Most people, or rather most christians, understand that their identity is found in God, and more specifically as followers of Jesus. And I for a long time understood that what it meant to be a Christian, was that I was part of the diciples of Christ. But we have to remember this super important understanding, the story in the New Testament isn’t actually new.
Now I know what you are thinking, “of course it is new, Jesus only came to earth once and that was in the NEW TESTAMENT!” And in saying this you would be correct, but I am talking about the story of Jesus, and not exactly about when He was on earth. Let me explain. Everything that God had planned He told His people about it first.
Surely the Lord God does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets.Amos 3:7 NASB
As we know, Christ was prophetic. He is written about all over the Old Testament. And we know that God does nothing, unless He reveals it to the prophets. So with that being said, what does the Old Testament say about the Church? If the Bible foretold the story of Christ, it would also speak about the followers of Christ. And here is my understanding, the believers of today are actually the lost tribes of Israel. Now this isn’t something that is uniquely my idea. There have been many Bible teachers in the past and in the present who follow this same line of thought. But I wanted to write about it to you guys because I think it is important when looking at the plot of the Bible. So lets check out some verses.
James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: GreetingsJames 1:1 NASB
Now this to me, is the most blatantly obvious example that the Christians of today are actually the lost tribes of Israel. I mean, how else do you explain the beginning of James. He is clearly talking to believers, and not just the Jewish people. He is identifiying them correctly as the “twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad”.
But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “ through Isaac your descendants will be named .” That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.Romans 9:6-8 NASB
So what Paul is saying here is that the children of promise are the ones who are considered to be Israel. And who exactly are the children of promise?
And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.Galatians 4:28 NASB
That’s right, we are the Children of Israel. We are the lost tribes that were scattered to all the earth. Does that mean we are determined to be saved based on bloodline? No, but it does mean that our place in the story, and our identity, is that we are Israel. And just to put the cherry on top, tell me what this verse sounds like.
Yet the number of the sons of Israel Will be like the sand of the sea, Which cannot be measured or numbered; And in the place Where it is said to them, “You are not My people,” It will be said to them, “ You are the sons of the living God.” And the sons of Judah and the sons of Israel will be gathered together, And they will appoint for themselves one leader, And they will go up from the land, For great will be the day of Jezreel.Hosea 1:10-11 NASB
Who specifically were called to be “the sons of the living God” or the children of God? CHRISTIANS! So you can see that understanding that the church is Israel, we can understand prophecy and the story of the Bible better. Thanks for reading the blog and I hope you took something away from it! Please support my work by getting the word out about my blog, it would be an awesome help to me! If you haven’t already, check out my book on Amazon here. Thanks again, it means a lot that you guys read. Also leave a comment, I want to know how you feel about it.