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Replacement Theology

          One of the most egregious abominations in the world today is known as replacement theology.  This is the theory, developed just a couple of hundred years after the beginning of the Christian movement, that the Christians have replaced the Jews in the promises of God.  If those who hold these views knew their Bible, they would know that Christians are a sect of Judaism and that promises of God are forever.  God is not a man, that He should lie.  All men have sinned and come short of the glory of God; therefore lying and distortion come easily to the unsaved and the biblical ignorant.  Greed and lust for power have been present in the world since the beginning.  The priests were concerned that they would loose their power and position if many of the Jews believed in Jesus, since they could no longer control the people on behalf of the Romans.  "34 A Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;.... 38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nothing: 39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God."[1]

"Replacement theology is the teaching that the Christian church has replaced national Israel regarding the plan, purpose, and promises of God.

Therefore, many of the promises that God made to Israel must be spiritualized.  For example, when it speaks of Israel being restored to the land, this really means that the Christian church will be blessed.  Also, covenants made with Israel are fulfilled in the Christian church so, for example,

1.    The Jewish people are no longer God's chosen people.  Instead, the Christian church now makes up God's chosen people.

2.    In the New Testament after Pentecost, the term "Israel" refers to the church.

3.    The Mosaic covenant (Exodus 20) is replaced by the new covenant (Luke 22:20). 

4.    Actual circumcision is replaced by a circumcision of the heart (Rom. 2:29). 

So, in replacement theology the church has replaced Israel as the primary means by which the world is blessed by God's work. Though it is true that the church does replace Israel in some areas such as properly representing God on earth, acknowledging the promise of the Messiah, etc., it is not biblical to say that God is completely done with Israel and that the Christian church is its complete replacement."[2]

          Replacement theology was not the first apostasy to appear.  Paul spoke, many times, about the apostasy of the Gnostics.  Jesus, Himself, as well as the apostles, wrote about false teaching and those who were anti-Christ.

          In scripture, it is well documented that when a gentile becomes born again, as per Jesus instructions, he is grafted into the vine of Judaism; the root of which is God.  The Christian has become "one of  His people"[3].  " I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples."[4]  "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that bares not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bares fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned."[5]

          "There are four groups, or sects, of Judaism today: the Orthodox, the Conservative, the Reformed and the Christian.  As we now see, these four groups of professing Jews and Christians prove the promise of God to Abraham; that his seed would be without number.  Today, there are over 2.5 billion professing Jewish people which includes all four groups."[6]  Judaism is not part of Christianity, Christianity is a part of Judaism: always was, is now and always will be[7].  Even a cursory reading of what Jesus said verifies this: "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled"[8], "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill."[9].  Jesus said that His Father is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when explaining to the Sadducees about the Lord being the God of the living[10]. 

          "David Flusser, a teacher at the Hebrew University in the 1960's said: about Jesus the Jew, that every word that came from his mouth had its source in the Torah.  “As a religious Jew,” said Rabbi Dr. Eugene  Korn, “I believe that Christians believe in many of the fundamentals of Judaism. So religiously there is every reason to have better relations.  “Why does the Messiah tarry? When will He come?” These were questions which continually agitated young Rabbi Leopold Cohn, D.D.'s  mind. One day, while poring over a volume of the Talmud, he came upon the following citation: “The world will stand six thousand years. There will be two thousand years of confusion, two thousand years under the law, and two thousand years of the time of the Messiah.”  Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, one of the most revered rabbis in history, named the Messiah as Yehoshua[11] ( the Hebrew word for Jesus, which means salvation)."[12]
            "And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith."[13]  "That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:"[14]  "And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:"  "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many."[15]

          I am told that to a Jew who is not born again, it is insulting to refer to someone as a completed Jew or messianic Jew.  I have noticed, however, that those Jews who have been born again  call themselves by those titles.

          The gospel was to be preached to the Jew first, and then to the gentile.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."[16]  Jesus called His brethren first, but He was not adverse to issuing knowledge to the heathen along the way (the woman at the well[17], the woman of Canaan[18]).  Peter thought it would be wrong to give the gospel to non Jews, however, he was given a heavenly lesson and went right away to do so.[19]  Paul was known as the apostle to the gentiles.[20]  He however went to the gentiles only after he was given such a hard time by his fellow Jews.  All of the apostles argued the scriptures, to show how the Old Testament showed Jesus was the Messiah.  There are many, many passages in the Old Testament that not only describe how Jesus would come, but also what he would do and how he would suffer and die and rise again. 

          Jesus was tried three times: the Hebrew council, King Herod and Pilot.  He was found not guilty by Herod and Pilot but the crowd called for Pilot to crucify Him.  To save face (pride), Pilot sentenced Him to death, that the scriptures be fulfilled.  Who was responsible for the death of Jesus?  Was it the Jews?  Was it the Romans?  No; it was you….and me.  Jesus died for “our” sins!

          ‘Tradition is the faith of the dead.  Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.”[21]  This is what Jesus most objected to about the Pharisees and the Sadducees.  They were teaching the traditions of men, rather than the instructions of God.  Many churches (denominations and false teachers) are doing the same thing today.  they are preaching to tickle the ears, rather than deliver the truth of the gospel.  "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;"[22]  "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths."[23]  "But among the people there were also false prophets, just as there will be false teachers among you. Under false pretenses they will introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and thus bring on themselves swift destruction.  Many will follow their debaucheries; and because of them, the true Way will be maligned.  In their greed they will exploit you with fabricated stories."[24]

          The Jewishness of the Church movement was taken over by the Catholic religion and it's progeny. The Jews need to take back their Messiah.
The Lord sent His Messiah down through the line of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David.  What an insult, to not honor the plans of the creator of everything.

          The Jewishness of the Church movement was taken over by the Catholic religion and it's progeny. The "latter times" started with the Gnostics and continued with Augustine of Hippo and continues until today.  "Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;."[25]  The Jews need to take back their Messiah. "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;."[26] "Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people."[27]  " And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ."[28]  The first place the apostles went, when they entered a new town, was the Synagogue (if there was one available).

          As I have said before, Jehovah brings the Jew to Jesus, whereas it is Jesus who brings the gentile to Jehovah.  Now, one flesh, one body and one spirit.


For further information on this subject, see the following-

[1] Acts 5
[2], article by Matt Slick
[3] Many times in scripture the Lord refers to the Jews (Hebrews) as His people
[4] John 15:5-8
[5] John 15:1-6
[7]  Psalm 102:27, Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17
[8] Matthew 5:18
[9] Matthew 5:17
[10] Matthew 22:32
[13] Acts 6:7
[14] Ephesians 3:6
[15] 1 Corinthians 12:12-14
[16] Romans 1:16
[17] John 4:1-26
[18] Matthew 15:21-28
[19] Acts 10
[20] Ephesians 3:1-6, Romans 11:13
[21] David Jeremiah
[22] 2 Timothy 4:3
[24] 2 Peter 2:1-3, The Complete Jewish Bible
[25] 1 Timothy 4:1-2
[26] Hebrews 1:1-2
[27] Acts 5:25
[28] Acts 5:42


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