Israel and the Body of Christ are as different as earth and heaven
EXCERPTED from THE TRIBULATION TRILOGY – Dr. Mike Johnston
Israel and the Body of Christ – also known as the church – are as different as earth and heaven. Israel is the Lord’s premier earthly NATION. She exists from prophecy spoken by the mouth of the prophets “since the world began” (Acts 3:21). Accordingly she is expecting a King from Davidic seed (2 Sam. 7:8-16) to come to earth (see Zech. 14:4) to set up a kingdom. On the other hand, the church is the Lord’s heavenly BODY. She exists from a mystery revealed only to Paul, also kept secret “since the world began” (Rom. 16:25). In strictest contrast, conflating them is erroneous. The Body of Christ is not the new Israel, and therefore she is not looking for “the time of Jacob’s (aka Israel’s) trouble” (Jer. 30:7) followed by an earthly kingdom. Her “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13) is the imminent return of the Lord of glory in the air (1 Thess. 4:13-18) to deliver her from the wrath to come (1 Thess. 1:10; Rev. 3:10) by escorting her back to His heavenly home according to His immutable promise (John 14:2-3).