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Edition 68. 7th January 2011
In this edition:
●Shocking roots and the effects of replacement theology.
The shocking roots and the effects of replacement theology
●This edition will offend many. It's not my intention to do so. If the truth offends, then so be it. As with all of the Prophetic Scroll, my attitude is one of deep humility before My Lord combined with an insatiable, deep desire to know Him, His word and ways. It's in this spirit that I present this edition to you.
Replacement theology is a complex term, with many side issues, I'll be looking at the main central aspect and some of the the very important wider issues. Let's define out terms:
Replacement theology is the erroneous belief and teaching that the church has superseded and replaced Israel and Jerusalem. It teaches that God has finished with the Jews and has reneged on, changed or abandoned His eternal covenants with them. There is no prophetic plan or future for them. It teaches that all the verses relating to Israel must be replaced with the church. The only Godly future for the Jews, they teach, is to join the church, celebrate Easter and have a big ham sandwich in front of the Christmas tree!
You may be wondering why the Jews are so important and special. They are not. They are no different to anyone else. They are only important because this was and is God's choice. If God chose the Zulus to bring salvation to the world, it would be the same thing for them.
The truth is that God has chosen to bring our Messiah to the world through the Jews. He has chosen for the Jews to come to salvation en-mass in our day and for them to take the gospel to the world just before the Second Coming. The land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem play a major part as revealed in numerous Bible prophecies. When the times of the Gentiles comes to an end, salvation goes to the Jews and through them to the world. Then our Lord returns.
This is why the issue is important. We are dealing with God's choice and His plans. Satan of course knows all of this better than anyone and will continue to replace Gods choice with his own.
The big central issue is that if Satan can interfere with God's plans, he can prolong his time as god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4) and delay his being cast out into hell. This is the essence of replacement theology. It is keep the Jews from salvation and delays the Second Coming.
Satan himself is at work in and through replacement theology.
Replacement theology in the wider sense:
Deicide is the term for "God or Christ killer" It's the foolish idea that the Jews killed Christ. Many ignorant churches teach that the Jews killed Christ and therefore God has rejected the Jews. The Bible says that He laid His life down of His own accord to take on the sins of the world. Acts4:27 "Your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilot, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined to be done." Here we see that Gentiles and Jews were involved in the crucifixion.
The issue is simple: You, dear reader crucified Christ! He died for all of us. That was His purpose all along. No cross, no salvation.
Unfortunately many Christians, churches and leaders still believe that the Jews killed Christ and therefore they need to be rejected. Of course God did reject the Jews for a time, but not for killing anyone. They were rejected for unbelief "until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled."
Romans 11:29 says that Gods calling (to to Israel) is without repentance. The book of Romans teaches that the rejection of Messiah by the Jews has in no way nullified His promises to them. Romans 11:2 "God has not cast away His people..." Romans 11:11 "I say then have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not..."
The early church up to about 300AD was Jewish at first. It was then joined by many Gentiles of many origins. This powerful early church had a clear Biblically based identity and character. It was Hebraic in nature. The early church had no identity with the occult and pagan practices, that were to infiltrate the church from 300AD onwards.
This early church kept the seven feasts of the Lord. They kept the Sabbath on Saturday. They kept Passover. They rejected numerous attempts by imposters to bring in error and the occult.
Of course there is no problem with a church introducing certain local cultural identities, but the foundational Hebraic nature and character of the church was never to change and there are many reasons for this.
Interestingly, the Bible itself, in the New Testament epistles, commands (not suggests) that Passover, the feats and Sabbath are to be observed. The church teaches that they are not to be observed. The church teaches that the pagan practises that have come in their place are to be observed while the Bible teaches that they are not!
Replacement theology in the wider sense has replaced the true character and nature of the church completely. It is now foreign compared to the Biblical picture of the early church before 300AD.
Satan has reconstructed the church and replaced truth for error in it's convocations, traditions and practices. He has turned it into an institution that is foreign and a fearful place for a Jew to enter. The new pagan-filled church was now (and still is) a friend of the world. After 300AD Satan stopped the persecution of this now pagan filled church and it became the persecutor of truth.
The black plague of the 14th century was blamed upon the Jews. Because of their sanitary laws, very few Jews died. This infuriated the Catholic church who spread rumours that the Jews had poisoned the water. This led to sixty Jewish communities being burned to the ground and all their inhabitants tortured, burned and murdered.
This new church which had replaced the early church in almost all its ways, gets rid of the Jew. Replacement theology in relation to the traditions and character of the church, keeps the Jews from coming to the church for salvation.
This of course extends the "times of the Gentiles" so that salvation does not go to the Jew. Our Messiah only returns in association with the salvation of the Jews.
Replacement theology in all its forms and manifestations is the work of Satan to delay his own casting out as god of this world, to hell. On top of that, it's the road to war on an unprecedented scale.
Church leaders that have chosen to accept and spread replacement theology and this pagan-rich church character, are working for Satan in disguise.
The hijacking, distorting, and perverting of the character of the true original church by the Catholic church is the root of replacement theology and anti-Semitism. It's the root of the mass murder of millions of Jews and its all about to break onto the stage again in it's final explosive manifestation.
Warning: Replacement theology leads to replacement reality!
It has manifested in a deadly reality throughout history. Satan tried to destroy the Jews many times. He has used the Catholic church to destroy, torture and murder untold millions of Jews in the inquisitions and beyond. The Catholic church, all of the Protestant churches and even some of the charismatic churches have been hugely involved in creating the climate for the second Holocaust, which will come in relation to the world's 'road-map to peace.'
Replacement theology is far from over. It still has it's most deadly manifestation ahead in the near future.
Please don't underestimate this. It's not a small issue.
If you are a supporter of replacement theology I suggest you read the following verses:
Jeremiah 30:11 "For I am with you (Israel) says the Lord to save you; though I make a full end of all the nations (Gentile) where I've scattered you."
Jeremiah 30:17 "For I will restore health to you (Israel) and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord, because they called you an outcast saying 'This is Zion, no one seeks her."
Isaiah 60:14-15 "The sons of those who afflicted you will come bowing to you and all those who despised you will fall prostrate at your feet...whereas you have been forsaken and hated...I will make you an eternal excellence."
Zechariah 8: 23 "In those days ten men of every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man saying, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."
Replacement theology in the arts:
Ecclesia et Synagoga (below):
Ecclesia is the original word for church and Synagoga is the Latin word for Synagogue. These two represent the church and the Jew or Israel in the wider sense.
Ecclesia et Synagoga is the name for these dual depictions of the church and the Jew. They're found in many cathedrals scattered throughout Europe. They were constructed in the Middle ages. Ecclesia (church) is always seen as a woman with a crown, a chalice containing the blood of Jesus and a staff / cross. She is seen with a contemptuous, arrogant glance at Synagoga, representing the Jew. Synagoga is always seen as dejected, downcast, blindfolded, with a broken staff or spear and the Torah hidden behind her, slipping from her hand. The one above is at Notre Dame in Paris. The ones below are from other cathedrals in Europe.
The Ecclesia et Synagoga image below left is a carving done in the 1400s in a Cathedral in Germany. It shows a woman on a horse with a spear attacking Synagoga, who is riding a pig. The stained glass window is another similar representation again with Synagoga blindfolded.
These statues and windows are seen in both Catholic and Anglican churches in England, Germany, France and other European countries.
All of these representations are blatantly anti-Semitic, and reinforce the ongoing long-term separation of the church from the Jews. No wonder Jews will spit before entering a church!
These revolting monstrosities should be destroyed and crushed. I would love to have that job!
I'll give credit where due. The reformers did bring a lot of light into what had become the dark ages. They brought back many Bible truths that had been lost. Many of them gave their lives for this as they came out of and now stood against the Catholic church. God used them in mighty ways.
In many ways the spiritual reformation also birthed the renaissance and industrial revolution. As goes the spiritual, so goes the natural, so they were responsible for a great deal.
But the reformation was incomplete on the one hand it brought light and on the other it perpetuated certain things that desperately needed reforming.
It's no secret that many of the reformers hated the Catholics and their doctrines, but they were unable to break from Satan's grip. Satan had used the Catholic church to completely replace the identity of the true early church with this new counterfeit monstrosity. Sure, the reformers restored things like salvation by faith and not works and many other such things. They were powerless to reform the church to its original God ordained glorious state.
The reformers were largely motivated by the desire to cleanse the church. They did a little and then tragically fell into the same ditch.
If many of the reformers could see their churches today, they would turn in their graves! Their work of reformation has deteriorated to such an extent...its a great tragedy.
Thankfully God is about to do a much greater complete work of reformation or restoration. And He's going to use a Jew to do it!!
Elijah will return and do it. In the tribulation period, two Jewish witnesses, Elijah and Moses will further the restoration and then God will use 144,000 male Jews to bring the most spectacular revival to the world! (Revelation 7:4)
What the Gentile pagan-based church failed to do in 2000 years, God will do in seven years using a bunch of Jew boys! How does that make you feel, Very Reverend?
The image taken in the Vatican right at the top of this article of a sun-burst, has below it St. Peters chair. If this is Peter's chair then this is the chair of a Jew, right in the centre of the Vatican!
John Calvin (below)
The church man represented in the statue above was a mass murderer. Now, I know some of you can't (or won't) believe those words, because he is your hero, but let me give you a brief lesson in history. Calvin rounded up 58 people who opposed him and had them killed. One in particular, called Michael Servetus, at Calvin's command had burning oil poured over him until he was dead.
Some reports put the numbers of people who were executed at Calvin's command in the thousands. He had a particular love for torture of the worst kind. An individual who opposed Calvin called Jacques Gruet was racked, had his tongue perforated with a hot iron and then executed.
On his death bed, Calvin was confronted by church elders and commanded to repent of the murders. He refused, dying as an unrepentant murderer.
The founder of Calvinism, which is the basis of all reformed doctrine and churches, was not only an unrepentant murderer but also an anti-Semite and hater of the Jews.
He said: "The rotten Jews, unbending and stiff-necked deserve to be oppressed unendingly and without measure. They must die in their misery without the pity of anyone." (The Jew and the Christian by John Calvin)
This church man was an egotistical murderer, persecutor and fraud.
Calvin is an excellent example of a minister operating in the power of legalism: 2 Corinthians 3:6 "He has made us ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."
Today all reformed churches, the Presbyterian church, Methodists and many others, are adherents to Calvin-founded reformed doctrine. They are all pro- replacement theology.
Martin Luther (below)
The church man in the image above was partially responsible for the murder of six million Jews.
He proclaimed of the Jews:
They should be considered “Christ killers” and should be mistreated accordingly.
“A miserable and accursed people. The great vermin of humanity”
In his published tracts on the Jews Luther stated:
Their synagogues and schools should be burned and not a cinder of them should remain.
Their houses should be destroyed.
Their Talmudic writings should be confiscated.
Their Rabbis should be forbidden to teach.
Their money should be taken from them.
They should be compelled into forced labour.
Hitler hero worshipped Luther, referring to him in his book Mein Kampf as the "great warrior".
Keep in mind that Hitler was a professed Christian. In 1924 at a Christian gathering in Berlin, Hitler spoke to thousands and received a standing ovation when he made the following proclamation: “I believe that today I am acting in accordance with the will of Almighty God as I announce the most important work that Christians could undertake - and that is to be against the Jews and get rid of them once and for all.” Hitler then proceeded to talk about the influence of Luther on his life: “Martin Luther has been the greatest encouragement of my life. Luther was a great man. He was a giant"
The Holocaust was the product of 1,900 years of virulent Christian anti-Semitism.
You can find much more on the subject here:
Interestingly the Lutheran church today is strongly committed to replacement theology, just as it's founder was.
The church man in the statue above was one of the brothers who founded the Methodist church. The Wesley brothers had a love and a heart for the Jewish people. Over the years this died out as the church became a regular supporter of replacement theology. Its been intensifying of late, with calls to boycott Israeli products. This church is stone dead and a perfect tool in Satan's hands to be drawn into the coming end-time attacks on Israel. The Wesley brothers would turn in their graves if they saw what their church has become.
The Anglican church:
The Anglicans, much like the Catholic church, is strongly into replacement theology. It has recently participated in numerous protests around Britain condemning Israel. It has also been in the forefront of boycotts against Israeli products. The church has joined multi-faith organisations which include Muslims, who are actively working against Israel.
The Rabbis of Israel have been becoming more and more fearful of the direction being pursued by the Anglican church. The Jewish community in Britain has also become alarmed at the dramatic rise in anti-Semitism in the UK.
As the Anglican church turns more and more away from supporting Israel, so it opens the door more and more to the Islamic world.
This church recently condemned anti-Semitism, but not replacement theology, which it supports.
Thankfully, there are some breakaway ex-Anglican groups who support Israel.
Notable Anti-Semites and or proponents of replacement theology:
●Origen, ●Constantine, ●Saint Augustine, ●Saint Gregory, ●Saint Jerome, ●all the popes, ●John Calvin, ●Martin Luther, ●John Wycliffe, ●Joseph Stalin, ●Vladimir Lenin, ●Carl Marx, ●Henry Ford, ●Ted Turner (head of CNN) ●Desmond Tutu. ●Obama.
The list below shows how replacement theology began to take shape right from the early days. They were all part of what the Bible calls "savage wolves who will come in after my departure, not sparing the flock, speaking perverse things to draw away the disciples after themselves." (Acts 20:29-30)
●Ignatius of Antioch (50-117 AD) - Taught that those who partake of the Passover are partakers with those who killed Jesus.
●Justin Martyr (100-165 AD) - Claimed God’s covenant with Israel was no longer valid and that the Gentiles had replaced the Jews.
●Irenaeus (130-202 AD) - Declared the Jews were disinherited from the grace of God.
●Tertullian (155-230 AD) - Blamed the Jews for the death of Jesus and argued they had been rejected by God.
●Origen (185-254 AD) - He was responsible for much anti-Semitism, all of which was based on his assertion that the Jews were responsible for killing Jesus.
●The Council of Elvira (305 AD in Spain) - Prohibited Christians from sharing a meal with a Jew, marrying a Jew, blessing a Jew or observing the Sabbath.
●The Council of Nicea (325 AD in Turkey) - Changed the celebration of the Resurrection from the Jewish Feast of First Fruits to Easter in an attempt to disassociate it from Jewish feasts. The Council stated: “For it is unbecoming beyond measure that on this holiest of festivals we should follow the customs of the Jews. Henceforth let us have nothing in common with this odious people ...”
●Eusebius (275-339 AD) - Taught that the promises of Scripture were meant for the Gentiles and the curses were meant for the Jews. Asserted that the Church was the “true Israel.”
●John Chrysostom (349-407 AD) - Preached a series of sermons against the Jews in which he stated, “The synagogue is not only a brothel and a theatre, it is also a den of robbers and lodging place for wild beasts ... Jews are inveterate murderers possessed by the Devil. Their debauchery and drunkenness gives them the manners of a pig.” He denied that Jews could ever receive forgiveness. He claimed it was a Christian duty to hate Jews. He claimed that Jews worshiped Satan. And this man was canonized a saint!
●Jerome (347-420 AD) - Described the Jews as “... serpents wearing the image of Judas. Their psalms and prayers are the braying of donkeys … They are incapable of understanding Scripture …”
●Augustine(354-430 AD) - Asserted that the Jews deserved death but were destined to wander the earth to witness the victory of the Church over the synagogue.”
How could the church have gone so far off track?
Satan has worked in and through many church leaders to lead people astray. People have given themselves blindly, without question to these leaders, and they all end up in the ditch.
The answer is actually so very simple. Our Lord has placed the author of the Bible in our hearts through the new birth. He has made understanding of it's content clear through the baptism of the spirit. ("When He the Spirit of truth has come, He will lead you into all truth.")
Take your church glasses off and study the Bible on its own without any pre-conceived ideas. That's it! Oh, did I mention that this takes time and diligence! Unfortunately today many people want instant pop-up results, so they give themselves to heaped up teachers.
On the other hand: 1Corinthians 2:14 "The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them because they are spiritually discerned."
The above verse shows just why so many are ignorant of these things. They are outside of the "the Spirit."
Unless you know your Bible well, under the instruction of the Holy Spirit, you will never know or see how far the church has got from it's Hebraic roots, because all you will know is your handed tradition and what others have told you.
Of course the little old lady sitting in the pew at the back of the church, who loves our Lord is saved. To whom little is given, little is required says the Bible. Of course there are a great many in the church who will be greeted by our Lord as they enter heaven and He will say to them; "Well done good and faithful servant"
The church never had the authority to re-construct itself as an institution built according to the plans of an imposter.
Church leaders are in an extremely powerful position to do the work of God or to the do the work of the devil in God's name or to do the work of both!
Let me refer you to some staggering words from our Jewish Messiah:
Matthew 5:19 "Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven teaches, but whoever shall do them and teach others to do them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
The good intentions of replacement theology:
Of course no one who believes in replacement theology in it's various forms, believes it is wrong. They all believe they are right and that their intentions are Godly and correct. They believe in world peace, because peace is a word that they've seen somewhere in the Bible at some time. They believe love is their motivation.
Peace and love are fruits of the Spirit. They are not the whole tree. The whole tree is God's truth rightly divided and applied. You can't exalt a fruit above its tree.
Good intentions applied wrongly, open the door to much greater problems.
Yes world peace and untold love is coming, but its coming God's way, not man's.
Today replacement theology is rife and the predominant position in the church at large. It comes under the guise of anti-Zionism. It is a deadly dangerous, deceitful work of the devil himself. It will continue to grow until it meets God head on.
●Perhaps the greatest tragedy ever to hit his world is coming soon. Church originated and perpetuated replacement theology will soon lead to the killing of two thirds of the Jews of the world. No this isn't the Holocaust, it's the second, soon coming Holocaust! The following verse is shocking indeed.
Zechariah 13: 8-9 "And it shall come to pass in all the land says the Lord, that two thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one third shall be left. I will bring the one third through the fire, and refine then as silver is refined...They will call on My name and I will answer them and I will say this is My people and each will say the Lord is my God."
It's difficult to know how many Jews there are in the world now. Some estimates are 13 -14 million. Two thirds of this is 8.5 million people. That is a shockingly huge number.
This second Holocaust will most likely occur in the tribulation period, but it could happen before. It is not Armageddon. It could be the war of Ezekiel 38 and 39, which occurs before Armageddon.
The shocking truth is that many churches are silent on these issues of replacement theology. Ignorance is a much lesser evil, but deliberate silence makes you as guilty as the perpetrators!
I hope you can now understand why it is so difficult to share the Gospel with Jews. They've been persecuted and killed throughout history in the name of Jesus, and will be again! Even though the church itself may not be directly involved in the coming Holocaust, they have and are sowing the seeds of it.
Do you think the church is going to change in such a radical way as to make itself welcoming to the Jew? Do you think the church is going to cast off Christmas, Easter, infant baptism and many such occult things? Do you think the church is going to return to the way it was before 300AD, celebrating the Feasts, Shabbat, Passover and returning to a pure Biblical character? Do you think the church is going to obey the scriptures which say that the gospel is to go to the Jew first, and that the Gentiles are to make the Jew jealous for God?
Do you know that many are doing just this? Many are coming under attack by traditional Christians, because they are obeying the Bible and reforming themselves. Many churches, perhaps the majority will stand in God's way, obstructing Him, as they fulfil the devils plans. Bound, legalistically in their traditions, they will become the persecutors of God's new move of restoration, which is starting now.
God is now at work with His own spectacular 'replacement theology'. He is replacing the occult-formed, Jew rejecting church with a new Messianic church that has no place for pagan practices and does practice the true Bible ordained convocations. This new set up is radically different from the traditional church.
A repentant church is a powerful tool in God's hands. A replacement church is a powerful tool in Satan's hands.
As kids we would go down to a nearby railway line and put our ears on the track. You feel and hear the rumble of an approaching train long before you could see it. Today there is a stirring and rumbling in the church. Many are changing their tune. Some are seeing all these things and being shocked into repentance, others are just melting into the restoration. Those unwilling and stubborn will dry up and die. Beware, these are very important issues.
The most incredible turn of events the world has ever seen will be the final result of replacement theology. The world and the churches who support it will be destroyed and the victim, the Jews will be saved and go on to glory, joining all true believers as one!
Israel is the Apple of God's eye, the treasure of His heart and the tool of His plans. If you think these plans of the Creator of the universe and every atom in your body are going to come to nothing, you deserve to be deceived!
Replacement theology in all its various forms will result in terrible conflict, but it will fail. It is doomed just as its author, good looking Satan is doomed. Imagine working on something for 2000 years and it fails! God's work of the great "restoration of all things" is already gaining momentum like an unstoppable train and it will be successful.
Bible prophecy has a 100% fulfilment record so far. You are gambling against immeasurable odds if you mess with it!
God's final solution is underway and will gather momentum as it goes.
Many in the church say that they love our Lord, but they love themselves and their traditions more. They have fallen into the self-orientated pride of rejecting the re-grafting of the natural branches (Roman 11:24) Verse 22 says that "they (Gentile church) will be cut off" for coming against what God is doing in this regard. Verse 20 says to the Gentile church "Do not be haughty but fear, for if He did not spare the natural branches He may not spare you either."
God is calling the church to discover their Hebraic roots, reject the Roman roots and to love and stand with Israel and the Jewish people. God is calling the church to fight replacement theology and anti-Semitism. God is calling his church to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. In this day these things are easy to do. In the coming days, these things may cost you your life.
The Bible reveals prophetically that the majority of the church will melt into the hands of Satan, while a remnant church will reform and go on to glory.
It's a very powerful thing to be filled with a genuine deep, exclusive love for our Messiah and His word. It means that you will be led along the right paths to glory.
Jeremiah 51:35 "May the violence done to our flesh be upon Babylon. The inhabitants of Zion will say; "may our blood be upon the inhabitants of Chaldea (Babylon)" In the prophetic sense, Babylon applies to the end- time world religion and the Catholic church as well as the whole world system, with the US being predominant.
Psalm 129: 5-8 "All who hate Zion will be put to shame."
Heaven or hell:
Ahmadinejad and Gaddafi, your hatred for Israel will lead you into direct conflict with God Himself. You may have your way for some time, but ultimately you are both doomed. Your belief that if you die in conflict, you will go straight to heaven is a big lie. You do not go to heaven for killing Jews. (or anyone) You go to heaven for a sincere belief in the Jewish Messiah who was crucified, died and raised from the dead.
I understand your frustration with your enemies Benjamin Netanyahu, but you still need to be born again. You are almost there already...just the last little breakthrough is needed. You have been very tolerant, welcoming and a true friend of Messianic believers, Christian Zionists and the like. Being on the board of Christians United for Israel, won't save you, but I think you already know the name of your soon coming Messiah!
Here is a painting representing the Holocaust's Auschwitz prison. This was done by Edith Birkin. She was born in Prague and was herself deported to Auschwitz (insert). She was one of the few survivors.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!