There are numerous references to ‘Gentiles’ in the Scriptures, and they have a part to play
in the plan of YHWH. We read much of
Israel and of the Jews, but who exactly are the Gentiles? What is their place in the overall
picture? and what is their destiny?
I have set myself the task
of studying these topics in order to attain a balance on these important issues,
especially in light of the massive
importance of Israel in the scheme of things in Yahweh’s purposes for mankind.
As the young man whose name was Israel cried out “My name is nearly on every page!”
when he was first handed a Bible (in the narrative of The
Cross and the Switchblade, David Wilkerson’s wonderful book) Yes, he was right,
Israel is the apple of Yahweh’s eye, the fulfilment of all His
plans, a people “Ruling with El.” His delight. Yahshua instructed His disciples not to go
‘by way of the Gentiles’ or ‘to any city of the Samaritans’
but ‘to the
lost sheep of the house of Israel.’(Matthew 10:5-6) He also stated that:
“I came not but for the lost sheep of the House of Israel” (Matthew 15:24)
Yes, they are the precious ones, the great family upon whom the whole of the history of
this planet is hinged, the redemption of whom is the culmination
of all the struggles of mankind! Yes, they are the ones, the Olive Tree, depicted in the
illustration above. The ones who would be the forerunners of all redeemed peoples,
and the keepers of the most holy writings, the Law of Yahweh,
the writings, the Tanakh, the very Word of Elohim.
This is an undisputed fact. But what of the Gentiles? Who are they?
They too are mentioned in Yahweh’s own book, the
Bible. (Torah, Scriptures, Tanakh etc.)What is their place and purpose and
end in the great scheme of things? We will examine this topic under three main headings:
1.Who are the Gentiles?
2.Where are they found in scripture?
(Torah, Bible, Tanakh etc)
3.What is Father’s purpose for them? What is their destiny?