Today in the Church there is a theory, a thesis, a belief, that Israel fell from God’s favour in 70 AD and has been replaced by the Church. The ones who subscribe to this system believe that God has cast Israel out and now the Church has taken the mantel, consequentially giving the Church the responsibility to build the kingdom of God on earth. Interestingly enough, those who believe that the Church is now Israel, Replacement Theology as it’s called, usually believe in a Post-Tribulational Rapture or subscribe to the Amillennialist view of the end times.
While I could spend an entire week on this topic talking about “everlasting” and “eternal” promises made to Israel by God, or all day on Romans 11, I want to bring forward a verse that I came across the other day while reading.
The verse in question is Isaiah 54:7: “For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.” God has been speaking to Israel this entire chapter, and suddenly tells them this.
Now while this may seem a bit of a straw man argument, considering this verse is in the middle of telling Israel how God will punish them for leaving Him, it seems to carry some significance. “a small moment”, God says. Let’s not forget that time is slightly irrelevant to God, which means that “a small moment” could be a few years or a couple thousand.
The best thing is, if we couple this verse with Paul’s statement “blindness in part has happened to Israel”, things begin to make sense. Much like a seasonal item, God has put Israel “in backstock” until the Church’s “season” is finished. That season is ending soon, my friend, so let’s prepare ourselves before the season finale.
Here’s an odd thought: Everyone who believes in Replacement Theology always takes the blessings and never the curses. Odd.
Today we hear many things out of the Middle East, some exciting and some not so exciting. But, why support Israel at all, any ways?
While David casually mentions that we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem in the Psalms, the Biblical support of Israel stems from God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis: “I will bless them that bless thee”.
As far as Christian support of Israel, along with the command to preach the Gospel to every creature, including Jews, Israel is also key to the last times. Jesus said to keep an eye on Israel in the last days. Israel in paramount to the seven years of the Tribulation, as the last of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks involves them. God picked Abraham and Israel to show His power, mercy, and grace to the world, and will finish this plan during the seven years. Thus support of Israel stems from a study and correct interpretation of end times events.
While some tend to push the idea that God has replaced Israel with the Church. Paul disputes this idea in Romans 11, as well as God’s promises to Abraham, David, Isaac, and Israel itself that are “eternal”, “everlasting”, etc. And no, there are no “twelve lost tribes of Israel”.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”—Psalm 122:6
Some people believe that the Church has replaced Israel; that God has fulfilled the promises made to Israel and therefore, they are not necessary. But sadly, though many people who hold this opinion call themselves Christians, they do not understand what the Bible says. Let us take a look at what the Bible says, and let us see why the church has not replaced Israel.
First, let us look at what Romans 11:1-4. Paul says
“I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image to Baal.”
If the Church has replaced Israel, then that passage is a fraud. If the church is the new Israel, then God has cast away His people which He foreknew.
1st Corinthians 10:32 says: “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God”.
If the church has replaced Israel, then why are they mentioned separately? Clearly, God has not thrown Israel away.
In the Bible, God is called the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob several times. Here are some examples:
“Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Luke 20:37).
“That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee” (Exodus 4:5).
These are just two of all the times that God is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Three times God is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. In Malachi 3:6, God says: “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
If God was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob then, and if God loved Israel then, He still is God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and He still loves Israel. Continue reading “The Importance of Israel”