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What about the Jews?

Posted in For God with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2018 by cavalier973

There is a group within the alt-right and pro-Trump movements that seems only interested in pushing an idea called “the Jewish Question”, which, as someone else quipped, is more of a “Jewish Statement”, and revolves around the idea that most or even all of the world’s problems are the result of the insidious secret activities of Jewish people. The high percentage of Jewish people (as compared to their percentage of the population) in media, finance, and entertainment is normally mentioned, along with anti-nationalist policies prominent Jewish personalities promote.

Okay, that isn’t too surprising. Jewish people have long been held in suspicion due to their insularity and their ability to succeed in business and politics despite their proportionally small numbers. Jews are easy scapegoats when times get tough. As an aside, Dr. Thomas Sowell has noted that Chinese people who immigrate to other lands are similarly viewed and by the native populations.

In any case, the feeling among those who promote the Jewish Question is that Jews need to be persecuted, even executed, as a group. Again, this is a stance that a lot of people have historically taken.

It seems that many people claiming the name of Christ are being enticed into embracing this idea. The most mainstream Christian version is called “Replacement Theology”, which posits that all the promises that God made to Israel have been permanently transferred to the Church, because Israel rejected the Messiah. Well, all the good promises have been transferred, anyway. Israel still gets to have all the bad promises.

At least the replacement theologians aren’t saying that God straight up broke all His promises to Israel. That would imply God is a liar, and if He is a liar, how can we Christians ever truly trust Him?

It is clear from Scripture that God chose Israel to be the people that bear His name. It was Israel that God brought out of Egypt, Israel to whom God gave the Promised Land, Israel who received His law, Israel through whom the Messiah would come, and thus bless all the world. Israel and “the Jews” are the same, by the way; some try to claim they’re different, that the Jews are satanic, etc. Some try to say that the people of Great Britain, or the American Indian tribes, are really the “lost Tribes of Israel”. I doubt either scenario.

To be quite honest, the Jews haven’t quite covered themselves with glory, and aren’t always the innocent victims that some want to portray them as. Even the barest effort at research will reveal that Jews are definitely the children of Jacob: lying, cheating, grasping, cowardly, disloyal, unconstant… Even a good Hebrew, like Joseph son of Jacob, you kind of have to watch your back with. He interpreted Pharoah’s dream, and thus saved Egypt, and the surrounding regions, from terrible famine, and yet, less than fifteen years after being put in charge, Joseph had finagled every single Egyptian into becoming a slave–literal slave– of the government. Read that story again; he seized a portion of everyone’s grain during the seven good years prior to the famine, and then sold it back to them. The Egyptians had to buy back their own seized property. Joseph stopped even keeping records of the grain he seized. Again, Joseph was a good guy–nothing bad is directly said about him in Scripture.

The three Hebrews/Jews (the Bible applies both terms to the same people) who wrote the largest portion of Scripture–Moses, King David, and Saint Paul– were murderers.

To take it to the next step, GOD HIMSELF is harder on the Jews than many “Jewish Question” adherents today. Read the prophets. Isaiah, when granted a vision of,God, cried out “Woe is me, for I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and dwell in the midst of a people with unclean lips.” [Isaiah 6:5]. I don’t think Isaiah is admitting he has a potty mouth; his lips are unclean from kissing idols–literally, or figuratively.

Or consider the whole prophecy of Ezekiel. At one point, God lifts Ezekiel by his hair (Ezekiel was one of the exiles in Babylon), carries him to the Temple in Jerusalem, and shows him all the idolatry that is going on in the place that God described as His earthly dwelling. The priests have idols hidden away in their chambers, and are out in front of the Temple, worshipping the sun.

So, what about it? Why hasn’t God abandoned Israel in favor of the Messiah’s church?

God asserts in Ezekiel the He will rescue Israel for His name’s sake: “Then you will know that I am the LORD when I have dealt with you for My name’s sake, not according to your evil ways or according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel,” declares the Lord GOD.’” Ezekiel 20:44

So, God isn’t blind to Israel’s bad qualities. He will save the nation despite the Israelis, not because of them, because He keeps His word and His promises.

All right, then; that is Old Testament stuff. Is there anything in the New Testament that supports the idea that the Church permanently replaced Israel?

Well, St. Paul didn’t think so. Check out his letter to the Romans, chapters 10 through 12.

St. John’s prophecy, called “Revelation”, deals exclusively with the Church until chapter 4, after which only Israel is talked about as being God’s people on earth. The 144,000 are Jews, 12,000 from each tribe, and these are the ones that evangelize the world with the Gospel of the Kingdom. The Church (as represented by the crowned-and-enthroned Elders) is in heaven.

We are living in the Church age. It is a special time of God’s grace, whereby people can freely accept God’s offer of salvation through Jesus the Messiah, who died for us, and then rose from the dead. The offer of salvation is made to Jews and non-Jews, and any Jewish person who accepts Jesus the Messiah has the same privileges and benefits as the non-Jewish believer. In fact, in Jesus the Messiah, there is no longer a distinction between Jew and non-Jew; there is only the Christian.

At some point, though, being a Jew will entail a lot of privileges that will be unavailable to non-Jews. During Jesus’ reign on earth, a non-Jew who wants to worship God will have to find a Jew and request access to God. The temple during this time will only be open on Saturdays and on new moon days. Those of us who became Christians during the Church age will, of course, be serving God day and night in His temple, so access don’t be a problem for us.

To wrap up, hatred of Jews as a group is a Satanically inspired emotion. They are God’s chosen people, not for their own sakes, but rather for God’s name’s sake. That said, God obviously has a special regard for Jews, and loves them, even as they continually reject Him. One who wishes to have the mind of God should have the same love and regard.

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Waiting for harpazo

Posted in For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2018 by cavalier973

The next event in God’s prophetic calendar is, I believe, the removal of His people, the Church, from the world. This event is known by most as “The Rapture”.

I recommend listening to the teachings of Chuck Missler, whose ministry is called Koinonia House. You can find recordings of his lectures on YouTube and Soundcloud, but I recommend purchasing them and sharing them with friends and family, if you are able. It would probably be best to begin with his lectures on the Book of Revelation, then move to Daniel, then Ezekiel.

After the rapture, expect to see the revealing of the PseudoChrist, or the Gog-Magog invasion of Israel next (perhaps both at the same time). As an aside, it is fascinating to me that the Muslim view of the End Times is a mirror image of what the Bible teaches. Here is a sermon by John Macarthur discussing Muslim End Times.  Basically, Muslims will see the PseudoChrist (Antichrist) as the real Servant of God. The “Jesus” that they claim walked the earth 2000 years ago, but that was not crucified or resurrected, will return to explain that the Christians were worshipping a false Jesus. This false Jesus will return to earth, and will be destroyed by the Muslim PseudoChrist.

In any case, expect a combining of Islam and Christianity, led by the Church in Rome, after the Harpazo of the true church.

The Gog-Magog invasion also happens soon after the Harpazo, in which the invaders are destroyed. See Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39 for a description of this event, and the aftermath. The reader can infer that a nuclear exchange is described, based on the actions of the survivors. They wait seven months before cleaning up the destruction, and hire specialists to do so. People who aren’t specialists, when they see human bones, won’t try to bury them, but will rather put up a sign, so the specialists can come along later and deal with them.

It is written in Revelation that, at one point, the pain of God’s judgements will be so great, that men will seek death, and not find it. It may be that God is simply refusing to allow them to die, but I think it is also possible that some of the technology being developed today will account for this phenomenon. The combination of bionic implants and A.I. could be promoted as a way to have “eternal life”, but those that get the implants may find that they don’t have the software updates to override the “no death” option.

The practical results of Marriage redefinition

Posted in For God with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2017 by cavalier973

So many here in the United States enthusiastically supported the Supreme Court’s decision to “legalize” so-called “marriage equality”. They either did not expect or did not care that legally changing the definition of marriage would result in social upheaval. Here is what is going on in Great Britain following their own rejection of definitional marriage.

I imagine that persecuting faithful Christians, Jews, and Muslims is a feature, not a bug, to those who want to impose their version of Newspeak with regard to marriage and sexuality. I even expect, eventually, that laws will be passed to seize the children of religious people, to “protect” the children from their parent’s “bigotry”.

My message to those proponents of marriage redefinition (and gender redefinition, etc.): you will win on this issue, in the short term. Longer term, though, will see your devilry utterly crushed. Not a threat, not a promise, just an observation. Your only hope is to repent of your unbelief, and call on the name of Jesus Christ. His sacrificial death on the cross paid for your sin–and sins–and you do not have to experience God’s holy wrath. I don’t think you have much time, either. Soon, the Church will be gone, and your slim hope for salvation will most likely be through martyrdom.

I’ve been listening to Chuck Missler’s series on the Book of Revelation, and it’s been quite encouraging. I’m not sure I agree with everything he says, but his lectures line up with my own understanding of Scripture, and so I am enjoying them.

Stuff Going On — 05/29/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2017 by cavalier973

The Manchester bomber’s own mosque contacted British authorities, warning about his possible involvement in terrorism. The British will arrest you if you speak out about homosexuality, though–if you’re doing it from a Christian perspective, that is.

Another Congressional Democrat-hired IT worker flees to Pakistan. She made over six figures as an employee of her husband, who for some reason was hired to handle the Information Technology services for several Democrat congresspersons. There is an investigation into whether the IT services company mishandled data and information.

The earth has seen a significant increase in vegetation, most likely due to an increase in plant food. This stunning finding has scientists baffled. “More plant food means more plants?” ~ a famous scientist. Crazy, crazy times that we live in.

This is a discussion about the effect CO2 on the growth of plants, focusing on “food plants.” It is extremely interesting. It points out the possibility that increased Carbon Dioxide plus higher temperatures means much higher amounts of food can be grown.

Trump thinks that throwing government money at health care will alleviate the problems. Thinking like this is why I did not vote for him.

On a related note, some guy on Twitter was spouting nonsense that a Single Payer System (i.e., Government pays for all medical services) would reduce the national spending on “health care” (medical services). As if the government ever spent sensibly when making a purchase. Think “$500 hammers”.

Dispensationalism

Posted in For God with tags , on May 1, 2017 by cavalier973

Article on dispensationalism.

Churches and Hymn Books

Posted in For God with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2017 by cavalier973

These are a couple of blog posts by one Tim Challies:

What We Lost When We Lost Our Hymnals

then

What We Gained When We Lost Our Hymnal

Stuff Going on Today

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2017 by cavalier973

One policeman killed and two wounded in an attack in Paris. The shooter was reported to have arrived by train from Belgium. There is an election on Sunday in France, which is closely contested, according to some reports. Update: Two policemen are now dead from the shooting.

♣ The FBI is investigating to determine which CIA traitor gave the most recent batch of intelligence leaks to WikiLeaks.

Georgia Gwinnett College says that the Gospel is “Fightin’ Words“, and won’t allow it. Eventually, the First Amendment, which supposedly prevents the FedGov from interfering in religious worship, will be determined by the Supreme Court to actually mean that people can’t be Christians.

Not many people are filing unemployment claims right now. The rate is, in fact, at a 17 year low.