I No Longer Endorse Israeliteindeed’s Blog
August 27, 2014
When we read the Scriptures, we are to interpret them literally, even while we make way for symbols, figures of speech, typologies, and poetic style. Moreover, we are to interpret all of it in light of the whole of Scripture, as well as in the way in which the original hearers were intended to interpret it. This does not mean that the Word of God is not continually alive and active, for it is; nor does it mean that God’s Spirit does not use the Word to speak directly to us about our own situations or the situations of those we are called to warn or help, for He does. Therefore, though God may give us, as individuals, a command, a warning, or a promise by way of a Scripture verse or passage, it does not negate the literal interpretation of the statement and/or passage with which the original recipient was to take it.
Let’s look at Mt. 3:15 for starters. It says, while the context explains why Jesus and his parents went and hid in Egypt until Herod’s death, “And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called My son.'” Israeliteindeed, who has been strongly advocating Replacement Theology for the last two months by teaching that God, in His plan, purpose, and promises, has replaced national (rebellious) Israel with His (obedient) Church used Mt. 3:15 in the title of her 8/13/14 post to further her argument on the issue. However, when we look back at God’s original statement (which is found in Hosea 11:1), we see that throughout this entire chapter, God refers to this (unruly) son as “Israel”, “Ephraim”, “My people”, “His [the LORD’s] children”, and “Judah”, even while He is lamenting about how their sacrifices to idols, their determination to turn from Him, and their refusal to repent would reap for them destruction and slavery. Nevertheless, the chapter also includes the repentant return of God’s children and His restoration for them to their homes.
So, is Ho. 11:1 about Jesus and His Church? No, it is not, for a rebel against God could never characterize Christ or a person or group in Him. Why then does Mt. 3:15 state that Jesus’ flight to Egypt and return from there fulfills God’s statement, “Out of Egypt I called My son”? It is because this event in Jesus’ life fulfilled the typology comparing the rebel son (the nation of Israel) with the perfect Son (Jesus). Even so, we must understand that this fulfillment does not negate the original meaning of Ho. ch. 11 for the original hearers. The same must be understood concerning all of Scripture.
Let’s look at God’s use of the word “son” in 2 Sam. 7:14a where He says, “I will be his Father and he will be My son.” It seems, at first, that the words “his” and “he” refer to either (or both) Solomon (David’s immediate reigning predecessor) and/or Jesus (David’s final reigning predecessor), for in verse 12 the LORD promises David that He will, after David’s death, “raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom.” That this means Solomon as well as Jesus, whose parents’ lineage is traced back through both Solomon (Mt. 1:6,7) and “Nathan, the son of David” (Luke 3:31), appears confirmed in verse 13 of 2 Sam. ch. 7, for we read, “He is the one who will build a house for My Name, and I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever.” But what happens when we read verse 14? It says, “I will be his father, and he will be My son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men.” The reference to Jesus is thus cut from this verse, for Jesus has not, and cannot, do wrong, for He has always been, and always will be, sinless. (Heb. 4:15)
Consequently, when the LORD refers to His “son” in 2 Sam. ch. 7, He is referring to the descendants of David’s bloodline, from whom Christ Jesus, as a human, came. God is calling a whole lineage (who have done wrong and have received punishment) His “son”, while also including that one perfect man from David’s own body (seed / bloodline) whom God would raise up to be the Everlasting Ruler –namely, Jesus, who will literally return to earth to rule from literal Jerusalem. (Isa. ch. 9-11,65 // Jer. 23:1-8 // Zech. ch. 14 // Acts 3:21,22) Therefore, in view of this promise, no one can rightly think that God has taken away from David’s offspring His special family-love, His special covenant-promise, and His special eternal-decree, for in God’s statements immediately following His statement in 2 Sam. 7:14 about the punishment-deserving son, He says: “But My love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before Me [/you]; your throne will be established forever.” (v. 15,16) God is promising this to David concerning his lineage as a group.
Israeliteindeed made this assertion in her 8/20/14 post: “Even Christ Himself is not to be regarded any longer “according to the flesh” –His race while He was in the flesh is unimportant. What is important is who He is (God), and what He has done for all of mankind (provided redemption through His own body and blood).” She then goes on to quote 2 Cor. 5:16,17 to support her assertion. However, this passage is speaking about how those in Christ live in a new way –only for Him and with His viewpoint about everyone. To imply that this passage is specifically addressing the race issue is to be dishonest. Moreover, she is contradicting God’s Word to say that Jesus’ human ancestry is unimportant. For according to God, so as to show Himself faithful to His promises (Ezek. 36:20-23), the “record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Mt. 1:1) is highly important. (Acts 3:22 // Rom. 9:5 // Heb. 7:13,14) Moreover, Jesus, in referring to Himself as a Jew (John 4:22) and by answering yes to Pilate’s question, “Are You the king of the Jews?” (Mark 15:2), reveals His claim to be a Jew, as well as His claim to be, specifically, the Jews’ King.
Let’s continue in 2 Sam. ch. 7. We see that David believed God’s promise, praised and thanked Him for it, reminded the Lord of His words and promises that were always trustworthy (v. 28), and let God know he was expecting his lineage to continue before God forever. (v.29) David understood that God was giving him an extra-special promise. (v. 18,19) He also understood that all Israel was special to the LORD, for as he exclaims while in praise to God, “And who is like your people Israel –the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for Himself and to make a name for Himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders for Your land and before Your people, whom You redeemed from Egypt, from the nations and their gods.” (v. 23) In verse 24 we see that David understood the promise included the whole nation Israel, for he says, “You have established Your people Israel as Your very own forever, and You, O LORD, have become their God.” It cannot be denied that in this conversation recorded in 2 Sam. ch. 7, both the LORD and David were referring to a lineage, a bloodline, an ethnicity, a kingdom of the nation Israel.
God gives the promise numerous times in His Word –such as in Ezek. 43:7, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place for the soles of My feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. The house of Israel will never again defile My holy name…” Spiritual Israel does not defile God’s name; thus God’s promise here is seen to be directed to the Jewish people (40:4 & 43:10) and it concerns the return of the LORD’s glory (43:4,5) to a temple with specific measurements (ch. 40-43) within the land which God calls “My land” (36:5 & 38:16) and of which He says to “the whole house of Israel” (37:11), “O My people… I will bring you back to the land of Israel.” (v. 12)
Let’s look at Jer. 31:1: “‘At that time,’ declares the LORD, ‘I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they will be My people.” The only way to correctly interpret this verse is that it is about an ethnicity, the Jews. In verse 33 (confirmed in Heb. 8:10) we read, “‘This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,’ declares the LORD. ‘I will put My law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people.'” As both contexts show, this promise is for the descendants of those whom God led out of Egypt (Jer. 31:32) / those whom Moses instructed. (Heb. 8:5-8) Yes, we Gentiles, are invited to partake of this Covenant through our faith in Christ, but we are to realize that we are the wild shoots grafted in. (Rom. 11:17)
This being the case, we Gentiles are commanded to not be arrogant (Rom. 11:20) nor to boast over the Jewish race who are the natural branches (v. 18), even though they, because of their unbelief, have been broken off (v. 20) “until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.” (v. 25) Jews versus Gentiles (races) is certainly a focus here, and the passage clearly states that God chose to love Israel (even though they have rebelled) because of His promise to the patriarchs (v. 28), and that this is an irrevocable decreed choice of special-love God chose, through an oath, to make. (v. 29 & 9:13 // Dt. 7:6-8 & 14:2) God chose a race, and a particular lineage, to be His own. (Ps. 105:6 & 135:4,8-12 // John 1:11 // Acts 26:23) To say this is not so, is to disbelieve numerous portions of the Word of God. To spiritualize promises which God made to literal people about literal descendants, about literal land ownership, about a literal national repentance, and about Jesus literally returning to earth to literally reign over the earth from the literal land of Israel, and specifically from the literal city of Jerusalem (Jer. 3:17,18 & 23:3-8 & 24:4-7; also Isa. 27:12,13 and Acts 3:21) –“the city He loves” (Rev. 20:9)– is to not only change God’s Word, but to make God out to have lied to David, to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, and to all the others who were reminded about God’s promises to their race.
Jer. 31:7 says, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Sing with joy for Jacob; shout for the greatest of the nations.” Are we to deny that the LORD is stating that Jacob / Israel is the greatest of the nations? God continues in the same verse, “Make your praises heard, and say, ‘O LORD, save Your people, the remnant of Israel.'” Can we deny that the LORD is instructing that petition mixed with praise be given to Him that He save His people whom He calls the “remnant of Israel”? Can correct hermeneutics deny that God is referring to a literal ethnic nation, especially in view of what He says throughout the chapter as He speaks of the hills of Samaria and Ephraim (v. 5,6), of gathering scattered Israel from the ends of the earth (v. 8), and while calling Ephraim “My firstborn son” (v. 9)? God states that Ephraim (Israel) is His dear son, and though He often speaks against him, he is still the child in whom He delights, the one He remembers, has compassion for, yearns for (v. 20), and loves with an everlasting love (v. 3); who will also repent (v. 19) and be forgiven (v. 34), and who will be blessed with deliverance (v. 11), with joy and prosperity (v. 12-14), with righteousness (v. 23), with rest (v. 2,24), and with an intimate relationship with God. (v. 33,34) This is God’s choice, decree, and promise for the race He ordained to be His firstborn son. (Rom. ch. 9 & 11) For as the LORD said to Moses, “Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: ‘Israel is My firstborn son.'” (Ex. 4:22) An ethnic group, the Jews, are chosen by God as His firstborn son. And He will keep redeeming them back to Himself until that day when they (as a nation and individually) recognize their Messiah and dedicate themselves to Him forever. (Ex. 13:15 // Zech. 12:10-13:2 // Rom. 11:11,12,25-29)
Those adhering to Replacement Theology reveal their small faith as they deny the plain words of the Living God. It is also jealousy and pride which blinds them to the fact that the literal lineage of Abraham and David (which includes Jesus as the firstborn perfect son) is God’s firstborn son, and that although at present the Jewish nation remains unrepentant, Gentile believers in Christ are merely sharers in the inheritance, not usurpers. Is it not, therefore, those who attempt to usurp the position, while also slandering others, who make themselves participants in the synagogue of Satan? (Rev. 2:9 & 3:9) Is it not those who pretend to speak Truth and Love and Righteousness, while actually promoting contempt toward God’s elect firstborn, Israel, who are mimicking the expert of deception (2 Cor. 11:13-15) and hate? (1 John 3:10-15) Smooth talk about love and peace from those promoting falsehoods and agendas that are not of Christ does not deceive the discerning. (Rom. 16:17,18) Neither are the discerning deceived by groups who, while claiming to want peace, refuse it no matter what concessions are made for them.
So what about the issue of land –that piece of real estate which God promised to the patriarchs and their descendants? Has this covenantal promise of God’s been revoked and given to the Church? And is the land to be understood as spiritual land, meaning victory, blessing, and eternal salvation? Let’s look at God’s Word on the subject.
God made a covenant with Abram (Abraham) about land. It was about the land which, at the time, the Canaanites possessed. (Gen. 12:6) “The LORD appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.'” (v. 7) The LORD repeats the promise to Abram using the word “forever”: “All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.” (13:15) Later, when changing Abram’s name to Abraham, the LORD says to him, “I will establish My covenant as an everlasting covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” (17:7,8) The Israelites responsibility was to keep the sign of this covenant –male circumcision. (v. 9-14)
God stated the covenantal promise multiple times to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, and to their descendants about a particular piece of real estate –“from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates– the land of the Kenites…” (Gen. 15:18-21) However, in Lev. ch. 26 we read the harsh warning which God, through Moses, gave to the Israelite nation concerning what they would have to go through if they rebelled against Him. God said that He would punish them seven times over for their sins (v. 24) and bring a sword upon them “to avenge the breaking of the covenant” (v. 25) –the (Mosaic) covenant involving laws, blessings, and obedience. (v. 3,14,15) Even so, in verses 41 and 42 God says, “…then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, I will remember My covenant with Jacob and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.”
In Lev. 26:43, as well as in verses 34 and 35, God said that the land will be deserted by His rebellious nation while it enjoys its sabbath rest, but in verses 44 and 45 (as Isa. 11:10-16, Jer. 32:36-44, Ezek. 36:12, and many other passages confirm), God promises to restore the Israelites back to the land. “Fields will be bought for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed in the territory of Benjamin…” (Jer. 32:44) Spiritual Israel does not conduct such business, so contrary to what Israeliteindeed teaches, the promise, given to the Jewish race, does include a piece of real estate. The LORD made the covenant with Abraham. (Ps. 105:9) He swore it to Isaac with an oath. (same verse) “He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.'” (v. 10,11) Truly, “He remembers His covenant forever” (v. 8) and “His holy promise given to His servant Abraham.” (v. 42) This whole chapter is about ethnic Israel, God’s chosen people, which verse 6 confirms by saying, “O descendants of Abraham His servant, O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones.”
Throughout the Word of God we see that the promise includes the everlasting existence of a Jewish nationality (Jer. 31:35-37), their restoration to their homeland (v. 23-28), and days of which God speaks of “when this city will be rebuilt for Me from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate.” (v. 38) Though the long punishment made it seem to the psalmist, Ethan, that God had renounced the covenant (Ps. 89:38-51), God’s own words in the same chapter, reveal the LORD saying that He will never renounce it, and that His love and His covenant with David’s line will endure forever. (v. 19-37) Moreover, the LORD says that those people who claim that He “has rejected the two kingdoms / families He chose” (Jer. 33:24) and who thus “despise My people and no longer regard them as a nation” (same verse) are completely wrong. (v. 25,26) For God has chosen that Jacob’s and David’s lineage will endure forever. (v. 26)
I’m sure God has used Ezek. ch. 36 & 37 countless times to speak to individuals, as He has for me, promising to us the born-again experience for those we are interceding for who are (or were) dead in their sins. But this does not negate the literal and original message which God was giving through Ezekiel. The context is all about national Israel –the people and the land God gave them. In 37:19-28 the LORD is promising to gather the Israelite tribes from the nations “and bring them back into their own land” (v. 21) to be “one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel” (v. 22) with one king, not two kingdoms as before (same verse), and to be a cleansed people belonging to God. (v. 23) The King from David’s lineage will rule and the people will willingly obey (v. 24), and as God promises, “They will live in the land I gave to My servant Jacob, the land where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever.” (v. 25) The covenant of peace will be everlasting and that place will be God’s sacred dwelling forever in the sight of all the nations. (v. 26-28) Do false teachers really think we are going to adhere to their teachings that contradict the plain words of God? Truly, the gravity of pretending to preach God’s Word, while actually contradicting God’s Word, is huge. (Jer. 20:6 & 29:30-32 // Gal. 1:6-9)
Though the whole earth belongs to the LORD, He considers the land of Israel to be His in a unique way. He says in Lev. 25:23, “The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is Mine and you are but aliens and My tenants.” Again about it, Dt. 11:12 tells us that it is a land God cares for and watches over continually. In Isa. 14:25 and Jer. 2:7 & 16:18, God calls the land His land and His inheritance. In Joel 3:1,2 God declares that during those days when He restores the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, He will gather all nations to the Valley of Jehoshaphat to bring His judgement against them. Why? God says it is because of their sin in scattering to the nations His people (His inheritance –v. 2), and because they “divided up My land.” (same verse) Those who are trying to pressure Israel to give up any part of that land which God calls His, will experience God’s wrath.
Israeliteindeed has, over the last two months, written repeatedly against what God calls His inheritance –the Jewish people and the land of Israel. The method of interpretation she uses of spiritualizing huge portions of God’s Word which should be taken literally, is sending her down a road of falsehood where one becomes susceptible to more and more lies, confusion, and sin. It is a road where people change and twist God’s Word to mean what they want it to mean. It is a road of arrogance and self-righteousness where one becomes unable to hear exhortations from those who warn by the Holy Spirit. It is a road which causes a person to write with a tone of anger, superiority, and malice against one particular race –the Jews– as well as against those who believe that God’s Word has commanded that Jews and their land be prayed for, loved, and blessed. (Gen. 12:1-3 // Ps. 122:6-9) It is a road which blinds a person to the fact that their words about love, meekness, harmlessness, and non-violence are not supported by their attitude throughout their writings. It is a road of making false accusations, of giving unwarranted labels, of twisting historical events, and of perpetuating political myths as well as hatred toward Jews, while also showing disrespect toward those who do not share their viewpoint and whose hearts and minds they apparently wish they could control.
It is not merely due to Israeliteindeed’s false doctrine which she has recently been promoting that I must retract my endorsement of her blog, but, almost more so, it is due to her attitude, over the last two months, with which she has delivered it. Furthermore, I apologize to my readers that, back when I was encouraging everyone to read her posts, I was not aware that she was turning to the false and harmful doctrine of Replacement Theology.
P.S. From the political angle, here are two informative and factual articles:
1. Arabs created and still perpetuate the refugee problem:
2. Myths about the Palestinians versus the facts: