The reason for posting the three chapters from Hebrews yesterday actually begins by my not being able to lightly dismiss a quote from an earlier post titled, Israel and the Church, Two Separate Destinies.
In the Old Testament, God promised Israel that He would return one day to dwell among them in their land on Earth forever (Ezekiel 43:1-7). In the New Testament, Jesus promised the Church that He would come back and take us off the Earth to be with Him in His Father’s House (John 14:1-3). Both these promises will come true, so Israel and the Church will fulfill their prophetic destinies in different locations. The purpose of the rapture of the Church is to remove us from the time and place of the end times judgments that will take place on Earth (1 Thes. 1:10, 1 Thes. 5:9, Rev. 3:10). The purpose of the end times judgments is to completely destroy all the nations to which Israel has been scattered (Jeremiah 30:4-11) and to purify Israel in preparation for the coming Kingdom (Zechariah 13:8-9)…..
And also from the same post, (Concerning the Millennium and Israel and the Church)
The primary purpose of this Kingdom (known to the church as the Millennial Kingdom) is to give Israel its long promised Kingdom Age, although the entire millennial world will benefit from it…. Israel will be the preeminent nation on Earth during the Kingdom Age, and surviving tribulation believers and their descendants from all nations will come to Jerusalem to learn the ways of the Lord. He will settle their disputes, making war between nations a thing of the past. The wealth of neighboring nations will pour into Israel. Camels will be brought from Midian. Gold and incense from Sheba will adorn the Lord’s Temple in Israel. Flocks from Kedar and Nebaoith will be received as offerings on His altar there…..Any nation that refuses to serve Israel will be utterly ruined by divine decree.
Meanwhile, life will be far different in the home of the Redeemed Church…..Our mansions in the sky will be built of the purest gold as will the streets that run before them, their foundations made from precious stones. There will be no Temple in the New Jerusalem because the Lamb of God will dwell there and is our Temple. The energy source that will light and warm us is the Glory of God, and our radiance will in turn provide light for the nations of Earth. (Rev.21:9-27) Other than calling us Kings and Priests, the Bible doesn’t mention any kind of work for us. Our glorified bodies will have been released from their dimensional bonds, allowing us to appear and disappear at will, traveling back and forth through time at the speed of thought as we plumb the limitless delights of God’s Universe.. Our eternal home is not on Earth, but it’s not at the Throne of God either. Coming down out of the heavens but never landing on Earth, our home could be called a low orbit satellite in today’s terminology…
I was really glad to see Orange Mailman had stopped by and left a comment (link) under the previous post comprised of Hebrews 8-10. He may recall my stopping by his blog some years ago with a question for him after reading there is a belief (at least in many America’s Churches) that not only does God have separate plans for Jews and Gentiles now, but that the separation of the two will continue AFTER Jesus returns. To say I was both flabbergasted and confused is putting it mildly. Even as a one-time dispensationalist, I’d never heard such teaching!
Since then, I’ve come to realize this two-plan, both now and later teaching, is quite common. Also, it’s not new, having been taught within many Churches in the West for some time: which is not surprising taking into account it’s been taught at many of America’s oldest Theological Seminaries for at least 100 years….or at least since the Scofield bible was accepted;
Lewis Sperry Chafer, founder of Southwestern School of the Bible, the forerunner to Dallas Theological Seminary, shortly before his death claimed as his greatest academic achievement,
“It goes on record that Dallas Theological Seminary uses, recommends, and defends the Scofield Bible”. (Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth, p. 46)
And still uses it,
Since then Dallas Theological Seminary has continued to be the foremost apologist for, and proponent of, Scofield’s views….through the writings of Ryrie, Dyer, …and Hal Lindsey. (Road Map to Armageddon, p. 77)
Why is this important; well because from what I’ve gathered so far, this doctrine of eternal separation was first introduced in the West by Darby, Scofield, and a number of their disciples, finally becoming firmly rooted within our Churches after Scofield published his Bible with Personal Notes.
To be continued….