Israel did not receive what was promised

The following scriptures were a warning to ancient physical Israel that the covenant would be taken away and given to others. After reading these, see Matthew 22:1-14. This is NIV but use any translation you are comfortable with and compare translations. 

Matthew chapter 8:

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

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Christ is not speaking about the elect Jews or those with Jewish descent in the New Covenant (see Luke 21:24 and Romans 11). All the Apostles were Jewish. The early church in the first century got its start in Judea and outlying provinces (Acts 2). The late calling of those with Jewish DNA like myself is also not part of this judgement that ended the temporary kingdom of ancient Israel. See here and here.

No, Christ is speaking about physical Israel as an ancient covenant people. That was the only spiritual kingdom authorized in those days but not all were saved. Most members of that kingdom were not saved.

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See also Matthew 21:33-44 below. The following parable is about ancient Israel, who were tenants, who treated his real servants (those predestined to salvation) badly, and ultimately crucified the Son of God. The Kingdom of God was taken away from physical Israel:

Matt 21:
33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
35 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.
38 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”
41 “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: 
“‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’[a]?
43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 
44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”[b]  
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Gary here: Chosen Jewish believers are being called and saved. But this does not embrace the entire nation of Israel which was cut off from Covenant. See Roman's 11 and Luke 21:24. The Gentiles have been saved for 2000 years. Paul said the Galatians were also children of promise. Gal 4:21-31. 
Within this New Covenant, God is wrapping up the salvation of the Gentiles after 2000 year.  It is turn for the elect Jews, the natural branches. But the nation of Israel is not holy. It is just a sign and nothing more. It lost its status as was predicted in Deuteronomy 28:58-68!

The kingdom was given to Gentile Christians and now Jewish folks who were hardened are no longer excluded as they were for centuries. One way of salvation still. Now some natural branches can be redeemed. God will call some with various amounts of Jewish DNA. Sephardic tradition can help many identify Jewishness. 

So God has not abandoned the elect Jews according to the promises in Romans 11. 

The links below provide more clarity. Believe in Christ. Avoid legalistic Messianic Judaism. That religion denies the New Law of Christ and forces its followers to keep the Old Covenant Torah.

The letter on stone kills the soul. The Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians chapter 3.
What Happened to the Old Covenant believers?
The Old Covenant saints received a bodily resurrection and were seen walking the Streets of Jerusalem after Christ was raised from the dead! These are discussed in Matthew 27 and in Hebrews 11. We are told in Hebrews 12 that they are a part of a great cloud of WITNESSES. THEY ARE THE FIRST RESURRECTION!




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