In a trending article today on Charisma News, Ron Cantor shared his reasoning for why replacement theology, which he defines as "the belief that the Jewish rejection of Jesus resulted in God rejecting Israel, in favor of the church", is so deceptive among Christians.
The argument pinpoints the fulfillment of Biblical prophecies in world history. While these very prophecies coming to pass previously seemed a great reason to believe Israel was cursed, their continued fulfillment gives reason to believe that God doesn't ever go back on his word and will always bless Israel.
Cantor mentions Roman Emperor Publius Aelius Hadrian's "demonic rampage against the Jews" in 130 A.D. as the start of what seemed as their curse. Jerusalem was renamed Aelia Capitolina in honor of the false Roman god, Jupiter, and Judea was renamed Palestine, the idea being to eradicate Judaism.
What came next was tragic for the people of God. Cantor recounts, "For the next 1,818 years, the Jews wandered the globe without a nation. Having passed through persecutions, the Inquisition, pogroms, the Crusades and ultimately, the Holocaust, indeed, one could have made a strong case that the Jewish people were cursed—that God was finished with them."
But, despite the strong case for replacement theology, which was official church doctrine by the 400s, the people of Israel made a tremendous comeback. "We have seen so many prophecies fulfilled in the last 150 years regarding the Jews," Cantor says, "that one must be blind, dumb or intellectually dishonest to believe that God has replaced Israel with the Church or that Israel is forever cursed."
According to this writer, to ignore Israel's blessing, you have to "disconnect yourself from modern history", because, Cantor says, "That would mean that by massive coincidence, Israel was rebirthed in 1948, Jerusalem was restored through the miraculous victory in the Six-Day-War, millions of Jewish exiles came back to Zion just as the prophets predicted, and all this while being the most persecuted people in world history, having suffered 52 attempted genocides."
No nation in history has ever lost their physical land and remained an identifiable people, but Israel did just that, against all odds, for two thousand years.
Ron Cantor, who is himself a Messianic Jew, commented, "The very fact that these Jewish fingers can type on this keyboard is proof that God has been faithful to His promises."
There are so many prophecies in the Old Testament about Jews returning to Israel from all over the world, but for the same of remaining concise, we'll use Isaiah 43:5-6: "Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, 'Give them up,' and to the south, 'Do not keep them back. Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth."
This mass immigration, called Aliyah, began in 1882.
From the East, Jews re-entered the Promised Land from Yemen, Iran, and Iraq.
From the South, they came from Egypt, Ethiopia, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
From the West, God's people immigrated from the once Nazi-occupied Europe, Morocco, Algeria, and the Americas.
From the North, in 1991, over 1,000,000 Jews flooded Israel when the USSR finally opened their borders.
Found in Hosea 3: 4-5 is another unbelievably fulfilled prophecy: "For the children of Israel will remain many days without a king and without a prince, without a sacrifice and without a standing stone, and without an ephod and teraphim. Afterward, the children of Israel will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come in fear to the Lord and to His goodness in the latter days."
That prophetic word came to pass without a doubt. After two millennia of having no rulers or temple, God brought the Jewish people back home. Here they have experienced a "spiritual awakening" and come to know God in His goodness. This is evident in the hundreds of thousands of Messianic Jews that make up over 150 congregations in Israel.
It is undeniable. God is still blessing Israel. He still wants his children. Christians don't take the place of the Jews. We are grafted into their tree.