Sacrilegious Manifesto Circulating in Churches
Refuting First Point
By Jana Bennun (unedited)
My last article entitled “Christians Embracing Rabbinic Prophecies ” ended with the following words:
‘My next article will expose the agreements that some Christian pastors (hirelings) and leaders made with the enemy and how they deliberately sold out their flocks and ultimately sold out Jesus Christ.”
As promised, I am presenting you with the critique of 13 Point Declaration, which was written by rabbi Itzhak Shapira and promoted by Mark Biltz, pastor of El Shaddai Ministries. I will suggest a counter-declaration and explain why certain points were directly assaulting the true Gospel as preached by the apostles and Jesus Christ Himself.
The 12 of the 13 points of their declaration needs to be challenged especially point number 5 which implies that we are not to preach Jesus to Jews, and the last point number 13 where Itzhak Shapira goes as far as implying for Christian be willing to give their blood (if necessary) for “any” Jew, citing biblical verse of 1 John 15:13 to defend his point while calling Jesus Christ only “ a rabbi”:
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
At this point it is important to mention that rabbi, Itzhak Shapira presents himself as a “believer” in Yeshua and he is promoted as a Messianic rabbi to the congregation of Mark Biltz. Mr. Biltz also claims to be a believer of Jesus Christ and yet he has made several statements of his disdain for the English pronunciation of the name “Jesus”, rather he defends the use of the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) as a more proper name to call upon for salvation.
Mark teaches in a video bellow that Jews are saved already without the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and thus promote the use of Tetragrammaton as sufficient enough for the salvation of the Jewish people. (see links in the comments)
The signatories and rabbi Shapira continue to solicit globally for the support of their 13-point document which necessitates that I write about each point separately, explaining why the particular points are misleading and in a final summary I will suggest 12 points of counter-declaration to the 13-point declaration of Itzhak Shapira and Mark Biltz.
First point Of Shapira’s declaration states:
“We are committed to stand against any form of replacement theology. G-d has never replaced Israel with anyone. Not physically and not spiritually.”
The “replacement theology “accusation is based on false reasoning that “Israel” represents the physical nation of Israel – today physical Jews whether they are still in the diaspora or living in the State of Israel and regardless of them denying Jesus Christ as the Savior and Messiah.
It is also based on reasoning that today’s Talmudic Jewish rabbis and the rest of religious Jews led by them are considered spiritually sons of God and a chosen nation for the exclusive reason of their race thus referred to as “ The Chosen Nation” distinguished from Gentile believers in Jesus Christ (this is precisely what Mr. Shapira along with Mark Biltz promote).
Based on this new theology promoted by Shapira and Biltz the Gentile believers have a place in the “Jewish Kingdom” as long as they submit themselves to the leadership of Jewish rabbis, come out of Christianity and join themselves to the physical Jews. According to Itzhak Shapira, Christianity is an entity (which he calls Edom) that will not exist in a soon future and therefore only the remnant of Christians willing to come out of Christianity and join themselves to the physical State of Israel will be able to survive.
Mr. Shapira has suggested that even if today’s Talmudic rabbis have some points on the Messiah wrong, it is no reason to refuse their instruction, because when He, the Messiah arrives, He will supposedly correct their misunderstandings anyway and in the meantime, they are entrusted a special place of authority over Gentiles regardless of their errors.
Mr. Shapira also considers the Talmud and Zohar a valid and inspired commentary on the Old Testament.
Who or What is Israel According to New Testament Scripture?
While the God of Israel did originally choose a physical nation for a special purpose – the original promise was given to Abraham and the intent was to bring about the nation through Abraham’s descendants that would believe on the promised Seed and bless the world by bringing in the Messiah, the Scriptures reminds us that majority of the nation of Israel has violated God’s commandments, turned to worship of other gods and turned away from its original mission.
As explained by Steven Ben-Nun, my husband in several of his sermons, the priesthood at the time of Jesus was usurped by false priests who intermingled with the prohibited races and therefore forfeited their right to priesthood, they violated God’s law which was recorded in Deuteronomy chapter 21.
The false priesthood had taken control over the people of Israel and created oral traditions that delegitimized the commandments of God while the true priests were murdered or had to flee to the wilderness.
Jesus Christ also charged their fore-fathers for the murders of the prophets and knew that they would fill the measure of their fathers’ deeds.
The oral traditions, that were later written down and codified into the Babylonian Talmud, were denounced by Jesus Christ Himself. The group largely responsible for the writing the Talmud were known as the Pharisees and were the only group to promote this so-called Oral Law. Today’s Talmudic rabbis are proudly claiming that they are a continuation of these Pharisees of Jesus’s day as asserted by Rabbi Tovia Singer, Nehemia Gordon and other rabbinical authorities have claimed the same.
Despite the apostasy of physical Israel, the God of Israel has always had a remnant of individual Israelites that worshiped Him in truth and did not go astray, that did not follow Pharisees and other apostate groups.
Several names of this faithful remnant can be found in the book of Hebrews chapter 11. One thing this remnant shared in common was faith in the promises of God. (The Seed)
Later, in the time of Jesus, it was the tiny remnant of Israelites, the 12 apostles themselves and few more Jews mentioned in the New Testament that had separated from the teachings of the Pharisees, accepted and preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
After the giving of the Holy Spirit at the Day of Pentecost, many other Jews believed the true Gospel, as we know from the account recorded in the book of Acts. The apostle Paul originally a pharisee and known persecutor of the disciples of Jesus had a miraculous conversion and began to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Jews and Gentiles alike.
Gentiles were invited to join the commonwealth of Israel and became the children of God because they accepted the Gospel message and had believed on Jesus Christ to be the promised Son of God.
It was a faithful remnant of Israelites that brought the Gospel message to the Gentiles – that fact is undeniable, however, can we claim that the Pharisees and their adherents who persecuted the apostles and Christians were “God’s chosen” , the “ Sons of God” and “ The light of the Gentiles”?
The New Testament Scripture clearly teaches that it is NOT the physical race that determines the chosen nation, but rather, it is the spiritual race of those who accept the Promise on the Seed formerly made to Abraham.
Let us review a few important Scriptures. The Apostle Paul who knew well the foundation of the true Gospel, affirms in the book of Romans, chapter 9 verses 6-8 that it is not necessarily physical Israel that is counted as children of God but it is those who believe on Jesus Christ, be it Jew or Gentile.
“Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.”
That is, they which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.”
The Apostle Paul referred in his epistle to the Galatians that the promise was given to Abraham based on his faith in the promised Seed (Jesus Christ). Galatians 3:16 states:
“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ”
Galatians 3:29 continues:
“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Similarly, the apostle Peter assures the membership of the Christian Gentiles among the chosen people of God in1 Peter 2:9 stating: (Peter speaking to believing Gentiles):
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”
Peter was quoting from Exodus, chapter 19 verse 6 almost verbatim the words of the Lord originally spoken to the “Sons of Israel” and applying it now to the believing Jews and Gentiles alike! Exodus 19:6 states:
“and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”
Peter also explains in 1 Peter 2:5 the following:
“you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
There are many other scriptures that can be used , but the ones mentioned above are sufficient to prove to Mr. Shapira and Mr. Biltz that the true, biblical Israel is not made up of physical Jews (although a small remnant of them are included) but it is made up of Jews and Gentiles together who are believers in Jesus Christ. There are no special privileges granted to physical Israel based on their race or nationality according to Scriptures.
Paul has made this truth known in the letter to the Galatians chapter 3 v 26:
” for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”
In reality, there is no such thing as “Replacement Theology” because God is not replacing anyone, He is simply extending His saving grace to the Gentile people and allowing them to be grafted into the original Olive Tree- the commonwealth of Israel that first accepted the Seed of the Messiah Jesus Christ. Together they form spiritual Israel, God’s special people, His special possession, the apple of His Eye. This inclusion of Gentiles is not based on their support of physical Jews, rather it is based on the acceptance of His Son as the Savior and the Messiah.
I personally am not familiar with any Christian group that promotes the idea that Jews can’t be saved or that they were replaced by the Gentiles and that God has totally abandoned them as individuals. What Christians do say is that God loves all people, He is no respecter of persons, and that the Jews, Gentiles and any race of people on Earth is welcome in His spiritual Kingdom – however there is one condition- to accept His Son, Jesus Christ as a Savior as Lord and The Messiah. The Jews have an open invitation and even today many of them are accepting it.
This truth cannot be described in any way as “Replacement Theology”.
Since Mr. Shapira suggested that the Christians leave churches and accept the destiny of physical Israel ( Jewish physical kingdom) and accept the spiritual leadership of the Talmudic rabbis and since he is proposing the lie that the “Church” as an entity will not exist soon when the Messiah comes, I suggest a new improved definition of “Replacement Theology” which would make much more sense.
The new definition states:
“The Replacement Theology is a belief that the Gentile Christians are to cling to Jewish rabbis, accept their teachings as authoritative and that Christians are to leave Christianity and to support physical Israel in order to be saved. This belief REPLACES Jesus Christ as the only authority with Jewish rabbis, REPLACES the Holy Spirit as the only teacher with the teachings of mere men, and REPLACES the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the different Jewish Gospel not known to the early apostles. The Replacement Theology also accepts the Talmud, Zohar and Kabbalah as a worthy and inspired commentary on the Tanakh and therefore REPLACES the authority of the Scripture as the only Word of God.”
Based on this new definition above, Mr. Itzhak Shapira and Mr. Mark Biltz and those who agree with their teachings are indeed guilty of “Replacement Theology”.
The “Replacement Theology” accusation by Shapira and his supporters is meant to paralyze the believers in Christ, marginalize them and silence their efforts of preaching the true Gospel. It serves the same purpose as the “antisemitic” label given to those who defend themselves against the teachings of the Talmud, Zohar and Kabbalah. It is also meant to appease Jewish Talmudic rabbis and speeds up their efforts for the earthly Jewish kingdom they are building for themselves.
In Jewish sacred writings and in the commentaries of their sages it is disclosed that the Jews are awaiting their own messiah who will hand them the kingdom and the dominion over all gentile nations. He will also transfer all the riches of the gentiles to the Jews and the Gentiles will serve the Jews as willing slaves. The Gentile nations who refuse this subjugation will be utterly destroyed and nonexistent, according to Jewish writings.
According to Chabad.org website, their messiah is going to enforce the Noahide Laws upon all nations which will supposedly assure the end of idolatry. (one of the prohibitions in the Noahide Laws).
In Jewish law, the idolatry is described as the worship of any object, or man other than one god of the Jews. Since Jewish rabbis reject Jesus Christ as the Divine Savior and Talmud describes Him as an idolater and the magician and a son of a whore, the worship of Jesus Christ is identified as idolatry and those who worship Jesus as Divine Savior are according to Noahide Laws punishable by death.
The truth from the Scriptures can in no way be labeled as “Replacement Theology” and I encourage you not to be afraid of them, of their labels and tactics but boldly declare the truth of Jesus Christ.
” What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Part Two Coming.