|And he said, Thy name
shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a
prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
From the beginning, His invitation to become a member of His family was open to any hungry Gentile who wanted to find a refuge in the God of Abraham. Many Gentiles became part of the nation throughout Old Testament history. Even though Israel has often been a suffering and afflicted people for thousands of years, there have always been some Gentiles who have willingly joined themselves to God's people down through the ages.
According to Daniel, the last days will be the worst time Israel has ever known. Maybe some would respond that there is no need to pray since God has already promised that He would save the remnant. That was not Daniel's response when he learned that God had promised to restore Israel from Babylonian captivity after 70 years. God moves in response to prayer. When He decides to do something, He raises up intercessors. He shares His burden with them and they also share the reward that comes when their prayers are answered.
"Churchianity" has accused the Jews of being "Christ killers." It has been taught that the "Churchianity" took the place of Israel in God's plan. Do we know who God's people are? They include all Jews and all Gentiles who believe that Messiah is the Kinsman-Redeemer of all the spiritually poor and needy throughout the earth. In the early Church, for the first ten years after the cross, the Church leaders could not understand that the Gentiles had also been included in the Lord's plan. They participated in the offering of the lamb for the morning oblation. They participated in the offering of the lamb at the evening oblation. They knew that the oblation affirmed that the God of Israel owned the fullness of the earth because He created it. Unlike the other Jews, who did not know or recognize Messiah, they knew the lambs offered at the morning and evening oblation affirmed that the God of Israel owned the fullness of the whole earth because He has also redeemed it.
It took a tremendous spiritual experience in Peter's life to show him that he should not call any man "unclean" if God had pronounced him clean. It is very ironic that today, after 2,000 years of Church history, many leaders in the "Churchianity" simply do not understand that the Jews have also been included in God's plan for these last days. Gentiles and Jews form the same family of God. Through the cross of Messiah, the way into the family of God has become much easier than it used to be. Instead of going through a complex religious conversion as Gentiles had to do in Old Testament times, and still must do if they desire to become orthodox Jews, every Gentile can now actually be born into the family. When an adopted person discovers how he became part of his family, he sometimes has a struggle with feeling less a part of that family than if he had been born into it. If we have the Spirit, then we have a witness that we are children of God, but the "adoption" is something that is future - something for which we eagerly wait. The New Covenant does not say that we are God's adopted children.
The reason we are part of the family of God today is that we have experienced the glorious new birth. In that second birth, the very life of the Jew, the Lord Yeshua Messiah, takes up residence within us. Even when He lives in us, He is never seen by God as His Son by adoption! In fact, we become part of the family of God that is called "Israel" because "Israel" is one of the Lord's more than seven-hundred names found in the Bible. According to Isaiah 49:1-6, Israel is not only the name of His people, but it is the name of our Kinsman-Redeemer. He tells us that we are "called by His name" (Isa. 43:1,7). Paul assures us that from that name "the whole family in heaven and earth is named." The name that God has given to His family is "Israel," and we become part of that family when the very life if its most important member and the One who is its very Creator, lives within us.
We became members of Adam's family at our first birth, when the life of the first Adam was given to us. We become members of the family of God, Israel, at our second birth, when the life of the second Adam, Messiah, was given to us. Far from being adopted children, the Bible declares that we were "born of God." The Bible literally teaches us in the New Covenant that we were "fathered by" God or "begotten" of God. Yeshua was called "the Son of God" because He, too, was "born" or "fathered by" God. We are also told that He was "the firstborn among many brethren," and that "both he that sanctifieth (Messiah) and they who are sanctified (us) are all of one (from God the Father); for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren:"
The same thing that caused Messiah Yeshua to be called the Father's "firstborn son" - Messiah living in a body of flesh - is what causes us to be called His sons by birth - Messiah living in our bodies of flesh as a result of us being born again. He calls us "earthen vessels" in which we have this heavenly "treasure." Because the Holy Spirit of Messiah Himself, who lives in us, you therefore are not to be called an "adopted son." What a privilege to be a member of the family of God by birth!
Unfortunately, many Christians are rejecting both God's family and its name today through their attitude of heart and lack of understanding. It is essential that the Gentiles understand that, as true Christians, God has made them one with the nation of Israel. God has never rejected the people that came out of Egypt. He has never changed His plan for them, and He has never broken His eternal covenant with them.
Israel in the Middle East will soon go through the travail of their soul in a way they have never experienced before.
Are you willing to suffer with God's people?
You can do so, as a beginning, at least in your heart and attitude towards Israel.
In your spirit, will you be with them in their time of severe discipline and cleansing?
Will you carry a burden in the Spirit for their sakes before the throne of God?
Will you pray for the peace of Jerusalem, the city where His throne will be established - the city where He also wants you to live with Him?
Or will you be one who declares that they deserve what they are getting?
I fear for many members in the so-called "Churchianity" today. I fear that , because of an unmerciful attitude, they will also "get what they deserve" from the Just Judge instead of receiving the mercy that our loving God has reserved for all those who recognize their own great need and weakness!
Paul strongly warns the Gentiles, "For I speak to you Gentiles....For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 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 therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off."
Those who see the Jews today as a people who are worse than themselves may be surprised to discover that God still loves the Jews. In fact, the severe discipline that will come to Israel through the prince, antichrist, is proof of God's love for the nation. It is not a proof that He has rejected them! A critical attitude always sets a person up for a great fall.
The Gentile Christians living outside Israel may not face the wrath of the antichrist, but without God's grace, they may very well be taken by power of the spirit behind him - Satan himself and other antichrist forces in the world today. God is calling us to weep with those who weep. We must be on our face in repentance for the sins of our fathers against God's chosen people.
"Churchianity" slammed the door of good news of Messiah Yeshua, in the face of the Jews in the council of Nicea II. Thanks to the recent information from Dr. Dan Juster, and other scholars, we may finally properly expose the truth of the Church's sins of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is antichrist and anti-God. The anti-Semitism in the regional councils of the 4th century led ultimately to the official ban of the good news from God's chosen people. Without repentance of what "Churchianity" has continued to do for 1500 years, it is almost certain that they will join the antichrist apostasy of the last days of the 1990's.
The attitude of "Churchianity" has been the foundation for the killing of Jews in the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Pogroms, and the Holocaust. Without repentance "Churchianity" will not be raptured as it likes to think; but, will join behind the antichrist in the final holocaust. God is calling us to stand with His natural people through the travail of intercession until the whole remnant comes into His purposes in these last days, along with the Gentile Believers. The Gentiles who love Israel and their God will become a channel through which His salvation will come to the entire world. They will become totally one with Israel so that the life or "fatness of the olive tree" will flow through them to the world in the last days just as it will flow through natural born Israelites who are in Messiah also. Together we shall bring in God's harvest. May God grant that we be part of the blessing of Abraham that will come upon all the earth in these last days. Darkness will definitely cover the earth, including every nation, but the light of His glory "will arise over (His people), and His glory will be seen" -- resting upon all those who receive His grace to remain grafted into the root along with the natural branches!
In spite of what Israel faces, are you willing to become one with them in your heart and attitude? Will you carry a burden for the remnant that will be saved?
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 antisemitism 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.
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