Antisemitism and Replacement Theology

The current war in Israel against Hamas is highlighting the climate around the world regarding the attitudes toward the Jews. Antisemitism is rearing its ugly head all over the world, evidenced by protests and other public displays against Israel’s right to defend itself against the horrific evil perpetrated by Hamas against the civilian population near Gaza on October 7, 2023. It is of great importance for the Christian believer to understand a little history and the nature of this condition.

An article written by Gary Rosenblatt in March 2020 quotes Abraham Foxman, a child survivor of the Holocaust who led the ADL for five decades regarding our current state: “We’re living in an environment today that is more user-friendly to the virus [of antisemitism],” he said, “a time of incivility, lack of tolerance, no respect for the truth. And with it comes politicization, polarization, frustration, anger, hate—all the elements that fuel the virus.”The comparison to a virus similar to Covid 19 is appropriate since antisemitism can be both highly contagious and deadly.

Consider the Abrahamic Covenant

Understanding the nature of antisemitism requires an active look at the history of the Jewish nation and the world’s response to its existence. It begins with Abram and God’s promises to be a blessing to the nations of the world (Genesis 12:1-3). In Genesis 13:15-17, God promised Abram a particular tract of land, commonly referred to as the promised land: for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. “I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered. “Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.” According to many Scripture references, God promised that He would give it to Abram and his descendants forever!

“For 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 hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, “THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB.” “THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.” From the standpoint of the gospel, they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”(Romans 11:25-29)

The rejection of Jesus as Messiah by the Jewish leadership of Jesus’s day was not the end of the story for Israel. Paul writes to the Roman church that the partial hardening that has happened will not be ended until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, referring to the end of the church age and Jesus’s return in the second coming. God promises that her sins will be taken away and that the Jews are still the people of God since “the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” Paul teaches that their rejection of the gospel had a purpose:But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous(Romans 11:11). God will use their jealousy, that other nations have access to some of the same privileges previously reserved for Israel, to bring them back to God.The Jews will be the center of attention in the Kingdom Age, when “In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you“Zechariah 8:23.

Laying Down Your Life for the Sheep

“I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. For this reason, the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” (John 10:14-18)

The world would blame the Jews for Jesus’s death even though Jesus gave up His life willingly. The Roman Emperor Constantine had a Christian conversion experience around 312 and declared tolerance for Christianity in 313. The Council of Nicaea took place in 325, and he wrote a letter referring to Jews as polluted wretches and to have no fellowship with the perjury of the Jews andthat we have nothing in common with the usage of these parricides and murderers of our Lord. Even Martin Luther had strong feelings of antisemitism, as he wrote in The Jew and Their Lies (1543).

Book of Gad the Seer

1 Chronicles 29:29 tells us that King David had three prophets he counted on for advice and direction: Samuel, Nathan, and Gad, and each one wrote a book. The books of Samuel are included in Scripture while the book of Nathan has never been found. The book of Gad the seer is not recognized as Scripture, but includes several visions that God gave to Gad and one of them dealt with a donkey and a camel: “And it came to pass when I finished crying out, I opened my eyes and saw a yoke of oxen, led by a donkey and a camel, coming up from the Kidron stream, the donkey on the right side of the yoke and the camel on the left.” These represent two kingdoms, the donkey being Rome and the Roman church, while the camel speaks of Edom and Islam. Another vision defines the problem with the donkey and the camel, that they both embrace replacement theology, that their religious system replaces Israel in eschatology:

“Woe to you, O Edom, that sits in the land of Kittim [Cyprus] in the north of the sea. For your destroyers will emerge from a terrible nation. They will not even leave you a remnant. For you have said: ‘I sit on high, and only I have a covenant with the God of gods, for the LORD chose me instead of His holy people, for He abhorred them. And His former people, despised and rejected, did not truly know the LORD [the Father] because they did not know His image [the Son]. We are truly wise and intelligent; we know the LORD and His Law, we know His image [the Son] and presence [the Holy Spirit].’ But thus says the LORD: ‘Because you rose up in pride to brag about the God of gods, know that you will perish in your conceitedness. For why would you put confidence in man, whose life is like a vapor, which begins in the morning, and is gone by noonday, placing him to sit beside God? For it is not you whom I knew formerly, and where is the bill of divorce of My people, that you said would be a prey; show it to Me!”

The Great Harlot

Consider that the fulfillment of these visions is found in Revelation 17, where the Messiah comes to destroy the great harlot, Babylon the Great.Replacement theology is completely untrue, and its proselytes have created a religious and political environment for violence against Israel and the Jews.

The judgment of this movement, which includes Islam, is the fulfillment of the promises God made to Abram in Genesis 12:3: “And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse.”

A Kingdom That Endures Forever

In the end, God will use all of the persecutions and other unfair attacks against the Jews to bring them to a knowledge of their Messiah. When Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Chapter 2, he not only prophesied the four kingdoms of Babylon, Medio-Persia, Greece, and Rome but also a picture of the end times events, represented by 10 kings and a confederacy that will usher in the Millennial Kingdom, a kingdom that will endure forever. In Daniel 2:44, “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.”

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