Believe whatever you want to believe, but trying to support such a belief on two sentences taken out of their contexts in Scripture is a good method to support ANYTHING you want to believe - except that its weakness shows itself as soon as one takes a closer look at those bits of Scripture. Workers teach that the church "began" before creation by the same methodology if they use any Scripture at all in trying to support their belief.
Just a tad closer look at your references:
Before Jesus was crucified (part of the context of Matthew 16:18) he said, (KJV) "...and upon this rock I will build my church;..." The word "will" in Jesus' words is future tense, not present or past tense.
"...that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina,..."
NET (with translators note)
"...who was in the congregation104 in the wilderness105 with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai..."
104tn This term, ἐκκλησία (ekklhsia), is a secular use of the term that came to mean “church” in the epistles. Here a reference to an assembly is all that is intended.
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