Monthly Archives: April 2012

Replacement Theology

This article is from gotquestions.org

“What is replacement theology / supersessionism?”

Answer: Replacement theology (also known as supersessionism) essentially teaches that the church has replaced Israel in God’s plan. Adherents of replacement theology believe the Jews are no longer God’s chosen people, and God does not have specific future plans for the nation of Israel. All the different views of the relationship between the church and Israel can be divided into two camps: either the church is a continuation of Israel (replacement/covenant theology), or the church is completely different and distinct from Israel (dispensationalism/premillennialism).

Replacement theology teaches that the church is the replacement for Israel and that the many promises made to Israel in the Bible are fulfilled in the Christian church, not in Israel. So, the prophecies in Scripture concerning the blessing and restoration of Israel to the Promised Land are “spiritualized” or “allegorized” into promises of God’s blessing for the church. Major problems exist with this view, such as the continuing existence of the Jewish people throughout the centuries and especially with the revival of the modern state of Israel. If Israel has been condemned by God, and there is no future for the Jewish nation, how do we explain the supernatural survival of the Jewish people over the past 2000 years despite the many attempts to destroy them? How do we explain why and how Israel reappeared as a nation in the 20th century after not existing for 1900 years?

The view that Israel and the church are different is clearly taught in the New Testament. Biblically speaking, the church is completely different and distinct from Israel, and the two are never to be confused or used interchangeably. We are taught from Scripture that the church is an entirely new creation that came into being on the day of Pentecost and will continue until it is taken to heaven at the rapture (Ephesians 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). The church has no relationship to the curses and blessings for Israel. The covenants, promises, and warnings are valid only for Israel. Israel has been temporarily set aside in God’s program during these past 2000 years of dispersion.

After the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), God will restore Israel as the primary focus of His plan. The first event at this time is the tribulation (Revelation chapters 6-19). The world will be judged for rejecting Christ, while Israel is prepared through the trials of the great tribulation for the second coming of the Messiah. Then, when Christ does return to the earth, at the end of the tribulation, Israel will be ready to receive Him. The remnant of Israel which survives the tribulation will be saved, and the Lord will establish His kingdom on this earth with Jerusalem as its capital. With Christ reigning as King, Israel will be the leading nation, and representatives from all nations will come to Jerusalem to honor and worship the King—Jesus Christ. The church will return with Christ and will reign with Him for a literal thousand years (Revelation 20:1-5).

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament support a premillennial/dispensational understanding of God’s plan for Israel. Even so, the strongest support for premillennialism is found in the clear teaching of Revelation 20:1-7, where it says six times that Christ’s kingdom will last 1000 years. After the tribulation the Lord will return and establish His kingdom with the nation of Israel, Christ will reign over the whole earth, and Israel will be the leader of the nations. The church will reign with Him for a literal thousand years. The church has not replaced Israel in God’s plan. While God may be focusing His attention primarily on the church in this dispensation of grace, God has not forgotten Israel and will one day restore Israel to His intended role as the nation He has chosen (Romans 11).

Recommended Resource: Bible Answers for Almost all Your Questions by Elmer Towns.

Angels

Angels

By Dan Beliveau

I had a short conversation with a man about Angels. After considering our conversation, I decided to write about the subject.

Angels and humans are different. The biblical view of angels is that they are celestial beings.

Superior to man, Simply; we are of the earth they are heavenly beings.

The term angel means messenger. That doesn’t mean all angels are messengers, it just means that in encounters with mankind they are delivering God’s message[s] to us.

Such as the work of the Angel of Death in Egypt. Or as in the birth of our Lord, to the shepherds, etc.

It is safe to say they are performing God’s mission towards mankind on earth

Most times they appear to be human, but I believe that is because we probably couldn’t handle their true appearance. Remember that they also reflect the glory of God.

Fallen angels or Demons are completely different because they have given up their place in heaven and will face judgment with Satan at the Great white throne judgment seat.

I have lost count of how many times I have heard someone say that when we die and go to heaven

we become angels. This is a huge misconception. When a person dies they go to one of two places.

Either hell waiting judgment, or paradise to be with Jesus.

We have been different from the very beginning. The angels were around when the earth was created, including man.

Job 38 They are also always considered superior to man. Of course Paul does tell us that the saints of God will also judge angels. But this is fallen angels.

Some say that angels are saints, such as calling Michael “St. Michael”, etc.

The only way someone becomes a saint is to be human and accept Jesus as your Savior. See my article on Salvation.

Angels are different beings. Remember that they are already with God and are not under the sin of Adam.

Because they already are in the presence of God, there is no need to obtain Salvation.

If you have proof that an angel can become a saint please show me the Chapter and Verse that supports your position.

God created us to be different, in Genesis He said let them produce after their own kind.

That is one major reason why evolution is false because nobody has ever shown a dog that used to be a frog or a flower for that matter.

Angels were created before man and are sexless. Remember Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.

30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God.

But that does not mean we become angels, it means there is no sexual relations in heaven, period!

There are categories of Angels,

Celestial beings:

There are both malevolent and benevolent.

Malevolent are such as Satan, and his demons

They can appear as angels of light.

Benevolent are any Angel who didn’t follow Lucifer.

Different classes include

Cherub:

This is the highest class of Angel. The only one mentioned is Lucifer.

A small description of him is in Eckekiel 28:6-19

Archangels: Uriel, Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Raguel, Remiel, and Saraqael.

Duties performed by Arch Angels.

Uriel, one of the holy angels, who is over the world and over Tartarus.

Michael, one of the holy angels, to wit, he that is set over the best part of mankind and over chaos.

Gabriel, one of the holy angels, who is over Paradise and the serpents and the Cherubim.

Raguel, one of the holy angels who takes vengeance on the world of the luminaries.

Raguel, one of the holy angels who takes vengeance on the world of the luminaries.

Remiel, one of the holy angels, whom God set over those who rise.

Saraqael, one of the holy angels, who is set over the spirits, who sin in the spirit.

Seraphim:

One of the celestial beings hovering above God’s throne in Isaiah’s vision. Isa. 6.

A member of the highest order of angels, described as having 6 wings and 4 faces

Cherubim:

These angels are not only the ones who guard the Throne of God in Gen. 3:24

He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword

which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

The Cherubim also are the ones who transport God around Heaven.

Guardian Angels:

Not described, but spoken of

Watchers:

Enoch states they are the Sons of God in Gen 6

Who had relations with women and produced the Nephilim.

The bible says that they are now called evil spirits.

All the angels that accepted Lucifer [Satan], and followed after him, are known as fallen angels or demons.

There may be many more, but all Angels of God are part of what is known as the Heavenly Host.

The worship of angels is strictly forbidden, it is idol worship. Which is breaking the 2nd Commandment.

We are never to pray to Angels or Saints but to the Father in the name of the Son.

Abominations

I have been watching for some time how many people who call themselves Christians seem to live a dual life. Claiming on one hand the Lordship of Jesus, and on the other hand following after worldly things. Many people will go to mediums or read their horoscopes or check Numerology or whatever else they think will give them some special insight. Many will go to see someone because they think their grief is so great that they must try to contact a dead loved one.

All these activities are covered in Scripture and God takes it all very seriously. Ever since the time of Nimrod and beyond people have been trying to find what they think is hidden knowledge. All that is carried over to this day in the form of many false religions. Either Moon God worship, worship of the Sun or even worship of the Queen of Heaven. There are many but it can all be traced back to Babylon. When you see the Gnostic teaching resurfacing or any of the other New Age beliefs no matter what name it’s called, it’s still an Abomination to the true God in Heaven.

Below are just some of the verses that cover this subject. If by some chance you are involved in any of it, please consider how serious God takes it. Your Soul may be in the balance. That in not conjecture, because His word is very clear about it. Please be very carefull about what you accept as gospel.

Sola Fedi Regula

“The Bible is the only Authoritative voice of God”

Exodus 22:18 “You shall not permit a sorceress to live

Leviticus 20:6, 26-27: 6 And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.

26 And you shall be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine. 27 ‘A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.’”

Deuteronomy 18:9-12: 9 “When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.

Deuteronomy 13:1-5: 1 “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. 5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.

Matthew 7:21-23: 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Acts 20:28-31: 28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God[c] which He purchased with His own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. 31 Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.

Scripture taken from the New King James version.

I am very concerned about what I’m seeing and feel very strongly that our time is short. All these things matter to the Lord and you must for the sake of your soul, take this seriously. God bless

Also please read this article, it’s about a person named Maitreya

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=124863434228094

From the School of Biblical Evangelism:

1. “Original sin” refers both to the first sin of Adam, and to the sinful nature possessed by every person since Adam.

2. The sinful nature is called “depravity.”

3. Every individual at birth is “depraved” in these four ways:

1) They have no original righteousness.

2) They have no affection toward God.

3) The things inside them defile them.

4) They have a continual bias toward evil.

Judging others

Many times I hear people say your not suppose to judge. Which is the same thing as saying that I want to do what I want, so don’t question me about my actions or behavior.

But if we could take a look at the biblical view maybe it might shed some light on the subject. Matthew 7:1-3 ” Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your eye”. NKJV

On the surface this would seem to say not to look at anything that someone does and ever make a conclusion that they could be wrong. But, we have to try and understand that Jesus was talking about those of us who are critical of someone when we ourselves are doing the samething. adultery, lying, stealing, etc. It’s like a parent telling their child not to smoke while their doing it.

Again remember what Paul taught: “For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore put away from yourselves the evil person.” 1 Corinthians 5:12-13

What Paul is saying is that those people who aren’t part of the body will be judged by the Lord. But those of us who are of the Church are to judge the actions of fellow believers. We are to help each other with correction, for the health of the church.

Leviticus 19:17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.: In other words don’t hate a brother but rebuke someone to bring them into a proper relationship.

That doesn’t mean that we should run around trying to find fault with everybody, actually the opposite is true. But things like false doctrine, committing sin, etc should be confronted so that the person can be brought back to a correct relationship with Jesus.

There is a formula for doing this:

1. In love bring it to the persons attention

2. Bring someone with you to confront the person

3. Bring the matter before the church body.Of course thats only if the first two have no effect.

We can’t always sit down and speak face to face with someone. On the internet, facebook or other such pages it is the only contact we make with some people. This means that we have to understand that when someone approaches us about an issue, we should keep an open mind.

If you make a statement about your life and fellow Christians know that it doesn’t agree with what the bible teaches. We have an obligation to confront it. Some people will thank you, and yet others will become hurt or angry. Then it becomes a situation of not listening and saying something like thats just the way it is. Or thats the way my church teaches me, or anything not to be confronted by the issue.

Here’s the bottom line; If we call ourselves a Christian, than that means we have submitted ourselves to Christ. A disciple of His, is a student, and nobody starts out as a teacher. We must all be willing to learn His word and grow in it. Thats where you get great teachers, and preachers from [like Spurgeon]. But it’s also how we develop the wonderful gifts the Holy Spirit gives us.

So, please in the future realize that even though someone may not approach you the way you’d like, maybe you should think that they might be doing it out of love. Especially if you know that the bible speaks out against what your doing.

“But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or and extortioner – not even to eat with such a person.” I Corinthians 5:11

The formula above from the bible still holds true, but if a person refuses to repent and turn from their ways, Paul is very clear about our obligation as Christians. None of this should be done with ease or without prayer, to reject someone is very serious. Remember it’s just like a barrel of apples; if you have one rotten apple and it’s left in the barrel eventually it will corrupt the whole barrel.

The problem seems to be that nobody wants to be wrong, but look at the situation our world today has gotten into. There doesn’t seem to a moral compass any longer, and Christians for the most part want the title, but not the responsibility. Please consider what it means when we reject His commands.

God’s peace, Dan Beliveau

“This worldly definition of love is not Gods definition of Agape. When the World says unconditional they are saying that there is no condition the Lord would ever set that would keep you out of Heaven, and this is a Demonic lie designed to destroy. The Lord God does Hate and even rejects many and He is Just for doing so. “Jacob have I Loved but Esau have I hated” The Worlds wishy washy idea of Love simply does not cut it. Where is your notion of unconditional love concerning the Wicked whom the Lord surely will destroy without mercy to those who have shown no mercy, folks … that is very conditional. For yet another example of Gods conditions read Matthew 6:14,15 very conditional!” Eric DeJesus

Paul Washer:
“People tell me judge not lest ye be judged. I always tell them, twist not scripture lest ye be like satan.”