1. Proposition: Can we tell what an idea in a verse, prophecy, passage or text means by its word definition, context, audience relevance and social milieu? Let's see . . .
2. In Romans 9 does the Apostle Paul teach that MOST Israelites would be saved? Does he advocte that ALL will be lost? Or does he say A FEW will be saved and the MAJORITY will be lost?
Can we determine a fair answer by examining the passage verse by verse? Can we finalize a Yes or a No with the conditions explained for us in the chapter?
3. The "number as the sand of the sea" and "the multitude as the stars of heaven" refers to some other nations or people besides Hebrews, people belonging to either the House of Judah and the House of Israel--true or false?
4. If false, what does that tell us about our original question? If false, who are these people of whom the majority stood in danger of being destroyed?
5. In Deuteronomy 18:15 and in Acts 3:23 it is foretold that Israelites who refuse the prophet like Moses were in danger of being "destroyed from among the people." Can Israel Only advocates explain how this prophecy was fulfilled in the lifetime of the generation who saw the earthly ministry of our Lord?
Three issues for extensive scrutiny . . .
Israel Only's forty year generation theory is both artificial, arbitrary and false.
Israel Only's forty year fifth kingdom proposition cannot be substantiated or made sense of.
Israel Only's notion of the New Testament being valid for four decades is unscriptual and 100% inadequate . . .
Israel Only advocates take what apostates and unbelievers as authorities who know best, accepting even obviously biased and ignorant statements as "proof."
Note the following quote: "And an even more important point is this: there were no Jews prior to Christianity who thought Isaiah 53 (or any of the other “suffering” passages) referred to the future messiah. We do not have a single Jewish text that interprets the passage messianically before Jesus. So why do Christians traditionally interpret it messianically? For the same reason they think that the messiah had to suffer. In their view, Jesus is the messiah. And Jesus suffered. Therefore the messiah had to suffer. And this must not have come as a surprise to God; it must have all been planned. And so Christians turned to passages in the Hebrew Bible that talked about someone else’s suffering and said that it referred to the suffering of the future messiah, Jesus. Jews roundly and loudly disagreed with these interpretations. “ Professor Bart Ehrman.
Now, note that Gabriel and the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38), Simeon (Luke 2:25-35), Anna (Luke 2:36-38), the Apostle Peter (Matthew 16:13-20) and even Jesus himself (Matthew 16:20-28), believed his mission to fulfill a messianic and sacrificial role and to return to their world in his Father's glory. So Ehrman's statement about what was expected prior to Christianity's rise is utterly false and totally meritless!
This is just a brief outline of issues we are thinking about in anticipation of tackling the problems facing Christians with Israel Only's false, dangerous and existentially threatening ideas. Please stand by!