When will the Jews accept Christ? Does the Bible indicate the time or the period when the Jews will accept Christ?
Israel will be saved as a nation at the end times. God will bring back the remnant of Israel into the country, He will cleanse them there, He will sanctify them and will make them live forever in the land promised to their parents. God promises that He will also resurrect the Old Testament saints, and they all together will inherit the land. Here are the promises made by God to the people of Israel through Ezekiel:
- The message to the mountains of Israel: it will be inhabited again by the people of Israel. (Ezekiel 36:1-15)
- The message to the people of Israel: they will be taken from the nations, gathered from all lands and brought into their own land, they will be cleansed from all their filthiness and idols, and then they will be sanctified through the Holy Spirit, who will make them keep God’s ordinances and statutes, and they will live in the land that was promised to their parents. (Ezekiel 36:22-38)
- The saints of the Old Covenant: they will be brought to live, they will receive the Holy Spirit and will live in the promised land. (Ezekiel 37:1-14)
- They will be one state: they will no longer be two kingdoms, but they will be one kingdom, David will be king over them, and God will be among them forever. (Ezekiel 37:15-28)
The book of Zechariah chapter 3:9 says that Israel will be saved in one day:
For behold, the stone that I have set before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave an inscription on it, declares the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
This does not mean that the wicked will also be saved. The book of Zechariah chapter 12 says that the survivors will return to God at that time:
It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. In that day,” declares the Lord, “I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the Lord of hosts, their God.’ “In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples, while the inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their own sites in Jerusalem. The Lord also will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem will not be magnified above Judah. In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one why is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord before them. And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn, every family by itself; the family of the house of David by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Levi by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself and their wives by themselves; all the families that remain, every family by itself and their wives by themselves. (Zechariah 12:3-14)
But the book of Daniel chapter 12:1 specifies that those of the nation whose name will be found in the book of life will be saved.
Now the question is: When will all these things happen? When will the Jews be saved as a nation?
The Apostle Paul writes, in his epistle to the Romans, that Israel will be saved after the full number of the Gentiles has come in the Church.
For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. This is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” (Romans 11:25-27)
At the end of chapter 11 from the book of Daniel it is written about the period when the Antichrist sits in Jerusalem (between the seas and the beautiful Holy Mountain). Certainly in this period Israel will be saved.
“Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:1-3)
The man dressed in linen says that people will be saved when the power of the holy people will be broken into pieces (he says about a period of three and a half years, when the Antichrist will oppress Israel). Therefore, Israel will be saved at the end of the 70th week of Daniel.
I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed. As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?” He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand. From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days! But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age. (Daniel 12:7-13)
Thus from the time when the abomination of desolation is set up in the holy place there will be 1260 days, and then other 1290 days and then 1335 days. Those who will keep waiting and will attain to the 1,335 days are blessed.
About Daniel it says that he will enter into rest and will rise again for his allotted portion at the end of the age. Therefore, the Old Covenant saints will rise in the Kingdom of a thousand years.
The book of Matthew chapter 24:29-31 says that at His second coming Lord Jesus will gather together His elect from the four winds.
From all these texts we understand that Israel will be saved as a nation at the end of the 70th week of Daniel, ordained by God for the people of Israel and for the city of Jerusalem (Daniel 9:24-27) at the second coming of Lord Jesus.
Translated by Marcela Tasca