Peace Process and
An open letter from Christians to Christians
Divine Perspective of Historic Rights
The Arab Palestinians claim historic roots and historic rights to
the Land of Israel. But there is a higher perspective of history—the
perspective of the One who writes history before it happens. The
Bible, God's Word, defines the actual boundaries the State of Israel
is to possess. These boundaries are based on God's promise to
Abraham and his "seed" or descendants. The promise was reiterated to
Isaac (not Ishmael) and then to Jacob whose name was changed to
"Israel." The children of Israel were promised to possess all the
Land "from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river
Euphrates" (Genesis 15:18).
The Greatest Grand Larceny in History
Long before the revisionism of Holocaust history, Christians made
a revision of God's promises to Israel. Afflicted with anti-Semitism
for over seventeen hundred years, the traditional churches quickly
developed "Replacement Theology," which is in reality "revisionist
theology." Early church theologians wrongly concluded that Israel as
a people was eternally rejected by God for having rejected Jesus.
The claim is that the church is now spiritual Israel and, as such,
has replaced natural Israel. This "Replacement Theology" is still
held by most mainline Christian denominations and is now making
inroads in Evangelical churches especially in the charismatic
movement under the banner of "Reconstructionism." This theology also
falsely concludes that Israel has lost all claim to its Land. This
attempt to deprive the overwhelming majority of the Jewish people
since the time of Jesus of its glorious eternal destiny is the
greatest grand larceny attempt in history.
The King James version of the Bible is replete with examples of
"revisionist theology." Chapter after chapter of Old Testament
prophecies contain promises of God's blessing to Israel and Jacob.
The publishers, who are revisionists, attempt to negate the Jewish
people in these chapters by arbitrarily adding chapter headings
which apply the verses to the Christian church. While at times
"Israel" can be symbolic of the Church, "spiritual Israel," promises
to "Jacob" always refer to "natural Israel." Whole chapters of
Divine blessings and promises have been literally stolen from the
Jewish people. This is simply grand larceny. Isaiah 43, for example,
God addresses His promises to "O Jacob" and "O Israel." The chapter
heading arbitrarily reads in most King James Bibles, however, "God
comforteth the Church with His promises."
The anti-Semitic spirit of "Replacement Theology" becomes evident
when dealing with the chapters in the Old Testament that refer to
God's curses against Israel. In these verses, spiritualizing the
meaning of "Israel" is not attempted. But whenever God's curses to
Israel appear, they are readily applied to the Jews. Above Isaiah 59
is added a heading, "The sins of the Jews." Yet in the very next
chapter, Isaiah 60, these very same Jewish people are robbed by the
revisionists of their God-given promise of future glory. Note the
false chapter heading in most King James Bibles, "Glory of the
Church." The historian James Parkes observed:
But Christian theologians divided it [the Old Testament] into
the story of two people…the virtuous Hebrews…had all the praise
and the promises and the wicked Jews had all the crimes and
denunciations. This was the interpretation [of Replacement
Theology] repeated over and over again, in every possible
variation, and in every century from the third century onward.
And the Early Church Fathers
What are the unfortunate origins of "Replacement Theology"? This
"revisionist" or "Replacement Theology" had its roots in the
anti-Semitism of the so-called Early Church Fathers.
An early Church writing, the Epistle of Barnabas, said that Jews
had no future with any God-given covenant. "Do not add to your sins
and say that the covenant is both theirs and ours," he insisted.
"Yes! It is ours; but they thus lost it forever."
Justin Martyr, writing to the Jewish leader Trypho (A.D. 138),
quoted from the Jewish Scriptures, which he referred to as "your
Scriptures, or rather not yours, but ours." He also stated that the
"prophetical gifts…formerly among your nation have been transferred
In A.D. 387 John Chrysostom ranted, "Since the deicide, the Jews
have been delivered into the hands of the demons…they are only fit
to be butchered…their behavior is no better than that of swine and
oxen in the gross lewdness…The synagogue is a brothel, a cave of
brigands, a den of ferocious animals…."
He also argued that when Christians beat and murder Jews, the Jews
are to blame, not the Christians who had acted through "God's
Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, ordered the burning of a synagogue in
A.D. 388, "so that there would be no place where Christ is
rejected." In his eyes, the synagogue "was destroyed by the judgment
"Replacement Theology" and Anti-Semitism
As "Replacement Theology" was begotten by the anti-Semitism of
the Early Church Fathers, so Martin Luther is an example of how the
acceptance of "Replacement Theology" can, in turn, beget
anti-Semitism. In an article entitled, "That Jesus Was Born a Jew,"
dated 1523, Luther initially said:
For they [the Catholics] have dealt with the Jews as if they
were dogs and not human beings. They have done nothing for them
but curse them and seize their wealth. I would advise and beg
everybody to deal kindly with the Jews and to instruct them in the
Scriptures; in such a case we could expect them to come over to
us. We must receive them kindly and allow them to compete with us
in earning a livelihood. . .and if some remain obstinate, what of
it? Not everyone is a good Christian.
When the Jews did not convert as Luther expected, he wrote a
pamphlet in his later years, "Concerning the Jews and Their Lies,"
in which he listed eight actions to be taken against the Jews:
Burn all synagogues
Forbid Jews to travel
Destroy Jewish dwellings
Forbid Jews to charge interest on loans to non-Jews
and confiscate Jewish property
Confiscate the Jews' holy books
Force Jews to do physical labor
Forbid rabbis to teach
Expel the Jews from provinces where Christians live
Today "Replacement" theologians also, wrongly conclude that the
Jewish people have lost all rights to their Land. Accordingly, they
claim all prophecies—especially in the books of Isaiah and Jeremiah
concerning Israel's restoration to its historic Land—were fulfilled
with the return of Israel after the Babylonian captivity (536 B.C.).
Then, they say, any further promises of blessing after 536 B.C.
would be conditional to their faithfulness and since they proved
totally unfaithful in rejecting Jesus, any further blessing as a
nation or people was forfeited.
What Do the Scriptures Say?
This revisionist concept of Israel's forfeiture of their Land is
refuted by the prophet Jeremiah. "Thus saith the LORD…if I have not
appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, then will I cast away
the seed of Jacob…for I will cause their captivity to return
[Hebrew-return from exile] and have mercy on them" (Jeremiah
31:35-37; 33:25-26). These two prophecies in Jeremiah together
devastate "Replacement Theology." Only when God's laws of the
universe cease to control day and night and the operation of heaven
and earth, only then will God cast off the seed of Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob. Then Jeremiah shows, "That the city [Old Jerusalem] shall
be built to the Lord" by the returned Jews and furthermore, "It
shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down anymore forever" (Jeremiah
31:38-40). The descendants of Israel (Jacob)—not Ishmael or
Esau—will receive the city of Jerusalem (including East Jerusalem)
Zechariah was written after the return from Babylonian captivity
and during the building of the second temple. Yet Zechariah
prophesied a future dispersion and final regathering of Israel to
its Land—culminating in Jerusalem becoming the capital of God's
kingdom on earth.
Zechariah 8:7-8 "Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I
will save my people from the east country, and from the west
country; And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst
of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their
God, in truth and in righteousness."
Zechariah 8:13 "And it shall come to pass, that as ye were
a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel;
so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let
your hands be strong."
Zechariah 8:20-23 "Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall
yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the
inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall
go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD,
and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people
and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in
Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of
hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall
take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take
hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with
you: for we have heard that God is with you."
Certainly, the prophecies in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Amos, and
others, speak of Israel's first restoration to its Land, after the
70 years' desolation/captivity. But they also speak of Israel's
final restoration in the "last days" and in "those days" which will
culminate in God's Kingdom on earth. When has a kingdom of universal
peace, prosperity, happiness and economic security ever been
established (Isaiah 2:2-4; Jeremiah 31:29-34; Micah 4:1-7)? Isaiah
reveals a set of prophecies indicating that Israel will be restored
to Divine favor—playing a central role in God's future Kingdom on
earth—long after the death of Jesus.
Isaiah 2:1-4 "The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw
concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the
last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be
established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted
above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many
people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain
of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach
us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion
shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many
people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and
their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword
against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
A Second Regathering
Although written before the Babylonian dispersion, the Book of
Isaiah speaks of the LORD regathering Israel the second time. He had
regathered them the first time after the seventy years'
desolation/captivity. Israel was not dispersed again until A.D.
70—nearly forty years after Jesus' death when the Roman army
destroyed Jerusalem. The regathering of the Jews to their promised
Land in our era is the "second time" regathering of Isaiah's
Isaiah 11:11-12 "And it shall come to pass in that day,
that the LORD shall set his hand again the second time to recover
the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and
from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and
from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea [the
nations far beyond Babylon]. And he shall set up an ensign for the
nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather
together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the
This "second time" regathering was predicted to be from nations
far beyond Babylon. Deuteronomy indicates Jews would be scattered to
nations not known to their fathers.
Deuteronomy 28:36-37 "The LORD shall bring thee, and thy
king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither
thou nor thy fathers [Abraham came from Babylon, Genesis 11:31]
have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.
And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword,
among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee."
Because the Prophet Jeremiah quotes these very words of Moses,
the "fathers" Jeremiah refers to must be a reference to Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob. This prophecy refers to the "fathers" before Israel
entered the Land—not as revisionists wrongly claim, the "fathers" or
leaders of disobedience who led them after they entered the Land.
Although Jeremiah lived before the 70 years' desolation/captivity,
he was already predicting the second dispersion into a land that
their "fathers" never knew. This second dispersion would extend far
beyond Babylon or the Chaldees where "father" Abraham once lived.
Therefore, Jeremiah presents a thrilling prophecy of both a second
dispersion and the miraculous second regathering that is now being
Jeremiah 16:13-15 "Therefore will I cast you out of this
land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers;
and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will
not shew you favour. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the
LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought
up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD
liveth, that brought up the children of israel from the land of
the north and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I
will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their
Another example of a prophecy written before the Babylonian
captivity with an end-time fulfillment is in Zephaniah 3:8,9. This
prophecy includes the time when God pours out his wrath on all the
kingdoms of this earth. Then He "turns to the people a pure language
[the true gospel], that they may all call upon the name of the LORD
with one consent." Never in the past have "all" called upon the Name
of the LORD.
The same chapter wonderfully deals with natural Israel's "end
time" restoration and Israel's leading role in God's kingdom:
Zephaniah 3:19-20 "Behold, at that time I will undo all
that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather
her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in
every land where they have been put to shame. At that time will I
bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will
make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I
turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD."
These end-time prophecies obviously were not fulfilled during the
return following the Babylonian captivity. The Jews have not been
replaced or displaced from these prophetic promises of God. These
prophecies concerning modern Israel's restoration are unequivocally
sure of fulfillment.
"No More Pulled Up"
The Scriptures, furthermore, speak of this final regathering as
culminating in joy and blessing that will never end.
Jeremiah 31:10-12 "Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations,
and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered
Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his
flock. For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the
hand of him that was stronger than he. Therefore they shall come
and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the
goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and
for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall
be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at
all."the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness
of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the
young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a
watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all."
This time is yet future when Israel, restored to its Land, will
experience an eternity of joy.
Amos 9:14-15 "And I will bring again the captivity [return
from exile] of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste
cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and
drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the
fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they
shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given
them, saith the LORD thy God."
Such prophesies as these cannot be logically interpreted in any
symbolic sense. Israel is to be literally planted again "upon their
own land," the Land of their fathers—Canaan. God had given them the
Land by divine promise to Abraham and his seed—an "everlasting
possession." This promise is from God Himself and must eventually,
therefore, be fulfilled. The original promise to Abraham stands
Genesis 13:14-17; 17:8 "Lift up now thine eyes and look
from the place where thou art, northward, and southward, and
eastward, and westward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee
will I give it, and to thy seed forever, . . . Arise, walk through
the land, in the length of it, and in the breadth of it; for I
will give it unto thee. . . . I will give it unto thee, and to thy
seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the
land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession."
"No more pulled up"…"give the Land forever"…"an everlasting
possession"—these phrases speak of Israel's future and eternal
possession of the Land. The LORD specifically promised Canaan, "And
I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein
thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting
possession" (Genesis 17:8). The Christian Stephen declared that
Abraham never received the Land in fulfillment of God's promise
recorded in Genesis (Acts 7:5). Stephen's logic is that Abraham will
receive the Land in God's Kingdom and all his descendants (the
Jewish people) shall receive the Land after him as an "everlasting
possession." Canaan is not in heaven. Canaan is on earth.
All of these prophecies harmonize with Apostle Paul's inspired
reasoning in Romans 11:25-36. Contrary to Replacement Theology, "All
Israel shall be saved" from both Adamic death and the condemnation
of the Law—"for the gifts and callings of God are without
repentance" (Romans 11:29).
Biblical Zionists "Watchmen" in Israel
Possibly the most pertinent scripture to the current Land issue
and the "peace process" is Jeremiah 31:5-10. In the context of the
end-time regathering of the Jewish people to their Land, the LORD
says, "Again [after their exile from the Land] you shall plant
vineyards on the mountains of Samaria [the so-called "West Bank"]…
watchmen on the Mount Ephraim [also the so-called "West Bank"] shall
cry, arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God." The
Biblical Zionists are the "watchmen" and many live on the mountains
of Samaria and Ephraim. The Biblical Zionists are calling the
secular Israelis to turn to the LORD and His Bible. A debate is
raging in Israel today between the Biblical Zionists and the secular
However, vs. 7 stands out as addressing Christians. "For thus
saith the LORD [here Christians, a class not represented in Jacob,
are instructed to] sing with gladness for Jacob [natural Israel] and
shout among the chief [Hebrew lit. "head"] of the nations [the U.S.
is the chief nation today]: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD,
save thy people, the remnant of Israel."
Christians are instructed to pray to God to save the people of
Israel—including those who are living in the mountains of Samaria
and Ephraim (the "West Bank"). Christians are also instructed to
"publish" to the United States what God is doing. Is the U.S.
cooperating with God's purposes? By pressuring Israel to give up the
West Bank, the U.S. is working against God. The U.S. is working
against the LORD who said, "I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is
my firstborn [those who live in Samaria]" (Jeremiah 31:9-12). The
prophecy concludes by revealing all nations should recognize that
the Lord is restoring Jacob, natural Israel, to its land.
The promises to natural Israel have not been forfeited to
Christians. These promises of return to the Land do not refer to the
return from Babylon, but to the current miraculous restoration to
nationhood. Israel now will no "more be pulled up." Never.