The Sabbath – A Prophetic Sign

The Sabbath – A Prophetic Sign

The Sabbath – A Prophetic Sign

My motivation for compiling this post was the result of watching a very good video pertaining to the changes made to the Sabbath day by religious authorities. This video is inserted below for your viewing. I highly recommend it even if you are familiar with this history. 

Watching the video triggered some further thoughts that I have had for some time regarding the Sabbath and its possible prophetic meaning. Most teachings on the topic of the Sabbath concentrate on following the commandment and the historical deviation by the Christian church. There does not appear to be anybody discussing the deeper prophetic picture portrayed in the Sabbath other than that it is pointing to the Millennium Sabbath day i.e. the seven thousandth year.

It would appear to me though that our Father is communicating something far deeper than just the historical importance of the weekly Sabbath and our weekly observance today. Allow me to share these thoughts.

 

The Sabbath rest Decreed

In the creation account in the book of Genesis we read how the Creator YHWH rested on the seventh day following His six days of creation. I think that it is safe to say that the Almighty Creator did not necessarily require six days for His creation work but was rather establishing a pattern and a framework for the broader context of His creation intentions and His relationship with ‘mankind’ throughout the ages:

Genesis 2:2-3 

2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

In verse 3 above we read that our Father blessed the seventh day and sanctified it.

The Hebrew word for ‘blessed is ‘Barak’ (Strongs H1288) which means to kneel: To bend the knee to kneel in homage or praise. It also conveys the extended idea of presenting a gift or giving honour to another.

The Hebrew word for sanctified is ‘qâdash’ (Strongs H6942) which means:

– to consecrate; appoint; dedicate; purify; proclaim; clean (ceremonially or morally); prepare and to set apart. 

Wow, that word carries such tremendous meaning. The few words in Genesis 2:3 contain so much meaning.

 

The Sabbath Commandment

At the giving of the commandments in Exodus 20:8-11 we are commanded to ‘remember’ the Sabbath day, to cease from our labour and to keep it set-apart:

8  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

11  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

The Hebrew word for ‘remember’ is ‘zâkar’ (Strongs H2142) which means to ‘mark’- so as to be recognized and to recall. Also to be mindful. This would imply that we are to ensure that we do not forget the Sabbath.

hallowed is the same Hebrew word for ‘sanctified’ i.e. ‘qâdash’ which reveals so much about how we are to relate to the Sabbath day – see meaning for ‘qâdash’ above. 

 

The Sabbath as a sign

We should all come to the understanding that the Sabbath is a sign between our Father and His people and it serves to remind us that He is the Creator of all things. It was after all YHWH who established the Sabbath as a memorial of His ‘creation’. 

Those who keep the Father’s Sabbath day set-apart, proclaim by their actions, their acceptance of Him as the supreme authority over how they should live, think and worship. It is an acknowledgment that He alone is the Creator and the Almighty King of the universe. It is a further acknowledgment that He is our Creator and therefore knows what is best for us.

Observing the seventh-day Sabbath is a proclamation of who’s authority and rulership we consider ourselves under.

Exodus 31:13-17  

13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. 

14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 

15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth anywork in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 

16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. 

17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

 

Ezekiel 20:19-20 

19 I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; 

20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God. 

Notice in verse 16 of Exodus chapter 31 that the Sabbath should be observed throughout the generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a perpetual covenant i.e. for ever. Perpetual meaning without end; forever; everlasting.

Observing the Sabbath is a two-way sign. It is a covenant (verse 31:16) – an agreement between two parties. To those keeping the Sabbath, it identifies them with their ‘Elohim’ whom they worship — the Almighty Creator who made the heavens and the earth. His people rest on the seventh day, as He did, in acknowledgment of the fact that He is their Creator and the Creator of the whole universe. Observing the Sabbath is also our acknowledgment that His Word i.e. Scripture is Truth

To our Father, His Sabbath distinguishes those who believe Him and His Word by keeping His commandments from those who rely on their own reasoning for determining how they should live and relate to Him i.e. those who eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with our Heavenly Father and with one another. It is a symbol of our redemption in our Messiah Yahushua, a sign of our sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal future in our Father’s Kingdom. The Sabbath is YHWH’s perpetual sign of His eternal covenant between Him and His people.

The question to ask is – can a New Testament believer be called ‘His people’ if they reject the Sabbath?

 

The Sabbath and Sanctification

YHWH says keeping the Sabbath is a reminder to those He calls that He is the One who sanctifies them, setting them apart and establishing a special relationship with them as His people.

In Exodus 31:13 and Ezekiel 20:12 we read that the Sabbaths are a sign that the Father is the one who purifies and sets us apart – sanctifies:

13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. 

Exodus 31:13

12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them. 

Ezekiel 20:12 

In John 17:17 Messiah Yahushua states that we are sanctified through the Word of Truth:

‘Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 

Y’Shua continues in verse 19:

‘And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

To sanctify means commonly to ‘purify’ and ‘set apart’, that is, to separate from the world and consecrate to Himself. 

Let us revisit the meaning of ‘sanctify’:

The Hebrew word for sanctified is ‘qâdash’ (Strongs H6942) which means:

– to consecrate; appoint; dedicate; purify; proclaim; clean (ceremonially or morally); prepare and to set apart. 

 

The New Testament sheds some light on part of what it means to be ‘set-apart’. The words of our Messiah Yahushua have a lot to say regarding our relationship with the world and ‘worldliness’ as does the book of James:

In James 4:4 it states:

’know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.’

In the Words of Yahushua:

John 17:16 ‘They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.’

John 17:14 ‘I have given them Your word and the world has hated them; for they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.’

John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

John 17:14-16 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Also:

1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

We must not miss this fact that the Sabbath observance is the ‘sign’ that the One whom you worship, the One and only Almighty Creator, is the One who will sanctify you. This is His commitment to those who keep the Sabbath day according to the Commandment. Part of this ‘sanctification’ will be to separate from the ways of the ungodly world.

The keeping of the Sabbath establishes a mutual relationship whereby our Heavenly Father endeavours to sanctify His people. Only those who are ‘sanctified’ (purified, consecrated) would be suitable for a ‘Bride’ for the Messiah. 

Most Christians seem to ignore the need for sanctification and believe that they are cleansed by the shed blood of the Messiah and that there is nothing further to be done. They also believe that being ‘saved’ through confession automatically makes them, as the ‘believer’, the ‘bride’ group.

This is such a disastrous oversight. Being ‘saved’ is like the Israelites in Egypt having the blood of the slain lamb on their doorposts. This was to ensure that the ‘angel of death’ (judgement of the firstborn) passed over them and they were then freed from their slavery and were led out of their ‘Egypt’ by Moses into the wilderness to begin their relationship with YHWH. Applying the blood of the slain lamb onto their doorposts was not the end of their journey. On the contrary, it was only the beginning. A show of faith and belief.

Just like the Israelites in the wilderness, most Christians apply the blood of the ‘Lamb’ but do not progress with their relationship. As a result, most will never see the ‘promised land’ in their lifetime.

The Sabbath is the ‘sign’ and the agreement (covenant) for ‘sanctification’. The Sabbath is the ‘sanctified’ day (Genesis 2:3) .

Why would YHWH ‘sanctify’ anyone who rejects His Sabbaths?

A further point that I would like to make about a reference to a ‘sign’ is the instruction in the Torah book of Deuteronomy where the Israelites were instructed to bind the commandments upon their hands and forehead – meaning their ‘thoughts and their deeds’. 

The Hebrew word for ‘sign’(Strongs H226) used here is the same as that used in the Sabbath verses:

Deuteronomy 6:8  And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

Deuteronomy 11:18  Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.

Now compare this to the ‘mark of the beast’ on the hand and forehead. The ‘thoughts and deeds’ of the rebellious, ungodly, beastly carnal nature. 

Mark and sign are synonymous as can be seen with the use of the word ‘mark’ (Strongs H226) upon Cain:

Genesis 4:15  And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

If you are interested please refer to my other articles for more insight into the ‘mark of the beast’.

 

The Promised Land Rest

For the Israelites, who the Father called His people, He promised a land. A land wherein they would rest. The ‘promised land’ was a place associated with rest and was often referred to as ‘entering one’s rest’. Entering the ‘rest’ was only realised when the enemies occupying the land were defeated. 

YHWH promised to give the ownership of the Land to His people Israel unconditionally, but their possession and enjoyment of the Promised Land was conditional upon their faith and obedience.  After entering the Land (Joshua chapters 1-5), conquering the Land (Joshua chapters 6-12), and dividing the Land (Joshua chapters 13-22), Joshua calls Israel to rest in the Land (Joshua chapters 23-24).

Let me share some Scripture which reveals how the ‘promised land’ is considered the place of ‘rest’.

Deu 12:10  But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;

Deu 25:19  Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.

Jos 1:13  Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, The LORD your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land.

Jos 1:15  Until the LORD have given your brethren rest, as he hath given you, and they also have possessed the land which the LORD your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD’S servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising.

Jos 21:44  And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.

Jos 22:4  And now the LORD your God hath given rest unto your brethren, as he promised them: therefore now return ye, and get you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side Jordan.

Jos 23:1  And it came to pass a long time after that the LORD had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age.

1Ki 8:56  Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.

It is shown from these verses that the people did not experience ‘rest’ until YHWH had removed their enemies. These enemies are reflected as enemy tribes that come against them.

Joshua led the children of Israel into a land where they could have ultimately experienced continual rest. And yet, their rest did not last forever. When the Israelites rebelled against their Father YHWH, their land was repeatedly invaded by heathen nations such as the Philistines. After the children of Israel had been in the Promised Land for centuries and had departed from the ways of YHWH, into a life of sin and idolatry, YHWH gave them a rebuke through the prophet Jeremiah. He told them they would have to leave their land of rest for seventy years of exile.

The prophet Jeremiah attempted to convince the people to return to the righteous paths of old in order to receive rest again but this gesture fell on deaf, rebellious ears.

Jeremiah 6:16  Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

In the midst of this coming judgment, YHWH declared in Jeremiah 25:5, ‘Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord has given to you and your fathers forever and ever.’

It was this type of rebellious attitude that the following verses referred to:

Psalm 95:10-11  

10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:

11  Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

This verse from Psalms was quoted by the author of Hebrews:

Hebrews 3:11  So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.

YHWH told the children of Israel to repent of their sins and they would again dwell in the land. At the time Jeremiah spoke to the Israelites, they were in deep sin and about to be carried out of the land. 

Scripture reveals however that the people rebelled and fell away into a life filled with rebellion and disobedience. We can see from Scripture that ‘rest’ was conditional on obedience and loyalty to the Father and His commandments. Disobedience would result in them not entering into YHWH’S rest or losing their rest.

 

The Sabbath message

It seems pretty clear from Scripture that the Sabbath is a symbol of rest. It is a time of rest. But is this all that the Father wants to reveal to us in the Sabbath memorial? What about any future significance? Most Christains claim that Yahushua (their Jesus) is their Sabbath rest, meaning that the New Testament believer can now rest in the completed works of the ‘Christ’ and that all is ‘finished’ through the ‘cross’.

My study on the subject of the Sabbath has revealed some further insight into a more futuristic significance or importance that I would like to share. 

The creation narrative in the book of Genesis has indicated that it is YHWH alone who is the Creator and the One who establishes times, seasons and signs. He has indicated through the Sabbath who His people are i.e. those who observe the Sabbath and His other commandments. This observance  in return reveals who their ‘Elohim’ is.

It seems evident to me that our Father wants to reveal something very important to His people through the weekly Sabbath. Unlike the seven prescribed Moedim or Feast days, which are celebrated only once in the yearly cycle, the weekly Sabbath is observed and celebrated 52 times – every week. Surely this should draw our attention to the fact that maybe we should be paying closer attention to this Sabbath observance.

The Sabbath is the day of rest and the promised land is the place of rest.

The Promised Land symbolised true rest. However, it was only a shadow or symbol of a better day, a better rest. What better rest is this? It is the rest of believers who have been redeemed from their slavery to sin. Believers can now cease from their wicked works and pursue righteousness.

Slavery in Egypt symbolises a life of slavery to sin. Through the redeeming life of our Messiah we are now free from this enslavement to sin. We can leave our ‘spiritual Egypt’ and can progress through the wilderness (the place of getting to know our Father) into our promised land. The Promised Land represents a place of rest for those who display loyalty and obedience to the Father and His commandments – as the life of our Messiah Yahushua illustrates and teaches. 

Therefore, the rest promised to the Israelites in the Promised Land symbolised the greater rest, the true rest, that all believers should experience through the Messiah Yahushua. That’s why it says in Hebrews 4:8, ‘for if Joshua had given them rest, then he would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.’

 

 

Connecting the dots

What we should have gathered form the Sabbath verses and content reflected above is the following:

◊ The Sabbath is a sign of who YHWH is and who His people are

His people should observe the Sabbath to reflect their relationship to the Father

Sabbath observance is everlasting

The Sabbath is a covenant

YHWH is the One who sanctifies/purifies His people

◊ His people are those who loyally observe his commandments

◊ YHWH sanctifies His people through His Word of Truth

◊ The Sabbath, sanctification and rest are interwoven

◊ The Sabbath points to the Promised Land rest

◊ It is the Father alone who provides our rest

◊ The Sabbath represents the end of the completed works of YHWH

◊ The ‘Bride’ for the Messiah is the one who is ‘sanctified/purified’ and set-apart.

 

In conclusion I would like to say that the Sabbath seems to be a stumbling block for most New Testament Christians but also seems to be the starting point for those returning to the True faith. It was my starting point almost 15 years ago now when I approached my Anglican Pastor with my questions regarding the Sabbath. His unacceptable reply was what  resulted in me leaving mainstream Christianity – never to return.

It is my understanding that the Sabbath is a pivotal point in any believer’s journey of Faith with the Almighty. Sabbath observance, and of course the other commandments, reconnects you with the Father  – cleary through the Messiah that is. We do however observe the Torah commandments through a different light now though – The ‘Greater Light’ of our Messiah Yahushua. We observe the commandments with a new understanding.

I believe that the Sabbath is a prophetic picture of a time when the people of YHWH, His New Testament Israel, will enter their Promised Land of rest. The Sabbath is a picture of the Millennium Sabbath, the thousand years ruled by our Messiah along with His Bride who have entered their promised Land. 

The Bride would first have to be ‘sanctified and set-apart. The promise of the Sabbath for those who observe. Observance driven by a love for the righteousness of a loving Father, not any carnal legal pursuit.

The Millennium is represented by the 7th day of creation –  based on a day being a thousand years:

2 Peter  3:8  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Believers should repent, which means to return to the point from where they departed – a return to the ways of old – the Torah. This must be done with insight gleaned from the teachings of our Messiah Yahushua. We must remove the leaven (sin) from our house and keep it out.

The believer must spend the time in the Wilderness to get to know the Father and then progress to the Promised Land – the place of rest. The Promised Land represents the life of the believer – we are the ‘adamah’ land. The Promised Land is no longer a piece of territory as portrayed in the Old Testament shadow picture. The New Testament Promised Land is the sanctified believers physical being. The Promised Land is a commitment from our Father to guide each one of His faithful people into a place of rest. A place where one can experience the completed, sanctifying work of their Creator. This is one’s ultimate Sabbath rest. When the Creators work in you is complete. You will then reside, at rest, in your promised land i.e. your sanctified body/self.

The enemies in our land which the Father will remove are spiritual enemies such as fear and pride etc. There were seven enemy nations in the Old Testament story of the Israelites encounters. 

The meaning of the names of these tribes can be unpacked to reveal what they mean ‘spiritually’ for believers today. I have a large amount of notes on this subject but have yet to compile them into a readable article. 

Our father, through His ‘sanctification’ process will defeat these enemies occupying our Promised Land and bring us to the place of our rest. This will only be realised by those who diligently return to His ways and Sabbaths. The Sabbath rest in one’s Promised Land is only realised when the finished work of the Creator (sanctification) is completed in one’s life i.e. that the enemies that occupy your land are removed. 

Genesis 2:2

2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

Clearly, Genesis 2:2 reveals that all of the Creators work past, present and future was already completed at the very beginning of time. During the creation week. We only need to walk into this completed work through obedience. The completed work of our Father that was completed in the six days of creation is now, and has been since that time, rolling on through the seven thousand years of time. The full works of the Father are already finished – as Genesis reveals. The Believer just needs to see this and take hold of these completed works through a relationship of faithfulness and obedience. Ones sanctification indicated in the Sabbath verse is already complete. Obedience to the Father will reveal this completed work in you.

The Father worked on creation for six days and rested on the seventh. This provides a picture of the six thousand years of man and the work done in him by the ‘Refiner’ over that time. The seventh day represents the Millennium and a Millennial rest for the faithful.

Only the sanctified Bride will realise rest in the Promised Land for the Millennium. Other believers will have to endure the Millennium without rest. They will be learning to walk on the ‘paths of old’.

The Bride will be called The New Jerusalem – that set-apart city.

Revelation 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

‘It should be made very clear to all that those who reject the Sabbath now in this age of ‘grace’ that they will not be permitted to enjoy the forthcoming ‘Millennial day’ sabbath rest. How would that make any sense. Those who reject the Sabbath will not have been sanctified by the Father as they are not His ‘set-apart’ people.

The Sabbath in itself is not the full picture, it is a sign pointing to a much greater image of relationship, sanctification and rest. Just as the moon’s reflection is the sign of a much greater light i.e. the sun.

The weekly Sabbath rest should create a desire within the heart and soul of the believer for a time when we can enjoy everlasting, continual Sabbath rest. A time when the Father’s refining fire has accomplished his purification work within each one of us.

The weekly Sabbath is only a taster of this time.

The Sabbath portrays our journey of getting to know the Creator as our loving Father, onward through His sanctification process and into our promised land of eternal rest. The Sabbath outlines His commitment, as our Creator and Father, to all who obey and are faithful.

Unlike the first generation Isrealites who did not believe this fact I have learnt from their story the result of their unbelief – they did not enter their ‘promised land’. 

Hebrews 3:18  And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

On the other hand Joshua and Caleb, those who ‘believed’, represent a ‘type’ of the end time ‘two witnesses’, ‘the Bride’ who will be made pure and set-apart. They are the ‘firstfruits’ of the harvest, the two loaves of bread offered up to the Father by the High Priest Yahushua.

For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

 Hebrews 4:3

9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

 Hebrews 4:9-11

Through the death of our Messiah Y’Shua we have been reconciled to the Father:

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son…

Romans 5:10

Our Messiah Y’Shua promises rest to those who embrace his yoke and learn from him:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Matthew 11:28-29

Let us all embrace the ‘paths of old’ and not repeat the closing words of Jeremiah in chapter 6 verse 16:

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.’ Jeremiah 6:16

And so we see that the Sabbath is so much more than just a ‘religious’ day of rest. A discontinued ‘Jewish’ day as most Christians see it. No, the Sabbath is truly a blessing and a message of hope for those with eyes to see. The Sabbath outlines the purpose of the Father for His people.

Why is it that most Christians view the ‘Law’ of the Old Testament and the Sabbath commandment as burdensome and somewhat part of a supposed ‘curse of the Law’. No, no, no…The Sabbath is a blessing. It is a time when one can cease from carnal efforts and enjoy uninterrupted time with the Father. The Sabbath is the restoration of our relationship with the Almighty Father – facilitated through the life of our Messiah Yahushua. Remembering the Sabbath means to ‘mark’ it in your mind – your forehead. We must recall the ‘sign’ – the covenant

I share these thoughts with a humble heart not knowing how my life of faith will end for me. What I do know though is that the One whom I serve is the One who established the Sabbath as a sign – He is the Almighty Creator of the Universe. He alone is the One who will go before us and remove the enemies occupying our promised land. He is the One who will sanctify us. He proclaimed it and therefore it will be so. We in return must just remain faithful and true –  set-apart for the Father.

 

Shabbat shalom

 

This article is offered for inspiration and encouragement and is not intended to criticize or judge anyone at all. Your walk of faith is your personal choice. 

Read more about the Sabbath here:

The Weekly Sabbath

 

Christian Zionism – part 6

Christian Zionism – part 6

Christian Zionism – part 6

The Trumpet Call To Christian Zionists – Return to Truth

In this post:

 A call to all Christian Zionists to return to New Testament Truth

Video 1 – The Strong Delusion of Christian Zionism

Video 2  – Is It Biblical To Bless People Who Have the Spirit of Antichrist?

Video 3  – Christian Zionism Is Not The Gospel of Jesus Christ

Video 4 – Christian Zionism: Misunderstanding Israel & Christ

Video 5  – Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro on Israel’s Nation State Law

A call to all Christian Zionists to return to New Testament Truth

There is still so very much that could be said on this subject of Christian Zionism but I will make this, Part 6, my last post.

I believe that with this 6 part series I have provided ample evidence to show that Zionism and Judaism are not the same. In fact they are vastly different. Zionism is a political ideology and Judaism is a religion of the Jewish people – wherever in the world they may reside.

Jewish Identity

Jews exist because of an identity with their religion and not because they are nationals of the State of Israel.

The content provided has shown that a vast number of religious Jews do not support Zionism and are in fact actively opposed to it.

I have provided sufficient content to show that orthodox Jews do not aspire to have a homeland of their own or to become nationals of the State of Israel. They see their identity as being fulfilled in their religion only. The Jews are Jews wherever in the world that they choose to live. Likewise Christians are Christians whichever country they are nationals of and the same goes for muslims.

Ultra-orthodox Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro stated in one of the attached videos that:

‘ the orthodox  Jews have no nationality and no nation-state because unlike all the other nations who exist because of a common land, language or culture the Jewish people exist only because they accepted a common religion because they accepted the Torah from Hashem on Mount Sinai in the deserts where we possessed no land, no territory and no state’.

Having quoted the above we must also accept that there are many non-rilgious and possibly secular Jews who accept the State of Israel. Those who simply do not share the riligous conviction to oppose such a state. Then of course there are many other Jews who enjoy the identity that the State of Israel provides them.

What has been revealed in this series.

I have shown in this series how any criticism of the politics of Israel or political Zionism is seen as criticism of the Jewish people as a whole and therefore is deemed or rather is unjustifiably branded as being antisemitism.

I have revealed how the idea of Zionism originated in Christianity and was only later adopted by Zionists as a Jewish political solution – supposedly for a people without a land.

I have shown how those who proclaim the truth pertaining to Zionism are persecuted and branded as antisemetic.

My objective with this series was not to stand in judgement of the State of Israel or provide a critical commentary on their political ideology/activities. I am certainly not attempting to malign the Jewish people or their religion of Judaism either.

The sole purpose of this series is to reach out to Christain Zionists. Those who blindly support the State of Israel believing that it is the Christian mandate to do so.

I love the Torah of the Jews and the complete Tanakh which they have been the custodians of for millennia . I have gleaned a lot of insight from listening to the teachings of Jewish Rabbis. I long for the day when we can stand together unified in our faith in the Messiah. That day is soon to come.

Some readers may wonder why I am not standing in judgement or criticising the State of Israel. My answer is simple. Our Messiah Yahushua revealed to us that his Kingdom is not of this world:

Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

John 18:36

As a follower of the Messiah and as part of his body then neither is my Kingdom here on earth. This worldly kingdom is ruled by ‘satan’ – for now anyway.

My intention through this 6 part series on Christian Zionism is to reach out to those New Testament Christian believers (in the Messiah Yahushua), who are humble in spirit and have a heart for the Truth. Those who, when shown the Truth, will accept that they have been misled by deceptive Christain teachers.

For any ‘stiff necked’ Christains, who after reading all 6 posts, still want to remain argumentative on this subject I say to you – ‘get behind me satan’.

 Pertinent Scripture for consideration

Allow me to share some Scripture that should be reviewed and understood by anyone who believes that Christians should support Zionist Israel. Before I continue let me just say that there are many Christians who have and will still use Scripture to target Jewish people with hatred and who brand Jews as ‘christ killers’.

I condemn any such criticism of the Jewish people at all. Our faith is supposed to be based on love and from an understanding that all will eventually come to faith in the Messiah.

There are many New Testament verses, even those from the mouth of Yahushua, which are pretty inflammatory and condemning of the Jewish religious leadership at the time. One must however consider these verses in proper context and timeframe. Applying some of these verses to Jewish people today is simply unwise and hurtful to say the least.

One must also bear in mind that the Jews do not accept any New Testament revelation and therefore do not know that one needs, first and foremost, the atoning blood of the Messiah in order to receive the Spirit of YHWH. They have just not been taught this. There are many Jews who believe that the Messiah is not an individual but relates to the Jewish people as a group – the chosen people, the suffering servant of YHWH. Why they believe this is however a topic for another post.

The Spirit is our teacher ( John 14:26 ) and reveals Truth to the believer. Without this restored relationship to the Father through Yahushua, and His Spirit, one will never come to Truth. Therefore the Jews who reject the New Testament will continue to walk in darkness not seeing or believing the New Testament ‘Greater Light’ of Truth.

Most Jewish people do not believe that Yahushua is the true, promised and prophesied Messiah. The Bible makes it very clear that there is a spiritual veil which remains upon their hearts which can only be removed, when they turn to Yahushua. Listen to these powerful words from the Jewish apostle Paul, a man who had that same spiritual veil removed when he turned to Yahushua.

2 Corinthians 3:14 – 16  But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

The god of this world i.e. satan has blinded them and others who do not believe:

2 Corinthians 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Yahushua states in John 14:6 that there is only one way to approach the Father. Clearly Old Testament Torah obedience is no longer the way:

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Scripture states that we must not be bound in covenantal agreement with and support unbelievers. In fact we are required to be set apart from them:

2 Corinthians 6:14-17  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them;and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Those who reject the Messiah do not have a relationship with the Almighty Father. We must not receive this person into our house or wish him well. If a believer does then they are partakers of his evil deeds:

2 John 1:9 – 11  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Should a believer be in agreement with a non-believer. If not then why be in support of a non-believing nation i.e. Zionist Israel?:

Amos 3:3  Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Did the Jews obey YHWH and keep His covenant according to the Father’s Words in Exodus 19:5?:

Exodus 19:5  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

Jeremiah reveals that they did not:

Jeremiah 11:10  They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.

Jeremiah 3:8  And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

Jeremiah 5:11 – For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD.

According to Yahushua, when talking to the Jewish chief priests and the elders, the Kingdom was taken away from them:

Matthew 21:43  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

Those who do not love the Messiah Yahushua shall be excommunicated/condemned/cursed:

1 Corinthians 16:22  If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

According to Galatians 3 and Romans 2 all become children of YHWH through faith in Yahushua alone. It is no longer required to be a Jew by birth or by physical circumcision:

Galatians 3:26 – 29  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Romans 2:28 – 29  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

One can only be saved through Messiah Yahushua:

Acts 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Those that do not believe in the Messiah are not his sheep:

John 10:25 – 26  Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

The Temple of the Jews was left desolate:

Matthew 23:37 – 38  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Those that do not hear and believe the Words of Yahushua are not of YHWH:

John 8:45 – 47  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

Those who are of YHWH would receive and love Yahushua:

John 8:42  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

Only those who believe in Yahushua will have everlasting life. Non-believers shall experience the wrath of the Father:

John 3:35 -36  The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

The ‘antichrist’ spirit:

There are warnings in the Bible about people who reject the Messiah, and they are described as having an antichrist spirit. Here are three different Scriptures, which were written by the Jewish Apostle John regarding those who do not believe that Yahushua is the anointed Messiah, and that certainly includes the unbelieving Jews of our own day.

Solomon stated in Ecclesiastes 1:9:

‘The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun’.

There was the spirit of antichrist in the time of Yahushua (1 John 4:3) and there is today.

If a person does not believe and confess that Yahushua came in the flesh  (John 1:1-3, 10-14), then they are not of the Father, and are of an antichrist spirit, according to the Jewish Apostle John.

2 John 1:7 ‘For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.’

1John 2:18  Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

1 John 2:22 ‘Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.’

If a person denies that Yahushua is the ‘christ’ i.e. the ‘anointed’, then they are denying both the Father, and the Son. They are called ‘liars’, and are of an antichrist spirit, according to the Jewish Apostle John.

‘And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.’  1 John 4:3

Of course this would apply to any person (Jewish or Gentile), who lives anywhere in the world.

The Father’s children would love Yahushua.

Yahushua  himself told his own fellow Jews that if YHWH were their Father, they would have loved him, because the Father was the one who sent him in the first place!

‘Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.’ John 8:42-45

Yahushua, talking to the Jewish leaders said:

John 5:37 – 43  And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

1John 5:10 – 12  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

The Words of Yahushua:

John 3:16-18  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Again, Yahushua talking to the Jewish leaders said:

John 5:37-42  And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.

Yahushua the Messiah encouraged the Jewish people to search their Scriptures, the Tanakh, because their own Tanakh testified about him, but they still would not come to him, that they might have life.  Yahushua was telling the Jewish people that the very life and salvation which they desired, could only be found in him. Yahushua went on to say this to them that Moses i.e. their obedience to the Torah, would be their judge:

John 5:45-47  Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

In support of these Words from Yahushua we read in the book of Acts 3 that those who will not hear the Words of the prophesied Prophet (Yahushua), shall be destroyed:

Act 3:22-26  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

These words were spoken by the apostle Peter to the people of Israel after the miraculous healing of a lame man at the temple gate. Peter told the people of Israel that the man was healed by the power of Yahushua. Peter then told them that this same Yahushua was ‘the Prophet’ whom Moses spoke and wrote about in Deuteronomy 18:15-19, and that those who would not ‘hear that Prophet’ (Yahushua) would be destroyed!  Peter then went on to say that all of the prophets (in the Old Covenant Scriptures – Tanakh) foretold of the days which were taking place right then and there. Peter then went all the way back to Abraham to show the people that all the people of the earth (that includes absolutely everybody) would be blessed through Abraham’s seed (offspring) and that seed (offspring) is Yahushua.

Galatians 3:16  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

In Galatians 3:18 the Jewish apostle Paul told the people that Yahushua was, and is, the promised seed (offspring) by whom ALL of the nations of the world would be blessed. Paul told them the very same thing that Peter told the people of Israel after that awesome miracle.  The whole of the Old Covenant Scriptures pointed to the time when the Messiah Yahushua, the ‘anointed one’ arrived on the scene.

These Words from Yahushua were spoken to the Jewish leaders but clearly apply to all non believers:

John 8:23-24  And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

John 1:11 tells us that Yahushua came to his own people, the Jews, and they did not receive him

John 1:11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Yahushua instructed believers to go into all the world and preach the good news. But those who did not believe would be damned:

Mark 16:15 – 16  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

All of the above quoted verses and the consequences of non belief in the Messiah are applicable to any non-believer who has heard the Gospel – Jew or gentile.

I realise that I could go on and on quoting New Testament Scriptures to support my case. This is because the whole of the New Testament would testify against the views held by the religious, Old Testament following Jews and the Zionist Christians supporting the secular State of Israel.  The whole of the writings of the Old Testament were revealing the need for salvation and pointed to the provision of the Messiah. The illustrations of the Old Testament came to fruition in the life, death and resurrection of Messiah Yahushua. To reject this fact is to reject the Old Testament teaching/message.

Summary.

The majority of Jewish people in the world today…

◊ Don’t  believe that Yahushua is the Messiah – the ‘anointed one. The only way to the Father.

◊ Don’t believe that Yahushua is the Son of the Almighty Father,

◊ Don’t believe that Yahushua is the ‘Lamb without blemish’ that was pictured in the Passover,

◊ Don’t  believe that Yahushua is the Saviour – the only name through which man can be saved.

◊ Don’t know that they are blinded by a veil

◊ Don’t know that they are condemned because they do not love Yahushua

◊ Don’t know that we are children of YHWH only by faith in Yahushua

◊ Don’t know that heir house (Temple/Religion) is left desolate

◊ Don’t know that denying Yahushua as the anointed Messiah, the Father and Son, makes them a liar and antichrist.

 And they don’t know these facts because they don’t accept or know the New Testament.

This fact does not mean that a believer must react with hatred or resentment towards the Jews or any other non beleiver for that matter. We should react in a loving way and continue to shine the light of Truth. We must understand that the loving Father has a plan of salvation for all mankind. It is just a matter of sequence and timing.

Considering all of the verses quoted above one must surely question why any informed Christian would stand side by side in support of anyone/group who denies the Messiah – and for a cause that has no Biblical foundation or honourable future Biblical relevance.

Clearly the quoted verses should provide a stern caution to those who have an ear to hear.

This may come as a surpsrise to most but the Christian’s support of the Zionist State of Israel is resulting in an increase in the hatred and persecution of orthodox Jews – an increase in antisemitism. If you do not believe this statement then you have not listened to the attached video messages from the Rabbis who make this claim.

The religions of both Christians and Jews have lost their anchor to Biblical Truth and have drifted off in different directions into the sea of lies, deceit and the traditions of man.

Zionist Christians are blindly supporting a cause which they believe to be the work of the Almighty YHWH and is the fulfilment of Old Testament Bible prophecy, when in fact they are aiding a secular, mostly atheistic group of people to build a powerful world empire to rival that of Nimrod.

The sad reality as well is that most orthodox Jews do not support the State of Israel and therefore what the Christians are actually doing is supporting a largely non believing, atheistic, group of Zionist proponents.

It is also interesting to note that the Zionist movement is predominantly Christian driven. This is rooted in the Christian desire, through a misinterpretation of Scripture, to forcibly bring about the return of the Messiah. The Rev. Dr Stephen Sizer suggests that 9 out of 10 Zionists are in fact Christian. I encourage all readers here to listen to Stephen Sizer’s presentations contained in these posts. He is possibly the most knowledgeable person on the subject of Christian Zionism and completed his thesis on the subjcet.

Christian Zionists are oblivious to the fact that they are driving an ‘anti-christ’ agenda. An agenda to uplift those who reject ‘Christ’ – the ‘Anointed One’.

For those politically minded individuals in the world who desire a homeland for a specific group of people and want to call that homeland ‘Israel’, so be it. If they want to call Jerusalem their capital – so be it. If they desire to build a new temple for their religion then so be it. But let it not be done in the name of New Testament Christianity and Bible Prophecy.  

My call is to all sincere Christian believers to search their Scriptures diligently on this matter of supporting secular Zionist Israel and through prayer seek out the Truth.

I would like to convey my sympathy to the persecuted orthodox Jewish people who are committed to upholding the Word of the Old Testament. I feel for those Jews who are resisting Zionist Israel and are being persecuted as a result.I know for sure that when the Father removes the veil from their eyes they will embrace the Messiah Yahushua with a passion yet seen on this earth.

Remember that our Messiah Yahushua and his original followers were Jewish.

 

I urge all who read here to please watch the following videos.

 Disclaimer:

 As always, I offer the content of other authors  as it aligns with the subject matter of this post only.

I am not familiar with their broader beliefs and therefore do not endorse any of their other teaching.

 

Video 1

The Strong Delusion of Christian Zionism

Several years ago David Brog, the CEO of Christians United For Israel (C.U.F.I.) said that Christian theology demanded that Christians stand with Israel. My Christian theology demands that I stand for the truth, and which includes preaching the gospel to both Jew and Gentile. David Brog is a Jewish man who does not believe that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) and he needs to repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, just like anybody else. Any Gospel preacher who is worth their salt would tell him the same thing. Jesus declared that truth to the Jewish people in his time on earth also:

And he (Jesus) said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (John 8:23-24)

The Lord Jesus Christ told the Jewish people of his day that he came from above (heaven), and that the consequences of not believing that he was the one who was sent from the Father (the Messiah), would be to die in their sins. The plain and simple truth is that every person who sat at that convention, whether Jew or Gentile, who rejects Jesus Christ as their Savior, will die in their sins and end up in hell. To preach anything other than that is to preach a bogus gospel. If ever there was a people who are responsible before the Lord it is the Jewish people. To declare that God has not given them the necessary revelation is nothing less than mind boggling. The Jewish apostle Paul consented to the murder of Christians before he was saved (Acts 8:3, 22:4, 26:9-11). He then made a complete about face and preached that Jesus was the Christ (Messiah). He wrote the following words:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

Paul, the Jewish apostle of Jesus Christ, tells us that the gospel was to go the Jew first. In fact Paul identified those who are the children of Abraham:

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. (Galatians 3:7)

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:28-29)

That very same Jewish apostle Paul told us that there is absolutely no difference between the Jew and the Greek (Gentile). No difference! The only ones who can be called the children of Abraham are those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ. John Hagee spoke about the Jewish people being in covenant with God, as long as they live in light of the Torah, but the Torah contains the Ten Commandments which stop and silence any person from justifying themself before a righteous God! (Romans 3:19-20)

Video 2 

Is It Biblical To Bless People Who Have the Spirit of Antichrist?

Video 3 

Christian Zionism Is Not The Gospel of Jesus Christ

Many modern day preachers and teachers have been influenced and deceived by false teachers such as C.I. Scofield, who is famous for the Scofield Study Bible, and have come up with a Gospel add-on which focuses on ethnic Israel. Many brainwashed preachers, and Pastors, have intimidated millions, (and brainwashed them also) by telling them that they must bless ethnic Israel in order to be blessed, or they will be under a curse. They will go so far as to declare that the USA is a blessed country, only because it has blessed modern day Israel. Sorry folks but my Bible tells me that I am already blessed through faith in Jesus Christ. In fact Jesus Christ the creator of ALL things, said that the BLESSED were those people who were NOT offended in HIM!

“Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”  Luke 7:22-23

Jesus described the people that are blessed. (Matthew 5:3-12) That list includes, the meek, (Matthew 5:5) the merciful, (Matthew 5:7) and the peacemakers, (Matthew 5:9). My Bible tells me that the Lord is going to prepare a mansion (John 14:1-3) for me, so that I may be with him, and Jesus NEVER told me that I needed to BLESS people who outright REJECT HIM as LORD! Not only that, but JESUS told me that HE was the only way to get there! (John 14:6) That same Jesus NEVER sounded like he was PARTIAL to any one place in this world either.

Video 4 

Christian Zionism: Misunderstanding Israel & Christ

Zionism is a political movement built on the belief that the Jewish people deserve by right to possess the land of Palestine as their own. Christian Zionism as a modern theological and political movement embraces the most extreme ideological positions of Zionism. They believe that God will restore Israel’s ancient fortunes as a nation in the Promised Land. Accompanying this claim is the conviction that Yeshua the Messiah will rule from Jerusalem and the Jewish people will believe on Him. They see the modern state of Israel, as the equivalent of the biblical Israel, and the forerunner of the return of Yeshua. Christian Zionism has become deeply detrimental to a just peace between Palestine and Israel. At least one in four American Christians surveyed recently by Christianity Today magazine said that they believe it is their biblical responsibility to support the nation of Israel. Followers of Christian Zionism are convinced that the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 and the capture of Jerusalem in 1967 were the miraculous fulfillment of God’s promises made to Abraham that He would establish Israel as a Jewish nation forever in Palestine. Because of the power and effects of Christian Zionism on churches and our politics, this teaching should be a concern to everyone. Proponents of Christian Zionism have a major biblical truth that they seem to not realize – they don’t understand who Israel is scripturally.

Video 5 

Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro on Israel’s Nation State Law

A Must Watch; In this new TTJ video, Rabbi Shapiro explains why Israel declaring itself the nation-state of the Jewish people is a bogus notion and dangerous for Jews around the world. We Torah Jews protest this false representation claim and declare that we are proud and loyal American citizens completely unaffiliated with the State of Israel.

Christian Zionism – part 5

Christian Zionism – part 5

Christian Zionism – part 5

The Zionist 1933 Agreement with Nazi Germany

Whilst the whole world of Jews united in one voice in the 1930’s to sanction and boycott Germany and their goods, a small group of ambitious Zionist Jews in Germany negotiated and entered into an agreement with Nazi Germans. This agreement would eventually enable 60 000 Jews to leave Germany and relocate to Palestine together with all their wealth.

Details of this agreement, called the ‘Haavara'(Ha Avara) are widely recorded in Jewish archives. Very little was however mentioned in the media about this arrangement until a Jewish author, Edwin Black, engaged in a massive research project into the archives of history which resulted in his controversial book entitled – ‘The Transfer Agreement’.

This agreement between the Jewish Zionists and the Nazis resulted in a much desired (by the Zionsists) exodus of both Jewish people and wealth into Palestine during the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Edwin Black came from a family of Holocaust survivors and the initial reaction of his parents to his book was to disown him as their son. They did however change their minds once details of the ‘Haavara’ were explained to them.

What must be understood though is that the broader Jewish community across the world were opposed to this Zionist arrangement with the Nazis.

It was the mention of this ‘agreement’ that led to the ex London mayor Ken Livingstone being branded an ‘antisemite’. One needs to ask why stating a fact from history would lead to such an aggressive character attack.

You read the content below and decide for yourself who would want to suppress this detail of history and why. It is certainly not a proud event in Jewish history.

What the agreement did achieve was to boost the Jewish population and the Jewish wealth in Palestine at the time.

 

 

The Haavara Agreement -1933

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The Haavara Agreement (Hebrew: הֶסְכֵּם הַעֲבָרָה Translit.: heskem haavara Translated: “transfer agreement”) was an agreement between Nazi Germany and Zionist German Jews signed on 25 August 1933. The agreement was finalized after three months of talks by the Zionist Federation of Germany, the Anglo-Palestine Bank (under the directive of the Jewish Agency) and the economic authorities of Nazi Germany. It was a major factor in making possible the migration of approximately 60,000 German Jews to Palestine in 1933–1939.

The agreement enabled Jews fleeing persecution under the new Nazi regime to transfer some portion of their assets to British Mandatory Palestine. Emigrants sold their assets in Germany to pay for essential goods (manufactured in Germany) to be shipped to Mandatory Palestine. The agreement was controversial at the time, and was criticised by many Jewish leaders both within the Zionist movement (such as the Revisionist Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky) and outside it, as well as by members of the NSDAP and members of the German public. For German Jews, the agreement offered a way to leave an increasingly hostile environment in Germany; for the Yishuv, the new Jewish community in Palestine, it offered access to both immigrant labor and economic support; for the Germans it facilitated the emigration of German Jews while breaking the anti-Nazi boycott of 1933, which had mass support among European Jews and was thought by the German state to be a potential threat to the German economy.

Background

Although the NSDAP won the greatest share of the popular vote in the two Reichstag general elections of 1932, they did not have a majority, so Hitler led a short-lived coalition government formed by the NSDAP and the German National People’s Party. Under pressure from politicians, industrialists and others, President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Hitler as Chancellor of Germany on 30 January 1933. This event is known as the Machtergreifung (seizure of power).[7] In the following months, the NSDAP used a process termed Gleichschaltung (co-ordination) to consolidate power. By June 1933, virtually the only organisations not under the control of the NSDAP were the army and the churches.

Within the Nazi movement, a variety of (increasingly radical) “solutions” to the “Jewish Question” were proposed both before and after the NSDAP was in government, including expulsion and the encouragement of voluntary emigration. Widespread civil persecution of German Jews began as soon as the NSDAP was in power. For example, on 1 April, the NSDAP organized a nationwide boycott of Jewish-owned businesses in Germany; under the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service which was implemented on 7 April, Jews were excluded from the civil service; on 25 April, quotas were imposed on the number of Jews in schools and universities. Jews outside Germany responded to these persecutions with a boycott of German goods.

Meanwhile, in Mandatory Palestine, a growing Jewish population (174,610 in 1931, rising to 384,078 in 1936) was acquiring land and developing the structures of a future Jewish state despite opposition from the Arab population.

Hanotea company

Hanotea (הַנּוֹטֵעַ, “the Planter”) was a citrus planting company based in Netanya and established in 1929 by long-established Jewish settlers in Palestine involved in the Benei Binyamin movement. In a deal worked out with the Reich Economics Ministry, the blocked German bank accounts of prospective immigrants would be unblocked and funds from them used by Hanotea to buy agricultural German goods; these goods, along with the immigrants, would then be shipped to Palestine, and the immigrants would be granted a house or citrus plantation by the company to the same value.[14] Hanotea’s director, Sam Cohen, represented the company in direct negotiation with the Reich Economics Ministry beginning in March 1933. In May 1933 Hanotea applied for permission to transfer capital from Germany to Palestine.This pilot arrangement appeared to be operating successfully,[citation needed] and so paved the way for the later Haavara Agreement.

The transfer agreement

The Haavara (Transfer) Agreement, negotiated by Eliezer Hoofein, director of the Anglo-Palestine Bank, was agreed to by the Reich Economics Ministry in 1933, and continued, with declining German government support, until it was wound up in 1939.Under the agreement, Jews emigrating from Germany could use their assets to purchase German-manufactured goods for export, thus salvaging their personal assets during emigration. The agreement provided a substantial export market for German factories to British-ruled Palestine. Between November, 1933, and 31 December 1937, 77,800,000 Reichmarks, or $22,500,000, (values in 1938 currency) worth of goods were exported to Jewish businesses in Palestine under the program.[17] By the time the program ended with the start of World War II, the total had risen to 105,000,000 marks (about $35,000,000, 1939 values).

Emigrants with capital of £1,000, (about $5,000 in 1930s currency value) could move to Palestine in spite of severe British restrictions on Jewish immigration under an immigrant investor program similar to the modern EB-5 visa. Under the Transfer Agreement, about 39% of an emigrant’s funds were given to Jewish communal economic development projects, leaving individuals with about 43% of the funds.

The Haavara Agreement was thought among some German circles to be a possible way to solve the “Jewish problem.” The head of the Middle Eastern division of the foreign ministry, the anti-NSDAP politician Werner Otto von Hentig, supported the policy of settling Jews in Palestine. Hentig believed that if the Jewish population was concentrated in a single foreign entity, then foreign diplomatic policy and containment of the Jews would become easier.[21] Hitler’s own support of the Haavara Agreement was unclear and varied throughout the 1930s. Initially, Hitler seemed indifferent to the economic details of the plan, but he supported it in the period from September 1937 to 1939.

After the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 the program was ended.

Example of the certificate issued by Haavara to Jews emigrating to Palestine

“ CERTIFICATE
The Trust and Transfer Office “Haavara” Ltd. places at the disposal of the Banks in Palestine amounts in Reichmarks which have been put at its disposal by the Jewish immigrants from Germany. The Banks avail themselves of these amounts in Reichmarks in order to make payments on behalf of Palestinian merchants for goods imported by them from Germany. The merchants pay in the value of the goods to the Banks and the “Haavara” Ltd. pays the countervalue to the Jewish immigrants from Germany. To the same extent that local merchants will make use of this arrangement, the import of German goods will serve to withdraw Jewish capital from Germany.
The Trust and Transfer Office,
HAAVARA, LTD. ”

Responses

The agreement was controversial both within the NSDAP and in the Zionist movement. As historian Edwin Black put it, “The Transfer Agreement tore the Jewish world apart, turning leader against leader, threatening rebellion and even assassination.” Opposition came in particular from the mainstream US leadership of the World Zionist Congress, in particular Abba Hillel Silver and American Jewish Congress president Rabbi Stephen Wise.Wise and other leaders of the Anti-Nazi boycott of 1933 argued against the agreement, narrowly failing to persuade the Nineteenth Zionist Congress in August 1935 to vote against it.

The right-wing Revisionist Zionists and their leader Vladimir Jabotinsky were even more vocal in their opposition. The Revisionist newspaper in Palestine, Hazit Haam published a sharp denunciation of those involved in the agreement as “betrayers”, and shortly afterwards one of the negotiators, Haim Arlosoroff was assassinated.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haavara_Agreement

Transfer agreement used by the Palästina Treuhandstelle (Palestine Trustee Office[12]), established specifically to assist Jews fleeing the Nazi regime to recover some portion of the assets they had been forced to surrender when they fled Nazi Germany.

Jewish Virtual Library – from Encyclopedia Judaica: Haavara

HAAVARA, a company for the transfer of Jewish property from Nazi Germany to Palestine. The Trust and Transfer Office Haavara Ltd., was established in Tel Aviv, following an agreement with the German government in August 1933, to facilitate the emigration of Jews to Palestine by allowing the transfer of their capital in the form of German export goods. The Haavara Agreement is an instance where the question of Jewish rights, Zionist needs and individual rescue were in deep tension. Jewish organizations outside of Germany had declared a boycott against German goods and hoped to delegitimate the Nazi regime.

The Zionists saw this agreement as a way of attracting Jews to Palestine and thus rescuing them from the Nazi universe even if that meant cooperation with Hitler. For a time the Nazi program of making Germany Judenrein and the Zionist policy of seeking olim coincided. The amounts to be transferred were paid by prospective emigrants into the account of a Jewish trust company (PALTREU – Palestina Treuhandstelle zur Beratung deutscher Juden) in Germany and used for the purchase of goods, which the Haavara then sold in Palestine. The proceeds, in Palestine currency, were paid to the emigrants living in Palestine. The rate of exchange was adjusted from time to time by the Haavara according to the disagio, necessitated by the subsidy which the Haavara granted the Palestinian importers, to make up for the steadily deteriorating value of the Reich mark, so the German goods could compete with other imports. The ensuing disagio, borne by the emigrants, accordingly increased from 6% in 1934 to 50% in 1938.

The major part of the transfer proceeds provided the 1,000 Palestine Pounds (then $4,990) necessary for a “capitalist” immigration certificate of the Mandatory administration, but also for other categories of immigration, such as Youth Aliyah, students, and artisans as well as for the transfer of public funds. The transfer weakened the boycott of German goods declared by many Jewish organizations around the world, and thus met with considerable opposition. The controversy was settled at the Zionist Congress in Lucerne (1935) which decided by a vast majority in favor of the transfer and placed the Haavara under the supervision of the *Jewish Agency .

The Zionists sought to attract immigrants to Palestine, most especially the affluent German Jewish immigrants and the Germans sought to get rid of their Jews, increase their exports and a propaganda victory by dividing the Jews regarding the boycott. The Haavara continued to function until World War II, in spite of vigorous attempts by the Nazi Party to stop or curtail its activities. The total transfer amounted to LP 8,100,000 (Palestine Pounds; then $40,419,000) including LP 2,600,000 (then $13,774,000) provided by the German Reichsbank in coordination with Haavara. The Haavara transfer was a major factor in making possible the immigration of approximately 60,000 German Jews to Palestine in the years 1933–1939, and together with the money invested by the immigrants themselves, in providing an incentive for the expansion of agricultural settlement and for general economic development. It also served as a model for a similar arrangement with the Czech government and the immigration of several thousand Jews on the eve of World War II.

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/haavara

Video 1

Edwin Black The Transfer Agreement

An interview with author Edwin Black

Video 2 

The Transfer Agreement/ Haavara Agreement – Zionists & The Nazi Party

Books

 

The Transfer Agreement

Author – Edwin Black

Some book reviews – see transfer agreement.com for full list:

HISTORICAL JOURNALISM AT ITS BEST. Black has authored an exhaustive, compelling, well-written and edited work. It is historical journalism at its best.Alexander Zvielli  – Jerusalem Post

OVERWHELMING AND COHESIVE. Edwin Black’s research is striking in its dimension and scope. The vast uncovering of source material and its extensive use are almost overwhelming. He succeeds in crystallizing the various aspects of an almost worldwide problem into fluid and cohesive analysis.Yoav Gelber, Yad Vashem  – Israel Holocaust Memorial

NEW GROUND. Important new ground. Blacks research efforts extend far beyond the capabilities of one or even two authors. Abraham Peck  – American Jewish Archives

EXCITING. The most intriguing, interesting, exciting and thoroughly documented work I have read in many years. Fanny Zelcer – American Jewish Archives

THE FULL STORY FOR THE FIRST TIME. Despite the enormity of its economic and human importance to the Jews of Europe and the development of Palestine, the entire subject is conspicuously absent from almost all standard histories of the period. But… Edwin Black’s book, The Transfer Agreement, tells the full story for the first time. It vividly describes in tense style the minute-to-minute negotiations as Zionists rushed to save who and what could be saved in the face of a darkening futureAbraham Foxman national director – Anti-Defamation League

SPELLBINDING. A spellbinding, exciting book exploring new dramatic facets. Despite the voluminous literature on the Third Reich, Mandate Palestine, modern Zionism and the Holocaust, this subject had not been previously explored. It adds a significant new dimension to our understanding of this critical period. Sybil Milton  – Simon Wiesenthal Center

THE FIRST.  Black is the first to investigate the origins of the 1933 agreement, the international political and economic context in which it was drawn up, the leading persons involved, the repurcussions within Jewish and Zionist organizations, and the long-term results… Black, who conducted research on three continents with the aid of research assistants, has written a detailed, dramatic study of one of the first significant acts of appeasement of the Third Reich and of Jewish history on the eve of the Holocaust. C. Fink
Choice Magazine

51 Documents – Zionist Collaboration With The Nazis

Author – Lenni Brenner

Synopsis
The Nazi era is the most discussed period in history, yet most Jews and others are unaware of the interaction between Zionism, Hitler and Mussolini. This book brings to light, through the use of actual historic documents, the disservice that the Zionist did to Jews before and during the Holocaust. Some of these documents were published in English decades ago, but are only now seeing the light of day. Others are being translated into English here for the first time. Included are excerpts from Propaganda Minister Goebbels’ newspaper, Der Angriff, detailing an SS-man’s visit to Palestine as the Zionists’ guest. Readers will also learn about Adolf Eichmann’s account of his personal dealings with Hungarian Zionist Reszo Kasztner, who was later assassinated in Israel as a Nazi collaborator who betrayed 400,000 Hungarian Jews. Also revealed is pro-Zionist propaganda put out by the Nazis, such as a medal for getting Jews to Palestine and a Nazi board game where the object is to move Jews to Palestine. The documents contained in this book were selected with due care so that a rounded picture of history emerges.The author concludes that Zionism betrayed the Jews; and the evidence that led him to that conclusion is contained in this book.

Zionism in the Age of the Dictators

Author – Lenni Brenner

Originally published in 1983, Brenner’s famous study documents a history of collusion between the Zionist movement and European fascism during the first half of the 20th century. The new edition features a new Afterword by the author. 

Further Reading:

 

Ken Livingstone should not be suspended over ‘historic facts’ about Hitler and Zionism – “Ken Livingstone’s entire life has been spent fighting racism” http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/…

Netanyahu: Hitler Didn’t Want to Exterminate the Jews http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1….

“in 1935 Hitler passed a law banning any flag being displayed except the swastika and the blue and white Zionist flag, which is pretty amazing.” http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2…

Love Corbyn “stop allowing Israel’s criminal politicians to come to our country freely”. http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/c…

“It’s not inflammatory to tell the truth and one of the reasons we make so many mistakes in politics is that so few politicians study history http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/…

“Establishment of historical Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis, and bound by a treaty with the German Reich” http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/02/2…

Churchill: Zionism versus Bolshevism. http://www.fpp.co.uk/bookchapters/WSC…

Christian Zionism – part 4

Christian Zionism – part 4

Christian Zionism – part 4

Zionism and Judaism – The Missing Link

If I was to write what is contained in this post then I would be attacked and accused of being an Antisemite.

Let me rather keep quiet then and hear the truth from a highly respected Jewish Rabbi – Yaakov Shapiro

Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro is a Rabbi of Bais Medrash of Bayswater and Spokesman for ‘Natruna’ and the “True Torah Jews” group. He is an expert in Jewish history and law on which he is the author of several books. His most recent book is titled The Empty Wagon.

‘Israel doesn’t exist to serve the Jewish people. the Jewish people exist to serve Israel.’

Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro

Zionism Has Nothing to Do with Judaism

An interview with Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro

Adriel Kasonta: You are a Rabbi, scholar in Jewish history and law born in America to a Jewish father from Poland and Jewish mother from England. Has this had any impact on the path that you’ve chosen and what does it mean to you to be a Rabbi?

Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro: “Rabbi” literally means “teacher of Torah” in Hebrew, but nowadays it’s used to refer to someone who learns and is committed to follow the dictates of the Torah. But “rabbi” is only a title. I believe in the truth of Hashem’s Torah and Judaism, and so it follows that I would uphold it, defend it, and oppose its misrepresentation. Regarding whether my parents’ background affects the path I’ve chosen, I assume by that you mean my outspokenness about the incompatibility between Judaism and Zionism. If that is the question, then the answer is, from a religious perspective, no; but from a self-interest perspective, yes. My or my parents’ background don’t make any difference to regarding my commitment to uphold and defend Judaism, as that religious obligation applies equally no matter where a Jew is from. However, even setting religion aside, Israel’s referring to itself as the “Jewish state” poses a danger to me and my fellow Jews all over the world. It is crucial, when trying to understand Zionism, that it is different than all other nationalisms – and Israel is different than all other countries – in that it claims to represent millions of people all over the world who never were citizens of their country, nor were their family members, nor do they ever plan to be. Israel claims to be the “nation-sate of the Jewish people”; Netanyahu referred to himself as the representative of all Jews; even his opposition leader, Herzog, referred to Netanyahu as the “Prime Minister of all the Jews.” This is insane. I am an American – how does Netanyahu claim to be my leader and Israel my state? If I don’t like my country, I can move to another one, but wherever I go, wherever I run, Israel will tell the world they are my country and Netanyahu is my representative because I was born into
a certain religion. The result of this delusion of grandeur that Israel is infected with is that Jews all over the world are held responsible for the actions of Israel, the same way citizens are held responsible for their own countries’ actions. Data shows that whenever Israel gets into some controversy, Jews all over the word are blamed and anti-Semitic acts skyrocket. And when this happens it’s not as if Israel is going to send its army to protect the Jews that they put into danger. We’re left to be used as Israel’s human shields. So it is imperative for Jews – and non-Jews – all over the world to know that Israel does not represent world Jewry – the claim that they do is their own unilateral delusionary ideology, part of Zionist thought. But it’s insane. And dangerous to me and my fellow Jews. Israel is morally obligated to stop this nonsense of calling itself the Jewish state, meaning the state of all Jews, because that’s just a lie, and a harmful one at that. And if Israel still insists that they are my state, I will loudly tell the world that is not so.

What is a Jew? What constitutes a Jewish person?

First, let’s start with what a Jew is not. A Jew is not a nationality or a race or an ethnicity or a culture. We have Jews of all races, nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures. Around the corner from me lives a Yemenite Jew, a nice fellow named Yichye. Our parents didn’t speak the same language, live the same culture, eat the same food, or share the same experiences. The only thing we have in common is our religion. For centuries, our families have had almost no shared historical experiences – his family in Yemen, and mine in Poland. Jewishness is a concept defined by the Jewish religion. Whoever the Jewish religion defines as Jewish is Jewish, since Jewishness is a concept created by – and defined by – the Jewish religion. Just as the religion defines what kosher food is; and defines at what age a boy becomes Bar Mitzvah and what day is Shabbos, the religion also defines what a Jew is. And that definition is: Those who were present at the revelation at Mt. Sinai when G-d gave the Torah and accepted it willingly, became Jews by virtue of that acceptance. Our tradition tells us that not only the Jews who were in the desert coming from Egypt accepted the Torah but also the souls of many as-yet unborn Jews were there and accepted it as well. We recognize those souls because, our tradition says, they will be born from a Jewish mother. In other words, that the Jewish people even exist, that there is such a thing as the Jewish people, is
a Jewish religious tenet of faith. Like the existence of angels who overturn cities, prophets who speak to G-d, manna that falls from heaven, and a snake that spoke to Adam, Jewishness is also something that the Bible informs us exists. As it says, “Today you have become
a nation unto Hashem your G-d” (Deuteronomy 27:9), which Judaism teaches refers to the day the Jews accepted the Torah from G-d. The only thing that makes the Jewish people into a group is their acceptance of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. If someone does not believe in the truth of the Bible – if he does not believe that manna fell from the sky, that the Red Sea split, that 10 plaques were meted down upon the Egyptians, he also does not believe that a few million ragtag refugees from Egyptian slavery became bound to G-d’s Torah by accepting it on Mt. Sinai, and since he does not believe that, he does not believe in the existence of the Jewish people. The Jewish people are regular people – with no identifiable common characteristics, save for their religion. If you do not believe in the religion, you have no logical basis to consider Jews an identifiable category.

Although there are non-religious people who identify as Jews, their understanding of their Jewishness is logically problematic. All secular definitions of Jewishness (ethnicity, race, culture, tribal etc.) are later innovations and are not self-consistent. Converts are full-fledged Jews; there are black Jews, white Jews, brown Jews, all sorts of Jews – the only common denominator is that the religion defines them as Jews.

Historically, the secular self-definition of Jewishness is the result of anti-Semitism: the gentiles refused to allow them to be part of their society, and kind of gave them no choice – they weren’t accepted as non-Jews, so they were forced to call themselves Jews even though they were secular. Jean Paul Sartre was right when he said that it is not the existence of Jews that results in anti-Semitism but it is anti-Semitism that causes the existence of Jews. What I mean when I say he was right is that this is the only viable and honest definition of Jewishness from a secular perspective. Many people do not know this but Sartre’s definition of Jewishness – i.e. whoever the anti-Semites persecute – was invented by Theodor Herzl, who said it before Sartre. He was asked by the British Royal Commission on Alien Immigration what Jewish Nationalism is, considering that the Jews aren’t a nationality. Herzl answered that a nation is, in his opinion, a historical group of men in “a recognizable cohesion, which is held together by a common enemy” — they then asked him who the enemies of the Jews are? He said “the anti-Semites.” The Zionists have not come up with a more viable definition of Jewishness since. Ben Gurion was once asked what the definition of a Jew is and he said Jews have no definitions. Shlomo Sand writes that he was once asked by a Christian friend why her husband is considered Jewish even though he doesn’t believe in the Jewish religion, but she is not considered Christin because she doesn’t believe in the Christian religion. Sand answered: “Hostility toward them in modern times has given Jews a specific identity as victims of segregation …” That’s the best secular definition of a Jew that exists: whoever is persecuted because he is a Jew.

The seculars will never find a feasible definition of Jewishness because the existence of Jews is an article of religious faith. If you refuse to accept that religious definition, you’re not going to find a viable substitute. Trying to find a political or social definition of Jewishness is like trying a political definition of kosher meat, or a mezuzah. Jewish identity is religious, period. Of course, the anti-Semites who don’t accept the Torah’s narrative have to concoct some definition of Jewishness – but whatever they come up with will not withstand the slightest bit of scrutiny. Trying to figure out what a Jew is without believing in the Torah is like trying to figure out what 1+1 is without believing in the number 2. No matter how hard you try, your answer won’t work.

Is Zionism a Jewish invention? What is the role of the Evangelical Protestantism in shaping the Jewish secular thought?

Rabbi Shapiro: No, Zionism is not Jewish in origin. Centuries before Hess or Herzl were born the Evangelicals already created and pursued Zionist ideology. Prof. Yakov Rabkin (History, University of Montreal) got it right in the Glossary of his book “What is Modern Israel,” where he defined Zionism as “Ideology of protestant Christian origin that propounds the assembly of the Jews in Palestine. At the end of the 19th century, a group of activists of Jewish origin in Central Europe established the Zionist political movement etc.” Christian Zionism originated in the late 1500’s, early 1600’s. The Jews never wanted to return to the Holy Land en masse until the Messiah arrives and peace would reign in the world, and the universe would be ruled by a spirit of G-d. The idea that Jews should return, create a political sovereign state there was invented by the Christians. So many aspects of Zionism that we attribute to Jews were actually invented by the Christians. People attribute the idea that Jews should speak Hebrew to the ultra-Zionist, secular Jew, Ben-Yehuda. It was the idea of the Christian Zionist Benedetto Musolino, who preceded Ben Yehuda. The slogan “a land without a people for a people without a land,” which Abu Mazen recently quoted in the name of Theodor Herzl – that was a mistake – Herzl didn’t say it – it was really said by Israel Zangwill and common among Jewish Zionists at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century – was already used by Christian Zionists such as Lord Shaftesbury and Alexander Keith in the 1840’s before any Zionist ever thought of it. It was a Christian Zionist, Rev. William Hechler, who approached Herzl saying he was the fulfilment of his own prophetic interpretation of the scriptures. Hechler used his enormous political connections to introduce Herzl to the most powerful political leaders of Germany and England to lobby for Zionism, including the Grand Duke of Baden, and the Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany. Incredibly, Jewish Zionists have adopted Christian interpretation of the scriptures, abandoning Jewish ones, to garner support from Christian Evangelicals, Zionism’s strongest supporters. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of the so-called Jewish state, and self-proclaimed leader of world Jewry spoke at the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp and publicly repeated an interpretation of Ezekiel 37 – the prophecy of the “Dry Bones,” applying it to the state of Israel, an interpretation found in no Jewish source – indeed, it contradicts Judaic doctrine – and was invented by the Reverend Charles Haddon Spurgeon in 1864! And repeated by Evangelicals such as John Hagee. The ideology of modern Zionism is much more Christian Evangelical than it is traditional Jewish. In fact, a Pew survey done about 5 years ago concluded that while most Jews do not believe God gave Israel to the Jews, 80% of white evangelical Protestants do.

Why Jewish Zionists have embraced Zionism? Could it be a self-hate driven response to the anti-Semitism in Europe, which saw as rational to embrace the ‘enlightened and intelligent’ atheism in order to create a secular, gentile-alike, Jew?

The original Zionists were Jews who were influenced by, impressed with, and envied the lifestyle of the gentiles over that of the Jews. Jews always believed their collective mission was to be, as the Bible says, “a nation of priests and a holy people,” dedicated to studying the Torah, developing their morals, and giving up any possible role they could play in the history of nations. There was no Jewish art, science, or sports. Jews had no military heroes, no sports heroes, no national political heroes. Our heroes were the righteous and scholarly. The Zionists wanted to be secular. Many even absorbed the anti-Semitic hatred of the Jews that was so prevalent in those days. However, they attributed anti-Semitism to the priestly lifestyle of the religious Jews, looking at them as ugly, immoral, and debased. They figured if the Jews could become normal – meaning to change their lifestyle, and become indistinguishable from non-Jews, anti-Semitism would end. Herzl promised, in the last page of his book Der Judenstaat, that if Zionism takes off, anti-Semitism would immediately cease to exist. Stupid thinking, to be sure, but that’s what the Zionists believed. More than anything else, they hated the Jewish lifestyle and they wanted to become, in the worlds of Jabotinsky, the “diametrical opposite” of a Jew – everything that is a Jew, they wanted to be its polar opposite. That’s what Jabotinsky said. That’s how he defined a Zionist – as the exact opposite of a Jew. Well, they tried, they secularized themselves and acted very unJewish, but anti-Semitism didn’t end. They were rudely awakened to their Jewishness by anti-Semitic violence, especially the string of pogroms that began in Russia in 1881. Now they were stuck between a rock and a hard place – they refused to be Jews, and the gentiles refused to let them be gentiles. So Zionism was Plan B – basically, they figured if they can’t join the gentile nations, they’ll make a nation of their own, they’ll turn all the Jews into nationals, turn Jewish identity into a nationality. Anything to shed themselves of the traditional Jewish identity. So they tried to reengineer Jewish identity form religious to national.

Is Zionism a homogenic ideology or rather set of different intellectual ideas, like: Nitzsche’s ‘Übermensch’ philosophy, organic nationalism, Russian workers movements and German romanticism?

Because the Zionists were synthetically creating a new nationality from scratch, as opposed to their society just evolving organically, they could pick and choose any ideas or fads that they wanted. Some chose socialism and land-based philosophies, like Aron Dovid Gordon and his type – this group became the left-wing Zionists; others, like Jabotinsky, chose a large dose of militarism, largely fascist-influenced. They became the Revisionists, which evolved into what today is the Likud. They were creating an entirely new society, pretending they were scions of the “ancient people of the Book” – partly to garner support from the Evangelicals – remember Britain had the mandate, and Britain was largely Puritan, so dovetailing with Evangelical Christianity would serve them well – plus they needed to recruit Jews to populate their future state, so they couldn’t just abandon their claim to Jewishness. Instead, they claimed they are the authentic version of Jewishness. That was what I call the Zionist identity theft against the Jewish people. Also, to be the fulfilment of the Evangelical prophesies they had to present themselves not just as a group of Jews who want to be Zionists, but rather as the Jewish people in toto, “returning to their homeland.”

What is the impact of Zionism on Jewish history?

Well let’s hope Zionism becomes history soon. In the meantime, it’s just like other deviant movements among the Jews, or break-off religions, such as the Seducees, or the Karaites, or the assimilationists. The Zionists are unique among the deviant Jewish movements in many ways, not the least of which is their political success – they have a country, an army, and professional propagandists of the highest order. Their claim to represent all of world Jewry, too, is unique among the break-off movements, and uniquely dangerous to Jews all over the world.

Is Hebrew an official Jewish language?

First, we should not confuse modern Hebrew with the language of the Bible, which we call Lashon Hakodesh (The Holy Language). Today’s modern Hebrew has appropriated much of the Holy Language, but it is not the same language – not in its grammar, pronunciation, and especially not in its vocabulary. In fact, the architects of modern Hebrew deliberately inserted into their language phrases and words that mock the religion of Judaism. For example, we have a word in Rabbinic Hebrew Bitachon, which means trust in G-d. In Zionist Hebrew, it means Homeland Security. The implication is obvious: what we used to think G-d will do, today our army will. Or the phrase keren kayemes, which in Rabbinic literature means the accumulation of good deeds one acquires in this world for which he is rewarded in the afterlife. In Zionist Hebrew it means the JNF, a fund that goes to promote Zionist causes. So modern Hebrew is actually a mockery of Biblical and rabbinic Hebrew, just as Zionism is a mockery of traditional Judaism.

That said, although Jews spoke Hebrew (Loshon Hakodesh) in Biblical times, we eventually abandoned it, for various reasons. But most importantly to your question, although the Jews did speak Hebrew once upon a time, it was never the national language of the Jewish people. Meaning, language is normally one of the primary unifying factors of a nationality. Some say a common language is even more important than a common land to create a people. The Jewish people are unified only by dint of their religion. Hebrew was a language we happened to speak, for religious reasons (after all, it is a holy language) but not for nationalistic ones. Jews are not united because of Hebrew. The common language did not contribute to our peoplehood the way it does to others. The Zionists created modern Hebrew to change that. In their efforts to change Jewish identity form religious to national, they needed to provide for the Jews national symptoms like a language, and a land. Especially before 1948, when there was no Israel, Hebrew was vital for the Zionist cause, because it was the only national commonality available to Jews who wanted to be nationals.

What is Yiddish? What is Zionists’ approach towards Yiddish?

Yiddish is a dialect of German that Ashkenazi Jews developed within their society. (Oriental Jews – Sephardim – did not speak Yiddish; some of them spoke Ladino, a dialect of Spanish). Zionists hated Yiddish, because it represented the old-time traditional Jewishness that the Zionists wanted to eradicate.

Do Zionists believe in God? Are they observant Jews?

Some do and some don’t; some are and some aren’t. Because Zionism has nothing to do with Judaism, but is rather a political movement, it’s like asking if Sudanese believe in G-d. Many early Zionists repudiated belief in G-d, like ben Gurion, who claimed G-d gave the Jews the land, but he didn’t believe in G-d – at least not the G-d of the Bible, anyway. Early Zionists, such as Israel Zangwill, said that Jews could be Christians or Muslims by religion, since Jewishness would be a national, not religious identity. Today that sounds weird, but logically if a Zionist can be an atheist – and most of the founding fathers of Zionism were – and still consider himself Jewish, why can’t someone believe in the Christin religion and consider himself Jewish? That is one of the very many logical inconsistencies in Zionist ideology. As far as the observant Jews being Zionists, Zionism itself is like idolatry according to the Torah, and just as in Biblical times there were otherwise observant Jews who worshipped idols (such as the Baal worshippers), so too nowadays we have otherwise observant Jews who believe in Zionism. It is certainly a contradiction, just as Judaism and idol worship was in the days of the prophets, but human beings have an uncanny capacity to compartmentalize contradictions in their own beliefs, so it’s not shocking.

Bearing in mind that many Jews around the World are being blamed for Israel’s internal and external actions, can we assume that ideology of Zionism indirectly contributes to the rise of anti-Semitic sentiment among gentiles and thus pose an existential threat to the Jews living outside of Israel?

Yes, absolutely. Well, I’m not sure the threat rises to the level of existential, but yes, Israel – in particular its claim to be the Jewish state – endangers Jews all over the world. Tel Aviv University’s’ Kantor Center has the largest database of anti-Semitic data in the world – and they’re scientists, not activists with an agenda like the ADL. And every report that they release says the same story: because people conflate Israel with Jews, when people are upset with Israel, Jews all over the world get hurt.

Do you perceive this as an unintended outcome of Zionism or rather well-calculated policy aimed at forcing the Jewish diaspora to move to Israel and admit its statues of the Vatican for the Jewish people?

Part of it is calculated and part they don’t cause but they are certainly happy about. When Netanyahu goes to France or Denmark after anti-Semitic attacks against Jews and tells them the solution is the Jews should all come to Israel, he knows, unless he is a total idiot, that he is riling up anti-Semitism, casting the Jews as indigestible everywhere, and the Jewish communities of the countries he says this about – in the above cases, France and Denmark – invariably condemn Netanyahu’s remarks. But Zionists have been doing this for a century – trying to make the world uninhabitable for Jews in order to herd them into Israel. What about the Lavon affair? And their blowing up Jewish cafes and the Masouda Shem Tov synagogue in Iraq in order to herd Jews into Israel? And for what? Eighty times more Israelis were killed in Israel by suicide bombers and random acts of violence in the past 20 years than all Jews killed in Europe by terrorists in the same time period. Israel is like the most dangerous place where Jews live around the world. And I’m not even talking about the territories.

What is Israel’s approach towards the Orthodox Jews? How they are being treated by the Israeli regime?

Uch. Don’t ask. About 10 years ago, the Jerusalem Post published the results of a Gersher survey: The Chareidim are believed to be the most hated group in Israel. 37% of Israelis voted for them as the most hated group; in second place came the Russian immigrants with 15% and a close third, gathering13%, were the settlers. In my view, the reason is simple: Remember: The Zionists fought, died, and killed in order to “rehabilitate” the Jewish people, to transform them form ugly, sickly, decrepit Ultra-Orthodox Jews into proud, strong, bronzed, Hebrew Nationals. The early Zionists thought for sure that in a decade or so there would be no Ultra-Orthodox Jews left. And the state of Israel was supposed to be the agent of that social change. But now, a few generations after they created their state, they see the Ultra-Orthodox community flourishing at a remarkably greater rate than the secular community, and they have no desire to turn themselves into Zionists. In fact, they look at the Zionists as destroyers of Jewishness, not its saviours. The message the existence of the Ultra-Orthodox flourishing to the ZIonsits is: What you strove for, what you sacrificed for, what you killed and died for, was for nothing. We don’t want to be like you. You should have left us alone, you didn’t accomplish anything – you ruined a lot. Your lives, your mission, your whole life philosophy is a sham, and your sacrifices were for nothing. The Zionists can’t take that. If the Chareidim would prefer to be Chareidim than Zionists, and they in fact look down on Zionism and detest what it tried to do to them and their families, it infuriates them.

You are a U.S. citizen and a Jewish person, so what was your reaction to President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem? Was it the right decision?

Mr. Trump is my president and it is his decision. That said, his statement that he is doing so because Jerusalem is the “eternal capital of the Jewish people” puts his decision beyond the realm of politics and into the realm of Judaic studies. And he is incorrect about that. Jerusalem is a holy city – not a political capital city, to the Jewish people. Two reasons: One, practitioners of a religion don’t have capitals – countries do. And the Jewish people are not a country. When King David made Jerusalem his capital, it wasn’t the capital of the Jews – it was the capital of David’s citizens. Non-Jews living in David’s country would have Jerusalem as their capital as well as the Jews; and a Jew living outside of David’s country would not have Jerusalem as their capital. Jews as Jews never had a capital. Second, even if Jerusalem would be the capital of the Jews, that does not mean that therefore it should be the capital of Israel. Israel is not the Jews.

What is Judaism? What is its relevance in the increasingly secular modern times?

Judaism is a religion that was given by G-d on Mt. Sinai and available to anyone who wants to be part of it. It represents the will of G-d. Just as G-d doesn’t change, neither does His will. Therefore, it makes no difference if the “times” are secular, idolatrous, barbaric, or whatever. Judaism is still as relevant now as it was when G-d gave it on Mt. Sinai. After all, G-d is just as relevant, and so His will is, as well.

Can Judaism co-exist with Islam and Christianity, or these three Abrahamic faiths (and their followers) are doomed to be antagonistic towards each other?

Judaism teaches to be at peace with everyone in the world. Even if we need to go out of our way to do so. Not long ago – and by that I mean before the advent of Zionism – Jews in the Holy Land got along very well with their Arab neighbours. When the Jewish women used to go to synagogue on Yom Kippur, they had Arab girls baby-sitting their children. The Zionists don’t represent Judaism. They represent Zionism. Netanyahu said publicly that he will – quote – “live by the sword” forever. He probably doesn’t know it, but the phrase living by the sword is Biblical, and it was the fate of Esav, the arch-enemy and the antithesis of Jacob, father of all Jews. Jews eschew the sword. Even when necessary to use. Judaism enjoins Jews to be at peace with their neighbours, loyal to their countries of residence, and to love peace and harmony.

Should the Palestinian question be of religious Jews’ concern? Can a God-fearing Jew turn a blind eye from this ongoing conflict in which Jewish people are involved?

The Palestinian question is no more or less the concern of religious Jews – I assume you are asking me about Jews outside of Israel – than any other human rights issues anywhere in the world. Remember: Israel has as much to do with me as a Jew as Bulgaria does. And therefore, for me as a Jew to be more involved in the Palestinian issue than other equally serious issues in other countries would be puzzling. You could have asked me about whether religious Jews can be concerned about many other issues, but you chose to ask me about Palestinians. That is because you believe as a Jew I should have an opinion about issues that involve Israel specifically. But I am an American, not an Israeli, and not a Zionist. So my answer is the Palestinian issue is as relevant to me as all human rights issues all over the world. Because Palestinians and Israelis are human beings, like all others all over the world. For a Jew to involve himself in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because he is a Jew, and the issue involves Israel, indicates that he believes his Jewishness somehow demands that he be involved in Israel’s issues more than those of other nations, and that’s Zionism. I am not a Zionist.

On June 3, 2018 more than 15,000 Jews attended the convention of Torah Jewry Against Zionism, which took place in the Nassau Coliseum. Can you tell us a bit more about the event and its outcome? How many young Jews are eager to learn about True Torah Jews and traditional Judaism? Can traditional Judaism even compete with Zionism in its appeal to young Jewish people?

Most definitely. Especially with younger Jews. It’s the older Jews who are mostly Zionists. The rally in the coliseum was an educational event. Judaism values education above all. The way to win the minds and hearts of young people – and old people – is through education: teaching, reasoning, giving them facts and figures; reasoning and sound judgement. Waving flags, singing songs, and throwing confetti may work in the short term, but our Torah teaches that nothing compares to sitting and working hard to understand. Through education – not emotional propaganda, we will, with the help of the Almighty, help bring the world back to peace and harmony.

Interview conducted by ADRIEL KASONTA – https://ahtribune.com/religion/2332-yaakov-shapiro.html

Zionism. The untouchable topic. “Lack of knowledge has led to very confused ideas about religion, even among the chareidim.” “Even talmidei chachamim, rabbonim, and tzaddikim are not imbued with the [proper] understanding.” “Sadly, even in our own circles, the mold for shaping public opinion lies in the hands of the state of Israel.” “Regardless of how much we talk about [Zionism] and people listen and understand, nevertheless, in their hearts, they still kiss the idol.” “There are only a few groups left that do not follow after the Eigel … But the rest of the chareidim travel on the train of Zionism …” These are some of the sentiments expressed by gedolei Yisroel specifically regarding Zionist hashkafos and the Torah community, both now and in the past. For those who find these statements more than a little disquieting, for those who can accept that what many think are Torah hashkafos are actually their opposite – and want to know the truth … The Empty Wagon will open that door.

I urge all who read here to please watch the following videos

Has Zionism Hijacked Judaism. – Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro

The event was held at the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C. Rabbi Shapiro is the rabbi of a congregation in Queens, New York. He is best known for his outspoken stance defending the historic Orthodox Jewish position that rejects the concept of Jewish nationalism and therefore opposes Zionism and does not recognize Israel as the Jewish State. He has represented this position on behalf of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community throughout the world to a remarkable variety of audiences, including those in the United States, the state of Israel and the EU in Brussels. Rabbi Shapiro is the author of three books and numerous articles dealing with Jewish philosophy and law. He is currently completing a three volume work on traditional Jewish opposition to Zionism.

The Real Reason that Netanyahu and Israeli Leader’s Claim to Speak for All Jews

In this interview, Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro, rabbi of Beis Medrash of Bayswater, explains the motives behind the claims of Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders to represent all Jews. He explains how Zionism, starting from Theodor Herzl, unilaterally arrogated to itself the right to speak in the name of world Jewry. Rabbi Shapiro explains the motives behind this and the danger it poses to the Jewish people.

Identity Thieves: the Zionist Campaign to Transform “Jews” into “Israelis”

Welcome to the Israeli Army Melting Pot, the greatest spiritual equalizer that the world has ever seen. The early Zionist leaders created the state of Israel with the goal of eradicating religion and transforming “Jews” into Israeli nationalists. Until very recently Hareidi (ultra-orthodox) Jews were exempt from mandatory service. They were able to remain true to their faith and traditions without fear of legal repercussions. Recently that has changed. In 2014 the law exempting Hareidi Jews expired and was not renewed. Even though the IDF had a surplus of soldiers they decided that it was time to call the Orthodox to duty thus finally taking advantage of the opportunity to transform them from from “Jews” to “Israelis”. The Hareidi community has staged a number of peaceful protests and the Israeli police has responded with violence. Young men are being pulled from their beds in the middle of the night and thrown into military detention centers. We will continue to assert our right to be conscientious objectors according to Article 18 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. We will not give up our faith to serve in your military. We will not offer up our children’s lives on the alter of Zionism. We will protest until the end for our rights as Jews and human beings.

New York Schoolchildren Hold Anti-Zionist Gathering, and Protest Against Their Provocative Tactics

Children at an Orthodox Jewish school in Brooklyn gathered during the week of Israeli Independence Day to express their concern over the future of American Jewry, in the face of the dangerous climate created by the State of Israel and especially its prime minister, Bibi Netanyahu. One boy gave a short speech explaining traditional Torah opposition to Zionism, and addressing current events, such as the recent anti-Semitic killings in France and Denmark and Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, and the NYC M.T.A hate Ads.

Rabbi Shapiro Reacts to Jerusalem Announcement

In depth analysis! Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro reacts to Jerusalem being declared the capital of Israel, and explains that the Jewish people relate to Jerusalem as a holy city, not as a political capital city. Jerusalem as the capital of the “Jews” is a Zionist fiction, and conflicts directly with the teachings of Judaism. To all those countries considering moving their embassies, please know that this would only benefit Israel and the Zionists, and has no benefit to the Jewish people at large. Israel does NOT represent world Jewry.

Rabbi Shapiro at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY

On June 11, 2017, a massive protest took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews gathered to protest the Israeli government’s laws relating to the drafting of yeshiva students into their army. In this passionate speech, given in front of thousands of our brethren, Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro outlines some of the reasons why serving in the IDF is incompatible with Judaism and Jewish values. The Israeli army is not a normal army, with the objective of protecting its citizens. Rather, the IDF is an indoctrination camp which seeks to turn the Jew into a Zionist. The Rabbi’s speech ends with constructive advice for the Israeli government: repeal all the draft laws and leave us be, or build more jails because Orthodox Jews will gladly go to jail rather than join the IDF.

Christian Zionism – part 3

Christian Zionism – part 3

Christian Zionism – part 3

More on Antisemitism

In my previous two posts I provided material on the subject of Zionism,  Christian Zionism and the charge of Antisemitism.

In my first post I shared material that provided evidence and highlighted the fact that most of Jewish religious Judaism groups are apposed to the establishment of the  State of Israel – as a sovereign Jewish State/homeland.

In the second post I shared material pertaining to Christian Zionism and the tremendous following Israel has from this Christian support base – both financiaal and moral. I show in this post the erroneous teaching from the Christian pulpits that has led to this support.

If you have not read these two previous posts then I would encourage you to do so in order for you to gain the broad understanding and implications of this predicament. Here are the links:

Jewish Opposition to Zionism

Christian Zionism

In this post I will provide additional content to illustrate how the charge of Antisemitism has eveolved into somewhat of a ‘witch hunt’ and now pursues anyone who even challenges the secular deeds of the political State of Israel in any manner whatsoever.

As mentioned in my previous posts, my interest is solely from the perspective of Biblical Truth. I have no interest in worldly politics from a secular viewpoint.I am however extremely interested in Biblical Prophecy and the signs of the times in which we now live.

I look forward with a desperate hope for the soon return of our Messiah Yahushua –  first to receive his bride and therafter to set up his Kingdom here on this earth.

I am neither herein commenting on the Jewish people’s rights to have their own homeland or the legality of the current State of Israel and it’s political affairs. My views on such matters are personal and fall outside the scope of the content and objectives of this article. This commentary is purely focused on Biblical exegesis.

My grave concern with regards to the State of Israel is how many tens of millions of Christain believers are decieved into believing that the establishment and the affairs of the State of Israel and/or it’s city Jerusalem is the fullfimnet of Bible Prophecy. The New Testament is clear on who and what the temple is today for believers and what the ‘New Jerusalem’ is according to the book of Revelation – i.e. the bride.

The parables and illustrations used in the Old Testament were mainly shadows of greater things to come through the Messaih, who came to fulfil the Law and the Prophets of Old – Matthew 5:17.

Why are Christians falling prey to this deception from the Christain Zionist movement and FOZ – Freinds of Zion?

Our correct interpretation and understanding of the New Testament message pertaining to Isreal and Jerusalem should however not lead to any anger or aggressive critisism on our part towards the Jewish people –  as a whole or individual Jews. This would be Antisemitism. The fact that there are a small number of individuals with unfounded Zionist political aspirations, those who hide behind a Jewish identity, should not motivate one to rise up against any other single or group of Jewish people in anger or resentment.

A New Testament believer should be humble and understand that we are the wild olive that has been grafted into the root and the new shoot – Y’shua. The old branches were broken off because of unbelief – Romans 11: 15 – 24

As I have said before, the Jewish people do not acknowledge the New Testament message and therefore only view Israel/Jerusalem and the temple from an Old Testament perspective. But we should know better and not follow their interpretation and deeds whcih contradict the New Testament revelation.

I beleive that most of the Jewish people will be converted to beleievers in the Messaih in a very short space of time when the ‘Two Witnesses’ reveal the True Gospel message at the coming day of Yom Teruah. For two thousand years now the Christain church has provided a Gospel message and New Testament messaage that is completely foreign to any informed religious Jew. The mainstream Christain message is a perverted message and appears as such to the Jews.

Listen to the critique of ‘Jews for Judaism’ – specifically Rabbi Michael Skobac and another Jewish Rabbi –  Tovia Singer. These are learned men. To them the Christain message, rather the Christain interpretation of the New Testament, is complete nonsense. Unfortunately I have to share their view. Christainity has misrepresented the Truth of the New Testament for 2000 years. Read my section entitled ‘Holy Cowfor some of the reasons why I say this.

Dear Christians, it really is time to wake up.

Let us also not follow the Jewish ways which lack New Testament guidance and understanding. Let us also stop critisising the Jewish people for their lack of understanding and let us shine the light of Truth.

Without the Messiah there is no way to the Father:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 14:6

The Jewish people don’t know this though because they dont read the New Testament.

They don’t know that we are the ‘temple’ – both individually and as a body.

They don’t know that a select body of believers. the ‘overcomers’, will be the ‘New Jerusalem’.

They don’t know that Israel was a name given to Jacob through submission to the Almighty and that this serves as a pattern for the New Testament ‘Israel’.

But we, as New Testament believers should know.

Old things are passed away – all things are become new:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17  

What does the following verse from the book of 1 john have to say about those who deny that Jesus is the Christ/Messiah?

Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1 John 2:22

And who are these who deny that Jesus is the Christ?

Wake up Zionist Christians. Wake up.

I provided evidence through my previous posts how political Zionsim is rooted in Christainity and not Judaism. The history of Zionism goes back to England and the Plymouth brethren.  Theodor Herzl was clearly attracted to the opportunities contained within this Christain belief and became one of the founders of modern polical Zionsim.

One would probably ask what the thought process was behind this Christain Zionist teaching. It should be clear that these Christains understood certain end time Bible prophecy fulfilment being the Jewish people returning to ther land.  This interpretation assumed that this would then usher in the return of ‘Jesus’. The present Christian Zionist views are the same. In fact they believe that the supposed ‘prophetic’ events regarding Israel’s establishmnet and the imminent building of a third temple are all end time prophectic events.  Tens of billions of dollars are poured into Israel from the Church around the world as aid to support and expedite this claimed prophetic fulfilment. They see these events as ‘signs’ of the end times and the second coming of Messiah. But these are false, non-biblical signs.

These Christains, anxious to witness ‘signs’, are putting their hope in deception.

And what does our Messiah reveal regarding those who want a sign:

But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

Mathew 12:39

A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.

Mathew 16:4

Has the Church become a wicked and adulterous generation – deperately looking for a sign which is non-biblical?

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I have included another article written by Rev. Dr, Stephen Sizer on Antisemitism which describes his personal experince. He is a leading voice speaking out against Christian Zionsim with full Biblical support. He is a prime example of what happens to those who proclaim the Truth. One can begin to understand how the ‘Two witnesses’ of Revelation will be killed for their testimony – Revelation 11:7

The New Antisemitism

BY Rev. Dr Stephen Sizer

Ten years ago, in September 2008, an anonymous ‘Mordechai Maverick’ sent a defamatory message about me to everyone in our church Facebook group. The message drew attention to a new but anonymous blog called Seismic Shock (intended apparently to sound like my name), which described me as a “dangerous anti- Semite” and promised to publish articles to expose me. The anonymous author(s) then began to write articles about me on a weekly basis, sometimes daily. These were subsequently re-posted on other websites such as Rosh Pina Projectand Harry’s Place. In a one year period September 2008-to July 2009 well over one hundred articles about me were published on the Seismic Shockwebsite.

Surrey police took an interest and provided me and my family with additional security. On 29th November 2009, I received a report from West Yorkshire Police to advise that they had identified and visited an individual and asked him to desist writing defamatory material about me and remove from his website material of that nature. I was asked to contact them if I became aware of further articles by the same individual “causing you harassment”. Despite the fact that at the time I did not know the name of the author, he subsequently went public and then accused me of using the police to suppress free speech on the internet.

On 30thJune 2011, he wrote to each of my staff, drawing their attention to three defamatory videos about me on YouTube. He stated,

“I am concerned about the way your church is being used to form ties with extremists. I will be making a formal complaint to the Bishop of Guildford, but I want to alert your church leadership to these facts beforehand. I am keenly aware of how the Incumbent reacts to lay criticism.”

On the 4thJuly 2011, on Harry’s Place, a comment was left for ‘Mordechai’: “I understand that you are compiling a dossier on one of Saleh’s supporters, the Rev Sizer, to submit to the church authorities. Bishop Christopher of Guildford has written me to say that he will take action if proof of anti-Semitic views, whether in written form or verifiable spoken form, can be sustained.”[1]

In October 2012, Jonathan Arkush, on behalf of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, made a formal complaint to my Bishop, alleging “a clear and consistent pattern” of misconduct “unbecoming or inappropriate to the office and work of a clerk in Holy Orders” Their complaint alleged that I had made “antisemitic statements”; that I was an “avid reader and publicizer of websites that are openly and virulently antisemitic”; of “trawling dark and extreme corners of the internet for material” to add to my website; of regularly publishing links on my website “to antisemitic websites, thereby re-publishing their anti-Semitism” in order to introduce readers to “racist and antisemitic websites.”[2]

To maximize the embarrassment, the complaint was published on their website the same day it was delivered to my Bishop, so that I and many others were aware of it before he was. A year later in October 2013, the complaint was resolved by conciliation.[3]I believe this was due in part to the robust support I received from several Jewish academics and rabbis, from leading politicians and several Anglican Bishops who spoke in my defence and challenged the allegations.[4]Although the Board of Deputies withdrew their complaint on this occasion, the criticisms continued and eventually led to my early retirement, but that is another story.[5]

Being accused of antisemitism is not something I would wish on anyone. It is painful and when such allegations are publicised, it is acutely embarrassing as well as distressing to family and friends.

This is a rather long introduction to explain why I have had a longstanding personal interest in how antisemitism is defined, and in particular, how the definition is now being broadened, conflating hatred of Jewish people with criticism of Israel. This has not gone unchallenged and has led to sharp divisions within the Jewish community.Antony Lerman, for example, asks,

“How is it that so many people who care deeply and genuinely about the problem of antisemitism find themselves on the opposite sides of a barricade fighting what sometimes seems like a war to the death? How many of us who have got caught up in these often bitter battles have hoped for some way of finding a common language through which we could discuss our differences?”[6]

  

Antisemitism redefined

Dr Bryan Klug at St Benet’s, Oxford, defines antisemitism as ‘a form of hostility towards Jews as Jews, in which Jews are perceived as something other than what they are’[7]The Community Security Trust (CST) defines antisemitism as “hatred, bigotry, prejudice or discrimination against Jews.”[8]

The word “Antisemitism” came into use in the late nineteenth century to describe pseudo-scientific racial discrimination against Jews. Now, it generally describes all forms of discrimination, prejudice or hostility towards Jews throughout history; and has been called “the Longest Hatred”.[9]

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition, recently accepted by the British government[10], reads:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”[11]

The IHRA acknowledge that “criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.” However, following the IHRA definition, examples of how the definition may be applied include “but are not limited to”,

 – “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour.

 – Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.

 – Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.”[12]

Lerman traces the historical development of the ‘new antisemitism’ and draws out how the new definition differs from traditional descriptions. He cites Irwin Cotler, Canadian professor of law and former minister of justice in the 2003-2006 Liberal government, as saying,

“In a word, classical anti-Semitism is the discrimination against, denial of, or assault upon the rights of Jews to live as equal members of whatever society they inhabit. The new anti-Semitism involves the discrimination against, denial of, or assault upon the right of the Jewish people to live as an equal member of the family of nations, with Israel as the targeted ‘collective Jew among the nations’.”[13]

Leading lawyers have described the new IHRA definition as having a “chilling effect” on free speech.  Hugh Tomlinson QC was asked to give legal opinion on the impact the new definition could have on freedom of expression and assembly, by Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), Independent Jewish Voices (IJV), Free Speech on Israel (FSOI) and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).

Tomlinson stressed that the definition is not legally binding and public bodies are under no obligation to adopt it. Indeed, those that do so must take care in applying it or risk,

“unlawfully restricting legitimate expressions of political opinion in violation of statutory duties to ensure freedom of expression and assembly…”[14]

Tomlinson further argues, “Properly understood in its own terms the IHRA Definition does not mean that activities such as describing Israel as a state enacting a policy of apartheid, as practising settler colonialism or calling for policies of boycott divestment or sanctions against Israel can properly be characterized as antisemitic. A public authority which sought to apply the IHRA Definition to prohibit or sanction such activities would be acting unlawfully.”[15]

Tomlinson insisted that the new definition could “not be used to judge criticism of Israel to be antisemitic, unless the criticism actually expresses hatred towards Jews.” Criticism of Israel for its actions is clearly not synonymous with criticism of Israel for being Jewish. Designating Israel as a Jewish state is also problematic, not just for two million Israeli Palestinians, but also the five million Palestinians living under military occupation in the Palestinian Territories.[16]


Anti-Zionism and antisemitism

Jewish activists have been among the most vociferous in voicing opposition to the new definition.Ben White cites several anti-Zionist Jewish campaigners.

“For Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a group with more than 200,000 online members and 60 chapters across the US, “equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism obscures the long history of Jewish anti-Zionism and diasporism.” According to the UK-based group Jews for Justice for Palestinians, fusing “Jewishness/Israel/Zionism” enables antisemitism to become “a weapon for imposing conformity on dissidents within the Jewish community.”

Chicago-based Rabbi Brant Rosen has described how “growing numbers of Jews” identify as anti-Zionists for “legitimate ideological reasons”, motivated “by values of equality and human rights for all human beings.” His words chime with those of a former President of Edinburgh University’s Jewish Society, who recently wrote of “the growing frustration felt by many millennial Jews about the default positioning that support for Israel receives amongst Jewish civil society organisations.”

But what about the claim that, since Zionism is simply Jewish self-determination, anti-Zionism is anti-Jewish bigotry? This is also misguided; put simply, “self-determination does not equate to statehood.” As legal scholar Michael Kearney has explained, self-determination is “less understood these days as a right to one’s own exclusive state, and more as a right to non-discrimination and to democratic participation in society.”

Israel’s supporters, however, are deliberately conflating terms such as ‘homeland’, ‘home’, ‘state’, and ‘self-determination’. The concept of a Jewish homeland is one thing; the creation and maintenance of a ‘Jewish state’, in Palestine, at the expense of its non-Jewish inhabitants, is another. The right to self-determination is never a right to colonisation, whoever is doing it.

Finally, to maintain that anti-Zionism is antisemitism is to deny the historical and contemporary reality of the Palestinians’ experience, and to dehumanise them as a people. For the Palestinians, Zionism has meant violent displacement, colonisation, and discrimination – are they ‘antisemitic’ for refusing to cheer their own dispossession? By extension, as orthodox Jewish studies and philosophy professor Charles H. Manekinput it recently, labelling Palestine solidarity activists as antisemitic is to imply that “the Palestinians have little justified claim to sympathy.”[17]

 

Antisemitism objective and subjective

Frances Webber, of the Institute for Race Relations, raises a more fundamental concern that antisemitism is now being seen as not just about racist actions but also about prejudicial attitudes. In effect, he argues, the IHRA definition operates within the realm of ‘thought policing’.

“… what particularly concerns us here is the way that the definition of anti-Semitism is moving from deed to thought, from the objective to the subjective, from action to attitude.

The IRR has always maintained that it was important to distinguish between prejudices – the subjective – and the acting out of those prejudices – the objective – in discriminatory acts, physical attacks, government edicts etc. Penalising people for racist feelings or attitudes leads to thought-policing, whereas racist acts are measurable and therefore prosecutable before the law if needs be. And there are specific laws relating to incitement to race hatred, the committing of racially-motivated crimes, discrimination in provision of goods and services whether direct or indirect.

But, recently, emanating in part from cultural/identity studies in academia, a kind of victimology, a subjectivism is creeping into policy. Anything that is said or might be said that upsets people, gives hurt, merely makes them uncomfortable, is becoming equated with outright discrimination and liable for a prohibitive ban.”[18]

Referring to the IHRA definition adopted by the Conservative government, Webber emphasizes that causing offence is not synonymous with racism.

“The conceptual flaw underlying Pickles’ definition is to equate racism with anything that gives offence. For while racism is offensive, not everything which gives offence is per se racist. Objections to cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist or paedophile are made not on grounds of their offensiveness – although they undoubtedly are – but on the grounds of the use of crude racist images to depict a religious minority as quintessentially evil. Although it might cause offence to some, it is no more inherently racist to attack Israel’s policies than it is to demand that ‘Rhodes must fall’ or to denounce US or British imperialism or these states’ complicity in torture. So Pickles’ definition not only appears to make an exception of Israel but also to close down on freedom of speech and of expression when it comes to defining what it is permissible to say about a particular country.”[19]

What then is wrong with the new definition of antisemitism? Essentially, critics argue that it,

“conflates anti-Zionism with antisemitism, defines legitimate criticism of Israel too narrowly and demonization too broadly, trivializes the meaning of antisemitism, and exploits antisemitism in order to silence political debate.”[20]

 

Blaming Jews and exacerbating antisemitism

Kamel Hawwash believes broadening the definition of what constitutes antisemitism to include criticism of Israel to be misguided and indeed, does “a disservice to the Jewish community in this country.”[21]

“… once criticism of Israel is linked to hatred of Jews in the UK, a line was crossed which implicitly makes the Jewish community somehow responsible for the actions of a foreign state.”

Lerman goes further, arguing that perversely, the new definition actually provokes antisemitism.

“The de-coupling of the understanding of antisemitism from traditional antisemitic tropes, which thereby made criticism of Israel in and of itself antisemitic, necessarily made the opposite – support for Israel – into a touchstone for expressing sympathy with Jews. This opened the door to the phenomenon of Jewish support for far right, anti-Islam, anti-immigrant parties keen to whitewash their pasts and sanitise their anti-Muslim prejudice by expressing support for Israel and seeing the country and its Jews as the front line against Islam’s ‘incursion into Europe’.

It is not surprising, therefore, that acceptance of the ‘new antisemitism’ theory has contributed to the exacerbation of tensions between Muslims and Jews in the UK (and elsewhere in Europe). There is, however, mutual pre-existing misunderstanding and mistrust, while negative images of Jews unrelated to the Israel-Palestine conflict are common among some Muslims.”[22]

The children’s story of Chicken Little who thought the sky was falling in when a leaf fell on her tail is pertinent.[23]By broadening or diluting the definition of antisemitism, people may become complacent or immune to genuine antisemitism and not repudiate it as they should.

Klug argues, “When anti-Semitism is everywhere, it is nowhere. And when every anti-Zionist is an anti-Semite, we no longer know how to recognize the real thing—the concept of anti-Semitism loses its significance.”[24]

Lerman adds, “Given the misery and murder that antisemitism has caused over the centuries,” … “one might expect pro-Israel groups to be more circumspect before using it indiscriminately as a political tool.” … “not everything that offends Jewish sensibilities is antisemitism”, and by labelling BDS as antisemitic, Israel advocates “are draining the word of any meaning.”[25]

Ben White concludes, “This politicised redefining of antisemitism should worry us all: it dehumanises Palestinians and delegitimises solidarity, imperils the fight against real antisemitism, and constitutes a much broader attackon our democracy and political freedoms.”[26]

 

Antisemitism and the UK Labour Party

In the UK, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have been criticised for failing to address antisemitism within the party. Pro-Israeli lobbyists know that a Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn will introduce major changes to British foreign policy.  Assuming Labour had a sufficient majority, Jeremy Corbyn’s government would likely recognise the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders, (like most of the rest of the world), and also might introduce sanctions against Israel as well as companies profiting from the occupation.

White cites Richard Kuper, spokesperson of Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), as saying, “there is clearly also a co-ordinated, willed and malign campaign to exaggerate the nature and extent of antisemitism as a stick to beat the Labour party”[27]

He also observes, “The Labour Party has more than 400 MPs and peers at Westminster, in addition to almost 7,000 local government officials and some 390,000 members. The antisemitism ‘crisis’ has involved half a dozen individuals, most of whom have either never held, or no longer hold elected office. Corbyn himself has repeatedly condemned antisemitism since becoming leader, while according to Party General Secretary Iain McNicol, everyone reported for antisemitism has been suspended or excluded.”[28]

 

Challenging both antisemitism and Zionism

 Hawwash has called upon the British government to reject the IHRA definition of antisemitism for the following reasons:

“Our message to British politicians is this:as long as Israel continues to occupy Palestine, to oppress and murder, to lay siege to two million people, to steal our land and resources, to restrict our movement, to refuse to allow the refugees to return, to attack our religious sites, to illegally settle our land and to leave our people with no hope of freedom, dignity or independence, we and our supporters will continue to speak out, to educate and to demand that the British government changes its shameful, but deliberate policies which place trade with Israel above human rights.We will not allow Zionists who support a state that does all of the above to silence us under the disguise of the “new anti-Semitism” but we will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Jews in their fight against the real anti-Semitism that some still undoubtedly face.”[29]

It is lamentably true that in the past, church leaders have indeed tolerated antisemitism and incited racist attacks on Jewish people. Racism is without excuse. Antisemitism must be repudiated unequivocally.However, anti-Zionism is not synonymous with antisemitism. Judaism is a religious faith. Israel is a largely secular and multi-ethnic nation state. Zionism is a political system. These three are not synonymous. Indeed most Zionists are Christians[30]and many Jews are anti-Zionist.[31]

This is why it is imperative to repudiate antisemitism, to defend Israel’s right to exist, within internationally recognised borders, while at the same time campaign equally for the civil, religious and political rights of Palestinians to be respected. This is surely the best way to bring an end to the evil of antisemitism.

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.”(Micah 6:8)

 

Update 30 August 2018

The Palestinian Return Centre has obtained an Opinion from Geoffrey Robertson QC on the interpretation and impact on free speech, of the British Government’s acceptance in 2016 of an extended definition of anti-Semitism promulgated by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Notes

[1] http://hurryupharry.org/2011/07/03/the-wit-and-wisdom-of-raed-salah/

[2] http://www.stephensizer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Response-to-the-Complaint-of-Misconduct-from-Stephen-Sizer.pdf

[3] http://www.stephensizer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Stephen-Sizer-Board-of-Deputies-Conciliation-October-2013.pdf

[4] http://www.stephensizer.com/friends/

[5]See www.peacemakers.ngo

[6] Antony Lerman, Defamation v Anti-Defamation, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2010/jan/14/dissenting-new-antisemism-film

[8] https://cst.org.uk/antisemitism/definitions

[9] Ibid.,

[10]https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/a-definition-of-antisemitism

[11] https://antisemitism.uk

[12] https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/node/196

[13] Antony Lerman, The ‘new antisemitism’, https://www.opendemocracy.net/mirrorracisms/antony-lerman/new-antisemitism

[14] Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Legal opinion finds major faults with government antisemitism definitionhttps://www.palestinecampaign.org/legal-opinion-finds-major-faults-government-antisemitism-definition

[15] Ibid.,

[16]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_Palestinian_territories

[17] Ben White, Shifty antisemitism wars, https://benwhite.org.uk/2016/04/22/shifty-antisemitism-wars

[18] Frances Webber, Anti-semitism – thought or deed? http://www.irr.org.uk/news/anti-semitism-thought-or-deed/

[19] Ibid.,

[20] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_antisemitism

[21] Kamel Hawwash, Redefining anti-Semitism will not silence Palestinian’s struggle for justice, http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/balfour-anti-semitism-1450743096

[22] Lerman, op. cit.,

[23]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henny_Penny

[24] Brian Klug, The Myth of the New Anti-SemitismThe Nation, February 2, 2004

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_antisemitism

[25] Lerman, cited in Ben White, op. cit.,

[26] White, op. cit.,

[27] White, op. cit.,

[28] White, op. cit.,

[29] Hawwash, op. cit.,

[30] For a critique of Christian Zionism see Stephen Sizer, Zion’s Christian Soldiers: The Bible, Israel and the Church, Intervarsity Press, 2007. http://www.stephensizer.com/books/zions-christian-soldiers/

[31] See On Antisemitism: Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice: Jewish Voice for Peace, Haymarket Books, 2017.

 

original post : https://stephensizer.com/2018/05/the-new-antisemitism/

 

Criticizing Israel Isn’t Anti-Semitic. Here’s what it is.

Pro-Israel politicians don’t speak for young Jews like me. They shouldn’t pretend to.

written by Sarah Gertler – the Newman Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Weeks ago, when the first accusations of anti-semitism were being leveled against Representative Ilhan Omar, I was deeply agitated.

Not long ago I saw her address these accusations at a local town hall. She reminded the world that, as a Black Muslim woman in America, she knows what hate looks like — and spends her life laboring against it. Her words were clear, bold, and unflinching.

When members of Congress not only continued to gang up and falsely smear Omar as anti-semitic, but even created a House Resolution painting her words as hateful, I wasn’t just agitated. I was absolutely disgusted.

Omar has criticized the U.S. government’s support for Israeli actions that break international law. And she’s spoken out against the role money in politics plays in shoring up that support.

Neither is anti-semitic.

What is anti-semitic is the cacophony of mainstream media and politicians saying that criticizing U.S. policy toward the state of Israel is the same as attacking Jewish people.

Like most American Jewish youth, I grew up knowing Israel. During holidays, I sang prayers about Eretz Yisrael, the land of Israel. In Hebrew school, I learned about the country’s culture, its cities, its past prime ministers. At my Jewish summer camp, we started every day with the Israeli national anthem, Hatikvah.

My image of Israel was a rosy one. When I finally visited it in college, I was spellbound by the lush landscapes and sparkling cities, certain I would one day move to this golden ancestral home myself.

All this emotional buildup made it all the more sickening when, in the years that followed, I learned the realities of the Israeli occupation.

The modern state of Israel was established by Zionists — a nationalist movement started by European Jews with the aim of creating a “Jewish state” as a refuge for persecuted Jews.

It’s true that Jews have faced centuries of brutal persecution in Europe. But the Zionists’ project shared unmistakably European colonialist roots.

In 1948, Israel’s war of independence led to the Nakba, an invasion driving 700,000 Palestinians from their homes. These Palestinians were never allowed to return, creating a massive refugee population that today numbers over 7 million.

While I was able to travel freely up and down Israel, the Palestinians who once lived there are legally barred from returning. While I wandered the marketplaces trying stews and shawarmas, Palestinians in Gaza can’t afford even the gas to cook their foodbecause of the Israeli blockade.

Zionism didn’t create an inclusive Jewish refuge either. In fact, the diverse Mizrahi — or Arab — Jewish population that was already thriving in Palestine was pushed out of Israeli society as Ashkenazi — or European — Jews became the elite class.

What it did create is an imperialist stronghold that continues to break international law by building settlements deeper and deeper into Palestinian territory, giving Jewish Israelis superior legal status to Arab Israelis and Palestinians, and attacking all who protest.

Since Israel’s origin, the U.S. has supplied tens of billions of dollars of military aid and ardent political support. Congress consistently ignores dozens of UN resolutions condemning Israeli abuses, and year after year gives it more resources to violently oppress impoverished Palestinians.

Pro-Israel lobbying groups’ considerable political influence has even pushed Congress to consider bills punishing Americans who support Palestinian rights. (Around half of all states already have such laws.)

More broadly, they rely on villainizing critics with false claims of antisemitism — especially when the criticism comes from a person of color, as we’ve seen with Angela Davis, Marc Lamont Hill, and Michelle Alexander before Rep. Omar.

I, along with an increasing number of young American Jews, want to discuss U.S. support of Israel. Talking foreign policy is not anti-semitism.

What is anti-semitic — always — is saying that all Jews support violence and imperialism.

https://ips-dc.org/criticizing-israel-isnt-anti-semitic-heres-what-is/

 

Anti-Semitism or Antisemitism

What’s in a hyphen? Why writing anti-Semitism with a dash distorts its meaning

Regularly spelled with a hyphen in American English but without in academia, some experts claim the punctuation mark slashes the word’s potency

In April of 2015, Microsoft received an unusual memo. Crafted on behalf of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, a group of scholars issued a “Memo on Spelling of Antisemitism,” urging a change to the mammoth hi-tech company’s auto-correct spelling policy. Until then, a hyphen had been perfunctorily added between “anti” and “Semitism” in the word commonly used for hatred and prejudice against Jews.

Far from being an innocuous debate over semantics, the IHRA claimed that a hyphened “anti-Semitism” gave credence to discredited Nazi racial theories, wherein humanity was divided into superior and inferior subcategories. Additionally, claimed the scholars, a hyphen dilutes and distorts the term’s meaning by implying that groups other than Jews are included within the supposed “Semites” being opposed.

Case in point is a 2015 speech given by consumer rights advocate Ralph Nader: “[Supporters of Israel] know how to accuse people of anti-Semitism if any issue on Israel is criticized, even though the worst anti-Semitism in the world today is against Arabs and Arab-Americans,” he said.

Addressing a gathering of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the five-time presidential nominee’s remarks focused heavily on Jews and Israel.

According to Nader, a longtime critic of the Jewish state, “The Semitic race is Arabs and Jews and Jews do not own the phrase anti-Semitism.” For this and other remarks, Nader was accused of “linguistically hijacking” the term anti-Semitism by some critics.

Like the word “Aryan,” the term “Semitism” is based on a mythical conglomeration of languages and race, as opposed to science. “Semites” were people who spoke one of several related languages, all of whom traced their roots to the Bible’s Shem, Noah’s son.

The term “antisemitism,” coined in 1879, was not a reference to groups of people who spoke similar Levant-based languages. Rather, as “invented” by German journalist Wilhelm Marr, “antisemitism” was intended to give an air of modernity and science to old-fashioned Jew-hatred.

After its inception in Germany, antisemitism — without a hyphen — spread across the continent. The term was never hyphenated in German, Spanish, or French. In English, however, the term has come to appear with a hyphen in most popular usages, outside of Europe.

For the IHRA, the addition of a hyphen to antisemitism is problematic in part because the group sees the hyphen as a “[legitimization] of a form of pseudo-scientific racial classification that was thoroughly discredited by association with Nazi ideology.”

According to the alliance, adding a hyphen also “divides the term, stripping it from its meaning of opposition and hatred toward Jews. Antisemitism should be read as a unified term so that the meaning of the generic term for modern Jew-hatred is clear.

“At a time of increased violence and rhetoric aimed towards Jews, it is urgent that there is clarity and no room for confusion or obfuscation when dealing with antisemitism,” stated the alliance.

‘Overreaction to Arab claims’
Since 2015, governments around the world have adopted the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism, and Microsoft no longer “forces” a hyphen into the term. However, most English-language media outlets and writers outside of academia — including this one — continue to employ a hyphenated anti-Semitism.

Unlike those in the ivory tower, in the assessment of some Jewish communal practitioners, now is not the time for a semantic debate. When questioned by The Times of Israel, very few experts expressed concern about anti-Semitism continuing to be spelled with a hyphen among the general public.

Ken Jacobson, the Anti-Defamation League’s deputy national director, believes the conversation is “intellectually dueling and largely divorced from reality.”

In Jacobson’s assessment, the debate is “is an overreaction to Arab claims that they can’t be anti-Semites because they are a Semitic people,” he said.

Calling the term anti-Semitism “archaic and strange,” Jacobson noted that “it took the shock of Russian pogroms and the Holocaust to bring the term into everyday usage,” as he told The Times of Israel.

Because the term anti-Semitism has been spelled with a hyphen “millions of times in every vehicle possible,” said Jacobson, “changing it will not enhance anyone’s understanding and could even undermine a word that aptly conveys the power of this evil.” said Jacobson.

For Rob Leikind, head of Boston’s American Jewish Committee chapter, “There are good arguments with which to contend that the spelling ‘antisemitism’ more accurately depicts anti-Jewish hostility or prejudice than the spelling ‘anti-Semitism.’”

However, said Leikind, “‘anti-Semitism’ is the common way to spell the word, some extremists excepted. Nearly everyone understands that this word references Jews alone, and changing to ‘antisemitism’ would accomplish little beyond causing additional confusion.”

Clarity is also on the mind of journalist Cnaan Liphshiz, a Netherlands-based reporter for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

“In my professional capacity I use whatever the style guide requires. Personally, I find the debate too persnickety to feel strongly about one way or another,” said Liphshiz, who regularly writes about anti-Semitism in Europe.

“However, I’m inclined to use the non-hyphenated variant because that’s how it’s spelled in virtually all the European languages that I monitor for my reporting,” said Liphshiz.

‘Embedded in our collective consciousness’
Among experts questioned by The Times of Israel, several made cases for the importance of “antisemitism,” as opposed to “anti-Semitism.”

“The term anti-Semitism (as you apparently spell it) is meaningless, because there is no Semitism one can be ‘anti’ to,” wrote Holocaust historian Yehuda Bauer in an email to The Times of Israel.

According to Bauer, “There are Semitic languages, including for instance Tigrean in Ethiopia, and the term hardly refers to antipathy towards the Tigre. You cannot be anti-Semitic just as you cannot be anti-Indo-European,” said Bauer.

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, head of the AMCHA Initiative focused on campus anti-Semitism, wrote that “Anti-anything — with a hyphen — describes a state of being opposed to a particular policy, idea or thing at a particular time.”

However, added Rossman-Benjamin, anti-Semitism goes beyond “opposition” to Jews, and involves “a profound and irrational hatred of them, a phenomenon embedded in our collective consciousness that has existed longer than any other form of hatred. Anti-Semitism — with the hyphen — does not seem to me to capture this understanding of the word,” she said.

According to Rossman-Benjamin, a hyphen-less antisemitism “is also the recognized spelling among scholars of antisemitism and the one we use in all of our scholarly work. The confusion arises because anti-Semitism — with the hyphen — has become the accepted spelling in most dictionaries and spell-checkers.”

Despite her case for ditching the hyphen, Rossman-Benjamin was pragmatic about the likelihood of “anti-Semitism” disappearing from popular use.

“The approach we take is to use antisemitism in the vast majority of our work, including scholarly articles, research, reports and presentations,” said Rossman-Benjamin. “However, when writing for news outlets we have no problem including the hyphen to be consistent with the preferred spelling of reporters, editors and fact-checkers, and it saves us much back-and-forth on corrections.”

Another organization with a focus on combating Judeophobia on campus is StandWithUs, which provides activists with strategies and materials about — for example — how to defend Israel against the BDS movement.

According to StandWithUs co-founder and CEO Roz Rothstein, her organization has always used a hyphenated anti-Semitism.

“As incidents of anti-Semitism across the US and other countries have escalated, and the conversation should address both the incidents and the immediate need for solutions, we don’t want to distract people from the importance of the conversation by throwing a new spelling at them,” said Rothstein.

Echoing that sentiment was Alvin H. Rosenfeld, director of Indiana University’s Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism.

“Will spelling the word in an unhyphenated way as “antisemite” and not “anti-Semite” correct its misuse? Probably not for those who willfully misuse it, but for others, it may clarify that no one ever beat or cursed a Jew because he hated ‘Semitism,’ but only because he hated Jews,” wrote Rosenfeld.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/whats-in-a-hyphen-why-writing-anti-semitism-with-a-dash-distorts-its-meaning/

 

I urge all who read here to please watch the following video

Christian Zionism: The Antichrists’ Rewrite of History- The Scofield Bible is a LIE!

Before the foul Scofield bible, Christians in the USA all opposed the Zionist takeover of Palestine, declaring it to be an act of great evil. So the backers of Zionism, engineered a mass misinformation effort, with such corrupted, anti-truth, Antichrist tools of deception, as the Scofield Bible, which has been written, backed and promoted by those of the evil Satanic New World Order which detests devout Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. The Scofield bible created the false “Christian Zionism” by deceiving people into supporting Zionism. Many Clergy have exposed the lies of the Scofield bible and Christian Zionism and that it is completely untrue. Good Jews, the world over, condemn Zionism as being agaisnt God and Holy Scripture.