Edition 26. January 22nd 2010
In this edition:
●The failure of replacement theology
●An incredible conclusion!
Replacement theology's extreme danger to Israel
Please don't take this subject lightly, it's of monumental importance today, and will be the issue that will identify who will go on in ever increasing deception and who will go on in glory! This is a tragic and extremely exciting issue, depending upon your position.
Before we get into the meat of this edition, let's define our terms, so we're on the same page:
Replacement theology is a far reaching doctrine invented by the church and practiced by the great majority of churches today. Thankfully, there is a big swing away from it back to the ancient immovable truth, as more and more become aware of it and also respond to the Spirit of God and His current work.
Replacement theology is essentially the doctrine that declares that God replaced Israel with the church. It goes further, believing that God has no plan for the Jews except that they should join institutionalised churchianity and become Christianised. It goes still further in believing that God has no plan for the land of Israel and Jerusalem.
It's proponents teach that God has set aside Israel and the Jews and made the church the new Israel. They teach that wherever you see the word Israel or Jerusalem in the Bible, you simply replace it with the church. They believe that God's work with Israel ended at Calvary with the Gentile church now superseding Israel and the Jews.
There's nothing new with replacement theology, its been around for ages. But it is tragically gaining momentum today. It's very strongly entrenched in almost all denominational churches and is especially strong in all Calvinist churches. Unfortunately it's also being proclaimed by a growing number of Pentecostal churches.
Replacement theology is widespread and powerfully entrenched in the World Council of Churches and its members. It's an ugly anti-Semitic doctrine born in hell that runs side by side with its evil sisters A-millennialism, supersessionism and the various forms of liberation theology, especially Palestinian liberation theology.
It has its roots in the allegorical interpretation of scripture, which had its roots with Augustine and Origen way back when. Augustine wrote that "Bible must be interpreted with reference to church orthodoxy". What blasphemy!
Allegorical interpretation sees fit to apply allegory wherever the interpreter wishes. it "spiritualises" the scriptures and takes away literal meaning especially of the prophetic. It is inconsistent, divisive and dethrones the Bible.
Replacement theology is full-blown dangerous deception, error and the root of anti-Semitism.
In Acts 15 Paul, Barnabas, Peter and James convened a meeting of the elders to decide upon what conditions non-Jews would be admitted to the church, which was mostly Jewish back then. Today the opposite is true.
Many are accidental supporters of replacement theology, by being uninformed or neutral. With God there is actually no such thing as neutrality. He says; "If you're not with me , you're against Me".
It's the root of the Holocaust, and will again be the underlying theology which will lead the world's resistance to Israel.
The truth is that God has a distinctive plan for the Jews and the land of Israel in the coming days. The Bible speaks of the fact that God will bring the Jews back into their land in spiritual blindness and will then lift that veil of blindness as He brings them to salvation and uses them for His powerful end time purpose.
The failure of the "replacement" church:
You may be able to steal from the bank and get away with it, but you're a giant fool if you think you can ever steal anything from God and get away with it!
Replacement theology is theft by the church. On the one hand it attempts to steal what God has promised to Israel and on the other hand, rejects Gods plan for Israel.
Because this evil theology replaces Israel with the church it actually leaves Israel open to be taken over by the Palestinians. The Bible shows clearly that this will occur and invoke the fury of God. Joel 3: 2 & Zechariah 12: 3
Replacement theology is Christian pride and boasting in action. The Bible has nothing good to say about pride. It blinds you...always! "God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud"
We must understand that Israel was elected, rejected and is being accepted again. There are portions of scripture dealing with each; you can't get them mixed up or ignore what doesn't suite you
Romans chapters 9 and 11 are very important in dealing with this.
Romans 11: 25-27 "I don't want you to be ignorant of this mystery, so that you are not boastful or proud. Israel has experienced hardening in part, until the full number of Gentiles has come in" (Much of the church is ignorant of this and exalts itself above Israel)
Israel's hardening is partial until a particular point in time. This is when the full number of Gentiles has come in. When will this be? Good question! Luke 21:24 tells us. "Jerusalem will be trampled on by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." This began in 1967 when Jerusalem was restored to Jewish control for the first time since it was destroyed in 70AD. It is therefore in our time!
Romans 11 goes on with a powerful picture of an olive tree with the natural branches broken off. These it says are the Jews, who were cut off because of their unbelief. Then comes the incredible grafting in of the wild olive branches. These are the Gentile believers.
In verse 20 we are told "not be proud or boastful but to FEAR"! Let me quickly add that when God says you need to fear Him for a particular issue you'd better listen up! Much of the church ignores God right here! "Fear, for if God did not spare the natural branches he may not spare you either...and you also will be cut off....How much more will these natural branches (Jews) be grafted back in to their own tree?"
Verse 29 says "The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable."
This is not talking about calling or gifts of the Spirit as many teach. In context it is talking about the calling and gift of Israel to the world, which will be completed God's way!!
In many ways Israel has to deal with an enemy on many fronts. Islam is one and the church of replacement theology is another.
The true church is a "mystery" and a separate work of God that interrupts not replaces the Old Covenant. It has its own distinctive character. It started at Pentecost and lasts for 2000 odd years before the Old Covenant comes to its climax in seven years.
The "replacement church" is on thin ice. Its about to become strongly empowered by a counterfeit force. It's now in the twilight years of God's patience.
If Satan can get rid of the significance of Israel he can bring down the veracity of the Word of God and a large part of the church is helping him!
You need to be aware, in terms of timing that all of these issues are strongly related to the second coming of our Messiah and the general time period we are in now.
The rise of Christian Zionism:
A recent report in the Jerusalem Post says "Evangelicals are seeing the error of replacement theology" Thank the Lord for this! Christians United for Israel is one organisation presenting a united face to Israel in this regard and is also putting their money where the mouth is. They've collected and distributed millions of dollars to Israel. They organise and run regular "Night to Honour Israel" events in each major city of every one of the US states.
This organisation has literally hundreds of member churches with over five million individual members (including myself) It has a number of saved Rabbis on the board as well as Benjamin Netanyahu.
Many churches around the world are seeing with new eyes. Unfortunately these will remain the minority because the Bible teaches that the masses will join forces to come against Israel and the Jews.
Gods purpose is not to favour the Jew above any other, but it is to bring blessing and salvation to the world through His work using the Jew as the whole prophetic picture unfolds.
The impossibility of replacement theology:
There are so many hundreds of verses of scripture that make no sense at all if the church has replaced Israel. It devalues and undermines Israel and exalts the church in arrogance and pride. When the church relates to, instead of replaces Israel the pieces of the giant jig-saw all fall into their correct place and the picture is clear.
Replacement theology in all its forms is irreconcilable with the Bible. It simply can't fit in with almost all verses dealing with the re-gathering of Israel. It also has major problems with what is actually happening now.
There is however one very brilliant way to legitimise replacement theology, and that is simply to deny or cast down the veracity of the Bible. The satanically inspired allegorical method of interpretation does just this. It takes away the literal meanings and foists into it whatever the interpreter wants.
You can't fit the church into dozens of portions of scripture relating to Israel and the Jews. here is one chapter among hundreds.
Jeremiah 31: 8-36 "Proclaim, give praise and say, O Lord save your people, the remnant of Israel. Behold I'll bring them from the north country and from the ends of the earth...a great throng will return...Hear the word of the Lord you nations, "He who scattered Israel will re-gather him'...they'll come streaming to the goodness of the Lord. Behold the days are coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah...For I will forgive their iniquity and their sin I'll remember no more."
If the church is Israel since when will God bring us back from the ends of the earth. Since when was the church "scattered". Since when does God make a new covenant with the church; that's done already.
Why replacement theology will lead to war:
This may shock you, I hope it does...with a positive outcome!
As goes the spiritual so goes the natural. This is a principle as sure as gravity.
Replacement theology leads to the horror of replacement reality! It is the devil's Trojan horse in the church.
It was this theology that was behind Hitler. He quoted from Luther in his evil book Mein Kampf. Luther wrote that the "Jews were damned and rejected" and that "they and their synagogues should be burnt so that not even a cinder of them remains" and many other things that I will not write.
The encyclopaedia of Judaica comments on this saying "The whole Nazi Holocaust was pre-outlined here by Martin Luther" By the way, Luther was one of the reformers and I have no problem giving credit where due. He did open the eyes of the church to some degree in other areas. He also caused immeasurable harm.
The world's two state solution or "roadmap to peace" is a direct contradiction of God's one state solution and will bring down the wrath and judgement of God. It will all lead to world war.
God's one-state solution imports the Jews into the land and expands the land itself, while He expels the Arabs as owners of the land.
Jeremiah 12:14 -17 "My evil neighbours who touch the inheritance of My people Israel, I will pluck them out of the land of Judah. After I have done this I will return and have compassion on My people and will bring them back into their land" This is a one state solution. The "evil neighbours" and the two-state mob would do well to read this, but they won't!
Joel 3:2 Declares that dividing the land of Israel brings war not peace.
Daniel 11: 39 Speaking of the coming Antichrist says "This foreign god will rule over many and will divide the land for gain at the time of the end" The rest of this section describes coming war.
The Catholic church stood by in silence during the Holocaust! Right now a great many churches are silent on these issues as Israel's enemies gather and war clouds rise on the prophetic horizon.
What you don't talk about speaks volumes!
Silence is not golden in this regard!
Another form of replacement theology:
By the way, another powerful example of replacement theology in a somewhat different form is in the Arab world. Islam essentially believes that God started His work with Moses and the Jews, but they didn't fulfil His plan and form the Muslim religion, so God ditched them and moved onto Jesus and the prophets. They also didn't fulfil God's plan, so He ditched them. Mohamed did, so the Muslims have now replaced the Jews and the Christians, who now don't have a legitimate right to exist. This in fact the root behind the Islamic world's hatred of the Jews and Christians. But please read edition 16 for a truly wonderful outcome to even this large problem.
Some related verses:
Zechariah 8: 13 "It will come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you and you shall be a blessing."
Ezekiel 11: 17-19 "I will gather you from the peoples and countries where you have been scattered and I will give you the land of Israel...Then I will give them one heart and will put a new spirit within them."
Isaiah26:15 "You have increased the nation, You are glorified, You have expanded all the borders."
Hosea 2: 23 " Then I will say to those who were not my people, you are My people, and they'll say, You are my God"
Time is short. The Bible says that God will not strive with man forever.
Amos 8: 11 "The days are coming says the Lord that I will send a famine and a thirst on the land, not of bread or water, but of hearing the words of the Lord"!
My friends, a time of spiritual darkness and deception is coming. There is one sure way to stay safe with our Lord and this is to develop and maintain a soft heart before Him and to be right in doctrine.
There are so many churches today that follow replacement theology. You need to be warned and stay clear of popular US preacher Rick Warren. He declares that Christians should stay away from Bible prophecy. He suggests that it's a diversion of the devil. He is a strong proponent of replacement theology and regularly says that the Palestinians own the land.
●Yes I agree; Bible prophecy makes no sense at all with Israel and the Jews removed and replaced by the church! Rick Warren has fearlessly set himself up as God's editor!
●Bible prophecy is the "eyes" for the church. Take it away and you're a blind sitting duck in the devil's sights!
Other well known modern adherents and promoters of replacement theology include, Dominionist David Wilkerson, Robert Schuler, Gary North, David Chilton and many others.
The tragedy is that many Christians have given themselves blindly to their church leadership, and it's doctrine. As a result they don't have the eyes to see nor the ears to hear anything that may be beyond church doctrine. They falsely presume that because their preacher uses the Bible, everything must be fine.
Imagine standing in the middle of a railway line which is not parallel. it may be fine here where you're standing, but further down the line the error grows very wide.
Replacement theology is a sure road to disaster.
You need to know exactly what your church leader believes in regard to these things. Go and ask him. If your church is silent on this issue, go and ask them why.
The Alon example of excellence : Alon International is a body of believers serving our Lord Jesus Christ. (in an amazing way, I might add) If you look at their website at www.alon.org.za and go to the "doctrine" page it has the normal statement of faith. But then it has a section titled "Alon comment on Israel" Here you will not see any neutrality at all. "We do not embrace replacement theology" it says and gives the details. This is what your church needs especially in this day and age!
Replacement theology is not some little error in the church. It is the biggest in history. It is a doctrine of devils that will lead to the deaths of who-knows how many people. It will be the rejoicing of hell, but only for a short season!
Today the Gentile church, full of paganism is no place for a Messianic Jew. They are intolerant of replacement theology. The identity of the modern church has shifted far from what it should be. This is a tragedy and one of the reasons why a large part of the church will be "spewed out."
The Jews say to Christians "You'll have to forgive us Jews for being a little nervous of you. Two thousand years of Christian love has worn down our nerves."
If you want a sure-fire way to be clear of all forms of replacement theology, simply read the Bible from Isaiah to Zechariah. It should take you no longer than a week or two. No, I'm not trying to be funny.
Many are teaching and preaching many wonderful things and God is using them greatly.
An incredibly powerful conclusion:
This is truly amazing!!!
These end-time related verses are similar. Isaiah 21:11 "Watchman what of the coming night?" Isaiah 62: 6 "I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night" Jeremiah 31: 6 "For there shall be a day when the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim. "Arise and let us go up to Zion. Proclaim, give praise and say "O Lord save Your people" Isaiah 52:8 "Your watchmen shall lift up their voices...for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion."
Here's the big thing: These verses all use the original Hebrew word 'Notzrim' derived from 'Natsar' for "watchmen". This just also happens to be the modern Hebrew word for a Christian. These Old Testament words were written long before Christianity existed! In fact the word Nazareth is also derived from this same word.
Early Christians were called Nazarenes!
●This speaks of the fact that in these days God will have people with some association with Nazareth, the ones whom the Jews call Christians, standing as "watchmen" watching out for and with Israel and seeing eye to eye as this grand prophetic drama of the ages plays out! What glory!
Can you see the amazing prophetic significance now? God chose the word for "watchmen" that the Jews would later use as their word for a Christian and the same word from which Nazareth is derived and they were written down by the prophets long before the Christian era! Those verses most certainly have prophetic relevance to our day!
Is God speaking to you now, or of you, dear reader? I have a strong feeling that some reading these words now are finding the very purpose for which they were born!
Thank God that today, the number of Christian watchmen is growing fast. This is in spite of the fact that the number of Israel's enemies are growing at the same time.
Will you be one of those who will stand for Israel, when the satanically charged "replacement" church joins the world in coming against Israel? I know I will stand with and for her! Before you say yes, it may be costly!
Israel will soon stand alone as she waits for her Messiah, will you stand with her?
"If you bless Israel you'll be blessed and if you curse Israel you'll be cursed" declares the Bible. Don't argue with that, it's the way it is!
Today God is raising up watchmen for Israel. This can involve anything from simply praying, to sharing or joining with others or doing whatever God calls you to, in this blessed purpose.
Those Christians in the "replacement" camp are working for a doomed, cursed purpose. It'll be popular with the masses though!
The way to be blessed is very simply to line up with what God has already blessed!
●God's wonderful purpose will culminate in all of His family coming together as one...what glorious drama! In a coming edition I'll share with you perhaps the most exciting, dramatic, soon coming uniting of the "WHOLE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, Judah and Ephraim!
●I will share with you just how the current Zionist Christian / Hebraic roots move of God is literally the exciting corporate, awakening of the House of Ephraim!
For further reading on this subject please read: Hal Lindsay's powerful well researched book "The road to Holocaust" Here he deals with the fact that replacement theology will be the road to a new Holocaust! Dwight Pentecost's monumental book "Things to come." Here he deals exhaustively with all the covenants and just about everything you can imagine relating to these issues. Derek Prince also has tons of material on these issues.
Romans 11:12 "If their transgression (the Jews) was riches for the world and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring"
Micah 7:8-18 "Do not boast or gloat over me, my enemy, when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness the Lord will be a light to me...He will bring me forth to the light and I'll see His righteousness...The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might. They shall put their hand over their mouths and they shall lick the dust like a serpent. Who is a God like You pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?"
Heaven or hell:
Jew, Muslim and Christian...you've all had claims to the land of Israel and to the favour of God. Do you know that it all makes no difference to your personal eternal destination? There is only one thing that saves you from hell and delivers you into the eternal presence of God and that's a deep personal belief and commitment to Yeshua / Jesus.
Old men, you're on the doorstep of eternity. You're going to live forever, but where will you dwell and with whom? Once you get there it will be too late to change your mind! Nobody likes to suffer, but suffering regret for eternity...yikes! On the other hand what a wonderful outcome to get into your eternal abode with rewards and congratulations from none other than the King of Kings!
In closing here is a woodcut done by Gustave Dore showing the prophet Micah urging the Jews to repent. They didn't but they will! (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library.)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!