The salvation of Israel (Rom. 11:26) will be the kick-off to the millennial kingdom and will demonstrate to the world the glorious character of Christ as Savior. Here is how it will happen:
1. God will gather Israel from all nations and bring them to their homeland. As we know, He has been doing this for some time now, but as His return approaches, they will come with greater frequency, until they are all home.
2. He will destroy all nations that come against them. If you look closely at history you will see that this has happened, but right before His return He will destroy them all (all those who have come in battle to make war against Him; Rev. 19:19) in the great battle called Armageddon (Zech. 12:9; Is. 63:1-10).
3. Israel repents. As Israel sees Christ coming in the clouds as a great warrior, and as they see Him destroy their enemies, He will pour out on them “the spirit of grace and of supplication” so that they will mourn over their sins against Him. (Zech. 12:10-14).
4. Israel is saved. Israel’s repentance will be genuine, because God has brought it on them. And then, at that moment of grace, He will save them and make them new. They will be cleansed from their sin and impurity and from all their idols (Zech. 13:1-2).
5. All nations will see how the Lord has comforted His people and saved them. The prophet Isaiah describes how messengers will run up and down the mountains of Israel spreading the wonderful news of their salvation.
How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices,
They shout joyfully together;
For they will see with their own eyes
When the Lord restores Zion.
9 Break forth, shout joyfully together,
You waste places of Jerusalem;
For the Lord has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has bared His holy arm
In the sight of all the nations,
That all the ends of the earth may see
The salvation of our God.