its members begin to forsake their God-given task, as was the case in the time of Antiochus Epiphanes (175-164 B.C.E.). It is true that the Church forced a suspension of their God-given task when she denied this "Great Commission" to Israel and claimed it for her own. But this abnormal situation has come to an end as the increased rate of accretion from among the Gentiles prove.
It has always been the responsibility of the Gentiles to respond to the Great Commission. Their response is not to make a new cell (the Church) which purports to be Israel, but is in fact a counterfeit which attempts to usurp the Kingdom without the Kingdom laws (the Torah). Rather, the Gentile's responsibility is to protect Israel (the Jewish people) from a God-rejecting, anti-semitic world and to cause the Jewish people to return to their land. In doing so, destinies will be fulfilled, not just for the Jews, but for the Gentiles as well--yes, for the redemption of all mankind!
In Romans 9:1-4 Rabbi Shaul unmistakably speaks about Jews who do not believe in Yeshua. Three times in verse one he pledges that he is telling the truth in what he is about to say. Then in verse 4 he makes seven clear assertions concerning the Jewish people who, are noted, do not believe that Yeshua is the Messiah.
They are identified as Israelites (not ex-Israelites).
To Israel belongs the adoption (that is, the adoption
of Gentile sons into the unbelieving Jewish house). 3. To them belongs the Glory (including the King of Glory - Messiah!). 4. To them belongs the covenants (so God's covenants still remain with these unbelievers).
To them belong the giving of the Law (Torah).
To them belong the service of God (even in their
unbelief they continue to act as co-Messiahs fulfilling