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The history of Israel is replete with failure after failure. At times, it seems that their failure is more often highlighted than any successes they may have experienced when they chose to follow God’s directives. The same holds true for us. We can either follow God at every turn or make the mistake of thinking we know best only to learn that we know very little.
Even if Donald Trump is able to go a long way in setting things right throughout America, it may not be sufficient enough. In fact, history shows that the ebb and flow of society is constant. We’ve had the Dark Ages, the Age of Enlightenment, as well as other “ages.” During these times, it seems that the bad and good exist together with one gaining more ground than the other for a time. The same is happening today, but there is an earnestness in society that appears to be cultivating more of a relationship with evil.
Regardless of how often Scofield’s note has been clarified, for some it just doesn’t matter. Dispensationalism is often accused of “hiding” its real meaning, under a blanket of subterfuge. Sadly, this is essentially the only note that Scofield wrote that was questionable. His entire body of work (not only in the remaining notes and articles found within the 1909 edition of the Scofield Study System Bible), but all told, clearly indicate Scofield’s believes regarding grace and salvation.
Ryrie has tried his hand at clarifying, as has Walvoord, as has Chafer and others, yet the deliberate failure to understand persists. This same situation exists regarding the Dispensation of Grace.
Because God’s holiness and glory will be evident during the Millennial Kingdom, many born during this time will come to know Him through salvation they will ultimately receive. Remember, people born during the Millennium will still be born in corruption, or with a sin nature. They will need to come to terms with this and receive salvation during this time. Unfortunately, as we know, many will not and will side with Satan once he is released from the pit (Revelation 20:7-10). These individuals, along with Satan will be destroyed by God.
In many ways, the things that people do now will be done during the Millennium. People will be born, grow, marry, start their own families, have their own children, work, and celebrate life. All of it will be thoroughly rewarding as it was supposed to be when God originally created. It is really difficult to imagine, which is why we need to spend time in His Word so that His truth is illuminated to our hearts.
We also need to remember that though the people who start out entering the Millennial Kingdom will all be saved, others will be born during the 1,000 years. Because more human beings will be born during those 1,000 years of peace, they will be born with a sin nature and because of that, will need to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus, who will be physically ruling over all the earth at that time. Because of this, Israel will finally fulfill its original purpose of being a light to all nations regarding salvation. This is clear in passages such as Zechariah 1:11 and 8:23 as well as Malachi 3:12.
In essence, this entire portion of Romans 9 – 11 is where Paul reveals two completely different periods of God’s dealings with national Israel. They are 1) the current period of loss through unbelief, and 2) the future period of fullness when God will have taken the final remnant from among Jews during the coming Tribulation. Those Jews who survive that terrible time of God’s wrath (“the time of Jacob’s trouble,” cf. Jeremiah 30:7), without dying will be ushered into the Millennial Kingdom over which Jesus Himself will reign immediately following the Tribulation.