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I'm wondering if there are any passages/prophecies about salvation for the Gentile world in the Old Testament. If you know any, please share.

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Verse search questions are now off topic. – curiousdannii Jun 6 '15 at 23:33
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YES, there are!

The footnote in my NLT Bible for Acts 11:1 has a list of Old Testament verses that say that salvation is for all people, not just the Jews. Below, I've reproduced the list and for two of them, I've directly quoted them because they're the clearest and most direct with regards to this topic.

Isaiah 49:6 (NLT)
6      He says, “You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me.
             I will make you a light to the Gentiles,
             and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

Zechariah 2:11 (NLT)

11 Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on that day, and they, too, will be my people. I will live among you, and you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies sent me to you.

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Wow, thanks a bunch :] – Nick Rolando Oct 18 '12 at 22:59
THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this wonderful compiled infomation! – user5079 Jul 12 '13 at 0:43
I haven't looked up the context for each verse yet, but aren't most of these dealing with prophecy pointing towards the future when all Christians are meeting God in Heaven? In which case, couldn't the people from all nations only be added after Christ and only Jews from before Christ? – Zach Saucier Apr 9 '15 at 4:50

Hebrew children in the Old Testament were born into God's covenant, both male and female. Circumcision was the sign of this covenant for boys, but the sign was not what saved them. Faith saved them. Rejecting the sign, circumcision, for boys, either by the parents or later as an adult himself, was a sign of a lack of true faith, and therefore the child was “cut off” from God's promises as clearly stated in Genesis chapter 17:

Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised. Every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring, 13 both he who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money, shall surely be circumcised. So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant. 14 Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.

What was the purpose of this covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? God tells us in the beginning of this chapter of Genesis:

And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

This covenant wasn't just to establish a Jewish national identity or a promise of the inheritance of the land of Caanan, as some evangelicals want you to believe. In this covenant, God promises to be their God. Does God say here that he will be their God only if they make a “decision for God” when they are old enough to have the intelligence and maturity to decide for themselves? No! They are born into the covenant!

If Jewish children grew up trusting in God and lived by faith, they then received eternal life when they died. If when they grew up, they rejected God, turned their back on God, and lived a life of willful sin, when they died, they suffered eternal damnation. Salvation was theirs to LOSE. There is no record anywhere in the Bible that Jewish children were required to make a one time “decision for God” upon reaching an “Age of Accountability” in order to be saved.

Therefore Jewish infants who died, even before circumcision, were saved.

The same is true today. Christian children are born into the covenant. They are saved by faith. It is not the act of baptism that saves, it is faith. The refusal to be baptized is a sign of a lack of true faith and may result in the child being “cut off” from God's promise of eternal life, to suffer eternal damnation, as happened with the unfaithful Hebrew in the OT.

Christ said, “He that believes and is baptized will be saved, but he that does not believe will be damned.”

It is not the lack of baptism that damns, it is the lack of faith that damns.

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This does not address the question. – curiousdannii Aug 24 '14 at 21:55

The first promise to the Gentiles was given to Adam and Eve (Gen.3:15) who were not Jews. The second promise was given to Japheth, the son of Noah who was father to the Gentiles (Gen.9:27).Shem was the father of the Jews (Gen.9:26). This was later confirmed by Isaiah (Isa.54). And I might add two more things. The word Jew was given to Israel by the Gentiles after the Tribe of Judah. The Jewish people are actually of Syrian decent according to Scripture (Due.26:5). As for praying for Israel we should pray as we do for all men but asking God to bless Israel is a sin. Note (2 John 2:7-11). Only those that are in Christ are of Israel "seed" (Gal.3:16) and (Gal.3:27-29). Let Gods Word be true and every man a liar that does not agree with it. God bless those that are in Christ the Son of God.

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The law given to Israel allowed for Gentiles to become a part of the nation Israel through taking circumcision and following the law:

“And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, 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.” – Exodus 12:48

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Seems like in this case they would no longer be Gentiles. I don't think that answers my question. – Nick Rolando Jun 9 '15 at 1:00

Only the true children of Israel, in whom were of a dark skin or so called negroes in whom ONLY fit ALL the curses of Deut 28, will receive salvation. Until you understand the history of ISRAEL then you will think that salvation is for non israelite gentiles. To avoid a lot of scriptures here are three that should cover everything. John 3:5-6 lets us know if you are not born of the Spirit you cannot see the Kingdom. Joel 2:28 states that he will pour out his spirit on all flesh referring to the Israel. If you don't believe the all flesh is Israel only here is an extra one to prove that. ACTS 2:39 is to Israel only and to all of Israel that was not there. Just do some homework and you will see that all the scriptures given above are not precepts just random scripts with no true understanding. Now the last script is Jer 31:31-37 in which the Most High made a covenant only with Israel and Judah not spiritual Israelites because there is no such thing. Now if you don't believe he is talking about Israelite strangers, Israelite gentiles, here is a bonus. Amos 9:9 lets us know that Israel is in every nation but he will keep track of each on of us. Shalom

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