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On the Perils of Replacement Theology (Part 1).

On the Perils of Replacement Theology (Part 1).

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There is a teaching within the Protestant churches which is a hangover from the Roman Catholic religion which first taught it. It is a heresy that has led to the needless hatred & persecution against the Jewish race since the advent of Roman Catholicism.
The demonization of the Jews, the Crusades, the Holocaust of World War 2, the continued opposition of the United Nations to the State of Israel, & the view of the regathering of Jews in their homeland as an illegal occupation all have their root in this teaching. It is the idea that since the Jewish nation, Israel, rejected her Messiah - Jesus Christ, the Church replaced Israel as the Nation to occupy the land that was promised to Israel. It is the idea that the only Israel that exists is called Spiritual Israel, the church.
This idea is called Replacement Theology. Many facts of scripture are ignored in order for this view to be maintained. Whilst Replacement Theology may not lead one to antisemitic acts against Jewry it may affect those who adhere to it in other areas of theology & practice such as eschatology, evangelism, prayer (Psalm 122; Romans 10:1-4) & a person`s willingness
to aid Jews in any possible future Holocaust.
God is angry with the nations that fight against Israel for Jerusalem in the last days & for the fact that they have parted the Land which really belongs to God, which he gave to Christ`s brethren according to the flesh -the Jews. God will destroy those nations & then literally & visibly reign upon the earth for one thousand years (See: Zechariah 14:1-9,12-17; Joel 3:1-3, 9-12). The last days prophecies concerning Jerusalem becoming a cup of trembling to all nations(Zechariah 12:1-5),
the regathering of the Jews into the Land of Israel (in their spiritually dead state of unbelief) as well as all the other prophecies of Ezekiel 36 - 39 would not make any sense if the unregenerate Jewish Nation of Israel did not still exist as well as the church of God (1 Corinthians 10:32). (Read Romans 11:1-6, 13-15).

There is a teaching within the Protestant churches which is a hangover from the Roman Catholic religion which first taught it. It is a heresy that has led to the needless hatred & persecution against the Jewish race since the advent of Roman Catholicism.
The demonization of the Jews, the Crusades, the Holocaust of World War 2, the continued opposition of the United Nations to the State of Israel, & the view of the regathering of Jews in their homeland as an illegal occupation all have their root in this teaching. It is the idea that since the Jewish nation, Israel, rejected her Messiah - Jesus Christ, the Church replaced Israel as the Nation to occupy the land that was promised to Israel. It is the idea that the only Israel that exists is called Spiritual Israel, the church.
This idea is called Replacement Theology. Many facts of scripture are ignored in order for this view to be maintained. Whilst Replacement Theology may not lead one to antisemitic acts against Jewry it may affect those who adhere to it in other areas of theology & practice such as eschatology, evangelism, prayer (Psalm 122; Romans 10:1-4) & a person`s willingness
to aid Jews in any possible future Holocaust.
God is angry with the nations that fight against Israel for Jerusalem in the last days & for the fact that they have parted the Land which really belongs to God, which he gave to Christ`s brethren according to the flesh -the Jews. God will destroy those nations & then literally & visibly reign upon the earth for one thousand years (See: Zechariah 14:1-9,12-17; Joel 3:1-3, 9-12). The last days prophecies concerning Jerusalem becoming a cup of trembling to all nations(Zechariah 12:1-5),
the regathering of the Jews into the Land of Israel (in their spiritually dead state of unbelief) as well as all the other prophecies of Ezekiel 36 - 39 would not make any sense if the unregenerate Jewish Nation of Israel did not still exist as well as the church of God (1 Corinthians 10:32). (Read Romans 11:1-6, 13-15).

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(I) God Himself said that only IF man could
 
measure the whole of the heavens aswell as all of the foundations of the earth underneath – only then w
 
ill He cast off the seed of Israel for all that they have done
 
(Jeremiah 31:36-37).Was Jeremiah a prophet to the literal nation of Israel in his day? (Yes / No).If he was, then how can he be speaking of the Church?
He was referring to the Literal Israel from the Old Testament onwards. Otherwise thisverse makes no sense.
 
(II) God promised to preserve the generation / race of the Jews(Matthew 24: 32-35).The word translated as “generation” can also be translated as “race”according to the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible(Greek 1074derived from 1085).
Even in English usage the word Generation has a few differentuses of meaning. A) a whole body of individuals born about the same time (risinggeneration); B) The age or average lifetime of a generation in terms of years(commonly thirty) accepted as the average difference of age between one generationof a family and the next.
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edition) is, “the offspring of a given parent or parents…”.God promised to preserve the nation of the Jews. It is obvious from the contextof Matthew 24 that all the prophecies of the scriptures have not already beenfulfilled so therefore it would be referring in this instance to the race of the Jews.(See also Luke 3:7-8; 7:31; 9:41; 11:29;Acts 2:40). Israel will exist also in eternity& will never pass away. The end of the world is at least after the millennial reignof Jesus Christ upon the earth.(III) Peter described the unbelieving Jews as “this untoward Generation” in(Acts 2:39-41). By using the word “untoward” he was meaning that the nation of Israel as a whole is now unrepentant.Qn) IF Israel has been replaced by the church then was it the early church whichhe described as not having a heart towards God?
 
UNSAVED JEWS AS WELL AS UNSAVED GENTILES, NEED THE 2
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 BIRTH! BEING A BLOODLINE JEW / ISRAELITE NEVER MEANT THATONE AUTOMATICALLY WENT TO PARADISE (HEAVEN). A JEW STILLHAD TO BE SAVED / JUSTIFIED BY FAITH ALONE IN THE MESSIAH WHOHAD TO COME, JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH.NOW BOTH JEW & GENTILE MUST BE BORN AGAIN BY FAITH IN JESUSCHRIST ALONE, FOR SALVATION!(SEE GENESIS 15:6; HABAKKUK 2:4; JOHN 1:10-17; MATTHEW 3:7-10;LUKE 13:3; ACTS 2:40; ROMANS 3:19-29; 5:1-2).
 
(IV) The Church did NOT exist in the Old TestamentActs 7:37-38
is often cited to try to support the idea that the church existed inthe Old Testament times, because it mentions that Moses was in “the
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in thewilderness.” The word translated “church” is the Greek word
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which literallymeans “a called out assembly or gathering.”).It is quite obvious that the use of the word “ecclesia” used in Acts 7:37-38 isadequately speaking of the literal nation of Israel that was called out of Egypt &assembled in the wilderness. Even the context demands that these verses are speakingof the Nation of Israel not the Christian Church.
The Mystery of the Christian church is that Jews & Gentiles are madefellow heirs in the same body & of the same promise. The fellowship of thismystery was from the beginning of the world hid in God, who created all thingsby Jesus Christ, until, of course after the first advent of our Lord Jesus Christ(Ephesians 3:1-10). The Church which is built upon the foundation of theapostles (of the New Testament) as well as the prophets of the Old Testament(Ephesians 2:20) was only brought into existence during Jesus` earthly ministryfor it wasn’t fully built before then (Matthew 16:18; 18:15-20-21; Ephesians2:20). Fifty days after the death & resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, thechurch was then empowered on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) where more than just two or three apostles & disciples were gathered all of one accord (NoteMatthew 18:20).(V) “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of Godwithout effect?”–Romans 3:3.The Jews were called to be a light to the Gentiles but they continually failed. InRomans 3:1-3, the apostle Paul who was writing to the Christians in Rome spokeof the Jews (in the present tense) as having advantage over the Gentiles becauseit was unto them that the oracles of God were firstly given. Paul also said that theunbelief of some (or even many) of the Jews shall never make our Christianfaith, the Faith of God, without effect!(VI) InRomans 9:1-5, Paul was writing to the Christians. In explaining his deeplove for his kinsmen “according to the flesh” whom he called “Israelites” and hewished himself accursed (unsaved) instead of them.
 
Qn) If a person is accursed, it means that they are under God’s wrath /  judgement. Is the church accursed, or is it that Paul is saying that unbelieversare under God’s wrath? (Note: John 3:18, 36; Romans 2:8-12; Galatians 1:6-9).Would this mean, according to the CONTEXT in Romans 9 that the ones who donot believe the Gospel are accursed & are they unbelieving Jews?(VII) The Church of Christ (Christians) are not the ones who are ignorant of God’s righteousness & going about trying to establish their own righteousness. Itis the unbelieving Jews as is pointed out inRomans 10:1-4.Was Paul praying for Israel or for the Church to be saved?(VIII) God would use those who are of a different nation to provoke the Jews toanger & Jealousy(Romans 10:17-21). Is it Israel or the Christian church that would get provoked?(IX) According toRomans 11:1-6, Paul who was writing to the church said thatGod hath NOT cast away his people which He foreknew?
In verse 1, was Paul speaking of his literal bloodline descent or was hetalking about a Christian denomination when he referred to, “...the tribeof Benjamin?
In verse 2. does Paul mention that Elijah was interceding against Israel orthe Church?
According to verse 3 did the Church kill the prophets on did Israel?
Was Israel blinded or was it the church? Who are the Elect?(X) According toRomans 11:25-29it is Israel who is blind, and it is Israel in herunsaved state that are enemies (opposed) to the Gospel … BUT they still AREBELOVED for the fathers` sakes.(XI) Replacement Theology also ignores the fact that the New Testament refersto 3 literal groups of people, now existing at the same time even till this day.These three groups are: Unsaved Jews, Unsaved Gentiles, & the Church of God(which is made up of saved Jews & Gentiles). This is also very clearly pointed outin1Corinthians 10:13.
“Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor tothe church of God:..” -1Corinthians 10:32.It is the third group of people mentioned in this verse -the Church,wherein it doesn't matter what your bloodline, background, socialstatus or sex is, for IN CHRIST ALL ARE ONE (Galatians 3:26-29). This is the Israel of God /spiritual Israel (Galatians 6:15-16)where a Jew physically can also become a Jew Spiritually / Inwardly(Romans 2:27-29).

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