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Replacement Theology: Did The Church Replace The Nation of Israel?


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Replacement Theology is one of those theories that require you to take an “eyes wide shut” approach to scripture. In order to believe this blatantly false doctrine, we have to ignore every single verse in the Bible that proves it wrong. At it’s core, it is a Satanic and false doctrine that has crept into the Church because people simply refuse to research what they are told is true by their pastor, mentor, or whoever. Replacement Theology is known by several names:

  • Replacement Theology
  • Suppression Theology
  • Suppressionism

Let’s start with the basics:

What Is Replacement Theology?

In a nutshell, its the belief that God is an untrustworthy liar that broke all of his previous promises to Israel, and then gave all of those promises to the Church. Even though he has shown himself to be a liar that is willing to break previously made promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, believers in Christ can rest assured that he’s not lying to us because of… words.

The above is just a paraphrased summary, and not how Replacement Theology believers would define it, but after a little bit of research, we discover that the above sums up exactly what they believe.

What Is The Origin of Replacement Theology?

Replacement Theology is nothing more than an extension of British-Israelism, which teaches the false idea that Hebrews were white, migrated into Europe, and then became Great Britain and the United States. This is a lie that many European Christians cling to in order to make themselves feel better and superior, even though it has no Biblical basis… in fact, the Bible is 100% clear that the exact opposite is true.

  • British-Israelism is a false belief system created to reinforce white supremacy.
  • British-Israelism is a false belief system that is not based on the Bible.
  • British-Israelism has no basis in actual historical events concerning Israel.

Adherents of false teaching, such as those that come out of British-Israelism, often engage in other deceptive practices as well, such as lying about the ethnicity of people in the Bible, and replacing them with images of white people, even though 99% of the Bible takes place in Africa and Arabia. The concepts of British-Israelism and Replacement theology were created to make a specific group of people feel special.

My comment isn’t based on race, but on fact. As Europe began to accept the gospel, the Gentile believers weren’t fond of the fact that a colored nation was considered special to God, while the Europeans were the last to even hear the gospel. This jealousy grew into the Renaissance Period, in which they painted “Images of Deception” in order to deceive people into believing that Hebrews were white.

After 400 years of repainting Hebrews originally depicted as black, into unrecognizable white people, false doctrines began to develop around the Bible.

  • British-Israelism: Teaches that white Hebrews spent 400 years in Africa, marrying Africans, but still came out white. They then migrated to Europe freely, and eventually become England and the United States.
  • Christian Identity: The doctrine of white supremacy that teaches all races were created as “beast races”, except the white man Adam, who was created on the 8th day. They also falsely teach that Cain was turned black because of sin (not in the Bible), Ham was cursed by Noah (not in the Bible), and that Kenites are descendants of Cain that survived the flood, even though the Bible says only eight people survived.

We could go on and on, but the vast majority of false teachings have originated in Eurocentric denominations of Christianity. Again, these are just the facts of the matter.

Was Israel Replaced By The Church?

This is the central question at the heart of the Replacement theology debate. Those that adhere to Replacement theology believe that God disowned Israel and replaced Israel with the church, therefore making Israel irrelevant to all things prophecy related. Those that don’t believe it, believe that the Hebrews are still the chosen people and play an important part in end times Bible prophecy. Both of these beliefs can’t be true, so let’s let the Bible have the final word on the matter. Feel free to chime in with your opinions and research by leaving your comments below.

But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.” – Matthew 18:16-17

Here are the witness against Replacement Theology:

Witness #1: The Ordinances of Heaven

The following verse should be the single nail in the coffin of Replacement Theology, but for some reason it goes largely ignore by those that adhere to it.

“Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.” – Jeremiah 31:35-37

Questions You Need To Ask

  • Have the ordinances of the moon and the stars departed from God?
  • Has the sky (heaven) been measured?
  • Have the foundations of the earth been searched out beneath?

Logical Conclusions

  • If none of these things have happened, then Replacement Theology is false.
  • If none of these things happened, and God replaced Israel anyway, then he is a liar and cannot be trusted.
  • If all of these things have happened, then God is no longer in control of the universe.

Witness #2: Paul Says It Loud and Clear

Even if we ignore the first example, this example is very clear because the question is asked directly, and then answered by the Apostle Paul, a Hebrew from the Tribe of Benjamin.

“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…” – Romans 11:1-2

Questions You Need To Ask

  • Does Paul know what he’s talking about?
  • Was Paul telling the truth or lying?

Logical Conclusions

  • If Paul doesn’t know what he’s talking about, then we can’t trust any of his writings.
  • If Paul does know what he’s talking about, then Replacement Theology is false.
  • If Paul is lying, then we can’t trust any of his writings.
  • If Paul is telling the truth, then Replacement Theology is false.

Witness #3: Joel Confirms That Israel Wasn’t Replaced

In the book of Joel, the prophet of the same name describes God’s judgement upon the Gentiles for enslaving Israel. Joel makes it very clear that God is not finished with Israel and that they are indeed important to the end of the age.

“The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border. Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:” – Joel 3:6-7

Questions You Need To Ask

  • Did the Church ever go into slavery as a whole?
  • What geographical border did God assign to the Church that they were moved far away from?

Logical Conclusions

  • If God replaced Israel with the Church, then there should be evidence that the Church was sold into slavery.
  • If the church was not sold into slavery, then Replacement Theology is false.
  • If God gave the Church the land of Israel, then he broke his promise to Israel and cannot be trusted.
  • If God did not give the church any land, then Replacement theology is false.

Witness #4: Revelation Mentions Specific Tribes

The book of Revelation goes as far as to list the tribes individually by name. This presents a bit of a theological problem for Replacement Theology.

“And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.” – Revelation 7:4-8

Questions You Need To Ask

  • If Israel was replaced by the church, why are the tribes of Israel mentioned in Revelation?
  • When did the Church get split into tribes of Israel according to scripture?
  • If the above is the church, why are there only 144,000 sealed?

Logical Conclusions

  • If the Bible doesn’t say that the Church was divided into tribes, then Replacement Theology is false.
  • If the Church was divided into the twelve tribes, then there should be solid scripture to support it.
  • If only 144,000 of the Church are saved, then there’s no need for the majority of us to believe.

Replacement Theology Teaches A Lying God

As we’ve seen, in order for any of the ideas presented in Replacement Theology to be true, God would have to be a liar that couldn’t be trusted with any promises. If he can and would snatch all promises away from Israel and apply them to other people, then what’s to stop him from then snatching away the new promise of salvation through grace? Scripture tells us over and over again that God is not a liar.

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” – Numbers 23:19

“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began…” – Titus 1:2

“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:” – Hebrews 6:18

Now that we have established that it is impossible and unnecessary for God to tell a lie, let’s look at the promises made to Israel to ALWAYS consider them a nation as far as he’s concerned:

Israel Will Always Be A Nation

Next it’s important to establish the fact that God promised that Israel would always be a nation before him. These promises were unconditional and he told us how we can know for sure that they are unconditional and non revocable.

“Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.” – Jeremiah 33:25-26

The Church Was Grafted In

The Bible couldn’t be any more clear than it is when it speaks of the Gentiles being grafted onto Christ due to the disobedience of Israel. Paul goes a step further and points out that ALL OF ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED.

For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:… For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? 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: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” – Romans 11:13, 24-27

Paul wrote this message to European believers in Rome, whom he referred to as Gentiles, while also pointing out that THEY ARE NOT ISRAEL, and were merely grafted into the tree. Paul continues to point out that the condition of Israel’s blindness was meant to benefit the Gentiles, but not replace them. For those that still don’t have a grasp on the reality of grafting vs the fictionalized version of Replacement Theology, here is a video that shows exactly how grafting works.

The Breakdown

Gentile believers being grafted into the tree doesn’t mean that they replaced the natural branches. And even though many believers realize this, there are still many false teachers out there pushing the idea that the Church has somehow replaced Israel. I also suspect that Replacement Theology has been largely responsible for Europeans enslaving Hebrews during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The belief that God has abandoned Israel is completely misplaced, and has the potential to lead many people into directly offending God. False teaching is dangerous and spiritually devastating.

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4 Comments

  • Jon Paden

    The Church (Body of Christ) is true Israel. The scriptures make a difference between those who are called Israel by flesh (the circumcision) and spiritual Israel who is the true Israel in which the promises are based (seed of Abraham). That seed is Christ and all those who place their faith in Christ are true Israel (Gentiles and those of the circumcision). All of the circumcision (Israel by flesh) will be united into the Body of Christ (seed of Abraham) but none are reckoned true Israel without faith in Christ whether they be of the circumcision or a Gentile. Gal 3:16

    • Minister Fortson

      Wrong… wrong beyond words.

      Explain Revelation 7. Is your position that ONLY 144,000 Christians will go to heaven? If so, good luck.

      Furthermore, Joel 3 says you’re wrong.

      Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 say you’re wrong AND anyone calling themselves a Hebrew, but is not, is of the Synagogue of Satan.

      The Bible is clear that The Most High still sees the original Israel as Israel. The time of Jacob’s trouble does not apply to the church. The church was not scattered on slave ships in worldwide slavery.

      You people just love to false teach and hang onto false doctrine. But feel free to keep thinking the church is Israel. Your belief system is 100% in opposition to all scripture, but many of you people love to blaspheme The Most High… which is evident in the fact that you refuse to read the full Bible and like to cherry pick.

      The church was grafted in… they did not replace. There is a difference. Anyone saying that grafting replaces something is ignorant and needs to use Google and YouTube to gain some intelligence.

  • ShalomDCMdVa

    Shalom Minister Fortson,

    I'm reading your Flesh n Blood book and plan on purchasing a few of the others. Sir, may I ask if you can update the current church's understanding of "binding and loosing".  They seem to think they have the magical authority to "bind" the devil and "loose angels" lolol — this is soooo funny to me 😀      I chuckle everytime.   Binding and loosing moreso has to do with prohibiting or forbidding something.   Here is a good GENTILE teaching on binding and loosing: http://livingtheway.org/binding.html. We see an example of "binding and loosing" in Acts 10-18 on how Paul, the Israelite handled gentiles coming into the church.

    We have authority of demons by primarily overcoming sin (transgression of the law – Torah and iniquity).  Yes we can say.. I rebuke this and that in the name of Yahusha HaMashiach… but if we are not living righteously and born again in the Ruach HaKodesh…well, there's no power.  Amein 🙂  Looking forward to spending time on  this lovely site.

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