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Reader Rebuttal: The Two Inheritances

As promised, the following rebuttal is from one of the readers (Robert Gammons) of this site that did not agree with my article, The Two Inheritances. Please keep in mind that building entire doctrines based on a few verses is not recommended. We are to take all scripture in context and not just ignore those portions that don’t fit our preconceived notions or traditions.

“Dear Mr. Fortson i just read your article on Replacement Theology as you have said you are willing to look at scripture if someone can back up their claim with it. Concerning Replacement Theology here are some scripture that might help. Matthew 3:10 – John clearly tells us “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees which bringeth not forth fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. When Jesus was baptized by John the promises of God were given to Jesus he became Israel. At that time Israel was cut off as John stated in Matthew 3:10.”

It’s important to keep this in complete perspective. John was not talking to all Jews although many people make any reference to the Pharisees and Sadducees seem as it if applies to all Jews. When specific people are addressed, it does not give us Biblical license to apply it to whoever we want, however we want. John did not call all of the people vipers (Matthew 3:7), he specifically addressed the Pharisees and Sadducees. These were the same religious leaders that Jesus addressed in John 8 and referred to them as being “of your father the devil”. These religious leaders bore no good fruit, acted holier than thou, and always pointed the finger at the sins of others while hiding their own. There is also no reference in the entire chapter of Jesus becoming Israel, but if I’ve missed it in the Bible, please specifically point to a verse that says “Jesus became Israel.”

Paul states in Romans 9- 1-3 He talks about How he has continual sorrow in his heart for Israel. in verse 3 he says ”For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren my kinsman according to the flesh.” And in verse 6 he clearly say’s “Not as though the word of God hath taking no effect. For they are not all of Israel.” Who are of Israel.

Again, we need to take this completely in context. Paul is referring to Abraham, then he moves on to Isaac and points out that the promise made to Isaac was specifically for Jacob and not Esau. This is a history lesson and example at the same time and is in agreement with what my original post pointed out about the remnant that was left after the Baal incident and the sealing of the 144,000.

  • “Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:” – Romans 9:27
  • “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” – Romans 11:1-5

Romans 11:20-21 States “Well because of unbelif they were broken off, and thou standeth by faith. Be not high minded, but fear. “For if God spared not the natural branches, {Israel} take heed lest he spare not thee.” So we are warned here the same thing can happend to us. But God clearly states in verse 11-23 “And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in; for God is able to graft them in agian.” Graft who the {Jews}.

  • “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:” – Romans 11:25-26

If we continue reading Romans 11, we see that God clearly has a plan for Israel that is separate from the Church. Notice that the blindness is only partial “until” the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. Also note that Paul points out the following:

  • All Israel shall be saved.
  • The deliverer will turn way ungodliness from Jacob

The following verses also need to be considered as well:

  • “For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” – Romans 11:27-32

Now I love Israel with all my heart as Paul did, however we have to preach salvation to them AND PRAY THAT THEY WILL COME TO THE SAVEING GRACE OF OUR lORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. In the book of Galatians Paul goes on to say chapter 3:16 “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed ,which is Christ. So once again Paul is cleary telling that the promises are in Christ.

I fully agree that we have to preach the salvation of Christ to all mankind. Concerning Galatians, there are a lot of historical Biblical references there because the Israelites were not the only people to come from Abraham, there were also the following:

  • Edom (Esau)
  • Arabs (Ishmael)

The above nations did come from Abraham but the promise was not extended to them. With that said, there was a different promise extended to Ishmael specifically (Genesis 21), which is one of the reasons I caution Christians to be careful about how they react to the media portrayal of Arabs.

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” – Galatians 3:26-29

This goes back to the original post about being grafted in and sharing in the promises so I won’t repeat what I posted in that article.

Thank you for your time I hope this has helped.Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. I hope people can see this but not until the end when Jesus comes back in the air will they say. Zech 13-6 “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Mr. Fortson as you have shown me remarkable things about Noeh’s Day I would ask the Lord to shine more light on this subject to you. I will continue to read your post on end time events to learn as much as I can about the awesome things you are teaching May God richly Bless you sir for all of your insight.

I’d like to thank Mr. Gammons for posting his reply and using scripture to fully present his view point. It is my opinion that the issue of the destiny of Israel is more complicated than we think or it may be much simpler than we make it out to be. Ultimately, as Christians we are to preach the message of salvation and on that myself and Mr. Gammons agree.

Peter’s Problem

  • “Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.” – John 21:21-22

Just as Jesus told Peter that it was none of his business what would happen to John, we do not have to worry about what will happen to Israel because it is 100% in God’s hands no matter what we choose to believe about their destiny. While it is not a salvation issue, Christians that are anti-Israel should definitely consider that it is the same tactic Satan has used throughout history in an attempt to stop his own demise. This is a subject that I cover in depth in my book As The Days of Noah Were. It details the Satanic plot to wipe out the Jews in order to thwart the promise of a Savior that would remove the sins of mankind and eventually destroy him. If you have not yet read my book, I encourage you to do so.

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