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THE ENSIGN MESSAGE

THE OLD TESTAMENT CHURCH

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When did the true Church begin?

In Acts 7:38 we learn that the congregation of Israel was called  the church in the wilderness, in the days of Moses.  The  English  word  “congregation” used throughout the  Old Testament is only another rendering, having the same  identical meaning,  as the word “church” in the  New Testament. The word translated  “congregation” in the Old Testament is ekklesia in the Septuagint-the same  identical Greek word that is always  translated CHURCH  in the New Testament.

Israel was both church and state. As a kingdom, it was for years ruled by a system  of judges,  over 50s, 100s,  thousands, etc.,  later  having a king. But as a congregation, or church, Israel was organized  with a leader-Moses, Joshua, etc.-and the priests of the tribe of Levi. The law of Moses contained those ritualistic  or ceremonial laws  which  were  ADDED, because of transgressions, to the  Old Covenant­ added until Messiah-to teach  and  instill into them the habit of obedience. These consisted of meat and drink  offerings,  various  washings ,   physical ordinances. Also  they   had   the  sacrifices, as  a substitute for the sacrifice of Messiah.

Who/where is those so called……. teachers now??

 

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