The Church or Israel?

The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. (Psalms 87:2 NKJV)

A recent spat of comments have led me to ask a question:

Why do so many consider the Church something separate from the nation of Israel and Israel as the thing to be prized and protected above all others?

Paul says,

And if certain of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, was grafted in among them and became a fellow-partaker of the root, and of the fatness of the olive trees; (Romans 11:17 CTV-NT)

And

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. (Ephesians 2:14-18 NKJV)

As well as,

Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. (Galatians 3:7 NKJV)

So many, like John Hagee, teaches that Israel should be preferred above all, even the Church it seems, yet Paul was clear, we are Israel, the Gentiles grafted into the wold olive tree – the Church and Israel is one and the same.

Unless I am mistaken, as where the Church Fathers?

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6 Replies to “The Church or Israel?”

  1. One has to remember that “Israel” was Jacob – a Prophet and NOT a nation as most “cattle” are herded to believe.

    Therefore, the chosen were the early Israelites (before Judaism ever started) and were called as such because they were the sons of Jacob (Israel), whom God favored with Prophecy and the message and blessed him for his patience through the ordeals he suffered.

    Fast forward to the early 1900 and then Zionism “arrived” and introduced a “country” called Israel. And they convinced many that they should be protected and that God favors them. It is Christians ignorance that Zionism capitalized on. They have succeeded.

    ATW

  2. Polycarp, this goes back to JN Darby, the father of the modern rapture theory and dispensational theology. Fast forward to Scofield and his study bible (financed by Zionist Rothschild agent Jews) and then add Hal Lindsay to the mix and everyone believes it.

    ATW is correct, it is ignorance on the part of Christians. Paul states in Galatians that the Jerusalem that is below is in slavery with her children and represents Hagar and the covenant given at Mt. Siani. The Jerusalem that is above represents Sarah and she is our mother. (it is by faith, and not in the natural)

    According the the Bible there is only one Israel of God, and that is Jew and Gentile in Messiah Jesus.
    Joanne

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