What If They Are Wrong Regarding Zion?

God’ Heart for Israel

About 6 months ago, I began praying about Israel–not for her, but for an understanding of why I should pray for her to begin with.  The media told me that she was evil and the opinion of many of the people I encountered was also a very negative one.  I continued to pray because I did not want to be wrong on this one matter.  Many times I have found that the majority opinion is not the correct stance.  So I continued to seek truth.   As I did, I found that an unveiling like never before of scripture revealing God’s heart for Israel and our Jewish brothers.    I took comfort in this fact, as a crescendo of revelation fell before me over the next few months from elders, scripture, in prayer time, and from many people that serve God with a whole heart. I was reassured at this point and very joyful that God had answered my prayers so quickly on this matter.

God had answered most decidedly that his love affair with the descendants of Abraham, Jacob, and Isaac was forever.   Throughout the old testament, we read of this tumultuous relationship between God and Israel, but not once does God change.  The basis of replacement theology states that because the Jews rejected God the covenant with them was also rejected.   But this occurred repeatedly throughout God and Israel’s history.  Not once did God break his convenant or stop seeking this people.   It was David’s prayer that God keep his promise forever so that God would be great ( 2 sam 7:22).

God loved Israel first and spoke of his love for her many times.  If this has changed, then He is not the God I serve.  For my God never changes.  Would God make a promise and then replace it with a different promise or give new conditions that would allow Him to disengage from his first promise/covenant?   God does not change nor does his character.  His feelings toward Israel and the descendants of Abraham are just as strong today as they were 1800 years ago.

Division Among Christians: Replacement Theology

Then I began running into countless individuals that not only were not supportive of Israel but were actively opposed to Israel.  These fellow believers felt justified under the premise of replacement theology or fulfillment theology.  Two of these men were not only believers, but were theology scholars.   Both of these men had at one time believed in supporting Israel and of the Jews special place in God’s heart.  Over time and with more advanced study, each of them had moved away from this belief and towards the views of replacement theology.

For a moment, I began to look into the scriptural basis for replacement theology.  But moreover, I found that it’s basis was founded in pulling specific scriptures from writers such as Paul.  Ironically, Paul’s words are also the foundation of Zionists and Evangelical dispensationalists. The views of replacement theology, although presented as very scholarly and supported, are not supported within the character of God and Jesus.

In this world, if a person is intelligent and well-studied, we would trust that opinion over another.   But in Christianity, we must look at the heart.  You know their heart by their fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.   As I looked at the two replacement theology-supporting  individuals I had interaction with, I began to look for these gifts.  In their presence, I did not feel love and acceptance, but disapproval and disregard.  This was not the way that I ever felt around men of god who spent much time in the presence of God.

God is Not an Author of Confusion

Could it be that these scholars had somehow lost the child-like love that they once had with Christ?  Had they traded theological knowledge for the knowledge of knowing Him intimately?  I cannot judge their faith, but I did immediately consider the verse:

But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.  1 Corinthians 1:27

These scholars are very much set in their understanding of the scripture in stating that we are the new Israel and that the new covenant replaced the old covenant.   But what if they are wrong?  What if they are risking being blessed with greater intimacy with God and prophetic power by turning their back on God’s people?  Why are they willing to take such a risk?

For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? (Romans 11:13–15)

For Paul the mystery of Israel is a key component for walking in apostolic power. It is a key component to walking in the fullness of the anointing that Gentile believers a longing for. The Israel mandate is foundational to walking with apostolic authority in missions that will provoke Israel to jealousy.

In a day when God is amazingly fulfilling prophecy and bringing the Jewish people back to the Land according to
Ezekiel 36:24 and preparing them to receive the New Covenant, this replacement teaching is terribly
unfortunate. It robs the Church of its glorious role in making Israel jealous. It steals our rejoicing in the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. In a day when the saved remnant of Israel is growing steadily in numbers and quality, how can there be such blindness?

Israel will be a Dividing Line

As the last days move forward, Israel will be a great divide among believers.  I believe as more Christians seek God’s heart and are led by the Spirit, the truth about Israel and the Jewish people will be revealed.   Paul was a man so close to God’s heart.  He gave up everything for his love of Christ.  And here is what he has said about Israel:

For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved… (Romans 11:25–26)

The Key to Truth: Prayer

As truth is revealed in these last day, global missions outside the context of having a theology of Israel, at the end of the day will not make sense. The mystery of Israel will fuel and energize world missions as Gentile believers get gripped with an apostolic burden and revelation like the one Paul expresses in Romans 9–11.  I hope that everyone that seeks truth will spend more time in prayer than researching anything else.  This way the heart of God will be revealed to them in the scripture.

We can not disregard prayer for that neglect is the means which deception enters.  Jesus would stay up all night praying to the Father.  When is the last time that you did this?  When is the last time you fasted sleep to pray to God?  Jesus spoke to the Father incessantly and unscripted.  His communication with the Father kept him from deception and in line with the Father’s heart and desires.  We must also follow his model and make prayer not study our highest priority.

Further Notes on Rom 11:25

For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved… (Romans 11:25–26)

Wesley’s Notes

11:25 St. Paul calls any truth known but to a few, a mystery. Such had been the calling of the gentiles: such was now the conversion of the Jews. Lest ye should be wise in your own conceits – Puffed up with your present advantages; dreaming that ye are the only church; or that the church of Rome cannot fail. Hardness in part is happened to Israel, till – Israel therefore is neither totally nor finally rejected. The fullness of the gentiles be come in – Till there be a vast harvest amongst the heathens.


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  • Another awesome article! You are an amazing writer and thank you for the commentary by John Wesley. My how the Methodists have come so far away from his beliefs.

    Blessings,
    Tina

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