By Dr. David R. Reagan
What is the main motivation behind Replacement Theology?
In the spring of 2012, I believe the Lord began to move on my heart with a very troubling message. I turned it over and over in my mind, and I wrestled with it in prayer. Finally, it burned so hot in my soul that I had to put it on paper. When I finished it, and it was published in June of 2012. I called it A Prophetic Manifesto, and I gave it this stark cover because it contained a very stark message.
This clear meaning of the Scriptures has been rejected by the Church ever since 400 AD due to anti-Semitism. The Jews were classified as “Christ-killers,” and the argument was made that God had “washed His hands of them.” Further, it was argued that the Church had replaced Israel and had thus become the heir of the promises which God had given the Jews. The wretched theology that developed from these unbiblical assumptions came to be known as Replacement Theology. It contends that the Church has replaced Israel and God has no further purpose for the Jews. Accordingly, the advocates of this theology argue that God’s promise to the Jews of a future kingdom has been annulled and has been transferred to the Church.
Replacement Theology is thoroughly unbiblical, as any reading of Romans 9-11 will clearly prove. In these chapters, Paul affirms the Old Testament prophecies that God will save a great remnant of the Jews in the end times, and He will fulfill for them all the promises that He has made to the Jewish people. Paul specifically addresses the issue of Replacement Theology in two places in the book of Romans.
In the third chapter he asks this rhetorical question concerning the Jewish people: “If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?” For almost 1,600 years, ever since 400 AD, the Church has answered, “Yes!” But Paul answers his question in directly the opposite manner by declaring, “May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar…”
Likewise in Romans 11, Paul addresses the issue again, once again using a rhetorical question: He says, “I say, has God not rejected His people, has He? Has He rejected His people?” And once again, the Church has always answered, “Yes! He’s rejected them.” But Paul responds by saying, “May it never be!… God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.” Whether Church leaders like it or not, God has promised the Jews that one day the Messiah will establish a kingdom for them and through that kingdom He will reign over all the earth.
There is no excuse for the Church to be covetous of the promises of God which He has made to the Jewish people.
God has also made some marvelous promises to the Church. And one, of course, is the Rapture. Another is the promise that we will reign with Jesus over all the Gentile nations of the earth.
It is time to stop playing games with God’s prophetic word. There is just too much at stake to simply say, “Every man to his own opinion.” Jesus is about to return. The Church Age is about to come to a screaming halt. The world is on the threshold of the most horrendous time in human history the Great Tribulation when God will pour out His wrath on this God-hating world, and one half of humanity and two-thirds of the Jews will be killed in a period of only seven years.
Yet, despite this impending horror, Church leaders are lulling people into believing that the return of Jesus is some far distant possibility that is a current “distraction” to Christian living. What garbage!
The Word says the return of Jesus could occur at any moment. The Word says that we are to live looking for the return of Jesus. The Word says that living with the expectation and hope of the Lord’s return will produce holiness in our lives.
In the third segment of Dr. Reagan’s A Prophetic Manifesto, he will look at the end time signs that signal we are living in the season of the Lord’s return.