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Do Christians Replace Israel in the Plan of God?

No. Not according to the Bible. God who is the same and changes not (Psalm 102:27, Malachi 3:6) promised the children of Israel they would be comforted.
In Leviticus 26:44-45, God told them He would remember the covenant He made with their ancestors. "I say then, hath God cast away His people? God forbid. For I am also an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
Verse 2, God hath not cast away His people which
He foreknew... " (Romans 11:1 and 2).

For thousands of years history has witnessed the unfolding of prophecies about Israel in the Old Testament even to this very day, TWO THOUSAND plus years of Christianity later. Isaiah 66:8 foretold of a nation being born in one day. In the United Nations in May, 1948, Israel was "reborn" and miraculously they still had their culture and language. God, in fulfillment to His Word scattered His people from their land and made it desolate, (Ezekiel 6:2,6,8 & 14).

The Ottoman (Turkish) Empire wreaked havoc making the land desolate by imposing a tree tax on live trees. But God also promised Israel many times they would return to their land (Isaiah 35:10<) and Ezekiel 36:8 goes further to tell how the mountains of Israel will again blossom. Likewise, Isaiah 35, verses 1 & 2 predict the desert would bloom again. All these things and much more have happened during the "Christian Era". In fact, Israel is the time clock that shows Christians approximately where we are in the Plan of God.

Jesus pointed to this in His teaching about the last days. Israel is like the fig tree that blossoms (Luke 21:29, Matthew 24:32) and when it does blossom, take notice and "when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."(Luke 21:31). Paul tells us in his writings to the Romans Chapter 11 God has not cast away His people. He warns in verse 18 "Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee."

Christians were grafted into the commonwealth of Israel and if Christians as the wild branches can be grafted into the vine be sure God can graft the original branches back in, (Romans 11:23-27, Ephesians 2:12-19). Right through the Bible until specifically the second last chapter of the book of Revelations, Israel has its own specific place. Zechariah 8:23 tells how men will cling to the Jew to learn of God. After all God sent His Son to Jewish school. Importantly, in the last book of the Bible, Jesus is known as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, (Revelation 5:5)