J. N. Darby and Matthew 2:15
The verse tells how Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Egypt, where they stayed till Herod’s death, and Matthew said this was done “that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.” The quote is from Hosea 11:1, “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.” Matthew applied an OT prophecy about Israel to Jesus, so Darby concluded, and wrote above, “Christ is the true Israel.”
Although Darby evidently understood that the true Israel is Jesus, as Matthew’s Gospel demonstrates in various ways, this is the very truth that dispensationalism obscures, and strives against. The Gospel teaches that those in Christ, whether Jew or Gentile after the flesh, are included in the Israel of God by faith. The statement above is not present in Darby’s notes on Matthew chapter 2 in his Synopsis of the Books of the Bible. He says in Note # 5, “Israel had been the vine brought out of Egypt. Christ is the true Vine.” It would have been much simpler to say, as he said in his personal notes, “Christ is the true Israel.” After Christ ascended to heaven, only those Jews who believed in him remained in Israel; unbelievers were destroyed from among the people. [Acts 3:23] This implies that apart from Christ, there is no more Israel.