PAUL DERAILED THE SAVIOR’S ULTIMATE MISSION
Study Series: Paul Altered Christ, Part 2
The ultimate mission of The Christ, enclosed within His general mission of saving mankind, is to find and save the remnant of Israel as willed by God. They are those whom The Savior referred as His ‘other sheep’ (Jn. 10:16), the very reason why He was sent by God to the world:
6 … To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
The Savior is the One prophesied by Isaiah who is tasked by God “to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel.” The preserved ones of Israel are the same remnant also mentioned by Isaiah (Isa. 10:20-22/ 11:10-12). They are the same group of people called by The Lord Jesus as His other sheep (Jn. 10:16).
THE SAVIOR CONFIRMS HIS ULTIMATE TASK
In as much as The Savior’s general mission is to save the world (Jn. 3:16), His primary or ultimate task is to find the remnant or the ‘other sheep’ of The Christ. There is no amount of prophecies that we can cite to prove our point than The Savior’s own statement:
24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
“I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel,” is a direct statement of The Lord Jesus The Christ. How could this simple and very straightforward statement of none other than The Savior be NOT understood by most of Christianity? Instead, scholars and preachers from different Christian groups convolute the simplicity of this statement and offered explanations leading away from the evangelical fact that The Son of God was sent primarily to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. How is this very simplistic statement of The Christ concerning His deployment for the main purpose of finding the lost sheep of the house of Israel understood now in the Christian world? They try to connect the ‘lost sheep of the house of Israel’ or The Savior’s ‘other sheep’ as any one, Jew or Gentile, who have faith in The Christ Jesus. Worse, there are certain groups, like the Iglesia ni Cristo 1914 and the Latter-Day Saints (among many others), who staked their own claim of being the exclusive ‘other sheep’ of The Lord Jesus.
How could non-Jew Christians believe in such a distortion of The Lord’s message? Paul said so, and they believed in him without even investigating.
(Galatians 3:7, 28-29)
Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham… 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
If the Gentiles who believe in The Christ Jesus are also seeds of Abraham then, shouldn’t it be that they are The Lord’s other sheep, the remnant or preserved of the house of Israel? If so, then they are being found on a daily basis? If this were true, then the ultimate mission of The Savior has been fulfilled. But that is not the case as we will present to you below.
What else did Paul teach that has negatively impacted the priority of The Lord of finding the remnant of Israel?
26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
27 For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”
Paul taught that ALL Israel will be saved based on his wrong interpretation of Isaiah 59:20 (the Zion referred in Isa. 59:20 refers to the New Jerusalem in the Kingdom of Heaven). Because of this view that all Israel will be saved, no one bothered to continue finding its remnant. For how can the prophecies about the remnant still be relevant when all of them will be saved? And that’s exactly how the primary mission of The Savior was derailed for two thousand years.
THE TOTAL NUMBER OF THE REMNANT
How is Paul mistaken about all of Israel being saved, or sealed as God’s servants? Because of the simple fact that there is a remnant, meaning not all. In the end, what is the final number of the remnant or preserved ones of Israel as envisioned by Apostle John?
After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” 4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred andforty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:
5 of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;
6 of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;
7 of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;
8 of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.
The total number or the remnant or preserved of Israel who will be sealed by judgment day is 144,000 of all the tribes of Israel. Why are we sure that the 144,000 sealed Jews are the other sheep of The Christ Jesus? Because of the fact that they will be sealed by the Angel who has the Seal of the Living God, The Lord Jesus-Christ Himself. How so? The Christ Jesus is the prophesied Angel of God’s Presence (Isa. 63:8-9) being the visible and legitimate Representative of the invisible God (Jn. 14:8-9) who is given the Seal of God The Father (Jn. 6:27).
Let us take a couple of notes based the vision of John. First of all, the completion of the number 144 thousand (12 thousand from each tribe) will signal the release of the wind that will destroy the world and mankind, thus, on the day of judgment. The angels seen by John who are holding the winds of destruction are the gatherers and reapers (Mat. 24:31/ Mk. 13:39) who will gather and reap the people who are saved. The wind of destruction is the Holy Spirit from the words of God spoken through His Son (Jn. 6:63/ 12:46-48).
That the remnant of Israel is exactly numbered marks the divide between them and the Gentile believers in The Lord Jesus-Christ! What else is proven by their exact number assigned by God? That they are a CONTROLLED group, and thus, different from the Gentile believers. If so, the Gentile believers remain to be Gentiles and never became children of Israel, more so, of being its remnant or the other sheep of The Christ. Yes, they have also become children of God by virtue of being born again or born of the spirit (Jn. 3:5-8) through the words of The Savior. What further proves that the Gentile followers of The Savior remain to be Gentiles?
(Isaiah 61:5-6 NIV)
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners…
5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
6 And you will be called priests of the Lord,
you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.
9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands…
The Prophet Isaiah prophesied about the workers of The Lord, His priests and ministers, to be strangers and foreigners – meaning Gentiles. And in one of John’s visions, not only did He see the sealed remnant of Israel numbering 144 thousand, he also saw the ‘great multitude which no one could number.’ This multitude points to the Gentile believers in The Lord as they have now passed the 2 billion mark.
CALL TO ACTION
The teaching of Paul that all who believe in The Christ Jesus, Jews or Gentiles, are children of Abraham have derailed the primary goal of The Savior to find the remnant. When all of The Christ’s believers will unite to find the remnant or lost sheep of Israel, then God’s assigned number that is 144 thousand will be completed.
Now that we have pointed out the derailment of The Savior’s primary mission, we call unto the 2 billion of Christ-professing people to join us in bringing back the focus of converting Jews unto believing in The Lord Jesus of the New Testament to be the prophesied Christ, Lord and King – King of The Jews and King of Kings. What will surely happen when this number is completed? The Lord Jesus will return to save His people who are among the multitude of Gentile believers and also among the preserved people of God, the remnant of Israel.