Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Evil of Replacement Theology: Future of Israel

Dr. David R. ReaganBy

There can be no doubt that a perversion of Christianity called Replacement Theology has been the source of most anti- Semitism in the Western world. Throughout northern Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia, anti-Semitism has been promoted by Islam. The Qu'ran calls Jews "the children of monkeys and pigs."75

But there are anti-Semites in this world who are neither Christian or Muslim and who have never even met a Jew. For example, a fews ago several of the top ten best selling books in Japan were virulently anti-Semitic, blaming all the problems of Japan on an "international Jewish conspiracy."76

Why is anti-Semitism so widespread, so persistent, so virulent, and so irrational? It's because, as I asserted at the beginning, it is fundamentally a supernatural phenomenon.

I want to end as I began, emphasizing that Satan hates the Jews with a passion. He hates them because God provided both the Bible and the Messiah through them. He hates them because God called them to be His Chosen People. He hates them because God has promised to save a great remnant of them. He hates them because God loves them.

The result is that he works overtime to plant seeds of hatred in people's hearts toward the Jews. He is determined to destroy every Jew on planet earth so that God cannot keep His promise to save a great remnant. He tried to annihilate them in the Holocaust. He failed. He will try to destroy them once again during the last half of the Tribulation. He will fail again.


XIII. Conclusion

In conclusion, Replacement Theology is an abomination. It is unbiblical, and it has resulted in virulent anti-Semitism that has in turn resulted in the deaths of millions of Jews.

There is no reason for the Church to be covetous of the promises that God has made to the Jewish people. He has also made some glorious promises to the Church, one of which is the Rapture. Additionally we have been promised that we will reign with him over all the nations of the world during his Millennial kingdom. And we have been promised that we will live with Him eternally on a New Earth in a New Jerusalem in new, Glorified Bodies.

It is no wonder that Paul wrote: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, nor has the mind of man conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).


God's Sovereignty

One of the fundamental underlying messages of this presentation is that God is in control. He is on His throne. He is sovereign. And He has the wisdom and the power to orchestrate all the evil of Man and Satan to the triumph of His Son in history.

God has already proved this point with His response to the Cross. He took the most dastardly act in the history of Mankind and transformed it into the most glorious through the resurrection of His Son.


Satan's Frustration

Satan has got to be the most frustrated character in all the universe. And just as he was frustrated in murdering God's Son, He will be frustrated in murdering God's Chosen People.

For a great remnant of the Jewish people is going to live to the end of the Tribulation. They will be brought to the end of themselves.


Israel's Salvation

And when Jesus appears in His Second Coming,

"...they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn" (Zechariah 12:10)

They will receive Yeshua as their Messiah, and they will cry out "Baruch Haba B'Shem Adonai." (Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!) What a glorious day that will be. What glory it will bring to the name of God.

Meanwhile, as we await that day, let us meet each new day with the cry of "Maranatha! Maranatha! Come quickly Lord Jesus!"


Recommended Resources

1) A series of articles by Andrew Robinson in the magazine of the Prophetic Witness Movement International, beginning in July of 2012 and continuing with a total of nine as of November 2013. Pastor Robinson intends to publish these articles in a book that will be co-authored by Paul Wilkinson. The overall title of the series of articles is "The Error of Replacement Theology."

2) Brown, Michael L., Our Hands Are Stained With Blood: The Tragic Story of the 'Church' and the Jewish People (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, 1992).

3) Rausch, David A., A Legacy of Hatred: Why Christians Must Not Forget The Holocaust (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1984).

4) Vlach, Michael J., Has the church Replaced Israel? A Theological Evaluation (Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2010).

5) Wagner, Jr., Clarence, Where Was Love and Mercy? Christian Anti-Semitism: Overcoming the Curse (Jerusalem, Israel: Bridges for Peace, 2004).


Reference Notes

75) The Qu'ran, Sura 5:60, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/k/koran.

76) The Vidal Sassoon Internatinal Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rotem Kowner, "On Ignorance, Respect and Suspicion: Current Japanese Attitudes toward Jews" http://sicsa.huji.ac.il/11kowner.htm.

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