The Positive Aspects And Hidden Dangers
of the Hebrew Roots Movement (Pt. 1)
Rock of Offence Special Commentary
Examining a Problem that has Plagued
the Church Since the First Century
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We try to avoid or limit the use of
comments and statments made by various
secular personalities in our studies.
Yet, we find that the following
quotation is too important to ignore.
The ancient philosopher Aristotle once
"Nature abhors a vacuum."
Aristotle suggested that when this vacuum
occurs - something always rushes in to fill
the void ... and what comes in is not always
good. In this study, we will discover that
Aristotle's statement can also be applied
A Review of Church History
Provides Valuable Insight
into the Problems the Church
Many are familiar with the existence of counterfeit money and the problem it creates for various governments. One tactic used by an enemy in time of war is to collapse the economy of a country by flooding it with well made (and difficult to detect) counterfeit money. The public unknowingly receives this fake currency - thinking that it’s authentic - and then spends it on goods and services. If the government fails to detect this criminal activity quickly, the damage to the country’s economy and infrastructure could be irreversible.
A vast majority of Christians fail to realize that their enemy, the devil, uses this exact same strategy. He creates a ‘nearly’ indistinguishable counterfeit church - then seeks to replace the real Church with the counterfeit. If God’s people fail to understand the devil's strategy, they will be fooled. Similar to the destructive use of counterfeit money, there are unthinkable spiritual consequences for professing Christians who participate in this scheme. These consequences often exists without their knowledge.
Both the real Church of Jesus Christ and the counterfeit church use Scripture to define its ‘articles of faith’ and foundational doctrine. However, using Scripture out-of-context is what makes the counterfeit church (or denomination) difficult to detect. Most Christians and church leaders handle the Bible by ‘mixing it all together’. Yet, God designed the Bible as a ‘divided book’ that can only be correctly understood by respecting its context. In his letter to Timothy, Paul described this respect for Biblical context as “rightly dividing the Word of Truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Generally speaking, we find that the counterfeit church and its members ignore the context of Scripture, while the real Church obeys Paul’s instructions to ‘rightly divide’ it. On the surface, both appear to base their position firmly on the teachings of the Bible. However, when Scripture is lifted from its original context to defend a particular teaching or doctrine; it ceases to be Scripture because it no longer represents God’s intentions. This corrupt out-of-context use of Scripture is a major characteristic of ‘the counterfeit church’.
Dangerous misconceptions and false teachings are the result when the Bible’s context is either ignored or distorted. In the paragraphs to follow, we discover where this influence came from - and why many in the Christian Church now believe that rejecting Israel and the Jewish people is an expression of God’s will.
(Warning: The following material will offend or even anger many of our readers who may discover that they are part this rather large group of churches and denominations within Christendom.)
Beginning in the first century, certain
church leaders began to teach that Israel
(and Jewish people in general) was
permanently rejected by God for their
involvement in the crucifixion of Christ.
This particular mindset and teaching, which is not supported by Scripture, quickly gained widespread acceptance within the early Church. Saint Paul understood the destructive nature of this teaching and condemned it in his New Testament Epistles (covered later in this study). Yet, Paul failed to permanently stop this anti-Jewish influence. Around the 4th century, the belief resurfaced through the prominent Catholic theologian; Augustine of Hippo. Approximately 1200 years later, during the Protestant Reformation, it was once again popularized by John Calvin (the Father of Calvinism). According to his own words, Calvin admitted that he was a committed disciple of Augustine when he said;
“Augustine is so wholly with me, that if I wished to write a confession of my faith, I could do so with all fullness and satisfaction to myself out of his writings.”
Most modern-day Calvinists are unaware that John Calvin and his colleagues taught doctrine that was deeply rooted in the theology of Augustine - who was one of the ‘Founding Fathers’ of the Roman Catholic Church. This is important because one of the objectives of the Protestant Reformation was to expose the various unbiblical teachings of Catholicism which had nearly erased the grace-based Gospel of Christ found in the New Testament Scriptures. According to Bible teacher Dave Hunt and his ministry, 'The Berean Call" - some prominent modern-day Calvinists, such as Kenneth G. Talbot and W. Gary Crampton are on record as saying;
“The system of doctrine which bears the name of John Calvin was in no way originated by him....”
When all the evidence is brought together - a majority of Protestants will discover a disturbing truth. Calvin generally reworded and repackaged many of Augustine's Catholic teachings, especially the ones that provide the guidelines for Christian salvation. Calvin then taught these modified teachings as Protestant doctrine in his 'Institutes of Christian Religion' - and other writings. As a result, approximately half of modern-day Protestantism (the part that claims their theology is 'Historic Christianity') is actually based on John Calvin's (and therefore Augustine's) theology. The remaining half generally embrace the teachings of Martin Luther (a German theologian and former Catholic priest) who renounced Augustine's misleading doctrine ... and chose to follow the New testament Epistles of Saint Paul as the Scriptural authority for his teachings. This rejection of Augustine is why most modern-day Roman Catholics despise Martin Luther, who was originally one of their own.
By choosing the Scriptures (God's Word)
as his authority, Luther made the
Why the History Lesson?
First, let's look at an interesting
example that illustrates one of the
teachings of Christ.
Between 1956 and 1967 CBS produced a prime-time game show entitled "To Tell the Truth". The program consisted of the host, Bud Collyer, a panel of four Hollywood celebrities and a set of three mystery contestants. Broadcast time only allowed 2 or 3 sets of challengers to appear. The object of the game was simple - at least on the surface. All three challengers introduced themselves as the same individual, using the same name. The host read a statement describing the life and experiences of the person who all the contestants claimed to be. The panel of celebrities was allowed to question the three contestants to determine which one was telling the truth and which two were imposters. At the end, each celebrity voted for whom he or she thought was the person the host described in his opening statement. Wrong guesses credited money to all three contestants, who split the winnings equally. The largest sum of money was awarded when the three contestants "stumped the panel" (no one guessed correctly). It was in the contestants best interests to fool the panel. The famous line at the end of each round was, "Will the real [person's name] please stand up!"
Several identities were discovered quickly. Yet, some clever contestants would "stump the panel".
In an amazing sort of way, this game is being played out for real within Christendom. However, in this situation, allowing ourselves to be fooled carries unthinkable spiritual consequences.
Jesus warned His followers about
“false Christ’s and wolves in
A 'wolf in sheep's clothing' is a falsely religious person (many times it's a minister or church leader) who present themselves as one of God's sheep for the purpose of leading them astray ... by winning their trust. They attend church, participate in praise and worship, carrry a Bible, quote Scripture, evangelize, pray - and do all the things a real Christian would do. A 'false Christ' is someone who operates in a different kind of deception - by persuading their followers, through various means, that he is the authentic Christ.
Jesus was referring to these individuals as 'imposters' - similar to the imposters in the game show. However, the Bible warns that these deceptions are taken to a much higher level (the Bible calls it 'strong delusion') in the days leading up to the Second Coming of Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:5-12). The seeds of this demonic agenda were planted shortly after the birth of the Christian Church in the first century. It operates as a false perception of Christ's salvation – which produces a corrupt or reprobate religious faith that God ultimately rejects. Yet, like a skillfully designed counterfeit, this false salvation doctrine fools many within Christendom because it appears to be established on the teachings of the Bible.
Before His crucifixion Jesus said;
"I will build My Church ..."
Yet, many fail to understand that
those who have placed their faith
in Christ and are saved have an enemy
that seeks to overthrow His Church by
replacing it with a counterfeit or
'false church' based on a
form of godliness.
This is why all readers, especially new believers, should understand that the anti-Jewish sentiment we now see in the modern-day Church actually originated from a historic yet false brand of religion that ...
- Began in the first century and was condemned in the New Testament writings of Saint Paul
- Was reintroduced through Augustine and the Catholic Church around the fourth century
- Was reintroduced again by John Calvin through the Protestant Reformation around the 16th century
- Later spread into the Great Awakening Revival in the early American colonies
- Embraced as 'Historic Christianity' by various mainline Christian denominations that follow the teachings of Augustine and Calvin.
This is why the theology that seeks to erase Biblical Israel and replace her with the New Testament Church continues today under various Protestant names and labels such as; Supersessionism, Replacement theology, Reformed theology, Holiness theology, Episcopalianism, Presbyterianism, Anglicanism, Calvinism and the more recent - Neo-Calvinism.
Yet, it was originally introduced
through Augustine and the early
Catholic Church, which continues
on this same path today.
We can now see why various mainline denominations attempt to erase Israel (and Jewish culture in general) from its place of importance in Scripture ... because they believe it's God's will. In the minds of those who embrace such doctrine - Biblical Israel (found predominantly in the Old Testament) is now permanently rejected by God and therefore must be replaced with the Christian Church - which they refer to as 'the new Israel'. This is also why most Christians make the disastrous assumption that when God is speaking to Israel in the Bible (a nation that operated under the Old Testament laws of Judaism) ... He is saying the same thing to the Christian Church as 'the new Israel'. This erroneous method of Bible interpretation is the result of illegally mixing together (contrary to God's original design and intentions) the two radically different covenants of the Bible.
These two covenants are: The Mosaic
Covenant given to Israel and the
New Covenant of Christ given to the
the Church. This illegal 'mixing'
creates a single 'modified' man-made
covenant that is now said to govern
the new Israel or the Christian Church
and sets the stage for the disastrous
misconception that God treats Israel
and the Church the same way in
Handling the Scriptures in such a way might be popular among Christians - but it's a practice that ultimately leads them astray without their knowledge.
It results in illegally placing the Church of Jesus Christ (as the 'new israel') back under the law of the Old Testament - which is an act that also corrupts the Gospel of Christ. (Covered in more detail later in this study).
The theology behind this belief is embraced by millions of professing Christians as rock-solid Biblical truth. But, it's actually a man-made theology established on out-of- context Scripture. For these reasons, this popular doctrine, along with its many denominational variants, represents one of the most dangerous and seductive heresies found among Christians today. It is correctly labeled a heresy because it 'corrupts' (Paul uses the word 'perverts' in Galatians 1:6-8) the Gospel of Christ by which we are saved.
Unfortunately, what many professing Christians (but thankfully not all) accept as fundamental Bible teaching ... also happens to be a major doctrine of the false church. This is why Saint Paul issued such a blatant and offensive warning in Galatians 1:6-8 ... that anyone who preaches this counterfeit salvation doctrine (based on out-of-context Scripture) is 'accursed'.
This is also why Paul instructed
all Christians to ...
"Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? -- unless indeed you are disqualified." (2 Corinthians 13:5)
This New Testament command not only applies to individuals - but to the entire hierarchy of the world- wide Christian Church. The warning here is clear: if an individual, church or denomination is proven to be 'in the faith' ... then they have God's acceptance and approval. However, if they are operating in the counterfeit faith that comes through the false church and its 'different gospel' - they are disqualified and in extreme danger of experiencing God's rejection.
In this situation, Paul's command debunks the popular notion that God honors all ministers, churches and denominations - simply because they claim to be 'Christian'.
Sowing Discord or Obeying God?
This kind of 'self-examination' is offensive to those who are part of the modern-day expression of the false church. Unfortunately, we can expect no change to take place for the following reasons. Paul gave this command as a way to keep the Church of Christ walking in truth and the Grace of God. However, avoiding anything that offends others is how most Christian churches and denominations operate today. Anyone who behaves contrary to this popular 'unity at any cost' mandate is often accused of 'sowing discord'. This accusation is justified when dealing with unruly and legalistic church members. However, is it always justified? According to the Bible, 'offending others' should be avoided when it comes from the wrong attitude and motive. But, the Bible also teaches that there is an offense that carries God's full approval when truth is under attack or compromised by a false unity agenda. Scripture calls it; "contending earnestly for the faith" (Jude 1:3-4). Paul illustrates this divinely approved confrontational practice when he said ...
"And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the Gospel might continue with you." (Galatians 2:4-5)
Notice that Paul referred to these individuals, not as true brethren, but as 'false brethren' (brethren is a Biblical term often applied to a believer in Christ). If they were just believers with a minor difference of opinion on some topics - Paul would have called them 'brethren'. Yet, that's not how he described them. These were not true Christian believers, but were members of the false church whose mission was to corrupt the Gospel of Christ and place the Galatian Church back under the spiritual bondage of Old Testament theology. As a result, Paul said that he didn't put up with their efforts 'even for an hour' ... because the 'truth of the Gospel' was being threatened. Yet today, in order to avoid offending others, the false church (and their 'false brethren') are received and considered valid members of the body of Christ - as an expression of God's love and unity. Yet, do we really want to belong to a church or denomination that pleases people at the expense of displeasing God? This lack of 'contending earnestly for the faith' is one reason that Christendom is currently in a state of apostasy - and getting worse by the day.
The truth of the Gospel and the
principles on which it is founded
is what separates the true Church
of Christ from the false church,
despite the fact that both appear
to look the same on the surface.
All these Things Influence
the Church's View of Israel
Today, we refer to the rejection
and disdain for Israel and the
Jewish people as;
The 'spiritual vacuum' created by
various dominant forms of Christian
anti-Semitism motivated other
concerned ministers to 'set the
record straight' and restore Israel
and Jewish culture to its rightful
place in Scripture.
These leaders (some are popular mega-church pastors) certainly have good and noble intentions. Our ministry strongly agrees with their effort to educate the Church concerning her Hebrew roots.
However, there is a dangerous problem
lurking behind the scenes that is
Along with all the good things taught by this group - a spiritually deceptive salvation doctrine exists, which can lead believers astray in their faith. In most cases (but thankfully not all), these ministers do not just teach about the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith ... but use the opportunity to slip in a conditional salvation doctrine based on obedience to Old Testament Law (often referred to as 'the law of the Torah'). They justify their actions by claiming that it's part of the Church's Hebrew roots and therefore represents God's original intentions. However, the New Testament specifically warns that this law-based (or conditional) gospel is a corrupt evangelistic message (Paul called it a 'different gospel) that God now rejects following the sacrifice of His Son.
As we repeat throughout this study; this
false salvation message is embedded in
a popular denominational doctrine called;
'Historical Christianity' ... sometimes
referred to as 'Biblical Christianity'.
These names are cleverly designed to
persuade inexperienced believers that the
theology being taught is 'God's originally
intended Christian doctrine'. Yet, it
contains an ancient form of apostasy that
can lead us astray in our faith.
In the first century, the Apostle Paul - in addition to addressing the destructive nature of anti-Semitism in the Church - needed to expose and condemn this same corrupt salvation doctrine. In his Epistle to the Galatians, Paul gave this warning, which also applies to all modern-day believers in Christ:
"I marvel that you are turning away so soon from him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:6-8)
Christendom has been plagued by this complex and confusing 'two pronged' assault against the truth of the Gospel (anti-Semitism and the 'different gospel') for nearly 2000 years. It's confusing because one side uses Scriptural error to replace Israel with the Christian Church ... while the other side that teaches the Hebrew roots of the Church use Scriptural error to covertly slip in a false gospel based on Hebrew law. This conflict has greatly intensified as the Second Coming of Christ approaches ... and many professing Christians, thinking they are committed Bible-believers, are unaware that they are on the wrong side of the problem.
While many similar efforts have existed
down through church history to 'set the
Jewish record straight' - the most
recent comes from what is often called;
"The Hebrew Roots Movement".
In several of our studies and commentaries,
we quote Dr. David Reagan of Lamb and Lion
Ministries - because of his insight as an
experienced and respected Bible teacher. In
his commentary; "The Evil of Replacement
Theology" Dr. Reagan makes the following
disturbing observation ...
"The terrible truth that Christians do not like to face, and which many are unaware of, is that the Holocaust was the product of 1,900 years of virulent Christian anti-Semitism."
"...Satan hates the Jews with a passion. He hates them because God provided both the Bible and the Messiah through them. He hates them because God called them to be His Chosen People. He hates them because God has promised to save a great remnant of them. He hates them because God loves them. Satan is determined to destroy every Jew on planet earth so that God cannot keep His promises to them."
Providing this information should not
necessarily be interpreted as complete
agreement with the theology, eschatology
or political views of Lamb and Lion
Ministries, Dr. Reagan or his staff
and writers. It should also be understood
that Lamb and Lion Ministries and its
staff may not necessarily agree with all
the information in this study or on the
Rock of Offence website.
[End of Reagan Comments]
In this Bible Study, we will learn some
of the issues that likely motivated
Dr. Reagan to make this statement and
how they relate to our discussion
concerning the Hebrew Roots movement
Laying a Foundation for
In the 9th chapter of the book of Acts, Saul of Tarsus is saved on the road to Damascus when the resurrected Jesus Christ appears to him - in person. Shortly after this event God changes Saul's name to 'Paul' and sends him on a journey to Arabia. Various Bible scholars claim that Paul's destination was actually near Mount Sinai where the Law of the Old testament was given to Israel. It is here that he received what theologians call; "the Pauline Revelation". This is how Paul described the event and how it influenced his evangelistic message:
"It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: I know a man in Christ (Paul is speaking of himself) who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter." (2 Corinthians 12:1-4 Emphasis and Comments Added)
"But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ." (Galatians 1:11-12)
Important Note: The 'revelation of Jesus Christ' Paul speaks about in this passage is the 'Pauline Revelation' he received while in Arabia. God used Paul to write nearly half of the New Testament Scriptures; also known as 'The Epistles to the Church'.
Paul's epistles (or 'letters') are based
entirely on the revelation of Jesus Christ
that he received while in Arabia.
This means that nearly half of the
New Testament canon is based on
Paul's revelation - or "The Pauline
It is therefore important to understand that these same Epistles provide the details of 'Christ's New Covenant' that now governs His Church. In Romans 8:2-4, Paul refers to it as "the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus". In the same passage, Paul explains how (and why) this new 'law of the Spirit' ... sets us free from the previous Old Testament program of 'The Law' (referred to as "the law of sin and death"). Paul's statment debunks a popular yet false belief held by many within Christendom ... that the New Testament is just a 'continuation or extension' of the the Old Testament program. If God enacts a new covenant that sets us free from the previous 'old covenant' - it is not a 'continuation or extension' - but a replacement.
Hebrews 10:19-23 refers to
this new program for the
"The new and living way
God Makes a Major Change
In Acts chapter 10, God sends Peter on a mission to preach Christ to a group of Gentiles gathered at the home of Cornelius; a Roman Centurion. Before the event at the household of Cornelius, the Church only consisted of Jewish believers in Christ. Gentiles (or non-Jewish races of people) were considered spiritually unclean and 'outside' Christ's salvation (Carefully Read Ephesians 2:11-22). We see this 'core principle of Judaism' in Peter (a Jewish believer and one of the original apostles of Christ) - who held strong objections to God's new acceptance of the Gentiles. This interesting (and almost amusing) exchange takes place during 'the great sheet vision' (that God gave specifically to Peter) earlier in Acts chapter 10. Yet, Jesus died for all races of people on the cross ... and God uses the evangelistic meeting in Cornelius' home to announce this major change to the world. Several years later, Paul would become the primary apostolic custodian of this new Grace-based program.
Various theologians believe that around this same time (40-42 A.D.) the Pauline Revelation was taking place in Arabia (a precise timeline is not available). We soon discover that God's call on Paul's life was to become the sole apostle in charge of this newly combined 'Jew and Gentile Church'. Paul later describes this previously divided group - as now being "one new man in Christ" (Once Again-Read Ephesians 2:11-22). This 'one new man' is also referred to in Scripture as; "the body of Christ". This radical new way of viewing the Church comes exclusively from the Pauline Revelation. It did not exist, nor was it taught by the other eleven apostles before Paul arrived on the scene.
Since the Gentile side of the Church now greatly outnumbers the Jewish side - Paul is given the title of 'apostle to the Gentiles' in order to reflect God's acceptance of this previously rejected group of people (Romans 11:13-15). Contrary to popular opinion, Scripture states that Paul was the only apostle to hold this calling and title.
As a result of these events, we now have
a Church that is mostly Gentile. Except
for his Epistle to the Hebrews ... Paul's
letters are primarily directed at Gentile
However, several years later, the Gentile
element of the Church started to develop a
dangerous mindset. Since the Jews were the
ones who originally conspired to crucify
Christ, some Gentile believers became
arrogant...and began to despise and
persecute their Jewish brethren. As a
result, the 'one new man' was in danger of
being divided once again.
As we previously mentioned - this attitude and
influence is known today as 'anti-Semitism'.
Understanding the destructive nature of
this influence, Paul sent a sober warning
to all Gentile members of the Church.
Today, anti-Semitism literally dominates
large sections of the Church. But, Paul is
no longer around to condemn the practice.
Paul made several important statements
concerning this problem in his Epistle
to the Romans - and they apply to all
non-Jewish Christians living today.
"I say then, hath God cast away his people (The Jews)? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away His people which He foreknew." (Romans 11:1-2)
He continues ...
"I say then, have they (the Jews) stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? (Romans 11:11-12)
Paul continues ...
"For I speak to you Gentiles (this includes Christian believers today), inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them (the Jews) be the reconciling of the world, what shall be the receiving of them, but life from the dead?" (Romans 11:13-15)
Paul then gives a stern warning to all
Christians about "looking down on",
belittling or otherwise persecuting the
Jewish people ...
"And if some of the branches (the Jews or Israelites) were broken off, and you (Christian believers living today), being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast,
Remember that you do not support
the root, but the root (which is
Jewish by nature) supports you.
You will say then, “Branches (the Jews or Israelites) were broken off that I might be grafted in.” Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you (Christian believers living today) stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.
For if God did not spare the natural
branches (the Jews), He may not
spare you (the Gentiles) either."
Paul continues ...
“For I do not desire, brethren, that you (Christian believers living today) should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
And so all Israel will be saved ...”
The Holocaust and it's Disastrous
Influence On the Christian Church
According to church history, Paul was unsuccessful in permanently stopping this first century brand of anti-Semitism. As a result, 'the Holocaust' took place where over 6 million Jews (along with other ethnic groups) were ruthlessly murdered through a government sponsored program. Dr. Reagan of Lamb and Lion Ministries (previously quoted) attributed this crime to "1900 years of Christian anti-semitism". Today, Orthodox Jews continue to view the Holocaust as an act committed by Christianity - because Adolf Hitler was Roman Catholic. Yet, this order to kill all Jews was Satanic - and did not come from Jesus Christ or our Heavenly Father.
The term 'Zionism or Zionist' has both Biblical and political meanings - and affects various people in different ways. When thoughtlessly thrown around - this term can easily offend. In our studies and commentaries, we use "Zionism or Zionist" in a Biblical sense (unless stated otherwise). When used Biblically, it describes God's commitment to restore the original "promised land" to the Jewish people. This 'original irrevocable Divine promise' was made to Abraham and his offspring (the Israelites) in the book of Genesis and reaffirmed - by God Himself - throughout the Old Testament and by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament. God states that He will keep this promise regardless of Israel's continual disobedience and sin.
For this reason, Israel's possession
of the Promised Land is a major theme
in the Bible and stands as a testimony
to God's faithfulness.
When Jerusalem was destroyed, as prophesied by Christ in 70 A.D., an event took place that Bible scholars call; "the Diaspora". The Jewish people were 'uprooted' from their land for a second time - and scattered among the nations of the earth. The first 'uprooting' took place during their deportation to Babylon as recorded in the Old Testament. However, God promised (through an 'everlasting covenant') that He would, one day, permanently restore Israel to their previously designated land in the Middle East. Jesus indicated that this would occur at the end of the age shortly before His Second Coming. The restoration began in 1917 with the Balfour Declaration - and was later confirmed when the nation of Israel was officially established in 1948 - and again in 1967 when they regained possession of Jerusalem ... their eternal capital according to Scripture. Some historians claim that the odds of this happening by accident were millions to one.
The belief in a literal return of the Israelites to their Divinely promised land - both recorded and reaffirmed in Scripture - is often referred to by theologians as "Zionism". For this reason, those who believe what the Bible teaches ... and supports God's everlasting promise to Israel are often called; "Christian Zionists". Yet tragically, most modern-day Christians are taught to both oppose and even dispise this Biblical truth.
Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries
made the following comments about
this disastrous problem:
“In my lifetime, the biggest change in the church is the switch of church loyalty from Israel to the Palestinians. This is called ‘Christian Palestinianism.’ Before the state of Israel was born in 1948, most evangelical churches embraced ‘Christian Zionism.’ They were loyal to the state of Israel even before it was formed.”
“Today the religious left and others have swung support away from Israel to an ‘invented people,’ the Palestinians. Yasser Arafat was a superb salesman and sold the world on the idea that the Palestinians had their land stolen. Arafat was an Egyptian and there was no Palestinian people. Yet today much of the world believes the Jews live in ‘occupied territory’ rather than God-given land. This is the biggest change in my lifetime. I cannot believe what I am seeing. If the church were functioning properly, this confusion would never have happened, but the church shredded maps of Israel 25 years ago when it decided to be politically correct rather than biblically correct."
Pastor J.D. Farag, of Calvary Chapel
Caneohe, Hawaii (an Arab/Palestinian
by birth) recently conducted an entire
Bible Prophecy update session entitled
'The Palestinian Myth' that exposes
this deceptive lie that even the U.S.
government is now supporting. The full
update is available HERE
More information about the Palestinian
deception is available in this powerful
book by Ramon Bennet available at Amazon
or your Christian bookstore.
Here are more of God's statements concerning
His promise to Israel:
Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, 'Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!' Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it," says the Lord.'" (Ezekiel 37:11-14)
"'Thus says the Lord GOD: “When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God.'" (Ezekiel 28:25-26)
"Now learn this parable from the fig tree (The fig tree is the Biblical symbol for the nation of Israel): When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it (Christ's Return) is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is." (The Words of Jesus from Mark 13:28-33)
According to the Biblical definition
of Zionism, God has clearly declared
Himself to be 'a Zionist' ... since
He originally made the promise to
Israel and is now bringing it to pass.
Also - according to this same
definition - all of the early apostles
were 'Zionists' - simply because they
understood and agreed with God's
original promise made to the offspring
of Abraham - who later became Israel,
or the Israelites.
Political Zionism and Anti-Zionism
Are Dangerous Alternate Movements
With Different Agendas
The Holocaust of World War 2 eventually created two political factions that continue to exist today. First of all, certain Jews who survived the Holocaust vowed; 'never again'. As a result, they (and their offspring) sought political and religious positions of influence within various countries. The goal was to work 'within the system' to ensure that this kind of 'government sponsored murder' was never repeated. A few of the more 'radicalized' and entrenched members of this group believed that the governments of various countries should be manipulated into using their own resources as a way to further Israeli security. This group is also identified by some as 'Zionists' yet have little to do with the Biblical brand of 'Christian Zionism'.
On the other side, a remnant of those who originally planned and carried out the Holocaust - but lost World War 2 - migrated to America and various other countries. They too sought political and religious positions of authority from which to execute their agenda. They vowed - one day - to complete what the Holocaust failed to do ... which was eliminating the 'Zionists' (meaning the entire Jewish race). They instilled this same toxic mindset in their children who now hold prominent religious and political positions of authority throughtout the world.
We have to study the history and
philosophy of Nazi Germany to
fully comprehend this kind of
insatiable hatred that can only
come from a demonic source.
We discovered a surprising quote from American civil rights leader and ordained Christian minister; Dr. Martin Luther King. The statement was made because of the similarities between the persecution of black Americans - and the ongoing persecution of the Jewish people. Dr. King voiced his beliefs by saying;
"Our lives begin to end the day we become
silent about things that matter."
“I cannot stand idly by, even though I happen to live in the United States and even though I happen to be an American Negro and not be concerned about what happens to the Jews in Soviet Russia. For what happens to them happens to me and you, and we must be concerned.”
“Israel’s right to exist as a state in
security is uncontestable.”
“Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”
“I solemnly pledge to do my utmost to uphold the fair name of the Jews — because bigotry in any form is an affront to us all.”
“When people criticize Zionists they
mean Jews, you are talking anti-Semitism.”
Authenticated Quotes From
Dr. Martin Luther King
Since little effort is made to
properly define the difference
between political Zionism and
Biblical Zionism - they are often
treated the same by those who
embrace a radicalized form of
Christian anti-Semitism - which
seeks to eliminate or silence
anyone or anything supportive
This is why those who embrac the political brand of 'anti-Zionism' (also known as anti-Semitism) - refuse to tolerate any expression of Biblical Zionism because it supports God's everlasting promise to restore Israel's land as previously described.
As a result, anti-Zionists insist
that only their beliefs represent
Despite the fact that their beliefs are not supported by Scripture ... they have convinced themselves that God has permanently rejected Israel (along with His promise to restore their land) - and has replaced her with the Christian Church. As a result, they openly proclaim that Biblical Zionism represents a false form of Christianity ... because it 'supports those who originally crucified Christ'. However, this popular defense, which might seem reasonable to the inexperienced masses, is based on man-made religious doctrine - and not on the teachings of the Bible.
This toxic anti-Jewish theology that operates within Christendom represents a serious threat to the truth of the Gospel. It is not just a harmless or unimportant 'difference of opinion'.
When God made His original land covenant with Abraham and his offspring (the Israelites) - both a curse and a blessing was included as part of the deal. The curse was directed at any individual, group or nation who opposed the fulfillment of this covenant - or attempted to destroy the nation of Israel.
Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.
(Speaking to a future Israel, God said;)
I will bless those who bless you, and I
will curse him who curses you; and in you
all the families of the earth shall be
blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)
Contrary to popular church teaching, the covenant God made with Abraham and his descendants (the Bible calls it 'an everlasting covenant') - along with the curse and blessing contained within it - was not discontinued when the Jews conspired to have Jesus (their Messiah) crucified.
God wants the world to understand
that He is serious about keeping His
promises, especially the ones designated
as 'everlasting'. This is why the
curse and blessing remains in full
Watching the rapid spread of anti-Semitism
within the Church and understanding the
danger it represents, popular Bible teacher
and author J. Vernon McGee once stated;
"No true believer can hate the Jew"
However, Christendom is now dominated by a political brand of anti-Zionism (also known as anti-Semitism) that despises and hates the Jew. It masquerades as fundamental Christian doctrine ... but does not originate from Jesus Christ or our Heavenly Father. Think about that.
An Ungodly Contempt for Israel
The shame and horror of the Holocaust failed to bring Christendom (and, in particular - the Roman Catholic Church) to a place of permanently rejecting all forms of anti-Semitism. This influence not only continued after the end of World War 2 ... but greatly intensified. As a result, many mainline Christian denominations now embrace various brands of 'religiously justified' anti-Semitism. The influence has progressed to such an extent - that they try to rewrite Biblical history because it's rooted in Jewish culture. The situation has reached a point where we are now in danger of seeing another holocaust unless God intervenes. Make no mistake; all Jewish people living today are aware of this growing threat.
Christians who willingly embrace this
ungodly agenda have forgotten
Saint Paul's warning ...
'Remember that you (speaking to
all Gentile Christians) do not
support the root, but the root
(which is 'Jewish and Hebrew')
As previously stated; a popular denominational theology, which began in the first century teaches that God has permanently rejected Israel (or the Israelites) because they crucified Christ. As a result, its many leaders and supporters are convinced that God has replaced Israel with the Church - which they now incorrectly refer to as 'the new Israel'. This teaching and its countless variants is known as Replacement theology (or 'Supersessionism') - and has become a mainstream influence within Christendom on both the Roman Catholic and Protestant sides of the isle. But, the Apostle Paul rejected this teaching in his New Testament Epistles ... and would condemn it again if he were alive today.
As a result, we should
remember that ...
Jesus Christ the Messiah of Israel
and the Lord of the New Testament
Church was...and still is
And His native country was...and
still is Israel.
The Bible states that when the
Second Coming occurs, Jesus
returns to a specific location
in the city of Jerusalem, which
is the eternal capital of Israel
as far as God is concerned.
Contrary to various church
leaders and their followers, that
which God has declared to be true
is what all Christians should
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