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Wrong Prophetic interpretations of the church vs Israel
Wrong Prophetic interpretations of the church vs Israel
For this article I will quote an excerpt from chapter three from my book entitled: "The End Time Message for the Church", published in 2010.
Let's start with something simple by comparing the following two scriptures.
Now at first glance, it seems that God is showing partiality, or respect of persons, by offering salvation to the Jews first, and then to the
Gentiles. But God, who is looking at the big picture, was looking at our final fate when he said that he shows no partiality.
Regardless of who he invited first, he did invite everyone to be saved. So he is not showing any partiality. It was strictly a matter
of who he chose to call first.
Let's look at another verse.
- Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
- Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
This goes along with the olive tree example above where we, as Gentiles, are included into what God had already started with
Israel (the Messianic Jews), as was shown in Romans chapter 11.
The Jews still have their original covenant and Gentiles are included.
"While this is a wonderful inclusionary promise for Gentiles, this verse does not exclude the Jewish people from their original covenant,
promise, and blessing as the natural seed of Abraham. This verse simply joins us Gentile Christians to what God had
already started with Israel." 2
Another verse that confuses people is Romans 2:28-29.
These verses simply reinforce the fact that the real Jews are those who have come to Christ in faith. In fact, it is talking about those
who have come to faith becoming spiritual Jews. It has nothing to do with the nation Israel, whom God has decided to deal with later as
shown in Romans chapter 11.
Here is another comment on the Jews.
Where are the verses that say "we the Spiritual Jew have replaced God's plan for the circumcised Jew?" There are none. 3
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not
of men, but of God.
While we are on that subject, let's look at some other verses.
When we look at this prophecy, we see that unless the sun, moon, and stars disappear, God will not consider having the seed of Israel to
cease being a nation to him forever. That does not mean that he does not punish them, because he does. We will look at that later.
35 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.
Here is another comment on the difference between the Church and Israel.
"There are 77 references to Israel in the NT and none of them refer to the Church. Try replacing the words, "the church," where Israel
is mentioned and the passage is rendered unreadable and silly, e.g., Romans 10:1, "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to
God for Israel is that they may be saved." If you put "the church" where Israel is mentioned, then it is redundant. The church
is the body of saved believers, so how could Paul's prayer be for the church to be saved?" 4
Another verse that people misinterpret is:
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all
one in Christ Jesus.
This verse is talking about our position in Christ. It doesn't matter whether we are Jews, Gentiles, male, or female. We are in Christ
through faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It has nothing to do with the nation of Israel. This verse is talking about us
Jews and Gentiles are still distinct in God's eyes, as mentioned in the following quote:
"According to Romans 11, we are two distinct groups, both grafted into the same tree, which are the covenants and promises given
to Israel; grounded in the same root, the Messiah; drinking of the same sap, God's Holy Spirit. We do not hold up the tree, but the tree us,
and we are forbidden from boasting against or being arrogant to God's covenant people the Jews (Romans 11:17-18)." 5
ISRAEL STILL HAS A PLACE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
Now that we have covered some of the misunderstandings about Israel in Scripture interpretation, let's discuss Israel's place in God's
new covenant. Even in the Old Testament it talks about activities that will take place in the Millennium. In this case, one of them will be a
Jewish religious feast day. Who says the Jews have been replaced?
So we can see from these final two verses that God has not done away with Israel or the Jews. They will play a role even in the
Millennium as Messianic Jews. It is very easy to take a few verses, allegorize them (which means to look for a deeper "spiritual"
meaning in them),
and wind up twisting their meaning and coming up with a false doctrine. But if you take the whole counsel of God and see what the Biblical
theme is and what the Bible actually literally says, you can seek the truth and it will set you free.
- Zechariah 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall
even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. (See also v. 18.)
- For other examples on this subject, we might look at the book of Revelation.
- Revelation 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon,
which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
- Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works,
Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
The hazards of creating new allegories are shown below.
This is yet another confirmation that God is not giving up on Israel. He will revive Israel [Judah] (and the remnant of the house
of Israel) during the tribulation. The Gentiles are revived as converts during the church age. Both will join together during the
- "The allegorical method suspends literal interpretation of the Bible, allowing the theologian to make the Bible say nearly
anything he wants it to say." 6
- "The church and Israel are two mutually exclusive groups, each with their own plan and destiny, and God deals with
them as such." 7
Rather than opinions, let's look at some other verses on God's plan for Israel.
- Isaiah 41:8-9
8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant;
I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
Although Israel has been disciplined, she has not been discarded.
- Hosea 5:13-6:2
13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you,
nor cure you of your wound.
14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away,
and none shall rescue him.
15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.
1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
God's covenant with Israel was not based on their behavior.
- 1 Chronicles 16:13-18
13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
14 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;
16 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;
17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,
18 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;
I think when God says EVERLASTING in verse 17 above that is what he means! He fulfilled giving them the land (Josh 21:43-45; 23:14, etc.)
but then had to discipline them. During the Millennium they will get the land forever.
- Psalms 105:8-11
8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;
10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:
11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:
Here is another group of verses confirming that the covenant with Israel is EVERLASTING.
- Psalms 94:14 For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
It seems pretty plain. God means what He says. He has never retracted what He said. God will not cast off his people. God does discipline
His people. He dissolved the northern kingdom of Israel because of their idolatry. He disciplined the southern kingdom of Judah,
which later became known as Israel, knowing that they would be revived during the End Times and the tribulation.
- Galatians 3:17-18
17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after,
cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
"HaShem [God] has in no way either rejected or replaced Israel and the Jewish people. His covenant with them is unconditional
and non-transferable. God's covenants and promises were never based on Israel's good behaviour, but were based on God's faithfulness
toward his people." 8
This is just a simple overview of the subject of where Israel is in End Times prophecy. Much more could be said, but this should be enough
to show that Israel is still important to God and still has a place in His plans. We will not go into all the other problems of
Replacement Theology, but you can check Chapter 4 in my book and the following references for more insight on this subject,
including "Blunders of
Replacement Theology." 9
We will see some of the details of Israel's place in the scheme of God in other chapters. For now, we need to remember
Romans 11:25-27 where it says that God is not done with Israel and will deal with her when the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
He deals with the nation Israel during the Tribulation.
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1 Tricia Tillin, Cross+Word, A look at the Allegorical method, from banner.org.uk
2 The Error of Replacement Theology, by Clarence H. Wagner, Jr., from bridgesforpeace.com
3 Replacement Theology - History by cephas-library.com
6 Replacement theology - fact or fiction? By Pastor Wayne Hilsden, Sept. 2002, from kokaradio.com/word/articles/.
7 Replacement Theology, by Linda Vegh, from raptureready.com
8 Replacement Theology from adapt.org
9 Blunders of Replacement Theology, from thunderministries.com