The Jerusalem Connection and Replacement Theology
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz said: “Islam is a form of replacement theology, seeing itself as replacing Judaism and Christianity. “The first Christians saw themselves as the new Jews and this phenomenon also affected the Muslims, who saw themselves as carrying on the traditions of monotheistic faith and the true followers of the Bible. Muhammad was considered to be the Messiah, and they hoped that the Jews would cooperate with them. This is not a surprise, but the strengthening of an existing theory.”…“Replacement theology, also called supersessionism, is the belief that one religion has replaced another, making the previous religion obsolete. For thousands of years, this was a tenet of Christianity, defining the Church’s relationship to the Jews. Subsequent to and because of the Holocaust, many mainstream Christian theologians and denominations have moved away from the theological belief, and today, most Christian supporters of Israel reject it entirely.”…“As replacement theology becomes less prevalent in defining the relationship between Jews and Christians, it becomes clear that it does define the relationship between Islam and other religions.”
God says: “Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon Mine altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”…“Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.”…“Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.” (Isaiah 56:7; Revelation 11:1-2; II Thessalonians 2:2-3)
The Jerusalem Connection says: Apostolic faith — the faith of the early followers of Jesus was challenged very early on. Replacement theology, or supersessionism has been in existence sense the heretic Marcion advocated it in the first century. It was institutionalized by Constantine at the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325, and been a part of Catholic dogma ever since. Islam latched on to it as a late comer in the seventh century. Sadly, it has lingered in much of Reform theology. Pro-Israel Christians, especially Christian Zionists have led the charge for the invalidation of replacement theology. The fact is that rather than replacement, the New Testament understanding of the Israel of God is expanded to include believers in Jesus, and that same understanding will be in place when Jesus returns. A third Temple is Biblically inevitable, but it will be for the Jews only. Jesus will remain the “Passover Lamb” whose sacrificial and substitutionary blood covers the sin of all who trust in him, Jew or Gentile.