Welcome back to another edition of The Teaching Lady. The last time we were together, we looked at replacement theology. Is God done with Israel? I started to lay the groundwork for why I believe the answer to that question is no. However, replacement theology is gaining ground among Christians.
One reason is some churches are teaching this theology.
Remember what replacement theology is? It says that the church has replaced Israel in God’s plan. God has deserted the Jewish people and replaced them with the church.
Honestly, how can anyone think that when reading the Bible? Unless they substitute the church for Israel.
And why would they substitute the church for Israel? There are several reasons. One that sticks out to me is that Israel rejected Jesus as the Messiah, so the gospel went to the Gentiles. Another could be because of Israel’s constant rebellion against God and their failure to follow him. I’m not making this stuff up. These stories are recorded in the Bible.
Let’s take a look at some passages that support God’s original plan for the Jewish people. Is God planning to get rid of Israel and replace them with the church in the end times?
We will start with the Old Testament and work our way to the New Testament, looking at passages that support the argument that God is not, in fact, done with Israel. The Lord made a promise to our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I believe God keeps his promises.
Let’s look at a few.
Deuteronomy 30:1-3, “And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you, 2 and return to the Lord your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, 3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you.”
Hosea 3:4-5, 4 For the children of Israel shall dwell many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or household gods. 5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the Lord and to his goodness in the latter days.”
14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy, and say to Gog, Thus says the Lord God: On that day when my people Israel are dwelling securely, will you not know it? 15 You will come from your place out of the uttermost parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great host, a mighty army. 16 You will come up against my people Israel, like a cloud covering the land. In the latter days I will bring you against my land, that the nations may know me, when through you, O Gog, I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.
17 “Thus says the Lord God: Are you he of whom I spoke in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel, who in those days prophesied for years that I would bring you against them? 18 But on that day, the day that Gog shall come against the land of Israel, declares the Lord God, my wrath will be roused in my anger. 19 For in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare, On that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.”
Micah 4:6-7, “In that day, declares the Lord, I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away and those whom I have afflicted, and the lame I will make the remnant, and those who were cast off, a strong nation; and the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion from this time forth and forevermore.”
There’s more in the Old Testament.
Here’s what I noticed in the above verses – terms like latter days, gather, forevermore, come from places, scattered, restore.
The Lord declares in those verses he will bring Israel back in the latter days. He will gather them from afar. They will be restored. They will be established forevermore.
Look at Israel today. They are back in the land after hundreds of years. The people are prospering, and the land is producing. Jews from all over the world are making their way back to Israel. I don’t believe we have seen the end of the pilgrimage of the Jewish people back to their homeland.
When I read those few passages from the Old Testament, I have difficulty replacing the Israelites with the church in God’s plan.
I suppose someone could argue that the church is not mentioned in the Old Testament. Ok. Next time we’re together, let’s look at passages from the New Testament that either support or deny the church replacing Israel in God’s plan for the last days. We will continue to answer the question – is God done with Israel?
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