Friday, February 5, 2016

When did the holy city become unholy?

Replacement Theology advocates (like Steven Anderson) say that after the crucifixion Israel ceased to be God's people and that Jerusalem became "spiritually...Sodom and Egypt" (Rev. 11:8). However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Jerusalem is called "the holy city" while Christ is on the cross.

Matthew 27:52-53 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Revelation 11:8 is referring to the FUTURE Day of the Lord when the Man of Sin has taken over Jerusalem (2 Thes. 2:3-4, Matt. 24:15, Dan. 9:27). The whole book of Revelation is referring to a future vision of the Lord's Day (Rev. 1:10).

Israel was still God's people in Acts 1-8 and He was still offering them the Kingdom (Acts 1:6, 3:19-26, 5:31, Luke 1:32-33, 1:67-75). It was not until Paul's conversion that Christ revealed the fall and blindness of Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in (Eph. 3:1-9, Col. 1:25-28, Rom. 11:25). Then God will resume dealing with Israel and establish His Kingdom in the Earth (Rom. 11:26-27, Jer. 23:1-8).

--Eli Caldwell

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