The Rapture According to the Apostle Paul: God's Guarantee of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture by Dr. Dennis McLelland - HTML preview
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THE APOSTLE PAUL – THE TIGER OF THE TRIBE OF BENJAMIN
“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we (you and I) who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord (the Rapture) will by no means precede (go ahead of) those who are asleep (dead). For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
(1Thessalonians 4: 15-17)
The How, Where, Who and When of the Rapture
The How: We “shall be caught up together with them (the resurrected dead)…” (vs.17a)
“The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the
voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.” (vs.16a)
The Where: “in the clouds…” (vs. 17a)
The Who: “The Bride of Christ to meet the Lord in the air.” ( vs.17a) The When: Let us look to another very provocative scripture that will give us the precise moment when the Rapture will occur. When will that be? When the last person has been saved and completes the ‘Body of Christ. Romans 1:25b explains:
“…that blindness (refusing to accept Jesus as Messiah) in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.”
In the fullness of time, when the last person on God’s eternal roll call has been saved, then Jesus will come for us and take us home. After the true Church is Raptured, 18
God turns again to His beloved Israel and fulfills His long-promised covenants.
The Simplicity of God’s Word and the Rapture
Let us simply believe God’s word. Most of Christendom is confused about what the Rapture is. Answer this question: Is God the author of confusion? Certainly not. Again, let us look to God’s word. Our Father clearly informs us in 1 Corinthians 14: 33 that,
“…God is not the author of confusion but of peace.”
Then who is the author of confusion? Satan is the destroyer. God’s word tells us in John 8: 44-45 that satan,
“… was (and is) a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
Many of our sincere brothers and sisters in the Lord have been seduced into listening to the impulses and words of liar satan regarding the Rapture. Unbeknownst to these dear saints is the reality that satan has blinded them to the truth about the pre-tribulation Rapture.
Allow me to repeat the tragic fact that most Christians sadly have no idea what God’s word has to say this incredible soon-arriving event. The confusion about the pre-tribulation Rapture saturates the Christian community. Some Christians are absolutely devoid of any knowledge about the Rapture. Others have heard misinformation from their preacher, Sunday school teacher, etc.
Other Christians blindly accept untruths from books or some television evangelists, or perhaps a friend, stating that the Body of Christ will be lined up, completely subject to satan’s will, when Jesus Christ gives the okay for His Bride to be massacred. Yet sadly, many others 19
scoff and ridicule the concept of the Rapture.
Again, let us go to God’s word for the answer. Allow me to remind you of our responsibility to the Lord found in 2 Timothy 2: 15, which is a command of Jesus, not a suggestion:
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Can you imagine standing before Jesus at the Judgment Seat of Christ to receive your rewards, and He asks you why you didn’t study His word (and He will), or why you were not ready and anticipating His coming in the Rapture?
Do you think you will feel shame as you ponder your response from these gentle, but profound, queries of our Lord? There is no doubt about it.
Saints, let there be no doubt in your minds and spirits - we will stand before our Lord Jesus Christ to have our Christian works evaluated by our King immediately after the Rapture. If this is the first time you have heard about the Judgment Seat of Christ, you may be scratching your head in confusion.
Let us observe one of several scriptures that discuss this incredible future event:
“But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother?
for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
If you are not familiar with this scripture, you may be saying to yourself, “I thought heaven is perfect! I cannot understand how that perfection can be disturbed by my shame! How can there 20
be sadness and tears in heaven, of all places?” I understand your dismay.
But nevertheless, that’s what the scripture clearly defines. Many people cannot reconcile that shame will be experienced by some in heaven. But that’s what the Bible tells us.
Scorch Romans 14:10-12 in your hearts. Let it forever beckon you with its eternal finger of certainty. For this message given to us from Jesus to our dear brother, Paul of Tarsus, is soon about to become manifested.
Let us not be found ashamed when Jesus comes for us at the Rapture. Know this - you will receive a glorious heavenly crown if Jesus finds you expecting Him at the Rapture:
“Henceforth there is laid up for me (Paul) a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
(2 Timothy 4: 8) However, if you choose not to study God’s word and neglect developing a relationship with Jesus, you will be ashamed at His coming in the Rapture. If you are a true Christian, you will be Raptured, but you will soon be immersed in profound sorrow.
Imagine for a moment that Jesus has arrived from heaven and is standing in our atmosphere as He shouts “Come up hither.” As we rise in the Rapture, we will have already been given our glorified, eternal bodies, including the mind of Christ.
Within the time span of the “twinkling of an eye,” some of us will immediately, and sorrowfully, begin to feel great shame because we were not prepared to meet Jesus in the air or at His Judgment Seat.
In the midst of great surprise and wonder, as we are “spirited away” to heaven, we look over 21
at our escort, our Guardian Angel, for some comfort. He will look lovingly in our eyes, understanding fully that you may be sadly ill prepared to meet Jesus in triumph. Yet he smiles anyway, for you are a child of God.
Your sorrow will be enhanced and greatly magnified because your resurrected body includes a mind that is perfect and without earthly defect. We will truly have the mind of Christ:
“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.”
(Philippians 3: 21) You will lose rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ if you have few earthly works of service to show Jesus. You will forever lose the opportunity that God had planned for you to serve Him in the capacity that He had in mind specifically for you for all eternity.
However, you still have time, right now, dear saint, to pray, to seek forgiveness, for your lack of devotional time and prayer. Ask Jesus to help you better serve Him in the particular area, or areas, within which He wants to place you now!
Satan - The Father of Lies
As you may have observed, I have not capitalized the name of satan in this book. This is a personal choice, quite unscholarly, but remains, nevertheless, my choice. He is responsible for the creation of multitudes of doctrines of demons that flood our Churches today.
Many Christians are ignorant as to the reality of satanic cults and false religions. Movements such as Replacement Theology, the Emergent Church, Preterism, Jesus Seminar, Mormonism, Christian Science, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Oprah‘s new age lies, are only a few examples.
Sadly, the list continues: Scientology. Post-Tribulationism, the influence of the Masonic Lodge, Positive Confession, God Wants You Rich, Name It And Claim It, New Age, the Occult, the practice of Astrology, Spiritism, Possibility Thinking, Rosicrucianism, Reincarnation, etc., etc.,
If the Gospel of Grace given to the apostle Paul by Jesus is not taught in your Church, run.
If your pastor does not preach or teach the Pauline doctrine of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you are being deceived.
You may be saying “hey, wait a minute - I believe in Jesus. You’re telling me that’s not good enough?” My response is, “Just what do you believe?” Did your Jesus die on the Cross? Was He buried? Did He rise from the dead?
If you say no, then your belief would have been good enough if you lived during the ministry of Peter and the twelve. In their earthly ministries, all that was required was an acknowledgement that Jesus was the Messiah. If you want to be a member of the Body of Christ, you must fully believe in Gospel of Grace that Jesus gave to Paul..
Awareness Of The Soon Coming Persecution of Christians
It is vital to your Christian maturity that you study and comprehend the word of God. I didn’t say that it is vital to “read” your Bible. You must study and get deeply grounded in the truths presented by the Bible. Doing so will give you certainty that your future is secure in the sovereign and protective hands of Jesus.
Christian persecution is advancing in the United States. In over fifty countries, Christians are now being tortured and murdered for Jesus Christ (see last page of this book for list). We need to prepare ourselves for the worst. If Jesus tarries, I do see great harassment and accusations 23
of hate crimes against Christians for speaking out about what the Bible says about homosexuality, murder (abortions), etc. Why are there no hate crimes against Christians?
In many ways the seed of the persecution have already been planted. In a Washington Times article by Audrey Hudson (May 2009), it was mentioned that terror watch lists exist that deem as dangerous ordinary American citizens who believe that abortion is wrong; that speaking out publicly against homosexuality is a hate crime; that signing your name to petitions to voice your opinion about inappropriate government actions, are threats against the United States. I know that I must be on several watch lists. I consider that a badge of honor.
Similarly, people who join militias and wear certain symbols on their clothing (pictures, cartoons, bumper stickers about the IRS, FBI, ATF, CIA, and the police) are now labeled as terrorists if “caught.” They are put in the Department of Homeland Security’s data bank. If a person speaks about the New World Order in a derogatory manner, they are put on the terrorist list.
We are truly losing freedom of speech and our beloved Constitution is being ignored and decimated. However, remember Whom it is who is control:
“He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.”
(Job 12: 23)
“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.”
(Daniel 2: 12)
“And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that which is determined shall be done.”
(Daniel 11:36) The Future - In God’s Hands
It was mentioned that persecution is at our doorstep. We need to pray. We need to form close bonds with other Christians. We need to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Finally, we must be foundationally grounded in the scriptures. When the pressures arrive, the Holy Spirit will guide us as to how to handle what is soon coming.
Reflect upon the peace and promises that the following scriptures provide. As the Rapture approaches, understand that each day that passes is one day closer to the return of Jesus: Psalm 31: 3
“For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, guide me.”
Psalm 31: 15
“My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from them that persecute me.”
Psalm 91: 2
“I will say of the LORD (Jehovah God - Son of God), He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
My brother or sister, as one Christian to another, please begin studying your Bible. You must get ready for anything that will befall you. Jesus has not left us in ignorance. Our Bible tells us via the prophets, and by the epistles of Paul, exactly what is coming.
Saint, understanding the Bible will better prepare you to recognize the snares set by satan.
There are satanically inspired books sitting on the bookshelves of Christian homes.
Several questionable “Christian” television programs are viewed by millions, unaware that they are being fed the dead flesh of false gospels. Many pastors have given up, or never started, speaking out about sin, or prophecy, or of the reality of heaven and hell.
Multitudes of Churches have turned seeker-friendly; many pastors are afraid to “offend” their congregations by talking about sin. Is this the kind of Church that God will honor?
God Gave Us the Ability to Know the Future
Take a look at your future. The Bible foretells your future and my future. Below is a checklist of what you will experience after we are Raptured:
* Pre-Tribulation Rapture
* Getting accustomed to your mansion (dwelling place) in the heavenly New Jerusalem
* The Judgment Seat of Christ
* Receiving Your Eternal Job Description
* The Marriage of the Lamb
* Jesus Returns to Earth in His Second Coming with His Saints (us) in Judgment
* We Observe satan Being Hurled Into the Bottomless Pit by an Angel of God
* Jesus and His Saints (redeemed Christians) Revisit A Battered and Wasted Earth 26
* We Witness Jesus Judging the Tribulation Survivors - Believers and Unbelievers
* We Will Judge Angels
* The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
* Jesus Begins to Renovate Planet Earth For Habitation as a Second Garden of Eden
* The Initiation of the 1000 year Millennium
* We Rule and Reign With Jesus; We Begin to Serve Jesus With Our Assigned “Job”
* The Millennium Expires; satan is Released to Build Army against God.
* God Wipes Out satan’s Army by Fire.
* We Witness Satan Being Thrown Forever Into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone
* Jesus Recreates Earth and Heaven by Fire. Eden is Globally Restored. Jesus takes Millennial Saints (believing survivors of tribulation) to New Jerusalem (best guess) hovering over Jerusalem until earth is recreated.
* New Jerusalem set down permanently on a New and Purified Earth
* New Jerusalem is 1500 mile “cube” city, which consumes an enormous amount of land
* Life, Under the Theocratic Rule of Jesus, Begins. Eternity is Initiated.
* We, in Our Bodies “Like Christ’s” are Free to Explore the Universe - Forever!
Perhaps many readers are not familiar with the above description of coming events.
I would ask you to study the books of Daniel and Revelation. Get a good study guide.
I put my “faith” in Bible teachers like Les Feldick, Grant Jeffrey, Chuck Missler, Hilton Sutton, David Reagan, Charles Stanley, Hal Lindsey, J.R. Church, Mark Hitchcock, and few others. These men of God, in my opinion, present Biblical truths that are clearly reflected in their 27
television programs as well as in their study materials.
Christian, the glorious reign of Christ, of which we will be a vital part, gives us the unfathomable honor of serving Jesus Christ on earth as Kings and Priests; helping our Lord to administer His Kingdom of Heaven, throughout all eternity. No harp playing on clouds for us.
We will assist Jesus in the day-to-day running of the “new heaven and new earth” that Jesus will create at the end of the 1000 year millennium.
Do not allow yourselves to believe the lies of satan regarding any view of the pre-tribulation Rapture other that what God tells you in the Bible! If any slick, silver tongued preacher, or
“seasoned” Bible study teacher, or even a well-meaning friend, presents you with any other position other that the pre-tribulation Rapture, they are trying to sell you a portion of hell itself.
I want to emphasize what was spoken of earlier in this book. You know by now that Jesus will not allow His blood bought Bride to go through the tribulation to suffer the terrors that are designed for Israel and all non-believing earth dwellers on planet earth.
Review Revelation 3:10 again if you need to. Constantly refer to it; commit it to memory.
You’ll be amazed at the peace it will bring you.
Jesus Did Not Teach About the Rapture
Jesus never taught the Rapture during His earthly ministry. As God, He of course knew that all true Christians would be Raptured in the end times. However, during Jesus’ ministry, it was not the proper time to disclose this future blessing – it was yet two-thousand years in the future.
Jesus knew He would be rejected by Israel and would have to postpone for two millennia what He originally came to earth for in the first place - to fulfill the promises of the fathers.
Included in those promises was the promise to establish an earthly Kingdom of Heaven, with 28
Jesus serving as King in Jerusalem. However, for this to be fulfilled at that time, all of Israel
would be required to accept Him as Messiah. But this was not to be.
A Shocking Reality - Jesus Ministered Only To the House of Israel I am going to introduce a scriptural reality with which few Christians are familiar. Shame on pastors and Bible teachers who failed to teach the “full Gospel” of Jesus Christ. It may certainly come as a shock for many readers to learn that when Jesus came to earth it was to bring salvation only to the Jews, not to the entire world (during His three year earthly ministry).
How could Jesus have come for the entire world at that time if He or His disciples never left Israel to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom? Was the message of the Gospel to be carried by the wind? No. Jesus used Paul, some twenty-years after His resurrection, to spread the Gospel of Grace to the countries surrounding Israel
Jesus came to earth only to minister unto the Nation of Israel. If this overlooked Biblical fact surprises you, it is nevertheless true. Of course, by His sacrifice on the cross, we are saved by believing in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. However, Jesus came only for the Nation of Israel, as we see in Matthew 15: 24:
“I (Jesus) am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel.”
Did Jesus state that He came to earth for the entire world? No - only for House of Israel. It was only when Jesus chose Paul to deliver His new message of the Gospel of Grace, would all humanity have the opportunity to receive salvation.
Three other scriptures similarly tell us that Jesus’ earthly ministry was only for Israel:
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he that visited and redeemed his people.”
(Luke 1: 68) 29
“To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of sins.”
(Luke 1: 77)
“Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision (Israel) for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.”
(Romans 15: 8)
He was still bound by the ancient covenant. He came as the promised Messiah. But Israel rejected Him. Jesus did not teach the disciples about the future Rapture. How could He?
The disciples were under the ancient covenant also. They were waiting for Jesus to bring in
“heaven on earth,” i.e., the earthly Kingdom of God, in their immediate future. Yet the disciples were commanded by Jesus not to deal with Gentiles at all!
Jesus had instructed his disciples not to witness to Gentiles outside of Israel:
“These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans (not full Jews) enter ye not. But go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.”
(Matthew 10: 5-6)
Our Lord commanded the disciples not to minister to the Gentiles. They never did leave Israel! Our Bible never informs us that they never ventured outside of Israel to witness to the world’s lost sheep.
You will find Church history telling you that the disciples spread out all over the world; but you won’t find it in God’s holy scriptures. The reason Jesus commanded His disciples not to minister unto the Gentiles was because they were not a part of the covenant that God made only with Israel. God was not yet ready to reveal His mysteries about ministering to Gentiles.
Imagine this scenario. Jesus tells His disciples that the Rapture was going to occur two 30
thousand years in the future, and that He, the Messiah, was going to postpone bringing in the prophesied earthly Kingdom of God until that time period.
The impact of this news on the twelve disciples, as well as on their converts, would have been severe. They would have felt betrayed because the Old Testament promised that the Kingdom of God would be established on earth when the Messiah came.
“Well,” they would have said. “Our Messiah is with us at this very moment ! Now He is telling us that His Kingdom is going to be postponed for another two thousand years? What of God’s covenant with the Nation of Israel?”
But our sovereign God knew exactly what was happening. He knew that the Nation of Israel would reject and share the blame with Rome in killing their Messiah, thereby postponing the creation of the earthly Kingdom of God.
God knew that He would have to temporarily put His beloved Israel aside until He saved the Gentiles, whom He would later present to His Son Jesus, as His holy Bride.
Similarly, God knew, and arranged for, the raising up of Paul of Tarsus to bring the revolutionary “good news” to the Gentiles (non-Jews); the new “Gospel of Grace“ that presented all humanity the opportunity to receive salvation through belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The disciples were so certain that Jesus would soon reign in the prophesized Kingdom of God, they badgered Jesus with this question found in Matthew 19: 27-28:
“Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you. That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration (millennium) 31
when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
The disciples asked Jesus a natural question. They simply wanted to know what was “in it for them” by sticking with Jesus these past three years. When Jesus told them that they would be judges (rulers) over the twelve tribes of Israel, they were fully convinced they would shortly assume their positions in Jesus’ government.
Jesus told them specifically that their future role as rulers in His earthly kingdom would be in their glorified physical bodies (assuming that all Israel would accept Jesus as Messiah). As was mentioned earlier, Jesus gave no revelation about the Rapture.
The secret of the Rapture was a magnificent promise within the Gospel of Grace that Jesus gave directly to Paul. What is this “Gospel of Grace” that all of humanity is to hear, understand and accept?
We find the Gospel of Grace, or Paul’s Gospel, in 1 Corinthians 15: 1-4:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you which also ye have received and wherein ye stand, by which also ye are saved if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. And that he was buried and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
This is the Gospel; the only Gospel in which we are to believe. If you believe in any other gospel, you do not have salvation and eternal life. I’m not saying this, the above scripture is stating it. Does it sound too narrow? Then God is too narrow.
Perhaps the reader has heretofore had no familiarity with the Gospel that Jesus Christ personally gave to Paul (Paul’s Gospel). The knowledge of this revelation may make the reader uncomfortable.
Many have a problem with the perceived exclusivity of the Gospel message that Paul preached. If the reader has some basic awareness of who Paul was, perhaps you feel that Paul has usurped Jesus’ significance to the Christian world. Paul has not replaced Jesus. Paul’s Gospel is Jesus’ Gospel! He just revealed it to Paul “in the fullness of time.”
Let’s take a look at Galatians 1: 11-12. These wonderful words tell us clearly how Paul received the Gospel message:
“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Paul was the first and only person ever to receive a full revelation of the Rapture directly from the ascended Jesus Christ. Ephesians 3: 4-5 presents how this “mystery” of the Rapture and the Gospel of Grace was held in secret by God:
“Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets (Paul’s disciples) by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.”
The point I am making here is that after Jesus was resurrected, He ascended into heaven 33
to sit on the right hand of His Father’s throne. Israel had rejected Him as Messiah. Since Israel rejected their Messiah, God decided to bring salvation to the Gentile nations - through Paul. It was an ancient plan, and earlier prophesized in Isaiah 60: 2-3:
“For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth (tribulation), and gross darkness the people: but the LORD (Jesus) shall arise upon thee (Israel) and his glory shall be seen upon thee (Israel). And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising (Israel’s future).”
It was the Nation of Israel who was originally to bring the message of salvation to the Gentiles of the world. They were to be God’s “priests” and flood the earth with God’s message of saving grace.
However, they instead rejected their Messiah, thereby failing in their much anticipated holy mission. For this cause God used Paul to preach the Gospel of Grace to the Gentiles.
Beware of Seducing Spirits and Doctrines of Devils - Replacement Theology It is vital for you to understand that there is a distinction between the Nation of Israel and the Body of Christ. They are two different Kingdoms. Israel is forever! This is why I want to introduce you to a cult that is sweeping Christendom.
I want you to understand that Israel will never be absorbed by the Church, as the Replacement Theology cult tells us has already happened. However, please be aware that there are many other false gospels disgorging their “doctrines of demons” upon unsuspecting and unlearned Christians.
These deceivers proudly identify themselves boldly with the very telling name of Replacement Theology. This is a dangerous cult, dear readers. Learn as much as you can about 34
it. Allow me to define what a cult is. Dr. Gordon Lewis gives us his perspective:
“A religious group claiming to be based on Christ and the Bible, but whose characteristic teachings contradict the essentials of Christian teachings, whose standard of life contradicts the essentials of Christian ethics and whose standards of leadership contradict the standards of Christian ministerial standards.”(2) In the midst of the blackness of their blasphemy, they boldly and recklessly call God a liar and blaspheme His Holy word. They tragically believe that the Church has replaced Israel.
These cultists are ignorant of the fact that God is about to curse them:
“I will bless them that bless thee (Israel), and curse him that curseth thee…”
(Genesis 12: 3a) They tragically believe that every time the word Israel appears in the New Testament, it always refers “to the Church!” Don’t fall for it, dear saint. Study your Bible! As the end times approach, satan is using everything in his limited power (he is, after all, God’s tool) to confound and confuse the Christian world.
While it’s true that satan walks about the earth like a roaring lion, he also silently visits our Churches; he stealthily invades the hallowed study rooms of our pastors; he joyfully walks through the open portals of our homes; and invisibly sits on our couches with his arm around us as we watch television programs written by the authors of hell.
Replacement theologians gleefully stride alongside satan in his walk about the earth.
They exchange banter about which sections of God’s word needs to be removed, and revel in their demonic excesses. They exchange ideas about which lie needs to be inserted in their stead.
Replacement Theology can appear as a subtle Autumn breeze. However, this hellish waft cleverly conceals a hidden, deadly firestorm extracted from the decay that is satan’s mind.
Replacement Theology, aka, supersessionism, is a malevolent movement that is apparently seducing millions of Christians into believing that the Church has replaced Israel.
Their lies begin with the supposition that since the Nation of Israel rejected Jesus as Messiah, God must have repented of His covenant with Israel and said, “Okay, I guess those Replacement people won. I’ll throw away my beloved Israel because they rejected my Son.”
Like all cultists, they sincerely believe in their perverted doctrines. They charmingly and subtly convince ill-prepared Christians with the lie that God permanently shut down His beloved Israel and actually replaced Israel with the Church.
Replacement Theology considers the words of God to be invalid. “Israel is no more,” is the mantra that darkens their corrupt minds. Take a look at the following verses that verify God’s divine, eternal covenants with Israel:
“I will betroth you to me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the Lord.”
(Hosea 2: 19-20)
“Thus says the LORD (Jehovah - the Son of God), who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar - the LORD of hosts is his name: If this fixed order were ever to cease from my presence, says the LORD, then also the offspring of Israel would cease to be a nation before me forever. Thus says the LORD: If the 36
heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will reject all the offspring of Israel because of all they have done, says the LORD.” (Jeremiah 31: 35-37)
This cult apparently has no answer to the fact that Israel exists as a country. How can they fully explain the continuation and growth of the Jewish people, if, as they posit, God gave up on Israel? How could Israel then have a future?
Consider this: Israel gathered together as a nation after 2000 years of not being a nation. When Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D., the Jews fled from Israel and spread throughout the world. In 1948, Israel miraculously became a nation once again.
“Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once?
(Isaiah 66: 8)
“…Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains (kingdoms) of Israel; and one king (Jesus) shall be king to them all…”
(Ezekiel 37: 21-22a)
If there are any Replacement Theology advocates reading this page, please realize that God’s words and covenants are guaranteed forever.
After reviewing the above scriptures, did you happen to notice that God never did forsake Israel? What did He do instead? He brought her back into her own land - just as 37
Ezekiel 37: 21-22a, predicted.
The citizens of the Nation of Israel remains one of the most powerful, brilliant and technologically-savvy peoples on earth. They are surrounded on all sides by their enemies.
However, as of mid-2011, there have been no major wars. Israel’s foes remain wisely fearful.
The reader may not be aware that on the very day Israel became a nation (May 14, 1948) they were attacked by five different Arab countries - and Israel defeated them all! They had no army, yet somehow God brought them together and gave them victory.
If God has disavowed Israel, the Arabs would have won that war. Logically, Arabs should have won. They had superior numbers, equipment and weapons. But our God keeps His word and His covenants. He is Israel’s protector, and Michael the Archangel watches over them:
“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people (Israel): and there shall be a time of trouble (Jacob’s), such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found in the book (of Life).” (Daniel 12: 1)
Straining to Force Their Deception
The promoters of Replacement Theology proclaim that God’s own words, as found in the New Testament, are in error. As mentioned, they promulgate their blasphemies by stating that the Church has truly replaced Israel, and that God agrees with their viewpoint.
Let’s conduct an exercise in examining their “theology.” In the scriptures below, I will substitute Israel for the Church and determine its efficacy against God’s truths. The reader will quickly discern the absurdity of the bizarre Replacement Theology deceptions.
Romans 10: 1
“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Church [Israel] is, that they might be saved.”
Matthew 19: 28
“And Jesus said to them (disciples), verily I say to you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration (millennium) when the Son of man (Jesus) shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of the Church [Israel].”
Acts 1: 6
“When they therefore (disciples) were come together, they asked of him (Jesus), saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to the Church?” [Israel]
Acts 7: 42
“Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of the Church [Israel], have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?”
Romans 9: 27
“Esaias (Isaiah) also crieth concerning the Church [Israel], Though the number of the children of the Church [Israel] be as the sand of the sea, a remnant will be saved.”
Romans 9: 31
“But the Church [Israel], which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.”
Romans 10: 21
“But to the Church [Israel] he saith (Isaiah), All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.”
Romans 11: 2
“God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot (know) ye not what the scripture saith of Elias (Elijah)? How he maketh intercession to God against the Church [Israel].”
Ephesians 2: 12
“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of the Church [Israel], and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.”
Well, dear saints of God, there you have it. This is Replacement Theology in action.
I have faithfully recorded the changes in God’s words as required by their own theological tenets. Israel has metamorphosed into the Body of Christ - blasphemy at its most blasphemous.
Study the Bible, dear friend. Truly get to know Jesus intimately. Satan’s time is short, and he is wildly increasing his deceptions among the billions of people in the world. Pray for world’s unsaved. That’s what God wants us to do.
Identifying Differences Between Church and Assembly
Debate continues about when the Christian Church actually began. Some say that the Church had its origin at Pentecost. Others believe that the Church actually started at Paul’s conversion on the Damascus Road.
When the Bible speaks about the “Church,” it is not always speaking about the Church associated with the Body of Christ. If one searches out the word “church” in Strong’s 40
Concordance (# 1577), one will discover that the Greek word for church is “Ekklesia,”
or “ecclesia.” (3)
This Greek word is translated to mean the following according to Strong’s Concordance:
“This word stresses a group of people called out for a special purpose.“
A good example that displays one of the applications of the word Church is found in Acts 7: 38a. Here, the soon-to-be martyred Stephen spoke about the Nation of Israel being the
“Church in the wilderness.”
It was thus called because God had “called out” (assembly) Israel from bondage in Egypt.
This is not the “Church” of the Body of Christ. That is obvious. That was yet far in the future, and was still a secret which God kept to Himself until Paul‘s conversion.
In contrast, Acts 19:32 discusses another use of the word ekklesia (assembly). In this scripture, God uses the word assembly to reflect a random gathering of people rather than associating it with a Church.
The context of this scripture involves a mob of angry silversmiths - crafters of silver idols.
Paul‘s preaching to the Ephesians was so successful that many converts no longer purchased idols, which stunned and confounded the silversmiths, as seen in Acts 19: 32:
“Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.”
One can easily observe how use of the word assembly in this particular scripture is clearly distinguishable from the reference regarding the “Church in the wilderness.”
Another example of an ekklesia, or assembly, is observed in Luke 12: 32:
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Jesus was calling His disciples “little flock” because they were as little sheep stepping out into an often hostile world, as they began preaching after Jesus’ ascension to heaven.
This little flock was the Messianic Church. It remained fully Jewish and completely harnessed to the law of Moses and all its rituals. This “church” was composed of all those saved under the earthly Kingdom of Heaven Gospel preached by Jesus and His disciples.
The Church Was Not Established at Pentecost
Jesus Christ created the Church through His earthly servant, Paul. I remain dogmatic in this highly explosive point of controversy. Allow me to define my stance.
I remind the reader that Jesus and His disciples preached exclusively to Jews. After Jesus was resurrected and ascended to heaven, Peter and the disciples preached only to Jews, with the exception of the gentile Cornelius. Why? Gentiles were anathema to Jews.
Acts 10: 28-29 describes the Jewish belief about not associating with Gentiles:
"You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate
with a foreigner or to visit him; and [yet] God has shown me [Peter]that I
should not call any man unholy or unclean. That is why I came [to the house of
Cornelius] without even raising any objection when I was sent for...”
Therefore, it can be stated that Gentiles were not participants in the covenants that God made with Israel. Peter never broke away from Judaism. Despite his experience with Cornelius, he never did reach out to the Gentile world to evangelize. He and the twelve never forsook the temple and its rituals and ceremonies.
They knew nothing of the pre-tribulation Rapture of the believers. They had no understanding that Jesus was going to be crucified and resurrected, although He had told them so in 42
Matthew 21: 16. God did not open their eyes of understanding, although they clearly heard Jesus speak of it.
At Pentecost, the believing Jews received the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Did Peter depart from the Temple to plant Churches in believers’ homes? Did Peter disavow the need for the Mosaic law, repentance, circumcision, baptism and animal sacrifices? No.
Peter did not preach that the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus brought salvation. When Peter did preach about Jesus’ resurrection, his only message was that Jesus rose from the dead and was still alive and in heaven. He would return as King at the end of the tribulation, which Peter and the disciples were expecting to soon occur.
Peter was all about maintaining the status quo of the exact same message which Jesus preached. It was incumbent upon Peter to proceed according to the law of Moses because God gave him no contrary instructions.
All that was different about Judaism after Jesus was resurrected was the recognition by a few Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. Everything else about Jewish religious life continued exactly as it was before Jesus ascended. Does this indicate a divine change from Judaism to the origin of the Church? It is clear that Jesus gave Peter the Messianic Church.
I want to re-emphasize this very important reality. Peter and his disciples were not instructed by Jesus to change anything in their religious practices. God wanted the old system to continue. Jesus wanted to maintain the status-quo of Judaism until He charged Paul with setting up the Church.
Why did Jesus want Paul to preach an entirely new Gospel? Why did He command Paul to establish a new and glorious pattern of worship in freedom and liberty? Romans 7:6 provides 43
“But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of Spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.”
The “newness of Spirit” is the establishment of the Church. Jesus did not give this message to Peter. If Jesus commanded Paul to establish the Church through the Gospel of Grace, then, as many theologians believe, can we assume that He similarly instructed Peter to start the same
Church, for the same Body of Christ at Pentecost? Which is it?
But that couldn’t happen because Paul was converted in 37 A.D., when shortly afterward he received the revelation of the Gospel of Grace from Jesus. Pentecost occurred, arguably, in 32 A.D.; fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus gave no such revelation to Peter.
Remember - Peter founded the Messianic Church within Jesus’ earthly Kingdom of Heaven. It proclaimed that Jesus was the Messiah. The Messianic Church was not the same Church that Jesus would establish with Paul.
Why did Jesus want His believers to “serve in newness of Spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter (law)”? He wanted an end to the old religious system. Did He tell Peter that He wanted his converts to serve in newness of Spirit. No.
“Newness of Spirit” and “oldness of the letter” is the language of the Church - founded by Jesus. Peter did not receive such a directive from Jesus for his Messianic Church. It was given to Paul. Jesus introduced the revolutionary new Gospel to Paul - not Peter. It is obvious that Jesus knew that Peter’s earthly Kingdom of Heaven Gospel was not representative of newness of Spirit, but it was representative of the oldness of the letter.
I again assert that I maintain that Paul established the Church. Most of Christendom feels it 44
started at Pentecost. Allow me to discuss the reasons why I do not believe that the Church started in Acts 2 at Pentecost.
1. As I briefly mentioned earlier, Peter’s Messianic Church continued in the exact form and structure employed by Jesus during his earthly ministry. Acts 2: 46 tells us,
“And they (Peter’s converts), continuing daily with one accord in the temple…”
Nothing changed. Status quo Judaism. The Body of Christ is under Grace. The Messianic Church of Peter is under the law. They just do not mix.
2. The Body of Christ is outside of the covenants of the Old Testament; Ephesians 2: 12
confirms that fact:
“That at that time (Gentiles) ye were without Christ, being aliens from the Commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise…”
If the Gentiles were “strangers” to the covenants, that means they had no part in its membership. Therefore, when the miraculous signs and wonders occurred on Pentecost, this was in partial fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy of Joel 2: 28a.
Remember, Old Testament prophecies are ONLY for the Nation of Israel. Let’s look at the scripture in question:
“And it shall come to pass afterward (Pentecost), that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh…”
How could the true Church have been formed at Pentecost under the prophecy of the Old Testament, from which they are “strangers from the covenants of promise?” A stranger cannot be part of my human family. Nor was it possible for a Gentile to be included in God’s covenant family, as well as inheriting the promises God made to Israel.
3. It must be remembered that the twelve disciples of Jesus were the pastors and leaders of the Jewish Messianic Churches. They preached only unto the lost sheep of Israel.
The Bible tells us that they never preached to Gentiles (except Peter with Cornelius).
Jesus revealed the mystery of the Gospel of Grace to Paul in 37 A.D. Pentecost took place (arguably) in approximately 32 A.D., five years earlier. Paul’s ministry was primarily to the Gentiles, who composed the Body of Christ.
4. When Peter was preaching to the crowd at Pentecost, he clearly identified the specific group of people in his audience:
“But Peter, standing up with the eleven (disciples), lifted up his voice, and Said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem…”
(Acts 2: 14b)
“Ye men of Israel, hear these words…”
(Acts 2: 22a)
“Men and brethren…”
(Acts 2: 29a)
“Men and brethren…”
(Acts 2: 37c)
“And there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.”