After the "end" of old covenant Israel, Jesus "prophesied" that he would "build" his new covenant "church" through the work of the apostles (Matt. 16:18-
The New Testament "Church" In Old Testament "Promise"
God envisioned the importance of the human "soul" before he created man (Gen. 1:27; 2:18-
In the Old Testament "age," when there was no new covenant "church" on earth, no new testament "kingdom of heaven" among men, God made the following "promise" to establish his future plans through Abraham. "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing...and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 12:1-
After Christ's death, burial, and resurrection, when the New Testament age "began" in Acts 2, the new covenant "church" was built and the "kingdom of heaven" was established on earth. The apostle Paul declared that the promise of God to Abraham had been "fulfilled" in Christ and through the new covenant "church. "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3:27).
The Old Testament "promise" of God to bless "all nations" through Christ and the New Testament "church" goes all of the way back to the ancient days of Abraham in the book of Genesis. No modern denomination established on human creeds and traditions can make that claim or trace their history back to God's "promise" to Abraham.
The New Testament "Church" In Old Testament "Prophecy"
Throughout the 2,000 years between Abraham and Christ, the Old Testament Mosaical "prophets" continually spoke of the coming of the Savior and his New Testament "church-
Isaiah prophesied, "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow into it (Isa. 2:2). The "mountain" into which all nations would flow was the New Testament "church" (Matt. 28:19-