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Antisemitism Accusation, Facebook Comments, Anti-Missionary Law In Israel, Jewish-Influenced Organizations That Attack Christianity In America, Why No Public Discussion Regarding Anti-Christianity In America, Fear Of Jewish Power, American Politicians Controlled By Jews, Deceived Pro-Israel American Christians, God's Blessings Are Conditional, God's Will Is For Everyone To Accept Christ And Be Saved, God's Mercy And Blessings On Evil And Good, Judaism Is A Religion Of Fear And Death, Jesus Came To Give Us Life, Everything I Write About Regarding Jews Is Supported By Scriptures, Unbelieving Jews Condemn Themselves By Rejecting Light Of Jesus Christ, God Sends Strong Delusion When We Reject His Truth, We Must Be "In Christ Jesus" To Escape Condemnation, Jesus Is The Only Way, One Mediator And A New Blood Covenant, We Are With Him Or Against Him, God's Plan Of Salvation, Love Is The Royal Law
Recently, a certain individual on Facebook accused me of condemning the Jews, and of being antisemitic, as a result of some comments that I shared with another Facebook friend. This Facebook friend of mine -- who will remain unnamed for his own protection and peace of mind -- had recently visited Jerusalem. He informed me on my Facebook timeline that while he was there, he had "experienced the wrath of the Jewish people for preaching Christ in Jerusalem." He also mentioned the fact that it is "not lawful to speak in public about Christ" in Israel, and added that "the Ultra-Orthodox Jews vehemently oppose Christianity." Please note that my friend spoke from firsthand experience. This is not merely gossip or hearsay on my part.
For my readers who may not be familiar with it, the law which my friend was referring to is the so-called Anti-Missionary Law -- or Bill 5738-1977 as it is technically known -- which was passed by the Israeli Knesset on December 25, 1977. Based on this law, if the Israeli government chooses to enforce it, a Christian can face up to a five-year prison term if he or she endeavors to convert a Jewish person to Christianity. If there is any evidence that any form of persuasion was used, the person accused will find it even more difficult to not be found "guilty". In fact, even distributing Christian Gospel tracts will attract the ire of Orthodox Jewish authorities.
Sadly, as I explain in the series "Holy Qur'an and Islam: A Doctrine of Devils?, Jewish hostility against any Christian who dares to proselytize in the name of Christ is not limited to the state of Israel alone. As you may already realize, the United States is home to a number of Jewish-controlled groups whose primary goal seems to be to stop Christian evangelism in its tracks, and to make the USA as antichrist as Israel is. These groups include the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, the People for the American Way, and others. These organizations were either founded by Jews, are run by Jews or are funded by Jews. Under the disguise of supposedly upholding American law -- such as the grossly misinterpreted separation clause that is found in the US Bill of Rights -- they are endeavoring to slowly turn America into a secular and non-Christian nation.
I find it extremely odd that so many people -- including many American politicians and American Christians -- are so afraid of being accused of being antisemitic, yet where is the public discussion and the public outcry regarding anti-Christianity? Why are people so hesitant to openly discuss what the Jews are endeavoring to do to our Christian heritage in the United States of America? Is it possibly because they are actually afraid of the power which the Jews wield? If so, this would not be the first time. Consider the truth that is revealed in the following verses:
"Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews."
John 7:11-13, KJV
"And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus."
John 19:38, KJV
"Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you . . . And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you."
John 20:19, 26, KJV
Imagine that. Fear of the Jews. Is religion supposed to be something that we are afraid of? Isn't there something very wrong with this picture?
Insofar as many American politicians are concerned, it does not even require an answer. For years, many of them have been bullied by powerful Jewish lobby groups such as AIPAC -- the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which in reality I believe should be called the American Israel Political Action Committee -- and controlled through sneaky, indirect campaign contributions by the same -- more appropriately, "bribes" -- that they don't dare speak a single word against the Jews, or against Israel, lest their funding sources dry up. Worse yet, so many American publishing companies are controlled by the Jews, that few American politicians are willing to become the object of wrath of an irate newspaper editor, or one of their pro-Israel op-ed columnists. So, yes, these politicians do in fact fear Jewish power, and they tow the pro-Israel line.
In the case of pro-Israel American Christians who go out of their way to please the Jews by adopting Jewish customs, by observing Jewish feast days, by even using shofars in their churches, and by strongly supporting the state of Israel in its war endeavors, as I make abundantly clear in a number of my articles, it is my view that it is not so much fear which motivates them, as it is the fact that they simply have been deceived. Fear may play a part in it, being as many American Christians believe that if they do not bless Israel, or if they say a word against the Jews, God will not bless them.
Such pro-Israel American Christians continuously remind us -- not only on Facebook, but in many other areas of the Internet as well -- to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and to bless Israel. Yet, in their ignorance of the Scriptures, or perhaps because of their willful rejection of the same, they refuse to acknowledge that from beginning to end, the Bible makes it very clear that God's blessings are -- and always have been -- conditional. God's blessings are contingent upon our obedience to His Will. The simple truth of the matter is that most Jews are not obeying God's Will, and they have not done so for two thousand years. Exactly what is God's Will for the Jews? Jesus told us quite plainly when He said the following:
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 7:21, KJV
"For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother."
Mark 3:35, KJV
". . . This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."
John 6:29b, KJV
"And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."
John 6:40, KJV
That is God's highest Will for all of mankind, including for the rebellious Jews. His Will is that everyone accept Christ, so that they may inherit Everlasting Life. Thus, it is easy to conclude that to reject Jesus is to reject God's Will; and to reject God's Will for our lives is to not obey Him. If we do not obey Him, then neither should we automatically expect His blessings in our lives either. It is a simple equation to understand and follow. Now, some people may argue, "Well, how do you explain the fact that there are many people today who do not believe in Jesus, and yet they seem to be doing quite well for themselves?".
The answer to that question is simply this: God's Mercy. In other words, as I explain in a few other articles, just like a human parent, even though we can be so disobedient, and so rebellious, and so disrespectful towards Him, God's patience is such, that He gives us one opportunity after another to come to our senses, to repent of our foolish rebellion, and to make our hearts right with Him. His love is likewise such, that despite everything that we do to show Him that we do not deserve it, He still pours out His blessings upon both the evil and the good, in the hope that they will one day return to Him, or perhaps come to Him for the first time. This is exactly what Jesus teaches us in the following verse:
"That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."
Matthew 5:45, KJV
But concerning the issue of fear, just as it was two thousand years ago, the Jewish religion -- that is, Judaism, which in reality is a modern version of ancient pharisaism -- is still based on a subtle form of fear, as well as on intimidation. If you doubt that this is so, then consider that any Jew who abandons Judaism, faces rejection from his very own family. In fact, such a person is even viewed as being dead. No doubt this fear of rejection by one's family highly motivates many Jews to remain loyal to their faith. Of course, it is really not much different from other religions -- including certain strains of Christianity -- which likewise employ different fear tactics in order to maintain a strong grasp on their followers.
Furthermore, Judaism is not a religion which celebrates life. Rather, it is a religion of death, because it rejects -- and teaches its adherents to reject -- the only true Source of life -- that is, Eternal Life -- which is Jesus Christ alone. As Jesus tells us in the Gospels, He came to give us life:
"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."
John 3:16, KJV
"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."
John 4:14, KJV
"Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed . . . And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst . . . I am that bread of life . . . Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you."
John 6:27, 35, 48, 53b, KJV
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly . . . And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
John 10:10, 28, KJV
"These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
John 17:1-3, KJV
Returning to my previous narrative regarding Facebook, my friend and I exchanged a few public comments regarding his personal witnessing experiences in Jerusalem before he had to retire for the night. A few hours later, another person visited my Facebook timeline and posted the aforementioned accusation regarding my alleged antisemitism. I will now address this individual's accusation by quoting directly from the Scriptures, so that the reader can determine for himself -- or herself -- whether or not this accusation is really true. Before continuing, all I ask is that you read the following paragraphs with an open heart, and that you ask the Lord to lead you in your understanding by His Holy Spirit.
If one takes the time to carefully examine the great deal of commentary which I have written over the years in the form of articles and series, which are currently published on the Bill's Bible Basics website, many of which discuss the Jews and their Biblical history in considerable detail, it should become apparent to said person that I condemn no one. I will explain exactly what I mean by this in just a moment.
Any honest person should be able to recognize that I have not written anything concerning the Jews which Jesus did not likewise say and preach, and which His Apostles did not also say, preach and eventually write down. In similar fashion, my writings do not contradict anything that was said by the Old Testament Prophets regarding the Jews as well. The Bible has always been my primary source of information concerning the Jews, although I consult other extra-biblical sources as well when I require additional information regarding topics which are discussed in my articles.
While the visitor to my Facebook timeline posted a comment in which he accused me of condemning and accusing the Jews, just because I agreed with my friend that they are very difficult to reach due to the antichrist spirit which they entertain, the truth of the matter is that the Jews -- whether they are within Israel or without -- condemn themselves by knowingly rejecting the Light of Jesus Christ. They don't need any help from me to do that. As many Christians who are knowledgeable of New Testament teachings will already know, this isn't just some strange, new doctrine which I invented myself. It is in fact what Jesus Himself teaches us in the Gospel of John, as we can determine by the verses which follow:
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."
John 3:19-21, KJV
There should be no misunderstanding regarding what Jesus is saying in the previous verses. When we reject the Light of the world -- Jesus Christ -- we condemn ourselves. Whether we are Jew or Gentile, it doesn't matter. The end result is still the same. That is, we condemn ourselves. It is both historically and Biblically accurate to say that the vast majority of the Jews have rejected, and continue to reject, the Light of Jesus Christ; in spite of the fact that God has extended His Mercy to them for about two thousand years now. Therefore, they condemn themselves. To reiterate, they do not need me, or anyone else, to do that for them. I am reminded again of the following verse that was spoken by the Prophet Jonah as he found himself in a very desperate situation inside of a great fish:
"They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy."
Jonah 2:8, KJV
In fact, in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, we also discover that the Lord will purposely send us strong delusion when we knowingly, and purposely, choose to reject the Truth of His holy Word. Consider the following verse:
"I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not."
Isaiah 66:4, KJV
So exactly how do we escape this condemnation? The answer is really simple. All we have to do is look at Jesus' words that are found in John chapter three in reverse. In other words, we need to simply accept the Light of Jesus Christ. If we choose to accept the Light, there is no condemnation. If we reject the Light, then we are under condemnation. You may find it interesting to know that the Apostle Paul basically stated the very same thing in the following verse. Consider:
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."
Romans 8:1, KJV
Please notice very carefully what Paul is saying there. There is a very specific condition that we must all -- both Jew and Gentile alike -- meet, if we want to avoid condemnation. That condition is that we are "in Christ Jesus". In other words, we must all embrace Christ as our Lord, and the only Savior of the world. We all must be washed in the precious Blood of the Lamb of God without exception. Otherwise, we continue to remain unclean in God's sight, and dead in our sins as well. There is no forgiveness; there is no reprieve of our death sentence; and there is absolutely no Salvation to be found outside of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. He is the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life. There is no other way, and there is no other plan, but God's Plan. Please consider the following sample verses which verify all of these points:
"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, KJV
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Acts 4:12, KJV
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;"
1 Timothy 2:5, KJV
"But now hath he [Jesus] obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises."
Hebrews 8:6, KJV
"And for this cause he [Jesus] is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance."
Hebrews 9:15, KJV
"And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel."
Hebrews 12:24, KJV
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
Isaiah 1:18, KJV
"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
Matthew 26:26-28, KJV
"And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many."
Mark 14:22-24, KJV
"And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you."
Luke 22:14-20, KJV
"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."
Ephesians 2:13, KJV
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;"
Hebrews 10:19-20, KJV
"Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate . . . Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."
Hebrews 13:12, 20-21, KJV
"Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied."
1 Peter 1:2, KJV
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
1 John 1:7, KJV
"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,"
Revelation 1:5, KJV
"And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
Revelation 7:14, KJV
To reiterate, this is what it really means to be "in Christ Jesus". It is to be washed, cleansed and sanctified by the precious Blood of the Lamb, so that we are made righteous, and thus become acceptable to God. We are either in Christ, or else we are out, and there is no middle ground. As Jesus Himself warns us in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke:
"He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad."
Matthew 12:30, KJV
"He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth."
Luke 11:23, KJV
As I explained earlier, the vast majority of Jews are most certainly not "in Christ Jesus". Therefore, as the previous verses clearly state, they are not with Christ, they are in fact against Him. Furthermore, as a result of their stubborn rebellion against Christ, they condemn themselves by their own free will and personal choice. As such, no one -- not the aforementioned Facebook visitor, or anyone else for that matter -- can accuse me of doing what they have already done to themselves.
This same Facebook visitor also seemed to imply that because I am willing to speak openly, honestly and forthrightly about the antichrist nature of the Jews, that I must therefore not understand that God loves the Jewish people, and that He also desires to save them, just as He likewise loves Gentiles and wants to save them as well. In fact, he even inferred that I am yielded to the enemy, by which I assume he means Satan. He also made the statement that we are only to love one another, and to share the Good News.
While his comments were very brief -- being only five short sentences in all -- nevertheless, I found them to be rather revealing in several regards. What surprised me the most is his erroneous assumption that he knows so much about me, my doctrines and what I teach. The fact that this person even stated what he did, suggests to me that he has not read very many of my articles, if any at all. If he had read them, then he would know that I do understand God's Plan of Salvation; that I recognize that He is no respecter of persons; and that His Love and Salvation is meant for all men, including for the Jews. In fact, some of these key concepts are discussed in such articles as "Is the Message of Salvation Meant for All Men?", "All Are Given a Chance, But . . ." and "Message to the World", to name a few.
We can all agree that love is a very integral part of our Christian faith. Both Jesus and the Apostles admonished us to practice love amongst ourselves. Jesus even went so far as to say that people would recognize us as His Disciples by the love that we have for each other. He taught us that love is the great commandment which encapsulates all of the other commandments. As I explain in the article called "The Royal Law : Thou Shalt Love!", James even refers to love as the Royal Law. The Apostle Paul informs us that charity, or love, is the greatest of these. The Apostle Peter counsels us that love covers the multitude of sins. The Apostle John informs us that all of these things are so, because God is love. Consider these verses:
"Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Matthew 22:36-40, KJV
"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
John 13:35, KJV
"Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."
Romans 13:10, KJV
"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."
1 Corinthians 13:13, KJV
"If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:"
James 2:8, KJV
"And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins."
1 Peter 4:8, KJV
"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."
1 John 4:8, KJV
So again, it is evident that we are to love one another. My problem with what this individual stated is that he seems to embrace a very narrow definition of what love is, as well as how love should be expressed. He appears to believe that if something does not seem to be loving on the surface, then it must not be love. But is this what God's Word really teaches us? How do we determine what is motivated by love or what is truly said and done in love? What criteria do we use?
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