In Ephesians 2:11-22, Paul tells us that Christian believers are the true Israelites of God, also Galatians 6:16 He pointedly contradicts the dispensational assertion that God has different redemptive purposes for national Jewish Israel and for the church. According to Paul, the purpose of the New Covenant is to remove the ethnic distinctions between Jew and Gentile, which had been dividing them. Paul says that Jesus came to tear down the barrier wall which formerly divided the two, in order to make the two peoples into one so as to combine the Christian Jew and Gentiles together into the one living temple of the Lord: the Christian church. In this spiritual temple, Christ is the chief cornerstone, and the foundation is the prophets and apostles.
Rapture believers will concede that this is God’s purpose for the present age, but they say ethnic Jewish Israel’s separate role resurfaces again after the Rapture when the Gentile church is removed from the earth. This dual redemptive purpose then carries on throughout the millennial age after Christ comes back. If true, this means that it is Jesus’ purpose to make the two peoples one is only temporary. John 17:22, Ephesians 4:4-6, Romans 2:11, +
They think God intends to divide ethnic Jews from the Gentiles in a rapture to heaven of Christian believers.
Of course, this is nonsense. In fact, such a view makes the future millennial age different from Christ’s redemptive purpose under the New Covenant. On these terms, the as yet future millennium means a return to Old Testament types and shadows and ignores the fact that the reality is Christ. This not only means that redemptive history takes a giant U-turn after Christ comes back, amounting to a reversal back to the Old Covenant which preceded the coming of the Messiah and it completely ignores the very thing Christ came to do: make the two peoples one by removing all ethnic divisions which previously divided believers!
All Scripture; especially the Prophetic Word, must be read through a Christ centered hermeneutic, not the dispensational one that sees an ethnic Israel on earth and the ‘Church’ taken to heaven. No Bible verse says such a thing will happen.
This truth destroys the
‘rapture to heaven’ theory. There is no separate Israel of God and His true Church.
Jesus is the true Israel, the Olive tree and everyone He bought by His blood, people from every tribe, race, nation and language are His Christian followers and are God’s Israelites. 1 Peter 2:9-10, Revelation 5:9-10
And the Lord’s people have the task of being His witnesses and displaying His Light to the nations. Escaping to heaven is simply impossible, John 3:13 and believing such fables is a serious error, that leaves people in the dark about the truth of God’s plans for our future.