By Jim Searcy
The best definition of a Jew ever written, was written by the Apostle Paul at the end of Romans Chapter 2.
Rom 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. Simply put, a Jew is a God Pleaser.
So if someone hates Jews, or anyone else for that matter, they are not pleasing God, and are in for one ultimate horrible surprise. If someone comes against you for loving the Jews and standing up for them, and calls you a Jew, or a Jew lover, just say - Thank you. Heaven is going to be full, 100% full of redeemed SINNERS. There will be NO workers of INIQUITY. Matt 7:22-23. Racism is a form of iniquity. If you don't like Jews you won't like heaven because it will be 100% full of them, the natural ones, and the grafted in spiritual ones, all of them God Pleasers.
Let us try to
UNDERSTAND the meaning of the terms "Jews" and
"Feast of the Jews" found in the New Testament.
One of the most sad and grievous things in the realm of religion, is how that some people have so perverted, and twisted, and wrested the scriptures, so as to justify Jew hatred and anti-Semitism. These sad, sorry, deceived, and deluded people are champions of Satan the devil. They compound their iniquity by doing their work for the devil, in the name of Jesus Christ. The bible says they are going to be cursed by God.
Christians should not hate anyone and ESPECIALLY not the Jews. In the New Testament, over 20 times we are told that Yeshua, Jesus, is the King of the Jews. Yet these people do not want to obey THE KING. They will say they have somehow replaced Israel. They will say that they are the true Jews. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yet they use the name of Jesus to justify their devilish hatred of Jews. Indeed there are those who say they are Jews, and are not. But it is much more sure that these Jew haters who call themselves Christians, are NOT Christians. Some estimate that perhaps only 2% of those who call themselves Christians really are, in this crooked and perverse generation which is on a collision course with the Judgment of God Almighty.
These hate groups, often called Identity groups, by their perversion and wresting of the scriptures, serve the devil in the name of Jesus Christ. God has said He will bless those who bless the Jews and curse those who curse them. Somehow the devil has so twisted these racial identity groups to hate the people that God said we are to bless. Unless they repent, people like Pete Peters are most certainly going to go to hell. Racism and anti-Semitism is a work of iniquity. Heaven will be full of redeemed sinners, and there will be NO WORKERS of INIQUITY. Mat 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work INIQUITY. The identity racial hatred groups will be CURSED BY GOD.
The truth is that Yeshua, Jesus IS King of the Jews. Therefore, if you claim to love Jesus, you MUST love and identify with the Jewish people. Yes, we MUST love the Jews, the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, or else we will stand the very real possibility of being CURSED by the God of Abraham.
Here is the best definition of a Jew ever written: Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
BE A GOD PLEASER - that is how this definition from the word of God defines a Jew. Can you identify with that? Are you a God Pleaser? We should IDENTIFY with that. Let us stand with, and be complimented to be called Jews, and Jew lovers. To be a real genuine Christian one can be no other way.
What about the Jews delivering Jesus to be crucified? They were the designated priests of God. They had to be the ones to sacrifice the Lamb of God. What a big mistake the devil made when he got the Jewish High Priest to sacrifice the Lamb of God. 1 Cor 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
These are My Feasts saith the Lord. God does NOT change. How come the New Testament makes reference to Feasts of the Jews? The word Jews is found 175 times in the New Testament and 66 times in John's Gospel. John is the only one who makes this reference to "Feast of the Jews." He is not at all saying The Feasts of the Lord are Feasts of the Jews as some people like to think. God does NOT Change. These are MY feasts Saith the Lord. They are Feasts of the Lord, and soon we will see that John confirms and affirms that truth.
John's gospel is most often used by the apostate "identity" hate groups. The perverse "Identity" groups use John's gospel to make negative, misleading and false statements, to induce hatred of the Jews. They will say things such as "the Jews did persecute Jesus." "The Jews sought to kill Him." "The Jews spoke against Him." "The Jews did not believe Him." "The Jews took up stones to stone Him." "The Jews put pressure on Pilot to kill Him." All of these statements may be wrested from John's gospel and demonstrates a willing ignorance in wresting the scripture, and NOT rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
The anti-Semitic atrocities committed in the name of the church of Jesus Christ through the last sixteen hundred years, which claimed New Testament justification, requires repentance, and not continued perverse wresting of the scriptures. It helps nothing to assume such long history of perverse action justifies the atrocities in any way. Rightly dividing the Word of truth should have stopped such atrocities from the beginning. But the historical Jew hatred, especially from the Roman Catholic Church, is one long gross sad history of iniquity.
Anyone who would rightly divide the word of truth, would show that Yeshua and the New Testament, strongly condemn anti-Semitism. Any form of ethnic or racial hatred, is condemned as a work of iniquity. To say that "the Jews," as used in John's gospel, meant that the whole nation was against Him, is ridiculous. That would be like saying ALL the "white people" in America opposed Abraham Lincoln, and had him killed. It does not take rocket scientist mentality to recognize that it was a small religious group which opposed Jesus.
Do you consider Jesus your KING? The Bible says 22 times in the New Testament that Jesus is the King of the Jews. Does that make you want to be a Jew so that Jesus, who is the King of the Jews, will be your King? Indeed this is the meaning which Paul gives us that Jesus, Yeshua, is King of the God Pleasers. Do you identify with this? Do you desire Jesus as your King? BE a God Pleaser, not a self pleaser, or a man pleaser. You can not claim to be a Christian and hate Jews. That is an oxymoron.
Every time, all 66 times, John uses the word Jews in his gospel, he uses the Greek word IOUDAIOS - G2453. The best definition of IOUDAIOS, would be that small religious group of rulers of Judea. IOUDAIOS would distinguish Judean Jews, especially in the Temple Religious Complex, FROM ALL OTHER Jews, such as Galilean Jews, or Jews of the Diaspora. It most CERTAINLY WOULD NOT REPRESENT THE ENTIRE JEWISH RACE or nation. To say or believe that ALL the Jews hated and wanted to kill Jesus - makes as much sense as to say ALL the white people in America hated and wanted to kill Martin Luther King. Such an idea or statement is a ridiculous, gross, lie. The Jews did not cause the sacrifice of Jesus, it was my sins and your sins.
Remembered that it was necessary for the designated High Priest to offer the sacrifice which would sprinkle the BLOOD of the SIN offering on the Mercy Seat. 1 Cor 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Now we come to the term that John uses "Feast of the Jews." Here again we see the FACT that John's Gospel use of Jews INVARIABLY represents that very small sub group of Jewish religious rulers IN JERUSALEM. There were 3 feasts, of the 7 FEASTS of THE LORD, wherein Jewish men were required to go up to Jerusalem, specifically to the temple mount. That is what makes a Jew to be a DEVOUT man as in Acts 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Devout men were the men who would come in from the Diaspora, (all over the world), to go up to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem for the 3 required FEASTS of THE LORD. The 3 required FEASTS of THE LORD are Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. That is PRECISELY the usage, and exactly what John is doing, when he uses the term "Feast of the Jews". John is designating that the feast was one of the 3 FEASTS of THE LORD, where the men were required to go up to the Temple Complex in Jerusalem.
The use of the word Jews in John's Gospel, almost always refers to that small group in the religious complex at the Temple, or to those directly under their control or influence. In no case other than the exception of being King of the Jews would it refer to a race or nation, physical, or spiritual.
Lev 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
The FEASTS are FEASTS of THE LORD. John's usage of the term "Feast of the Jews" was specifically used to designate a feast in which devout men would go up to the Temple in Jerusalem, either the Passover FEAST of THE LORD, Pentecost FEAST of THE LORD, or Tabernacles FEAST of THE LORD. John was specifically designating the Devout or Pilgrim festivals, by using the "Feast of the Jews" term. For men had to go to the Temple Complex in Jerusalem for those specific feasts of the Lord, in order to be devout men.
It is important for us to understand this. We should be ready to stand against the perverters of scripture who misuse the term Jew in the gospels and wrest and pervert it to justify the iniquity of racism in general, and anti-Semitism in particular. It was the BURDEN OF THE LORD for the designated High Priest to sacrifice the ONCE for ALL SIN offering of the Lamb of God.
Yeshua Messiah was crucified because of MY Sins. Jesus Christ was crucified because of your sins. That is the understanding we must have - That Jesus Christ who IS Come in the Flesh was sacrifice on that Cross of Calvary for my sins. I am justified by the Faith in that perfect sacrifice of the Lamb of God for my sins. That does not give me a license to sin. By the power of His Holy Spirit it gives me the power to STOP SINNING. That is the real Christian faith which establishes the LAW. Rom 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
1 Cor 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
In the Time of Jacob's Trouble
For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. And I will bless them.
They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion. For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease. Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.
Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul loathed Zion? The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion. God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. And I will bless them.
Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey. For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.
In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion. Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim: But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved. The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Think about it.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And God said unto Abraham, And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever: for thou blessest, O LORD, and it shall be blessed for ever. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever. In the last days, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Think about it. The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great. The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it. For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof. Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God. For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.
And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the LORD. But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction. Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem. Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
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