The Distinctive of the Church: 5 Features of the Church

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We have been showing the distinctiveness of each group—Israel and the church, and why they cannot be merged. In my last post we viewed the distinctive of Israel: Jewish people who are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Now we will look at the distinctive of the church.

The first thing I will point out regarding the church is that it has a distinct time period—from Pentecost to the rapture.  Only God knows the length of this period, but it will be the exact time needed to prepare us, His bride, for our union with Him.

Secondly, unlike Israel, the church has a mysterious character.  Whereas Israel was always well known throughout the Old Testament, the church sort of popped out of nowhere.  That is, it was unheard of in the Old Testament, and wasn’t really revealed until Christ came.  But even then, the concept of the church was…

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Has the Church Replaced Israel? The Definition and origin of Replacement Theology

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 Has the church really replaced Israel or have they remained two distinct groups?

In previous posts we have brought to light in Daniel 9:24, that the seventy weeks have been decreed “for your people.”  We have said that “your people” means Daniel’s people, the Jews.  Therefore, this firmly establishes the fact that the Tribulation period, which is the seventieth week, is meant only for Israel.

But some have insisted that the church has now become Israel; and so, for them, this changes everything.

Well, this is just not true!  In this post we will bring to light this error of reasoning that the church has now replaced Israel.

THE ERROR OF REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY

The definition of replacement theology.  Kenneth Gentry, one of its leaders, defines it this way: “We believe that the international church has superseded for all times national Israel as the institution for the administration of divine blessing to the…

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Daniel 9:26: A Gap of Time for the Church — between the Sixty-Ninth and the Seventieth Week

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We have been studying Daniel 9:25-27.  In these three verses is the timeline of the entire seventy week period (490 years), referred to in verse 24.  Last time we looked at verse 25.   We will pick up our study now in verse 26, which we will see as a gap of time between the sixty-ninth and seventieth week.

 Daniel 9:26
Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.

 

Many do not agree that this is a gap of time; they (Preterists) believe that the events described here, and also in verse 27, are all in the seventieth week.  And  because they say that, since…

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