All nations desperately need to become part of the Israel of God. The beautiful unity and central theme of the Bible reveals God’s awesome plan to bring sons and daughters to glory as part of His spiritual family. Through progressive revelation, beginning in the Old Testament and further expounded in the New Testament, the Bible reveals that prophecy is all about the establishment of God’s spiritual family in the Kingdom of God. The Church of God, referred to in Galatians as the Israel of God, is the the Kingdom of God in embryo. God’s plan and purpose focuses on how each and every person of every nation who has ever lived, individually and specifically, has the potential to become part of God’s spiritual family. It is not by physical inheritance, but by spiritual inheritance only, can mankind of every nation become part of the Israel of God!
Before his retirement in 2021, Dr. Donald Ward pastored churches in Texas and Louisiana, and taught at Ambassador Bible College in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also served as chairman of the Council of Elders of the United Church of God. He holds a BS degree; a BA in theology; a MS degree; a doctor’s degree in education from East Texas State University; and has completed 18 hours of graduate theology from SMU.