Replacement Theology

Q. Thank you for the teaching and word you have been blessed with. I enjoy many of your articles when I get an opportunity to visit your site.

Question: What would you say is the main reason for the replacement theology that seems to be spreading and taught by many good men of God.?

A. The view that the Church has replaced Israel in God’s mind and will be the recipient of blessings formerly promised to Israel has gained in popularity recently.

In my opinion, there is more than one motivation behind this. First, every body likes to be on the winning side, and hearing that the Church will conquer the world and be blessed above all others in this world (as dominionism teaches) is good news indeed. Spiritualizing God’s promises to Israel into something intended for the Church underscores this position.

Another really has its roots in anti-semitism, although many of its proponents would deny such a thing. They say that giving Israel’s blessings to the Church is God’s punishment for rejecting their Messiah. Therefore there is no Biblical reason for Israel to exist today.

This jealousy between some in the Church and Israel was foretold in one of the interpretations of the Lord’s Parable of the Prodigal son. The older son, representing the Gentile Church, was angry with the Father (God) for welcoming the younger son (Israel) back with open arms after his time of rebellion. The father’s reply was a perfect description of God’s view toward Israel.

“My son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” (Luke 15:31-32)

The Church will be blessed above all others, but not at the expense of Israel. Both will receive their unique blessings during the Kingdom Age; the Church in the New Jerusalem, and Israel in the Promised Land.

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