Gentiles were saved before Jesus came in flesh. Thanks to the offerings and sacrifices for all nations is the Temple in Jerusalem.
I once met a Hippie who could not believe in the Message of Jesus being the savior of the World.
«What happened to the gentiles before Jesus was born. Did they all die and went to Hell?».
This made me puzzle in the scripture. When I met Him again I had the reply ready:
«The Jewish Messiah Jesus has always been around. He has always existed. He is the Law. Salvation did not first become available to the gentiles when He took flesh, born into the World by a Jewish virgin›.
The Jewish people had already been chosen to become a Holy nation, and a kingdom of priests. To serve the Messiah.
you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”
In the Temples in Jerusalem, there was daily sacrifices for the sins of the whole World, and intercessions to the living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
The revelation of the knowledge of God of the Hebrews, was not limited to the Jewish homeland. Through the Jewish King Solomon, the knowledge and wisdom of the living God was spread into all nations on Earth. The Bible explains that kings from all nations sent men to Jerusalem to get a share of Solomon`s wisdom.
1 Kings 4:34
Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.
They did not talk about the weather.
1 Kings 10:24
The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.
The Jewish King surely explained to them about the sacrifices and intercession done in the Temple of the Lord. Global salvation became a matter if men from all nations wanted to believe in God of Israel or not. Other «gods» and idols were surely not permitted. Commandment number one and two was surely explained by Solomon to King sent men from all nations.
The Heavenly authority of the Jewish King could not be questioned, neither the approval of the atoning sacrifices and offerings on the alter of the Temple.
2 Chronicles 7:1
[ The Dedication of the Temple ] When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.
When Jesus the Messiah died on the cross, He became the only valid sacrifice and intercession tool available for mankind. For Jew and gentiles alike.
40 years after the Messiah had died on the cross and resurrected from the grave, the Temple sacrifices and intercession came to a brutal end. In 70 A.D the second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, never to be re-build.
The Jewish people were scattered all over the Globe, supposed to continue to serve the living God. Still, they were called to give the Earth the knowledge of the Messiah who had always been with them In Spirit, and who also had come in flesh.
Written by Ivar