Many of the Old and New Testament passages used by modern Christendom to promote salvation for non-Israelites do not pertain to non-Israelites. This misuse of scripture is often a consequence of misapplying the term “gentiles.” There are biblical passages, however, that unquestionably relate to non-Israelites and their relationship with Yahweh. The following list is by no means exhaustive, but it should provide adequate scriptural evidence to demonstrate that non-Israelites can indeed have a relationship with Yahweh:
And Yahweh said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no [uncircumcised] stranger eat thereof: But every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof. A foreigner [towshab] and an hired [uncircumcised] servant shall not eat thereof…. All the congregation of [the nation of] Israel shall keep it. And when a stranger [ger] shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to Yahweh, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. One law shall be to him that is homeborn [an Israelite], and unto the stranger [ger] that sojourneth among you. - Exodus 12:43-49
…At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, when all Israel is come to appear before Yahweh thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing. Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger [ger] that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear Yahweh your God, and observe to do all the words of this law. - Deuteronomy 31:10-12
Moreover concerning a stranger [nokriy], that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy [Yahweh’s] name’s sake; (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house [the temple of Yahweh]; hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger [nokriy] calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name…. And let these my words, wherewith I [King Solomon] have made supplication before Yahweh, be nigh unto Yahweh our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require: That all the people of the earth may know that Yahweh is God, and that there is none else. - 1 Kings 8:41-60
All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto Yahweh: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. – Psalm 22:27
All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name. - Psalm 86:9
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of Yahweh’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains … and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem. - Isaiah 2:2-3
Neither let the son of the stranger [nekar], that hath joined himself to Yahweh, speak, saying, Yahweh hath utterly separated me from his people [the nation of Israel]…. Also the sons of the stranger [nekar] that join themselves to Yahweh, to serve him, and to love the name of Yahweh, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord Yahweh which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others [non-Israelites] to him, beside those [Israelites] that are gathered unto him. - Isaiah 56:3-8
I [Daniel] saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion…. - Daniel 7:13-14
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure [the nation of Israel] hid in a field; the which when a man [Yeshua] hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field [the world]. - Matthew 13:44
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing [New Covenant circumcision - Colossians 2:11-12] them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. - Matthew 28:18-20
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized [New Covenant circumcision – Colossians 2:11-12] shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. - Mark 16:15-16
And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. - Luke 24:46-47
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. - John 1:29
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. - John 3:16-17
Now if the fall of them [the Judahites] be the riches of the world [non-Israelites], and the diminishing of them [the Judahites] the riches of the Gentiles [Israelites]; how much more their fulness? - Romans 11:12
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. - 1 John 2:1-2
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. - Revelation 14:6-7
Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? For thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. - Revelation 15:4
Although these passages indicate that non-Israelites may entreat, praise and join themselves to Yahweh, none of them nullify Yahweh’s special and exclusive marital relationship with Christian Israel. Furthermore, these Scriptures do not annul the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the law, the service of God, and the promises that belong to the nation of Israel listed in Romans 9:3-5. Non-Israelites who join themselves to Yahweh are simply proselytes to the covenants that belong to the Israelites and they are, therefore, able to share in some of the benefits thereof.
These Scriptures do not invalidate Yahweh’s laws of segregation in Exodus 33:16, Leviticus 20:24-26, Numbers 23:9, Deuteronomy 32:8, 1 Kings 8:51-53, Nehemiah 9:2, 10:28-29, Hosea 7:8-9, Acts 17:26 and others.165The gospel message proclaimed to all nations should incorporate all of Yahweh’s moral laws, including those concerning segregation and miscegenation.166
Because sin is a transgression of the law (1 John 3:4) and because Yahweh gave His law to only Israelites (Deuteronomy 33:4; Psalm 78:5; 147:19-20; Romans 9:3-4), the question arises whether only Israelites need to be saved from their sins. When non-Israelites sojourned in the land of Israel, they were accountable to the same laws that governed Israel. If they transgressed those laws, they became sinners in Yahweh’s sight and were liable to the judgment prescribed in those laws.
The same principle would apply to non-Israelites who join themselves in covenant with Yahweh and voluntarily place themselves under His laws, whether sojourning with Israel or not. By doing so, they become accountable to those laws and, therefore, sinners in need of a Savior.
The theological position that non-Israelites can share in salvation is often misidentified as universalism or universal reconciliation. While the foregoing scriptures do indicate that non-Israelites can join themselves to Yahweh if called by Him, they do not teach the unscriptural doctrine that everyone will be reconciled with Yahweh at some future time.167