Church Verses Israel
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It would be of little consequence if you didn’t believe that God has a future for
But, if you are among the many (as we believe that you are) who believe that God’s promises to Israel were unconditional – and that He ultimately will redeem them to Himself and restore His glory among them; then Israel becomes a strategic player in the future history of the world.
Certainly the Jewish people have had, and will continue to have --- a profound influence on the world because of God’s choice of
First; we need to understand; what is the church, why is it significant in the 21st Century --- and what is its future? And, where does
The Church verses
One of the great theological battlegrounds of Christianity throughout the centuries has been the nature and character of the Church, especially in relation to
The two major views are that:
1. The Church is a continuation of
2. The Church is completely different from
“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew (MKJV)
Yeshua (Jesus) announced to His disciples in Matthew 16: 18, that He was going to be building His church. The use of the future tense “will build” implies that the building of the church was something Yeshua would be initiating in the future. While God’s program for the church was clearly in His mind from all eternity, the church had a specific starting and ending point in history. One must understand the difference for God’s program for the church and His program for Israel to fully comprehend His plan for the future.
God’s work with
God’s program for
It was no accident that when Yeshua came into the world, He came to the nation of
To understand God’s love, understand
God’s work with the Church ~~~
With His death, resurrection and ascension back to heaven; Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) was able to begin a new work among men, the building of His church. Yeshua also told His disciples that they were going to experience a brand new work of the Spirit. It is clear that the disciples did not understand what Yeshua was saying, for their very next question for Him was, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to
Yeshua’ answered to their question seems to remove any doubt about the future certainty of God’s promised kingdom for
Yeshua’ commandment to His disciples was, “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in
At this stage we stop to ponder on some very Interesting facts about “The Feast of Shavuot” ~ “Pentecost” which is a feast celebrated at the same time by Jews and Christians every year:
The word Shavuot means “weeks” and it is the time of 7 weeks plus 1 day between Passover. Today in Jewish tradition, the holiday of Shavuot is likened to a wedding, a marriage between God and the people of
This wedding contract brings about the drama of the day as congregants feel like they are actually at a sacred wedding. The Shavuot wedding contract is read as a symbolic betrothal between God and His people. The wedding contract specifies the conditions agreed upon between the two parties, presented by the bridegroom to the bride: Hosea 2: 21 – 22 and Jeremiah 31:31
Shavuot ~ Pentecost celebrated May / early June is revered as a very holy and unique day in history, when Moses received the Ten Commandments on
Shavuot is known to Christians as “Pentecost” which means --- “50 days” from “First Fruits” and “Passover” (Easter). For Christians, Pentecost marks the “First Fruits” of the New Testament Covenant and also celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit.
“Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house.” All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues (Acts 2: 1).
This event was prophesied in Joel 2:28 and 3,000 Jewish souls were saved in one day, birthing the first church and the Body of Messiah!
These are no mere coincidences! First, the Torah (The Word of God) was given to Moses at
The Church is the beloved BRIDE of Messiah; (2 Corinthians 11: 2; Revelations 19: 7 – 8) to be one day presented blameless and spotless (Ephesians 5:27).
Are there more indicators that the Church does not exist in the Old Testament? Yes
(1) Peter referred to the arrival of the Holy Spirit as the “the beginning” (Acts ). (2) James referred to the giving of the Holy Spirit to the Gentiles (Acts ) as “at the first” (Acts ). (3) The joining of Gentiles and Jews into the same body is described as a “mystery” which was not made known previously to the sons of men (Ephesians 3: 4 – 7; Colossians -27).
Is the Church
We come now to something that is crucial and needs to be defined to understand ‘The New Covenant.’ Is the Church
If viewed that the Church is the “new”
However, the prophecies of condemnation and judgment, though, are retained literally by the Jewish nation of
Many transfer the promises and the Covenants of Israel to the Church, but there is absolutely no reason to do this.
The Church is not spiritual Israel ~~~
We read in Galatians 3:29 that those who belong to Christ are Abraham’s seed. The seed of Abraham does not mean one is
The Church is never called “spiritual
The Church is completely different and distinct from
None of the curses or blessings pronounced upon
The Church has taken centre stage in the Lord’s affairs as the Gospel has spread throughout the world.
Nevertheless, God has carefully preserved the Jewish people, even in unbelief, through every kind of distress and persecution. Sometimes, the professing Church itself (speaking to our shame) has been a cause of these persecutions to the Jews.
Man cannot destroy what God has protected ~~~
Not only has God preserved the Jewish nation, but He has also kept His promise to save a remnant of
In the future, both God’s warnings and promises to
The good news is that, when Christ does return to the earth at the end of the Tribulation, Israel will be ready, willing, and eager to receive Him, and proclaim, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 23:39). As the stumbling of Israel brought blessing to the world at Christ’s First Coming, the reception of Israel to Christ at His Second Advent will be like “life from the dead” (Romans. 11:15).
The Church will return with Christ, and will rule with Him for a thousand years (Revelations 20: 1 – 5). He Himself told His disciples that they would rule over the 12 tribes of
God has a distinct history or program for
Let’s look at some comparisons and contrasts between
In God’s program for
God’s program for
The hope and expectancy of
During most of the Church age there is no Jewish temple in
Membership into the Jewish nation was by birth or by convert to Judaism. Membership into the Church is by the new birth accomplished by the baptizing ministry of God (1 Corinthians ).
The distinction between
And, the distinction between Israel and the Church is the “MYSTERY” which is characteristic of the Church. A mystery is something not yet revealed. That is, a New Testament truth which was not revealed in the Old Testament.
Why, then, should we be disturbed over what God has promised the Jewish people? Why be jealous over the future destiny of
Most Christians are familiar with the comforting conclusion of Romans 8: 38 - 39 (Nothing) “…will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This power packed verse has strengthened the church for 2,000 years. Despite life’s difficulties, we can cling to the truth of His unwavering love. Nothing, but nothing, can separate us from it.
How many of us, however, has made a connection between Romans and Paul’s inspired words about
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present or the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. I speak the truth in Christ – I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit – I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the people of
The flow of Scripture is strategic by the Spirit. Right after we are assured of God’s unconditional love, we are reminded of the unquenchable flame in his heart for the Jews. There is a reason that the New Covenant’s key note message on
The Biblical context for a Christian understanding of
Why does his sorrow never end? Paul is gripped by the Spirits unending burden, the Spirit’s unending love for the Jewish people. Not once but three times, he affirms the truthfulness of this passion: “I speak the truth in Christ – I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit – I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart … for the sake … of the people of ISRAEL.”
Paul’s lament echoes that of Moses, who centuries earlier cried out to God on
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With Shalom to you and your family always,
Alf & Julie Saunders
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