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God has two plans in store for man…

15 July, 2010

Here is a very interesting post, the link to the full article at the bottom here, but take time – if ya can to read it – great post! Here ya’ go, the two plans God has:

The distinction between Israel and the church. Chafer ( a scholar ) has set forth twenty-four contrasts between Israel and the church which show us conclusively that these “two groups” can NOT be united into one, but that they must be distinguished as two separate entities with whom God is dealing in a special program . These contrasts may be outlined as follows:

( 1.) The extent of Biblical revelation: Israel – nearly four-fifths of the Bible;…………the Church, about one-fifth.

( 2.) The Divine purpose: Israel – the earthly promises in the covenants:……..The Church, the heavenly promises in the gospel.

( 3.) The seed of Abraham: Israel, the physical seed, of whom some become a spiritual seed;………the Church, a spiritual seed.

( 4.) Birth: Israel, physical birth that produces a relationship;……the Church, a spiritual birth that brings relationship.

( 5.) Headship: Israel, Abraham;…………the Church Christ.

( 6.) Covenants: Israel, Abrahamic and all the following covenants:………..the Church, indirectly related to the Abrahamic and new covenants.

( 7.) Nationality; Israel, one nation;………..the Church, from all nations.

( 8.) Divine dealing: Israel, national and individual;……………the Church, individual only.

( 9.) Dispensations: Israel, seen in all ages from Abraham;…………the Church, seen only in this present age.

(10.) Ministry: Israel, no missionary activity and no gospel to preach ( nationally in unbelief during the church age )……………The Church, a commission to fufill.

(11.) The death of Christ: Israel, guilty nationally, to be saved by it ( nationally ) still future;…………The Church perfectly saved by it now.

(12.) The Father: Israel, by a peculiar relationship God was Father to the nation:……….The Church, we are related individually to God as Father.

(13.) Christ: Israel, Messiah, Immanuel, King;………….the Church, Saviour, Lord, Bridegroom, Head.

(14.) The Holy Spirit: Israel, came upon ( not indwelt ) some temporarily;………the Church, In dwells all in Christ.

(15.) Governing principle: Israel, Mosaic law system;…………the Church, grace system.

(16.) Divine enablement: Israel, none;……………the Church, the indwelling Holy Spirit.

(17.) Two farewell discourses; Israel, Olivet discourse:…………….the Church, upper room discourse.

(18.) The promise of Christ’s return: Israel, in power and glory for judgment;………the Church, to receive us to Himself.

(19.) Position: Israel, a servant;…………the Church, members of the family.

(20.) Christ’s earthly reign: Israel, subjects;……………..the Church, co-reigners with Christ.

(21.) Priesthood: Israel, had a priesthood;……….the Church, is a priesthood.

(22.) Marriage: Israel, unfaithful wife;…………the Church, the Bride.

(23.) Judgments: Israel, must face judgment;…………the Church, delivered from all judgments.

(24.) Positions in eternity: Israel, spirits of just men made perfect in the new earth;……..the Church, church of the firstborn in the new heavens.

These clear contrasts, which show the distinction between Israel and the Church, make it impossible to identify the two ( groups) into one prophetic program, which it is necessary to do if the church goes through the seventieth week. These distinctions give further support to the pretribulation rapture postion

[MORE ARTICLE FOUND HERE]

Cheers!

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