Israel of God (Greek) Ἰσραὴλ τοῦ θεοῦ occurs only once in Scripture. The apostle Paul used the expression to show that the "Israel of God" has nothing to do with whether one is a circumcised descendant of Abraham or not (Galations 6:15, 16 (NIV), compare Matthew 3:9). Paul referred to the Hebrew prophet, Hosea, where God (Jehovah) said: “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people; and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,” (Romans 9:22-25 (NIV); compare Hosea 2:23) to show that God would extend his promise to Abraham to a spiritual nation (Matthew 21:43 (NKJV)), which includes some natural Jews and "the Gentiles".
- ↑ Apostle Paul takes a direct quote from Hosea 2:21-23 (HNV) where vrs.21 leads: "I will respond," says יהוה (YHWH, or Jehovah)"
Tribe of IsraelEdit
c. In 96 CE, apostle John witnesses in a vision, the things Paul had earlier taught the congregations, regarding God extending his kingdom arrangement to "non-Jews" (more importantly non-descendants of Abraham): "And I heard how many were marked with the seal of God—144,000 were sealed from all the tribes of Israel" (Revelation 7:4 (NLT)). Comparatively, apostle John's list of "all the tribes of Israel" in his vision, do not completely match the descendant list of natural Israel given in Numbers chapter 1. John further describes in his vision that before him was "the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads" (Revelation 14:1 (NIV)) and "they were purchased from among mankind." (Revelation 14:4 (NIV)).
- ↑ Compare in contrast, how the Wild Beast marks those whom it forces (Rev 13:15-17 (NIV)).
- ↑ This direct translation of Revelation 14:1 from the New International Version (NIV) Bible, shows that "The 144,000" will bare two names: "The Lamb's name" (the person who was Jesus on Earth), and "The Father's name" (who is יהוה—Jehovah)—This lends further insight that Jehovah and the Christ are not Trinitarian.
Out of ≈8,000,000 (million) Jehovah's Witnesses, only an estimated few thousand alive today, identify with the 144,000 servants, of the spiritual tribe of Israel, who earnestly await to receive the "seal on the foreheads" —Rev.7:3 (NIV) and have "the Lamb's name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads"—Rev.14:1 (NIV).