THE CHURCH IS A TYPE OF ISRAEL
1. Is it in the Bible?
2. What do we believe it means?
The Christian church should use old testament Israel as it's functional example.
3. What does it really mean?
this concept is in effect an open admission that the Christian church utilizes old covenant "types' for it's operational principles. the "pastor" is the levitical priest--the "delegate designated--ordained--anointed--appointed--authority--who has the right tot he the ministry in the "sanctuary".
We build a "house of God" on old covenant types, when we follow sabbath ritual, bring in tithes/offerings to support this "house and priesthood and relegate the majority to be in the non-ministerial "congregation".
When we so strongly have these types as a repetitive ritualistic function, wo open the door for church leaders to run merrily thru the old testament to find more "types' that they believe should be used to operate the church. (We once asked a senior pastor of a church where the church was in the Bible--he quoted Habakuk--"the people are stubborn and not willing to give to build the house of God". Amazing how church leaders are so thoroughly indoctrinated into the "system" and so totally forsaking the new covenant example! But imagine how this man sees "success"--when he preaches Habakuk--brings guilt to people and raises more money and adds a new wing to the church building!)
the new testament Bible makes a relation to Israel and the Church..
Col 2:16-17 16 ¶ Let no man therefore judge you in meat,
or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon,
or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Heb 8:5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
It is in fact exactly the opposite of what is pre-supposed by many church leaders. Israel was a shadow of the Church. Israel was a 2-dimensional precursor to the glory that the Church is meant to be.
It's system of sacrificial law is specifically done away with in he new testament--very obviously jesus fulfilled the sacrificial law that operates the Christian church today-!