If the church were to be folded into Israel, we would be keeping the law...
"For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people." Acts 3:22-23.
And God said, of THAT PROPHET on the Mount of Transfiguration, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; HEAR YE HIM." Matt 17:5...Moses and the Mt. Sinai were what? They were figures, foreshadowing Jesus on Mt. Sinai, foreshadowing the giving of the New Testament, the New Covenant. Moses was the figure, the shadow, the precursor of THAT PROPHET...
And of whom he said those who do not hear Him, who do not hear THAT PROPHET shall be 'destroyed from among the people'.
Do you see that? Do you see what I see? I see that there, 'destroyed from among the people' is today's national Israel, and including the many thousands, perhaps millions of Jews who have been destroyed since the day they crucified God's truly Chosen one.
If Israel remains today, with the church folded in, where then is the High Priest? Oh yes, that is Jesus, THAT PROPHET, the exact same one the Israel of that day crucified.
The one whose High Priest-hood fulfilled and utterly did away with the law, since,
"For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law." Heb 7:12
And what imprimatur from God does this fact possess? It is that it is one of two 'Immutable' things, two bits of reality in which God cannot lie,
"That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec." Hebrews 6:18-20.
What are those two immutable things? Things even God cannot lie about? They are 1) the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ. And incidental to that, the establishment of a new priesthood, the priesthood of the believer, the believers who carry and bear every element of priesthood in all it's glory. And by extension, the dissolution in its entirety of the Levitical Priesthood.
For, "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ". 1 Peter 2:5, and,
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy."
And 2) the fulfilling, in its entirety, of the law. "For Christ IS THE END OF THE LAW for righteousness to every one that believeth" Rom 10:4.
Tell me...would you continue to make payments on the car you just finished making payments on? I didn't think so...no more do we continue to keep the law, for it has been fulfilled, every single payment made and the covenant stamped "fulfilled".
Who is He speaking of when He says, "...which is time past were not a people"? Is he talking about a people to whom he says, "Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye." Acts 7:51?
Or is he talking about the Gentiles? who are now, in the Jesus Christ Israel refused to accept, a people who "...but now have obtained mercy?"
And you think you can get Israel out of that? Israel is in that...in that Body, in that Church, but only insofar as that Israel fully accepts Jesus Christ, and does not refuse His primacy nor refute His priesthood.
And so I ask, "What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?" Romans 11:7-12.
That is your National Israel today. And they are certainly continuing to fulfill many of their prophetic legacies,
"Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof. " Isa 6:-13...That is your National Israel today.
But the most important truth about National Israel of today is that they have, "...been destroyed from among the people" Acts 3:23, and are in God's eyes no longer Israel.
But the Israel of God, today, is found bound up in and part and parcel of the Church.
"For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit." Eph 2:14-22.
There is the Israel of God. Note it is naught but the Church of Jesus Christ, into which believing Israel has been joined. That our of two, Gentiles and Jews, there made be ONE. And note that in order to be the Israel of God, those Jews who believed found it necessary that THEY COME TO JESUS and become Christians, NOT that Gentiles had to come to Israel in order to be saved.
I am personally, a member of the Israel of God. I am a child of Abraham by faith, just as are the bloodied children of Israel wrapped into the church.
"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." Romans 2:28-29.
There is still a place for National Israel. And that is in repentance and believing in the only begotten Son of God...
"And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all." Rom 11:23-32...
For National Israel, there are but two choices...continue to serve as Antichrist on this planet and receive the just rewards of their deeds (as they've done for two thousands of years)...
or come to Jesus and be grafted into that tree...That tree planted by God alone, for remember,
"Every plant which my Heavenly Father hath not planted...shall be ROOTED UP" Matt 15:13.
God bless you!
I am and remain sincerely yours in Jesus Christ,