The Replacement Jews
Vol: 26 Issue: 26 Saturday, August 26, 2017
“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” (Revelation 2:9)
The Bible is the record of God’s systematic revelation of Himself to mankind, an unfolding system of revelation, given to man “at sundry times and in diverse manners,” according to Hebrews 1:1.
Of itself, the Bible says, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2nd Peter 1:21)
Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit during a period of 1604 years, extending from B. C. 1492 to A. D. 100. The Bible consists of 66 separate books; 39 in the Old Testament, and 27 in the New. These books were written by 40 different authors over a period of about a thousand years.
By kings, such as David and Solomon; statesmen, as Daniel and Nehemiah; priests, as Ezra; men learned in the wisdom of Egypt as Moses; men learned in Jewish law, as Paul.
By a herdsman, Amos; a tax-gatherer, Matthew; fishermen, as Peter, James and John, who were “unlearned and ignorant” men; a physician, Luke; and such mighty “seers” as Isaiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah.
It was written in the wilderness of Sinai, the cliffs of Arabia, the hills and towns of Israel, the courts of the Temple, the schools of the prophets at Bethel and Jericho, in the palace of Shushan in Persia, on the banks of the river Chebar in Babylonia, in the dungeons of Rome, and on the lonely Isle of Patmos in the Aegean Sea.
Although it was composed over a period of roughly 40 generations, the Bible is much more than a compilation of historical eyewitness accounts. It is a progressive account of unfolding Divine revelation.
The judges knew more than the Patriarchs, the Prophets than the judges, the Apostles than the Prophets. The Old and New Testaments cannot be separated. You cannot understand Leviticus without Hebrews, or Daniel without Revelation.
The language of Scripture can be categorized into three distinct styles; figurative, symbolic and literal. The figurative style is explained by the context. The symbolic is either explained by context or by cross references to other passages of Scripture.
Anything that doesn’t fall into one of those two categories should be taken literally.
The Scriptures, while written FOR all men, is not written specifically TO all men. Part of it is addressed to the Jews, part to the Gentiles, and the remainder to the Church. These represent three of four ‘classes’ of spiritual creation, (with the fourth being the angelic hosts).
Paul identified the three classes of human creation, saying, “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God:” (1st Corinthians 10:32)
It then logically follows that, while the Bible was written for the instruction of the Church, it isn’t all written about the Church. The Old Testament is mostly taken up with the history of one nation, that of Israel.
When we take the Old Testament promises and apply them to the Church we rob the Jew of that which is exclusively his, by Divine decree.
The Old Testament is mostly taken up with the history of one nation, that of Israel. When we take the Old Testament promises and apply them to the Church we rob the Jew of that which is exclusively his.
The Book of Isaiah, for example, is largely applied to the Church, although Isaiah opens by specifically addressing ‘Judah and Jerusalem’ (Isaiah 1:1)
And some of the New Testament is addressed, not to the Church, but to the Jews, as in the Letter to the Hebrews or the Book of James, which is addressed to the twelve tribes scattered abroad. (James 1:1)
One can identify seven separate dispensations in Scripture. The best definition I can come up with for ‘dispensation’ in layman’s terms would be ‘a period of time in which God dealt with specific persons or groups in specific ways’.
The Dispensations are;
1) The Edenic Dispensation, during which God walked with Adam in the Garden in the cool of the evening.
2) The Ante-diluvian (pre-Flood) Dispensation of Conscience, during which time God allowed fallen man to govern according to his own conscience. During this Dispensation, the human bloodline was corrupted by fallen angels, as part of a Satanic effort to break God’s prophecy that the Messiah would come from Eve’s bloodline;
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.”
The Ante-Diluvian Age ended with the Flood, and Noah and his family were spared to preserve and restore the human bloodline. “Noah was a just man and PERFECT IN HIS GENERATIONS. . .” (Genesis 6:9)
3) The Post-Diluvian Age introduced the Dispensation of Human Government, which runs concurrently with the other Dispensations through to the Second Coming of Christ.
4) The Dispensation of the Promise, beginning with Abraham, when God sets the Messianic plan in motion with His covenant with Abraham and Abraham’s descendants. Abraham was the father of the Jewish race through which God would reveal Himself to the nations and through whom would come the Redeemer Messiah.
5) The Dispensation of the Law, when God revealed the Law of Moses and set up the system of Temple worship and sacrifice for the Jewish people and prepared them for their coming Redeemer.
6) The Dispensation of Grace, often called the “Church Age”. This is that parenthetical Dispensation that occurs between the sixty-ninth and seventieth week of Daniel. The purpose of this Dispensation is to gather out a “People for His Name,” called the ‘Church’ (ekklesia — the ‘called out’ or ‘assembled’ ones). We are currently living the final hours of this present dispensation.
Theologically speaking, there is a difference between an “age” and a “Dispensation.” An ‘Age’ is the period between two great physical changes in the earth, such as the Prediluvian (Pre-Flood) Age and the Antediluvian Age which runs from Noah to the 2nd Coming of Christ. The third great Age is the Kingdom Age, when the earth reverts to its pre-Flood condition.
7) The Messianic Age is also the Dispensation of the Millennial Kingdom that replaces the Dispensation of Human government. There is to be a period of 1000 years during which Satan shall be bound and Christ shall reign over the earth, as clearly revealed in the New Testament.
This period is mentioned six times in the Book of Revelation. There is a widely-held heresy within the Church that stems from wrongly dividing the Word of Truth and viewing the Church Age as a continuation of the Dispensation of the Law.
In this view, the Church is the inheritor of the promises of Abraham, the new ‘chosen people’ to whom the Abrahamic Covenant was transferred. The modern Jew, in this view, is no longer part of the eternal plan of God.
Since the Old Testament promises of riches and glory have been transferred from the Jew to the Church, Israel is just another country.
Which is why so many mainstream Protestant churches are taking actions like divestiture to punish Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians without worrying they may be interfering with God’s Plan for the Ages.
God has no eternal plan that presently includes the Jews, they believe.
Called ‘New Covenant’ or ‘Replacement Theology’, this view postulates that all prophecy was concluded with the destruction of the Temple in AD 70, that the Emperor Nero was the antichrist, and that the role of the Church is to bring about the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth before Christ can return at His second Coming.
Replacement Theology is the well spring of antisemitic thought within much of mainstream Protestant theology. It has four major premises:
1.The Jewish people are
now no longer a “chosen people.” In fact, they are no different from any other group, such as the English, Spanish, or Africans.
2. Corporately, as a nation, Israel and the Jewish people have no future, no hope, and no calling in the plan of God.
3. From Pentecost forward, the term “Israel,” as found in the Bible, now refers to the Church.
4. The promises, covenants and blessings ascribed to Israel in the Bible have been transferred to the Church. However, the Jews are conveniently, still subject to the curses found in the Bible, as a result of their rejection of Christ.
Without an understanding of Dispensational truth, confusion reigns supreme and the Bible becomes a mass of contradictions. Which is correct?
“And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.” (Deuteronomy 19:21).
Or. . . “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matthew 5:38-39)
What about. . . “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1st John 4:4) and, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:” (Revelation 13:7)
How does one rightly divide two conflicting verses? Is it an eye for an eye, or turn the other cheek. Do we overcome because of the indwelling Holy Spirit, or does the antichrist overcome the Holy Spirit when he makes war with the Tribulation saints and overcomes them?
Clearly, both cannot simultaneously be true, which them means at least one of them in each of these cases is untrue.
So if replacement theology is correct, half the Bible needs to be tossed out. To get around this difficulty, they teach that Revelation is filled with symbolism and none of it is intended to be taken literally.
‘Dispensational truth’ is so-called because it is true. The teaching of dispensations does not lead to the conclusion that other parts of the Bible are unimportant or uninspired.
It teaches that the Word of God, rightly divided, is “sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
The Bible is true, and we are currently living in the last generation of the Dispensation of Grace. At its conclusion, (which all the signs indicate point to this generation to the exclusion of all others), the Apostle Paul writes;
“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
“Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1st Thessalonians 4:15-18)