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Commentary On Church History: Israel, The Church, And Replacement Theology?

September 10, 2019

cropped-12301412301.jpg“I say then, Hath God cast away His people?…” (Romans 11:1a). “God hath not cast away His people which He foreknew…” (Romans 11:2a).

The God and steadfast friend of Israel has not forsaken nor forgotten His promises’s to her. The Scriptures are plain and simple in their blanket statement throughout that Gos is and will never be done with His chosen people Israel. He will never forsake her nor give up on her as she is His special people that He called the smallest of tribes upon the earth, “The Lord did not set His love upon you, not choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people. But because the Lord loved you, and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeeming you out of the house bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8). Look at the modern history of the Jewish people and it’s founding in May of 1948. Look at the tragedy of the Nazi years of Germany and the horror of the Holocaust and try and convince me that the Lord has forsaken or given up on His chosen people of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob throughout the world. The history of Israel and the Jewish people as a whole is one of  promises’s kept and will be kept.

The history of Israel has always been a very rocky road of a Heavenly Father toward His wandering blindly children who never quite understood that the Lord did and does have their best interest at His Holy heart. He wants them to call unto Him and He will anwer them when they place their faith and hearts into His hands. He will show them great and mighty things in that Israel as a whole will see and reclaim the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, they will reclaim Jerusalem, and be a great nation protected by a greater God than all the hordes of Israel’s enemies. The true follower of Jesus Christ love and pray for and support the Jews and Israel. God calls the Church to pray for the Jews, to support His people and He will answer such prayers as the Lord declared to Abraham that He would bless those who bless the Jews and Israel. He spoke to Abraham very clearly on the subject, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3), and again, “Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and might nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?” (Genesis 18:18). A Christian with no heart or mind for Jews or the nation of Israel is a strange creature who claims that he serves, worships, and loved the selfsame God of the same people He called His special and beloved and particular people. He calls to all Christians to hear His voice and to see the mighty things He will perform for His steadfast love and promises He made to His promised Children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all those Jews who believed and held steadfast to their faith in God’s promises to come. From the moment He spoke to the man from the city of Ur He was and will always be their God; the covenant with the Lord was sealed forever.

He has shouted from the heavens and unto the earth from the voice of the Prophet Jeremiah from chapter thirty-one thirty-five to thirty-seven, Israel was His and was going nowhere! The Lord has promised and has declared to His people of His everlasting covenant that began with Abraham to His adopted children called the Church. He has declared that He is always there in the midst and always listening and is swift and steadfast to hear and swift to act in His very mercy, grace, and forgiveness to those who ask, seek, and knock. The Lord is never slacking in His Word and in His promises toward Israel and His Church. Seek the Lord He cried in the Prophets and in the Messiah. He will hear and He will act. He has and is crying from the heavens and across the earth that He is proclaiming His great promises and in His great and mighty works are in His hand toward His people; both Israel and the Church. The prophets of the Lord all proclaimed a basic message and that was the Lord is near and is listening and is ready to reply. Hear His voice of the Lord and hear what He promised the man from Ur who followed in faith and believed in faith. He promised Abraham, He taught Moses, He helped conquer the land through Joshua, and proclaimed King David as a man after His own heart. The promises of the Lord are countless and endless. The Lord calls from the heavens to be heard but its a soft voice of Elijah’s God that calls to the people of Israel and His Church. Listen to it and see the great works of the Lord.

A case against replacement theology is to read the prophets; a simple definition is that the Church has replaced Israel as God has rejected Israel as His chosen people and nation. The central foundational pillar to the fact that God has and will not forget or forsake Israel or His promises is Jeremiah 31:31, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.” It’s a strange thing for God to say if He was planning on in the future to really forsake and forget His chosen people let alone going to replace with something or someone else the future. Why not just replace them then and there and move unto to another people. The above verse tells those listening that God had and has a better plan in the future. This new covenant was going to be better and everlasting. God has not replaced Israel in the apple of His eye. God is still holding Israel in the palm of His hand. God has not forgotten His own Words He spoke through the Prophet Jeremiah. The Prophet Jeremiah continued, “Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 31:32). This is not the words of a God that is forsaking or forgetting His promises. He is disappointed with His people but He has not given up what He promised them through Abraham or the Mosaic Covenant. But God also knew something better was needed. God has been the faithful one in the covenant between the Lord and Israel. God was disappointed but not surprised by their faithlessness. He knew and told them via the Prophet Jeremiah that a new and everlasting and perfect covenant was needed and coming. He gave them a glimpse of the coming new covenant’s purpose, “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34). The last part must have hit the Prophet Jeremiah’s listeners as a new thought and revelation that what was coming was going to be completely without the sacrifice of animals for their sins against God. He would forgive them and not remember their sins no more? It was a profound message that completely replaced the old covenant of continual sacrifices. Complete forgiveness? Complete and absolute forgiveness and He would remember them no more? What was this new covenant that was to come and replace the old with a far greater new way of being His chosen people? As if to make a point and knowing what was to happen in a future age of the Church, God reminded His people that He will not forsake and forget His special people of the Torah and the promises; it was also a warning against a Church that might start teaching and spreading the message that God had chosen someone else for His promises. From the Prophet Jeremiah, “Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; the Lord of hosts is His name. If those ordinances depart from me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the Lord, If heaven above can be measured, and the foundation of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 31:35-37).

Basically, when the church can answer all those questions then He will forsake and forget His people Israel and His promises He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Apostle Paul would have rejected the idea of the Church taking possession of the promises made to them by God. The Apostle Paul spoke to the people of the Church at Rome, “I say then, Hath God cast away His people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away His people which He foreknew. Wot ye not what the scriptures saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel…” (Romans 11:1-2). The Apostle Paul’s heart and mind on the subject of his own people he made very clear, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” (Romans 10:1). Israel has not left the plan that God set forth not had He given over to the Church the promises He made to His people Israel. The Church has begun to slowly and rather happily to remove it’s Jewish roots. It’s become a theology of replacing Israel with the Church and removing as much of the Jewishness from the Messiah they claim to believe in; and in some cases turning the Jewish Messiah into a Palestinian Messiah. The Apostle Paul would rise up and denounce this theology that actually began pretty early in Church history; Justin Martyr of the second century was the first to put forward the idea that the Church was replacing Israel in the covenant of promises and God had indeed rejected the Jews for rejecting the Messiah. (Strange statement from a guy who read the Book of Acts where the entire early Church was nothing but Jewish). The Church has not replaced Israel in the heart and mind of the One who made the covenant in the first place. Too many church’s and too many preachers are simply ignoring or simply don’t want to see their own corrupted theology on the subject of Israel and the Church and it’s role in history and God’s eternal plan. It’s becoming a rebirth of a old theology that God had rejected Israel and His chosen people and simply given over everything He promised to Israel to the Church. This is a false doctrine and is nowhere found in Scripture.

The Scriptures are clear that when it speaks of the Church it is referring to the Church and when it speaks of Israel it is only speaking of Israel. The Church is not spiritual Israel and never has been. The Church by the second century had become convinced that it had become the inheritor’s of all the promises and the new covenant brought by the Messiah’s blood sacrificed on the cross that Passover so long ago in Israel. The modern Church has been slowly and with very little push back been removing from it’s foundation the very Jewishness that brought it into being. The Church of the early apostles has been slowly replacing Israel at almost every turn and that includes it’s right to the land given to them from God Himself. Too many Christian’s have resorted to excepting the watered down or simply ignore Scripture for their own beliefs or what others preach from the pulpits. There are even preachers who make the founding of Israel in 1948 as a historical mistake and that God had nothing to do with it; these people are not reading the Bible I am reading. The miracle that was and is the rebirth of the nation of Israel is becoming viewed as a mistake and even some claiming that the Jews there are not related to the Jews of the Scriptures? Serious theologians have turned Scripture into a hodge-podge of doctrines that have stripped away the foundation of the new covenant in the Messiah is founded in the Jewish heritage of the apostles of the first century Church. Replacement theology treats the rebirth of Israel as if it has no meaning to God’s plan for Jews in the future. One would have to ignore or simply never read the Book Of Ezekiel to make the claim that the birth of Israel on May 14, 1948 was just an accident or mistake of history. God is calling His people, His chosen, His Israel home in these days since her creation and fight for independence. God has never forsaken or forgotten His people. He has not given up on His eternal plan for Israel and the replacement theology has no basis in Scripture. The modern Church is losing it’s foundational pillar of it’s Jewishness and the power of the Scriptures are being rewritten to preach a message it isn’t in Scripture. God is calling His people to their land and the Church is either going to help that plan via the preaching of Scripture as given by the Holy Spirit or hinder it by their preaching of corrupted doctrines. The Lord God of Israel is calling His beloved Children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob home to their land and the Church needs to reclaim it’s foundational pillar of it’s Jewish heritage before there is no Church of the Messiah left.

REFERENCES/RECOMMENDATIONS

Bible. (KJV).

Early Christian Doctrines. By. J. N. D. Kelly.

History Of The Jews. By. Paul Johnson.

The Case For Zionism: Why Christians Should Support Zionism. By. Thomas Ice.

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