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Welcome to my blog!   My name is TJ Smith and I created this to share my interpretations of various topics pertaining to the Bible and the American Church culture.  Most of it is positive as I like to encourage fellow believers to realize what Yeshua fully accomplished during that century He walked on earth.  The mainstream Church has missed a large portion of this wonderful victory by looking for future fulfillment of blessings they already possess.

I have studied Eschatology (end times theology) for more than 17 years and that is typically my focus.  I have written numerous papers on subjects pertaining to the Second Coming and the Book Of Revelation, which I have posted on this blog.  I was honored to write commentaries for eight books of a new Bible Translation in 2012, entitled “The Kingdom Bible” available here: The Kingdom Bible

I have written a book titled “Kingdom Come: Messiah’s Methodical Manifesto Hidden In the Parables”.  My wife and I have served as Worship Leaders (writing our own worship songs) and Home Group facilitators, as well as developing and teaching a Bible Interpretation Class.  We currently reside in Texas and my wife (Maria) has just completed her 5th Christian Album as part of her duo Grace Compass a women’s music ministry that incorporates original music into worship all across the State.  We have four grown children and one very cute grandson.

My goal is to unveil the entire truth of Christ’s gift, Gospel and Victory and help others live a more stress-free life.  I also enjoy taking commonly misinterpreted Biblical passages (and there are plenty) and unraveling them for people to understand.  We love grilling thick steaks, walking our neighborhood for exercise, recording in our studio, studying Scripture, watching Rockumentaries,  President Trump, Fulfilled Covenant Theology, the NFL and our Grandson!   So feel free to click on some links below and see if anything piques your interests.

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Is Replacement Theology heretical?

Is Replacement Theology heretical

Maybe I’ve been living under a theological rock, but there’s been this debate/argument/accusation/refutation/fleeing/running away from the charge of “Replacement Theology”, as if it is akin to being a Satanist, anarchist or even a heretic.  But as a believer who actually interprets prophecy as being fulfilled, I am used to the label ‘heretic’.  Though the more I think about ‘replacement theology’ as something equated to anti-Semitism, the more I realize there may not be a better term to describe the new covenant the Savior won for us.

Isn’t replacement theology proven in the reality that our old sinful nature was replaced with the glory of God, and not just a matter of our wretched sinful man being cleaned up, re-purposed and civilized and now just needs to try really hard?

Here’s what Yeshua said.  For those of you who grew up in Rio Linda, Yeshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus.

Mar 12:8  ”And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.

Mar 12:9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others”.  Then, someday 2000 years later, he will bring those wicked tenants back, reform them and again put them in charge as fulfilled tenants!

No? It doesn’t read that way?  Ok, so that last sentence isn’t part of the verse.  I added that for comedic absurdity.

He was going to replace them! Not fulfill them.  Here’s what Yahweh said in:

Isa 3:16  The LORD said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with outstretched necks, glancing wantonly with their eyes, mincing along as they go, tinkling with their feet,

Isa 3:17  therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will lay bare their secret parts.

Isa 3:18  In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents;

Isa 3:19  the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarves;

Isa 3:20  the headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets;

Isa 3:21  the signet rings and nose rings;

Isa 3:22  the festal robes, the mantles, the cloaks, and the handbags;

Isa 3:23  the mirrors, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils.

Isa 3:24  Instead of perfume there will be rottenness; and instead of a belt, a rope; and instead of well-set hair, baldness; and instead of a rich robe, a skirt of sackcloth; and branding instead of beauty.

 

Notice there is no mention of God redeeming those former items, polishing them up and praying over them and making use of them in the new kingdom?  Nope. He replaces them.

Here’s what Paul wrote about Replacement theology:

1Co 15:46  But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.1Co 15:42  … What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.

1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.

1Co 15:45  Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

1Co 15:47  The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.

1Co 15:49  Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

Paul clearly reveals there is a principle involved with the kingdom; God creates a visible, real example of a spiritual reality that will occur at a later time in their history. I am going to show that this principle is demonstrated in numerous facets of Scripture.

God replaced Jacobs name with Israel.  He did not redeem his name, or fulfill his name.

Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah.  How were these names fulfilled?  They weren’t. They were replaced with a new name.

Jesus even went so far in His teachings to say this:

Joh 15:15  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Jesus did not say, “from now on I am fulfilling the name ‘servants’ to now mean friends”.  No, it was a total name replacement.  Paul, in his writings, understood this new replacement concept;   Col 1:13  He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

Paul did not write “He has purified and fulfilled the dominion of darkness to become an acceptable vessel for his use, and has fulfilled us into this newly remodeled, formerly dark kingdom”  No, he wrote that God replaced it.

Rom 1:25  “who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.”   Paul did not write “who fulfilled the truth of God for the lie”.  No, these 1st century Jews exchanged/replaced the truth of god for the lie.  So, we see even in the smallest of expressions and figures of speech, the thread of replacement theology.

Replacement theology has only been demonized by the church simply to protect the misunderstood future blessings of National Israel. This misunderstanding of the physical kingdom vs spiritual kingdom goes unnoticed mainly by futurist Zionists.  Zionists are the ones who want to continue to live in a fantasy that Jesus will split that eastern sky and set up a physical reign in Jerusalem.  That can’t happen in their world if Jews are no longer God’s really, really, real first true love.  They can’t comprehend God putting away His first wife, even one that cheated on him with every yahoo in town.

None of these Zionists would stand for that kind of unfaithfulness in their own marriage, but they think God would?  None of them would divorce an unfaithful spouse, remarry a faithful loving spouse with the intent of someday remarrying the first spouse.  If we can comprehend that type of dysfunctional behavior, why would we think Yahweh couldn’t?  Aren’t we made in his image?  Didn’t Paul say we have the mind of Christ?  Are we not on the same wave length as the Father when it comes to sin?  Do we know something God doesn’t know?

This entire argument of villainizing believers who see Replacement Theology as a theme demonstrated throughout Scripture, is only being pushed as a narrative by those wanting to live in a fantasy that keeps National Israel as the favored child. The Christian Church is now seen as the “ugly-red-headed-buck-toothed-step-child” that Yahweh can’t wait to move past and once again return to the unfaithful, covenant-breaking, prostitute of the Old Testament.

I think this ideology borders on mental illness.  Think about it: how sane would a new, second wife appear if the husband came home one day and found all the marriage photos from the husbands first marriage distributed all over the house?  There’s the honeymoon photos by the nightstand.  Wedding photos on the fireplace mantle.  Vacation photos on the dining room wall.  How many of you 2nd wives would do that?  That behavior would make you clinically crazy.  Didn’t your husband engage in replacement theology when he divorced his first wife and replaced her with you?  I would say the only family members who cling to fulfillment theology, in a marital context, are the discontent and angry spawn of the first marriage.  Someday they still want dad to remarry mom and get rid of this new wife.

Exactly the behavior of the Jews and Zionists.  They don’t recognize the new covenant wife.  They don’t recognize Christians as Spiritual Isaac, Mount Zion, the new covenant, the new vineyard tenants, or any other contrast laid out in scripture.  And John Hagee sycophants ignorantly follow in lock-step to this poor understanding.

Instead of parsing out just this minute portion of replacement theology to defend the Jews, Zionists must be consistent in their total rejection of replacement theology to protect the (quote) ‘Jewish Nation’.  But doing this strips Scripture of its authority and message; that Yahweh practiced replacement all through Scripture.

Talk about replacement theology; even Paul’s name underwent a replacement.  Even his mode of receiving instruction was replaced, not fulfilled.

Gal 1:11-12 But I make known to you, brothers, the gospel preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but through the revelation of Jesus Christ.  (the former means of understanding was replaced)

Keeping in mind Paul’s explanation of the ‘natural first’ then the ‘spiritual second’, Here are some examples of God induced replacement theology;

  • God used Yeshua’s physical resurrection as a type and shadow of our spiritual resurrection
  • The Temple replaced for the presence of God in believer’s hearts
  • The 40-year Exodus replaced for the 1st century transition period
  • The Law replaced for Grace
  • Ishmael replaced for Isaac
  • Esau replaced for Jacob
  • The Lamb replaced for Christ
  • The high priest replaced for Christ and us
  • Melchizedek replaced for Christ
  • Moses replaced for Christ
  • The feasts of harvest replaced for Pentecost
  • OT Shadow of Death (Passover) replaced for NT Passover
  • Those slain in the desert replaced for those brought into the kingdom
  • The Old Covenant law of death with replaced with the New Covenant Grace

I know some will argue that this process could be called fulfilled theology, which is a much kinder, gentler, more politically correct name.  But Yeshua Dayyan acting as judge in 70 a.d., did not send the Jews to their room, he didn’t ground them and take away their electronics for a week.  Nor did he spank them.  No, He judged them, he killed them.  He put them away as He did Ishmael.  No fulfilment theology there, as that group of people were not re-shaped, ironed and pressed and made into the people of Yahweh.  They were totally replaced.

About Jesus acting as judge: Here’s what Jesus said in;

Mat 23:34  Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town,

Mat 23:35  so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.

This is not Yeshua quoting from Isaiah, this is the Savior speaking as Yahweh.  He is expressing His deity as Godhead.  He said: “I send you prophets and wise men and scribes” then goes on to predict what these wicked leaders will do.

So, “fulfillment theology”?  Sure, that’s probable as a definition, but what really happens throughout scripture is God showing Himself through a physical example, that at some point gets replaced by a spiritual fulfillment.  So yes, fulfillment is the result after replacement occurs.

None of these examples I gave you were somehow morphed into something spiritual, by utilizing the pre-existing physical parts.  The spiritual kingdom was not created from existing rubble from the temple.  Jesus did not become our sacrifice by Yahweh changing the atomic structure of a lamb, thereby altering its state in order to preserve this flawed “fulfilled theology”.

I use the expression “fulfilled” all the time, but more and more I am convinced we have been brow-beat into submission by the mainstream church, attempting to change and abandon what I see as replacement theology.  We have retreated and allowed the terms to be re-defined in order to get along.  “Gee, can’t we all just get along?”

So, we deflect the charge of Replacement theology as heretical and try to compromise with our confused brethren.  But they are the ones who demonize this phrase for only one purpose; to save the future outcome of the Jews.

Which is ironic because Paul, more of a Jew than anyone living today, wrote in;

Rom 2:28-29 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

So, looks like to me that Fulfillment theology is only valid in that The Spiritual Jew has become fulfilled in the body of Christ.  And only through belief in Christ can one become a true Jew.  That’s how the Kingdom was fulfilled: with spiritual Jews.

So, as the classic rock band Argent once sang, hold your head up high!  Call it what it is.  Replacement theology.  Let’s take it back.  I remember the band U2 performed “Helter Skelter in concert and lead singer Bono would intro the song by saying “This is a song Charles Manson stole from The Beatles, well we’re stealin’ it back.”

So, in the spirit of hermeneutical contrast/comparison; We are U2 and the Zionists are Charles Manson and replacement theology is now Helter Skelter.

Go ahead and start sharing from this perspective and study it out yourself.  You will probably begin to find more examples of this replacement aspect in Scripture and add them to your arsenal of verses to prove this out.

Let’s start defending it.  Stop acquiescing, doing the crab walk, making excuses, being politically correct, apologetic.  There’s nothing wrong with God replacing an inherently flawed, purposely planned obsolescent covenant system.

In order for the Zionists to prove a fulfilled covenant kingdom instead of a Replacement covenant Kingdom, the Zionist would have to find all the verses where God intended to merely re-form, re-shape, re-morph, re-constitute all the particles of the Old System.  But that can’t be done. The evidence is overwhelming in favor of Yahweh totally replacing every physical visual representation of a coming new covenant with a spiritual new creation, not derived from anything existing from the old order. You know, new wine in old wineskins and all that…

Now I do understand that Christ fulfilled the entire law and fulfilled all the prophecies.  In that aspect, I’m on board.  But that’s not what we are battling right now.  The naysayers have purposely created this narrative to drive the conversation.  This is how I battle it.  Sadly, these same accusers would admit that in every instance mentioned in this article, ‘replacement’ was exactly what happened in the salvific history of God.  But they just can’t get beyond themselves to incorporate that into the whole picture. Therefore, they have chosen to blindly throw out the baby with the bathwater simply to hold on to this fictional hope of Jews forever being God’s holy and true people. So sad.

Me and ‘Bob’ and 1st Corinthians

Bob’s been a friend of mine for years.  I’ve known Bob a long time. Bob’s pretty easy to figure out.  Bob really never studies his Bible.  Bob opens it up once in a while and points to a ‘verse for the day’, or reads whatever Proverb coincides with that day’s date, maybe works through a devotional in his Sunday School class, usually answers questions with “I don’t know what the Bible says but I’ve always believed…”.

Me and Bob

The Spawn of Hymenaeus

I noticed that another prophecy about the ‘second coming’ failed this month.  Hmmm…I’m really surprised that David Meade got it wrong….3 times in a row in as many months.  Since this whole rapture predicting thing has continued to be an epidemic in the Church,  I thought I would look and see how many rapture predictions have failed since I was in school.  Wanna guess how many?

I noticed that another prophecy

My first Book is released!

Here is the Amazon link if you would like to purchase it!  My New really Cool Book

I discuss the parables of Jesus from the book of Mark in the context of a fulfilled Covenant theology.  I think this is one of the freshest yet orthodox views to take and I hope you will enjoy viewing the parables through a completely different set of lenses.  I take a very different approach to explaining these “agricultural motifs” Christ used to explain His coming Kingdom.  I don’t tackle all the parables, only the ones where Jesus mentioned “the kingdom of God is like…”.  It is a short read; only 135 pages but packed with a lot of information.  Click on the link to read more on the Amazon site!  Thanks!

TJ

If I be lifted up, I will gently woo?

 

Some think that simply praising Jesus will bring people into the kingdom. Yep. Just lift up Jesus’ name and He will serenade the lost with a touching rendition of “Kum Ba Yah”. But is that what the text really says?  Join me for a up-close look at several words that really define what Yeshua was saying:  “let me be crucified and I will judge the world”.   Pretty radical sounding huh?  Well, read and decide for yourself!

If I be lifted up

What the Early Church Father believed about the 2nd Coming. Their words.

early preterists

The viewpoint that Jesus’ ‘Second Coming’ was experienced in 70 a.d. is one that is rapidly gaining exposure and positive consideration in the Church.  However, opponents to this orthodox doctrine insist that preterism is a new belief and labeled heretical by modern leaders in the Church who might just have something to lose by allowing this to influence their parishioners.  Whatever the motive behind their resistance, here are 27 pages of quotes by early Christians that expressed their belief that the Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 a.d. was actually the ‘Second Coming’ of the Savior.  If you are so inclined to study and make up your own mind, feel free to download and print the following and read over them.  It’s hard to deny that this popular stance has been around since the Church began.  But why haven’t you ever heard of it?  Well, if you want to know more, send me a message and we can start a dialog and I will be glad to answer your questions.

I pulled this information together with the help of Riley O’Brien, the Preterist Archive website, numerous books I own and other great resources.

Just click on the colored link at the top.

 

25 Reasons (and counting) why the book of Revelation was written before 70 a.d.

25 reasons why The Revelation was written before 70 a.d.

A hot debate has been continuing in the Church as well as Academia as to the date that John’s Apocalypse was penned.  (boxing announcer voice) “In the blue corner, wearing the blue and white shorts with plenty of man-made tradition and still expecting a future return, The Futurist!.  And in the red corner, wearing the red polka dot shorts with plenty of historical evidence and Scripture…The Preterist!”

Ok, so maybe it won’t turn into a brawl, but it is a very passionate topic for some. Here’s 25 reasons to feel confident that the Revelation of Jesus Christ was written before the destruction of Jerusalem.

 

Can we ‘know the Lord’ Explaining Heb. 8

How to really Know the Lord. explaining Hebrews 8

Some misinterpret Hebrews 8 as being a future fulfillment.  I can see why if I look through the wrong lens of interpretation.  I admit, that phrase; “No one will say ‘Know the Lord’ for all will know Him”, is confusing if you don’t understand Jewish Rabbinic culture, history and their reliance on Torah as a replacement for their relationship with Yahweh.  So, click the blue link above and let’s learn something about Knowledge!