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Originally published in "New Israel: Amillennial Answers," First Quarter Edition, 2012

What Is New Israel?

The Old Testament nation of Israel was created by God, through the law of Moses, shortly after the twelve tribes that were descended from the sons of Jacob, a mixed multitude, came up out of Egyptian bondage.

That national identity began to be dissolved, about seven hundred years later, when God handed the ten tribes of the northern kingdom of Israel a bill of divorcement, at the time of the Assyrian Captivity, about 721 B.C. (Jer. 3:8). The corporate national political identity, further, was completely eroded from the southern kingdom of Judah, too, in the Babylonian exile.

The return from exile did not lead to a reestablishment of the Davidic monarchy of messianic promise, but to a vassal religious community (never referred to in a political sense as a nation, but known, rather, as Judaism), ruled by factions of the Levitical priesthood, leading up to the Idumean dynasty of the imposter, King Herod, at the birth of Jesus.

The new Israel began when God called his Son the second time out of Egypt (Matt. 1:15; cf. with Num. 24:8; Hosea 11:1). With the appearance and ministry of Jesus the Messiah, true Seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:6), and rightful heir to the everlasting messianic throne of David (Rom. 1:3-4; Acts 2:29-33), the gathering of the new nation of Israel began in earnest (Matt. 8:11-12; cf. with Isa. 65:15; Matt. 11:12-15; cf. with Mal. 4:5-6; Matt. 16:16-19; 28:18-20).

The new covenant, creating the new nation of Israel, was confirmed in the hand of the new Lawgiver, and sealed by the shedding of His own precious blood (Matt. 26:28-29; Heb. 9:15-26). The one Heavenly Bridegroom does not have two wives, the one of earthly and the other of heavenly origination. Gnosticism, not divine revelation, underlies the dispensational error in thinking here.

The Law is a school master to bring us all to Christ. The old church in the wilderness (Acts 7:38) is replaced by the new, called “Christian” (Rom. 2:28-29; Gal. 6:15-16; Phil. 3:3).

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