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Two Trains: Israel and the Church in Prophecy

Two Trains

‘Israel and the Church in Prophecy’ – Abraham to the Great White Throne Judgment


1. FIRST TRAIN: The Israelite Train

1997 BC – Abraham is the First Conductor

God chose a people group for Himself. God chose Abraham to be the first conductor. Abraham obeyed God (Gen. 12:4) and was counted as righteous because he believed (Gen. 15:6).

Abraham became the father of a new nation

Abrahamic Covenant (unconditional):

Genesis 12:2-3I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing, I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Land Covenant (unconditional):

Genesis 17:7-8 “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also, I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

Covenant of Circumcision (conditional):

Genesis 17:14 And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”

1491 BCMoses is the Second Conductor

Exodus 3:10 “… I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring My people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

God chose a reluctant Moses (Exod. 3:11) to conduct the next leg of the Israelite train to bring His people to the covenant land.

God chose the Israelites corporately as a separate people unto Himself:

Exodus 19:5-6 “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

Numbers 23:9 “For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: see, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.”

There was nothing to commend about the Israelites:

Deuteronomy 7:7-8 “The Lord did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath He swore to your ancestors that He brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”

1063 BC – David is the Third Conductor

David was chosen (1 Samuel 16:12) as king of the Israelites and a new unconditional covenant was made.

Davidic Covenant: God reaffirms the Abrahamic covenant with David adding that the Messiah would be attached to his lineage: Psalm 132:11 “… Of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne.”

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King David confirms Israel is chosen as a people group:

2 Samuel 7:23 “And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a name …” 

King David was a man after God’s own heart. David purchased the threshing floor for cash to build a temple to the Lord, but since he was a man of war, God commanded David’s son, Solomon, to build the temple.

Araunah, the Jebusite, offers David the threshing floor as a gift:

2 Samuel 24:24Then the king said to Araunah, ‘No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.’ So, David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.”

1048 BC: David Established Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel


2. THE SECOND TRAIN: The Church Train

32 AD – The Holy Spirit is the Conductor

The Church Train begins in Israel on Pentecost. In the same way that Jesus called each of His disciples, followers of Jesus are called individually and required to believe by faith: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Two trains continue side by side:

The New Covenant Begins

Believe in Jesus: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

What Must I Do To Be Saved? Acts 16:31So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.

Eternal Security: John 10:28I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand.

The Church will be kept from (Greek out of) the trial: Revelation 3:10  Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

Future Date Rapture: 

Jesus Returns for His Church – The Church Age Ends 

The Fullness of the Gentiles Has Come –  Romans 11:25

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Revelation 4:1 John is called up, modeling the rapture: Come up hither …”

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 The final trumpet of the Church Age is sounded:

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 In like manner, the Church is called up to meet Christ in the air:

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus, we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

The saved church dwells in the New Jerusalem:

John 14:2-3; Hebrews 11:10; Revelation 21:1-4

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

Bema Seat Judgment – 5 Crowns

Incorruptible crown – Crown of rejoicing – Crown of life – Crown of righteousness – Crown of glory

The Saved Church is Given Rewards For Works

2 Corinthians 5:10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

2 Timothy 4:8 “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to those who love His appearing.

Revelation 4:10-11 “They cast their crowns before the throne …”

The Israelite Train Continues Alone

Two Wars

Psalm 83:1-8 10 nation Arab alliance attacks Israel and is defeated

Ezekiel 38-39 Gog Magog, Russian-led alliance is defeated – Israel dwells in false peace

Ezekiel 39:28 The war of Gog and Magog ends in divine victory – Jews are called home

The Tribulation Begins – Antichrist is given 7 years

Revelation 6:1-2 Antichrist arrives

Daniel 9:27 Treaty with Israel and neighbors is signed/Temple built

Revelation 6:1-8 Seal judgments – 4 horsemen of the apocalypse

Daniel 7:24 Revival of the Roman Empire, 10 nation confederacy formed

The Time of Jacob’s Trouble Begins (Great Tribulation, final 3.5 years)

Jeremiah 30:7 Israel and unrepentant Gentiles will go through the Time of Jacob’s Trouble

Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.”

Revelation 13:1-10 Antichrist is revealed – his power comes from Satan

Revelation 13:11-18 False Prophet completes the evil trinity – ‘666’

2 Thessalonians 2:4 Temple is desecrated/Abomination of desolation

Daniel 9:27 Peace treaty is broken

Matthew 24:15-16 Jews flee to the mountains/Great Tribulation

Revelation 8:6-13 Trumpet Judgments begin

Revelation 16:1-21 Bowl Judgments/Battle of Armageddon begins

The Return of Jesus Christ

Israel’s eternal enemy is defeated:

Isaiah 63:1-3 Jesus goes to Edom (Genesis 36:1) to destroy the final enemy of the Jewish people:

“Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah,
This One who is glorious in His apparel, Traveling in the greatness of His strength? —

“I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save”

Why is Your apparel red, And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?

I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes.

Jesus brings the Jewish remnant to salvation:

Zechariah 12:10 The House of David and those in Jerusalem are Corporately Saved

And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

Romans 11:26-27 “And so all Israel will be saved …”

“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”

Revelation 19:11-16 The Triumphant Return

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

Revelation 19:20 Antichrist is Defeated

“Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.”

Revelation 20:1-2 Millennial Reign Begins – Satan is bound 1000 years

And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.  He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.

Revelation 20:4-6 The Tribulation Saints Reign with Christ

 “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

Zechariah 8:23 The Jewish remnant is restored as servants to the LORD – Jacob’s blessing (Genesis 27:28-29) is fulfilled

Thus, says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.

Revelation 20:7-8 The Final Rebellion

“Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea”

Revelation 20:11-15 The Great White Throne Judgment of the Lost

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”