What is modern-day Israel's role in God's salvation plan for the descendants of Abraham?

Modern-day Israel plays a role in G-d's salvation plan for the descendants of Abraham because of their beliefs in redemption and the expected return of the Jews to the region where Judeo-Christian religions began. Modern-day Israel fulfills one of the milestones necessary for the redemptive state to occur. The term “Israel” is both a metaphor for Abraham's descendants and a reference to the actual region where Abraham became the father of a great nation.

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For many religious thinkers, modern-day Israel fulfills one of the milestones necessary to see the redemptive state for everyone come to be. One school of thought about the events that must occur before the Messiah can come is that the Jews must return to Israel. Thus, the term “Israel” is...

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For many religious thinkers, modern-day Israel fulfills one of the milestones necessary to see the redemptive state for everyone come to be. One school of thought about the events that must occur before the Messiah can come is that the Jews must return to Israel. Thus, the term “Israel” is both a metaphor for the descendants of Abraham and a reference to the actual geographic region where Abraham first became the father of a great nation. In Romans 11:26, Paul says that

The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob, and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.

In his writings noted above, Paul means that the descendants of Abraham will be saved from G-d's judgments. This is also one of the passages from Paul's writings that give rise to the belief that modern-day Israel's role in G-d's salvation plan is that Israel must be a place or nation where the descendants of Abraham can come together. This view, therefore, sees modern Israel's existence as a prerequisite for the Messiah to come.

Paul foretold that “all Israel will be saved,” and some schools of religious thinking believe that this will occur during a period when Israel is a nation again, as modern-day Israel is. According to writings of the Church of Latter Day Saints, it is “when Israel has returned to her land, having come from all the nations of the earth,” that the preparations for the return of the Messiah will move closer to completion.

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