BLASPHEMOUS AND DANGEROUS - REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY AND TODAY'S CHURCH by Chuck Cohen, director, Intercessors for Israel
A Watchmen from Jerusalem Teaching
Biblical truth gives us the foundation we need to get to know the God who saved us and to live in a way that pleases Him. Correct biblical teaching (doctrine) also enables us to identify prophetic signs in today's world. Yet for those who follow the demonic delusion known as Replacement Theology [RT], current events and their relationship to the return of Messiah Yeshua1 become blurry and mysterious. These people, many of whom are our brothers and sisters in Messiah, end up believing a lie.
To put it briefly, Replacement Theology replaces Israel with the Church. Israel becomes only a symbol.
To truly grasp the revelation of our God, who often calls Himself YHWH (Yahweh), the God of Israel, we should interpret the Old Testament, the Tanach, in the same way that Yeshua did. However, RT allegorizes, that is, understands only symbolically, much of the Tanach, the only Scriptures Yeshua read, and – especially when it came to the prophecies – interpreted literally.
How can RT promoters correctly understand what Yeshua was teaching? Over and over again Yeshua referred to the Tanach as His proof text, but if the correct interpretation is blurred, if the people and nation of Israel, the contested factor in this end-time drama, is now just the cultural Christian Church, how will people have a clue to what God is doing to conclude this age by the return of His Son to Jerusalem?
1 I am using the Messianic Jewish term for Jesus Christ, which is Yeshua the Messiah, or Messiah Yeshua.
2 To understand how RT arose in the earliest centuries of the Church, there is an excellent overview online from Word from Jerusalem Magazine, May/June, 2019, pages 4 to 7, in an article called “The Breach” by Jurgen Bueler, the head of the International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem.