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Anti-Semitism and Terrorism

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Matthew 21:33-4133. "Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. 34. When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; 35. and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36. Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them. 37. Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 38. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.' 39. And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" 41. They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons."

 

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The Nazarene Acts
of the Apostles

Also known as
The Recognitions of Clement

Ever wonder why PAUL and not PETER received the mission to the lost tribes?  Wasn't Peter the stone upon which the "church" was to be built?  In this new translation of the Nazarene Acts, we follow Kefa (Peter) as he itinerates from Jerusalem and up the Mediterranean coast up to Tripoli, as recorded in the journals of his successor, Clement of Rome (Phi 4:3).  Every message Kefa preached, the company he kept, and the great works of faith the the Almighty accomplished through him are herein recorded.  This 300 page volume has been 'hidden' in the back of an obscure volume of the "Church Fathers" all this time.  Could it be that, in establishing the Gentile 'church' by pushing away from Judaism, this history was purposely hidden?

The Parable of the Landowner

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   The interpretation of the parable of the landowner is that the Father had sent many prophets to the king and the temple leaders to speak in his name about repentance and reform.  But each of his representatives in turn had rejected and abused, and many had been killed.  The Father thought that if he sent his son, Yahshua, enfleshed in the Father’s exact likeness, that the temple leaders would recognize him and heed him, since Yahshua was regal and recognizable and bore the authority of the Father.  Indeed, the temple leaders did identify him as the Son of G-d -- they knew exactly who he was -- for he had demonstrated his charisma many times, and had fulfilled the predictions of the prophets who came before.  Being greedy and powerful men, they considered themselves to be owners of that which they had only been lent.  Because the Father was something of a “non-custodial parent,” these wayward children took what did not belong to them.  Any threat to their influence and income had been dealt with severely.  Yahshua was the latest and greatest threat because he was the heir to the whole system.  As the heir, he could do anything he wanted with it.  He might even take the whole wretched thing and mold it into something beautiful an honorable, like a “house of prayer for all nations.”  But that was not to be, and thus Yahshua here predicts his fate -- that the temple leaders would kill him.  He also predicted that these murderous tenants, that had been given a thousand-year reign over the temple cult, would be destroyed.  And forty years later, G-d sent the Romans, who obliterated the temple and destroyed the cult forever.

Anti-Semitism

   Understand that the horrible death of Yahshua was avenged in it’s entirety.  As it is this nation's administration's desire to pinpoint the source of terrorism and destroy it, the Father did exactly the same thing.  Today there remains no blame for the death of Yahshua; Yahweh has already avenged it.  However, during the formation of the Christian Church, many of the so-called Church Fathers through many centuries denounced “the Jews” in their oratory and writings as “Messiah-killers” and “G-d-killers.”  The conspiratorial intent of the Church Fathers was to distance the emerging Church from anything considered Hebrew or Jewish, including the changing of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, which, in my opinion, is a remarkable sin against the Father of Creation. 

   Martin Luther, who is known as the father of the Reformation of the Church, rabidly propagated this same idea - that Jews should be hated and that anything Hebrew should be eradicated.  Protestant ministers all over the world quote Luther.  Here is a quote from Luther for you that you have never heard before, but will stay with you forever.  Luther here writes to the authorities:

In brief, dear princes and lords, those of you who have Jews under your rule­­ if my counsel does not please your, find better advice, so that you and we all can be rid of the unbearable, devilish burden of the Jews, lest we become guilty sharers before G-d in the lies, blasphemy, the defamation, and the curses which the mad Jews indulge in so freely and wantonly against the person of our Lord Yahshua Messiah, this dear mother, all Christians, all authority, and ourselves. Do not grant them protection, safe­conduct, or communion with us.... .With this faithful counsel and warning I wish to cleanse and exonerate my conscience.

   Such defamatory rhetoric from Christian leaders as has resulted in hundreds of years of persecution against Jewish people, culminating in the deaths of multiple millions in Europe and Asia in the 20th century.  This hatred of all things Hebraic, Israeli or Jewish is called anti-Semitism, a term you have heard frequently.  The word “anti-Semitism” means “against those of the Name,” referring to the sacred name of Yahweh.  By being an anti-Semite, you not only nullify your Christian faith (which proclaims that the Israelites are the chosen people), but you are also denying the name of your G-d. 

   The persecution of Jews and true Christians fits snugly into the parable of the landowner.  When He comes, "He will bring those [who hold the opinion of Martin Luther and other anti-Semites to a wretched end."  There is no getting around the fact now or ever that Yahshua came into the world as a Jewish teacher and prophet.  And this rabbi is your Savior.  Will you hate him, too?  Of course not.

The Two Witnesses

   Jew and Christian are two witnesses united in one Messiah.  One song we know proclaims: 

Jew and Gentile, one in each other, One in Messiah, one in the olive tree. Jew and Gentile, one in each other, One in Messiah’s love.

Scripture prophesies the formation of the Church as a body separate from Israel, the chosen people.  Messianics and Christians two separate bodies, but are also ONE in Yahshua.  Let me show you how. 

   Have you heard of the “Two Witnesses” in the book of Revelation?  Popular prophecy teachers want us to believe that Moses and Elijah will return to earth in the end-times to proclaim the gospel one last time.  But this is not the case - the two witnesses are not Moses and Elijah or any two men.  When I identify the two witnesses, you’ll understand why we are now engaged in a “War on Terrorism.”

   Two Witnesses are found in many places in the Revelation.  The most specific identification of who they are is in

Rev 7: 2.  And I saw another angel ascend from the sun rising, having the seal of the living G-d: and he cried with a great voice ... 3.  saying, Hurt not the earth ... till we shall have sealed the servants of our G-d on their foreheads. 4.  And I heard the number of them that were sealed, 144,000, sealed out of every tribe of the children of Israel:

The first of the witnesses is a limited number of people from the tribes of Israel.  Remember, these tribes were scattered throughout the earth many years before this prophecy was given, but G-d knows exactly who these people are, and he has marked them as his servants.

   The second witness is found a little farther down in chapter seven verse 9ff:

Rev 7:9.  After these things I saw a great multitude, which no man could number, out of every nation and of all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb ... and they cry with a great voice, saying, Salvation unto our G-d who sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb.

This vast group of people is sealed out of every corner of the world. They are not Israelis or Jews.  Their cry is “Salvation!”  That is the cry of the true Christian!  The second witness is great host of true believers of the nations; the first witness is a chosen contingency from the tribes of Israel, which includes Jews.

   This identity of the Two Witnesses as “Jews” and Christians is further reinforced in

Rev 12:17.  And the dragon was angry with the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, that keep the commandments of G-d, and hold the testimony of Yahshua.

  The woman here is identified in Proverbs 7 as True Faith (Wisdom).  The dragon (devil)  is making war upon two of her offspring, two witnesses -- commandments-keepers, or Jews, and Yahshua-testifiers, or Christians.  Note again that in the Bible the devil makes war on two witnesses -- Jews and Christians -- commandment-keepers and Yahshua-testifiers.

  Finally, the Two Witnesses are portrayed in Revelation 7 as standing upon the earth and witnessing to the truth.  Chapter 7:7 tells us that

Rev 7:7.  when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the pit will make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them.

This beast is Apollyon, the destroyer, who arises from the area of the Euphrates river (Rev 9), which is in the very heart of the Islamic nations who harbor and supply terror throughout the world, culminating in our recent challenge to these forces.  We call this a “War on Terror.”

   So you see, Jews and Christians faithful to G-d, though they are separate ‘congregations’ under G-d, are one in the site of G-d, with a common purpose and destiny.  For a Christian to be against the Jews is impossible, because we are “one in Messiah.”  So whether we like it or not, the Two Witnesses are one, and we are at war.  Remember, the Bible says, “The beast will make war with them, and overcome and kill them.”  The identity of the beast should now be obvious to everyone.  The Beast is the religion Islam.

Islam and the Witnesses

   In the recent State of the Union address, President Bush made this remark:

"I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith. It's practiced freely by many millions of Americans and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah."

The President wants to relate to Muslims.  I’m sure that many are peaceful but in their deception.  But to say that the teachings of Islam are “good and peaceful” is a gross and obvious error.  Let me read to you exactly how “good and peaceful” Islam is from its own holy book, the Quran:

 ...Take not the Jews and Christians for friends.  They are friends one to another. He among you who takes them for friends is one of them.  (Quran Surah 5:51) ...And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter ... but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers. (Quran, Surah 2.191) ...The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off ....(Quran; Surah 5:33) ...And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they can overcome. Lo! they cannot escape ... (Quran; Surah 8:59-60a)

Do you consider these teachings to be “good and peaceful”?  There are a billion people who believe this malarkey.  And though the Islamic nations’ nominal enemies are primarily Israel and the United States, their real enemies are Jews and Christians, the Two Witnesses of the Revelation.  This is a religious war pitting the children of darkness against the children of light.  The war’s been going on for 14 centuries.

   One thing the President said about Islam is very true, that it “is practiced freely by millions of Americans.”  It is a sobering idea to think that millions of Americans believe that Jews and Christians should be “killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet cut off,” as the Quran instructs.

Faces of the Beast

 Yasser Arafat - a beast who is now await8ing judgment in Gehenna  Men like Yasser Arafat and Osama bin Laden are the faces we see when we think of Islam.  Osama bin Laden’s has become the face of evil for us.  On the other hand, Yasser Arafat is the face of  “good Islam” as the respected leader of the Palestinian Authority and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.  Arafat is the darling of the liberals in this country, who support his cause with millions of dollars. 

   Though their faces are different, what these two men and many of their followers have in common is that they take the words of the Quran literally and are career mass murderers, praying daily for the destruction of America and the annihilation of Jews and Christians, Yahweh’s Witnesses.

   The followers of these men continually accuse those who have been blessed by G-d of innumerable horrible crimes against humanity.  Why?

Someone recently said, what really arouses their enmity is not what we have done wrong but what we have done right. To them our democratic polity, and the freedoms that go with it, are as corrupting as our economic system. They want to destroy all this ... so that the way of life they believe is commanded by Allah can rise up in all its sacred purity from out of the degenerate rubble. 

The War At Home

   Attorney General Ashcroft announced this week that our government expected the Islamic terrorists to escalate holy war against this country with biological weapons.  This week State Department officials said on CNN that

"We believe there are substantial risks of terrorism still in the United States of America.  As we as a nation respond to what has happened to us, those risks may in fact go up. ...  We know that these terrorist organizations, like Al Qaeda, run by Osama bin Laden and others, have probably found the means to use biological warfare."

The agents of biological warfare are probably smallpox or anthrax.  Both of these diseases are extremely contagious, spread quickly and are deadly.  Furthermore, there is only enough vaccine for 7% of the country’s population.  The Armed Forces recently did a computer simulation based on one case of smallpox.  Their intention was to learn if they had the resources to deal with an epidemic that started with just one.  The scenario ended with 41 million infected.  That is a sobering thought, especially if you understand it as religious persecution - as war on the Two Witnesses of the Revelation.

Let Us Fight!

   I was speaking to a young man last week about this war.  This man is not like most of us, we who just let the world pass us by.  He realized that we are in a precarious and potentially deadly situation and he wanted to do something.  He said, “If I got the call to go, I’ll pack up and go.”  Some of us are not concerned about anything.  Others want to go and help win the war.  But where do we go?  How do we fight?  Who do we fight?

Who Do We Fight?

Well, we look to our Holy Book, which holds a much higher perception of what it means to be at war.

Gal 6:12.  For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual powers of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Behind every Osama bin Laden, there is a powerful, bloodthirsty demon.  Behind every Saddam Hussein there is a prince of darkness.  Empowering every terrorist nation is a vast network of powerful evil that we can only see through the foul fruit it produces.  This is where our fight is -- in the fourth dimension.  This is where we do battle -- in the spiritual realm.  It is in heavenly places where even the least of us can put a thousand to flight and a David can throw down a powerful Goliath.   Do demons exist?  Yes they do.  Vast armies of them.  Huge forces of them.  This is the enemy we fight.  But how do we fight?

2 Co 10:3.  ... We do not war by the flesh.  4.  Though our war weapons are not of the flesh, they are empowered by G-d for throwing down strongholds,  5.  for throwing down everything that is exalted against G-d, for captivating every thought in obedience of Messiah;  6. being prepared to avenge all disobedience.

There exists a great threat to our lives.  We know the enemy and the enemy is among us right now.  Shouldn’t we

Gal 6:13.  ...take up the whole armor of G-d, that we may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.

Do you believe that a tiny enclave of believers like us could pull down the entire world infrastructure of terrorism from right here in Byrneville?  I absolutely believe we can, if we put on the armor and take up the weapons that we have been offered by the Lord of Armies and be willing to invest some time and money in the battle.  This is the way to do it.  Listen to the power of warfare that the Two Witnesses are supposed to have:

Rev 11:5.  If anybody tries to hurt them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies... 6.  These can shut up the rain; they have power over waters; they can smite with every plague, as often as they desire.

This “fire” is spiritual warfare.  We command evil empires to fall by the authority of Yahweh, and G-dless Iraq and Iran are thrown down.  We command principalities to desist, and Osama and Yasar are thrown down.  We cast out a thousand demons, and a thousand terrorists are consumed.  Persecution and terrorism demands a response.  Only we who believe can respond appropriately and effectively.  We may never get any glory and we will certainly be worn down.  But if we fight, victory is assured;  triumph is guaranteed.  You wanna fight?

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