Isaiah 65:9,11,23 is a passage that debunks anti-dispensationalists. As real Bible believers, we believe in a salient thing, and that there is a difference between the Church and the nation of Israel.
The Jews have always been God’s chosen people, we did not replace them at any point as argued by replacement theologists. Despite their wickedness and them turning away from God, we believe God is still using the nation to fulfill His plan.
However, as mentioned in Isaiah 65, the term ‘elect’ is understood by dispensationalists that the Church is considered to be the elect of God spiritually. Whereas the Jews are also His elect, but instead God deals with them physically as a nation.
Nonetheless, replacement theology tries to point out that elect is only referring to specific saved individuals. That’s not true, as we know that when God appointed Israel as His chosen people, He means all of them! Even though spiritually their salvation is not secured, so among the Jews there will be a lot of lost souls going to hell. However, as a physical nation, they are still God’s chosen people.
Let’s see the proof text to debunk replacement theology
Isaiah 65:9 “And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.”
This is a good proof text seemingly, we see that the physical nation of Israel is called God’s elect, but replacement theology argues that it refers to only specific saved individual Jews.
Isaiah 65:11,23 “But ye are they that forsake the Lord, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.”
Supposedly this is a good proof text, verse 11 shows that the Jews are deceived and choose to reject God, but in verse 23, this particular elect of the nation of Israel is blessed by God and following His law.
This passage may lead certain people to the assumption that the elect is only referring to those small numbers of people who abide by God’s law and righteousness. Those who forsake God’s commandments are not considered as the elect, this is how anti-dispensationalists interpret them.
Nevertheless, Isaiah 64:9-11 clearly shows that the unbelieving sinners ‘are’ still God’s elect because they will be restored in the future.
Isaiah 64: 9-11“Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people. Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.”
Isaiah 65:7 “Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the Lord, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.”
Even though that generation of Jews’ did not walk right with God, but in Isaiah 64:11, they are still known as God’s people.
Isaiah 65:8 “Thus saith the Lord, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all.”
This further supports the explanation that despite spiritually rotten and damned, God still will keep them going as a nation, and not allow other nations to destroy His people, because of His promises right from the beginning with Abraham. These are the promises of His blessings towards them.
Isaiah 65:18 “But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.”
God merely postpones this nation, and in the future, He will continue to deal with them and restore them. All these proof texts are valid enough to show that the Christians do not replace the Jews at all.