“Replacement theology” critics have it backwards

Disclaimer: The temptation of those who don’t answer the specifics in these points is to accuse one of anti-Semitism, but this is the doctrine of the very earliest church, including Paul in the epistles, John in Revelation, and many of the people we call “Jews” today who are born-again Christians.

Oh how strong the denunciations are against so-called “replacement theology”, except they have it backwards. Under their definition, Jesus Christ himself was the first among many “replacement theologists”. This is actually new, from the last couple of centuries only.

Somebody at wnd.com, Joel Richardson, penned the article:
http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/replacement-theology-israel-and-her-enemies/?cat_orig=faith

They pretend that the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy from Matthew 24, in 70 AD, with the destruction of the nation and the Temple, is not a judgment against Israel.

This despite the fact that the Bible clearly reports the cry of “the Jews” at Pilate’s protestations over the innnocence of Jesus Christ, “Crucify him! His blood be on us and our children!”

This despite the fact that Jesus himself is the one who said:

” Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” (Matthew 21:42-44).

This despite the fact that Jesus himself said also, that the Pharisees, of whom the religious Jews of today claim spiritual genealogy, were “of your father the devil”:

Ye are of your fatherthedevil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and thefather of it.-John 8:44]

Richardson referenced the book “Our Hands are Stained With Blood”, as stating that this doctrine was “among the primary theological and ideological foundations of the Spanish Inquisition and the expulsion of roughly 150,000 Jews from Spain in 1492, the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Jews during the crusades and, ultimately, the Holocaust.”

But so what? The Pharisees invoked the laws of Moses that condemn blasphemy to threatend Pilate into crucifying Christ: “We have no king but Caesar!” And:

John 19:12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

You would think that helping Ahab and Jezebel kill Naboth for his vineyard was the will of God, because you’d be against Israel. That’s the way they interpret it today!

And to think Joel Richardson says “Funny how it works” that replacement theologians, as he calls them, do not apply the verses of judgments against Israel against the Christian church (as in, the body of believers definition).

Funny how he avoids applying them himself, ey? Those judgments promised divorce for Israel’s wickedness!

And I saw that when for all the causes wherein backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce, yet the treacherous Judah, her sister, feared not, but went and committed fornication also.

Ah, but those all don’t count because God made a promise to Abraham? News flash! 2000-year old news flash! Jesus IS the fulfillment of the promises to Abraham, Jesus Christ IS the fulfillment of the laws of Moses and of the prophets:

Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to [our] father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.- Luke 3:8

Jesus also told the Pharisees and Saducees that they were NOT the children of Abraham:

John 3:37I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
38: I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

47: He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear [them] not, because ye are not of God.

So there you go. The Jews were not of God.

Do you know what else is funny? The religious Jews that supposedly believe in the Tanukh (our Old Testament), they don’t believe in the Christian Zionist theology either! In fact they condemn the hubris of the Zionists who founded the political nation of Israel in Palestine, saying that only the Messiah can reestablish the kingdom of Israel. They recognize better than the Christians in America and elsewhere, that the nation was really established as a secular non-Jewish state in fact, and that the favoritism and preference toward Orthodox Jews and children of recognized Jewish mothers is a policy rooted in political philosophies and realities.

Premillenialists, whatever they are, don’t matter to me. Maybe I am one maybe not. I do believe the Millenium isn’t here yet and will be established by God after Armageddon.

Now the terrestrial occupation of the environs around Israel (Palestine) by the people in the prophecy of the not-quite-truly-ethical Balaam is largely fulfilled already of course. Edom did become a possession, and Seir, and the battered Moab into oblivion. Amalek met its “end of days” way back during the time of the kings of Israel and Judah.

But Numbers 24:23-25 do not look so unambiguously as a guarantee that Israel will be reestablished as an invulnerable nation:

Numbers 24:23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!

24 And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever.

25 And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.

Verse 24 sounds like some of the Daniel prophecies for the last days too. Daniel 11 especially does not sound like something so glorious for the self-described spiritual heirs of the rabbis that plotted against their King and Messiah and got him crucified.

And what it meant to “be a Jew” back then is what it is to be a Christian today. Many Christian congregations follow their own sets of “laws of the Bible” just like the B.C. Jews, but believe in Jesus by faith.

They converted in a day:

Esther 8:17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

Rahab the harlot of Jericho became a great-great-grandmother to David. Ruth was a Moabitess (remember Balaak’s prophecy?) who became the great-grandmother to David. And David was a “father” to Jesus Christ.

Were the Jews in Esther’s day that “became Jews” for not having Abraham in their lineage?

Were Rahab or Ruth less “Jewish” than Boaz or Joshua?

David’s Mighty Men included a great number of “strangers” of whom their pagan heritage was named among them. Were they not “Jews”, if they believed in the Lord and his mercy? Was Uriah the Hittite’s sons, if there were any before his end, were they not “Jews”?

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew who [is] one outwardly, neither that circumcision which is outward in flesh;
:29 but he [is] a Jew [who
is so] inwardly; and circumcision, of the heart, in spirit, not in letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God.

Isaiah 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name. 2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;

3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

So who is “God’s elect” that will be the “inheritor of my [God’s] mountains”?

Isaiah 65: 9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.

Isaiah went on to proclaim God’s promise (and prophecy) to forsake even the name of his people and ” call his servants by another name”:

Isaiah 65:14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.

15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord God shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:

16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

It’s true that the chapter goes on and appears to prophecy that Jerusalem will be some kind of center for homage in the Millenium, but the idea is clear that what is important is to obey God and what is more important than believing his word and the promises that are so abundant in the Tanukh and that point directly, unequivocably, and precisely to Jesus Christ?

Judgment starts in the house of God. The kingdom of God is taken from what were once his people called by his name but just like those Jews that joined the pagan nations around them and disappeared into history, or “from” history, they went off in their own direction instead of following God.

There are many “Messianic” congregations that make no bones about agreeing with this idea, I think Jews for Jesus are among them.
Stanley Telchin tells how he found that Jesus was his Messiah after his daughter announced she had come to Jesus and he felt betrayed:

Betrayed: http://www.paperbackswap.com/Betrayed-Stan-Telchin/book/0800794230/

Messianic Judaism is Not Christianity a Loving Call to Unity:
http://www.paperbackswap.com/Messianic-Judaism-Christianity-Stan-Telchin/book/0800793722/

The scripture tells us as believers to speak with one voice. We are not a people divided, we are part of the body of Christ as believers.

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.–Isaiah 1:18

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