One of the most damaging aspects of Replacement Theology is how the ancient biblical prophecy is viewed and understood today. Rather than practical and useful, when we replace Israel from the biblical context, prophecy becomes abstract, metaphorical and symbolic.
Yet if the rebirth of the nation of Israel has shown us anything in the last 75 years, it is that God meant exactly what He said in His many promises to the Jewish people. They are not poetic cerebral diatribes; they are God telling us what He is actually going to do on the earth with His covenant people.
One hundred years ago, an independent Jewish nation was a lofty ideal of those who read the prophets. Very few believed it could truly be a reality, with Jewish people literally returning from the four corners of the earth. Today, the thriving nation of Israel is in their homeland promised to Abraham and literally changing the world in almost every way possible.
Israel is showing us that the prophets’ words were practical, tangible and real. God meant what He said and is now demonstrating His faithfulness to His promises for all to see.
Much of the conversation today about prophecy is about the future, speculating about what may happen and being ready for it. While I’m not opposed to that, most don’t realize there are specific prophecies that have been lying dormant in their scriptures for over 2,700 years that are coming to pass right now with stunning accuracy. And there are a lot of them.
While we occasionally hear people announce: “Prophecies are being fulfilled!”, I often ask, “Which ones and how do we know?” Because we CAN know. Regional historical records, eyewitness accounts spanning two millennia and even old photos can provide a documented baseline to measure the many historical anomalies that have been happening with the nation of Israel, just as the prophets foretold.
There is verifiable and tangible evidence that His promises are unfolding just as He said for the first time since the prophets proclaimed them. One of them may involve you:
"In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, 'Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.'" – Zechariah 8:23
Historically, the nations have not been kind to the Jewish people. It is difficult to find a 100-year time span in the last 1,700 years where aspects of the Christian church have not been directly or indirectly involved in the persecution of the Jewish people. But the tide is beginning to turn.
Even as antisemitism is rising around the world, there has been an unprecedented interest and support for Israel from the nations, namely from Gentile Christians.
Several growing organizations like ALL ISRAEL NEWS, with millions of followers, are becoming a vocal defense and active advocates for the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. The government of Israel and religious Jewish communities are taking notice.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been quoted several times as saying, “Christians are Israel’s best friends.” Likewise in 2015, a group of Orthodox Jewish rabbis in Israel made a groundbreaking public statement, calling Christianity “a part of God’s divine plan” and “a gift to the nations."
Both declarations would have seemed far-fetched or impossible only 30 years ago. While not yet fully fulfilled, today these relationships are changing in a way that history has never seen, and just as was foretold.
Never before have so many Gentiles been turning to Jewish sources to learn, support and encourage. Quite simply, if you’re not Jewish but reading this news site to learn more about what is truly happening in Israel, you are already part of this fulfillment!
We are living in “biblical times" – times the prophets foresaw as God is demonstrating His awe-inspiring covenant faithfulness to Israel in our day.
We all can be a part of it! I hope you’ll join me in the days ahead as we discover just how accurate their words are unfolding in our lifetime.
Doug Hershey is the author of the best selling photo books "Israel Rising" and "Jerusalem Rising" that provide historical and visual documentation of biblical prophecy coming to pass in our day. When not in Israel, he resides in Portland, Maine. Check out more information on courses, event requests and Israel tours on his website DougHershey.co