Could All Israel Be Saved?

By Raphael Almeida

I don’t know about you, but I always ask myself: If the Scriptures promise that “all Israel will be saved,” does that truly mean every single person living in Israel will be saved for real? I do believe so.


This question deeply resonated with me during my time serving on reserve duty since the war began. I was away from my family for 4 whole months, living out in a tent, protecting the northern border of Israel.  


Throughout this period, I was blessed with the chance to form a unique bond with my fellow soldiers, who became like family to me, despite our diverse beliefs and backgrounds. Among us were believers and non-believers alike, including individuals who identified as religious, atheists, and even homosexuals. 


This was a great blessing for me. It had been such a long time since I was so close to Israelis who do not live life with Yeshua. Our group represented our diverse society within Israel, and you can imagine that it was not easy for me.


During the four months I served with them, I shared about Yeshua every day, receiving a variety of reactions. Notably, one of my fellow soldiers, an atheist with no religious affiliation, stood out. That soldier was really against what I shared, and in general, he was against any kind of faith or religion. Yet, he had connections to American pastors through his father’s work. These pastors had not only sent messages and prayers but also provided him with financial support, his family, and our unit. One pastor, in particular, expressed profound love and support for the people of Israel. When the pastor was in his final years and ill,  he continued to assist my friend and his family, despite their lack of belief.


One day, my friend shared a thought with me that I’ll never forget. He admitted, “Raphael, I’m truly jealous of this pastor. His dedication and love are unlike anything I’ve ever seen, especially since he doesn’t even know me and I don’t share his faith. I wish I could be like him.” This confession reminded me of a passage from Romans 11:11, “Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.”  


It made me think about how, ultimately, “all Israel will be saved,” as stated in Romans 11:26, “And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.'”


In those four months, God worked profoundly within my heart. He gave me a new and deep love for my people, Israel, and provided me with a personal revelation: Through unity and mutual love and support with the Gentiles, the salvation of all Israel will be realized. The veil will be lifted, and the eyes of Israel will be opened to the truth, for real. 


This experience has revived my faith, and I know and believe with all my being, that in His mysterious ways God will find a way to unite us all in His divine plan for salvation, for Israel and for the nations. Let’s believe and pray with faith together. Let’s all embrace this journey with open hearts, trusting in God’s promise to bring light where there is darkness and unity where there is division. Amen.

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