Is God a Racist? Part 1
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Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
August 19, 1997

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009


Or . . . Do Jews Have An Advantage Over Christians?




In a recent communication with a friend of mine, he
mentioned the atrocities committed against the Jews during
World War II by Adolf Hitler, what is commonly referred to
as The Holocaust. Whether or not six million victims is an
accurate figure has been a subject of debate for many years;
but regardless, this was indeed a tragic event; a blemish on
the conscience of humankind; and the wholesale slaughter of
innocent men, women and children should not be condoned by
anyone for any reason, whether it was fifty years ago, or
today.

However, what caught my attention was my friend's usage of
the term 'God's Jewish children,' and his later comment that
he hoped that God would be merciful in His impending
judgments against America due to her long close friendship
with and support of the state of Israel.

The above comments reminded me of a popular belief which is
apparently embraced by quite a number of American
Christians, and that is, that in spite of their rejection of
Jesus Christ, the Son Of God, Israel still holds some
special place in God's heart, and the Jews are still His
chosen people. While the rest of the Gentile world is lost
in sin and in need of a Saviour, this belief seems to say
that the Jewish nation, in spite of the fact that they are
the ones who killed their very Saviour, have been exonerated
of all guilt because of their special status with the Lord.
In short, it sounds as if God is a racist and is partial in
His judgments of the world. So, what is the truth to this
matter?

As I have stated before, whenever we are faced with a
question to which we do not know the answer, instead of
trying to figure it out in our own minds with our own carnal
wisdom, we need to go directly to the Word of God, and not
just rely upon hearsay or the opinions of others. Even with
my writings, I encourage my readers to scrutinize them and
compare what I say with the Scriptures. Of course, knowing
that some of you do not have the motivation to pull out your
Bibles and check for yourselves, I try to include as much
scriptural support for my views as I can.

In answering the above question, the first thing I would
like to point out is that if one reads the Old Testament
closely, he or she will indeed see that God did in fact
choose the Jewish nation to fulfill His purposes, the
ultimate of which was to bring the Saviour into the world.
Putting it plain and simple, Jesus was born of Jewish stock.
As Jesus Himself said to the Samarian woman at the well:

"Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for
salvation is of the Jews." (John 4:22)

This could be understood in two ways. First, is the fact
that Jesus was Jewish after the flesh, and salvation would
proceed from His death on the cross. Second, it was through
the first chosen disciples, who were Jews, that the gospel
of salvation would eventually be spread to the known world
of that day and slowly trickle down to us 2,000 years later.
So in essence, salvation is of, or has proceeded from, the
Jews.

But getting back to the main point here, one detail which
some people tend to overlook is that the Lord's relationship
with the Hebrews/Jews in the Old Testament was CONDITIONAL.
From the time He chose Abraham, to the time He freed the
Hebrew children from Egyptian bondage, clear up to the end
of the Old Testament, dozens of times the Lord would say
such things as the following:

"But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and
I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye
in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be
well unto you." (Jeremiah 7:23)

The Lord made it very clear to the patriarchal Jews what was
required of them if they expected to be called the people of
God and partake of the Lord's blessings and protection. As I
make it very clear in my article 'The Children of God And
Politics,' time after time after time, the Old Testament
Jews, because of their own hard-heartedness and stubborn
ways, rebelled against the Lord. While some modern-day
Christians point to the Jews as historically being God's
chosen people, they fail dismally when it comes to looking
at the whole picture. The Old Testament is a continuous
history of invasion and chastisement with small periods of
obedience to the Lord sandwiched in between. As the prophet
Jonah said in his moment of desperation:

"They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy."
(Jonah 2:8)

The Lord wanted to bless and prosper the Old Testament Jews,
but through their own insistence in wanting to do things
their own way, following after strange gods, setting up
their own earthly ruler instead of following the Lord as
their sovereign King, etc., they forsook the mercy of the
Lord and opened themselves up to attack from their enemies.
Even at the time of Christ's birth they were again under
foreign occupation and domination because of their sins.
When a person or nation rejects God's mercy through
obedience to His word, they become targets for Satan's
wrath, and many times this wrath is expressed through the
earthly rulers and powers which he controls.

The Lord sent prophet after prophet to warn the Jews of
their wicked ways all the way up to the 'period of silence'
some 300-400 years before the birth of Christ. As I point
out in 'Revelation's Babylon The Great,' most of these
prophets were ridiculed, persecuted and slain by those they
were sent to warn...their very own people, the Jews...and in
particular, the Jewish spiritual hierarchy.

By the time of Christ's arrival on Earth, the Jewish
spiritual elders had a very smug self-righteous religion
based on keeping the law and oral tradition...but with very
little of the true spirit of God. They had their people in
bondage to keeping the law, and any new word from the Lord
via His prophets had been shunned upon for several hundred
years. In fact, it was punishable by excommunication from
the temple.

Based on the above, is it any wonder then that when John the
Baptist and Jesus came preaching against their religion of
self-righteous works that they were immediately rejected?
John was beheaded by Herod at Salome's insistence, and Jesus
was ultimately crucified by the Romans at the behest of the
Scribes and Pharisees.

At this point, it is important to differeniate between those
who were the spiritual rulers of Israel, and the common
people, many of which received Jesus's words gladly. As it
says in part in Mark 12:37:

"...And the common people heard him gladly."

Many people, particularly Christians, are familiar with the
verse John 1:12 which states:

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to
become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his
name:"

This verse is of course referring to those who accept Jesus
as their only Lord and Saviour. However, they neglect to
read the verses which come both before and after this verse.
Verse 13 goes on to say:

"Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

This is the first instance in the Gospel of John where we
are told of the necessity of being born again spiritually.
Jesus expanded further on this in John chapter 3 where in
verses 5 through 8 He said to Nicodemus:

"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a
man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into
the kingdom of God."

"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is
born of the Spirit is spirit."

"Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."

"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the
sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and
whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the
Spirit."

The Apostle Paul also shed some light on this important
issue in his epistle to the Romans when he said:

"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is
that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:" (Romans
2:28)

"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." (Romans 2:29)

The above verses are but a few examples which show that the
true Israel of God, the true Jews, are not those who are
born Jewish after the flesh, but rather those people who are
born of the spirit through their acceptance of Jesus Christ
as their Lord and Saviour. The true Israel of God, His true
Church, is a worldwide body of believers who are not bound
to the little physical country of Israel or to the Jewish
religion. For a further expansion on this topic, please
refer to some of my other articles which deal with the
spiritual nature of God's true church.

And what of the flesh Jews, those who some claim still have
a special link and relationship with God? For starters,
consider the little-quoted verse which comes right before
John 1:12:

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

The Jewish rulers rejected Jesus, and that is why He took
His message of love and salvation to the poor and
down-trodden, to those who still had open hearts to hear the
truth when it came to them. Through His death on the cross,
Jesus made salvation freely available to ALL men of all
nations. Consider His following words:

"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL men
unto me." (John 12:32)

As can be seen, salvation through Jesus Christ is not a
white man's thing. It is not a religion created just for the
Western world. Through Jesus' death on the cross, God is
extending His love and mercy to ALL men everywhere, but as
the prophet Jonah said, we are the ones who must make the
conscious choice to accept God's mercy through His Son
Jesus.

The Jewish people not only rejected that mercy, but like the
Pharoah of ancient Egypt, they brought the curse of God upon
themselves through their own mouths when they said:

"Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us,
and on our children." (Matthew 27:25)

Notice that it doesn't just say the Scribes and Pharisees
shouted this, but it says ALL the people. It appears that
those who were proclaiming Him King and Saviour one week,
were the next crying out for His blood. Consequently, Jesus
had nothing good to say about them. Consider the following
verses:

"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." (John 8:44)

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye
compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is
made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than
yourselves." (Matthew 23:15)

"I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou
art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they
are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
(Revelation 2:9)

"Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which
say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will
make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know
that I have loved thee." (Revelation 3:9)

The above verses are indeed strong, but nevertheless, they
speak a truth which must be heard. This strange relationship
between American Christians and the Jewish state is a farce.
How can anyone who really knows the Scriptures accept this
as anything but blasphemy and a mockery of our Lord and
Saviour? As the above verses make so clear, those who claim
to be true Jews are in fact the very children of hell!

Jesus Himself prophesied that the Kingdom of God would be
taken from them and given to the Gentiles as a result of
their unbelieving hearts:

"And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and
west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob,
in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 8:11)

"But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into
outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of
teeth." (Matthew 8:12)

How can this possibly be? It is very simple, just as we
modern-day Christians look BACK in faith to Jesus's death on
the cross, as the famous chapter of Hebrews 11 says, all of
the Old Testament patriarchs looked FORWARD in faith to
Jesus' birth, life and death on the cross for the atonement
of their sins, and their ultimate reward in the Heavenly
City. But sadly, beginning in their own lifetimes, their own
families and descendants, those who were destined to be 'the
children of the Kingdom,' the flesh Jews, began to go astray
and follow after other gods...which they continue to do to
this very day. (Please refer to some of my other articles
for further details on these topics.)

This is why Jesus said the 'children of the kingdom' would
be cast out. Those who claim to be 'the children of the
kingdom' and chosen nation of God are in fact no such thing.
How can they be when they have rejected the One sent to save
them? And it is because they rejected their Saviour, Yeshua,
that they continue to wait for another one. Orthodox Jews
are convinced that this saviour, when he arrives, will bring
them military victories and will be responsible for the
final reconstruction of Solomon's Temple which was destroyed
by the Romans in 70 A.D. Consider the recent news story of a
red heifer calf being born in Israel. In the Jewish
historical and religious sense, this is seen as a very
important development and a sign from God. Within a few
short years, we may witness the culmination of some key
Endtime prophetic events!

In Paul's second epistle to the Thessalonians, we read the
following sobering verses:

"...because they received not the love of the truth, that
they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians 2:10).

"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie:" (2 Thessalonians 2:11).

If you read additional verses in this chapter, you will see
that it is dealing with the rise of the Antichrist who will
sit in the temple of God (at Jerusalem), claiming that he is
in fact God. Because of their rejection of the true Saviour,
the Jewish nation will soon commit its greatest error yet,
when it proclaims to the world, the arrival of its saviour,
one who will in fact be from the very bowels of hell! For
further details on this topic, please refer to my other
Endtime articles such as 'Moshiach.'

While this paper may carry a very negative tone for some, it
should be recognized that it is scripturally sound. The
evidence is there for anyone who really wants to know the
truth. Through their own conscious choice and rejection of
the Saviour, the majority of the Jewish people have
forfeited their rights as the chosen people of God, and
those rights have been transferred to a spiritual church and
nation, whose builder and founder is Jesus Christ Himself.
Consider what the Apostle Paul says to the Corinthians:

"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. (2 Corinthians 6:16)

In the book of the prophet Zechariah, speaking of the
Endtime, we find the following obscure verse:

"And MANY NATIONS shall be joined to the LORD in that day,
and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of
thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent
me unto thee." (Zechariah 2:11)

In the above verse, we have not just one nation, (Israel),
but many nations which will belong to the Lord. This is a
true picture of the righteousness and mercy of God. All men
and nations everywhere who accept Jesus will be a part of
God's kingdom...and not just the nation of Israel.

But this is not the end of the story, for as the prophet
Jeremiah said many times, God is married to His rebellious
and backsliding wife, meaning the nation of Israel:

"Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say,
Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will
not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful,
saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever."
(Jeremiah 3:12)

"Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am
married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two
of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:" (Jeremiah 3:14)

"Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your
backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the
LORD our God." (Jeremiah 3:22)

"Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a
perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to
return." (Jeremiah 8:5)

"I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for
mine anger is turned away from him." (Hosea 14:4)

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In spite of the Lord's many pleadings to Israel through His
prophets, one of the final verses in the Old Testament which
exemplifies Israel's reaction to the Lord's many pleadings
reads:

"But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder,
and stopped their ears, that they should not hear."
(Zechariah 7:11)

However, it should be noted that there are indications in
both the Old and New Testaments that ultimately, in spite of
her current wayward condition, even the nation of Israel
will finally be redeemed...but this will not occur until the
Lord has utterly broken and humbled her through war and
invasion, something we should look forward to, possibly
sometime in the near future. For as Jesus Himself
prophesied:

"Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I
say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when
ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the
Lord." (Luke 13:35)

It will only be after utter military defeat and severe
suffering, that the pride of Israel will finally be broken,
and she will be willing to admit the error of her ways and
confess that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God and
Saviour of the world...her very own Saviour Whom she has
long denied and rejected. In the meantime, we should be
thankful that a small portion of Jews, such as the Jews For
Jesus, and the Messianic Jews, in spite of harsh criticism
from their Jewish brethren, have begun to accept
Jesus/Yeshua, as their Lord and Saviour.

In conclusion, we are all in the same boat regardless of our
national origin. God does not play favorites. In His eyes,
we are all sinners in need of a Saviour. In the final
analysis, all that really counts to Him is whether or not we
have accepted and believe in the sacrifice of His Son on the
cross...for He died for ALL men, including the flesh Jews.
As the Apostle Paul said:

"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall NO flesh be
justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of
sin." (Romans 3:20)


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