There is much confusion amongst Christians and even Torah based Messianic followers of Yeshua with regards to what the Church is and how it relates to Israel. This article I hope will put to rest age old arguments concerning spiritual and earthly Israel, the role of spiritual versus physical warfare & government. This article will I hope shed some light on the subject by contrasting and comparing the respective roles and relationships of the Church and Israel.
We will refer to two main items in the Holy place of the temple, the Menorah and the table of Shewbread to contrast and compare the Church and Israel. The tabernacle and temple represent God's physical and spiritual building plan for creation and unifying all things under Messiah.
The Church & Israel Contrasted
- the Church came out of Israel just as Eve came forth from Adam
- the Church is related to the 7 branched Menorah
while Israel is related to the 12 loaved table of Shewbread
- the Church relates more to the heavenlies while Israel relates more to the earthly.
- the Church is above while Israel is below.
- the Church is feminine while Israel is masculine
- the Church started with the Jews with a large Jewish Component
was gentile for most of the last nearly 2000 years of Messiah
the Church will end with the Jews with a large Jewish Component
The Churches Role
- the Church is the bride of Messiah
- the Church is literally the Congregation of Israel (Adat Israel) that rules above the 12 tribes of Israel during the 1000 year rule of Messiah.
- the Churches warfare is spiritual while Israel's warfare is physical
the Church does not take up arms, while Israel does!
Awakening of Adam
- Israel, like Adam has been sleeping while a rib from His side was formed to become the Church, the congregation, Adat Israel.
- When Messiah Yeshua returns,
Israel (Adam) shall awake to the Church, Adat Israel (Eve) and the two shall become one.
Israel is already beginning to wake up from it's slumber.
- The awakening of the lost tribes of the 'House of Israel' and the Jews of the 'House of Judah' is happening in the context of the near completion of the church as the Age of the Gentiles and Church age gradually draw to a close. We are drawing close to the 1000 year Sabbath with the footsteps of the Messiah.
- Not everything that is called 'the Church' is 'the Church'. There is a difference between the Bride and the Whore. The Roman Catholic Church is the main embodyment of the whore of Revelation but she shall take on her final fully Babylonian form as the two houses of Israel come together. The whore is also composed of her protestant daughters that return to their Mother Church Whore. The Vatican shall burn but that will not be the end of the whore. She shall take residence in the land of Shinar according to the prophecy in Zechariah chapter 5. This will be literal last days Mystery Babylon. See the article 'Spaceport Babylon' and it's accompanying blog articles for details. Ultimately all religions will be gathered together under the head of Babylon. Rome is just the legs of Iron, but Babylon is the Golden head that controls it all. The worship of Babylon shall be the worship of mother earth and the beast.
- The ecclesiastical whore shall ride her masculine counterpart, the Beast, the final last days gentile political and government system of the Antichrist. Religion rides politics. She is drunk with the blood of the Holy ones. But thankfully the whore is burnt by fire by the beast. The punishment for witchcraft is death (Exodus 22:18). The punishment for a whoring priests daughter is to be burnt by fire (Leviticus 21:9). So if you want to play the part of Madonna the whore then you also have to pay the price. Once the Babylonian whore institution is destroyed, it's members will burn forever in Hell and then the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14).
In the previous companion article titled 'God's Image' we concentrated on the male aspect of the image of God. In this article we will concetrate on the female aspect of the image of God and tie the two aspects together.
We know from scripture that a remnant of the 10 lost tribes of Israel have been brought back to the Father through the good news of Messiah Yeshua. And we know that they shall return to the land of Israel in the last days to join with the believing remnant of their Jewish brethren (see article, the 'Regathering of the 10 Lost Tribes'). The Messiah has been gathering in the remnant of Israel and the remnant of the nations that believe on His name also.
But this article deals with the very nature of what the 'Church' actually is and how it relates to 'Israel'. We will see that the Church came from Israel and how it is distinct and yet still a part of Israel. The Church is the 'Congregation of Israel', 'Adat Israel'. It is the more feminine part of the more masculine nation of Israel. The Symbol for Adat Israel (the Church) is the Menorah. The Church, 'Adat Israel', made up of Jew and Gentile will rule over Israel when Yeshua returns.