Why there should be any doubt today as to Israel's place in the unconditional covenants and promises of God baffles me.
From Scripture, both Old and yes, New Testament, in unambiguous terms and layman's language, the intentions of God toward the Jewish people are clear in these and the coming days.
Among the noisy clamour of popularist politicising and PC theologising about Israel's restoration, truth has sadly been the first victim.
However, the biblical and prophetic FACTS remain:
"4 For the children of Israel shall dwell many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or household gods. 5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days"
- Hosea 3:4-5 (emphasis mine)
And Paul urging us to not forget the immutability of God's purposes in the New Testament on this matter:
"28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable."
- Romans 11:28-29 (emphasis mine)
This is not the Church, spiritually, ideomatically, euphemistically, romantically... this is the physical Jewish people back to a physical Land once more after generations in the wilderness.
No, God has not changed His mind in regard to the promises He made to Israel. Rather, He has included the Church into what He set out to do through Israel and is now bringing to a glorious climax in history through both Jew & Gentile, the one new man, the one olive tree - Romans 11:17-21
There can be no question of God's having finally rejected the people of His choice - He would then have to reject His own election (Romans 11:29) - and of His then having sought out instead another people, the church. Israel's promises remain Israel's promises. They have not been transferred to the church. Nor does the church push Israel out of its place in the divine history. In the perspective of the gospel, Israel has by no means become "like all the nations".
- Jürgen Moltmann
It is only where the Church persists in refusing to learn this message, where it secretly-perhaps quite unconsciously believes that its own existence is based on human achievement, and so fails to understand God's mercy to itself, that it is unable to believe in God's mercy for still unbelieving Israel, and so entertains the ugly and unscriptural notion that God has cast off His people Israel and simply replaced it by the Christian Church. These three chapters (Romans 9 - 11) emphatically forbid us to speak of the Church as having once and for all taken the place of the Jewish people.
- C.E.B. Cranfield