Who is a True Jew?
who trust in the LORD
are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever."
not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as
our father ... '"
"Though your people, O Israel, be like the sand by the sea, only a remnant
For "They are not all
Israel, who are descended from Israel." Rom. 9:6
The above verses declare that not all of Israel's descendants are God's
fact, when God caused the Jews of Jeremiah's day to be carried off to
captivity, He told the prophet why He was doing so in many places. One
of which is Jeremiah 5:1 where He told Jeremiah to, "Roam to and fro
through the streets of Jerusalem, and look ... and take note. And seek in
her open squares, if you can find a man, if there is one who does justice,
who seeks truth, then I will pardon her ..." But apparently there
was not even one person, other than the prophet himself who was seeking
after God, and who had put Him first.
It is also a
fact that the great majority of people today who claim to be Jewish have not accepted their own Messiah (Prov. 30:4, Isa. 9:6; Ps.
2:7-12) and therefore have no right to call themselves followers of
Messiah. For in this case it was the Jewish people who put the Messiah
to death (Isaiah 53; Matthew 27:11-25; I Thes. 2:14-16) and to this
very day many of them even openly mock Him and say things like: "Jews
don't believe in Jesus." Note also that the quote
above from Isaiah 10:21-22 makes it clear that only a
"remnant" (or a small portion) of Jacob's descendants (i.e.
Israelites) will come back,
not just to Palestine, but to the true and 'Mighty God.' And to those
who are tempted to reject what I just said about Jesus, if you keep reading
you will see why He is the ONLY person who qualifies to be the Messiah, and
why He is NOT yet done with Israel, nor with the world itself, for "...
it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the
children of the promise ..." (Rom. 9:8), and because we are
told very clearly that Jesus is coming back to fulfill the rest of what was
prophesied about Him: For example, Jeremiah 23:5-6 which is discussed
are the Chosen People?
Woman who gives Birth by the Spirit
vs. True Zionism
and Ephraim = many nations
many Jewish people refuse to admit
Israel and the Church?
the Church and Israel the same?
we must all do to inherit eternal life
are the Chosen People of God?
According to a
former Jew and the words of Jesus, Himself (in Matt. 21:42-44), the Jews are
no longer the "Chosen People," of God, but rather only the ones who
accept the true Messiah. Jesus also told the Jewish leaders of His day
that they would "not see (Him) again until they say, 'Blessed is he
who comes in the name of the Lord.'" In other words, until
they accept the true Messiah, and bless His people. Many more details are provided in this article.
Brother Nathaniel's article on the chosen people can be found Here.
I feel that I should also state that one of my (two) Grandmothers came from
a Jewish family, but chose rather to follow the Messiah rather than to marry into
Below is a quote from the Old Testament
book of Micah that refers to Jewish, Israelite, and/or Gentile believers who
follow the true God and become the 'remnant' nation of God at the coming of
"In that day," declares the LORD,
"I will assemble the lame, and gather the outcasts, even those
whom I have afflicted. "I will make the lame a remnant,
outcasts a strong nation, and the LORD
will reign over them in Mount Zion from now on and forever." "The
people who walk in darkness will see a great light;
the words 'Judah,' 'Ephraim,' 'tribes of Israel,' etc. are not used here,
indicating that this great gathering of lame, outcasts, and
afflicted is an all-encompassing one that includes
people from all nations and nationalities, such as the gathering that occurs on the 'last day'
of this age: John
6:37-40; 14:1-3; Matt. 24:29-31; Rev. 5:9-10. The verse below
makes this quite clear.
It is too
small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of
Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a
light of the nations So that My salvation may reach to the end of the
Israel's Messiah is also the Messiah of the entire world.
" ... then I will remove
from your midst your proud, exulting ones, and you will never
again be haughty on My holy mountain. But I will leave among you
a humble and lowly people, and they will take refuge in the name
of the LORD. The
remnant of Israel will do no wrong and tell no lies, nor will a
deceitful tongue be found in their mouths ..."
"Now it will come about in that day that
the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped,
will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will rely on the LORD,
the Holy One of Israel."
who struck them," is a reference to a worldly "messiah" who
is a fake. This is the one who will perform "signs" on
camera, and with electronic trickery before the public to try and convince
people who don't know the true God nor what Scriptures to follow after him
and worship him as if he were God. And from the
verse below we can say that NOT all of God's people are descended from Israel.
not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD
say, 'The LORD
will surely separate me from His people.' Neither let the eunuch say,
'Behold, I am a dry tree." For ... 'To the eunuchs who keep My
sabbaths, and choose what pleases Me, and hold fast My covenant, To them I
will give in My house and within My walls a ... name better than ...
sons and daughters ...' Also the foreigners who join themselves to the
to minister to Him, and ... love (His) name ..., to be His servants, ...
(and) who keep from profaning the sabbath, ... I will bring to My holy
mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer.
God, who gathers the dispersed of Israel, declares, 'Yet others I will
gather to them, to those already gathered."
"foreigners" and "others" -- to those already gathered
-- are gentiles, while "those already
gathered" are primarily Jews and Israelites. The prophet
Isaiah makes this clear from the following:
Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you
who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost. ... Incline your ear
and come to Me. Listen that you may live; And I will
make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful
mercies shown to David ... "
"Those who live in a dark
land, The light will shine on them. Thou shalt multiply the
nation ... (and) increase their gladness; They will be glad in Thy
presence ..." Isa. 9:2-3
(Ephraim) ... shall be greater ... and his descendants shall become a multitude
of nations." Gen.
Here we see
that Abraham's descendants include much more than just old (or modern)
Israel, and in fact include many nations. This is also a question that
few teachers have attempted to answer: i.e. which nations today came from Ephraim? In fact, what
exactly happened to the lost ten tribes of Israel? Which peoples or nations did
54:1 we are told that the sons of the "barren one" will be more
numerous than the sons of the married woman ..." This "barren
one" who (has) "not travailed" is
either the New Jerusalem (who the apostle Paul refers to as "our
mother" -- Gal. 4:21-31), or the new and revived nation of Israel: that God
will put together just after the Messiah comes back. See also Isaiah 53:10 (and
note the word "offspring" in regards to the Messiah, and "sons" and
"daughters" (of God) in Isa. 43:1-7.
"Shout for joy, O daughter of
Zion! Shout in triumph, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all
your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The LORD
has taken away His
judgments against you, He has cleared away your enemies. The King of
Israel, the LORD, is in
your midst, You will fear disaster no more. In that day it will be
said to Jerusalem: 'Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall
limp. The LORD your
God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you
with joy. He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with
shouts of joy. "I will gather those who grieve about the
appointed feasts -- they came from you, O Zion; The reproach of exile
is a burden on them. "Behold, I am going to deal at that time
with all your oppressors, I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I
will turn their shame into praise and renown ... "At that time I will
bring you in, Even at the time when I gather you together; ... when I
restore your fortunes before your eyes," says the LORD.
Zeph. 3: 14-2
New Testament tells us that it is only those who are "born again"
who are God's
people: John 3:3; 8:24; Matt. 18:2-5; Luke 11:11-13; Acts 4:11-12; 5:32.
bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance; and do not suppose that you
can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as for our Father' ; for I say to
you that God is able from these stones to raise up children to
Abraham." Matt. 3:8-9
"For he is not a Jew who is one
outwardly; neither is circumcision that which is of the
flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that ... of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the
letter; and his praise is not from men but from God."
words, having the outward appearance of being Jewish, or making a claim to
be a 'Jew,' means nothing to God unless it is accompanied with a true
heart-change (of belief in and) toward God and a concern for His
people -- and for the poor. In this regard being circumcised in the flesh
does not make one a true Jew but rather having God's Spirit living inside of
you and living a life that is pleasing to God: as opposed to
claiming to be Christian or Jewish or attending Synagogue or Church, learning
Hebrew and/or Greek, moving to Israel, or becoming an Israeli citizen, etc.
"And such confidence
we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in
ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is
from God, who made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not
of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the
Spirit gives life ... Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of
the Lord is, there is liberty."
Cor. 3:4-6, 17
all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with
Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave
nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in
Christ. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's
offspring, heirs according to promise."
words, when God gives a person His Spirit,
then that person now has a personal relationship with his, or her, Maker
and is now free to serve Him and His people and to use their Spiritual gift
or gifts to serve God and His people: I Cor. 12:1-31; 13:1-13;
14:1-4; 26-31; Gal. 5:13 ... for apart from that personal Relationship with
God and His Son, we can do nothing: John 15:4-5.
"But now in Christ Jesus you who were
formerly far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For
He, Himself, is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the
barrier of the dividing wall." Eph. 2:13-14
"both groups" talked about here are Jews and
Gentiles. This is made clear from verses 11-12 (of the same chapter).
We also see this from the book of John:
the good shepherd ... (who) lays down His life for the sheep ... And I
have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them
and they shall hear My voice; and ... shall become one flock with one
apostle Paul also tells us to beware of false teachers, evil workers, and
those who think they are right with God simply because of their parental
heritage and/or the culture / club they have joined: i.e. by becoming a
"doctor" or "lawyer" or joining a Synagogue or Church,
yet not establishing what is needed most: i.e. a heart-change / Relationship
with God through His Son.
"Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the
Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a
safeguard for you. Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil
beware of the false circumcision; For we are the true circumcision,
who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus, and put no
confidence in the flesh."
"false circumcision" talked about here would be Jewish and/or
Israelites who think they are God's people, just because of their heritage. Sort of like "born Jewish" and will die
Jewish -- even though they rarely attend "church" or synagogue,
almost never open their bibles, and are not sure if anybody made
The same could also be said of just about any other
"religion" or system that excludes God's Son or that tries to
usurp His authority: John 14:6; 5:22-23; Matt. 28:19-20.
many shall come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham,
and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom
(i.e. Jewish or Israeli people who didn't believe) shall be cast out into
the outer darkness ... (where) there will be weeping and gnashing of
teeth." Matt. 8:11-12
"The wedding is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy"
words, any Jewish, or Israeli person who thinks that he or she can bypass Jesus,
and/or who thinks that their (no god) evolutionist (so-called science)
beliefs will save them, will be disappointed on the day of judgment (John
12:32; John 14:6). For the (so-called) god of evolution, that creates
by mistakes, is not a person but "another god" -- as in a false
god that requires no life-change, no repentance from sin, is not even real,
and has no power to raise the dead, and can't save anyone. This
(false god) is exactly what King David meant when he
said that, "The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will
be multiplied: Psalm 16:4.
This applies to people of all other nations (and faiths)
as well. In other words, Jesus was the prophet who was prophesied to come
after Moses, -- yet BEFORE the temple was destroyed (in 70 AD) -- that the people were told (or rather warned in advance) to
"give heed to" in everything: Deut. 18:15-19; Acts 3:22-26; Heb.
12:25; Dan. 9:25-26; Isa. 53:1-12; John 10:7, 14, 27. The One who
claimed to be more than a prophet. The One who said:
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through Me. John 14:6 ... and "Believe
in God, believe also in Me, " (John 14:1) ... and "In My Father's house are many dwelling
places" ... and ... "I go to prepare a
place for you. And if I go to prepare a place ... I will come again
and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also ..."
you are a Chosen Race, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation
and a People for God's Own Possession ... who once were not a
people, but now are the people of God"
I Pet. 2:9-10.
Note also that
I Peter was written to both Jews and Gentiles, as was Galatians, the book of
John, and Acts: and the entire New Testament. And the above
verses apply to all those who serve God -- and Jesus: Mal. 3:16-18 and John
12:26. The phrase, "who once were not a people," suggests
that this group transcends culture, family, race, nationality, etc.
these things I looked and behold, a great multitude which no one could
number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the
throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches
in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice saying, 'Salvation
belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'"
takes place on Mount Zion: a future Mountain that will 'raised up' above the
other mountains when the Lord Returns (Micah 4:1-5). The Holy City,
the New Jerusalem, is also referred to as Mount Zion. The
scriptures indicate that it will also be near that mountain -- perhaps just above it --
and from which
there will be highway (or highways) leading to it: Isa. 35:8-10, 40:3,
49:11, 62:10, Psalm 84:5; Heb. 12:18-24.
Woman who gives Birth by the Spirit
In Isaiah 54:1
we are told about a woman who has more sons than a married woman, yet who
has not 'travailed' to give (physical) birth. And in
Isaiah 53 we are told of a Man who gave His life for 'the sins of
the people,' yet, after dying 'prolonged His days,' and saw His 'offspring.' Isaiah 53:10
We find more
details about this woman in Galatians chapter four, where we are
... Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free
woman. But the son of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh,
and the son of the free woman through the promise. This is
allegorically (or figuratively) speaking: for these women are two
covenants, one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are ...
slaves; she is Hagar ... and corresponds to the present Jerusalem
(who was then in slavery to the Romans) ... (whose children are
still) in slavery. But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother. For it is
barren woman who does not bear; Break forth and shout, you who are not
in labor; For more are the children of the desolate than the one who has
you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise ... (and) not children
of a bondwoman, but of the free woman." Gal. 4:22-28, 31
Note that the
apostle Paul is making a distinction not between Jews and Gentiles, but
rather those who are in bondage to their flesh and thus still in slavery (to
the law, their flesh, and death), versus those who are Abraham's seed according to the
promise (Gal. 3:7, 16), who are 'born from above' by the Spirit (John 3:3-8).
The apostle Paul refers to those who are Abraham's seed as his brethren and
makes it clear that he is not talking about Jews, but rather followers of
Christ, or Christians (Rom. 10:1-4). In fact, he referred his former
manner of life as "rubbish" and his former Jewish brethren, who
were still seeking righteousness (with God) by their ability to keep the law
(or works) he refers to as the
"false circumcision" and as "dogs" (Phil. 2, 8-11,
3:1-3). See also Romans 3:23; 6:23, and 10:4.
you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of
you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with
Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek (i.e. Gentile),
there is neither slave nor free man; there is neither male nor female; for
you are all one in Christ Jesus.
if you belong to Christ, then are you Abraham's offspring, heirs according
vs True Zionism
Genesis 12:3 and
I Cor. 16:22
simply refers to those who are committed to the true God. False
Zionism is similar to what Hitler taught to his own
"Arian race" -- whom he tried to convince were superior to all
False Zionism says, in effect that "we Jews are the greatest people on
earth, and much better than those
goyim. And "we are the 'chosen people' -- even though almost half of us don't even believe
in God, and even (much, much) less that the Old or New Testaments are true."
In Genesis 12 God tells Abraham that He will 'bless those who bless you
(Abraham) and the
one who curses you, I will curse, and in you all the families of the
earth shall be blessed.'
Note: It does not
say, "and in you all of those who say they are Jews shall be
often the above verse is used to falsely accuse anyone who dares to expose anything
selfish, discriminatory, immoral, and/or evil that has been done by Jewish or Israeli people. When they do
this they forget that the Old Testament prophets themselves warned both Jews
and Israelites to turn away from their wicked ways and to return to the LORD. And thus they
either don't know, or fail to state what the Scriptures teach in this
regard. For God Himself told the Israelites that if they
rebelled against Him then they and their works would be
cursed: Deut. 28:15-63.
This is brought out in many other places in both the Old and New
Psalm 125:1 makes it clear who, and only who, has a right to call
themselves a Zionist: i.e. only "those who trust in the LORD." So the only people today who have a right to use the name of Israel or
Zion are those who trust in the LORD,
regardless of race or nationality. This means many of today's 'Jews' are
fake Jews. In fact, it is reported that 52 percent of American 'Jews'
don't even believe in God: much less the true Messiah. An even greater
percentage of people who "say they are Jews" don't believe either
the Old or the New Testaments. Many more place the man-made Talmud above
the God-Inspired scriptures. In this regard even many Rabbis reject the Bible's account
of Adam and Eve, that Moses was a real person, that God created all living
things from the dust of the ground (just as it says in Genesis 2:7 and 19 --
as opposed to millions of years), nor do they believe what we are told about a
and only one family that escaped on a boat -- along with many animals.
addition, all those who reject God's Son (Prov. 30:4) are rejecting not only the
prophet that Moses warned everyone to pay close attention to, but also God
Himself, and thus are
risking their very souls (Deut. 18:15-19). This warning is made quite clear in
Psalm 2. Thus, today's Christ-rejecting Jews and /or Israelites are
under a curse: even though they may use the term 'Jew,' or
'Zionist,' to describe themselves and may in fact also be Israeli citizens.
New Testament (that was written almost entirely by converted Jews) makes this
abundantly clear. For example, Jesus said that it is only those who
hear the words of God that have the right to call themselves children of
Abraham (John 8:47). This was stated in a various different ways by the apostle
John in his first Epistle (i.e. I John). And
in Luke 13:1-5 Jesus told the Jewish people of His day that they also must repent (or change their minds and their
behavior) and recognize their need to
believe in Him and be saved: Luke 13:1-5;
John 3:14-18; 8:24. At one point He told the Jewish religious
and political rulers that they were "of their father the devil"
(John 8:44), because they were not only seeking to kill Him (John 8:39),
but hindering others from coming to God (Matt. 23:13), oppressing
the poor and stealing their houses (Matt. 23:14). He even called them
"whitewashed tombs" that looked nice on the outside but inside
were "full of dead men's bones," and "hypocrisy and
lawlessness." (Matt. 23:27-28). In this regard I can't help
think of leaders today who promote godlessness and judges who support
them and even make (baseless) decisions claiming that atheism is true or based on
'science." In this regard the (so called) Jews who own much
of the media
have joined with them and even
use immorality and violence as
a means of entertainment. See also: Is
Everyone a Child of God, and Signs
of a Christian.
other words, If Jesus were here today, it is almost certain that He would
point fingers at many unethical things that are taking place in
our society: many of which are owned and controlled by Jews -- including
a media that promotes lies and uses violence
as a means of entertainment, a legal
owned and operated by a so-called Jewish family known as the Rothschild's,
yet is involved in "Child
(so-called) franchise (for profit) 'Family
Courts' -- that use
children to commit extortion: all funded by international bankers -- most of
whom claim to be Jewish.
The Messiah will also be against all forms of immorality. In fact, the God of Israel turned away from ancient Israel for these
very things: 2 Kings 21:9-16;
Isa. 3:14-15; 5:20-23; 58:1-14; Ezek. 22:6-12; Joel 3:3; Amos 2:6; 8:5-6; Mal. 1:13;
New Testament equivalent of the above verse (from Genesis 12) tells us that anyone who doesn't love
the Lord (Jesus) is under a curse: I Cor. 16:22. This would certainly include
any and all people who claim to be "Jews," yet "don't believe in Jesus,"
but rather promote a man-made book (known as the Talmud) that slanders Him: along with (so-called) "goyim." See also Rom. 2:28-29; 10:12-13; Eph.
Matthew 21:42-43 Jesus warned his own Jewish countrymen that if they didn't humble themselves before God and
recognize who He is, and come to Him willingly, then they would NOT be part of the New Israelite nation that He
is even now creating. We quote what He said below.
said to them, 'Did you never read in the Scriptures, 'The
Stone which the Builders rejected ... has become the chief cornerstone;
This came about from the LORD and it is marvelous in our eyes'?
I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and be
given to a nation producing the fruit of it."
When the Lord returns He will gather the 'outcasts' and
'afflicted' and make them a 'remnant' and a 'strong nation' and 'reign over
them from Mount Zion.' Micah 4:5-6. This event will happen from all over the
earth (Isa. 11:10-12. Matt. 24:29-31) and involve 'many nations ... who ... join
themselves to the Lord' and become His people (Zech. 2:11) -- even those who were once 'not (His) people'
(Hos. 2:23): including
'foreigners' (Isa. 56:3-8).
and Ephraim represent Many Nations
17:4 is clear that Abraham's descendants would become a company (or multitude)
of nations. The same thing was said about Ephraim: the younger son of
Joseph in Genesis 48:19. It is also interesting to note that Joseph was
one of the 12 tribes of Israel, and that both his sons (whose mother was
Egyptian) were given an equal
share of his inheritance among the other 12 tribes: meaning that Joseph got a
double portion, Gen. 48:5-6. In addition we are told in Hosea 7:8 that
Ephraim "mixes himself with the nations" or intermarries with
them. If this were not enough to end the myth that there is any
pure-bred people of Jacob left, the prophet Jeremiah stated in Jeremiah 31:9
that "Ephraim is My firstborn," meaning that he is God's favored
son. These facts, along with Ezra 10:18-44 give the strong impression
that there is no such thing as a pure "Israeli" citizen or a
"true Jew" other than a Spiritual
heir of Abraham and citizen of the
City. In this
regard the New Testament tells us to 'avoid genealogies' and other 'foolish
controversies,' such as who one's ancestors were, or were not: Titus 3:9, I
Jewish people refuse to admit
people today who claim to be 'Jewish,' never even take the time to
investigate the issue of Creation
vs Evolution, nor
whether (both) the Old and New Testaments are true. Others who
may claim to believe in God and the Old Testament say that the reason they reject Jesus as the
Messiah is because of what Jeremiah said in the passage below.
the days are coming," declares the LORD,
when I shall raise up for David a righteous Branch, and He will reign as
king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In
His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this
is His name by which He will be called, The LORD
our righteousness." Jer.
the phrase "In His days," with regard to what He will do: i.e.
save Judah and Israel and provide safety and security. And since Jesus
did not, in His lifetime on earth, do the above, many people today who call
themselves Jews say that for this reason Jesus can't be the Messiah.
they refuse to realize is that we are still living in the days
of Jesus. This is clear for the following two reasons:
Because Isaiah the prophet foretold that the Messiah would "prolong
His days" (Isa. 53:10) in the same chapter where we are told
that He would be "pierced through,"
(Isa. 53:5) and "cut off from the land of the living, for the sins of the
people, to whom the (punishment) was due." Isa. 53:8.
It is the year 2016 AD, which stands for Anno Domini, or "in the
year of our Lord." In this regard, the term BC, means
"Before Christ." That's right, the actual year that the
world is under to this very day revolves around the Birth and Life of
Christ. For 2016 years ago the "eternal life" was
made flesh and became a man in the person of Jesus Christ (I John 1:1-2;
John 1:1-3, 10, 14).
The prophet Daniel also predicted
the death of the "Messiah,
the Prince," and that He would be "cut off" ... to "make
atonement for iniquity" (Dan. 9:24-26). Note also
that Proverbs 16:6 tells us that "by lovingkindness and truth
iniquity is atoned (or paid) for."
prophet Zechariah also predicted that God
Himself would die, or "Me, whom they ... pierced," (Zech. 12:10-14)
and that the
families of Israel would weep over Him, when they finally "look
upon" Him and realize what they did to Him and what He did for them
to save them, and what He will yet do for those who love and serve Him
(I Cor. 16:22; John 12:26). See also Isaiah 9:6; John 19:34 and Rev.
death of the Messiah was also prophesied by King David when it was revealed
to him that God would "not
allow (His) Holy One to undergo decay" (Psalm 16:10). And since
"decay" almost always takes place soon after death, this prophecy
also foretells that God's
Servant (the Messiah) would be raised up from the dead: something that is very clearly
stated in Isaiah 53:10 with regard to the One who would bear the sins of
the people and then "prolong His days." See also Isa. 26:19 and Psalm 9:13 with regard to God's
ability to raise the dead, and Hosea 6:1-3 with regard to being raised up
"after three days."
book of Hebrews (1:1-2) is quite clear that ever since God's Son came we are
living in the last days. Note also that Jesus did, in fact, claim to
be God's Son in Luke 22:70. See also John 4:25-26 and 5:17-18. And since Jesus told His
disciples that He is coming back to get those who are His own (John 6:37-40,
14:1-3) we can say emphatically that when He returns He will fulfill the
prophecy above from Jeremiah 23.
this regard we also note that it was prophesied that
"the builders" (or Jews) would reject the very "stone"
who would become the cornerstone (Ps. 118:22; Isa. 28:16; Matt. 21:42; Acts
2:22-36; I Pet. 2:6-10) and that Jesus Himself told us that He would be coming back (Acts
1:9-11; John 14:1-3) -- meaning that He is not yet finished with His works
on earth, yet His work of providing atonement for sins is done (John 19:30;
Prov. 16:6). In this regard, it is also significant that the sentence Jesus
was guilty of was to claim that He was God's Son and the "King of the
Jews," which is what Pilate, the Roman governor who sentenced him
actually wrote above His head and which was nailed to the cross: Matt.
2:2; 21:5; 27:11. That was His "crime." And to those
who say that God doesn't have a Son, we point out that the Scriptures say
otherwise: for example Proverbs 30:4, Psalm 2:1-12, and Isaiah 9:6 make this
quite clear. The New
Testament makes this even more plain. See for example Luke 22:70,
John 4:25-26, 5:17-18, and Matt. 16:13-16.
are Israel and the Church
Who are the
Chosen, Elect, People of God?
the quote below from Isaiah, and note what it says, versus what it does NOT
Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come,
buy and eat. Come buy wine and milk without money and without
Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in
Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen that you may live; And I will make
an everlasting covenant with you, according to the faithful mercies shown
to David ... " Isa. 55:1-3
that the above verse does not say, 'Ho! Every Jew who thirsts,' or 'Every
Israeli who thirsts,' but 'Every one', which means that the good
news of Messiah, the seed of Abraham, is for Everyone. And everyone who
comes to Him (and acknowledges Him for who He is and repents, or
changes their mind about their sin) is 'chosen.' We
can say this because that is what the Messiah said, and what His followers
also confirmed: i.e. that the gospel is available for everyone who
seeks after God and who wants to be saved. This is made plain by the verse above, and by statements made by
the One who not only claimed to be the Messiah (John 4:25-26), but who
fulfilled many of the prophesies made about Him: including rising from the
dead. Consider also the following statements that Jesus made.
that the Father gives Me will come to Me; and the One who comes to Me, I
will certainly not cast out."
is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me, I lose
nothing, but raise it up on the last day. ... that everyone who beholds
the Son, and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I, Myself, will
raise him up on the last day."
I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens
the door (i.e. of his or her heart), I will come into him (or her) and sup
with him (or her)." Rev. 3:20
am the door, if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go
in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal, and
kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it
abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down his
life for the sheep." John 10:9-11
am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except by
anyone loves Me he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and we
will come to him and make our abode with him." John
you believe that I am (He), you will die in your sins."
above verses make it abundantly clear, that Jesus, who is called
Christ, claimed to be the only way for someone to get right with God: or to
become one of God's
reading articles on this topic, we came across an article called "The
Commonwealth of Israel, by Gavin Finley
MD. A portion of it is quoted below with regard to the Church.
word "church" merely means "assembly." The
Greek word "ekklesia" means "called out,"
"congregation," or "assembly." It is only when the object
of the assembly is mentioned that the word has anything beyond just a
generic meaning. The
so-called "church" should be properly presented as "The
Congregation of Israel", or "The Congregation of Israel's
Anointed Messiah". Those
more Biblically correct names would help connect the dots and help
Christians ... (understand) their true identity.
born-again ... Christians are by that atoning blood ushered into
the Congregation, the Nation, and the Commonwealth of Israel. ... (Yet)
... Christians, for the most part, are blind to their corporate identity
in the Commonwealth of Israel."
Romans 11 tells us that
a partial hardening has happened to many people of Jewish and Israeli
descent and that many gentiles have been "grafted in"
to the "olive tree" (Nation and Priesthood) of God's people, who are
citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20) and of the New Jerusalem, which is from above
(Rev. 21-22). Note that it is the
church that is grafted in to Zion or the New and heavenly Israel: as
opposed to the present nation of Israel that requires any of it's new citizens to renounce their faith in Jesus in order to become a
Romans 11 it is clear that Gentiles are grafted
into a God's nation called Israel: which becomes more than just a non-political
and local "Church." The New Testament also makes it clear that
God tore down, not only the old veil that covered the holy of holies, but also
the whole temple itself and will some day build a new one, where God Himself
will dwell: Matt.
21:42-44, Rom. 3:28-31, I Pet. 2:9-10, Isa. 11:11-12, 49:13-18, 56:3-8, Micah 4:6-8,
and Zeph. 3:8-20.
regard to this time of "re-structuring" the "church"
from a local body of believers to an Israelite nation, gentile followers are instructed not to be arrogant toward people
or Israeli descent (Rom. 11:18-22): nor
to abandon their faith in the Lord and
His goodness ... that has 'great reward.' Heb. 10:35-39; Isa. 25:6-9;
35:3-5. Some Christians pervert this and by making false statements such as that
people who claim to be Jewish are "God's chosen people" and
therefore don't need to believe in (Jesus) the (only) Messiah.
is also claimed by many Christians that we will all be "raptured"
out from the earth and not go through the great tribulation, but rather that
this time period is only for "the Jews." With
regard to this end-time period and who is in it, Stephen
Amy says the following:
authors typically acknowledge that there will be saints on the earth during
the tribulation, but they deny that such
saints are members of the church. This
assertion grows from dispensationalism, a method of interpreting Scripture
that distinguishes Israel from the church in the last days. Thus they
explain that although saints can be on the earth, the church is not. But
there can be no doubt that believing Jews are portrayed as members of the
church (from Pentecost to the coming of the Lord) in such passages as Eph.
2:14; Rev. 2:8-11, and Rev. 3:7-13. The ... assertion that
believing Israel is not ... (part of) the church ... fails to consider
believing Jews and gentiles go through the tribulation (Rev. 7:4-8,
(2) the church, since the time of Pentecost, has been composed of Jews and
(3) the book of Revelation is written to the churches (Rev.
the Church and Israel the same?
If the Church
is separate from Israel, or Zion, then
why would the apostle Paul say
that there is "no distinction"
and Gentile believers (Col.
3:11, Rom. 10:12), that we are
all one in
Christ, and that the dividing wall (between Jew and Gentile) has been broken down: Eph.
this regard, note what the Lord said to His 12 disciples who were definitely part of His Church: i.e. that after the resurrection they would sit
on 12 thrones: judging the 12 tribes of Israel: Matt. 19:28. Therefore, since
the 12 apostles were (and are) part of the church, to rule over Israel will
they not also have to be part of it? See also Isaiah 32:1-8.
When the Lord returns He will gather the 'outcasts' and
'afflicted' and make them a 'remnant' and a 'strong nation' and 'reign over
them from Mount Zion' (Micah
4:5-6) -- suggesting quite strongly that the new nation of Israel will be
comprised of people from many nations. This happens from all over the earth (Isa. 11:10-12; Matt. 24:29-31),
'many nations ... who ... join themselves to the Lord ... to become
His people (Zech. 2:11): including foreigners who once were not His people:
Hos. 2:23; Isa. 56:3-8; Zeph. 3:19-20; I Pet. 2:9-10.
To assert that the rapture of the church occurs before the tribulation is to assert that believers (who
church) are separate and distinct from Israel or Zion; however, in Romans 11:25-31, we learn
that Israel is the crown -- or completion -- of the church, and that after all
the Gentiles who are willing to come to Christ actually do, then God
will save the whole Jewish and Israeli nation: which will become
believers in the Messiah all at once. The apostle uses the words
"come in" to refer to what the Gentiles are now still doing: i.e.
coming in to the new nation of 'Israel' -- whose Founder, Maker,
King, and "seed" is none other than the Son of God: Yahshua, the
Messiah (Matt. 21:5; 27:11; John 12:15; Zech. 9:9; Gal. 3:14-28; Heb. 1:5-14;
Phil. 2:9-11). Note also that when the great wedding feast is discussed in
Isaiah 25:6-9, nothing is said of two different groups. However, in this
regard, Jesus did say that many of those who were invited to come, made
excuses, because they were too busy with other things (Luke 14:16-23; Matt.
8:10-12). However, those who were seeking God and His kingdom will say:
"This is our
God, for whom we have waited, that He might save us ...
"let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation." ... The
One who will "wipe tears away from all faces."
we must all do to inherit eternal life
especially to Jewish people
Stop cursing yourself by rejecting your only hope of salvation: i.e. God's
Son, Yahshua, also known as Jesus, who gave His life and suffered a horrible
death to pay the price of our forgiveness and offer all who come to Him eternal life: John 6:37-40; 12:32; 14:1, 6; I
Cor. 16:22; Rom. 6:23; 10:4.
Stop cursing yourself by cursing Yahshua's people, the seed of
Abraham: i.e. Born again Christians -- both Jew and Gentile (Gal. 3:16-29;
4:21-31; Rom. 9:6-8; Matt. 23:39; Acts 9:1-5). For there is no longer any
more "Jew nor Greek" slave nor free man,
male nor female, but rather we (believers in Messiah) are now one in Christ, and
"Abraham's offspring" according to promise: Gal. 3:28-29.
Confess your sins to God, ask for His forgiveness, and be willing to change
your ways and / or to ask God to change you. Matt. 18:3; Luke
13:1-3; Rom. 3:23-27; Eph.
Call upon God's Son Yahshua, Jesus to save you. Acts 4:12; Rom.
10:9-13; Rev. 3:20. The One who said: "All that the Father
gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me, I will certainly not
cast out." John 6:37
conclude with what the (Jewish) apostle Peter said over 1900 years ago to a
group of Jews in Jerusalem:
And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did
the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the
prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that
times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He
may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things
which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.
Moses said, 'The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from
your brethren, to Him you shall give heed to everything He says to
you. And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet
shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.' And
likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors
onward, also announced these days. It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made
with your fathers, saying to Abraham,
And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning
every one of you from your wicked ways.