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A Better Replacement Theology For Christians And Jews

Posted by Job on April 26, 2008

In response to Soli Deo Gloria’s THE ISRAEL OF GOD: a consideration of so-called “Replacement Theology”

I think that we have to come up with a “better replacement theology” than that of the anti – Semitic Gentile church which seems to have had more sympathy for Greek paganism than for their Jewish brothers in Christ Jesus. We have to look at Body of Christ in terms of A) Old Testament Judaism and B) national Israel.

A). Christianity incontrovertibly fulfilled Old Testament Judaism. Romans and Hebrews makes that fact clear. We should point out further that the apostles – which includes Paul – never imagined themselves to having created a new religion. Instead, they considered themselves to be following Judaism as it had been fulfilled, revealed, completed, etc. in Christ. For them, there was no “Jews on one hand, the church on the other.” Quite the contrary, the church WAS the Jews, and the Jews WERE the church, and both the Jews AND the church were practicing the Judaism of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ), called “the way.” Realize that in those days, Jewish Christians even continued going to the synagogues with the other Jews until the creation of the abomination rabbinic Judaism, which led to the expulsion of Jewish Christians the synagogues. So actually, there was never a “Gentile church”, but rather the Jerusalem Council of Acts 15 and the teachings of Paul in Romans and Galatians were established to create accommodations for Gentiles WITHIN JUDAISM. That is right, at that stage, Gentile Christians were considered to be practicioners of Judaism, followers of “the way”, which was considered to be a Jewish sect akin to the Essenes and the Pharisees, and the Bible records that Pharisees had Gentile adherents known as “God – fearers.”

Realizing this places some of the disputes of the New Testament concerning Gentiles into context. The Pharisees had already been allowing Gentiles to practice a limited set of their religion without having to be circumcised or follow the 613, and telling them that they would receive eternal life based on it. So, it was absolutely ridiculous for the Jewish Christians to tell Gentiles that they had to fully convert to Judaism in order to join their sect and be saved, because when they were Pharisees – which the vast majority of early Jewish Christians either were or generally followed – they did not require those things of Gentiles. Basically, all the Jerusalem council and Paul did was to tell Gentile Christians that pretty much the same regulations that Pharisees had given to their God – fearers was fine for Gentile Christians!

So initially, the Christians – both Jewish and Gentile – were considered to be followers of the Jewish sect the Nazarenes. Nazarenes were first called Christians at Antioch, and it took quite awhile for the name to spread from there. The whole notion that Christianity was a separate entity from Judaism that required Jews to leave their old religion to join a new one was a totally unscriptural development that came about when the movement was dominated by Gentiles, and more importantly after the apostles departed the scene and  their authority with it. Immediately thereafter the church started to reflect Hellenistic thought, and that includes the HUGE ANTI – SEMITISM inherent to Hellenism.

So, in religious terms, we are not Christians but Jews. If you are a Messianic Jew, you are practicing the Judaism of Peter and Paul, if you are a Gentile you are practicing the Judaism that the Jerusalem Council and the letters of Paul stated was suitable for Gentile believers. But you are still a Jew. But make no mistake, Messianic Judaism, GENTILE JUDAISM, incontrovertibly replaced Old Testament or old covenant Judaism. The best evidence of this is the fact that Old Testament Judaism is no longer being practiced. What purports to be Judaism today was the creation of a single rabbi who created what actually was a new religion in response to the destruction of the temple and nation at 70 AD. So, when the rabbinic expelled the Messianic Jews from their synagogues, it was the people that were following the new religion expelling those that insisted on remaining faithful to the old one.

And yes, the Gentile Christians slowly over time created a new religion. The takeover of Christianity within the Roman Empire by Constantine merely served to make it official, but the religion had long become syncretized with pagan philosophy, local myths and mystery religions, etc. The Gentile Christians wanted to claim a new religion while still preserving some of their prior pagan abominations and go on a completely new direction, and kicking the Messianic Jews out facilitated it. So, the origins of doctrines and practices like veneration and perpetual virginity of Mary, sainthood, praying to the dead, purgatory, etc. actually preceded Roman Catholicism. The resulting truth is that “modern Christianity” did not replace “rabbinic Judaism” because both paradoxically have nothing to do with each other while also being strangely similar. It is no accident that modern Christians and rabbinic Jews work so well together to promote common political, economic, religious, and social agendas, whether the “Christians” and “Jews” in question are liberal, secular, conservative, or pietist. “Judeo – Christianity”, then, is a combination of the false Christianity of the Hellenists and false rabbinic Judaism. In reality, there was nothing to replace because they are one and the same: both reject the true Jesus Christ. But did true, or rather apostolic, biblical Christianity replace true, Sinaitic Judaism? Of course. Although I suppose that saying that Sinai Judaism BECAME Nazarene Judaism is more accurate. So if you are a “born again Christian, what you truthfully are is either a Nazarene Jew if you are a Messianic Jew or Nazarene God – fearer if you are Gentile. And if you are “Judeo – Christian”, you are an apostate, and there will be no profit to being on the “Judeo” side or the “Christian” side on judgment day. 

B) Did the church replace national Israel, the nation and people? As far as the people go, Jesus Christ Himself stated that Jews should not think so much of themselves for being the children – meaning genetic seed – of Abraham, because God could raise up children of Abraham (and by direct inference children of God) from stones. Well, if you are Gentile God – fearing Nazarene Jew, then you are one of the stones of which Jesus Christ spoke. If you are a Messianic Jew, then you are what you were before: a member of the people of Israel. If you are a genetic descendant of Abraham that rejects Jesus Christ, then you are what Paul says you are: someone that God has not cast aside but is still involved with on account of your lineage and the covenant with Abraham, but your eyes are blinded to the truth until the fulness of the Gentiles have come in. When the fulness of the Gentiles come in, you (if it happens in this day) or your progeny (if it happens in the future) will acknowledge Jesus Christ and mourn bitterly for whom you rejected and pierced. So the benefits of being a natural child of Abraham after the flesh is having a future for your people and your city Jerusalem explicitly given in scripture, but apart from that you are no different from and no better off than a Gentile that has rejected Jesus Christ. So did the church replace Abraham’s genetic stock? No. But did they replace Abraham’s genetic stock’s role of being God’s elect people used to carry out His purposes in the world? Declaring otherwise is tantamount to denying that Jesus Christ was the Son of God who died for our sins and rose from the dead. If the church – Nazarene Jews – are not the people of God doing God’s Will, then why did Jesus Christ come? Why did He die? Why did He rise from the dead? Why is there a New Testament? Why is there a gospel? I know people have hang – ups acknowledging this for some legitimate reasons, but at some point we have to deal with the fact that the alleged Judaism being practiced by the natural seed of Abraham that has rejected Jesus Christ is not Old Testament old covenant Sinai Judaism as given to Moses, but was the creation of Yochanan ben Zakkai after the destruction of the Temple. Evangelical dispensationalists from John Hagee on down operate on the presumption that there is any difference between ben Zakkai’s religion – which wrongly and illegitimately usurped the name of Judaism – and Islam, Hinduism, Scientology, Mormonism, or anything else that was never given by God. They do so by withholding from their charges the huge differences in mindset and purpose of rabbinic Judaism and Sinai Judaism, and also the fact that where most Bible – believing Christians have always been trying to return to and recapture the early church, the overwhelming majority of rabbinic Jews despise Sinai Judaism, viewing it is backwards, barbaric, and an embarrassment. 

And please do not take the truth that God is honoring His Abrahamic covenant with Abraham’s natural descendants too far, to claim some basis of spiritual importance or significance on the part of Jews that have rejected Jesus Christ. Why? Because doing so ignores the inconvenient fact that God told Hagar that He would bless the seed of Ishmael for Abraham’s sake as well! That is right: the Ishmaelites are the natural seed of Abraham just like rabbinic Jews. This proves that possessing genetic material from Abraham does not automatically place you in covenant relationship with God as a member of God’s people fulfilling God’s purpose in this world.

So then, did the church replace national Israel? That only makes sense if you view Judaism and Christianity as two separate religions with two different bodies of people, and particularly if you draw a hard line of demarcation between yourself and old covenant Sinai Judaism. If that is your worldview, then fine, but just know that the Bible does not support it. Virtually everything in the New Testament – from Matthew to Revelation – is a restatement, clarification, or fulfillment of material previously given in the Old Testament, and this certainly includes the very Jesus Christ and church that the law, prophets, and writings spoke of. A specific example: the so – called Hall of Fame of Faith in Hebrews 11. Realize that God’s Hall of Fame CONTAINS NOT A SINGLE MEMBER OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH. So, if you are drawing that line, you are drawing a line between yourself and the universal covenant people of God that cannot be supported by scripture. What does that mean for national Israel?

I answer that question with a question: does national Israel exist truly? Some say Israel ceased to exist as a nation in 70 AD with the destruction of the second temple. I say that Israel ceased to exist as a nation in 586 AD with the destruction of the FIRST TEMPLE. Why? The key issue of sovereignty. It is stated in Exodus and reflected in scripture and in Jewish thought thereafter that Israel became a nation when God, in an act of the national salvation of His elect people, brought them out of Egypt. Even though they had huge numbers in Egypt, they were not a nation. Why? Because they were not free. They were in bondage. As such, they had no freedom to serve God as God saw fit, which at that time included creating the priesthood, the tabernacle (whose function was transferred to the temple), the sacrifices, and observances. As a matter of fact, Egypt would not so much as allow Israel to go into the wilderness to sacrifice to YHWH. Why were those things required by God of His people at that time but have not been required of God’s people since? BECAUSE THOSE THINGS PREFIGURED AND POINTED TO JESUS CHRIST, AND CHRISTIANS – again Nazarene Jews – HAVE THOSE THINGS IN HIM. So if you have Jesus Christ, then you are national Israel, a sovereign spiritual nation. But of Israel, when they were in bondage to the Babylonians, Medo – Persians, Greeks, and Romans, there were only brief periods where they were actually allowed to practice Sinai Judaism to the best of their ability. The Romans, for instance, appointed both the high priest (always Sadducees) and the secular rulers of the area (the Herods) just as Constantine and other Roman emperors would go on to appoint bishops in the Roman imperial church. 

So then, what of the recreated state of Israel in 1948 that fueled so much speculation that Jesus Christ would return “within this generation”, which caused evangelical Christians to discard the centuries of endtimes doctrines created before then in favor of things like “The Late Great Planet Earth” (whose author is currently on his fourth wife) and “Left Behind” (whose author is allied with cult leader Sun Myung Moon)? Well I am going to let you in on a little secret: this “independent free state of Israel whose re – establishment is the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy” is not sovereign. It is true that they are not practicing Sinai Judaism as well, but that is not the key fact, for there were long periods of apostasy in national Israel when they did not practice Sinai Judaism. As a matter of fact, Judges tells us that the tribe of Dan was ALWAYS apostate – which explains why it is not listed among the 144,000 in Revelation – and the 10 tribes of the northern kingdom of Ephraim – had only wicked kings and practiced idolatry and the bull worship of Jeroboam (1 Kings 12) until they were destroyed by the Assyrians. But the point is that they were free to do as they choose, and the fact that they continually chose wrong in the northern kingdom and chose wrong over half the time in the southern kingdom of Judah is a fact to ponder.

But modern Israel does not have any such right. Modern Israel is nothing more than a vassal state of the global imperialists – led by the United Nations and the United States – just as was Judaea of Rome. As such, Israel is ruled by a western parliamentary democracy – a form of government given to the world by the Greek and Roman pagans, which means that it may not even be “secular – just as are the other nations in this thing called “the west” that includes Muslim Kosovo and will soon include Muslim Turkey, what we went to war to establish another in Iraq (with the support of so many Christians who value Greco – Roman pagan governmental institutions over the gospel of Jesus Christ … how many Christians have joined in the government’s claim that “we are constructing a free democratic Iraq and that makes the war worthwhile”!), and if either Hillary Clinton, John McCain, or Barack HUSSEIN Obama become president is a form of government that will spread even further in the Muslim and third world one way or another. Please keep in mind that even the Palestinian Liberation Organization, a terrorist group started by a homosexual Muslim Yasser Arafat, has been given many millions of dollars by America and the globalists merely for making the pretense of forming itself into a Greco – Roman pagan parliamentary organization. Were Hamas, the rival of the PLO, now called the Palestinian Authority, to do the same, they would receive the same. It looks like good old Jimmy Carter, the former Southern Baptist peanut farmer from rural Georgia, has just about convinced Hamas of the benefits of going in that direction. So, were this “free sovereign Israel” to dump their Greco – Roman pagan government in favor of either a monarchy after the manner of King David or a theocracy after the Judges – Samuel period, what would the globalist rulers do? Well, as even now Israel does not even have the right to determine its own borders or even make major internal political, economic, legal, or military actions without international approval, one can guess: the globalist pharaohs would not so much as suffer them to go into the wilderness to sacrifice.

The end result is that the church could not have replaced national Israel, because a sovereign national Israel has not existed since 586 BC, which incidentally was when the ark of the covenant that represented the covenant between God and national Israel was either destroyed or lost, never to be found or replaced on this earth save how it was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The true people of God, hence, are a diaspora. Just as there is no such thing as a Christian nation, there is no such thing as a Jewish nation in this time, whether it be of true Nazarene Judaism, or false rabbinic Judaism. Instead, we are a people with no homeland wandering, sojourning in our booths in this life waiting until the Messiah returns to restore us, to ingather us, into New Jerusalem. Ronald Reagan deceived a lot of Christians into viewing America as the new “shining city on a hill”, and Reagan was just one deceiver among many. 

Some legitimate Christian ministries out there are discussing the implications of the Feast of Booths, or the Feast of Tabernacles, to Christianity; I urge you to research them. But the covenant people of God are in the world, not of it, and awaiting the return of Jesus Christ. In that respect, we are to be no different from Joseph in Egypt, Daniel in Babylon, or the apostles wandering the highways and byways of the Roman Empire spreading the gospel. Understand that and know that we did not so much replace national Israel and Judaism, but rather that we are true diaspora Israel and true Judaism: the mystery that the prophets spoke of. But know that when the seventh angel begins to sound, this mystery of God shall be finished (Revelation 10:7)!

When shall this happen? My current theory is that one day, maybe very soon or maybe not, Israel is going to be offered true sovereignty, and take it. However, the one making that offer will be the beast, the man of sin, commonly called the anti – Christ. At that point the time of sorrows, the great tribulation, will be upon the world, and soon after Jesus Christ will return, and the church will be caught up in the air to meet Him. That will be the day that the whole world, including the remnant of the natural seed of Abraham, will acknowledge that replacement theology was true after all.  

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11 Responses to “A Better Replacement Theology For Christians And Jews”

  1. Kyle said

    Job,

    You made the point, “When shall this happen? My current theory is that one day, maybe very soon or maybe not, Israel is going to be offered true sovereignty, and take it. However, the one making that offer will be the beast, the man of sin, commonly called the anti – Christ.”

    You see, although the “present” Israel is nothing more than a political football for the Global Imperialist why can’t the mere fact that the state of Israel being re-established point to the soon end times? They can be mutually exclusive. One can question the validity of present day Israel while at the same time recognize the prophetic importance of such. Besides, wouldn’t you first need an political/border infrastructure created to facilitate the offer made by the beast. You see the re-establishment in “48” does exactly that. So yes we can recognize the prophetic importance of such while at the same time not worship the idea like the TBN crowd.

    What do you think?

    Kyle

  2. pjmiller said

    Wonderful in depth teaching Job…

    You showed me some things i didn’t know concerning modern day Judaism.

  3. Charles D. said

    PJ

    Your pic is kind of small so I have to ask, is that a flight uniform? Are you a pilot?

  4. pjmiller said

    No Charles, thats actually a tiny photo of ‘Christian’ from the cover of one of the editions of Pilgrims Progress. I can see how you’d wonder…it is tiny. He’s dressed in some type of armor with a sword.

    Pilgrims Progress is one of my all-time favorite books.

    nice to meet you Charles!

  5. Charles D. said

    And you. I will be on today, sometime after church 1PM

    Be Blessed

  6. Ken said

    I couldn’t agree more. Reagan did a great injustice when he invoked John Winthrop’s sermon. Scholars aren’t even sure if Winthrop wrote/delivered the sermon “A Model of Christian Charity” when he was in the New World but most of them would support the view of the text itself: the city on the hill was never meant to be a future (and at that point in history unimagined) nation of America, but the believers themselves who would be traveling under duress from one sinful continent to the next. http://religiousfreedom.lib.virginia.edu/sacred/charity.html compare with http://www.reaganlibrary.com/reagan/speeches/farewell.asp

    Winthrop also warned that falling away as the ancient Israelites did would lead to a shipwreck. Where Reagan praised an America consumed by materialism, false idols, and imperial dreams, and called it a shining city, Winthrop would only see disaster.

  7. Job said

    Ken:

    First, congratulations again. Second, your comments are outstanding, and I so wish that every Christian could read them. So many people are so willing to believe that just because we are powerful and wealthy that we are New Jerusalem, and so many pastors are allowing people to believe it.

  8. […] Why just Jews? Why not Muslims? Hindus? Buddhists? Atheists? Witches? Now I made it clear in A Better Replacement Theology For Christians And Jews that Jesus Christ and the apostles never started a new religion, but a new Jewish sect which […]

  9. […] (I wonder if Messianic Jews are going to participate in this, especially if they are of the dispensational pre – tribulation rapture sort? We already know that dispensational pre – tribulation rapture Gentile Christians are doing things like trying to breed red heifers to use in sacrifices as well as providing these people with a ton of financial and organizational support. So, they may as well be bringing burnt offerings and burning bullock and goat kidneys and liver cauls themselves. So what justification is there for supporting this if you are not also going to participate? I will grant you: Paul, who should be considered a Messianic Jew in certain contexts, continued to worship at the temple, as did Peter and many of the other Jerusalem Jewish Christians, and they did so despite the fact that the high priesthood was being held by and the temple was being run by Roman – appointed Sadducees that rejected most of the Old Testament in order to accommodate their embrace of Greek paganism. So my personal opinion of MESSIANIC JEWS STAY AWAY is not as cut – and – dried as I would like it to be. But still: my position is MESSIANIC JEWS AND GENTILE CHRISTIANS, STAY AWAY. Please recall: God told the Jews, whom He was still dealing with to accomplish His purposes in the world through His prophets, to build the second temple. God told them to build it, so that made it appropriate and proper for a person of God to worship there. Now did God tell Jews to build a third temple? If so, when? Instructions to do so were not in the Old Testament. Even better … HOW? Do Jews still have prophets? If so … then why do they need to convert to Christianity? Even more to the point … why does Christianity exist t all? Do not assume that it was the unconditional will of God for there to always be a Jewish temple. Keep in mind: God did not even tell the Jews to build THE FIRST TEMPLE. God merely blessed the decision of DAVID to build it. For more general information on this topic, please see A Better Replacement Theology For Christians And Jews) […]

  10. stan said

    Job,
    Re. the 3rd paragraph that Pharisees were not circumcising converts is new to me. What is your source material for this?
    Thanks.
    Stan

  11. The Prodigal Son said

    First…

    Christianity is NOT Judaism !

    Why is an African American man such as yourself become such a Judaizer ?!?

    Christ brought an end to the law FOREVER at Calvary… Maybe the destruction of the Temple was too subtle for you ?

    Second…

    You said, “Old Testament Judaism is no longer being practiced.”

    Perhaps you should check into the Karaites… who do not practice ‘rabbinc’ Judaism, and have never submitted to the ‘authority’ of the Talmud…

    These folks do indeed practice Mosaic Judaism, and are ostracized by the rabbinic “Jews” of today… as are also the Ethiopian ‘Jews’ (who also had never heard of the rabbinic Talmud)…

    Seems to me that you of all people should be more sympathetic to these Ethiopian ‘Jews’, rather than completely ignoring their existence and marginalizing them (just as Israel has done)…

    If you ask me – if there are any TRUE ‘Jews’ in the world today… VIRGIN ‘Jews’ if you will – then the Ethiopians and the Karaites fit the bill more than any others.

    AND as far as I can tell – there are less than 150,000 of them left in the world today (144,000 virgin ‘Jews’ ?)

    ~~~ ~~~ ~~~

    Now – as for your calling Christians ‘Jews’…

    That is the most ridiculously, thoroughly Judaized thing I have ever heard !

    Through Christ – the distinction between ‘Jew’ and Gentile is no longer !

    “Messianic ‘Jew'” is as much a clear misnomer as “Gentile Christian” !

    In other words – if you are Messianic – then by definition, you are no longer a ‘Jew’…

    Just as if you are a Christian – you are no longer a Gentile !

    Christians are become the Israel of God… NOT ‘JEW’, NOT GENTILE… not brown or white… but all are one in Christ…

    Please, for everyone’s sake…

    STOP reading whatever ‘Jewish’ propaganda you have subscribed to ! You WILL be held accountable for all of this !

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