Replacement Theology 101
What I want to preach about today is a controversial topic, which theologians and scholars refer to as “Replacement Theology”.
I’m going to prove to you today from the Bible that the Jews of today are NO LONGER God’s chosen people and that born-again Bible-believing Christians have replaced the Jews as the spiritual Israel.
You hear a lot from Christians today how we have to bless Israel … and how America has to bless Israel in order to be blessed … and we have to support Israel no matter what …
But I have to take issue with that, because the nation of Israel today is not living up to God’s standards.
Biblically speaking, God never blessed Israel when they worshipped idols and rejected Him as their God.
God is not withholding His blessings from America because America is not blessing Israel.
America is NOT BLESSED TODAY because we lead the world in filth, and smut, and whoredom and abortion and fornication and bloodshed, in divorce, in war, and in homosexuality.
America is not blessed today because we don’t honor Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
And people are gonna say that this is anti-Semitic, and you hate Jews … and you know what, I don’t hate Jews … I want Jews to be saved. That’s why I’m preaching this message.
And so what I’m preaching against today is Christian Zionism … the idea that Christians have to bless unrepentant Jews and the nation of Israel to be blessed.
Christian Zionism is based around a false interpretation of Genesis 12:3 which says:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
First of all, This was God speaking to ABRAHAM.
And ABRAHAM is the FATHER OF FAITH.
“Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all …”
Notice also that Genesis 12 says, “in thee shall ALL FAMILIES of the earth be blessed”
Genesis 22:18 also says:
“And in thy seed shall ALL THE NATIONS of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”
The Promise is not exclusive to Israel.
Galatians 3:6-9 shows us that the Promise is through Jesus Christ:
6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, [saying], In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
It’s not for the physical descendants. It’s for those who put their faith in Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ IS the seed.
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God.
This sounds a lot like John 4:24:
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
The Jews WERE at one point God’s chosen people & were worshipping Him in Spirit and in the truth.
The Messiah would come forth through the Jews. Jesus was a Jew. We don’t deny that. Jesus was of the descent of David.
But when the Jews rejected Jesus Christ as Messiah, the Old Covenant was torn asunder, it was broken, the veil was torn in half, and God, in effect, divorced Israel as His chosen;
Matthew 27:51 says:
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
and so a new Covenant was established and opened up to anybody – Jew, Greek, or Gentile – who would believe in Jesus Christ as Messiah.
• Everything about the OC led up to the moment that Jesus walked this earth … and when the Jewish nation rejected Him, Judaism simply became the dead religion of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
• It was done away with. All the promises were transferred and given to those who receive Jesus as Messiah. End of story … for the Jews. Unless they became Christians.
• The Bible says we are all one in Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Therefore, all the promises and the benefits & blessings of the Covenant were transferred to a people who put their faith in the Messiah; and all those who remain in unbelief are still under the condemnation and the curse of the Law, and that includes not only Gentiles but my Jewish friends who I want to see saved.
John 3:36: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
So there are 2 reasons why I’m preaching this today:
(1) Because I love Jews and I want them to be saved. And the only way to be saved is to receive Jesus as your Messiah, as your Savior.
The Apostle Andrew said in the Gospel of John: “We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.”
(2) I’m also preaching this because the blind support of the modern national Israel causes needless war & bloodshed. And God is against it.
God says He hates “hands that shed innocent blood “feet that be swift in running to mischief” in Proverbs 6:17
• Let me ask you a question: Are the Jews today worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth?
• Is it even possible to worship God in Spirit and in Truth and deny Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?
1 John 2:22
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
Do Jews today deny the Father and the Son?
What does the Bible call someone who denies the Father and the Son?
1 John 4:3
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist…
• Are you telling me that God wants us to bless the spirit of Anti-Christ?
I’m gonna have to go w/ the Bible says on this one, not what Hal Lindsay and John Hagee says.
I’m gonna go w/ the Bible.
Why would I bless a nation that denies and curses Christ?
I hear from Christians who are like, if I could just go live in the Holy Land!
And they don’t realize that in order to become a citizen of Israel, you have to literally denounce Jesus Christ.
There was a case in 2008 that went to the Supreme Court in Israel and they denied even Messianic Jews citizenship.
So you have to literally deny Jesus Christ to become a citizen of Israel today.
Do you think God is going to bless that nation?
I don’t care if you’re Jewish, I don’t care if you’re Palestinian, I don’t care if you’re Muslim, I don’t care if you’re Hindu. If you deny Jesus Christ, you’re on your way to Hell! And that’s what I’m preaching today!
Today, ISRAEL IS THE SODOMITE CAPITOL OF THE WORLD.
American Airlines and a website called GayCities.Com, which rates the top homo resorts in the world, did a survey to find out what the #1 travel destination for homos is and Tel Aviv came out # 1 in the world. It came in at 43% with New York at 14%, followed by Toronto at 7%.
GayCities.com describes Tel Aviv as “the gay capital of the Middle East.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai hailed his ‘free city’ and said he is proud of the survey results.
He wrote on his Facebook page: ‘Victory in this competition further highlights the fact that Tel Aviv is a city that respects all people equally, and allows all people to live according to their values and desires. ‘This is a free city in which everyone can feel proud, and be proud of who they are.’
Does that sound like a nation that God-fearing Christians should support?
Today, ISRAEL has the most LIBERAL ABORTION LAWS in the entire world, more liberal than even the U.S.
Under the Israeli government’s free “healthcare system”,
Women can apply for abortions for reasons ranging from an emotional or mental threat caused by the pregnancy or for not being married to the baby’s father. 98 percent of requests are approved. [TIMESofISRAEL.com]
Look, PAUL SAID in Romans 9:6:
6 … For they [are] not all Israel, which are of Israel:
7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, [are they] all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these [are] not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
32 Wherefore? Because [they sought it] not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
There’s no special favor or blessing for anyone who doesn’t accept Jesus Christ as Savior. JEWS ARE NOT AN EXCEPTION.
So why this great mysticism surrounding the Jews?
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Where does it say in the NT that you have to bless Jews to be blessed or where does it say that the Jews are God’s Chosen people in the NT?
• The Bible refers to saved Christians as the ELECT.
• What does ELECT mean? It means CHOSEN.
• It’s the same word. Christians are repeatedly referred to in the New Testament as GOD’s ELECT or CHOSEN.
The Bible says that we are “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ … “ 1 Peter 1:2.
So without the blood of Jesus, we’re not chosen, we’re not elect. There are no special blessings without Christ, but only curses and condemnation and wrath to anyone who disbelieves.
The word elect means “chosen” and “elect” is never associated with unrepentant Jews in the New Testament. Not once.
• Now some will say, WELL … there’s a “DUAL COVENANT”.
And what they mean by this is that the OC is still in place for Jews, while the NC is for Christians.
This is promoted by the John Hagees, the Pat Robertsons, James Dobson, Joyce Meyer… etc.
Well first of all, the Bible is clear that there is only 1 covenant today in existence, which is the new covenant of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 3:10 makes it clear that: “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse …”
Jesus says directly in the Gospel of John that Jews who do not believe are not His sheep.
24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
So then we’re faced w/ this question: Has God abandoned the eternal promises He made to Israel?
And the answer is NO!
• God has fulfilled all the promises through Jesus Christ by saving a remnant of Jews who believe.
• Jesus was a Jew. Paul was a Jew. Peter was a Jew. James was a Jew. All the APOSTLES were Jews. And there have been many Jewish believers since then.
• And so a remnant has been saved.
*** Turn to Romans 11:1-5/7
So why Christian Zionism so popular in today’s churches?
It comes down to John Hagee & a handful of preachers who are disseminating this teaching to Christendom at large. And Christians are not taking the time to examine the issue for themselves in the Bible.
John Hagee is on more than 160 television stations and 50 radio stations across America.
Let me tell you about John Hagee. John Hagee denied that Jesus is the Messiah. Here’s a quote in his own words, when he was promoting his book, “In Defense of Israel”.
He says, In Defense of Israel that he will prove that “Jesus did not come to Earth to be the Messiah,” and that ” . . . since Jesus refused by word and deed to claim to be the Messiah how can the Jews be blamed for rejecting what was never offered?
OK, but what does the Bible say?
Jesus is speaking to the woman at Jacob’s well.
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
John Hagee called for pre-emptive war:
“It is time for America to consider a military pre-emptive strike against Iran to prevent a nuclear holocaust in Israel and a nuclear attack in America.”
And this is going out to tens of millions of people …. And I don’t think a pastor should be calling for pre-emptive war.
I’m all for the 2nd amendment ….
You know …“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God”
So let’s also look at Exodus 19.
THE PROMISES OF BLESSING GIVEN TO ISRAEL WERE CONDITIONAL.
5 Now therefore, IF ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, THEN ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth [is] mine:
6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These [are] the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
Deuteronomy says the same thing.
Deuteronomy literally means “second law”. It’s a repetition of the Law of Moses.
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.
But look what happens in 1 Peter 2:9.
Speaking to the CHRISTIANS, Peter says, in 1 Peter 2:9:
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Revelation 1:6 says:
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
• If we’re the kings, if we’re the priests. Where does that leave unrepentant Jews? Disinherited.
Line this up w/ Matthew 21:42-43 (where the Bible says the nation will be taken from you / given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof):
42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
1 Kings 9:6-7:
6 [But] if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments [and] my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them:
7 Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:
Luke 20:9-16 PARABLE
And then there’s the Talmud. Here’s what the Talmud has to say about Jesus.
Talmud is … oral traditions and commentary by Jewish rabbis through the ages. Considered on par with the Torah.
There’s a piece of writing in the Talmud that describes a magician bringing up Jesus back from Hell to ask Him questions.
So in the story, first the magician brings up several people, including the false prophet Baalam, whose often compared to Jesus in the Talmud, and then the magician brings up Jesus Himself.
“He then went and raised Balaam by incantations. He asked him: Who is in repute in the other world? He replied: Israel. … He then asked: What is your punishment? He replied: With boiling hot semen. He then went and raised by incantations Jesus … “he went and brought up Jesus the Nazarene” He asked them: Who is in repute in the other world? They replied: Israel. What about joining them? They replied: Seek their welfare, seek not their harm. Whoever touches them touches the apple of his eye. He said: What is your punishment? They replied: With boiling hot excrement … since a Master has said: Whoever mocks at the words of the Sages is punished with boiling hot excrement.”
This is not a religion that God wants us to bless.
1 Thessalonians 2:15-16
Speaking of the Jews, Paul said:
15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:
16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
In Closing …
God is not going to bless any nation that doesn’t follow Him; that goes for Israel and it goes for America too if we continue on the path of unrighteousness.
Isaiah 60:12 says:
For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
Now if you’re a religious Jew or a secular Jew I invite you to know Jesus Christ as your Savior.
The Bible says there is none righteous no not one …
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
If you put your faith in Jesus Christ, you are God’s elect and God’s chosen. You are a true Jew, who worships God in Spirit and in Truth.