Pastor's Point of View Episode 90. 7 Problems with Replacement Theology.  July 11, 2019



all right Shaw I want to welcome you to pastor's point of view my name is dr. Andy woods and we're coming to you today with a special pastors point of view what we're gonna deal with in this session is I think a very important issue and it has to do with this subject what is wrong with replacement theology well let's kind of start off with the definition what is replacement theology most Christians by way of denominational affiliation whether they realize it or not are in churches that teach some form of replacement theology replacement theology is the idea that God has divorced the nation of Israel in fact some replacement theologians will tell you that the seventh sealed scroll that Christ opens in Revelation chapter five is Israel's divorce decree God is finished with Israel as a nation and any blessings that the nation of Israel had have now been transferred over to the church and they called the church the new Israel they call the church the new Israel even though the word Israel is never used of the Church a single time in the New Testament and it's sort of interesting what they do here they have to adopt a spiritualizing non-literal approach to the Bible to transfer Israel's blessings to the church because Israel's blessings were always physical and material and suddenly we discovered that these blessings now belong to the church in a spiritual form which is a problem because they've moved away from a literal approach to the whole Bible and it's very interesting they never transfer the curses to the church you know the nation of Israel is part of her covenants in the Mosaic Covenant has blessings for obedience Deuteronomy 28 verses 1 through 14 and curses for disobedience deuteronomy 28 verses 15 through 68 they never transfer the curses they leave those behind for the Jewish people but they transfer all of Israel's blessing spiritually speaking through a non-literal method of interpretation to the church and this is what we mean by replacement theology consequently they do not believe that Israel has a future as a nation the best thing the only real hope for the Jewish people is they could get saved and become members of the church but there really is no hope for the nation of Israel as a nation there's no future for Israel her inheritance has been cut off and transferred to the church and really the fancy name that is given for this is supersessionism don't let that word scare you supersessionism basically means that the church has superseded Israel's place in the outworking of God's purposes and if we can put up slide number 2 let me just show you how prominent replacement theology is most people have heard of RC sprawl the late RC sprawl and while RC sprawl may have had some good things to say he was very much steeped in replacement theology he says here in his tabletalk magazine we believe that the church is essentially Israel we believe that the answer to the question what about the Jews is here we are and then he goes on and he calls the church the Israel of God that's supersessionism or replacement theology as articulated by the late RC sprawl taking a look at slide number 3 I really appreciate Arnold fruit and BOMs response to what sprawls said in his Table Talk magazine on the freakin bomb a Hebrew Christian scholar responds this way to sprawls assertion what about the jews here we are as the church Krypton bob says it's a good thing he was not declaring this on the streets of Berlin Germany around 1941 so that's just a tremendous response by fruit conveyor but at least now you're getting sort of a hint as to what supersessionism or replacement theology is there's a lot of teaching that goes under the rubric of replacement theology but most people can't recognize it for what it is because it flies just a tad under the radar so for example putting up slide number four you'll notice this quote by John Piper John Piper says this all Israel will someday turn to the Lord Christ as a group the broken off branches speaking of Romans 11 will be grafted in one day to the people of God the Bride of Christ his church and a lot of people look at a statement like that by John Piper and they said he doesn't teach replacement theology look he believes that the Jews are gonna be incorporated in mass into the church and this may be a less aggressive form a replacement theology but it is replacement theology nonetheless it marginalizes or lowers what God has said concerning the future for the nation of Israel looking at slide number five you'll notice this response by British scholar Paul Wilkinson responding to John Piper Wilkinson says on the best on the basis of this kind of statement many in the church are being misled into believing that Piper stands with Israel but he does not what Piper said is not what Paul taught Israel's destiny as a nation is not one of spiritual incorporation into the church which is the classic reformed Calvinistic teaching Wilkinson says the appointed destiny for Israel is for her to remain a nation in the sight of God and in the midst of all of the nations for as long as the fixed order of creation indoors Jeremiah chapter 31 and verse 36 so even though Piper believes in a lot of Jews could get saved in the church age he still teaches replacement theology because he denies a future role for Israel not in terms of becoming members of the church but in terms of her future as a distinct nation so this is what we mean by replacement theology so in this presentation we're asking and answering looking at slide 6 here 6 actually 7 problems with replacement theology we're asking and answering the question what is wrong with replacement theology and very quickly sort of in rapid fire we're going to give you 7 reasons why replacement theology is wrong so let's kind of move through our list if we could and the reason number 1 the first problem with replacement theology number 1 is replacement theology is not biblical I mean it's just not what the Bible teaches for example you'll notice Isaiah 43 and verse 1 and this is what God says concerning the nation of Israel God says your creator Oh Jacob and he who formed you O Israel now when you study Isaiah 43 you'll learn that the same Hebrew verbs used by God to create the cosmos the heavens and the earth and Genesis 1 are the same Hebrew verbs in this chapter not just this verse but in this whole chapter to describe the creation of the nation of Israel in other words just as God created the heavens and the earth he created the nation of Israel the nation of Israel is the only nation that severed in the history of mankind that was specifically and especially created by God now why did God create Israel notice Genesis 12 and verse 3 notice what it says I will bless those who bless you and the one who curses you I will curse this is the patriarch Abraham then called Abram that God used to bring forth the nation of Israel in you all the families of the earth will be blessed so God created Israel to be a blessing to the rest of the world God created Israel to bless that nation and through that nation his blessings would spill over to the rest of the world Israel's blessings aren't just for Israel but are for the whole world but they are to be channeled to the whole world through the vehicle of the nation of Israel and as you take a look at slide number 10 you see that God has done a pretty good job hasn't he blessing the world through the nation of Israel every single blessing that we enjoy today is Gentile Christians has come to us through the physical descendants of Abraham Isaac and Jacob we would have no spiritual blessings today had it not been for God's past work through the physical descendants of Abraham Isaac and Jacob the nation of Israel the scripture came to us through the Jewish people Romans 3 verse 2 says to them Israel was given the Oracles of God every biblical writer we have was Jewish the only one people debate anymore is Luke who wrote Luke and acts beyond that every single author of Scripture was Jewish number two the Savior Jesus Christ was Jewish there's a genealogy in Matthew chapter 1 verses 1 through 18 which links Jesus back to David and back to Abraham Jesus said in John 4 verse 22 salvation is of the Jews we would have no scripture and we would have no Savior had it not been for God's work through the physical descendants of Abraham Isaac and Jacob and theirs third blessing that's on the horizon it's the kingdom the kingdom is not going to be headquartered in Washington DC or any other pagan Gentile city it's not going to be headquartered in Brussels or Rome or any other place it's going to be headquartered in the city of Jerusalem Isaiah 2 chapter 2 verses 2 & 3 and so this is the outworking of God's purposes he created Israel and blessed Israel to be a blessing to the world two of those blessings we've received one is yet future in what is called the Millennial Kingdom and as you take a look at slide number 11 you see the calling of Abraham then named Abram he was called from the ur of the chaldeans he was an idolatry was sort of sanctified from his pagan background by God he was told to walk by faith and his he walked by faith God was going to take him to a land or a place that Abraham knew nothing of and so this is the beginning of the nation of Israel and as God is dealing with Abraham in this way notice if you will slide number 12 Genesis chapter 15 and verse 18 this is what God said to Abraham and this verse here that I'm reading very well could be the most important verse of the whole Bible in fact my professor in seminary J Dwight Pentecost said if you can understand Genesis 15 the most important chapter of the Bible you can understand the whole Bible because all God is doing in the rest of the Bible is making good on the promises that he has made in Genesis 15 in the beginning of what is called the Abrahamic covenant notice what Genesis 15 and verse 18 says it says on that day the Lord made a covenant now you notice we have covenant there underlined a covenant is like a contract God has contractually bound himself to act on behalf of particular people on that day the Lord made a covenant with Abraham saying to your descendants I have given this land from the river of Egypt as far as the Great River the river the Euphrates now this covenant called the Abrahamic covenant there's really two things to understand about it two words each of these words begins with the letter U so the first thing to understand about this covenant is that it is unconditional meaning it rests completely and totally on the shoulders of God to fulfill its terms it doesn't rest on the performance of Abram who later became Abraham and his fickle behavior and the ethical behavior of God the Abraham's descendants slide number 13 gives all the reasons why the covenant is unconditional not conditional and I wish we had time to work our way through all of those things on slide number 13 but just for purposes of brevity if you look at slide 14 we begin to understand why this covenant is unconditional it has to do with the ancient Near East covenant ratification ceremony and you should study very carefully Genesis 15 because what is involved there is a covenant ratification ceremony it's how covenants were entered into in the ancient Near East at the time Abraham lived and what they did is they took animals and they severed them into parts and they put those two two rows if you will of animal parts in parallel rows and the parties to the agreement passed through the animal pieces and when the parties to the agreement pass through the animal pieces they were basically saying signifying through this ritual that if we don't fulfill our obligations under the Covenant then let us be cut asunder as these animal pieces have been cut asunder so it was a very solemn occasion and what's interesting about this whole thing is when you study Genesis 15 God took Abram and put him to sleep and God alone Genesis 15 passed through those severed animal parts and if the covenant was conditional Abraham would have passed through the animal pieces but he did not God alone is represented by the oven and the torch passed through the animal pieces and what God is saying is if I don't fulfill my obligations under the Abrahamic covenant then let me be torn asunder as these animals pieces animals have been torn asunder so the Covenant is unconditional it's not a situation where Israel does X and God is obligated to do Y the whole issue here is God has obligated himself to act no matter what Israel does not only is this covenant unconditional but as you look at slide number 15 the Covenant is unfulfilled it's never been fulfilled in history in fact that lighter area there on our map on slide 15 is all of the territory God gave to Abraham in the Abrahamic covenant really a tract of real estate that goes from modern-day Egypt to modern-day Iraq in between the Nile and the Euphrates and that little darker area is what the Joshua generation got remember Joshua conquered the land and that's this very small portion that they received and even today the nation of Israel has but a fraction of everything that God has promised to the nation of Israel and so if you understand these two things about the Abrahamic covenant you'll understand the whole Bible and you'll understand why Israel always went before God has a future the Covenant that he entered into with her is unconditional and number two unfulfilled and as you take a look at slide number 16 you'll see what God promised to the patriarch Abraham and this covenant he promised her three things land sidor descendants and then personal blessing and then what God does subsequently in biblical history is he comes along through sub covenants that he makes with the nation of Israel and he amplifies each of those promises the land aspect is amplified in the land covenant the seed aspect is amplified in the Davidic covenant the blessing aspect is amplified in the New Covenant but if you can understand Israel's covenant structure unconditional unfulfilled and literal you can understand why replacement theology has to be wrong you can't have a scenario where the nation of Israel has been cut off from the purposes of God because God made Israel a covenant which is unconditional and unfulfilled and if everything that I've said is true then it's just a matter of time before God reaches out his hand into history and executes exactly what he promised to do for the nation of Israel Ezekiel 36 I don't think we have a slide on this but Ezekiel 36 is that famous chapter where the nation of Israel it's predicted in the end times will be regathered to her own land and notice what Ezekiel 36 verse 22 says God says through the prophet Ezekiel to the Jewish people it is not for your sake o house of Israel that I'm about to act but for my holy name which you have profaned among the nations in other words God is acting in history in the future on behalf of the nation of Israel not because of Israel and her performance but because of his holy name and I think that's referring back to the Abrahamic covenant and what God has obligated himself to do in the Abrahamic covenant and you start to see this and you see very fast why the nation of Israel has a future in God Zechariah 12 and verse 10 looking at slide 17 God says this I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and of supplication so that they will look upon me whom they have pierced they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only son and they will weep bitterly over him like the weeping of our firstborn that's God moving his hand and fulfilling his obligations one day under the Abrahamic covenant notice Romans 11 taking a look at Romans 11 slide 18 verses 25 and 26 Paul says I do not want you brethren to be uninformed of this mystery so that you will not be wise in your own estimation that a partial happen hardening notice the word partial partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in and so all Israel will be saved just it is written the deliverer will come from Zion he will remove ungodliness from Jacob notice that Israel's hardening today is partial it's going to last until God is finished bringing in the Gentiles in the church age and the day is going to come when all Israel will be saved so replacement theology chops off Israel as a future nationally why is that wrong it's unbiblical for God do that would be to deny what he has covenant it himself to do in the Abrahamic covenant in fact the only way looking at slide 19 that you can get rid of Israel is to get rid of the Sun and the moon and the stars Jeremiah 31 verses 35 through 37 God says thus saith the Lord who gives the Sun for light by day and the fixed order of the Moon and the stars for light by night jumping down there to verse 36 if this fixed order depart from me declares the Lord then the offspring of Israel will cease from being a nation before me if you want to get rid of Israel don't aim your rockets and your bombs and your tanks at the nation of Israel aim them at the Sun and the moon and the stars why is that because God has said as long as that fixed order abides or remains Israel will always be a nation before me so what is wrong with replacement theology the first problem with it is it's an unbiblical to cut off Israel as a nation and say she has no future nationally is to deny what God has covenant adem self to do in the Abrahamic covenant let me take you to a second reason if I could as to why replacement theology is wrong number two replacement theology simply put not only is it not even part of the Bible but it's not part of early Christianity now if you go back to the first two centuries of Christians first 200 years of the church after the Apostles had passed on nobody in the early church believed in replacement theology in fact here's a quote from a famous church father named Justin Martyr in his dialogue with trifle ID number 21 he wrote this I think about ad 160 and notice what he says but I and every other completely Orthodox Christian feel that there will be a resurrection of the flesh feel certain rather that there will be a resurrection of the flesh followed by a thousand years in the rebuilt embellished and enlarged city of Jerusalem as was announced by the prophets Ezekiel Isaiah and the others in other words we are certain of something he says that there's going to be a thousand-year earthly Kingdom in which God is going to fulfill his promises to the nation of Israel in the enlarged city of Jerusalem and he says if you don't believe that we don't consider you an Orthodox Christian so you notice that he attached words like certainty and orthodoxy to a belief that there was going to be a future nationally for Israel these folks called themselves kilee asts killya is simply the greek word thousand which he finds six times to describe the millennial kingdom in revelation 20 verses 1 through 10 today we would call them premillennialists but back in that day they called themselves kill yes and so for two centuries this is how the church thought in fact if you stood up in this group and started to argue for a replacement theology or supersessionism you would have been laughed right out of the building because nobody in the first two centuries of the church believed that so what went wrong well if you look at slide 22 you see two circles there there's a circle up north over a city called Antioch and then there's another circle down south over a city named Alexandria Egypt and those two circles represent the two dominant thoughts two different schools of thought within Christianity that upper circle is for all of the early kilee asts premillennialists we call them today came from they took Bible prophecy literally and that's the mindset that dominated the church for the first two centuries in fact if you look at slide 23 you can see a kind of a closer map of those two cities so Antioch with its belief in a literal interpretation of prophecy ruled the day in Christianity for the first two centuries but down south in Alexandria Egypt another school of thought developed and they began to take Bible prophecy allegorically and sadly what happened is Alexandria with their allegorical non literal approach to Bible prophecy eventually eclipsed Antioch and by the time you get to Gustin who in the fourth century wrote his book the City of God which I believe is the first treatment of what we call replacement theology or amillennialism and in the church by the time that happened replacement theology began to rule the day in fact Augustine's book the City of God is probably the most influential book in church history and when I say influence I'm not necessarily talking about an influence for good I'm talking about an influence for evil or bad and once that book was published and began to be well-known agustin you might remember was converted out of paganism to my knowledge he didn't even really know Hebrew which the Old Testament was written and by the time he wrote that book and amillennialism began to rule the day what happened is Alexandria began to eclipse Antioch and there were a lot of factors in this Eclipse Gnosticism was coming to the surface at this time Gnosticism is this idea that the physical world is evil and the spiritual world is good Gnostic dualism so if the physical world is evil then we can't have a physical kingdom of God on the earth focused around the nation of Israel the Jewish population and the church began to decline illiteracy came to the forefront and people really didn't have a Bible that they could use to check the false idea of replacement theology if you're interested in this transition I did write a book on this called ever reforming and you can find that book it's an easy read it's written for laypeople you can find it wherever books are sold Amazon or wherever or whatnot or go to my website Andy woods ministries o-r-g you should be able to purchase the book there it's available as a hardcopy or in eBook format it'll explain you in layman's terms how Antioch was a clay by alexandria and how replacement theology began to be pushed out of the church and how the church beginning really dominantly in the fourth century moved into replacement theology but my point is before this eclipse happened the early Christians never believed in replacement theology the first two centuries of the church know virtually nothing about replacement theology and sadly this is a shadow that Augustine's shadow that were still under today we barely started kind of climbing out of it with the Protestant Reformation and are still climbing out of it today but replacement theology was unknown in the first two centuries of the church so why should you reject replacement theology number one it's not in the Bible it contradicts the very covenants of God and number two it's unknown in early Christendom or early church history as we put up slide number 24 let me take you to a third reason why replacement theology is wrong and replacement theology should be rejected number three replacement theology is rooted in human pride now you might listen to me say that you might be saying yourself well that's a very harsh critique are you just gonna call your theological opponents prideful isn't that the easy way out let me say something to you about this this is not my opinion this is what God says through the Apostle Paul in Romans chapter 11 verse 18 what Paul says is if you are into replacement theology you have a pride or arrogance problem notice if you will Romans chapter 11 as we look at slide number 25 you might remember Romans 11 it's Paul's extended metaphor of the olive tree and in this particular metaphor he talks about natural branches which have been broken out of the tree now the olive tree is the Abrahamic covenant that we spoke of a little while ago the natural branches broken out of the tree is the Jewish nation or the Jewish people that have been temporarily pushed out of their own tree through unbelief and then Paul talks about wild branches branches that don't belong unnatural branches that been that have been grafted into that tree in other words the natural branches have been temporarily broken out and what has taken their place temporarily are unnatural branches and Paul's point in this olive tree metaphor is simply this if God has already done the greater agricultural miracle connecting wild branches to a tree when those branches don't even belong in that tree to begin with how hard is it for God to reach out and restore the natural branches one day to their own tree and that's exactly what God intends to do so the tree is the Abrahamic covenant the natural branches that have been broken out broken off the tree are the Gentiles excuse me the Jews that have been pushed out of their tree through unbelief but the wild branches that have been brought in who is that that's me that's you that's Gentile Christians because we are believers in the Messiah that Israel nationally rejected Jesus or Yeshua we've been brought into the benefits of that tree and that's a miracle and the fact that God can bring unnatural branches into the tree which is the greater miracle how difficult is it for God to rip one day reach out his hand in history and restore the natural branches to their own tree and in the process of giving this extended metaphor Paul deals here in Romans 11 with the attitude of the unnatural branches the Gentiles brought into the tree to towards the natural branches or the Jews that have been cut off from the tree and notice what Paul says looking at slide number 26 it's in Romans chapter 11 verse 18 he says something very interesting here he says to us unnatural branches us Gentiles he says do not be arrogant towards the branches speaking thereof the natural branches unnatural branches don't be arrogant towards the natural branches but if you are arrogant remember that it is not you who supports the root but the root supports you so in the process of developing this extended metaphor he deals with the attitude of the unnatural branches or the Gentiles to the natural branches or the Jews who have been broken off and unbelief and he specifically says do not be arrogant you know arrogance is we're in this tree and the natural branches are out of the tree and they have no future Paul says that whole theological position replacement theology comes from an atmosphere or an attitude of pride notice the repetition of the word arrogant there in verse 18 and I find this very interesting because when we discuss replacement theology today we talk about hermeneutics proper interpretation proper context proper Bible study methods that's not what Paul talks about Paul talks about an attitude of the heart in other words if you have a method of interpretation which cuts out the Jewish people and says they have no future you can masquerade it however you want to masquerade it as any type of hermeneutic or method of interpretation but Paul says there in verse 18 it's a heart problem so number three why should we reject replacement theology because of where replacement theology ultimately comes from it's rooted in human pride which takes us to a fourth reason as to why we should reject replacement theology if replacement theology is true it renders all of God's promises including the promises that he has made to us as Gentile Christians it renders all of those promises as unreliable looking at slide 28 you remember God made a covenant with the nation of Israel unconditional and unfulfilled looking at slide number 29 you'll remember that the promises in the Abrahamic covenant land seed and blessing is the foundation of everything that God has promised to the nation of Israel and here's the bottom line if God can break that if he can break his word on that issue then any promise that he's ever made anywhere in the Bible whether it's in John 3:16 or any other place of the Bible is not worth the paper that it's written on because God is a covenant breaking promise breaking God rendering all of his promises therefore unreliable in other words replacement theology takes God's very character and puts it on trial it turns God into a liar or a deceiver or someone who is untrustworthy if God can break his word to the Jew then he's untrustworthy and if he's untrustworthy how can you trust him for any other promise that he has made throughout the scripture and if you understand this taking a look at slide 30 you understand very clearly the outline of the book of Romans you know the book of Romans is probably one of the most if not the most logically organized books in the entire Bible in fact I'm told in early America the book of Romans at one time was used as a model for attorneys showing attorneys how to logically argue a case and here I think is Charles RiRi's outlined for Romans we have the salutation section the sins section the salvation section the sanctification section the sovereignty section the service section and the summation section and you look there looking at slide 31 section number 4 sanctification chapters 6 through 8 and read some time about the amazing promises that God has made to Gentile Christians at the end of Romans 8 for example look at Romans 8 verses 29 and 30 slide number 32 what does Paul say there for those whom he foreknew he also predestined to become conformed to the image of his son so that he would be the firstborn among many brethren and those whom he predestined he also called and those whom he called he also justified and those whom he justified he also glorified so we have been for known in God predestined called justified and look at the end there verse 30 we're already glorified now do I look glorified to you I doubt it I sure don't feel glorified but my glorification is such a done deal in the eyes of God God can speak of it as if it's already happened in fact when you go over to Romans 8 38 and 39 these incredible promises continue and there we learn that nothing can separate us from the love of God now think about this for a minute if God can break his word to Israel then what are those promises actually mean they mean nothing because probably at this point some guy in the back of the room stuck his hand up and said you know Paul I've got a question these are tremendous promises here in Romans 8 but it looks like God has broken the Abrahamic covenant and if God has broken the Abrahamic covenant he's untrustworthy and so how can I trust him to keep his promises to me at the end of Romans eight and that's why Romans eight is followed by Romans nine Romans eight as you know comes before Romans nine actually Romans nine ten and eleven and looking at slide number 33 what is Romans nine through eleven about see a lot of people will tell you that Romans 9 through 11 is just a digression it's an afterthought replacement theologians themselves almost when you look at their commentaries on Romans have no idea what to do with Romans 9 through 11 but I'm here to tell you that Romans 9 through 11 is an intricate and critical part of Paul's argument he says in Romans 9 through 11 here's the point or the theme how can God be trusted to be faithful to us if he has been unfaithful to Israel and that's the subject that Paul is getting into in Romans 9 10 and 11 that's why looking at slide number 34 the sanctification section is followed by the sovereignty section what's what's Paul doing in Romans 9 10 and 11 taking a look at slide number 35 there's a very simple outline to this Israel in the past elected Romans 9 Israel in the present rejected temporarily because of unbelief in their her own Messiah Romans 10 and then he ends it with Romans 11 Israel in the future accepted he says all Israel will be saved the day in history will come where God will take the natural branches and put them back into her own olive tree and so if God has not forgotten Israel then every single promise he has made at the end of Romans 8 you can take it to the bank because by the time you get to Romans 8 you get through that you see these incredible promises but the Israel question is nagging yeah with doubt if God can break his word Israel and he could break his word to me in Romans 8 so Paul explains as an intricate part of his argument Romans 9 10 and 11 God has not forgotten Israel in fact he has a grand plan in mind whereby he will keep every single promise he is made to the physical descendants of Abraham Isaac and Jacob and if that's true that's a God you can trust Romans 8 take Romans 8 to the bank and that's why Romans 9 10 and 11 is followed by Romans 12 verse 1 look at slide 36 Romans 12 verse 1 what does Paul say after he finishes the Israel discussion therefore I urge you brethren by the mercies of God what mercies of God the mercies of God towards Israel that we just got finished learning about in Romans 9 10 and 11 to present your bodies as a living and Holy Sacrifice acceptable to God which is your spiritual service of worship in other words if God is trustworthy this is a God you can build your life on he's not going to pull the carpet out from under you so go on ahead and present your body to him as a living sacrifice and that's why looking at slide number 37 romans 9 10 and 11 is followed by the service section which is prefaced by how we are to present our bodies unto the Lord as a living sacrifice you see how logically constructed the book of Romans is Romans 9 10 11 is not some kind of digression it's an intricate part of Paul's argument here's the bottom line is if replacement theology is true God is a liar notice again slide number 38 Romans chapter 11 verse 18 remember what Paul says over there do not be arrogant towards the branches if you are arrogant remember that it is not you who supports the root but the root supports you God cannot lie it's impossible for God to lie as demonstrated by his commitment to keeping every promise he has ever made to the physical descendants of Abraham Isaac and Jacob and so if that's true then the promises he's made to you are true as well so you deny Israel's role as a nation it's like sitting out of the branch of a tree and cutting out the log from under you you're cutting off yourself because if God is going to break his word to Israel the way replacement theologians teach he could break his word to any of us which takes us to a fifth reason why I think we need to reject replacement theology number five replacement theology when you buy into it it blinds people it's a blinder it blinds people to what God is doing today what is God doing today notice slide number 40 notice Ezekiel 36 and notice if you will verses 24 through 28 what is God doing today he's doing a lot of things but notice what Ezekiel 36 says for I will take you from the nation's that's Israel and gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land Israel is going to be physically regathered to her own land verse 25 then I will sprinkle clean water on you and you will be clean I will put down in verse 26 a new spirit within you there's a two-fold we gathering that's described here first Israel is going to be rebrand and once that is accomplished then God is going to pour out his Spirit upon the nation of Israel first Israel will be restored politically then Israel will be restored spiritually as the breath or the Holy Spirit comes upon the nation now this point that he makes in Ezekiel 36 is illustrated in Ezekiel 37 verses 7 through 11 in the vision of the valley of the dry bones Ezekiel back in the sixth century BC saw all of these bones spread out in a valley he saw the bones sort of assembled themselves to form a human skeleton then he saw sinews and muscles and skin form on that skeleton so it became a living being and then Ezekiel says this there was no breath in them by the way he describes Ezekiel these bones being some assembled together Ezekiel 37 verse 7 as a rattling sound a lard a loud noise would you say that the process of Israel being regathered to her own land today in our own lifetime is noisy is very noisy in fact most of our headlines and United Nations conference meetings etc seem to deal with that subject but then Ezekiel says when he saw this skeleton form there was no breath in them so I prophesied as he commanded me and breath came into them and they came to life and the Bible is very clear verse 11 these bones are not the First Baptist Church of whatever these bones are the whole house of Israel so what's happening here in the end times as Israel is restored politically then she is going to be restored spiritually now if you want to know what time period we're living in we're living in between those two were gatherings it's an amazing time to be alive Israel has been brought back into her land politically but we're still waiting for her spiritual rebirth which will take place relative to the events of the coming seven year Tribulation Period if you look at slide number 42 I really like this graphic that my friend dr. Randall price of world of the Bible ministries has put together to describe these to regather ins in one of his books he talks about first the present we gathering he calls it a first regather and that's to be contrasted with the permanent secondary gathering that's on the horizon in the first three gathering Israel returns to part of the land in the secondary gathering so return to all of the land she will occupy everything that God has given to Israel in the Abrahamic covenant from modern-day Egypt to modern-day Iraq in the first three gathering that we're seeing today I believe Israel returns in unbelief but in the secondary gathering shall return in faith in the first three gatherings she's restored to the land only in the secondary gathering she will be restored to the land and the Lord the first we gathering is setting the stage for the Tribulation Period it's setting the stage for discipline but the second we gathering at the end of the Tribulation Period will set the stage for blessing or set the stage for the Millennial Kingdom and beloved let me tell you something we're living right in between those two regather ins we're living in between the skeleton forming but we're still waiting for the breath that's the time period that we're living in we're living in some amazing times that's why I appreciate this quote here from w/e Blackstone in his classic best-selling book 1908 forty years before Israel was regathered as a nation entitled jesus is coming Blackstone says Israel is God's sundial if anyone desires to know our place in God's chronology our position and the great march of events look at Israel there's no denying the fact that Israel today is very politically prophetically significant notice this quote from one of the great prophecy scholars of the past dr. John Walvoord he writes of the many peculiar phenomena which characterized the present generation few events can claim equal significance as far as bill prophecy is concerned with that of the return of Israel to their land it constitutes preparation for the end of the age the setting for the coming of the Lord for his church and the fulfillment of Israel's prophetic destiny let me ask you a question how many Debu sites do you know we don't say so-and-so and so-and-so moved in down the street very nice job you cite couple I mean what happened to the Jebusites what happened to the Canaanites the girgashites the Amalekites as we jokingly like to say what happened to the electric lights and the out of sights and the termites and all of those sites that we read about in the book of Genesis right alongside Israel how come we don't see those groups today sociologists tell us that when a nation is outside of its lamb for a few generations it just assimilates it loses its cultural identity and assimilates into the host culture and yet here is tiny Israel outside of its land for 2,000 years they never assimilated and they go back into that same land with their religion intact their language intact wouldn't wouldn't you say that's a miracle and that's the miracle that we're seeing today and so we're living in amazing times where God is doing things in an extraordinary miraculous way you know Mark Twain looking at slide number 45 visited the Land of Israel around 1867 he wrote about it in his book innocents abroad 1869 and this is what he says of Israel a desolate country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds a silent mournful expanse a desolation is here that is not even not even imagination can grace with the pop of life in action we never saw a human being on the whole route there was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere even the olive tree and the cactus those fast friends of worthless soil had almost deserted the country it was a barren expanse when Mark Twain visited that part of the world in 1867 and now look at Israel today look at slide 46 so referred to Israel as the miracle on the Mediterranean she has post 1948 created a gross domestic product outstripping that of her neighbors that's quite a transition that's happened in that part of the world from the barren expanse were marked that Mark Twain sorry so he said we never saw a human being on the whole route and so we're living in amazing times where this miracle is happening you say well what's your point my point is if you're a replacement theologian you don't even see the significance of this because you don't believe in a future for the nation of Israel you think what's happening in the Middle East is just a fluke you're denying a modern-day miracle of God replacement theologian looking at slide 47 Anthony Campolo says this of the nation of Israel he calls Israel a little nation that has survived primarily because of the wealth and the war materiel supplied by the United States government there's nothing significant or miraculous about the nation of Israel as far as replacement theologian Anthony Campolo is concerned Israel is just a fluke and she wouldn't even exist had it not been for the help of the United States of America I wish Anthony Campolo would become aware of a little secret and here's the secret it really isn't a secret Israel doesn't need America because Israel has a covenant from God rather it's the other way around America needs Israel because God said I'll bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you but notice the blinders that go on to what God is doing in the Middle East when you buy into replacement theology notice this quote from Lynn Hybels married to Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Fame and Lynn hybl says this I do not hold to a theology asserting that the the modern State of Israel represents a divinely mandated return of ancient Israel to the promised land in other words she sees no theological significance at all to this miracle on the Mediterranean and this is what replacement theology does to you it blinds you to the very miracle that God is performing in our midst this takes us to a sixth problem with replacement theology replacement theology number six furthers anti-semitism in our world replacement theology cooperates with anti-semitism or the irrational hatred for the physical descendants of Abraham Isaac and Jacob what is to be our attitude as Christians towards the nation of Israel notice what Paul says slide number 50 romans 15 verse 27 he was raising money for the struggling Saints financially in Jerusalem and in the process of raising that money Paul says this about Gentiles participating in that offering project yes they were pleased to do so and they are indebted to them Gentile Christians being indebted to Jews look why for if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things they are indebted to minister to them also in material things close quote Paul says you know we knew Gentiles wouldn't have anything had it not been for God's work through the physical descendants of Abraham Isaac and Jacob and so since that's true in a sense you're indebted to them you you owe them so you ought to have a charitable attitude towards the Jew people not a hostile attitude and you should help them physically just as they have helped you spiritually and as long as the church operates according to that guideline it functions as sort of a restraint a barrier a bulwark if you will against anti-semitism in our world and make no mistake about it anti-semitism is alive and well on planet Earth today looking at slide number 51 whether it comes from Adolf Hitler on the din of jawed formerly the leader of Iran and if the church ever changes its mindset and stops wanting to be a blessing to the nation of Israel it will buy into very fast the anti-semitism of the world and this is what replacement theology does it cuts off Israel it tells the Christian that God no longer has a future for Israel and if that's true why should I be a blessing to the Jewish people and that barrier or that restraint against anti-semitism is suddenly removed and suddenly the church finds itself cooperating with anti-semitism anti-semitism is alive and well looking at slide 52 here's a quote from one of the leading Imams operating in the United States of America today Yasir Qadhi and here he's arguing that the Jews in the Middle East really aren't Jews and he talks about how they are not the descendants of Jacob and then he goes on and he says Hitler really never intended to mass destroy the Jews and then he goes on promoting a book called the hoax of the Holocaust this is this mindset of the world today in many quarters or corners concerning Israel and what serves as a restraint against this type of mindset it's an evangelical church that wants to be a blessing to the nation Israel but if replacement theology is true and God has cancelled Israel Israel has no hope as a nation or a future then what's the incentive to be a blessing to the Jewish people and so that restraint against anti-semitism is removed and the church actually starts to cooperate with anti-semitism it's make no mistake about it the church has a history of cooperating with anti-semitism notice this quote here from Martin Luther in his tract entitled the Jews in their lives notice what Luther says I happen to have a lot of respect for Luther in terms of what he accomplished in church history but he had a dark side and this shows you how anti-semitism can even overtake the best and the brightest within modern-day evangelicalism Luther says first concerning their the Jews their synagogues should be set on fire their homes should likewise be broken down and destroyed thirdly they should be deprived of their prayer books and Talmud 'he's fourthly the rabbi's must be forbidden under threat of death to teach anymore fifthly passport and traveling privileges should be absolutely forbidden to the jews 6ly they ought to be stopped from charging interest on loans seventhly let the young Jews and Jewesses be given the flail the axe the hoe the Spade the distaff the spindle let them earn their bread by the sweat of their noses we ought to drive their rascally lazybones out of our system they're far away with them to sum up dear princes and Nobles who have Jews and your domains if this and advice of mine does not suit you then find a better one that you and we may all be free of this insufferable devilish burden the jews john calvin a near contemporary of martin luther was a little bit more restrained in his open verbal attacks against the jewish people but that same ant semitism was clearly alive and well in the heart of John Calvin as well John Calvin concerning the Jews in his commentary on the Book of Daniel says this God has so blinded the whole people that they were like restive dogs I have had much conversation with many Jews I have never seen neither a drop of piety or a grain of truth or in genuineness nay I have never found common sense in any Jew I mean if replacement theology is true the incentive to being a blessing to the Jewish people is removed and the church sadly finds itself cooperating with the anti-semitic philosophies of the day and this is a posture that the church has taken in the past and it could easily come back if the church moves into replacement theology Joel chapter 3 verse 2 says in the last day as the nations are going to want to divide the Land of Israel Charles Lee Feinberg in his commentary on Zechariah chapter 12 says this all the nations of the earth will be smitten by the virus of anti-semitism in the last days that's what the world community is going to want to do in the last days it's going to want to take a land of Israel and divide it notice this map here slide number 60 just to show you how irrational this is that green outer area represents Islamic countries or nations that tiny red dot in fact it's so small you probably can't even see it we had to put an arrow with the word Israel next to it just so you could locate Israel on the map that tiny red dot is Israel and what is the world community today want to do what does the United Nations want to do what it's saying is well Israel just needs to give up a little bit more land and then we'll all be happy and when you look at this map by the way they're not going to show you this map on CNN news are they but when you look at this map you see how irrational that is and if the church is infected with the strain of replacement theology then what who is going to stand up and say this is wrong in fact the church will cooperate with this desire to further divide the Land of Israel in fact even as I speak I can mention two or three Protestant denominations that as I speak are right now as Christians involved in a formal boycott of the nation of Israel they're cooperating with what's happening all over college campuses today called the BDS movement which stands for boycott divestment and sanctions boycott and divestment and sanctions against – against the nation of Israel and so that would be a six reason why replacement theology should be rejected because replacement theology as I've tried to explain furthers anti-semitism in our world and one more seventh reason why replacement theology should be rejected and with this we will be finished number seven replacement theology puts a person on the wrong side of God's dealings it puts a person on the wrong side of God going back to Genesis 12 and verse 3 slide 62 and then very quickly 63 God says I will bless those who bless you and what else does he say there in slide 63 Genesis 12 verse 3 and the one who curses you I will curse in fact looking at slide 64 over in the book of Zechariah chapter 2 and verse 8 concerning Israel God says whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye the apple of his eye is the pupil so if you come against the Jewish people it's almost like you're taking your finger and you're jamming it into God's very eye and you're daring God to do something about it now let me ask you a question do you want to be cursed or do you want to be blessed I mean is there anybody out there that you can think of that doesn't want to be blessed we all want to be blessed so how do we get blessed how do we get on the right side of God well we honor what he said in Genesis 12 verse 3 if you're a blessing to the Jewish people God will be a blessing to you and the opposite is true and so if you bind a replacement theology you just picked aside didn't you you you're cutting off Israel and consequently you're putting yourself on the wrong side of the ledger looking at slide 65 I challenge folks to go home today or if you're home if you could do this right after we get off the air is read Revelation chapter 12 when you go through Revelation chapter 12 you're going to see four characters the son s o-n is the Messiah the dragon is Satan and then there's a woman clothed with the Sun and the moon and the twelve stars you're not going to be able to interpret her correctly until you look at Genesis 37 verses 9 and 10 slide 66 and 67 related to Joseph's stream or Joseph says this at the age of 17 now he still had another dream and related it to his brothers though I have still had another dream behold the Sun and the moon and the Eleven stars Joseph being the 12th star or bowing down to me Genesis 37 verse 10 he related it to his father that would be Jacob and to his brothers and his father rebuked him and said what does this dream you have had shall I and your mother and your brother's actually come and bow ourselves down before you you'll you'll see the same imagery in Revelation chapter 12 verse 1 so the Sun s UN is Jacob the moon is Jacob's wife the 11 stars are Jacob's brothers and the twelfth star is let's see may have had that wrong let me restate that the son is Jacob the moon is Jacob's wife the 11 stars would be Jacob's sons which would include Jacob's dozen the 12 tribes and so they would be Joseph's brother Joseph being the 12th star so you put that whole package together and the Sun and the moon and the 12 stars represents the nation of Israel so what is happening in Revelation chapter 12 is the dragon Satan is trying to destroy the nation of Israel and God is trying to protect the nation of Israel so when you take a position on Israel you're you're picking a side in the angelic conflict do you want to be on Satan's side or God's side if you adopt a theology which cuts off Israel you just took Satan's side in the angelic conflict if you want to speak up on behalf of Israel and defend Israel the way we're doing it here you're taking God's side in the angelic conflict you see this whole issue of replacement theology is no minor matter in fact it's a very serious matter because it determines whether you're going to be blessed or cursed according to Genesis 12 verse 3 and it determines which side of the angelic conflict you find yourself on and so the seventh reason why replacement theology should be rejected is it puts people if it's not rejected on the wrong side of divine dealings so in conclusion I hope you enjoyed this very fast lesson that we gave you today on the seven problems with replacement theology we have defined replacement theology and we've given seven reasons why it should be rejected number one it's unbiblical number two it was never considered part of early Christianity number three it's ultimately rooted in pride number four if it's true it renders all of God's promises as unreliable number five once you believe in replacement theology it blinds you to what God is doing today concerning the regather of the nation of Israel as his special miracle number six it furthers anti-semitism in our world it cooperates with anti-semitism it doesn't act as a restraint against it and then finally number seven it puts a person on the wrong side of divine dealings so I hope you enjoy pastors point of view for today given the length of our talk we're gonna have to sort of sign off at this point but next week we hope to be back on our regular schedule brother Jim should be here with me we'll be having our pastors point of view on Friday rather than Thursday and we'll have plenty of time to interact with your comments and questions not only from next week but we'll cycle back and take a look at the comments and questions you put on the comment box on Facebook as well and we'll take a look at those so this time we'll sign off god bless you we love you or praying for you and we hope you'll pray for us as well god bless