How Bible Interpretation Goes Wrong
I don't do this much as I think these things are better left alone. However, I think is a great example of how a teaching can go horribly wrong when we fail to rightly divide the Word of Truth and we try to rob Israel of her promises and her place in God's plan.
This is where failure to acknowledge context leads to great confusion.
I was with him until about the 20 minute mark.
The Body is not Israel. It was unknown to the prophets. Israel has a separate hope than does the Body. Israel's hope is connected to the earth, the land and the kingdom while the Body's hope is "in heavenly places" or "far above the heavens." Israel and the Kingdom are still in view in the Acts age.
Israel is known "since" the foundation of the world, while the Body was hidden from "before" the foundation of the world. Isaiah speaks of Israel. Unto her are the covenants (old and new), promises and prophets, not the Body. Paul was witnessing to "the hope of Israel" throughout the the Book of Acts.
Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. -Eph 2:11-12
Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world...The Lord came to declare that kingdom to Israel and it was the focus of his instructions to the twelve in the 40 days following his resurrection (Acts 1). In his earthly ministry he forbade the gospel of the kingdom to be preached to gentiles. The twelve went "to Jews only" in the Acts, save once. Paul went to the Jew first throughout the Acts age. It is only when the hidden Body is revealed to Paul that the distinction is gone (but that distinction will again be relevant in a coming age).
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love...
I agree that Nebuchadnezzar's dream falls out historically as he teaches (Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, Remnant of Rome). I agree there is a part the last empire in Europe will play in the days ahead. But this all concerns Israel and her kingdom. Can a false Christianity which claims they are Jews (Replacement theology, Catholicism) play a role? Absolutely. But part of that deception is claiming the Body is Israel.
That is a lie of the Roman Church adopted by others.
I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan... Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. -Rev2&3These "Sabbath-Keepers" claim they are Israel, yet they are not. In a coming age, they will bow before true Israel.