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Right Division leads to right conclusions. The Rapture is for the church Body, the Revelation is for Israel

Dr. Mike Johnston

When the Bible is rightly divided, proper conclusions are reached. This is predicated on the fact that Israel and the church are not the same. In fact, they are as different as heaven and earth (Gen. 1:1), and mystery and prophecy; each with separate programs governing them (Rom. 16:25; Acts 3:21).

Israel is God’s elect earthly NATION (Deut. 7:6; Isa. 45:4). She exists from prophecy spoken in “time past” by the mouth of the prophets “since the world began” (Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21; see Matt. 25:34). Bear in mind, prophecy enhances or explains events surrounding earth, and Israel’s divine appointment to earth’s destiny, featuring the King and His Kingdom. It is Israel to whom God’s prophets presented five covenants guiding and guaranteeing her future on earth, including a lineage, land, laws, and a Lord – King – that began with Abraham and will continue through the Millennium. It is for Israel that the earthly kingdom was “prepared from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:34) and through whom the Messiah was born and to whom He was presented, rejected, and yet one day will return to fulfill the Lord’s prophetic prayer, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth…” (Matt. 6:10). It is to Israel the Lord Jesus explained this Davidic Covenant Kingdom will be inaugurated following His visible Revelation in Jerusalem (Matt. 24; see Zech. 14; Rev. 1:7; 19:11-21) “immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:21, 29).

The church, on the other hand, is a heavenly BODY (Eph. 1:3; 2:6) with an inheritance in heaven. We therefore have no sustaining purpose on earth (study Eph. 1-3; Col. 3:1-6). We exist as a mystery “kept secret since the world began” (Rom. 16:25), given to Paul alone by our heavenly risen Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:20) in a personal post ascension revelation (Rom. 16:25; Gal. 1:12; Eph. 3:1-9). Currently the church occupies a temporary position on earth during Israel’s hiatus between Daniel’s 69th and 70th week (Dan. 9:24-27) to provoke her to jealousy (Rom. 11:11), “until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” (Rom. 11:25). The heavenly Body of Christ was unknown to any of the prophets (Rom. 16:25; Col. 1:26) and therefore was never included in their earth-centered prophecies featuring Israel’s Davidic Kingdom, and tribulation (“Jacob’s trouble” – Jer. 30:7) preceding it. Here’s what this means:

While we can easily find Israel and the anti-Semitic Gentile nations on earth during the tribulation – aka “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1), the heavenly Body of Christ – which has been promised deliverance from this divine punishment (1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; 2 Thess. 2:5-7; Rev. 3:10; see also Rev. 4:1) – is conspicuously absent (Rev. 6-19). In fact, if the Body of Christ (church) is present on earth during Israel’s seven-year tribulation (Deut. 4:30; Isa. 24; Jer. 30-31; Joel; Zephaniah; Matt. 24; Rev. 6-19), the Holy Spirit went to great lengths to keep us from knowing it. To wit, there isn’t a verse anywhere in the Bible unequivocally placing the Body of Christ on earth for a single moment of Israel’s trouble without redefining the words “saints” and “elect” and “disciple(s)” which in Daniel, the Olivet Discourse and Revelation specifically refer to Israel.

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