Now, if you think the rapture is controversial, try this.
Who did Jesus come to save?
All peoples, tongues and nations of the world would be a good answer. I'm sure any minister of the gospel would agree with that. Unfortunately the ministers of the gospel, for the most part, are not up on or do they care what or who Jesus came to save. Next weeks sermon and pay check is sufficient. Modern ministry is for the most part about reconciling the church and the secular world into one or at least to the state where they can mutually function together. 
Why do I say this? This fits in with the last subject I discussed earlier. Who will be saved? Not when we go to Heaven as before, but who will go.
I feel there are many with an understanding of salvation without knowing the plan of salvation. The whole Bible is written for the express purpose of revealing the plan of salvation and our part in that plan. I guess today, and in the church, the plan doesn't matter, just the results. I might agree with that to a point, only to realize when the going gets tough, I have no road map to go by. The preacher might not be there at some point and time to guide me through the times.
I have put many hours of thought into this subject and have come to some conclusions that interest me, although they may be foreign to some. One verse I would like to look at before we continue this one-sided discussion.
John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In thinking on this verse, I can only deduct that to know God is to know the word of God.
If I take this further then I can assume that the more I understand the word, the more I understand God. If I go on, can I also assume that if a person doesn't know or study the Bible, his intimate association and/or knowledge of God is limited? 
I John 2:18-22
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
Now, if the knowledge of God is what gives us light, then what is darkness. It has to be the Anti-knowledge which is of the Anti-Christ. Can we deny God by not knowing the Word, or is the hearing about the Word through a third party sufficient. Who is responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus? It must be the Anti-Jesus people. Are these the Anti-Word people. People who do not know the word. Then these are the same ones who do not know Jesus, undoubtably.
So, these are the spirits of the Anti-Christ. And the Anti-christ himself must be their eventual leader when he comes on the scene. For the believers and students of Jesus, that is, knowing the word, how do we understand salvation which was the purpose of this article.
Not to go back too far, we know at some point and time man fell from the grace of God or God's grace to the point he could not redeem himself. Man continually rebelled against God and we are now at the point where Jesus has come to die as we know, or most in the western world know. 
We can now begin to understand why Jesus came and died. Before we get into this, it would be easier to put it in the form of some questions.
Is God the father of all people of this earth?
Did Jesus die for all the people of this earth?
Did Jesus pray we might all be saved?
Does God want us to all be saved?
Is the House of Israel and Judah the same?
These are some questions to start with, although there are many more that will surely rise as we go on. Everything will be taken literally from scripture without subjectivity, believing the Word to be the absolute authority.
Question #1
The answer is no.
Question #2
The answer is no.
Question #3
The answer is no. 
Question #4
The answer is yes
Question #5
The answer is no
Question #1     Is God the father of all people of this earth?
Amos 3:1-2
Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
Isaiah 63:19
We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name.
Deuteronomy 7:6
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
He was the creator of all the peoples of earth, but couldn't have been their literal father because he knew them not.
Question #2     Did Jesus die for all the people of this earth? To understand just what God's purpose for us is to understand what the Bible is trying to tell us about ourselves. Too many times it seems that we are confused about events because we are confused about who God is dealing with in his prophecy's. We are going to make an attempt to explain this.
Matthew 15:24
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Ezekiel 3:4-5
And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;
He was sent to save the lost of the House of Israel.  
Matthew 10:5,6 
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Luke 24:48,49
And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
The disciples were not to go to the gentiles until they had received the Holy Spirit. The promise to the gentiles would begin after that. Back to the House of Israel.
Luke 19:9,10 
And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
  What was lost? The House of Israel!
Luke 24:44-49 
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 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. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
Jesus was gone into heaven when the gentiles were offered salvation.
John 6:35-45
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
 John 6:11-14
And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. (See the similarity between this and the preceding verse.)  John 6:39
 that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
Are the fragments the lost whom Jesus came to save, declaring that nothing be lost? Are the twelve baskets the twelve tribes of Israel?
 John 10:14-18
I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
Who are these other sheep that shall hear my voice? Evidently these are the gentiles who will receive the word and become the other sheep.
John 10:25-30 
 Jesus answered them, (the Jews) I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one. 
Gave them me surely has significance in that Jesus was given to the House of Israel as a means of salvation. So, the salvation has came through the sacrifice of Jesus as we have learned.
The scripture above says that the Jews are not the sheep of Jesus reinforcing scriptures that Jesus came to save the lost sheep of the House of Israel and not the Jews. I think that the old testament scriptures clearly indicate that God will deal with the House of Judah himself. It may not be scripturally clear at this point, but I can go out on a limb, so to speak, and say that God will deal with the Jews, Jesus came for the House of Israel, and the Holy Spirit calls the gentiles, because it's clear the disciples were not to go to the gentiles until the Holy Spirit had come at the Pentecost.
Also, trying not to stretch facts, it seems that because Jesus was of the tribe of Judah, he will not judge his own family, as is customary, even in courts today. 
John 4:22
Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. (Jesus)
Not of the Jews themselves, but for the offspring Jesus.
John 11:51-54 
And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews;  ( HIS FAMILY)  but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
Here we see that the children of God are not gentiles, for they have not became Children of God as yet. These are the lost children of Israel. We see here also Jesus taking his disciples into the city of Ephraim, a tribe of Israel that had gone astray. This surely symbolizes Jesus taking the gospel to the lost of the House of Israel. And could possibly also indicate taking the gospel to the gentiles because of the fact that Ephraim was a rebellious son of Joseph whom was cast out.
Also, the fact that Jesus did not walk openly among the Jews indicate that now he is symbolically not part of the judgment of the Jews, leaving them to God as we stated earlier? The book of the Revelation seems to indicate that most of  the judgments of the end days are related to the Jews and not the children of Israel as a whole. 
Question #3     Did Jesus pray we might all be saved?
John 17:8-21
For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Jesus could not pray for all the world because he knew all the world would not accept him and if he prayed they all would be saved then God would have had to save them, therefore negating the whole salvation plan redeeming only the righteous, therefore the righteous would be mingled with the unrighteous still. 
Question #4     Does God want us to all be saved?
I Timothy 2:3-4
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Question #5     Is the House of Israel and Judah the same?
Jeremiah 5:11
For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 31:27-28
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.
I think this pretty well says that God is specifying two distinct groups here.
Now, we say, what is the importance of all this?
Genesis 17:1-7
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
Where are the people who are blessed today for no apparent reason other than existence.
Who and where is God's wife, who has cheated, left and forgotten him to a great extent.
Jeremiah 3:14-18
Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more. At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.
  The picture on the next page is by no means accurate, but will show how many of the lost tribes or House of Israel migrated. The next prophecy clearly not only identifies, but illustrates how the House of Israel migrated and to the degree it migrated in that direction. Remember, all the children of Israel were married to God, not just the Jews.
Jeremiah 33:17
For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;
Where is this located?   Of course, England and Scotland. 
Jeremiah 33:9-11
And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it. Thus saith the LORD; Again there shall be heard in this place, which ye say shall be desolate without man and without beast, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man, and without inhabitant, and without beast, The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.
When the joy and voices of  the Bridegroom and the voice of Bride are gone from this country as is now happening, the land will be desolate and the return of Jesus will bring the Bride ( the House of Israel ) back to Israel.
Can we say that all the latter day judgments will be in Israel? I don't think so. They may be physically there or start there, but God will deal with all his family and the whole creation.
Am I trying to say that the only ones that will be saved on earth are the Israelites or descendants? Yes, that is exactly right. You are either a child of  Israel or you won't be saved. Read the following very carefully, and I think you will be pleasantly surprised when you understand the true purpose and plan for the Israelites. Even though the House of Israel has stumbled, it has managed to support most of the world at some time or other, even after victories in war.
Romans 11:1-36
I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against  the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.  For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Romans 15:26-27 
For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.
If we are all Israelites, God's people or grafted in, what happened with all these other people who are running amuck today. Where did they come from? Easy question, long answer; listen!
You might ask one last question. Where are we at now? I can say that what has happened will happen, and I will put some verses pertinent to today. You might say that this has happened before, but I will say it will happen again. 
Ecclesiastes 1:9-10
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
Jeremiah 12:14-15
Thus saith the LORD against all mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them. And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.
This is not the return from Babylon, but the present return of the House of Judah.
Matthew 24:32-34
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
In closing, which I'm not too good at, there always seems to be more that gets longer and longer, I would surmise by saying there are two entities here on earth. Of God and of Satan. When Jesus said you can only serve one or the other, he wasn't trying to get around the issue. From scripture here you can readily see the options available and they are confined to a very low denominator of two. If you haven't decided by now which of the two you want to confide in for the long term future, I suggest you get to know Jesus and study Jesus, the Word.  
Twice in recent history, the last two thousand years, God's people have had the opportunity to serve God without repercussion. The latest has been the U. S. A. But in America the church has become very materialistic and embracing theology that is an abomination to our God. 
The other generation crucified Jesus. 
It seems the people of God cannot manage themselves.
Does this mean that the church cannot be pure unless it is persecuted?
Now, for our interpretation of the beginning scripture. It may be interesting to see the difference between my interpretation and yours so make sure you have put together your thoughts prior to reading this.
God has and is protecting us from the blast of the terrible ones.
Who are the terrible ones?
Satan and his fallen spirits who inhabit the earth and heavens.
Bring down the noise of the strangers?
He will bring them down because they do not belong on the earth, they are strangers.
The branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low?
The offspring of Satan and Cain, his son, and their descendants
He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over the people?
The spirit of Satan which has the people blinded....Satan was the covered Cherubim
The veil spread over and the nations?
The sin that keeps people from seeing God.
Moab shall be trodden down?
An incestuous son...offspring such as Cain, who continue to pollute the earth
He shall bring down the pride and fortress of the high fort of thy walls?
For pride Satan rebelled from the Heavens where his and his fallen Angels fortress was, his high fort and walls being his and their place of refuge in the Heavens.
How did we compare? Hope we were right together.