The Book of Romans is written to people of the nations of Israel in Rome.
The Apostle Paul first spoke to Judahites in Rome who refused to hear him. They were deaf and blind lest they understand and be converted and be healed. Then he declared that the Salvation of God is sent unto the Nations of Israel and they hear it.[Acts 28:16-31]
Then in Romans 1, he declares "to all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called Saints," "called of Jesus Christ."
The Messiah has said, "My sheep hear My Voice and follow it.
So if Rome was mostly non-Israel, why would the Apostle Paul expect much success there, unless, Rome was an Israelite nation of sheep that know God's Voice and follow it?
Then Paul says that Salvation came to Judah first and then to the "Greek
Many of the Judahites of Rome rejected the Gospel.
So, now the Gospel goes to the rest of the "lost sheep of Israel" in Rome. Greek
here, meaning the higher culture of Greece, the Acheans, brothers, 12 brothers of Israel, high as in the Hebrew word,עליון
Elliyon, and in Greek, Ἕλλην, Ellaean, meaning supreme. Greece was the supreme culture of the time. The Romans copied them extensively. Italy was a Greek colony in the beginning
"...I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery (of Salvation), lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; because blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the Completeness (Jesus Christ) of the Nations (of sattered Israel) be come in (to them). [Rom 11:25]
He had just told them that they must be grafted into the True Rootstock, Jesus Christ, to be saved. He was talking to "the lost sheep of Israel, the ones who knew His Voice and who would follow the Savior.
He was not making some prophecy for the devilish zealots of Armageddon to use against humanity.
Edited by Ivan88, 08 March 2011 - 10:56 PM.