Replacement Theology is Wrong
This seems to keep popping up lately. In fact, I believe my own church is experiencing this and I will likely be leaving my current church over this very issue. Aside from the Ezekiel references the authors of the post point to, I look at Revelation as well. Replacement Theology or Supersessionism is the belief that because the Jews rejected Jesus Christ God has rejected them and replaced them with the Church. Through out history this false teaching has been used as an excuse to persecute the Jewish people and hold Christianity as being more favored by God. This is completely wrong and neglects Bible prophecy.
If God has replaced Israel with the Church then why is there so much focus on Israel in Revelation 4-19?
“The intercalation of the church age is over. God will now complete His program with Israel through the fulfillment of the seventieth week of Daniel (Dan. 9:24-27). The focus has shifted from the church (Rev. 1-3) to Israel (Rev. 4-19).”….
…..”A prominent group in the seventieth week of Daniel is the 144,000, the sealed servants of God (7:3-4; 14:1-5). They are “of all the tribes of the children of Israel” (7:4), namely: Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph [Ephraim}, and Benjamin (7:5-8). This passage shows the presence of Israel as a national, ethnic entity on the earth and its tribal divisions in that day.”
If God is so fed up with Israel why does he adorn the city of New Jerusalem with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel? (Rev 21:12)
“It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Terms or phrases to watch out for are:
“New Israel“-means the church in the New Testament age has taken the place of Israel
“Anti-Zionism-new form of Anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism sought to drive out the Jews from the lands where they lived, anti-Zionism refuses to accept their right to live in their own land.
“Christian Palestinianism“-claims modern Israel has no biblical connection with or justification for owning the Promised Land; therefore, it concludes, Israel has become an apartheid state, occupying territory belonging to the Palestinian Arabs.
People to watch out for (list from www.lamblion.us):
Stephen Sizer — Anglican vicar of Christ Church in Surrey, England.
Gary Burge — Ordained Presbyterian minister and professor of New Testament at Wheaton College.
Donald E. Wagner — Ordained Presbyterian minister and director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.
John Stott — The late theologian and rector emeritus of All Souls Church in London.
Hank Hanegraaff — President of the Christian Research Institute and host of the “Bible Answer Man” radio program.
Tony Campolo — Baptist minister, author, and professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in Pennsylvania.
Lynne Hybels — Wife of Willow Creek Church senior pastor and founder, Bill Hybels.
Naim Ateek — Founder of Sabeel, the Palestinian Ecumenical Liberation Theology center in Jerusalem.
Mitri Raheb — Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem.
Signs your church maybe be influenced by this false teaching:
- Bible prophecy is no longer taught or only referred too outside of prophecy.
- Israel becomes less important and has no future relevance.
- Pro-Palestinian teachings.
- Statements derogatory to the modern state of Israel.
- Phrases like “New Israel” and “Anti-Zionism” are often used.
- Postmodernist teachings like humanism, materialism, or mysticism.
- Human works (like books) are taught rather then scripture.
- Less emphasis on the return of Jesus Christ.
- Teaching that the Book of Revelation is not future but already fulfilled or not to be taken literal.
- Teachings or ideas that Christianity needs to be reinvented or conform to culture or society instead of the other way around.
- Teachings that embrace homosexuality, abortion and\or tolerance.
Replacement Theology seeks to take away from the teachings in the Book of Revelation. Remember what Jesus said about people who do that:
“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.” (Rev 22:18-19)