Posted by: rshalomw | May 11, 2012

THE EVIL ROOTS OF REJECTING THE JEWISH ROOTS OF THE FAITH

This day, May 11, 2012, is the 19th of the Hebrew Month of Iyar. The Council of Nicea was convened on Iyar 19, 4085 (May 20, 325 C.E.).  The Council saw to it that they would have,”nothing in common” with the Jewish people.  Satan hatched his Evil seed during this Council.  Every True Christian must repent of this Anti-Jewishness that rooted itself in the Church.  The following article is an excellent analysis of this issue:

Israel: God’s Everlasting Covenant
Study 5 – Where Are Our Jewish Roots?
Review
We learned last week that in God’s sovereignty, He chose Israel.  He loves her just
because He loved her.  He chooses whom He chooses.  And He chose to save the
world through a Jewish Messiah.  We learned through our own scriptures that Jesus was
indeed Jewish in every way.  He was Bar Mitzvah, he studied Torah, he taught Torah in
the temple, he celebrated the Feasts, he wore the traditional four-cornered garment
with the tassels or tzitzit (today it is called a tallit or prayer shawl) and he was called
Rabbi by both his followers and even the Pharisees. We also learned how our Messiah,
Jesus, identifies with Israel in a very unique and special way.  As the Jewish people have
suffered, He chose to suffer.  And we drew some parallels in Isaiah 53.  We also talked
about the correct interpretation of Matthew 25:31-46.  Jesus so intimately identified
with His Jewish brethren that He equated whatever is done to them as the same as
doing it to Him.  We are clearly not saying that salvation is based upon how we treat
the Jewish people for that would be a gospel based upon works, and “it is by grace that
you have been saved.”  However, I believe that Jesus did teach us that true salvation is
evidenced by how we treat the Jewish people, “the least of these brothers of mine.”
Now we turn to the early church after Jesus’ death.  Although it may be obvious, we
should make the point here that Jesus’ first followers were, like Him, Jewish in every
way.  The apostles taught from the Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament). They continued
to keep the Sabbath.  They continued celebrating the Feasts.  Remember, there were
three times that Jewish adult males needed to make pilgrimage to Jerusalem – one of
those was during the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot).  In Acts 2:1-5, they were all gathered
together on Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, fifty days after Passover. This is the day which
we call Pentecost.  And in Acts 20:16, we are told about Paul sailing past Ephesus
because he was in a hurry to get to Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost, which
is Shavuot.  He was trying to get to Jerusalem in time to celebrate this major Jewish
feast!  They still circumcised their male children.  They still went to the temple.  (see
Acts 2:46; 5:12, 42).  And they were present in the temple daily during the normal hours
of prayer.  (See Acts 3:1).  Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, was still an observant Jew. 
If you read the book of Acts, Romans and others of his writings, he defended his
observance of the law and his Jewishness.  So what happened?  Why have things
changed?
I.  Partners in Crime – The seeds of anti-Semitism
• Replacement Theology is simply the belief that believers in Jesus Christ are the
“New Israel” – that “Old Israel” has been rejected by God because they rejected
the Messiah.  He’s finished with them, and now He’s working with us.  This is a
lie, and as we shall see, it has been birthed in the pit of hell.
• Islam, in brief, is a religious, social and political system of belief that teaches its
followers they are destined by Allah, the god of Abraham, Ishmael and
Mohammed to rule the earth through Sharia law according to his will.  We will see how these two have worked in the past and are working together today to
destroy God’s plan. 
A.  History of the Church
In Romans 11:11-12, Paul wrote these timeless words:  “So, I ask, have they stumbled
so as to fall beyond recovery?  Not at all!  Rather because of their transgression,
salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.  But if their transgression
means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much
greater riches will their fullness bring!
In the Greek, the word fullness is “pleroma”, and can be translated “completion” or it
can mean “finishing a task.”  
QUESTION:  In light of what this word means, what do you think Paul is really saying?
ANSWER:  Israel’s sin (rejecting Messiah) has meant spiritual riches for the world and
for the Gentiles because the gospel was brought to them.  But Paul is saying even
greater riches will be brought to the world, and those of us who already believe, when
Israel believes.
Contrary to what some believe, God is not finished with His task about Israel.  He has
not completed what He means to accomplish where Israel is concerned.  As the saying
goes, “We ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” 
Paul goes on to say in Romans 11:13-14, “I am talking to you Gentiles.  Inasmuch as I
am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry in the hope that I may
somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them.”  
Dan Juster writes in Jewish Roots, “Here we read the wonderful directive of God
through Paul – that Jewish people see the riches of the Gospel in the lives of non-Jews
and be moved to jealousy because of the reality which such a life and love so manifest. 
By this jealousy, they would turn to the Messiah and receive Him.  Sadly, the history of
the Church hardly fulfilled this mission.”
The Church has done little to arouse the jealousy and envy of the Jewish people.  In fact,
the Church has done the exact opposite.
Juster again writes on p. 141, “Soon after the Jewish apostles died, leadership of the
Church was transferred to people who had no great respect for Jews or Judaism. 
Rather than seeing Jewish people as erring brethren to whom they were indebted for
the gifts of Scripture, the Messiah and Old Testament saints, the Jewish people were
looked upon as reprobates hated by God.  Sentiment expressed against some Jewish
leaders by Jewish followers of Yeshua was used by later non-Jewish leaders as an
indictment of all Jewish people.” We don’t have time for a full church history lesson, so we’ll touch on a few key things
that happened to “gentilize” the church and remove all vestiges of Jewishness.
• They were blamed for killing Jesus.  Don Finto on p. 88 of Your People Shall
Be My People, explains that around the middle of the third century, it was widely
believed among Christians that the destruction of Jerusalem and the dispersion
of the Jews were God’s method of showing the world that he was finished with
them.  Origen, a popular theologian had written that the Jews had “committed a
crime of the most unhallowed kind, in conspiring against the Saviour of the
human race.” (written in Against Celsius).  The Jewish people were blamed for
killing the Messiah.
• First Nicene Council – 325 A.D.  Constantine called the Nicene Council in
order to bring resolution to doctrinal disputes and divisions, and they changed
the date of the Resurrection celebration.  Passover was too Jewish, and they
wanted to further separate themselves from Jewish influence.  They renamed the
Resurrection Easter, and that forever changed the Church’s calendar, “estranging
the Church from her roots and her spiritual ‘parents’.” (Don Finto, p. 89)  Finto
further explains that when Jewish people came to faith in Jesus, they had to
renounce everything Jewish.  If they refused, they were considered heretics.
• Second Nicene Council – 787 A.D.  By this time, Jewish Believers had to
prove they were truly Christians.  They had to forsake Sabbath observance or
any other Jewish custom in order to receive Communion.  In some cases, they
were forced to eat pork in front of church witnesses in order to prove their
disdain for their heritage.
• Lateran Councils of A.D. 1179 and A.D. 1215 – Finto points out that Jews
had to live in separate neighborhoods of the city and had to wear distinctive
dress.  “This paved the way for ghetto living and the yellow badge required prior
to and during the time of the Nazi Holocaust.”  (p. 90)
• Martin Luther – was one of the heroes of the Reformation.  Martin Luther was
instrumental in returning the Church to the Bible and he is considered the father
of Protestantism.  He inspired Believers to cast off the yoke of oppression
imposed by the Roman Catholic Church.  Few of us know that he was an antiSemite, and he wrote and preached of his vitriolic hatred of the Jews.  This is
something of which he was proud and not at all ashamed.  Unfortunately, he
helped bring about further disdain for the chosen people of God.  Let me quote
from a tract he wrote entitled Concerning the Jews and Their Lies: (excerpted from
John Hagee’s book Jerusalem Countdown.)
First, their synagogues or churches should be set on fire.  And whatever does not burn up
should be covered or spread over with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a cinder or
stone of it.  And this ought to be done for the honor of God and of Christianity in order that God
may see that we are Christians…
Secondly, their homes should be broken down and destroyed.  Thirdly, they should be
deprived of their prayer books and the Talmud in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blaspheme
are taught.  Fourthly, their rabbis must be forbidden under the threat of death to teach
anymore…
Fifthly, passport and traveling privileges should be absolutely forbidden to Jews.  Let them
stay at home.  Sixthly, they ought to be stopped for usury…Seventhly, let the young and strong Jews and Jewesses be given the flail, the axe, the hoe, the spade, the distaff, and spindle, and let
them earn their bread by the sweat of their noses as is enjoined upon Adam’s children.  We ought
to drive the lazy bones out of our system.
If, however, we are afraid that they might harm us personally, or our wives, children, servants,
cattle, etc…then let us apply the same cleverness (expulsion) as the other nations…and settle with
them for that which they have extorted from us, and after having it divided up fairly, let us drive
them out of the country for all time.
To sum up, dear princes and notables who have Jews in your domains, if this advice of mine
does not suit you, then find a better one so that you and we may all be free from this inseparable
Jewish burden…the Jews.
Luther’s writings were quoted in Hitler’s Mein Kampf!  Unfortunately, Hitler found
exactly what he needed to justify his own hatred of the Jewish people.  Paul had seen
the potential danger signs of “replacement theory” and the seedlings of disdain growing
for the Jewish people in the last days of his life.  This is why he wrote a warning to the
Roman church: “Do not boast over those branches,” (speaking of the branches who had
been broken off so they could be grafted in).  “If you do, consider this: You do not
support the root, but the root supports you.  Do not be arrogant” (see Romans 11:18,
20).
It is very unfortunate that the Church has not heeded his warning.  Believers have, in
many cases, unwittingly followed the devil and continued down the seemingly harmless
path of belief that we have replaced Israel in all that God has promised the Jewish
people.  Given all the persecution the Jews have endured from the supposed Christian
Church, it is no wonder that they look upon the Cross with such abrogation.  It is no
wonder that when a Jew comes to faith in Messiah, he struggles with feelings of
betraying his people.  And the members of his family and community feel betrayed by
him as well.
10-15 minutes of DISCUSSION.
QUESTION:  If you’re Jewish, how do you feel about the lack of understanding the
Gentile church has about their Jewish roots?  Have you experienced anti-Semitism? 
From your perspective, how has your Jewishness been viewed in the Church?  
QUESTION:  For Gentile Christians, have you been taught in church about the
Jewishness of your faith?   Have you heard that Christians are the “New Israel”?
QUESITON:  How does the Jewish view of Messiah differ from the traditionally
Christian view?
Dan and I were talking this past week, and we’d like to make some parallels between
Replacement Theology and Anti-Semitism.  Replacement Theology is a nice, “churchy”
term that disguises what it’s really about:  Anti-Semitism.  We contend that the
influence of this belief has led to not sharing the gospel with the Jews.  Dan and I believe
that modern Christianity has been influenced by replacement theology.  We have been
influenced by the view that since the Jews rejected their Messiah, God subsequently
rejected them and went after the Gentiles instead.  How have we been influenced?  Let
me ask you a question.  How many of us have sought to share the gospel with the
Jewish people?  How many of us have sought to build relationships with Jews?  How many of us have prayed for the Jewish people?  Please understand, these questions are
not meant to bring condemnation, but only a realization of how we have all been
affected by this false doctrine.  I myself, have repented of forgetting about the Jewish
people. Though it is perhaps more by naïve omission rather than overt commission,
nonetheless, we are not directly taught about how Jewish was our Messiah, nor how
Jewish was the early church.  We are not widely taught in sermons or bible studies how
the final act of God’s glorious plan of salvation will be to spectacularly reveal Himself to
Israel.  In the final showdown on Earth, He will demonstrate how much He
unequivocally loves Israel – not just in order to restore the land, but in order to save
the Jewish people.  We are taught these truths from the perspective of how much God
loves us, the Church.  This is most certainly true, because we have been grafted into
Israel.  But we are forgetting that we have been given the gospel to not only reach the
rest of the Gentile world with God’s love for them, but we also have a responsibility to
reach out to the Jewish people, through whom these glorious truths have come.  So,
let’s begin anew and bring joy to the heart of the God of Israel by doing what our Jewish
Messiah has commanded.  Let’s get back to our Jewish roots, and understand fully what
He taught and lived, to understand those He came to first, by loving and serving them in
humility to such a degree that they become envious and jealous of what we have, and
they too want to know the Messiah they have rejected.  
Zechariah 12:10 says, “And I will pour out on the house of David and on those living
in Jerusalem a spirit of grace and prayer; and they will look to me, whom they pierced. 
They will mourn for him as one mourns for an only son.”  There will be great grieving
on that day because the remnant, the Jewish people will finally recognize as a nation,
that Yeshua is their Messiah.  They will grieve so bitterly that mourning will be heard
throughout the land.  It is not written in the Scriptures, but I believe there is an
implication taught, that we, through God’s power and grace, we may be equipped by
Him to reduce the number who mourn because many will come to faith in Him ahead of
this time.  We can do that through a number of ways, which we will discuss in our final
study.
VIDEO of Walid (12 minutes)
Discussion of Islam (8:30-9:00):
Islam is Satan’s modern day plan for the destruction of God’s people.  It is the ultimate
in Hitler’s Final Solution.  And we need to understand this.  For after radical Islamists kill
all the Jews (Abraham’s children), their intention is to kill Israel’s offspring, the
Christians.  The Jews are the pigs, and the Christians are the monkeys.  First they kill
the Saturday people.  Then they kill the Sunday people.  This is what the Quran teaches.
Grand Mufti of Jerusalem conspired with Hitler on the Final Solution for the Jews in the
Middle East. 
This family feud between Abraham’s physical children is not about land, though they are
trying to make it about that in order to gain the sympathy of the world.  This conflict is
about whose god is greater…the God of Israel or Allah.  Let’s see that this is true. The Counterfeit Beliefs – Just a few of the differences.  We have a handout for you
called Islam vs. Christianity, which is found on http://www.geocites.com.
• The God of Israel is love vs. Allah is a god of the sword
• The God of Israel is personal and can be known vs. Allah is not personal and
cannot be known
• Isaac is the child of promise vs. Ishmael is the child of promise
• Land belongs to Abraham’s descendants through Isaac vs. the land belongs to
Abraham’s Arab children through Ishmael
• The Jews pray facing Jerusalem vs. Muslims pray facing away from Jerusalem
toward Mecca 
• Jerusalem is the holiest place for Jews & Christians vs. Mecca is the holiest place
for Muslims (so why are they fighting over Jerusalem???)
• Isaac was laid on the altar for sacrifice vs. Ishmael was laid on the altar
• Jesus is the Son of God and is Diety vs. Jesus is the son of Mary and is not Diety.
• The Bible is the infallible Word of God vs. the Bible was corrupted over the
years and the Qur’an, as revealed to Mohammed has superceded the Bible
• Jesus was a Jew and is the Messiah of the world sent by the God of Israel vs.
Jesus is a messenger of Allah who will come back as a Muslim
• Jesus died on the cross for the salvation of mankind vs. Jesus was taken to
heaven by god and Judas Iscariot, who was made to look like Jesus, died on the
cross
• Man is born a sinner and needs a savior vs. man is not born a sinner and does
not need a savior.
• Salvation by grace and complete faith in Jesus vs. salvation by works and
complete surrender to Islam
Unlike what we’ve heard in the media “Allah Akhbar” does not mean “god is great.”  It
means “god is greater.  The Muslims are challenging the God of Israel and taunting His
people, just as Goliath and the Philistines did long ago.  They are saying, “Allah is greater
than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
Allah, the enemy of our God, today in the form of Islam, has rallied his troops to fight
once again against the God of Israel and His people.  Why?  To destroy God’s people
and to take God’s land for himself.  He knows his time is short.  Long ago, the God of
Israel gave a solemn warning to Israel to make no peace agreements with their enemy.  
Contrary to what the world teaches, the Old Testament teaches Israel was to make no
peace agreements with the enemy – See Exodus 23:31-33.  Why? God Himself says it
will cause them to sin against Him and will be a snare to them.  Deut 7:1-4 explains
that the nations the Israelites have driven out need to be destroyed.  No peace treaties! 
Why so severe?  Because these enemies would cause them to commit idolatry.  I also
believe it is because it would set them up to make a covenant of death in the future –
see Isaiah 28:15, 18.  This is exactly what is happening today.  Israel is ready to make
agreements with their enemies, they are trading away the very land God gave them.  They are desperate for peace.  And God knew that someday, the Antichrist would
come and make a covenant with them that would be broken.  Interestingly, Islam allows
for a temporary cease-fire, called a “hudna” to be made with infidels if it is to their
advantage.  If your enemy is stronger, the Quran teaches, you may make a treaty with
him until the time comes when you are stronger; then you may break it and overpower
him with the sword.  This is part of Sharia law and is called the principal of “taqiah”.  A
muslim may lie to his enemy in order to gain advantage over him.
So now what.  What is the solution?  We need stand up for the God of Israel, like David
did to Goliath.  Read Jeremiah 6:16 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the
crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in
it, and you will find rest for your souls.”
We need to turn to the God of Israel.  We need to repent for ignoring our Jewish
roots, which has given birth to Anti-Semitism.  I believe it is Anti-Semitism that is the
cause of all the division in the Church.  As we divided ourselves from our Jewish
brethren, the seeds of division have taken root in Christianity.  Jesus prayed for unity
and that He would be known because of our love.  Christianity has not left that legacy
that He prayed for…I believe the solution is rekindling the dying embers of the
Jewishness of our faith.  I believe those who get back to basics, to the ancient paths, will
find more than rest for our souls.  We’ll find more of the sweetness of God’s presence
in our lives – first a sprinkling, then a stream, then a river, then a fountain gushing forth
from our lives, touching everything we do and everyone with whom we come into
contact.  We are at a crossroads.  Will we return to the good way, and walk in it?

 

 

 

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