Replacement Theology EXPOSED!
Dr. John McTernan
God is using Israel as an anvil against false teachings within the Christian Church. There are false doctrines that are called dominion theology, covenant theology and Preterism. These doctrines are fluid and there are many branches to them; however, there is one basic tenet to which they all agree: the Christian church has now replaced Israel in the everlasting covenant with Abraham.
These doctrines hold that God has no future plan with national Israel , and when the Roman armies destroyed Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD, it ended the everlasting covenant. Israel then fell under the curse of the Law, and all the blessings in the Bible now belong to the Church. The Church now is the seed of Abraham. These doctrines falsely state that God has no future with the nation of Israel .
These doctrines are in stark contrast to what prophet after prophet states. Jeremiah, for example, states the LORD will never cast off all Israel for sin. Jeremiah claims that the nation of Israel will remain forever, and God will never cast them all away.
Jeremiah 31:35-37: Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: (36) If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. (37) Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.
Ezekiel records that God dispersed Israel into all nations because of sin, but God would one day bring them back because of His holy name. God tied His name to the everlasting covenant and for this reason He will restore Israel . God will not restore Israel because of their righteousness but because of His holy name. The nation of Israel exists today only because of the holy name of the God of Israel.
Ezekiel 36:19, 21-24, 28. And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. (21) But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. (22) …Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel , but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. (23) And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen . . . (24) For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. (28) And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Zechariah prophesied the restoration of Israel ; however, when they return it is in unbelief toward God and the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. The prophet shows God will restore Jerusalem , and He will judge the nations for trying to destroy Jerusalem . At the time of this judgment, then Israel turns to belief in the Lord Jesus, “…and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him…” Israel is in unbelief today, just as Zechariah stated would happen. The day of their restoration to the Lord God of Israel remains yet in the future:
Zechariah 12:9, 10: And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem . (10) And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
God is using the rebirth of Israel to prove these replacement doctrines are incorrect. Just as Moses and the prophets wrote, the physical descendants of Abraham have returned and restored the nation. In the Bible, Jerusalem literally means the city of Jerusalem . Israel means Israel , and one cannot spiritualize it to mean the Church. Islam and replacement theology both refuse to believe the Bible about the restoration of Israel and Jerusalem . These combined false beliefs fail to prevent the restoration of Israel .
If this restoration of Israel is not of God, then what is it? Could it be a Divine trick of some sort? Page after page in the Bible prophesied the restoration. The restoration of modern Israel matches these prophecies of the Bible. So, it comes down to the final authority. Is a manmade doctrine like replacement theology or Islam the final authority, or the Bible with its clear verses that establish the restoration of Israel ?
The restoration of Israel smashes replacement theology. This restoration proves the error of this belief system. The foundation of replacement theology is very simple. It rests upon unbelief in God’s word. This is a very serious error that leads to consequences with God, including spiritual blindness.
To try and get around the error of the replacement and covenant theology, some believers in these doctrines have gone so far as to say that the Jews in Israel are not real Jews. When the Tsar was killing “Jews” in the Russian pogroms, no one said to the Tsar “stop they are not real Jews.” When the Nazis were killing these “Jews”, no one said to Adolph “stop they are not real Jews.” Now, when these same “Jews” go back to Israel , all of a sudden they are no longer Jews!
God is using the rebirth of Israel to cut right through false and incorrect views of His word. The promise of God in the Bible is crystal clear on page after page. Manmade doctrines and false prophets have tried to alter this covenant, but in the latter day, God has made the truth clear for all to see. God is very serious about His word. Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. Jeremiah 1:12.
Belief in false doctrines concerning the literalness of the rebirth of Israel blinds people to the work of God that is occurring right before their eyes. God is moving to fulfill His word, and millions cannot see it because they are following false prophets or wrong doctrine about Israel and Jerusalem . The very sad part is that believers in Jesus Christ, because of false doctrine, are actually against the work of God. Many fail to support God’s covenant nation and oppose it, because of a false understanding of Israel , and the everlasting covenant.
Replacement theology and Islam are in 100 percent agreement against Israel . They both refuse to recognize that Israel exists because of the everlasting covenant. It is a scary thought that someone who names Jesus as their Savior, can be in such rebellion against God that they are in agreement with Islam. As time goes on, the faithful Church will grow closer and closer with Israel while the church in great error may grow closer to Islam.
It is very serious, to be on the wrong side of God when He is defending His everlasting covenant. The wrong doctrine can cause apathy toward Israel and the Jews. This can lead to failure to pray for and support Israel in a time of crisis. This incorrect doctrine blinds a person’s ability to recognize God’s judgment falling on America for forcing Israel to divide the covenant land. Therefore, this person is spiritually unable to intercede for America as it faces judgment.
God is very serious about the land and covenant. The Lord God of Israel will literally use Jerusalem as an anvil to destroy the nations that come against it. Jerusalem will draw the nations like a moth to a light. Multitudes of people have rejected God and the Bible or just do not believe His word. This rebellion will cause the nations to come against God’s anvil. God has warned beforehand what happens, when armies try to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem . The entire world will see the mighty power of God, as He uses Israel as His anvil.
Thus God is using the rebirth of Israel to expose false prophets, false doctrines, and to have a literal witness on the earth to the authority of His word. It is important that one’s faith be in accord with the truth of the Bible. God’s word has been tested in the furnace of the earth. The Bible has proven itself to be like pure gold and silver. The everlasting covenant has been tested now for 4,000 years of history. It is in effect for all to see. God’s is faithful to His word and promises.