Excerpts from the Zola Levitt Ministries Newsletter:
The “new” Replacement Theology redefines Jesus as a “Palestinian messenger” (Muslim prophet) and a “freedom fighter” who stood up to “oppressive” Jewish rulers.
Symbolically reinforcing this fallacy, Pope Francis on his recent visit to the Holy Land seemed to pointedly emphasize the importance of the Arab population and diminish Israel’s significance. While ostensibly concerned with the state of Christians living in the Holy Land, the Vatican referred to “the state of Palestine,” which many observers saw as tacit support for the creation of an independent Palestinian state.
In preparation for the Pope’s visit, Abbas instructed the Palestinian Authority (PA) to design an art display integrating classical Christian art with news photos of “suffering” Palestinian Muslims. For example, an Israeli soldier replaces Abraham in Rembrandt’s The Sacrifice of Isaac, (1635). The original painting shows an angel interfering as Abraham, ready to cut Isaac’s throat with a knife, covers Isaac’s face with his hand.
The Pope’s dramatic, unscheduled stop at the security wall that separates Jerusalem from Bethlehem provided an incredible propaganda photo opportunity. Francis was shown bowing his head and praying in front of a bold graffiti display that proclaimed, “Free Palestine!” Never mind that Israel built the fence in 2003 to protect Israel’s civilians from Islamic suicide bombers.
The strong visual statement of the Pope’s sympathies glaringly omitted any reference to the ongoing persecution and violent intimidation of local Christians. The PA’s approval of and participation in such violence has decimated the Christian population. Bethlehem, 80% Christian in 1948, is now less than 15%. That reduction is unrelated to any Jewish or Israeli prejudice. It is the direct result of creeping sharia (Islamic) law with its suppression of other religions.
Those of us who are “reconcilers” according to the scriptures from Corinthians cannot help but grieve over the omissions by the Vatican in a frail attempt at neutrality. How can they be “neutral” when their own people-Christians-suffer severe persecution? Our friend David Rubin, former mayor of Shiloh and founder of the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund, poignantly noted, “It’s sad but true that the Vatican doesn’t have a stellar record when it comes to protecting its own children.”
Replacement Theology teaches that the Church has replaced Israel as the claimant of God’s covenants and the apple of His eye. The Palestinian Narrative usurps Israel’s history, Messiah, and covenants, claiming them as belonging to a fictitious Palestinian ancestry. Christian Palestinianism comprises Christians who buy wholeheartedly into the Palestinian Narrative, most likely because they don’t really understand it but imagine that following along places them on the virtuous side. Many of them think that “Allah” is simply Yahweh’s name in Arabic. They couldn’t be more wrong!
What these replacement philosophies have in common is anti-Semitism. They all completely shut out/replace Israel and the Jewish people physically and spiritually. Our ministry possesses a particularly effective weapon in this perennial spiritual warfare: our weekly Zola Levitt Presents television program that touches millions of homes worldwide. This month, we conclude our seven-part series on Israel in Prophecy.[ http://www.levitt.tv/media/series/DIIP ] These contemporary, half-hour programs are also viewable on our website at levitt.tv.
As the time of Messiah’s coming draws near, Believers need the spiritual gift of discernment to deal with the false “salvations” among us. This month’s Prophecy programs address the phenomenon of false gods in the UFO movement, the new Replacement Theology, and the role that the Bible describes for Israel in the End Times. Enlightening interviews with well-respected theologians make these programs both educational and encouraging.