THE "JEW" QUESTION
Who are the people called, "Jews?" This chapter addresses the controversy regarding who they really are, and if they are or are not "God's Chosen," as the Christian Church generally presumes.
The two sides of this controversy are as follows: ě the presently-held Christian view that Jews are God's chosen people, and that the Christian Church has picked up God's blessing which the Jews forfeited by their killing of Christ; and í the opposing view says that the true Israelite tribes were the white-race which migrated to Europe in the diaspora from the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities during the centuries before Christ, and that these are the true elect of God, while those who call themselves "Jews" are frauds that have no lineage from Israel, in agreement with Jesus.
To present both sides of this controversy, I will use Hal Lindsey's book, THE ROAD TO HOLOCAUST, for presentation of the modern Christian views, and I will refer to other writers for opposing arguments. (Hal Lindsey, The Road to Holocaust; New York: Bantam Books, 1989)
Mr. Lindsey uses the first page of his book to quote from Deuteronomy. The quotation, exactly as he has written it is:
"You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess. Then the LORD will scatter you among the nations, from the one end of the earth to the other. . . . Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. . . . You will live in suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. . . . When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations . . . then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you . . . and the LORD your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you."
He is using this passage to identify the people called "Jews." And portions of this Scripture, which Mr. Lindsey selects, do seem to point to the people now calling themselves "Jews," namely that they were uprooted from Palestine, scattered among other nations, finding no repose or resting place, and filled with dread all the time. But, he neglected portions of the passage which would tend to point this prophecy toward people other than modern Jews. Deut. 28:64 actually says, "And 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 stone." [emphasis mine]. If we look for people who have fulfilled this prophecy, we more easily find them in the Greeks and Romans and Nordics with their pantheons of idols; we don't see this among those calling themselves "Jews," because their religion of the Babylonian Talmud has never been abandoned by them.
It is a common misconception that the Jews base their religion on the Old Testament. We may as well address this issue at this time. While most Jews encourage Christians to think that Judaism is based on the Old Testament, the Rabbis and scholars quite openly admit that it is not. Herman Wouk, author of bestselling novels (The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, & War and Remembrance) writes: "The Talmud is to this day the circulating heart's blood of the Jewish religion. Whatever laws, customs, or ceremonies we Jews observe - whether we are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform or merely spasmodic sentimentalists - we follow the Talmud. It is our common law." (Herman Wouk, New York Herald-Tribune, Nov. 17, 1959) A rabbi speaks: "Judaism is not the religion of the Bible." (Rabbi Ben Zion Bokser, Judaism and the Christian Predicament, 1966. p.159) And regarding the Talmud, the Jewish Encyclopedia says, "The Talmud is generally called the Babylonian Talmud." (The Jewish Encyclopedia, 1905. Vol. XII, p. 1)
Since I am presenting an opposing viewpoint to that of Hal Lindsey, I'll tell you up front that I believe Mr. Lindsey has ignored a considerable body of historical and Biblical facts that do not support his thesis. My thesis is, simply put, that the entire Jewish claim regarding who they are, their history, their motives, and ultimate goals are entirely fraudulent. But, since Jews control (own) all major publishing and communications media, their fraud has been astoundingly successful. In this book, I hope to expose that fraud with objective arguments and credible references.
The reference from Deuteronomy 28 which Mr. Lindsey uses to identify Jews, is from the time of Moses' exodus from Egypt as the Israelites headed for their "promised land." The Lord is saying that the Israelites will be "uprooted from the land you are entering to possess. Then the LORD will scatter you among the nations, from the one end of the earth to the other."
In order to apply this to the Jews who fled Palestine after the Roman purge of 70 AD, Mr. Lindsey must ignore the fact that most of the Israelites had already been scattered (dispersed = diaspora) with the Assyrian Captivity of 700 BC, and the remainder scattered with the Babylonian Captivity of 580 BC. The Deuteronomy prophecy does not apply to the 70 AD diaspora when Edomite Jews migrated westward to become Sephardim in Spain, and many went northward to an area of eastern Russia where they became known as "Khazars." We'll cover this in detail later. My point here is that the word, "Diaspora," refers uniquely to the emigration of the children of Israel several centuries BC, and has never been used to refer to the Jewish purge of 70 AD, until Mr. Lindsey used it this way.
On page two of Mr. Lindsey's book, he quotes Genesis 12:3: "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse. . . ." In this verse, God is talking to Abraham, about 2,000 BC, promising to him as follows: "v.2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: v.3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." Again, we find that Mr. Lindsey has omitted from his quotation the portion which would point to people other than his Edomite Jews. God promised to make of his chosen people "a great nation." That has never happened for the people now calling themselves "Jews," who never had a nation at all until 1948, and since that time they've had difficulty holding on to it, least of all becoming great. The ancient Greek and Roman Empires were great; Britain was great; the United States is great. The small area now called "Israel" exists only because it is subsidized and protected by the United States. It could not survive otherwise. So, Mr. Lindsey's Jews have never demonstrated any fulfillment of this prophecy of becoming a "great nation." Furthermore, the latter portion of the reference, also omitted by Mr. Lindsey, says that "in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." The Jews have been persecuted and hated by every country they ever entered, not because of some religious bigotry, but because they exploited those people economically with their shrewd, conniving, cheating, usurious schemes. The point is this, that the Jews have NEVER been a blessing to anyone they've ever touched, least of all to "all families of the earth." Mr. Lindsey's careful selection of verse portions leaves something to be desired, namely "objectivity." It is the countries of Europe, Britain, and the U.S. that have provided the world with blessings beyond the imaginations of primitive peoples, blessings they would never otherwise achieve!
On page three of Mr. Lindsey's book, he quotes Zechariah 2:8: "For thus says the LORD of hosts, 'After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you [Israel], for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.'" Zechariah was a prophet for those people of Israel which had returned to Jerusalem from Babylon about 520 BC, at the time of the rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple. Some few of the returnees were truly of the tribes of Juda (from which comes the slang term, "Jew"), along with the tribe of Benjamin and perhaps some Levites. It is to the true children of Israel that God is promising blessings if they will acknowledge Him and obey, but most of Zechariah's ministry is woeful warning because these people are continuing in the ways of their disobedient fathers who brought them to their pitiful condition a couple generations previous. The passage which Mr. Lindsey quotes is a blessing which does not even seem to apply to those disobedient ones who are rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. It seems to apply to a Jerusalem of the future, which I suggest, is the United States, a theory which I will support later. Zechariah sees in his visions a Jerusalem being measured, a Jerusalem which is a huge vast land, and in 2:4 "Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls." "Towns" - plural, and obviously not the same walled city of Jerusalem where we still see Jews praying at the old "wailing wall of Herod's temple. And if the new Jerusalem is the United States, then it is going to become pretty clear who those people are, of Zech. 2:8, "which plunder you." If we of the United States are those diasporan Israelites, which history clearly indicates, who migrated to Europe and then to the U.S., then the ones who plunder us are the very Jews whom Mr. Lindsey defends. Again, without considering the context, scripture has been twisted to support the Jewish fraud.
It is of paramount importance to know something about the descendants of Abraham and Isaac, in order to understand the great play that is happening on the stage of this earth. We are participants in a great battle between good an evil, a struggle designed by God, for the sake of His ultimate purpose. This is not a sham play; it is very real, and we players are performing a great plot, which is easy to understand if you will take an objective look at the whole picture. I want to review just a couple pieces of historical information in order to paint the background of the stage upon which we perform. I'll do this as briefly as possible; you don't need to remember names, dates, or places and there'll be no test, by me anyway.
BRIEF HISTORY REVIEW
We first presume that our present civilization began with the special creation of Adam and Eve about 5508 BC (Septuagint chronology), and that they were the progenitors of a race of people who possessed special qualities, different from the earth-peoples. They most likely appeared in the Pamir Plateau area, just west of western China and north of Pakistan. They had white-skin (as the recently discovered mummies of Xinjiang attest) and minds fashioned after their creator's mind. Their talents would be mostly mental, those of creativity, inventiveness, and with instinctive spiritual natures that are drawn toward Godliness and progress. Their ultimate purpose was stated explicitly by God: "Dominion." By exercising their abilities, they would carry the world from its base primitive level toward the highest potential possible to "Man." All the world would share in the blessings of these people as they progressed toward their goal. It is only by understanding that "Adam" means "Man," and that this race is properly called "Man," that we can follow the plot of God's divine plan. The other dark skin races were primitive and did not have creative minds, subsisting at levels of animals with only the very crudest of tools, such as sharp rocks for killing. The Old Testament quite consistently used the term, "Man," in reference to God's specially-created people. Compared to otters which use stones as primitive tools to crack mussels, the primitive races were not much further advanced at that time. When archaeologists and anthropologists and paleontologists discover a sudden advancement in the artifacts of some ancient peopled-site, they know without question that the technological-leap indicates the moment that white-race people appeared on the scene. All this to explain that the Adamite race has a mind different from others, namely a spiritual Mind. This makes them different from the primitives which have only the physical Mind and the Emotional Mind. See my commentary on GENESIS for a detailed study of the creation account. See my article on the FOUR MINDS of God regarding the genetic differences between races.
So, with Adam, we have God's ideal Man, His personal representative in the great play. But with the children of Eve we have a dramatic split into two separate races where their divine mental talents are instinctively directed in diametric opposite directions, namely: one toward Good, and one toward Evil. Cain is progenitor of a race which is evil by nature. Abel was killed, but his brother, Seth, then fathered the race which is good by nature. The long term plan of God is played out as a battle between these two races. Over the next few thousand years, the two became mixed and one race can no longer be distinguished from the other, except as Jesus hinted, "by their fruits you shall know them."
Well, as sons fathered more sons, and as brothers went off in all directions, God maintained a genealogical line from Adam by selecting one son from each generation as His chosen one to receive the blessing. Noah had three sons, of whom Sem was selected by God. Brother Japhet went northwestward toward Europe and Ham's descendants went to Canaan, and to Egypt where they built pyramids. Sem's descendants would play their part on the stage of Mesopotamia and the Levant. Everyone who descended from Sem was "Semitic." The next major character on stage would be Abraam, descended from Sem, and living in the area of southern Chaldea, in the town of Ur. Abraam had two sons of Biblical import: the first was a bastard child, born of the Egyptian (white race) maid, Hagar, who served Abraam's wife, Sara. His name was Ishmael, and eventually fathered the race of people now called "Arabs." Abraam"s legitimate son, from Sara, was Isaac, and it is his descendants many centuries later that would carry his name into Europe as "Saxons," meaning "sons of Isaac."
Isaac had twin sons, Jacob and Esau. Esau was the eldest and the natural heir to the birthright. But, Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for food, afterward regretting it, wanting and trying to kill Jacob, and forever plotting to reclaim the birthright which he had lost. This relationship between Jacob and Esau has been the defining influence over our history ever since, and is today the most powerful influence in our own civilization. This is the very most important thing to understand about history, for by understanding this, all the rest will fall into place very easily. Read the above-paragraph again to set the concept in your mind.
I cannot emphasize strongly enough that one must look at history as a battle between these two brothers, as a battle between good and evil. Each of these brothers would spawn races which would perpetuate their own unique qualities. Esau's name became "Edom" and his descendants were known as "Edomites," later "Idumeans," living in an area south of the Dead Sea. Jacob's name became Israel, and he bore twelve sons who became the "Twelve Tribes of Israel."
So, here we have two races which perpetuate a struggle that defines the plot on the stage of the world today. Esau practices evil as his racial-nature, and Jacob strives for goodness. God says, "Jacob I love, but Esau I hate." Well, let me quote the verse exactly. v.2"I have loved you, said the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? said the Lord: yet I loved Jacob. v.3And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. v.4Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the Lord hath indignation for ever." (Malachi 1:2-4) Well, Edom did return, to Jerusalem, and Herod did build a great temple, and the Lord did throw it down. That verse, by itself, pretty well tells us who occupied Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. The struggle between the two races is based on the racial-instincts of those two brothers. Edom plots against Israel to reclaim the birthright. He uses fraud, deceit, lies, cheating, and murder ("wickedness") to accomplish his goal. I will have more to say about this later. Jacob's descendants migrated to lands where God sent them, with the purpose of multiplying, creating a good civilization, and accomplishing their commission of "dominion," with which God had charged them. If you understand the nature of this battle, you will be able to sort out the white-hats from the black.
Our quest, in this chapter, is to learn who the people really are who call themselves "Jews" in the world today. For this, we must follow these Edomites further. Esau's descendants settled in Edom with their Capitol of Petra from which they robbed caravans, but a few centuries later they were all driven out of there by Nabateans. That was 312 BC, and then the Edomites were living throughout much of Judea, and Hebron, in the very same area as the true Israelites!
The true Israelite people had returned from Babylon, rebuilt the temple in 510 BC, and occupied Jerusalem and the area of Judea, being Judahites. The word "Judean" refers to any residents of the area which had belonged to the tribe of Judah. The word, "Jew," is not used in the Bible, but is our English word for Judahites or Judeans. It does get rather confusing, for both Edomites and Judahites were occupying the land of Judea and could both be called "Jews," even though Edomites had no lineage connection with any of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Things were not very peaceful in Judea; the Edomites were hostile to the Israelites. About 132 BC, John Hyrcanus was the head of Jerusalem and the Judahites, along with neighboring Idumea, in which some Edomites had settled. According to the Jewish historian, Josephus, John Hyrcanus conquered the Edomites and forced their conversion to Judaism. Listen to Josephus' account: "Hyrcanus took also Dora and Marissa, cities of Idumea, and subdued all the Idumeans; and permitted them to stay in that country, if they would circumcise their genitals, and make use of the laws of the Jews; and they were so desirous of living in the country of their forefathers, that they submitted to the use of circumcision, and the rest of the Jewish ways of living; at which time therefore this befell them, that they were hereafter none other than Jews." (Josephus, Antiquities; V. 13, bk. 9, ch. 1)
So, the Edomites were then called Jews." That was but the beginning of their reclamation of Esau's birthright, which succeeded so well during the next centuries.
In 47 BC, Julius Caesar made an Edomite, named Antipater, Procurator of all Judea. Four years later, Antipater's son, Herod, was in power. The people didn't like him, but with Rome's support, and a Roman army helping him, he laid siege to Jerusalem and captured it, becoming king of Judea in 37 BC. Herod hated the Israelites and they hated him. He executed 45 of the old aristocracy, and then destroyed the priestly line of Hyrcanus, and finally murdered Aristobulus, the last of the Aaronic high priests. Herod then rebuilt the temple in great splendor. So, we find that by the time of Jesus, Esau's descendants had claimed Jerusalem, the name "Jews," the temple, and the religion. Herod certainly knew the difference between his race and that of the true Jews who were run off, because when he heard of the birth of the prophesied King of the Jews, he tried to have the child, Jesus, killed. Edomite hostility toward true Israelites pushed many of them to the outskirts of Jerusalem and into small towns around the area, like Bethany, Bethlehem, and others. There were very few true Israelites involved with the temple by the time of Jesus. St. Paul, of the tribe of Benjamin, an exception, was one of the Pharisees at the Jerusalem temple at that time, prior to his experience on the way to Damascus when he converted to Christ.
When Jesus went to the temple in Jerusalem each year, he would boldly attempt to expose the Edomite Jews for their fraud, and that got him killed. In John 8, Jesus argues with Jewish Pharisees, and in verse 37 he admits the Edomites are descendants of Abraham, (which, of course, they were, from Esau, Abraam's grandson), but then Jesus follows with this in vs 39 "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham." In verse 42 Jesus begins to be very blunt: v.42"Jesus said to them, 'If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent me. v.43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word! v.44You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it." (John 8, NKJV)
Jesus was exposing and naming the very nature of Esau's descendants, evil natures which were inherited and continue to this very day. He said they were not children of God, but of the devil and they were by nature liars and murderers. Western history has seen that evil nature expressed in their frauds, deceits, cheating, and conniving exploitation of Jacob's descendants.
In order to see this whole picture clearly, we need to keep in mind that any true Israelites who HAD been in Jerusalem at Christ's time either followed Him as sheep who recognized their Shepherd's voice, or they were pushed away from Jerusalem by the Edomites who usurped their temple and their name. They left the Jerusalem area for diasporan areas where they knew their fellow-Israelites had gone during the previous centuries. That means they went to Greece, Italy, Spain, Asia Minor, and even Britain where Joseph of Arimathea purchased tin on his regular trips by Phoenician ships. Listen to Jesus in his Revelation to John, "I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan." and again, "Indeed, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie C indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you." (Rev. 2:9 & 3:9)
How much clearer could God make it for us regarding who the Jews are, with their lying natures, and God's hatred of them? And yet, Christian churches teach their own children that Jews are God's chosen people and that we whites are a foreign (Gentile) race, only permitted to be saved because of God's grace, and because Jesus died to save all the people of the world.
That's theological garbage which our churches teach. Theologians prostitute their own profession, for the sake of evangelical power, by violating hermeneutical principles. Hermeneutics is the science of properly interpreting Scripture, based on specific principles. One of the principles is that we always defer to clear statements of Scripture when interpreting obscure passages. One of those clear statements of Scripture, which theologians refuse to address is this: Jesus says: "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Mat. 15:24) That is CLEARLY stated! Can you imagine Jesus telling that to his disciples, and then they run out rejoicing in all directions, shouting, "Jesus came for everybody in the whole world!"? But that is exactly what the Christian church has done! One might question the validity of Jesus' statement if it stood alone, but He was quite emphatic throughout his ministry about whom He had come for. For instance, when the disciples came to him, complaining that He spoke in riddles and people didn't understand, Jesus answered, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven, but to them it has not been given." (Mat. 13:11) And again Jesus said to his disciples, v.ll"To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, v.12so that 'Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.'" (Mark 4:11-12) Some Christians even attempt to convert Edomite Jews to Christianity, somewhat like John Hyrcanus did in 132 BC. Bad Mistake! Jesus told them that the devil is their father, not God. They are not part of the body of Christ, they are not lost sheep of Israel, and therefore Jesus did not come for them! Period. Exclamation!
I can just hear the protests of sincere and well-meaning Christians, quoting various verses to me which seem to be saying just the opposite. Friends, I came from where you are; I was an idealistic evangel whose initial goal was to be a missionary to some foreign country; Africa appealed to me! Over the years, my studies began to focus light on truths which overturned many of my erroneous notions, and not so easily either. I tend to be conservative and orthodox and quite bull-headed, not willing to give up sacred-held beliefs. I've not been an easy clod of clay for God to mold, but some of my core-beliefs have been modified because of overwhelming evidence.
I really think Hal Lindsey's promotion of today's Jews as God's Chosen has been easily and adequately refuted, so I shall not belabor this any further. If you still question my antitheses of Lindsey, your questions probably focus upon verses which do seem to support an evangelistic commission to "save" the whole world. Truly, there are Scripture passages, which in English, actually contradict Jesus' statement that He came only for the lost-sheep of Israel, and we need to look at these. They are verses which contain the English words, "gentile" or "nation." This is a critically important subject and worth its own chapter. We'll do it in the next chapter, but I want to conclude this chapter with one important point.
It is extremely difficult for many Christians today, to accept the thesis that God favors one race only, and no others. We have grown up with Christian lessons which teach that God loves all the children of the world, "red and yellow, black and white." For me to say otherwise is radically contradictory to that which most Christians believe. So, let me make this point. The Old Testament history is the story of God's favor toward one specific strain of people, in each generation selecting one brother out of several, like Sem was chosen while Japhet and Ham were pushed aside. While this seems politically incorrect to us, it was God's emphatic lesson that He favored this one lineage ONLY. He made covenants with them, guided them, protected them, punished them, and made promises to them for future times. In Jeremiah 31:33 God says, "this is my covenant which I will make with the house of Israel." That particular contract is the actual New Covenant which is the subject of this book. We call our Christian Bible the New Testament; "testament" is a synonym for covenant. So, God is saying that the New Testament is a contract with "the house of Israel," as were all the other dealings of God with His children. Let's establish the fact that God never promised such a covenant for any other people! In the New Testament writings, we find Jesus making the explicit statement: "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Mat. 15:24 NKJV). And he made other statements which made clear that He did not come for everybody, but only for this one specific group.
The point I want to make here is this. God stated His plan clearly throughout the Old Testament, and He favored and nurtured one specific group. Jesus continued the same concern for the same select group. WHY would God suddenly abandon His plan AFTER Jesus' death, without a single word of explanation? Where is there any indication that God changed His mind and decided to make salvation available to all who ask? Well, God did NOT suddenly change course without notice, and Jesus was not lying when He stated that He came only for one specific group! It's high time that Christians took a look at this question, seriously, for they have made God's Old Testament plan a foolish waste of time and have made Jesus a liar.
I'd like to say that it is commendable for Christians to be so generous and compassionate that they want everyone of all races to inherit the Kingdom which God prepares for His children, but they abrogate God's entire plan with such naiveté. The next chapter explains how this mistake came about.
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