revival will take place is to abusively force one’s interpretation into the text.
There is no doubt that Romans 11 is a challenging passage, but it doesn’t declare a future Jewish revival.
Those that believe they can find this future Jewish revival in Romans refer to their movement as: The One New Man, based out of Ephesians 2. They believe that Paul promises that someday in the future Jews and Gentiles will have the dividing wall broken down. They read Ephesians 2, about what Jesus has already done, as if it is a future prophecy to still happen!
“Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands—remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
But now [not future] in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been [past tense] brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made [past tense] both groups into one and broke [past tense] down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.
AND HE CAME [past tense] AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; for through Him we both have our access [past tense] in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:11-22 NASB)
There is no way to read the passage and miss the clear fact that Jesus already accomplished this. There is no “one new man” coming in the future! Stop buying into the hype. So long as we are waiting for a future revival, we won’t have one today. Let’s go get everyone saved today! We are waiting for nothing!