Putting the Dumb in Dumber

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Cody Archer, a missionary working for Revive Ministries, inadvertently outed his boss, Asher Intrator, as a missionary targeting religious Jews.

Archer sent JewishIsrael an email yesterday, December 17th, requesting that we remove the word “missionary” from one of our videos which features Intrater being interviewed by the International Director of Jerusalem’s Christian Embassy (ICEJ), Juha Ketola. JewishIsrael staff responded by asking Archer, ” why the panic about the word “missionary”?

Incredibly, we received this revealing reply:

“The work that Asher does is very much the work of a missionary. We have no problem with the word, and Asher would have no problem calling himself a missionary, but in front of the right people.”

Archer went on to complain about the counter-missionary organization Yad L’Achim and their efforts to expose Intrater. He concluded by saying:

“To a Jewish Israeli mind,the word missionary does not bring good thoughts, nor does it help to build bridges of dialog between Asher and those attacking him. Instead they use this word against him. Because Asher is actively reaching out to religious Jews, it is more beneficial that the word missionary is not connected to his name online.”

Of course, Intrater makes no secret of his conversionary agenda, but apparently a lot of Jews remain in the dark over the obvious – unless the word “missionary” is stamped across a head-shot.  JewishIsrael hopes our correspondence with Revive Ministries, as well as the links below will shed some much needed light on a topic many of our people approach with a blind eye.

We would like to thank Cody Archer for making our work a little easier, and for lighting and lightening-up our Chanukah and that of Yad l’Achim’s.

Here is the full correspondence between Archer and JewishIsrael.

Dan 9 for Evangelicals

The idea is very often presented by Christians to Jews and goes something like this:

“The temple was destroyed in 70CE by Titus and therefore, Jews have not had a means for atonement for 1940 years because there is no temple. Moreover, as the book of Hebrews explains, a far superior priesthood and sacrifice of Jesus exists which atones completely for all sins unlike animal sacrifices which do not. Indeed Jesus’ sacrifice has also been applied to a ‘superior’ heavenly temple too!”

In contradistinction, the Torah clearly states that all of a person’s sin may be forgiven entirely by virtue of atonement with animals with the often ignored proviso that an animal sacrifice without repentance is worthless. Indeed ample evidence in the Jewish Scriptures, show that repentance alone without blood atonement is sufficient to attain forgiveness and atonement for sin[1]. Moreover, the writers of the New Testament conveniently skip over the fact that there has been at least three time periods in biblical history where no temple or tabernacle has been in existence.

 The first case is in the time period from the time of Cain and Abel leading up to the time of the Exodus.

The second case is the time period between the destruction of the first temple to the time of the rebuilding of the second temple. The prophet Daniel here provides an insight as to means of obtaining forgiveness and atonement right in a portion of chapter 9 prior to the much maligned and misapplied 70 weeks of Daniel 9 which Christians view as their ultimate proof for Jesus. Daniels prayer at the beginning of chapter nine precedes the revelation of the 70 weeks. Daniel’s prayers provide the context of a previously functioning Temple and a dysfunctional sinning people. The people persist in a willful deviation from G-d’s commandments and ordinances (v5) and G-d’s teachings (lit G-d’s Torah) with the subsequent destruction of Temple and City being a specific reference to a fulfilment of the curses found in the law of Moses (v10, v11, v13) along with the current exile in Babylon.

The situation and context of Dan 9 serves to prove the point that even with a temple, a continuation in sinful behavior is unacceptable and blood atonement by the use of animals is worthless if not accompanied with true sincere repentance. Moreover, the situation and context of Daniel 9 also underscores the attitude of the Jewish Scriptures in the rejection [2] of the idea of penal substitutionary atonement, where the animal takes instead, the punishment for the sin of the sinner. Rather the focus and the teachings of the Jewish Scriptures for an individual and a community are to repent and keep G-d’s teachings (lit G-d’s Torah), commandments and ordinances (v5). In fact obedience to Torah has always been the desire of G-d and preferable to sacrifices:

 “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.” (1 Sam 15:22,23)

 Not only are the 70 weeks of Daniel 9 an example of ‘holy’ mathematics gone astray but a chance to perform ‘holy’ theological gymnastics which projects onto Daniel 9 an idea from the New Testament that atonement is ‘finished’ ‘once and for all’ by The Messiah who does it all for each individual and/ or community and who takes all the punishment for each individual and/ or community too. In light of individual repentance and obedience being preferable to sacrifice, the so called classical verses of Daniel 9 used to prove the idea of Jesus performing the ultimate once and for all substitutionary atonement is eliminated.

The highly emotional idea of a ‘wonderful does it all savior’ projected onto the ‘old’ testament from the ‘new’ testament serves as a strong delusion for the Christian mind! The strong delusion insists that the program must be completed within the 490 year time-frame mentioned in Daniel 9 by Jesus. The strong delusion also ignores the description of the destruction of the temple and city by the ruler (Dan 9:26), which should be within the 70 weeks or 490 years. According to Christian calculations, half way between the 69th week and the 70th week corresponds with the year 30CE or 33CE. The temple was in fact destroyed in the year 70CE some 40 years after 30CE!! Closer examination shows that the 490 year time-frame is a probationary period which must precede the implementation of God’s program. The probationary period of seventy weeks is a possible opportunity for the people:

“to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sin, and to forgive iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal vision and prophet, and to anoint the most holy place.” V24

So God’s program continues in Daniel 11 verse 31, where Daniel describes the violation of the sanctuary and G-d’s people using the same terminology that he uses in the passage under discussion (9:26, 27). The violation of the sanctuary and G-d’s people is to take place at the close of the 490 years (Dan 11:31, 32), followed by a refining process (Dan 11:33-35). The refining process represents God’s program for the ultimate expiation of sin and for the salvation of mankind. The refining process by ‘flame, by captivity and by spoil‘, is for ‘many days‘; (verse 33) and continues ‘even to the time of the end‘, (verse 35).

A further point to consider is if sacrifices are finished according to the NT and NT theology, why do sacrifices continue in the messianic age? According to New Testament teaching in Hebrews 10, sacrifices are no longer needed since Jesus’ once for all self sacrifice is forever and perfects forever those who accept it [Heb 10:8-14]. Hebrews 10 wrongly adds further, that the sacrifice of animals can never take away sins [3]. The messianic age described in Jeremiah 33:14-18 has a messianic figure (David A Branch of Righteousness), a promise fulfilled to Israel and Judah who along with Jerusalem will dwell safely and a Levitical Priesthood[4] offering the sacrifices prescribed by the Torah:

‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgement and righteousness in the earth. In those days Judah will be saved, And Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. “For thus says the LORD: ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house ofIsrael; ‘nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a man to offer burnt offerings before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.’ ” Jer 33:14-18

So much for a once and for all Sacrifice!!

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1. Flour to atone (Lev 5;12-15), Incense to atone (Num 17:11-13), Charity (Prov 10:2, 11:4, 16:6, 21:3, Hos 6:6, Dan 4:27), Silver (Ex 30:15), Repentance (Lev 26:40-42, Ezek 18:21-32), Jewelry (Num 31:50), Righteousness and Charity (Dan 4:24, 9:18), Post Temple period without blood and Jesus (Isaiah 27:9, 40:1, Ezek 33:11-16).

2. See Ezekiel 18:20, 30-32

3. For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. Lev 17:11

4. Hebrews also wrongly asserts that Jesus’ priesthood has done away with the Levitical priesthood.

Ignorant Jewish Christ killers and all seeing Gentiles

Utilizing the national park of Timna in southern Israel for that necessary air of authenticity, we see Juergen Buehler of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) explaining the ‘priesthood’ of Israel in bringing salvation to the Nations. The backdrop of national park of Timna is where there is a replica of the Tabernacle God commanded the children of Israel to build in the wilderness.

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Having watched the video of Juergen Buehler titled “WORD FROM JERUSALEM: THE SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM Episode 29”, I am left with a number of reservations. Particularly as the brief description states that the video shows “the exciting parallelism between the sacrificial system and the atonement of Jesus at the cross”. Now at this stage you might well say “what you can expect from a Christian video”. The problem however, is that the video is done in the intention of blessing and loving Israel which unfortunately misrepresents the custom, practice, history, understanding of the Jewish people and the plain meaning of words of scripture itself.

Going back the ‘priesthood’ of Israel in bringing salvation to the Nations idea of the ICEJ we are introduced to the idea that the Jewish peoples’ task as priests was to kill Jesus[1]. Paradoxically the killing of Jesus is the rejection or disbelief of the Jewish people which brought about ‘salvation’ to the rest of the world[2]. The killing of Jesus by the Jews was of course done in ignorance and represents the ‘mystery’ aspect of the gospel which was presented to Israel and the Jewish people for centuries before Jesus in the ‘typology’ of the tabernacle, with the story of Joseph and further with the binding of Isaac by Abraham. The convenient back drop of the replica of the Tabernacle in Timnah, Juergen Buehler uses to emphasize the sole focus of Christian theology projected back onto the Jewish scriptures. The sole focus of Christian theology of course is the universal sacrifice of Jesus for sins. In a nutshell the Jews for centuries were duped by their G-d into thinking that this is what he required of them:

12 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? Deut 10

6 With what shall I come to the LORD And bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, With yearling calves? 7 Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams, In ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? Michah 6

22 Samuel said, “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. 23 “For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. 1 Sam 15

So in the above verses and indeed in many others it is plainly clear that G-d requires obedience and not sacrifices. Moreover, the idea that a human being, a first born son given as a sacrifice to atone for sins is not what G-d wants at all either.

Now here at this point it is important to emphasize the importance of putting animal sacrifices in their proper context. Animal sacrifice has always been permitted and post Sinai only under extremely limited and controlled circumstances as to time, place[Lev 17:2-5] and intention as detailed by the Torah. Certain sacrifices are brought purely for the purpose of communing with God and becoming closer to Him. Others are brought for the purpose of expressing thanks, love, or gratitude to God. Others are used to cleanse a person of ritual impurity (which does not necessarily have anything to do with sin). And yes, some sacrifices are brought for purposes of atonement. The messianic era does have sacrifices if Jeremiah 33:15-18 is considered.

Human Sacrifice?

1 Thus says the LORD: The heaven is My Throne, and the earth is My Footstool, where is the house that you may build unto Me? And where is the place that may be My resting-place? 2 For all These things has My hand made, and so all These things Came to be, says the LORD, But on this man will I look, even on Him That is poor and of a Contrite Spirit, and Trembleth at My word. 3 He That Kills an ox is as if he slew a man, he That Sacrifices a lamb, as if he broke a dog’s neck, he That Offers a meal-Offering, as if he Offered swine’s blood, he That makes a memorial-Offering of frankincense, as if he blessed an idol; according as they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations;

Isaiah 66 is talking primarily about sacrifices without repentance and chapter 66 resonates with the opening chapter 1 of Isaiah:

You shall no longer bring vain meal-offerings, it is smoke of abomination to Me; New Moons and Sabbaths, calling convocations, I cannot [bear] iniquity with assembly. (Isaiah 1:13)

Animal sacrifice in the above is circumscribed with the clear teaching that without proper and sincere repentance it is as if one has killed a man, offered swine’s blood and blesses an idol (see verse 3) all of which from G-d’s perspective have always have been and always will be unacceptable at any time or place!

The Sheep/ Elephants in the Room

Ram god of the Egyptians

Ram god of the Egyptians

The problems with Juergen Buehler of the ICEJ are his attempts to morph the historical biblical events into Jesus, the New Testament and New Testament theology. A case in point is the morphing of the Passover sacrifice with the Day of Atonement and the supposed universal sacrifice of Jesus! The most obvious points being that sacrifices have very strict rules as outlined by the Torah. In every case Jesus and his supposed universal sacrifice fails to tick any of the boxes concerning meeting the rules and requirements of sacrifices according to Torah. Jesus and his supposed universal sacrifice simply does not fit and why does it not fit?………Well for starters as pointed out above and elsewhere[3], G-d does not want, does not require human sacrifice. The question is what more could G-d have said to make it anymore clearer that human sacrifice is not required let alone a universal human sacrifice?

So what is the point and where is the harm? The point is that nowhere in the Jewish Scriptures is it ever intimated or suggested that the Passover sacrifice is a sacrifice for atonement. Indeed sacrifices of any kind from the time of Cain and Abel to the birth of the nation of Israel emerge in the Torah as man-initiated events, without any reference to sin! One possible exception to man-initiated events is the near sacrifice of Isaac commanded by G-d. Despite heated debate within Judaism about the meaning of the binding of Isaac, Abraham on his own initiative, subsequent to G-d telling Abraham not to sacrifice Isaac, sacrifices a ram (Gen 22:13), even though Abraham tells Isaac that G-d will provide a lamb (Gen 22:8). Either way, both possibilities of lamb and/ or ram are not commanded by G-d! Moreover, in the binding of Isaac there is no mention that the purpose of sacrifice is for atonement of sin either! Additionally, the binding of Isaac, a typology used by Messianics and Christians like Juergen Buehler, attempt to create a correlation between the “Binding of Isaac” (Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac) and God’s sacrifice of Jesus. Unfortunately the correlation breaks down practically before it ever begins. The Christian typology says that God sacrificed His own son just as Abraham would have sacrificed his own son, had God allowed the act to be completed. However, Abraham was sacrificing his son to God, which showed Abraham loved God more than he loved his son Isaac, something that even God acknowledges in the text:

“He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” (Gen 22:2)

So who did God sacrifice Jesus to? Did God sacrifice Jesus to mankind in order to show mankind that He loved mankind more than he loved Jesus? Is mankind God’s god? God needs mankind’s approval in order to be God? Does this make sense? Of course it does not make sense. Indeed, sacrifices as man-initiated events are confirmed in the book of Jeremiah 7:22

For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices. 23 But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’

So troubling is the above to the promoters of Christian theology, that the New International Version (NIV) of Jer 7:22, 23, adds an extra word to the translation which the Hebrew does not support:

22 For when I brought your ancestors out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not just give them commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices, 23 but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you.

The extra word ‘just’, parachuted into the NIV translation of verse 22 gives the reverse idea that G-d did command the Israelites to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings for sins. Indeed this inserted ‘just’ further establishes the falsity of the NT and NT theology that sacrifices are G-d’s central focus which G-d has deliberately kept his people ignorant about for centuries before Jesus! Instead it is all billed as a mystery in the NT. The New Testament has 28 such mysteries and the whole Jesus thing is the mystery that has been “kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people” [Col 1:26]. Which means that nobody prior to Jesus knew about the whole divine/ human sacrifice atonement, eternal BBQ thing or else until Jesus came on the scene. God had been keeping it hidden for ages and generations apparently. In stark contrast the man initiated sacrifices found in the Torah (prior to Sinai) are without reference to sin! Moreover, in the above Christian mangling of the text of Jeremiah the ‘but’ of verse 23 renders verse 22 in the NIV illogical!

Jesus statue at Uman in full sight of the grave of rabbi Nachman of breslov.

Jesus statue at Uman recently placed and subsequently defaced in full sight of the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.

The major foundational component of atonement that is missing from Christianity is how Teshuvah (repentance) is initiated at least by the death and/ or suffering of someone else or even a nation. Suffering of a righteous someone or a nation is always to defer punishment to initiate a process of Teshuvah/ repentance. Suffering of a righteous someone or a nation is never vicarious or substitutionary, however! Teshuvah of the Kings of nations, as with case of Isaiah[4] for example, is elicited by virtue of the Kings witnessing the death and/ or suffering of the servant nation Israel. Therefore, in God’s plan, Israel’s sufferings have been to the benefit of the other nations at least in part to an acknowledgment by the nations that Israel has been the true servant of God all along and thanks to Israel, the nations punishment has been deferred in order in the long term to get the nations to repent!

In sum and in other words, the notion as presented by the NT and Juergen Buehler that Israel and the Jewish people collectively as the priests of G-d ignorantly served the function of killing Jesus for the universal vicarious salvation of the Nations is patently false. The earliest expression of a vicarious human substitutionary atonement for universal sin  at one specific point in time, ONLY occurs within the New Testament [see Romans 5:18; John 1:29 and 1 John 2:2] and not within the Hebrew Bible. Instead the Hebrew bible clearly portrays the ongoing role of the priesthood of Israel and the Jewish people in bearing the iniquity of the nations.

Certain of the prophetic specifications, which Christians often view as pointing exclusively to Jesus, are in fact borrowed from biblical descriptions of Israel’s experience. For example, in Isaiah 53:7 the servant of the L-rd is said to be like a flock led to the slaughter. In Psalms 44:22 Israel is said to be like a flock led to the slaughter.

“For on your account we are killed all the day; we are considered as a flock for the slaughter.”

To give another example, Isaiah 53:11 says “my righteous servant shall make many righteous.” We have just such an expression in the Book of Daniel regarding Daniel’s people Israel. Daniel 12:1b-3.

“At that time your people will escape, everyone found written in the book. Many among those sleeping in the dust of the ground will awake, some to the life of eternity and others to shame and to the contempt of eternity. And the prudent will shine like the brilliance of the firmament, and those who make many righteous like the stars, for eternity and ever.”

To give another example, Isaiah 53:11 says “my righteous servant shall make many righteous and carry their iniquities.” This language comes from the operation of Israel’s sanctuary. It was the duty of Israel’s priests to carry[5] the iniquity of others. Leviticus 10:16-17.

“Concerning the goat of the sin-offering Moshe diligently inquired. There it was ― ablaze. He was angry with Elazar and with Itamar the surviving sons of Aaron. He said, ‘Why did you not eat the sin-offering in a sacred place, for it is most holy? And it was given you in order to carry the iniquity of the congregation, to make expiation on them before the L-rd.’”

Numbers 18:1 is also explicit in this connection.

“The L-rd said to Aaron, ‘You, your sons, and your father’s house with you shall carry the iniquity of the sanctuary; you and your sons with you shall carry the iniquity of your priesthood.’”

Carrying the iniquity of others is also a prophetic gesture. Ezekiel 4:4-6.

“And you shall lie on your left side and place the iniquity of the house of Israel on it, the number of which you lie on it you will carry their iniquity. I have given you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of days, three hundred and ninety days. And you shall carry the iniquity of the house of Israel. And you shall finish these, then you shall lie on your right side, and you shall carry the iniquity of the house of Judah, forty days, a day for a year, one day per year I have imposed on you.”

During the exile, the children of Israel complain that their punishment is too severe, because they’re carrying the iniquity of previous generations.

“Our fathers sinned and they are no more, and we are carrying their iniquities.” [Lamentations 5:7]

In sum, the Hebrew bible clearly portrays the ongoing role of the priesthood of Israel and the Jewish people in bearing the iniquity of the nations till eventually in the end, the Nations who are really the ones in ignorance will see the light and repent!

Lord, my strength and my fortress,my refuge in time of distress, to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, “Our ancestors possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good. 20 Do people make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!” 21 “Therefore I will teach them—this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the Lord. Jer 16

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[1] “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant2 Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. 14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. 17 “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. Acts 3

[2] For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? Rom 11:15

[3] Leviticus 18:21 – And you shall not give any of your offspring to pass through the fire for Molech, and shall not profane the name of your G-d; I am the L-rd. [See also Deut 18:10, Jer 7:31, Ezek 23:37-39.]

31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God; for every abomination to the LORD, which He hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters do they burn in the fire to their gods. Deut 12

Deuteronomy 24:16 – Fathers shall not be put to death because of children, nor shall children be put to death for fathers; each person shall be put to death for his own sin. [See also Exod 32:31-33; Num 35:33.]

[4] “Kings shall shut their mouths at him. For what was not told them, they shall see. And what they did not hear, they shall observe. ‘Who would have believed our report? Upon whom has the arm of the L-rd been revealed?’ He arose before him like a sucker, like a root out of dry ground. He had no visage and no majesty. ‘We saw him, and there was no appearance that we should find him pleasing. He was despised and shunned by men, a man of sufferings and familiar with sickness; like one who hides his face from us. He was despised, and we held him of no account.’” (Isaiah 52:15b-53:3)

[5] 3. The goat [of the Day of Atonement] that was sent [into the wilderness] (Ley. xvi. 20, seq.) served as an atonement for all serious transgressions more than any other sin-offering of the congregation. As it thus seemed to carry off all sins, it was not accepted as an ordinary sacrifice to be slaughtered, burnt, or even brought near the Sanctuary; it was removed as far as possible, and sent forth into a waste, uncultivated, uninhabited land. There is no doubt that sins cannot be carried like a burden, and taken off the shoulder of one being to be laid on that of another being. But these ceremonies are of a symbolic character, and serve to impress men with a certain idea, and to induce them to repent; as if to say, we have freed ourselves of our previous deeds, have cast them behind our backs, and removed them from us as far as possible. CHAPTER XLVI, THE GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED, BY MOSES MAIMONIDES.

Smooth Operators

Captilizing on the Jewish People's assets and heritage and packaging it into something altogether different the ICEJ.

Capitalizing on the Jewish People’s assets, heritage and packaging it into something altogether different, the ICEJ.

He is a smooth operator that Jurgen Buhler (Jürgen Bühler) of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ). In a latest video offering “The calling of Israel”, the question is how can Christians be involved? Of course Jurgen has all the Abraham bli beardanswers. Beginning with the smoothly shaved depiction of Abraham [no doubt this Abraham needs a beard], a reference is made to the benefits of blessing Israel to the detriment of not blessing Israel apparently! Now of course Just what blessing Israel means in the mind and/ or theology of the ICEJ is something of mystery for a number of reasons which will be illuminated below! By the end of the video I kind of got the implicit me$$age that blessing Israel meant making a cash donation to the ICEJ. How else are they gonna keep knocking out these slick videos for starters?

In a related video/ article by Rev. Malcolm Hedding, the former Executive Director of ICEJ there are 5 defining points based on Paul’s words found in Romans 9-11 to help with the Gentile Christian’s response to bless Israel. The most jarring (point number 2) to the Jewish reader being that:

God has used Israel’s unbelief to bring salvation to the Gentiles (Romans 11:11). This has an element of mystery in it, yet the passage is clear that there is a Church in the world because of Israel’s rejection of Jesus. Paul encourages us to view this fact with gratitude and not disdain. Their fall, he says, “is riches for the world”. The Church should have shown kindness and appreciation to Israel. That is, we should have been a provocation to jealousy.

Israel’s unbelief is an interesting statement since it is couched in the idea that Israel’s unbelief is in the rejection of Jesus! In contradistinction, a read of my TaNaCh consistantly tells me that our collective unbelief is in not keeping the commandments. Nowhere do I find the idea that its all based on disbelief in a divine/ human messiah. Just linguistically I find that the word ‘messiah’ refers to Priests who are messiahs[Lev 4:3], Kings who are messiahs[1Sa 24:6], G-d’s people who are messiahs[ Psalm 105:11-15] and a non-Israelite King Cyrus who is a messiah too[Isa 45:1]!

Now you might think that I am being a bit picky, in fact whole generations of Jews across the ages have also been somewhat picky about this too! Of course to get around this problem of Jewish pickyness another useful word in the ble$$ing to Israel is the word mystery. In fact the word mystery appears again in point 5 of the 5 point action plan to help Jews and Israel be ‘evangelised’ , whoops I mean blessed. One more mention of mystery and we could have had a trinity of mysteries here, spooky!

Just to be informed dear reader, the New Testament has 28 such mysteries[1] and the whole Jesus thing is the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people[Col 1:26]. Which means that nobody knew about the whole divine/ human sacrifice atonement, eternal BBQ thing or else until Jesus came on the scene. God had been keeping it hidden for ages and generations apparently!

The convenient use by Christians of the term mystery allows deliberate ignorance of context of scripture and the role of themystNT Jewish people as part of G-d’s plan for the whole of humanity. It is little wonder that Christians can make the wild claims for Jesus based on their misrepresentation and false idea that Jesus came on the scene and made a new revelation which had been kept hidden for ages and generations.

In stark contrast there are no mysteries in the ‘old’ testament. In fact it is quite the opposite:

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. Deut 29:29

I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right. Is 45:19

If the Torah is considered, God sets down before His people a passage[Deut 30:1-10] which gives a clear portrait of the Messianic era. The clear portrait is not one that is ambiguous and murky. Rather, God used sharp and well-defined brush strokes to paint this portrait. From the passage, the return of Israel to her land will be precipitated by her repentance. The passage teaches that repentance means turning back to obedience of God’s law as Moses taught it (i.e. all 613 commandments). The passage also teaches that repentance is effective even when Israel is in exile and when it is not possible to bring a blood offering. Further, the passage shows that God will accept exiled Israel’s repentance even before He circumcises their heart. Finally, from the passage it is learned that the commandments that Moses taught us, will be fully observed in the Messianic era. In stark contradistinction, Christianity teaches that Israel’s return to the teachings of Moses, will play no part in the ushering in of the Messianic era (cf Mal 4:4 – 6).

A defining feature of the messianic age is the desire of gentiles to learn the Torah:

And many peoples shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law (Torah), and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:3

If G-d had wanted the Jews to know the importance of Jesus as per Mark 16:16 and all that believe in him alone/ or it is the eternal BBQ for you nonsense, he would have told us way back then would he not?

But of course Jurgen Buhler is much smoother to be drawn in by the above arguments. Instead the very convenient use of Dispensational Theology gets around the problems of “replacement theology”, an invention of the early church apparently. The glaring disparity is that Dispensational Theology has its origins and is expounded in the writings of John Nelson Darby (1800–82) and the Plymouth Brethren movement. So Jews are to believe and be blessed by a theology that was not in place until at least the 1800s and just ignore the blood libels, inquisitions etc.. that went before?!

The problem with Dispensational Theology is that the NT actually contradicts the idea of two separate entities namely “the Church” and “Israel”. According to Dispensational Theology both the Church and Israel are two perfectly compatable ways to be right with God……..in theory. In practice of course is the nagging idea supplied by Jesus himself [the way the truth and the life, no man etc..] that now as part of the ‘mystery’ without him, Jew or Gentile are doomed. An example in point with respect to the “new covenant’ found in Jeremiah:

31 Behold, the days come, says Hashem, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah. (Jer 31)

In the verse above, both Messianics and Christians ignore the context of Jeremiah and project onto it the teaching from the NT that the house of Israel includes ‘grafted in’ gentiles as full blown equal citizens of Israel by virtue of an evangelical paradigm. Further added is Paul’s idea in Ephesians 2 of the barrier between Jew and Gentile now being broken down by virtue of the ‘mystery’ of the cross. A survey of the Jewish Scriptures, clearly shows that G-d consistently portrays Abraham’s descendants as a great nation and not a great religion. However, the fact is a non Israelite without conversion may only have residency in the nation of Israel by their adherence to the laws of the Torah, only stopping short of full conversion. Full conversion gives full citizenship of Israel [Ruth converted BTW].

judeo-christianIn the Torah, there are many references to “the strangers who dwell among you” or “righteous strangers.” Israel society has always made provisions for non-Israelites to worship the G-d of Israel allowing either full conversion to Israeli citizenship or for people to selectively choose what they may wish to observe of the Torah [whilst dwelling with the people of God] short of circumcision/ full conversion and citizenship. Such a system to allow non-Israelites to worship the G-d of Israel is even identified in the New Testament with the non-Israelites referred to as G-d fearers. G-d fearers are referenced in the New Testament’s Book of Acts in Acts 13:16, which describe the Apostolic Age of the 1st century CE.

The evangelical paradigm, however, according to the New Testament, with the coming of Jesus, changed everything! Now, according to the prevailing evangelical paradigm, all of these Jews AND non-Israelites were fundamentally lost, unless and until they accept Jesus as their personal savior. The evangelical paradigm still to this day requires Jews AND non-Israelites to accept Jesus as their personal savior or they are doomed [See Mark 16:16, John 3:18, 5:24, 1 Corinthians 1:18].

Moreover, the evangelical paradigm asserts that full citizens of Israel, to the exclusion of any previously held beliefs and parameters of Israeli citizenship are now changed. Instead, Israeli citizens are only believers of Jesus and his ‘does it all, once and for all’ sacrifice. The bottom line as it has always been taught before Jesus is that non-Israelites (who do not want to convert fully) are allowed to reside as residents of the nation of Israel by believing in the G-d of Israel. The New Testament in contradistinction annuls and ‘upgrades’ the revelation of the will of G-d (Torah) by its promotion of Jesus and the receiving of the Holy Spirit turning Shavuot into Pentecost. Ruth however, did not ‘upgrade’ by virtue of belief in a divine/ human messiah for her citizenship because no such thing is mandated in the Torah. Rather Ruth chose the requirements for citizenship as shown in the Torah (i.e. 613 commandments):

12 And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? 14 To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. 15 Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today. Deut 10

Part of the provocation to jealousy according to Paul and the theology of Jürgen Bühler of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) is that the Jews are to somehow develop collective amnesia and forget the numerous disputations, blood libels, inquisitions and holocausts so they can answer ‘Who is the real Messiah?” correctly?!

Further, that the selective ‘material’ incentives disbursed by the ICEJ to the various missionary enterprises here in Israel are meant to make Jews jealous! After all which Jew cannot help but be jealous of Jewish Christian missionaries with pots of money living it up here in the holy land!? Yet further we are to be jealous when the very selective disbursement of funds to the most vulnerable members of the Jewish nation are really meant to pick off our people and convert them to Christianity? Is it just me or do get a sense of deja vu here:

“17 “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you came out of Egypt, 18 how he attacked you on the way when you were faint and weary, and cut off your tail, those who were lagging behind you, and he did not fear God. 19 Therefore when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your enemies around you, in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget.” Deuteronomy 25

Gentiles and Jews are BOTH deceived if they think they are full Citizens of Israel and supporters of Israel by being believers of Jesus and providing the money under the guise of ble$$ing Israel by converting Jews to what is Idolatrous at the very least. Its idolatrous simply because our Torah says so (cf how Jesus fulfills Deut 13 perfectly):

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Num 23:19

………….Unless G-d has been lying to us?

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1. The Greek word “musterion,” translated “mystery” means a truth given and revealed only to a select few that was unknown until it was revealed.

Come To Israel For The Most Virulent, Anti-Rabbinic Videos, In Hebrew

Article by Tibi Singer Published On: Tue, Dec 2nd, 2014

Hebrew Jews for Jesus

A website calling itself Israel Today offers a highly supportive report on what amounts to an aggressive messianic endeavor, complete with angry attacks on the rabbinic tradition, lies about the content and purpose of Talmudic passages, and open invitations for Jews to convert to Christianity—all of it in fluent, eloquent Hebrew, delivered by two clean cut, bona fide Israeli salesmen.

Israel Today—not the English version of Shelsdon Adelson’s Israel Hayom, which can be damned misleading—is a “Jerusalem-based news agency providing a biblical and objective perspective on local news.” By biblical they mean evangelical, and by objective they mean not at all.

It’s easy to be fooled into thinking that Israel Today is synonymous with Israel Hayom—they mean the same thing, and they use a red and white scheme that may not be identical, but, boy, it’s close. Which is not a crime, but then again, what is?

So, according to Israel Today, that aggressive messianic endeavor I’ve been telling you about started as short video responses to anti-missionary activists in Israel, and “has blossomed into a new online initiative featuring no fewer than 52 short clips answering the most pressing rabbinical objections to Yeshua (Jesus).”

I’m going to let the “Yeshua” thing slide, because there’s so much else to deal with here, but suffice it so say that traditional Jews in Israel don’t call that man by that nice name, rather they refer to him as Yeshu, which is an acronym for a curse.

So you get it, this is a hot topic, and a lot of emotions are raised over it in this tiny, troubled country.

Israel Today, which has written extensively about innovative approaches to evangelism in the Jewish state, reports that in Israel—one of the most “online” societies in the world—every month 18,000 locals search Google for the term “redemption,” and better than 22,000 seek “Yeshua.”

I have no idea how many Israelis were looking for Obama, or Maccabi Tel Aviv within the same timeframe, I expect quite a few, but the point is clear. Israelis are spiritual seekers.

The video website, in Hebrew (messiah.co.il), offers “100 confrontations” with Rabbinic objections to Christianity, in a manner and language that could only come from Israelis.

A top video on the messianic website is titled “The Oral Torah — the Big Lie.”

Its content is a familiar accumulation of arguments against rabbinic law which began as far back as the pre-destruction split between the Sadducees and the Pharisees, continued with the Karaaites of the 7th century, was picked up by Spinoza in the 17th century and reached its full blossom with the Reform movement in Germany in the 1820s.

The effect, however, coming from extremely manipulative speakers, and directed at an Israeli audience with limited knowledge of their own traditions, can be horrendous.

This comes coupled with the garden variety missionary quotes from the Jewish prophets, misinterpreting text, forcing new meanings on texts, basically, performing unspeakable acts on sacred texts to make them say the real messiah is this kid from Nazareth.

They also explain away the coitus of Mary and God, using the winning argument that, if God wanted to impregnate a woman, He probably could have.

In Israel, Messianic Jews, or Jews for Jesus, are considered equal citizens if their mother was Jewish—and the same goes for Messianic Jews wishing to make Aliyah. Israeli courts have confronted the question of whether or not someone calling himself a Jew for Jesus whose mother was not Jewish can claim the right of return to Israel, and has decided, so far, against it (Lee and Beresford Vs. Ministry of the Interior, 1989).

The website, run by Eitan Bar and Moti Vaknin, who present themselves as Messianic media professionals who are also good friends, Jews and Israelis, and who “believe that Jesus is the messiah promised in the prophecies of the Bible.”

Their About page says: “We are sick of rabbis and ultra-Orthodox organizations who abuse our patience by trampling us and our beliefs. We are tired of being persecuted in the name of God.

“We are fed up with more and more Orthodox rabbis and extremist groups who are unable to deal with the fact that not everyone is ready to submit to their spiritual authority, and the fact that there are people who insist on asking questions in their quest for the truth and do not accept everything they say — they attack us and persecute us violently.”

They’re probably correct on just how unpopular a messianic Jewish group would likely be in Israel, a country where Jewish law according to the Orthodox tradition guides society’s life cycle events, and where awareness of what Christian hordes have done to our ancestors over the past two millennia are fresh in our memories like it happened yesterday.

If your Hebrew is good enough, follow the sales job offered by the two Israeli promoters, of the notion that the prophet Isaiah has predicted the virgin birth of Jesus. It’s been a debate between Hebrew speaking Jews and  missionaries who are semi-literate in Hebrew from the time of King James, and probably earlier. It’s a whole new ballgame when two Hebrew speaking Israelis are forcefully buying into the same bizarre ideas. Have fun.

Before it was Written 

By Menashe Dovid (מנשה דוד בן אברהם)

©by Menashe Dovid ben Avraham

I have witnessed a new approach recently in an area of theological gymnastics at the gym of the Jewish Adventist Friendship Centre on Face Book and also on the web page of Beth Shalom Seventh-day Adventist[1a]: Two gems found in articles presented by Pastor Paul Lippi in; “Contingent Impurity” and “What Does the New Covenant Make Obsolete?”! What links the two gems together is the innovative use of the term “ontological” in the article entitled “Contingent Impurity” and a similar notion implied in the other which suggests that non-Jewish Adventist are perfectly justified in how they do or not do things with respect to observance of the Torah.

The term “ontological” would appear to be the panacea for everything in the Jewish Scriptures which are at odds and contradict with the ‘new’ teachings of a so called ‘new’ testament. By everything in the Jewish Scriptures, we may be talking for example about tricky things like context and why the gentiles hardly get a mention at all in the Jewish Scriptures. After all we would not like to spoil an agenda that: “our mission at Beth Shalom Seventh-day Adventist Congregation here in Thousand Oaks is to create a constituency for Jewish obedience within the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church”. Especially when the agenda may be at variance with the aims of the SDA church who claim their theology readily annuls anything outside of the 10 commandments? Not to mention the loss of pastoral jobs along with 10% of a congregants gross income too (how is this in the big 10?)! However, in a crazy world of mixed non arbitrary values, for the Adventist Church with respect to the operation and/ or theology of the Jewish Adventist movement, it may be convenient to let the ends justify the means and let those actually poor and/ or impure Jews perform acts of Jewish obedience in an Adventist setting. How accommodating!

Now make no mistake here, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its global mission is to convert anyone of any creed or color, even people who are already Christians to their particular brand of Christianity. After all we would not want any of ‘them’ getting that mark of the beast: Sunday worship, would we? The Seventh-day Adventist Church like other denominations has also jumped on the bandwagon of what is probably the hardest nut to crack of all, namely the conversion of Jews to Adventism[1b]. However, under the guise of interfaith dialogue; areas of identifying common understanding, such as respect, honor, family relationships, justice, love, cooperation, support for one another, can help build bridges between faith groups……..as the Adventists say. Of course if one was to really respect another faith, nationality or religion, one would not attempt to go about converting another to your faith. By default, according to the SDA church, the implication is that faith of another is inferior, as evidenced by the SDA converting you to their faith. The inferiority of another’s faith may be said to not exist by virtue of an ontological argument by the way!?

So what is ontology or an ontological position? Ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences. Ontology, in analytic philosophy, concerns the determining of whether some categories of being are fundamental and asks in what sense the items in those categories can be said to “be”. It is the inquiry into being in so much as it is being, or into beings insofar as they exist—and not insofar as, for instance, particular facts obtained about them or particular properties related to them.

With the use of an ontological argument where it suits with respect to the Jewish scriptures or any other type of philosophical argument for that matter, in a nutshell we have here a classic case of an archer shooting arrows at trees and then arbitrarily drawing targets round some of the arrows of choice to show how good the archer is. With respect to impurity, Paul Lippi argues with the use of the New Testament, that ontologically, impurity does not actually exist for the non-Jewish gentile and/ or Adventist. However, how it now works out for Jews is somewhat of a mystery, as Paul Lippi says that impurity for a Jew is contingent on doing something which in fact would make the Jew actually impure. The mystery is further expanded with respect to another related question: The Jew if they become an Adventist and/ or Christian, still has impurity which is contingent on doing something which makes them impure or are they are now elevated to a purer ‘ontological status’ by being believers of Jesus? The theology of Galatians 3 and Ephesians 2 and Acts 10 respectively, clearly asserts:

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise…………14 for he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups (Gentile and Jew) one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility…………. 28 He (Peter) said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.

Wait a minute Peter the Apostle; it’s the Jews who are supposed to be unclean according to Paul Lippi!!

A related example to the above may be, the new covenant of Jeremiah 31 as per the article; “What Does the New Covenant Make Obsolete?” Jeremiah 31 shows how the new covenant is yet to be in the future, as both the houses of Israel and Judah have yet to be re-gathered and no mention is made of what bearing the new covenant has for non Israelites. Moreover, Jeremiah is addressing the house of Judah (Jews are from the house of Judah) as the house of Israel had already gone into captivity by the hand of Assyrians. These points from Jeremiah 31 present a problem for the Christian view point established by the New Testament, in particular the book of Hebrews and in general with regard to an evangelical paradigm. The evangelical paradigm is created because previously to be an Israelite was to be a citizen of Israel. The citizen of Israel was either by birthright or by virtue of conversion to become a citizen of Israel [e.g. Ruth]. The rules for governing citizenship surprisingly enough are the laws of the Torah [613 of them just in case you were wondering].

A non Israelite without conversion may have residency in the nation of Israel by their adherence to the laws of the Torah,

Pastor Santiago Cuellar in a recent re-hash of the same old story now billed as "Hebraic Pastor".

Pastor Santiago Cuellar in a recent re-hash of the same old story now billed as “Hebraic Pastor”.

only stopping short of full conversion[2]. The evangelical paradigm, however, according to the New Testament, with the coming of Jesus, changed everything! Now, according to the prevailing evangelical paradigm, all of these Jews AND non-Jews were fundamentally lost, unless and until they accept Jesus as their personal savior. The evangelical paradigm still to this day requires Jews AND non-Jews to accept Jesus as their personal savior or they are doomed[3]. Moreover, the evangelical paradigm asserts that full citizens of Israel, to the exclusion of any previously held beliefs and parameters of Israeli citizenship (such as impurity for example)[4] are now changed. Instead, Israeli citizens are only believers of Jesus and his ‘does it all, once and for all’ sacrifice. The  ‘does it all, once and for all’ sacrifice of course eliminates such bothersome things as impurity and what to do with those gentiles. The sacrifice of Jesus is of course billed by the ‘new’ testament as THE UNIVERSAL WAY of reconciling the whole world to God (see John 3:16)! Paul Lippi offers a justification for his position in the same vein:

“The goal of the old and the new covenants is the same: God’s determination to reconcile the Gentiles and to bring them to his service.”

The justification is a long way off from the real intent of Hashem, spelled out in the Jewish Scriptures because Paul Lippi ignores the evangelical paradigm explained above with respect to Israeli citizenship. The problem is that no such evangelical paradigm is mentioned in the Jewish Scriptures. He also ignores the provision of resident status of the non Israelite who abides by laws of the Torah as evidenced by the ‘new’ testament[5]. Further evidence from Acts 15 may also be indicative of the 7 laws of Noah described by the Talmud which serve as the minimum requirement for a non Israelite with respect to the non Israelite obligation to the laws of the Torah. A feature of the messianic age as shown by Isaiah 2[6], sees non-Israelite nations obeying some of the laws of Torah and in Jeremiah 16:19, 20 the nations pronouncing their dismay to Hashem as to their former ways of worship…..

Our fathers have inherited nought but lies, vanity and things wherein there is no profit.’ Shall a man make unto himself gods, and they are no gods?

The evangelical paradigm is just one example of many examples of non Israelite nations making other gods and who choose to ignore very clear evidence from the Torah (Deut 30:1-10 for example) as to the destiny of the Jewish people. Deuteronomy 30:1-10 is balanced and truthful (אמת) because chronologically it goes from beginning (א), to middle (מ) and to the end (ת):

ONE Israel receives (א) the Torah;

ONE Israel has a history of both keeping and failing to keep the Torah (מ) / returns to Torah prior to the messianic age; and

ONE Israel keeps the Torah (ת) in the messianic age!

Another point so conveniently glossed over (not only by Paul Lippi), is that before it was written, the Torah already existed in our world as a lesson from Moses to the people (especially the elders) and their discussion with him after the revelation at Sinai. The discussion is what we call “the oral Torah,” which, contrary to popular misconception, preceded the written Torah. You could say, then, quite literally, that the fullest manifestation of that G-dly wisdom we call Torah is not only how it was written in a book, but how Torah existed in the minds and discussion of the people that received it and continued the discussion as commanded in Deut 6:

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

This G-dly wisdom we Jews call Torah, exists as a book within the Jewish people. Everyone knows what those “symbols on your hands” and “on your foreheads are”, just as they know what is to be written on the doorposts of their homes and how to make strings on the corners of their garments. There will always be Jews doing those things.  The book has meaning only within the context of our people, our experiences as a people, and the way that our people have unfolded and applied that which we have received. In this respect, the Jewish people do not have the same problem as the gentiles do with respect to the Torah and its observance. Instead, in the absence of acceptance of this G-dly wisdom and historically an almost wholesale rejection of this G-dly wisdom by the Church. The gentile is forced to resort to projecting philosophical ideas and beliefs already emotionally accepted from the teachings of the NT onto the Jewish Scriptures. What a mess!!


[1a] http://www.bethshalomsda.org/ link no longer works.

[1b] http://menashedovid1.wordpress.com/persecution-of-jews/

[2] In the Torah, there are many references to “the strangers who dwell among you” or “righteous strangers.” Jewish society has always made provisions for non-Jews to worship the G-d of Israel allowing either full conversion to Judaism or for people to selectively choose what they may wish to observe of the Torah [whilst dwelling with the people of God] short of circumcision/ full conversion and citizenship. Such a system to allow non-Jews to worship the G-d ofIsrael is even identified in the New Testament with the non-Jews referred to as G-d fearers. G-d fearers are referenced in the New Testament’s Book of Acts in Acts 13:16, which describe the Apostolic Age of the 1st century CE.

[3] See Mark 16:16, John 3:18, 5:24, 1 Corinthians 1:18

[4] 28 He (Peter) said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. Acts 10

[5] See note 2 above.

[6] 2 And it shall come to pass in the end of days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established as the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many peoples shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us (some; from מ of מִדְּרָכָיו ) of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.’ For out ofZion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Christian self-fulfilling prophecy about Jews suffering for rejecting Jesus

Originally posted on Daily Minyan:

those-jewsThroughout the last two thousand years and even to this day Christians have claimed that the Jewish people have experienced great persecutions and immense suffering because G-d has punished them for their rejection of Jesus. Since Jews, as the Greek Testament claims, murdered the “son of god”, and since they flatly refused to worship the man-god Jesus in addition to the G-d of Israel whom they already worshiped, or even accept his messianic claims, they received their just deserts. What is overlooked by Christians in such claims is the fact that much of this suffering was meted out not by some third parties, but by their own European and later Christian forebears.

The seeds of this can already be seen in the New Testament itself. In the passage the many NT scholars believe to be a much later interpolation by church scribes written in Paul’s name (since it has Paul…

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