By Nathan Jones
Why should we have a burden for the future of the Jewish people?
Dr. David Reagan and I recently had the pleasure of asking this question of August Rosado on the show Christ in Prophecy. August is a Bible prophecy teacher and preacher and founder of a ministry called Today in Bible Prophecy. Having a passion for all things Jewish, he can be found traveling the country waking the Church up concerning the soon return of Jesus Christ.
Nathan Jones: August, everytime I see you I look at your ties and notice they've got the Jewish Star of David or a menorah. Everytime I've run into you, you are wearing something Jewish. Why do you have such a passion for Israel?
August Rosado: I have such a burden for the Jewish people just like Paul did when he said in Romans 10:1, "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved." That is my burden.
The passion of my ministry is to see Jewish people getting saved. We lead a group to Israel every single year. We take Hebrew New Testament Bibles with us and we pass them out on Ben Yehuda Street. They love it! My passion is reaching out to the Jewish people because I love the Jewish roots of my Christian faith. Psalm 122:6 says in the Hebrew, "Sh'aLV ShLVM YUrVShLM," or in English, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem." And, the only time that Jerusalem will have peace is when the SAHR sha-LOME — the Prince of Peace Himself — comes and reigns bodily for a 1,000 years. When I pray for the peace of Jerusalem, I am praying for the Return of Yeshua the Messiah — Yeshua Hamashiach.
Dr. Reagan: You're probably well aware of the fact that the vast majority of Christian denominations both Protestant and Catholic teach that the Church has replaced the Jews and God has no purpose left for the Jewish people. They call the Jews "Christ killers" and say that God has washed His hands of them and that is that. What is your response to their claim?
August Rosado: I reject Replacement Theology 100%. It is not biblical and I believe that it is anti-Semitic. Many of our Bible seminaries teach Replacement Theology which teaches that God is done with the Jewish people, that all of the promises that God made to the Jews are now null and void and have been transferred over to the Church, and so that now the Church is the new Israel. If you believe in Replacement Theology, then you better rip Romans 9, 10, and 11 out of your Bible, because as long as Romans 9, 10, and 11 are in your Bible the Jews are still in God's plan. Replacement Theology is nothing more than a false doctrine which it is not substantiated in the Word of God.
Dr. Reagan: Well, I tell you, Paul certainly didn't know anything about Replacement Theology. In Romans 11:1 Paul asks, "God has not rejected His people has He?" Well, the Church says, "Yes!" But, Paul says, "May it never be, for I too am an Israelite, a descendent of Abraham of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew." Therefore, there is no reason why those three chapters have to have been the most ignored chapters in the history of Christianity.
August Rosado: For some reason they ignore Romans 11 as if it doesn't even exist in the Bible. Replacement Theology is a false doctrine. I hate that doctrine. It is not substantiated in the Word of God and I think we ought to reject it 100%.
Dr. Reagan: God has a great plan for the Jews in the end times. In fact, He is regathering them from the four corners of the earth for a purpose.
August Rosado: That's right! Since 1897, the Jews have been coming back into the land as a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. If you just think that is coincidence, then you have some problems. I don't believe in coincidences. I believe in God-incidence. Amen!
In the next part of our interview with August Rosado, we'll ask him two big questions concerning an important promise made to the Jews and discuss if they were responsible for Christ's death.