Israel broke the covenant God made with her. She demonstrated that “by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans:3:20). Her sacrificial system could not take away sin but looked forward to the unique “Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John:1:29). The establishment of a “new covenant” with Israel (Jeremiah:31:31) is foretold. Animal sacrifices had opened the way for the Jewish high priest into the earthly sanctuary that was patterned after the heavenly reality (Hebrews:9:1-10). When Christ died on the cross, “the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom” (Mark:15:38), ending the animal sacrifices. Now we have a “great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God” (Hebrews:4:14), who, “by his own blood…obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews:9:12).
Israel was given a land on earth (Genesis:12:1; 15:18-21; 17:7-8), her destiny is tied to it, and she will never cease to exist there (Jeremiah:31:35-40). Numerous prophecies promise her restoration to her land, with the Messiah, upon His return, ruling her from the throne from the house of David (Isaiah:9:6-7; Ezekiel:37:24-25; Luke:1:31-33). The promise is clear that God will pour out His Spirit upon His chosen people, after which they will never pollute His holy name again and He will never again hide His holy face from Israel (Ezekiel:39:7, 27-29; Zechariah 13-14).
Israel must endure forever (Jeremiah:31:35-38) or the prophecies of the Bible and Christ’s promises to her could not be fulfilled. Christ referred to the cities of Israel in existence at His Second Coming (Matthew:10:23), proof enough that the church has not replaced her. As further proof (though not needed), Christ promised His disciples that they would rule over “the twelve tribes of Israel” with Him in His millennial kingdom (Matthew:19:28; Luke:22:30).
The church cannot fulfill the prophecies to Israel, never having belonged to a specific land nor having been cast out of it or returned to it. Rather, the church comes “out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Revelation:5:9). The hope of the church is to be raptured to heaven (John:14:3; 1 Thessalonians:4:16-17), where we stand before “the judgment seat of Christ” (Romans:14:10; 2 Corinthians:5:10) and then are married to our Lord (Revelation:19:7-9) and are eternally with Him wherever He is (John:14:3; 1 Thessalonians:4:17).
That being the case, in love with our Bridegroom and longing to see Him face to face, let us hold the things of earth lightly and live for eternity. Let us please Him alone, not following men or organizations, but by faith allowing our Head to nourish, sustain, and direct us and to live His life through us to His glory.