Is “Israel” of the OT the same as the “Church” in the NT? Was God only concerned with a godly “remnant” in the OT and not with the nation as a whole dwelling in the physical promised land in a geopolitical kingdom? Does NT fulfillment cause us to have “greater light” on God’s purpose with Israel so that now, because of Christ, we re-interpret OT promises of fulfillment made to Israel in light of the NT Church?
In other words, it is a matter of the hermeneutics one brings to the texts pertaining to the promises given to Israel and how we understand those promises being fulfilled. Does the language of Scripture insist we must expand the OT promises of fulfillment to mean merely the NT Church, or will those promises of Israel being in the Holy Land in a geopolitical kingdom certainly be fulfilled in a real, tangible way?
I have explored this topic in previous posts from the last couple of years in my studies of eschatology. Other things began to occupy my time and I dropped off from my series on premillennialism, which i hope to take up again soon.
Additionally, Paul Henebury has been exploring the topic of Israel and expansionist language at his blog and has written some articles worth one’s time reading. Previous articles in his series are linked at the top of the article.