Types, Foreshadows & Prophecies of Yshua HaMeschiach, Jesus Christ the Messiah

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This blog, Promise of Messiah , has been on BlogSpot.com, WordPress and other blog services in whole or part since 2005.  Before that one or two of the studies go back as far as 1997 on Judah’s Glory.   Recently,  there have been unfortunate rumors that the site is open to anyone,  or that there were multiple writers: this is patently false!  There are multiple hackers and ruiners, but I am still the sole author.  Copyrights in Christian thinking are best seen as ways of protecting our work from error and doctrinal flaws.  It is not that I wish to restrict my work or present some sort of exclusivity in bible studies, but I have kept my work free for 29 years to all,  for a right purpose, and the unfortunate climate of marketing everything in the teaching of the Gospel is contrary to Christ’s teachings and that of the Scriptures in general.   Judah’s Glory, my ministry which umbrellas and owns these Bible Studies, has always kept to the teaching, ‘freely given, freely give’,  and the materials related to the ministry have always been for the purpose of building up the body of Christ, and not entering into a crass marketeering of the things of the Lord.  I have for 29 years as a Christian authored these studies,  and there have been no other authors, though lately we are faced with the ruin of many of the online materials by some party attempting to rewrite the studies and other materials, presumably for either ideological differences or for the purpose of copyright fraud.  Neither speak of the high tone and timbre of Christian love and behavior to which we are called.

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The Star Shows the Place of His Birth

            Contemporary depictions of the manger scene usually show the star overhead at the manger, and it would appear, given the heavenly events of the night of his birth, that some strange happenings were occurring in the heavenlies.   There are several events which occur just around the time of Messiah’s birth and the Star,  and one other which occurs additionally in the ‘heavenlies’, in the skies of Israel that night in addition to the Star.   The two contemporary events which must be noted,  are prophetic ones, indicating that in addition to the timing of Messiah being about at that time by the predictions of Daniel,  that there was indeed something supernatural afoot.  The two events were the prophecies of Anna and that of Simeon:

Simeon’s Prophecy & Anointing

 [Luk 2:25-35 KJV] 25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name [was] Simeon; and the same man [was] just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. 33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this [child] is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. 

       The Prophecy of Anna

[Luk 2:36-38 KJV] 36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 And she [was] a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served [God] with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. 

Simeon notes that the child born under the Star brings Salation (30),  and that he will be a light to the Gentiles, and the glory of Israel (note that Israel is not being ‘replaced’).  Most people think the Messiah is bringing peace to all and military victory, but instead, Simeon prophesies quite accurately that Jesus will be “set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;”:  a process that was to happen over and over in many ways.   These events at the Temple though,  at his dedication, are during the time of the appearance of the Star.   The Star no doubt was not only apparent on the night of the savior’s birth:  the Magi having to travel a long distance,  to have gotten to him any time near or after the birth,  had to have seen the star at least in the distance and there is at least one telling passage:

2:9 ,… lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 

 The Star appears to either be moving “went before them, till it came and stood”,  or at least seemed to enough to report it happening that way.  They had followed the Star to Israel,  but in customary courtesy, they stop first at the palace of Herod,  who is somewhat aware with his court that it is the time of the prophesied Messiah, and he turns to his court ‘astrologers’ upon the appearance of the Kings, to question the birth of this new foundling King.  

While modern theology likes to ascribe such events to fable and metaphor, it is clear that the ancient kings did not, taking the news quite seriously.  Why?   It had only been about 4 or 500 years since Daniel, Esther and Nehemiah in Babylonian (Chaldean courts),  and there was still talk at the highest levels about what had occurred when the Jews were in captivity.  There history still recounted Daniel surviving the lion’s den, and the survival of Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego in the fiery furnace,  as well as the miraculous salvation of the Jews by the hand of a maid named ‘Hadassah’ (Esther) in divine providence.  Most miraculous of all was the good will and favor of a pagan King to release the Jews back to Israel,  with funding from Babylon!  The prophecies of the coming Messiah were taken most seriously,  and the appearance of the Star heralded the serious nature of all reports.

Coupled with the appearance of the Star, came the hard to hide concern of King Herod:

[Mat 2:1-4 KJV] 1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3 When Herod the king had heard [these things], he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

 Herod was troubled and so was Jerusalem:   they knew the prophecies and he gathered the priests and scribes,  demanding knowledge of where to look for the new born king. 

(Since there is interference, this study will continue at another time).

Star of Beth-lehem

In the dark of night, in a Bethlehem sky, 2013 years ago, a phenomena appeared that many have spoken of but very few have understood. Usually referred to as the ‘Bethlehem Star’, some astronomers in modern times in an attempt to accommodate the event into their understanding, have referred to it as a ‘supernova’ 1 or a very hot and expanding star, usually in the end of its ‘star life’ which provides an illuminating and dramatic occurrence in the night sky.

 Yet within scripture, there is little evidence to support just exactly what the ‘star’ was, or why so many were sure, even in foreign lands and different religions, that it heralded the most important birth on earth: that of the Messiah, or the Meschiach of Israel. One of the most faith-affirming aspects of the account of the nativity, or birth of Christ the Messiah is that most of the events of the birth are found prophesied in the Old Testament, or ‘Tenach’. We see the prophesied birthplace of the Messiah in passages such as Micah 5:2 and in Psalm…

: But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2
 I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, Unitl I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. Lo, we heard of it at Ephratha: we found it in the fields of the wood. Psalm 132:4-6 

The place of Yshua’s birth, (Jesus) was to be in Bethlehem Ephratha, precisely, and would be a ‘habitation for the mighty God of Jacob’ denoting the incarnation, Christ’s divine nature at birth.  We also see the pronouncement of the birth of the one to be called, Prince of Peace in such passages as Isaiah 9:   and 11

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall beno end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7 

or

And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.  Is 11:10 

Many other passages point to the timing of the birth,  such as in the weeks of Daniel, and /or to the very fact of the coming Messiah,  a promise which emanates from the Garden in the first moments after the Fall of Adam. (Gen 3:15)  Most of the other passages referred to as ‘messianic prophecies’ deal with his characteristics, his ministry,  and his forthcoming redemption of Israel.    Regarding the nativity however, there are direct mentions of his lowly birth,  his incarnation, and his birth from a virgin (the incarnation: see God Made Man).  

The Star

Whatever the Star was, there are a few things we are told of it:

1. It was a dramatic and expected phenomena,  and it appears that people around the time knew it heralded the birth of the Messiah King of Israel
2. It directly shown on the place of his birth
3. ‘Magi’ , presumably Chaldeans and what are described as Kings from other lands used the Star to navigate their way to the manger.

The dramatic phenomenon

The timing of the appearance of the Star is not certain, and while it is not clear when it first appeared, it was its appearance in the sky that brought the wise men from afar, though some have reasoned that this was at a point of time after his birth,  the gifts brought being not only the prophetic gifts pointing to the ‘tabernacle among men’  (frankincense, myrrh, gold) but also provided the means for the newborn King and family to escape from the hands of a vindictive king (Herod), and provide for the trip down into Egypt.  We know it shown bright enough to be seen in distant lands,:

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Matthew 2:2

Here the interesting point is the distance from which the star is seen:   these stargazers from other countries, knew the mideastern skies:  while they were of more ‘magical’ beliefs and practiced in the dark arts, the skies and charts of stars were known from old:  men such as this were mentioned several times in the Old Testament, such as in Daniel in the courts of Nebuchadnezzar , or among those in Pharaoh’s courts, or ‘observers of times’ even in the courts of the Philistines.  One category of ‘diviners’ or magicians were even referred to as ‘stargazers’- a seer or prophet of ‘stars’  which appears particularly to do with the Messiah. In Isaiah’s warnings to the nations,  Babylon, or the ‘daughter of Babylon’ and her Chaldeans are rebuked for their practices as the reason for judgment:

Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Is 47:13.

Yet in Mattew 2:2 perhaps the most interesting question that the Magi ask is “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?  Christians often dismiss those of other nations and religions, because the uniqueness of Messiah causes us to reject all that is not of Christ, or Messiah: in other words,  we see in the ‘Way the Truth and the Life’, no other ‘way, truth or life’.  It is often the case though through history that while ‘all truth is god’s truth ‘ is not the case,  that nonetheless it is often true that kernels of truth hide among versions of the truth:  the Chaldeans had ‘prognosticators’ and seers:  they looked to ways and events to predict the future, and here, somehow, they seemed to know that the time of Messiah was at hand and that this star was its harbinger.  One thing many miss, is that when Daniel was in the courts of Nebuchadnezzar and his successors, he had available to him not only the books of sorcery he was forced to be schooled in, but the book of Jeremiah:

In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. Daniel 9:2.

This means that even at that time, around 583 bc, that the Chaldeans studied not only their own prophets but the prophets of Israel as well, and to those who are well acquainted with Jeremiah, the book is replete with Messianic prophecies.

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earthIn his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Jeremiah 23:5-6
But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. Jeremiah 30:9 

Daniel additionally was told in a sealed prophecy more about the timing of the Messiah, which would have been available as well to the Chaldeans:

Consider the following from a site called
  ‘messiahrevealed.org’:
(Table by Bill Gordon, Calvary Chapel)

Subject Prophecy Fulfillment
The Messiah would ascend into heaven. Daniel 7:13-14a Acts 1:9-11
The Messiah would be highly exalted. Daniel 7:13-14b Ephesians 1:20-22
The Messiah’s dominion would be everlasting. Daniel 7:13-14c Luke 1:31-33
The Messiah would come to make an end to sins. Daniel 9:24a Galations 1:3-5
The Messiah would be holy. Daniel 9:24b Luke 1:35
The Messiah would be announced to his people 483 years, to the exact day, after the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem. Daniel 9:25 John 12:12-13
The Messiah would be killed. Daniel 9:26a Matthew 27:35
The Messiah would die for the sins of the world. Daniel 9:26b Hebrews 2:9
The Messiah would be killed before the destruction of the temple. Daniel 9:26c Matthew 27:50-51
A vision of the Messiah in a glorified state. Daniel 10:5-6 Revelation 1:13-16

It is often the case as well that a prophet said far more than what was recorded in the complete canon of scripture:  it was God’s determination what the prophet said, and what was recorded from it in his perfect will.  While it may be a slight surmizing, no doubt it would have been possible,  that Daniel was overheard more than once expounding or explicating the alreadly existing teachings about the Messiah.  Nonetheless, there was still no prophecy regarding a star per se.

The Star Shows the Place of His Birth

            Contemporary depictions of the manger scene usually show the star overhead at the manger, and it would appear, given the heavenly events of the night of his birth, that some strange happenings were occurring in the heavenlies.

to be continued.

___________________________________________________________________________ 1 Supernova- according to NASA: “(a)The death explosion of a massive star, resulting in a sharp increase in brightness followed by a gradual fading. At peak light output, these type of supernova explosions (called Type II supernovae) can outshine a galaxy. The outer layers of the exploding star are blasted out in a radioactive cloud. This expanding cloud, visible long after the initial explosion fades from view, forms a supernova remnant (SNR). (b) The explosion of a white dwarf which has accumulated enough material from a companion star to achieve a mass equal to the Chandrasekhar limit. These types of supernovae (called Type Ia) have approximate the same intrinsic brightness, and can be used to determine distances.” Imagine the Universe! Dictionary.” Imagine the Universe! Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Dec. 2013.


Audio Clip: In prior studies on the Feast of Tabernacles, we have looked at the scriptures regarding Sukkot,  as God commanded the feast in the Torah,  and the various times when the feast re-emerged  in the scriptures.  In Nehemiah, when there was the Return and rebuilding of the Wall,  as the wall is finished and then the individual houses,  the congregation of God gathers to celebrate the completion of the wall and the favor of God.  As Ezra reads the Word with other of the priests,  they are reminded of the following passage:

[Neh 8:14-17 KJV] 14 And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month: 15 And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as [it is] written. 16 So the people went forth, and brought [them], and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim. 17 And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.[blb]

The remarkable thing about the celebration of the above Sukkot, is that the feast in Israel had not been celebrated since around the time of Joshua!   Joshua ruled in about 1500bc,  and as Ezra stands to read to those returned from exile in Babylon, it is 445 bc!,  or about 1005 years later:  which when one considers the eminence of the scriptures in Israel during that time,  the non-keeping of this feast is astounding, given its role as a feast of thanksgiving for the protection, deliverance, salvation and goodness of God,  in the month of Tishri from the 15th to the twenty first.   Since this falls around harvest time,  and since for time accounted for in the Scripture, Israel was an agricultural nations,  the harvest and the latter rains figure prominently.  Additionally, this is the one feast that has specific commands to non-Jews regarding its keeping:  in the end times, the ‘goyim’ or nations are to come up to Jerusalem at the Feast of Tabernacles to worship and pay tribute.

[Zec 14:16-19 KJV] 16 And it shall come to pass, [that] every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 17 And it shall be, [that] whoso will not come up of [all] the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. 18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that [have] no [rain]; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

Here is a most interesting dilemma for Israel in 445 BC,  that for over a thousand years this one holiday figuring so prominently in the history of Israel, in the Pentateuch, and in the end-times,  was not openly celebrated,  and the remnant of return were immediately burdened in the reading of the Word, that it must be brought back and obeyed.  Having re-built the Wall and the Temple in the ‘day of small things’,  and knowing the cost of exile,  Israel completes the covenant with God of protection and deliverance, by obedience to the keeping of the feast of sukkot.

Highlighted in the above passage are the words of the most interest:  in the end time,  those ‘left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem’ (intimating there are many who are not),  come up yearly to worship; the King, the Messiah (who else could be King and LORD of hosts or Jehovah Sabaoth?) and to keep this feast, even in his presence!.  The contingent is rain.   A previous study in this blog looks at the meaning of rain in the Scriptures:  there are different kinds of rain in the Bible, but two particularly related to crops  and harvest:  the early Spring rain that causes the seeds to grow, and the ‘latter rains’ that assure a nourished, harvest-able crop: these are plentiful and dramatic:  they can save a harvest or lacking the rains, can ruin it. Those nations in the end that will not come to Jerusalem, will have rain withheld.

There is a curious and parallel passage that has to do with the Two Witnesses, the two prophets of Revelation:   whatever the exact time frame is of their appearing, they have it in their power to withhold rain:

 [Rev 11:6 KJV] 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

It is horrifying to think that a God of love would send drought and plagues for those refusing his will, but it is because he is a God of Love (God IS Love),  that he brings the world into order after centuries of man having his way and ruining the world.  He is also a God of covenant,  and he keeps his Word.  Notice the parallel,  that those who will not come up to Jerusalem suffer drought, and the Two Witnesses, giving the curtain call to the world, have the ability to withhold rain.   The two witnesses, whatever the sequential order, also appear at the end, and are the last prophets of all the prophets on earth:  God in the end is tired of seeing what the world has done to those he has sent to love and warn the world:  they have all been violently mistreated or killed as in the parable of Vineyard owner and the wicked men.   He cannot at that point after sending 5000 years of prophets,  be deemed unmerciful,  but must at that point be merciful to those who followed and believed.

The March of nations has already begun, at least symbolically in Jerusalem at Sukkot:  many congregations now are learning about and beginning to participate in Sukkot, though the time is not yet fully here.  God in the end, gathering Israel from the nations in belief,  now puts them in their rightful place as the head and not the tail:  they are to be restored double in all they have lost over the centuries, as they suffered for our sake, suspended in ‘disquietness’ or slumber, until the fullness of gentiles would be brought in.  During this feast of tabernacles,  it is well to consider the ‘latter rains’,  the refreshing of the Holy Spirit still to come.

till next time, ekbest

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Rosh Hashanah

Judah’s Glory

Rosh Hashanah

THE NEW YEAR

Customs

  • Blowing of the Shofar
  • Apples & Honey, and other ‘sweets’ to wish a sweet new year
  • Casting bread upon the water, or to the wind to show to casting off of sin: in Europe still in orthodox and rural areas, sins are cast on the head of a small animal such as a chicken, and blamed as though on a ‘chad gaya’.
  • The dinner often includes a meat dish taken from the head of an animal such as tongue.

    Greetings

  • Shana Tov
  • ketiva ve-chatima tovah “May you be written and sealed for a good year”

    Scriptures

  • Reading of “Piyyutim”, Poems for the Occasion in Service
  • Use of the Mahzorim [Prayer Book for the services]

  • Leviticus 23:24
  • Revelation 1:10, 9:14

Lev 23:23-4 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first [day] of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

Rosh Hashanah, or the Feast of Trumpets is a commanded and Biblical Feast of Israel which is used to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, and which points to the day when the trumpet is sounded and God’s Judgment is pronounced. While a biblical feast, it is not directly called “Rosh Hashanah” in the Holy Scriptures. and Biblical Feast of Israel which is used to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, and which points to the day when the trumpet is sounded and God’s Judgment is pronounced. While a biblical feast, it is not directly called “Rosh Hashanah” in the Holy Scriptures.

The sounding of the Trumpet is a call to a Holy Convocation, the seven days span of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The feast is to be in the month of Tishri, the seventh month, which on our calendars fall in either September or October usually. For the Jews it is also referred to as “Yom Teruah” or the day of the Trumpet.

A trumpet, or shofar, made from the horn of an animal of sacrifice, and was often used in the form of an announcement, or the beginning of an event. Many believe that such an event will be the advent of the End, when Messiah comes, such as the passage in Revelation, in 1:10 and 9:14.

The Day is celebrated in preparation for Yom Kippur, the more sober event, as a day of meditation and reflection, repentance and reckoning and when an assessment is taken of the years’ events and personal status, such as when others make ‘New Year’s Resolutions.’

States one source:

The Torah refers to the day as “The Day of the Blowing of the Shofar” (Yom Terua, Leviticus 23:24), and rabbinic literature and the liturgy itself describe Rosh Hashanah as “The Day of Judgment” (Yom ha-Din) and “The Day of Rememberance” (Yom ha-Zikkaron). Some midrashic descriptions depict God as sitting upon a throne, while books containing the deeds of all humanity are opened for review, and each person passing in front of Him for evaluation of his or her deeds.


This is the head of the holiday period referred to as “Yamim Noraim” or “Days of Awe, preceded by the month of Elul in which in traditional orthodox communities, the trumpet is sounded at dawn. Jews refer to Rosh Hashanah as the marking of the new Calendar year, but other ‘calendar’ years are noted, particular the first month around Passover.


Y’Shua & Rosh Hashanah

While for the Jewish Community the head of the year points to a time when the Book of Life is opened and Judgment is meted out by God, the Messianic Christian Community and other Christians see it as more: as the trumpet sound which will ‘awake’ Israel from their 2000 year slumber and there is also an equating with the resurrection of the dead and the Judgment in Christian doctrine also. For the unsaved it will be a fearful time of reckoning, for the redeemed of the Earth, it will be a time of rejoicing as God’s Righteousness answers all charges against us.

References

  • Wikipedia:Rosh Hashanah

 

 jews

Who are the Jews?  Nobody can come up with a satisfactory definition, but everyone knows who they are.   While there are no two Jews who are alike, and why some may look anything like our stereotypes,  still,  no one can define the Jews, but everyone identifies the Jews as a people.   The problem of definition is not exclusive to the non-jewish community but extends even to Israeli Jews and Jews from other nations,  who debate who qualifies for Israeli citizenship,  for burial in sacred ground, or even for marriage or other rites of passage.    For the believer though,  the definition of who a Jew is, or even ‘what’ a Jew is , is tied up in doctrine and eschatology.

In the years I spent in a fundamental church,  I was in church with many persons of a very different background from mine,  and many bore an intrinsic prejudice against the Jews, even while claiming to be Bible believing Christians, and staying in the Word of God often.  This is a paradox since so much of the Word centers on the Jews and their relation to the God of Israel, and causes one to wonder how such a dichotomy can exist:  the truth is that even many ‘born again’ christians do not resolve in their minds and hearts, that the Jews of today are the same generation, the same ‘chosen people’  described in the Scriptures.

Forms of Anti-Semitism in the Church

There are several types or forms of anti-Semitism that prevail in the church and that are somewhat shared in the public, and somewhat peculiar to the church.  I have categorized them as follows:

1. Raw Anti-Semitism-a full fledged, hateful stance toward the Jews involving violent thought and action towards the Jews which is primarily racially motivated

2. Political Anti-Semitism- a form which may or may not involve hatred, but a stance which holds the Jews responsible for most of the world’s ills: this may include the belief in a worldwide Jewish conspiracy,  a desire for Jewish world domination, or a belief that the Jews act in a way contrary to the good of nations.  #1 and 2 are not always mutually exclusive.

3. Doctrinal Anti-Semitism:  this stance includes doctrinal positions in which the Jew is less than those of other national or racial inclusions, or in which the Jew has to try twice as hard to ‘earn’ Salvation as others, while others gain salvation by grace,  or in which the Jews of today are declared a different race of people than those who are in the Bible.  The other form of doctrinal anti-Semitism I have seen includes blaming or retribution against the Jews for everything from the Fall of Man to the death of Christ,  or even their own holocaust.  Doctrinal anti-semitism is any form of anti-Semitism which is either based upon doctrine, or which emanates from doctrine or leads to new formulations of doctrine.

4. Ignorant Anti-Semitism

This form of anti-Semitism in the church has to do more with upbringing and culture, in which persons really bear no animosity towards the Jews, and in some cases may even appear pro-Israel or pro-Semitic, but carry prejudicial information or stereotypes about the Jews: e.g. believing that all Jews look the same and have the same traits, or that they are very good with money, but very tight with it, or that all Jews want to go to Israel, or wear sidelocks etc, etc.  They repeat what their pastors and parents have always told them.  This kind of anti-Semitism responds best to education:  the others are more difficult.

5. Intellectual Anti-Semitism

Intellectual anti-Semitism in some ways can be the most dangerous:  one church I attended before understanding where they stood on a number of issues, amidst tracts and pamphlets had out a magazine edited by two very liberal thinkers, people who normally would not even be known of in fundamental circles.  The two though,  had a decided anti-Israel mindset,  and a sophisticated defense of their position which tried to divorce it from tolerance issues.   It is not unlike a form of pro-Palestinianism which currently is sweeping college campuses,  where Israel is targeted for boycotts and condemnation for the same actions every nation on earth takes in self-defense.  There are always abuses in every nations, but the boycotts, blockades and flotillas seem to come out full force when Israel is involved—when advocates of this position though are unipolar in addressing only Israel’s wrongs,  it becomes dangerous and affects the thinking in the church as many use the ‘intellectual’ arguments to bolster their already anti-Semitic stance.

The ‘kinds’ of anti-Semitism which are fostered in the church though, should be able to be remedied by correct teaching on the Christian doctrine and duty to the Jews:  the Bible makes it very clear who the Jews are before God, and why we are to ‘touch not God’s anointed’  or the ‘apple of his eye’.   The Jews, even suspended in what William Tyndale referred to as ‘disquietness’ or the ‘slumber’ of the KJV,  are still God’s chosen people and have not been cast off, as Paul noted, “God Forbid”.    In this series in Promise of Messiah, we will begin to look at what is referred to as the ‘mystery of the Jews’.   The next post will begin to answer the question of who the Jews are as a people before God.

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