There are millions who see eretz Israel (the political State known as "Israel")
as a veritable sacred cow that must be supported at any cost -- even at the
cost of human life, peace, and the security of their own country. People
who claim to be Christian are even collaborating with plans to rebuild the
"Third Temple" (there've already been three, actually, if one counts Herod's
rebuilding of the second Temple) in Jerusalem and restore animal
sacrifices, all with no qualms about the mosque that is there and the
human carnage that would ensue after tearing it down, and not realizing,
apparently, that what they are doing is a direct insult to Christ's sacrifice.
springs from a theology called "dispensationalism," the idea that God has
one plan for "ethnic Jews" and another plan for the Church. The view of history
held by adherents of this theology is some variation of the following:
God promises Jewish
people an earthly kingdom to be ruled by Messiah
The Messiah comes
to offer Jews their earthly kingdom that would establish Jewish law throughout
the land, but Jews reject Him, so the promise is postponed
But the Church
develops, an unforseen consequence of the Messiah's Coming, and the Church
Age, or the "Parenthesis Period" as far as God's plan for "Israel" goes,
begins (i.e., the "parenthesis" is the "pause" in God's "real" plan, which
is for ethnic Jews)
At some point,
out of the clear blue, with no warnings, the Christ will come to rapture
up the Church
The Rapture will
be followed by the Tribulation and appearance of the Antichrist
Then 144,000 Jews
preach the Gospel
After things heat
up, the Battle of Armageddon will occur
Christ will come
a third time, which will bring on an instant conversion of "all Israel"
God will set up
His Millenial Kingdom and bind Satan. For ethnic Jews, this Kindgom will
be on earth, in the natural order and with a restoration of Temple sacrifices;
for the Church, its members and the resurrected Saints go to the Heavenly
Jerusalem, suspended over the earthly city
Satan is loosed
for a season and a revolt by some will follow
Christ comes again
(a fourth time!) for the final judgement, more resurrections, and a new Heaven
and a new earth
There are so many
problems -- out and out heresies -- involved with this mode of thought that
it's hard to know where to begin. The theological and political implications
of believing that a certain ethnic group (a literal matter of either DNA
or socialization such that one grows up calling one's self "a Jew") has been
chosen by God, to the exclusion of other human beings, are
simply morally revolting and dangerous to the goal of peace. Obviously God
entered into History and did so through the Hebrews, but this Covenant was
not only an honor, but a moral obligation, and one which, I will show, was
open to all human beings. It had to begin somewhere, but it
was not restricted to its familial origins. Families were, and are now, an
integral part of the Covenants as children are included in the Covenental
promises (see Genesis 17:7-13 and Acts 2:38-39, which help explain why the
Hebrews circumcized and Catholics-Orthodox baptize their children), but a
child who is part of these Covenants can grow up to leave it.
Let's start, though, with the idea that the Messiah came, offered to the
Jews an earthly kingdom, but was killed by them instead. Jesus said in John
"My kingdom is
not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants
fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom
not from hence."
... and in the
second parable of Matthew 25:34:
"Then shall the
King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit
the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world"
His Kingdom is
not an earthly one, it is spiritual -- and it has been thus from the foundations
of the world! To say that Christ came to offer the genetic Jews an earthly
kingdom which they refused is not only racist, but it is to call our Lord
a failure and a liar. He did not come to set up an earthly Kingdom; He came
to redeem us with His Passion and Blood. Just before His crucifixion, He
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this
world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow
me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me,
him will my Father honour. Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say?
Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this
hour. [NLT: "But that is the very reason why I came"!]
That some Jews
misunderstood the nature of the Kingdom as revealed by the ancient Prophets
is made clear by Paul in Acts 13:27:
"For they that
dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet
the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled
them in condemning him."
Some of the Jews
like Paul, Peter, Matthew, Stephen, etc., -- the remnant -- understood, said
yes to Christ, and remained as Israel. Others rejected Him:
Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard,
and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower,
and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time
of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they
might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and
beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them
But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my
son.But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This
is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When
the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let
out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits
in their seasons.
Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which
the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is
the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto
you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing
forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall
be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived
that he spake of them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they
feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.
many Christians today can't read plain Scripture.
The Church is Israel
How much more clear
does Paul have to be to show that the Church is Israel, the very
seed of Abraham? Galatians 3:7-29:
Know ye therefore
that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And
the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith,
preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations
be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is
written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are
written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by
the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, the just shall live by faith.
And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for
us: for it is written, cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That
the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ;
that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant,
yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. Now to
Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds,
as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. And this
I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the
law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that
it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the
law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. Wherefore
then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the
seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels
in the hand of a mediator.
Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. Is the law then
against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given
which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the
law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by
faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith
came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards
be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ,
that we might be justified by faith.
But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For
ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you
as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither
Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male
nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's,
then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
(See more here:
The Church is Israel
and here: God's Promises
never were and are not now based on race to the exclusion of those who are
not biologically descended from Abraham. From the very first Book of Sacred
Scripture, when God made a Covenant with Abraham, there were included people
who were not the literal, physical descendants of Abraham. Exodus 12:48
"And when a stranger
[ie, a non-Hebrew] shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to
the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and
keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no
uncircumcised person shall eat thereof."
the Nations was not the goal of Old Testament Israel, all were welcome to
the Covenant, as all are welcome to Christ today (in fact, at the time of
Christ, corrupted Judaism was a proselytizing religion as a matter of historical
fact, though not as a part of the intrinsic nature of the Old Covenant
1). The literal bloodline of Abraham
was important for the hereditary Aaronic priesthood and for prophetic
reasons -- the prophecies of the Messiah (this is why all those boring
Old Testament list of "begats" are so important!).
After Christ came, He spoke, over and over, of those who claim to be Jews
but are not:
"I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and
I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are
the synagogue of Satan."
Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews,
and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before
thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
New Covenant, John the Baptist, too, said that the children of Abraham are
not necessarily genetic descendants:
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism,
he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from
the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And
think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I
say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto
What does St. Paul
say about the fleshly sons of Abraham versus those sons of the promise of
Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For
it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other
by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh;
but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for
these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth
to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth
to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem
which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written,
Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest
not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then
he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit,
even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the
bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with
the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the
bondwoman, but of the free.
"sons of Abraham" were the same ones whose Temple was destroyed by His judgement
in A.D. 70. (see Apocalypse: The Whore of Babylon,
The Beast, & the Rapture).
The Truth then is the same as it is now: Jesus Christ, prefigured in the
Old Testament and predicted by the Prophets, is Lord. He is the Way, the
Truth, and the Life.
...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.
Branches were grafted
in, branches were broken off, but the tree remains the same tree, and the
"root" is Christ!
Isaiah 11:1, 10-12
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will
bear fruit... In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the
peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.
In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the
remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper
Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands
of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles
of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters
of the earth.
And how do those
broken-off branches get grafted on again?
And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted
in: for God is able to graft them in again.
The same way as
anyone else. Nonetheless, a good number of Protestant groups have come to
believe that God has one plan for genetic Jews and another for Christians,
thus denying some of the basic tenets of the Christian faith -- the
inefficacy of the Old Testament sacrifices (though they point forward to
the New Covenant) and the necessity of Christ's sacrifice for salvation!
If Jeremiah 31:31-34 isn't clear enough, I don't know what is:
Behold, the days
come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of
Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant
that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to
bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake,
although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the
covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith
the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their
hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall
teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying,
Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the
greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and
I will remember their sin no more.
... one more time:
who is this New Covenant with? ISRAEL.
"Israel after the flesh" (i.e., modern Jews) may be grafted in again in the
same way Gentiles are grafted in to the tree of spiritual Israel: repentance,
faith, and baptism.
The Politics of this Heretical Theology
I have just now,
as I am writing this, finished listening to a Real Audio file of Gershon
Salomon, founder of the group "Temple Mount Faithful" whose mission it is
to rebuild the "Third Temple" in Jerusalem (i.e., to rebuild the Mother of
all Harlots -- see Apocalypse: The Whore of Babylon,
The Beast, & the Rapture). In the recording, he is pleading, in a
mournful voice, for us Christians to assist in the re-building of the "Third
Temple." Here's a direct quote:
"Please, be with
Israel in this exciting time. This is a test, not only for Israel, but for
all the world. When you will be today with Israel, when you will be today
with the Temple Mount Faithful movement, in our struggle, in our campaign
to rebuild the house of God, you will be with God, you will be redeemed,
together with Israel."
"We have been told
that 5,000 Arabs have left Beersheba, an Israeli city, and that perhaps
eventually more from all over Israel will leave. Room must be made for the
ten or fifteen thousand Jewish immigrants arriving every month. We not only
hope, but judging from the attitude of the Jews in the land, feel certain
that the exit of more Arabs will not cause too great a hardship and loss
to them." The Unholy Holy Land, by Coulson Shepherd, Moody Monthly, July,
are spiritual Israel so can't be redeemed "together with" Israel --
and Christians are redeemed -- by the Blood of Christ! Any animal
sacrifices that are re-instituted there will do us no good and will amount
to slapping the Lord Jesus Christ in His Face! God Himself, through the Roman
armies, tore that Temple down in A.D. 70. Why, in the name of all that is
holy, would a Christian want to help rebuild it? What would Jesus say to
His Apostles if they were together in the flesh now on earth? Would He say,
"Yes, go forth and kill the Muslims that are there, starting a world war
in the process. Rebuild the Temple that I warned would be destroyed and that
I, in fact, did destroy. Re-institute animal sacrifices, for they have always
had redemptive power. I lied when I was here the first time; my Kingdom really
is of this world"? Do you believe God expects Christians to co-operate with
evil in order to facilitate His return? Since when do the ends justify the
means? Since when do Christians do evil so that good might come of it? This
is sheer and utter madness! And while the Protestant Zionists, so courted
by Gershon Salomon, bow down to the idol of eretz Israel, the security of
my country, the United States of America, and of the entire world is being
threatened by their "Eretz Israel can do no wrong" approach to international
politics. I will not sit silently while they mock God and His Scriptures
and threaten my country. No! The insanity of dispensationalism must end.
What does the Torah say?
I will let
self-described Torah-true2 orthodox
Rabbis speak for themselves. From Neturei Karta:
there are many Jews who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of,
and fail to, practice the basics of their faith. This is a great tragedy
for many reasons. Perhaps paramount among them is the falsification of Judaism
that results when those unaware of its basic assumptions speak to the general
It behooves all Jews loyal to their faith to proclaim to the world the truths
of Judaism in as lucid a manner as possible...
...we are opposed to the ideology of Zionism, a recent innovation, which
seeks to force the end of exile. Our banishment from the Holy Land will end
miraculously at a time when all mankind will unite in the brotherly service
of the Creator.
In addition to condemning the central heresy of Zionism, we also reject its
policy of aggression against all peoples. Today this cruelty manifests itself
primarily in the brutal treatment of the Palestinian people. We proclaim
that this inhuman policy is in violation of the Torah.
Please visit these
Karta, and Not In My Name:
Taking Action for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (all will open
in new browser windows).
But God PROMISED Land to the Israelites!
And He delivered
on those promises:
And the Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give
unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. And the
Lord gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware
unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before
them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand. There
failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house
of Israel; all came to pass.
1 Kings 8:56
Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel,
according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all
his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
Thou art the Lord the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth
out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham; And foundest
his heart faithful before Thee, and madest a covenant with him to give the
land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and
the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast
performed Thy words; for Thou art righteous.
God's already gave
the land to the Israelites; but their keeping it was a matter of their obedience.
If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are
written in this book... the Lord shall scatter thee among all people,
from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve
other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and
They failed, and
the irrevocable Covenant which brought blessings through obedience, brings
curses through disobedience. An analogy is marriage, which to the Church
is a permanent covenant bond, completely irrevocable. A wife who commits
adultery doesn't bring about the end of that marriage; she merely puts herself
in the position of breaking its terms and suffering the curses that go along
with violating the terms of a covenant in such a way. The marriage still
exists though she won't experience its blessings. It is the same situation
with modern Judaism: Jews were and are called to be faithful to their Covenant
which is fulfilled in Christ Jesus. Infidelity to Christ is infidelity
to their irrevocable Covenant.
God's Kingdom, as shown before, is a Heavenly one. The Old Testament physical
land -- promised and delivered by God, lost by the disobedient Israelites
-- was but a shadow of much greater things: the Heavenly Jerusalem, the Kingdom
of God that we are to reflect here on earth in our social order by recognizing
Christ as King.
But -- the return of the Jews to Palestine is so miraculous! The very existence
of the Jews is miraculous!
I've heard some
say that the very existence of the Jews, with their language and culture,
preserved even during the Diaspora, is proof that they are God's "Chosen
People." But by this test, the Rom (the "Gypsies") are just as miraculous.
From Russia to the United States to Spain to Canada to Mexico to India to
Australia, and throughout the centuries marked by expulsions, persecutions,
and Nazi concentration camps, the Rom have spoken the same language, kept
their own court systems, and preserved their ancient, complex customs (which
are, by the way, quite similar to that of the Jews in many ways, even down
to their purity laws and concept of "marimé.") Even now, in the America
of 2005, many Rom parents arrange their daughters' marriages, complete with
bride prices - right in big places like New York City or Los Angeles.
The return of Jews to Palestine? No miracle of God, but the fruits of Lionel
Rothschild's arrangements with England's Lord Balfour -- an arrangement
ultimately paid for by the blood of German-Jewish innocents sold out by their
Zionist leaders (see "Jews Not Zionists" and "Neturei Kartei" links above).
Might the return of Palestine to Jewish hands be a sign nonetheless? Of course.
But the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people is an evil that no Christian
can wish for or assist in bringing about. God, though, can use evil for good,
and what He might do in the future, if a remnant of physical Israel is saved
as many Church Fathers predict and as St. Paul seems to intimate, is up to
Him and Him alone. Meanwhile, we must carry on as Christians, resist evil
(even if good may come from it!), and preach the Gospel to all
But isn't this -- anti-semitic?
"No, no I
say to you, it is impossible for a Christian to take part in anti-Semitism.
It is inadmissible! Through Christ and in Christ we are spiritual progeny
of Abraham. Spiritually, we are all Semites." Pius XI speaking to a group
of German pilgrims, September 20, 1938, quoted in Robert Martin "Spiritual
Semites: Catholics and Jews during World War II", p. 18.
If it's "anti-semitic"
to say that God Almighty, the Creator of Heaven and Earth and of all that
is visible and invisible, isn't concerned with ethnic groups qua ethnic groups
and doesn't condone genocide, the stealing of lands from the innocent, and
re-instituting animal sacrifices after His Son gave us the ultimate Sacrifice,
then so be it. All are welcome to the Father through the Son -- "red and
yellow, black and white" as the song goes, Hebrews or Italians,
Arabs3 or Koreans, Africans or Native
Americans. God loves us all. Amen.
And to be extra-clear that the easy charge of "anti-semitism" has nothing
to do with this page: Catholics worship a Semite.
See also: Notes on the terms "Jew" and "Judaism"
See also: So, you think God wants the
See also the series: On Jewish-Catholic
For evidence that Judaism was a proselytizing religion, see the writings
of Cicero, Horace, Juvenal, Seneca, Tacitus, Josephus, Epictetus, Dio Cassius,
and the New Testament (ex., Matthew 23:15). More evidence of Jewish proselytism
are the existence of the Ethiopian Jews, the conversion of the Khazar kingdom
(whence most modern Jews come; they are not genetically Semitic), the forced
conversions of the Idumeans conquered by the Jewish Maccabean Kings and of
slaves owned by Jews, and rabbinical writings that indicate Marcus Aurelius
and Nero were converts to Judaism. Other prominent converts include: Poppaea,
the second wife of Nero; Aquila of Pontus; Consul Flavius Clemens, nephew
of Roman Emperor Vespasian and his wife, Domitilla, the cousin of Titus;
King Monobaz of Abiabene, his wife, Helena; and King Dhu Nuwas of Yemen.
In the Roman Empire, proselytism was such a huge phenomenon, that Septimius
Severus issued an edict forbidding conversion of Gentiles to Judaism.
While these orthodox rabbis rightfully reject Zionism based on their
interpretation of Sacred Scripture, they still accept the anti-Christ Talmud
as "sacred" so are not truly "Torah-true."
3 Arabs are also "Semites"
Jesus also had
Gentile roots, too, as a quick glance at His genealogy will show. His forebears
include, for example: Tamar, a Gentile Canaanite prostitute; Rahab, another
Gentile prostitute; Ruth, a Moabite; Bathsheba, who may have been Gentile,
Reason Behind American Fundamentalism's Support for the State of
Zionists Made Deal
With the Devil fascinating article written by a self-described "assimilated
Jew" (check out his entire website!)
Link: Blood Brothers, by Elias Chacour. Presents an eyewitness
account of a Christian who lived in Palestine during the Arab-Israeli War
Link: Forcing God's Hand: Why Millions Pray for a Quick Rapture--And
Destruction of Planet Earth, by Grace Halsell. Exposes the roots
and implications of dispensationalist theology
Link: Judaism's Strange Gods by Michael A. Hoffman. Judaism is
not the religion of the Old Testament, but the formalized belief system of
the Pharisees, which arose in Babylon with the commitment of the formerly
oral “tradition of the elders."