It is still anti-Semitism, whether you call it Supersessionism, Replacement Theology, Liberation Theology, or the BDS movement; it is still the unadulterated hatred of the Jewish people because of their race. Anyone who embraces any theology or position that denies Israel’s right for the possession of the land—which their nation-state now “occupies” is denying a literal translation of the Bible (which is frankly a denial of its veracity and places them outside of a position of true faith in Jesus Christ who is in fact the Word).
Unfortunately these false teachings, false doctrines, and patently unscriptural theologies have plagued the Jews through the “church” for 1900 years. By allegorizing, spiritualizing, and otherwise denying a literal translation of the Scripture, the proponents of this doctrinal error have throughout history promoted anti-Semitism which led to Jewish persecution and extermination from the ghettos in Eastern Europe, to the Spanish Inquisition, and to the Holocaust of World War II.
It is essential that true Christians—followers of Jesus Christ—approach the Word of God with a clear understanding that God breathed His infallible truth to the writers of the Old and New Testaments (2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Peter 1:19-21), and in doing so has given us the mind of Christ (John 1:1-17, 1 Corinthians 2:16). When Peter teaches in his second epistle that “no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation” he is telling us to read the Bible literally, interpret the Bible literally, and if we will simply do this we can avoid doctrinal error.
In the book of Genesis 17:7-8 we find God’s promise to Abraham:
“And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants (Israel) after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
A covenant is a promise, and this promise God made Abraham was not conditional, it is clear in this passage that the covenant is everlasting, that means it will never be canceled.
This passage, in and of itself, is all the evidence we need as Christians that we (the church) do not replace Israel and God’s plan. God does not change His mind, and He certainly is not a liar. In Leviticus 26:44-45 God says:
“Yet for all that, when they (Israel) are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor shall I abhor them, to utterly destroy them and break My covenant with them; for I am the LORD their God. But for their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.’”
In Psalm 105:7-12 we find these words written:
“He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, To Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan As the allotment of your inheritance, when they were few in number, indeed very few, and strangers in it.’”
Again, God’s promise to Israel is “as an everlasting covenant” and “He remembers His covenant forever.”
For anyone to deny the eternal covenant or promise that God made with Israel, one would have to ignore the Holy Spirit inspired words of the apostle Paul in the book of Romans.
Romans 11:1-2 : “I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew.”
And little further down in the passage he writes:
“For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable“ (Romans 11:29).
The plain sense understanding of the Scripture is this: The reason that God has not cast away His people (Israel) is that God’s gifts and calling are never rescinded. God does not take back His gifts, He does not break His promises, His word is truth. The nation of Israel is mentioned 71 times in the New Testament and never is represented as the church.
In Ezekiel 37:11-14 we find the dry bones prophecy which is a prophecy about the restoration of Israel at the end of the age. It says:
“Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.’ They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it and performed it,’ says the LORD.”
God clearly says the Jews will be “my people” after the nation is restored.
In the last book of the New Testament, the Revelation of Jesus Christ, we find from Revelation 4:2 through chapter 19:3, the future record of God dealing with the nation of Israel and punishing the nations for their persecution of Israel and rejection of God. God is not through with Israel, and the teaching that the church has permanently replaced Israel as God’s people is a false doctrine. I could write volumes and quote much more Scripture as proof that God’s promise to Israel is eternal, but unless one’s mind is truly open to the Word of God they are going to continue to wallow in the error of the false doctrine which spawns anti-Semitism.
This week it was announced that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Has joined the BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement and voted to divest from Israel. The stated goal of this movement is to delegitimize the State of Israel and even dehumanize the Jewish people. This movement calls into question Israel’s right to exist and seeks to make them a pariah state. While I view this news as tragic, I am not surprised because they long ago embraced Replacement Theology.
So the apostate Presbyterian Church joins the ranks of those who accuse Israel of human rights violations while ignoring the fact that it is the Palestinians and Israel’s neighbors who kidnap, torture, abuse, attack, and bomb Israel as they vocalize a desire to wipe her off of the map. This is anti-Semitism in its basest form and in my opinion anyone who is a member of this denomination and does not leave it and denounce this apostasy, in truth has no relationship with Jesus Christ.
The BDS movement is anti-Semitic at its core demonstrating a hatred for the Jews by singling out the nation-state of Israel for supposed human rights violations while ignoring human rights violations documented in other nations, especially those of her Islamic neighbors. The BDS movement has no real desire to help the Arab citizens of Israel or those living in the territories administrated by Israel, but instead desires the destruction of the Jewish state through economic and social warfare.
Make no mistake, the anti-Semitic BDS movement isn’t preaching peace but rather hatred. The fact that this movement is growing in intensity in the US and being embraced by so-called “christian” denominations is simply more evidence that this nation and much of its population has turned its back on God.
The knowledge that our government has abandoned Israel and is increasingly persecuting true Christians is telling proof that the U.S. is in desperate need of a spiritual revival. As apostasy grows by leaps and bounds in the “church” which has also turned its back on Israel and Israel’s God, those of us in the true church must be willing to stand together and with Israel. The Rapture and the End Times are upon us.
Jesus is Coming Soon!
Even So Come.