Religious man’s god has evolved all-out in his quest to change as many of his previous commands as possible relative to Christian life and salvation. One of those changes involves the identity of the members of his church. The church’s god long ago declared that he had forever abandoned the Israelites in favor of the world’s Gentiles. Having destroyed the Law he had given them as his rules for living, rejecting them as his chosen people made intellectual sense. The theory that Gentiles have replaced Israelites as God’s Chosen People is known as “Replacement Theology.” Once the self-exalting theory was introduced it quickly became “Bible truth.” But is it? When the Biblical God “divorced” Israel and Judah (Jer. 3:6-11) did He declare the divorce to be permanent? When He scattered them throughout the world because of their sins (Eze. 4:13; 12:15), did He cast them away from him forever? Did they stop being His chosen people? Was the church destined to be a Gentile institution? In Romans 11:1 the Apostle Paul says “No.” His letter to the Hebrew Christians confirms his negative response.
Jeremiah 3 goes into more detail in answering the question concerning the Israelites’ place in God’s plan. In the first part of the chapter God tells the ten northern tribes called “Israel” and the three southern tribes called “Judah”–whom the King James translaters nicknamed “Jews”–why He divorced them and why He would later scatter them throughout the world–Eze, 4:13/ 12:15. In the second part of the chapter He tells them that in the last days He will bring them back to Him. Because the church’s evolving god (Satan) has deceived billions relative to the identity of God’s true church, I will delve deeply into the Holy Bible in order to expose his lie. This expose’ is important because of the unbreakable bond that exists between obedience to the Law God gave Israel on Mt. Sinai and the receiving of eternal life.
The Almighty began to reconcile the two houses of Israel back to Himself on the Day of Pentecost 31 A.D. This truth was noted by the Apostle Peter on that day (Acts 2:17,18) when he explained the meaning of the Jerusalem-wide commotion caused by people speaking in unknown tongues: “This (outpouring of the Holy Spirit) is that which was spoken by the Prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass IN THE LAST DAYS, says God, I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh ….” Notice that the outpouring would take place “in the last days.” The Day of Pentecost 31 A.D. began the time period God identified as “the last days” of the world. We are living in the last of those last days. This event marked the beginning of the fulfillment of Joel 2:27-29, Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Hebrews 8:8-12 when God promised to write His Law on the hearts of His true people. Later, the Apostle Peter would tell the Jews who had gathered in Jerusalem from “every nation under heaven” in order to celebrate the Day of Pentecost to return to their homelands and to tell “… all the people of ISRAEL” (all 12 tribes) that their Messiah had come and was calling them back to their Father (Acts 4:10; 2:36,39). That God was calling the entire House of Israel (descendants of Jacob) back to Himself is born out in Ezekiel 37 and Hosea 1:10,11. However, only a remnant of the Israelites and an even fewer number of Jews have answered His call (Mat. 7:13,14). These are they who comprise His true Church which at present numbers only a few thousand world-wide. His church, which He calls the Church of God (not to be confused with the denomination by that name) is rejected by the Counterfeit (Catholic/Protestant) Church which considers her minutely few parishioners to be religious reprobates. God’s “remnant” is indeed tiny and has neither political nor social power, nor does she desire such power. Now let us see how God has, since 31 A.D., been reconciling Israelites to Himself.
As stated, only a tiny remnant, whom Jesus calls His “little flock” and His Very Elect, have returned to the God of their fathers–Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God sent the Word (Jesus–Jn. 1:1-4,1) to earth to personally minister to the Jews of the Middle East. Jesus in turn sent His apostles “into all the world” to preach and serve as examples of the gospel. To whom did He send them? If asked, every member of every church would reply that the apostles were sent to the Gentiles. Were they? In Matthew 10:6; 28:19,20 Jesus answers the question in His instructions to the apostles: “Do not go to the Gentiles, go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel” to seek them out and teach them the gospel of the kingdom. His call for them to return to the Father would continue until the end of the age (Mt. 20:8). L.J.