It seems the popular answer among Christians when asked if they believe in replacement theology is, “No.” End of discussion. If you ask what replacement theology is, you will get various answers. The simple definition is: “The Christian Church, established through Jesus Christ, brought with Him a distinctively New Covenant that superseded or replaced the old Mosaic covenant, and many believe the Abrahamic covenant as well – both covenants made exclusively with the Jewish people. The supersessionist (replacement) viewpoint also holds that the universal Christian Church has superseded (replaced) the ancient nation of Israel as the true Israel of God and that Christians have succeeded the ancient Israelites as the definitive people of God.”
The truth is, since its establishment, the evolution of Church doctrine concerning Israel and the Jewish people has developed primarily through cultural pressures. The destruction of the Temple in 70 AD had a significant impact on the world. The messianic zeal and the expectation of God’s promised Kingdom on earth was palpable to those who sat at the feet of Yeshua. They believed He was the Messiah who would end the corruption and bring about the physical restoration of Israel and the redemption of the House of Prayer – the Holy Temple – or as Yeshua referred to it, “My Father’s House.” (Acts 1:6; Matthew 21:8-16; Mark 11:8,9,15-18; Luke 2:46-49; Luke 19:36-40, 45-48; John 2:13-17; John 12:12-15; John 14:1-3)
The destruction of the second Temple was disastrous to Christianity. Instead of holding onto the hope of the promised Kingdom, the followers of Yeshua began to entertain theologies that would somehow justify the reality they were experiencing. To them, God had turned His back on the eternal promise He made to the people, the land, and the city He chose. And since God Himself had annulled His covenants and divorced His people, Christianity would now accept its new position as the Israel of God within this new mystical Biblical truth.
For almost 2,000years, it appeared that the Jew-hating, anti-Israel, anti-Tanakh (Old Testament) Christian theology was holding water. It seemed obvious to those who followed Jesus that the Jews were an example of those guilty of deicide, whom God would eternally curse, both on earth and in the afterlife. How could any people group exist under these horrific circumstances?
Praise God! Paul was right when he said in Romans 3:2, “To them (the Jews) were committed the oracles of God…” To them was committed every promise – every word spoken from the mouth of God. Without the Jew’s resilience and faith to believe in God’s eternal spoken Word through Moses and the prophets, we would not be witnessing the miracle of the physical restoration of Israel today.
Christians believe Yeshua is the Messiah. But before we make this declaration, we must define who and what the Messiah is according to Scripture. In Luke 1:31, 33, the angel said to Mary that the One in her would be given the throne of David and rule over the House of Jacob. Read Isaiah 9:6,7 as well as Ezekiel 37:22-28. If you believe the Kingdom of David or the throne of David is somehow separate from the land of Israel or the people of Israel defined in God’s covenant in Genesis 15:4-21, you believe in replacement theology.
Most of us learned the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 before preschool: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” When we pray this prayer, we pray to establish an earthly Kingdom. We pray God’s Name will be hallowed through His eternal, irrevocable covenants.
Those that sat at the feet of Yeshua for two and a half years and took part in His discipleship, in the end, had one last burning question: “Lord, will you at this time restore the Kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6) Are you or those participating in your congregation’s discipleship program asking this question? If not, you are practicing replacement theology. The blessing or the fullness of the Gentiles will never happen in your arrogance and/or in your ignorance. (Romans 11:25, 26)
God is making His move in the place He said He would.
Come join the movement.