Q. What do you believe concerning the Church’s participation in the New Covenant, if they do, without fulfilling the covenant, which is for the true Jew. Also, do we participate in the other covenants in a spiritual sense. I feel a little strange using that language because it lends it self to the whole “the Church is Israel or spiritual Israel, which is a complete lie and a very big heresy today in most churches. I know there are several views on the Church and New covenant participation, what is your belief on these issues of the Church and the Jewish promises?
A. I’ve come to the conclusion that God’s relationship with the Church is theologically incompatible with the way He deals with Israel. That’s why the two cannot co-exist on Earth in a relationship with Him. For Him to turn back to Israel, the Church has to be gone. Careful study shows the New Covenant as given to the Church is far different from the New Covenant as given to Israel. An obvious example is there won’t even be a Temple in the New Jerusalem, home of the raptured Church. But in Israel there’ll be a working Temple with daily sacrifices for sin, a consecrated priesthood, and 3 of the 7 levitical feasts will be observed annually all during the Millennium.
It has become obvious to me that the Church is not the next step in God’s plan for man, it’s a dramatic right turn brought on by Israel’s rejection of the Messiah. It began at Pentecost and will end at the rapture. No other group ever has or ever will enjoy the special relationship the church has with God. For ages yet to come we’ll stand as the unique example to the universe of the incomparable riches of God’s grace.