My Savior Was Not A Jew!
Part 3 of 8
by Lt. Col. Gordon "Jack" Mohr, A.U.S. Ret.
A critical look at the historical Christ,
free of Jewish distort!
". . . I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan." - Rev. 2:9
". . . They (Jews) shall build up, and I (God) shall throw down: and they (true Israel) shall call them (Jews), The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the Lord hath indignation forever . . ." - Malachi 1:4
CHRIST DID COME TO EARTH! Secular history proves this! It was such an outstanding event, and so great, that we mark time from the beginning of that era.
In spite of the efforts by many liberal churchmen, including many Jews, to prove that Christ never lived; this event has more historical evidence than any event known to man and will stand up in any court of law.
Several years ago, I came in contact with blasphemous material put out by a Jewish organization in Washington State, called the ABELARD-REUCHLIN FOUNDATION. Theirs is part of a Jewish mis-information campaign, of which the Jews are "past masters," for the benefit of the stupid "goyim." but a close look at the shoddiness of their research and the contempt they reveal for all Christians, can be clearly seen.
One of the puzzling aspects of dealing with Jews, is that they think like an Oriental, rather than an Aryan. So they attempt to perpetrate hoaxes, which no Aryan mind would ever attempt, since they believe their intelligence is far superior to ours, which they consider to be on the animal level.
The name Abelard-Reuchlm is a pseudonym used by the author of this spurious material, which I am sure the Jews view as master piece of deception.
It is based on the assumption that the New Testament was a plot against the Jews, perpetrated by a Roman nobleman named C. Calpurnius Piso, in order to discredit the Jews in the eyes of the Emperor.
Yet anyone with even a superficial knowledge of Roman history, knows that the conspiracy to overthrow the Roman tyrant Nero was led by this same Calpurnius Piso, a scion of one of Rome's most prominent families. Nero was a favorite of the Jews, because he had murdered his Roman wife, so he could marry the Jewess Poppaea Sabrina. Under her influence, Nero always bowed to the wishes of the Jewish Sanhedrin, and it was under this influence that he instituted the persecution of Christians which murdered hundreds of thousands of them. When a swarm of "early Jewish Bolsheviks" attempted to burn Rome, Poppaea convinced her husband that the Christians were to blame, and they were hounded to their death, while the Jewish culprits went free. (Sound familiar?)
The fairy story presented by Abelard-Reuchlm as historical, is that under Nero, the Romans were about to recognize the Jewish God and publicly announce that they were the "chosen people," picked by God to rule the world.
Calpurnius Piso, who was a "wicked goyim", (a Nazi really), conspired with the Christians against God to keep the Empire out of Jewish control. When he failed, his vile son carried out his dastardly work, by writing the New Testament and the works of the Jewish historian Josephus, in order to slander the Jews. (Who we all know are "God's Chosen People?)
This story is set forth in an elaborate pseudo-historical argument. It is so preposterous, it is not even humorous. Reuchlm intends us to believe that the historical Calpurnius Piso had a son named Anus, who wrote the New Testament.
Anyone willing to spend a few minutes in a respectable library, could inform Rabbi Reuchlm, that the Romans had a very limited number of given names. He could have found a complete list of these names in one of the score or more reference books. The great families of the Roman aristocracy limited themselves to a very small range of given names. The reference index of BROUGHTON'S MAGISTRATES OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC, would have shown that the Calpurni family used only five given names for their sons - GAIUS, GADEUS, LUCIUS, MARCUS and QUINTUS. There was never a son, or any member of this family named ARIUS, as Reuchlm contends!
If you were to try and fool some stupid American by inventing a son for George Washington, you would probably call him George, Jr., but you certainly would not have called him IGOR WASHINGTON, or TEXAS WASHINGTON, or SITTING BULL WASHINGTON. This is what the Jew Reuchlm attempted to do.
This is but one of the many attempts by the Jews against our Lord and Savior. Yet they often call Him a "Jew" with one breath, and an "illegitimate bastard," with the next, and our brainwashed pastors meekly accept it. No wonder we are in trouble!
Reuchlm compounded his stupidity by stating that all the great characters of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Silas, Barnabas, etc., were sons of Calpurnius Piso.
I can't for the life of me understand how educated, intelligent Christian leaders can be hoodwinked by the Jews, into a complete distortion of Christian history. When they see the open threats in Jewish writings, and the acknowledged hatred of Jews for everything they stand for as Christians, how is it possible for any Christian today to betray Christ, by catering to Jewish pride, arrogance and duplicity? Yet such is the power of Jewish "brainwashing" in Christian circles, that good, "born from above" men and women have been tricked into libeling the might and power of YAHWEH GOD, by maintaining that He belonged to one certain race, when for all honest purposes the Jews cannot even be classified as a race. (They are probably more "mixed up," both physically and mentally, than any other group of humans in existence.)
Yet such is the perversity of members of my race, the White race, and true Israelites to boot, that they declare that God must be White. God has no color. The Bible tells us He is a Spirit, therefore He cannot come from any race and thank God for that.
Jesus Christ, His Son, is a Unique Being too far above those who would destroy Him, to be brought down completely to earth, and though we know He was the Son of man, He told us so Himself, we also KNOW He is the exalted Son of the Most High. He, Jesus the Christ, is GOD IN THE FLESH! for "In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD WAS GOD!" (John 1:1). This seems mighty plain to me!
There were three things the first century church did - just as many of us would probably do today - in order to give expression to their new religion.1) Although the majority of the converts were not Jews, in spite of all the teachings of our modern Judeo-Christian churches to the contrary (they were Israelites), yet they came from a Jewish religious tradition. So it was natural for them to expect the coming Messiah to be a powerful, earthly king who would deliver them from the power of the hated Romans. This is what they had been taught by the Rabbis.Christians have no need of a MESSIAH, in the Jewish sense. Let the Jews get what comfort they can from this distorted doctrine. Christians do not need a Super-Jew to lead us into God's Kingdom!
2) These early Christians looked back to Hebrew, not Jewish prophesies. For the prophesies of the Old Testament are all Hebrew in context. Not a one is Jewish! They looked back to the old Hebrews, just as Americans, or Greeks, or Italians, might look back to their ancient history.
3) They placed in the record of those times, two conflicting genealogies, that of Matthew and Luke. (Check them out for yourself and see what I mean.) This does not mean that either is incorrect.
We have Christ, the Son of the Living God, as Peter called Him, we need no earthly leader!
Many Christians today, if they were to submit their thoughts to close examination, would be found to be as much Judaized, or maybe even more so, than Christianized! Some like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, even go so far as to proudly claim this aberration and call themselves Christian Zionists or Christian Jews! There can be no such "animal"; it is a physical and spiritual impossibility, for they are headed in different directions. It is as impossible for you to be a Christian Zionist, as it is for you to be "wet-dry" or "hot-cold." You can only be one or the other, for as the Master said: "A man CANNOT serve two masters," (Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:13.)
Our people become confused when they hear their pastor's tell them they are "heir to promises made to Jews," for God made NO promises to the Jews, except those of the nature found in Malachi 1:2-4 "Whereas Edom (Jewry) saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places (this is what they are doing in Palestine today); thus saith the Lord of Hosts, They (the Edomite Jews) shall build, and I will throw down; and they (true Israel) shall call them (the Edomite Jews), The border of wickedness and The people against whom the Lord hath indignation forever." (I challenge you to compare this Scripture with the king's promise in Luke 19:27.)
Today, the false Jew, the one's our risen King spoke about in Rev. 2:9; 3:9, when He referred to "Those which say they are Jews, and are not; but are of the SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN." These "false Jews" come to the Christian world shouting: "We are the heirs to God's promise to Abraham and the Patriarch's. The world is ours by right of inheritance." And stupid Christians accept this, even though their leaders know full well that 90% of those who call themselves Jews, have no racial connection to Abraham, but are of Turco-Mongolian stock.
These Christians, led by false teachers such as Falwell, Robertson and Graham, claim relationship with the Jewish god JAHVEH, and claim this heathen deity of a race alien to Christ, to be His Father. What can be more blasphemous? Yet they clothe themselves in the garments of Christianity and lead countless millions of unsuspecting "sheep" into accepting a heathen anti-God belief which is destroying them!
By doing this, they put Christ to shame, as they yield to fables which make His Gospel of Jewish origin, although He always rejected the Dogma of Judaism. Anyone who goes so far as to call himself a "Zionist CHRISTIAN," has no right to call himself a "Christian." Is it any wonder that Judeo-Christianity is destroying the Church of Jesus Christ today?
PROPHECY AND PROPHESYING!
One of the commonest errors made by modern Bible scholars is to interpret the words "prophet" and "prophesy," to mean the verb, "to prophesy." Even some of our English dictionaries mislead us here, for they connect these words with the office of "foretelling the future," and make this its primary meaning, when usually it is secondary.
Any pastor can be a "prophet" in the primary sense, which means "an anointed person," such as an "ordained preacher." This is its meaning in 162 out of the 165 times it is used in the Old Testament. The word "prophet," in Jeremiah 29:26, 27, means "to sing or speak by inspiration." In Micah 2:4, it means practically the same thing. In all other (162) instances, it means "ordained, or anointed to speak for God." There is nothing here which speaks about foretelling the future, although we know from a study of the Word, that God gave this gift to certain men He had picked for this purpose. (Daniel was one of the most outstanding examples.)
But our Israel people, (which includes the vast majority of those who today call themselves Christian) love mysteries. That is why they spend hundreds of hours trying to decipher the mysteries of Revelation, or the Great Pyramid of Egypt, but often spend little time, studying how God wants us to live today.
Of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; Mark is probably the oldest, dating around 65 AD.
By the time Peter and Paul wrote their Epistles, thousands of Christians had become martyrs, as the Roman authorities, under egging from the Jews, slaughtered them. The book of Acts is full of this Jewish persecution and history proves that the wife of Nero, a Jewess named Poppaea, was responsible for thousands of Christian deaths.
It is interesting to note that only Matthew and Luke list the genealogies of Christ, neither Mark or John mention them. But the disagreements in these genealogies does not effect Christ, or His mission, or the Christian world, although opponents of Christianity always point to them to disparage the Scriptures.
The testimony as to the physical existence of Jesus is not limited to the New Testament, or to the witness of the church fathers. You can find this for yourself, by going to any good library and consulting the following authorities:1) Flavius Josephus, a Latinized Jew, who became Governor of Galilee and who is best known as a Jewish historian living from 55 to 120 AD.The testimony of these men bears even more weight, since they were hostile to Christianity and termed it a "pestilence which is sweeping away our native Grecco-Roman religion." Naturally they were disturbed! But they still testify to the truth that Jesus Christ existed in the flesh. Something some modern Bible scholars are trying to refute.
2) Tactitus, a Roman historian living from 122 - ? AD.
3) Pliny the younger, a Roman historian of note 62-113 AD.
4) Sultanius, a Roman historian, 70-140 AD.
5) Lucian, a Greek essayist who lived around the middle to the 2nd Century AD.
Among more modern writers, we have such well known men as Thomas Carlyle, who wrote: "Jesus of Nazareth is our divi nest symbol; higher has human thought not reached."
J. J. Rousseau said: "For men to invent such a sublime character would make the inventors more wonderful than the Being they portray."
Gothe said: "I esteem the Gospels to be thoroughly genuine, for there shines forth from them a reflected splendor of sublimity which proceeds from the person of Christ."
Fiche said: "There is no man of sense, who will not bow before this astonishing phenomenon."
NAPOLEON I said: "Jesus Christ was not a man; there is between Him and all others the distance of infinity."
There are many other quotations from the writings of great men, which attest to the power and divinity of Christ, and that He did physically exist!
THE MISSION BEGINS!
We know little of Christ's early life, except for some rare books which are not particularly reliable historically. We know that His primary mission was to the "lost sheep of the House of Israel," for He told us this Himself in Matthew 15:24. His mission did not begin until He reached maturity at the age of thirty.
He appeared suddenly out of nowhere, on the banks of the Jordan River, seeking baptism at the hands of John the Baptist, (Matt. 3:13-18; Mark 1:9-11; John 1:29-34.)
It was fitting that John, the "wild man from the desert," a cousin of Jesus and an unordained priest of Almighty God, who acknowledged no earthly authority, would be the first to recognize His divinity and then baptize Him.
The universal power of Christ was seen in many ways other than through his miracles. He spoke to men, saying: "Follow Me!" and they dropped what they were doing to obey. His authority was so compelling, that even His adversaries said: "No man ever spoke as He."
He taught His own doctrines, which made up a New Covenant with His Israel people (not the Jews). He did this without referring to Moses. As far as the written record is concerned, we see no place where He mentioned the Jewish deity ELOHIM, ADONAE or JAHVEH! Yet there are those today, within the Christian world, who say His religion is nothing but a continuation of the heathen religion of the Jews. We can see this, as He speaks to the Pharisees in Matthew 23:15, accusing them of going over sea and land to make one proselyte (convert) "and when he is made, ye (Pharisees) make him two-fold more a child of hell than yourselves. (Compare with John 8:44).
Jesus was not afraid to flout the authority of Moses, when He told the Pharisees who asked for a sign that a "greater than Jonas and Solomon is here," (Matt. 12:41, 42.)
If He had been only a mere man and had made these statements. If he had been only a teacher of righteousness, as modern theologians would have us believe, the Jews would have stoned Him to death.
Some will say, "But the scribes and Pharisees questioned His authority." Yes, and so did Satan. That was their evil business and our Savior repudiated them on every occasion. The real significance was that the scribes and Pharisees, and even Satan, appealed to tradition and over and over again they said: "It is written!" or as Satan asked the Master during His wilderness trial: "Is it not written?" and over and over again we hear our Lord reply: "In vain do ye worship Me (God), teaching for doctrines the traditions of men," (Matthew 15:9).
Christ's mentality, as shown in the Gospels, stands in vivid contrast to the static-mindedness and backward-looking type of mind exhibited by the Pharisees. These distinctions alone, should set Him apart from the Jews, who still follow this Talmudic-Pharisee religion. It is utterly irrational to believe that Jesus the Christ, evolved His religion from a people who were as "hide-bound," as the Pharisees, both in their concept of morality, ethics, deity and humanity, and in their relations with each other and with those they call "goyim," Yiddish for "non-Jew animal.")
Even without the support of history, there is a difference in Jesus that lifted Him immeasurably above the Jewish concept: "Thus it is written!"
No doubt, to disciples such as Thomas, Christ was a perpetual puzzle. They followed Him because of His compelling influence. For His disciples, like all those who had fallen under the influence of Judaism, were looking for a physical Savior who would deliver them from the oppression of Rome. Other pretenders had come before, only to expire on Roman crosses.
But here we find a man, endowed with super-human power, (they had seen it in His acts of healing, and as He cast out demons; as He fed the multitudes on a few loaves of bread and a few fishes; as He rebuked the storm on Galilee and the tumultuous waves stilled). But He was not interested in statecraft, or politics, or military leadership, nor of religious institutions as He found them. He could have been crowned king. That was what the multitude wanted on Palm Sunday as He rode into Jerusalem on that colt. Remember how the adoring crowd shouted: "Hosanna to the Son of David?" (Matt. 21:9) and when some asked: "Who is He?" they received the sarcastic answer from the religious and political leaders of Jewry: "Jesus the prophet of Nazareth. Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?"
The Son of God came to fight sin. The Apostle John who was one of the closest of His disciples, much later, defined sin in 1 John 3:4, when he correctly stated: "Sin is transgression (breaking) of the law." Then in vs 8, he stated Christ's purpose in coming to earth: "...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested (made known) that He might destroy the works of evil." If this is true, and we know it is, then why should anyone who goes by the name of Christian, support those who always promote evil?
Christ came to set the captive free from the chains of sin and it's penalty - death I The old law said: "The soul that sinneth, it shall die!" (Ezekiel 18:43). Christ came to dethrone sin in the human heart and the Jewish leaders opposed Him!
He went into their synagogues (which were community meeting places) and spoke as was His right. It was when He went to the synagogue in His home town of Nazareth, that He announced His mission and His chosen text from Isaiah 61:1 - "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." (Luke 4:18,19).
So the Jewish leaders sought to kill Him! Why? Because He was in no sense the militant Messiah they wanted, and besides this, they said: "Is this not the son of Joseph, the carpenter from Galilee?"
According to Josephus, the Galileans were a hot-headed lot who did not stop at half-way measures. (Simon Peter was a good example!) But simple as they were, they needed a miracle to stun their faculties into a receptive mood. So when they saw Jesus feed the multitude with a few fishes and loaves of bread, they were willing to follow Him, not as Savior, but as the long awaited Messiah. Surely, a man who could multiply bread and fish, and who could command the wind and waves, could call fire down from heaven to consume their adversaries!
When He attempted to help mankind from the goodness of His heart, it brought Him publicity He did not crave, and the more He told the recipients to be quiet about it, the more they spread His fame. They were more interested in what He could do for them physically, than in His message of freedom from the effects of sin. He deplored and often reproved their "looking for a sign," for some "trick," or "miracle," that would prove who He was. Many men and women still look for that same sign today. This is especially prevalent among our Charismatic Christians who often rely more on "signs", than on what the Word of God teaches. They often teach "giving to the Lord, not because you love Him, but for what you will get in return." Most of the TV evangelists teach this false concept.
Jesus sought to break with Jewish tradition in order to identify Himself with the spiritual world which He came to reveal. His message was for the future, in spite of what the Preterist teach. He stood alone, on His own ground, as the only begotten Son of God, who was also the Son of man. He did not need Jewish fables to sanction His message to mankind.
It is always the self-evident things which are the hardest to prove. Christ's teachings were too simple to be understood by the religious leaders of His day. Today, they are called "over simplification." The Apostle Paul, in Romans 1:22, speaks about those who "Professing themselves to be wise, became fools." Then later in 2 Timothy 3:7, he enlarges on this by stating that there are some men who are "Ever learning, and never able to come to the understanding of the truth." These are those who are "educated idiots," with strings of degrees behind their name, who refuse to accept truth. In 2 Corinthians 11:3, Paul expresses concern when he said: "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety (trickery), so your minds should corrupted from the SIMPLICITY that is Christ."
WHAT DID CHRIST SAY ABOUT HIS MESSIAHSHIP?
There is no record that I know of, except for one test of a rather questionable witness, that Christ ever claimed to the Jewish Messiah. This Scriptural criteria for authenticity rests on the testimony of two or more witness.
Over against this rather dubious incident, which has no "second witness", there are at least three different occasions when Christ by implication repudiated this Jewish Messiahship. When He asked the Jewish Pharisees: "What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he?" They answered: "The son of David," (Luke 20:41.) Jesus immediately challenged this in vs 42 when He said: "David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore calleth Him Lord, how then is He this son?" Verse 40 says they dare not ask Him any more questions.
On another occasion when He asked His disciples "What do men say that I the Son of man am?" They gave Him various answers, not one which indicated that He was the Messiah. But when Jesus asked "point blank" "But whom say ye that I am?" He got an equally blunt answer from Peter who said "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God," (Matt. 16:16). (Notice Peter said nothing about His being the "long awaited Messiah,") and Jesus approved of what Peter said by telling him: "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jonah: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."
Peter is the first person of consequence of whom we have record, who did not repeat the customary palaver about Christ the Son of David being a national Jewish hero.
The third occasion was when John the Baptist, in prison, discouraged and despondent, sent his disciples to Christ to ask: "Art thou He that should come, or look we for another?" (Luke 7:20).
It was a frank question which deserved an equally frank answer. In plain speech, John who has risked his life for Christ was asking: "Are you or are you not the Messiah?"
Notice Christ's answer. He did not say: "Go back and tell John I am a King." He said nothing about being the "Messiah," instead He said (vs 22) "Go back and tell him what you have seen, the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, the dead are raised to life." Instead of saying: "Sure, tell John I'm the Messiah!" He said in essence: "Let the record speak for itself!"
WHAT WAS CHRIST'S ATTITUDE TOWARD GENTILES?
Was there a difference in the manner our Lord differentiated between Jews and Gentiles? Remember now, that the terms JEWS and GENTILES are JEWISH categories. Christ did not include Himself in either one.
When the word GENTILE was applied to the Romans, their conquerors, it usually had a hostile meaning. It was neighborly, when applied to the Greeks and Phoenicians with whom they did business. Then there was a third classification of GENTILES, which included proselytes (converts) to Judaism. These were sort of "poor relations," to the bigoted Pharisees.
So when Jesus said to His disciples: "For after all these things (and here He was speaking about food, shelter, and material things) do the Gentiles seek." He was in reality saying: "This is what the nations surrounding us seek after." For the word GENTILES in Greek, is ETHNOS, which means "Non-Jew" nations. It has absolutely nothing to do with heathen people. Remember also, that at this time, the "lost tribes" of Israel, which had escaped from Assyrian captivity, were living mostly in Asia Minor and in Europe to the north. These tribes had become "Gentilized," in other words, had lost their Hebrew characteristics, their identity, and their Hebrew religion. They were no longer considered as Israelites by the Jewish leaders.
This confusion in the use of this term is illustrated in Paul's use of the word JEW, which strictly speaking, in the language of that day, meant an inhabitant of Judea. it had absolutely no religious connotation.
The King James Bible translators have much to answer for before the King for this mis-translation, which often causes confusion in the minds of believers. It has the Apostle Paul repeatedly speak of himself as a Jew, when it actually meant he was a follower of the Jewish religion. For he tells us himself, in no uncertain terms, that he was an Israelite from the tribe of Benjamin. Listen to him as he describes himself in Romans 11:1 - "For I also am an ISRAELITE, of the seed of ABRAHAM, of the tribe of Benjamin." Just because the tribe of Benjamin had a close association with the tribe of Judah, did not turn Benjamites into Jews.
When Jesus faced a Roman centurion, who begged Him to heal his servant in Matthew 8:10. Jesus said of him: "I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel." What He was literally saying was: "I have not found this sort of faith among the Jews."
Then we have the story of the Greek woman, a Syro-Phonecian, in Mark 7. On the surface, it appears as though Christ was indifferent to her appeal. After He had literally called her a "dog," in vs 27, He was amazed at her humble answer: "...Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs." He gave her His undying commendation when He said: "For this saying (faith and humility) go thy way; the devil (evil spirit) is gone out of thy daughter."
There are at least two references in the New testament where the Word GENTILES clearly refers to the Romans and it is employed with neither kindness or hostility. It was here that Christ told His disciples what the Romans would do to Him. He told this without hate, since He did not hold the Romans responsible for what was about to happen.
Then He stunned His disciples, who had been arguing about which one of them would be the greatest in the Kingdom by saying:
"He who would be great among you, let him become your servant." This must have come as somewhat of a shock to them. Then to further emphasize this, He washed their feet, which was one of the humblest tasks they could imagine. Even then, they didn't completely understand and it took the crucifixion and the Resurrection to get this truth across to them.(FOOTNOTE:-There is one passage of Scripture which stands out vividly in Christ's early ministry, which needs explanation, since many Christians, even those who are pastors, and seminarians, do not seem to understand its simple message.
While Jesus was born In Judea (Bethlehem) and subsequently referred to as the Lion of The Tribe of Judah, (Rev. 5:5.10) this in no wise is to be Interpreted as representative of Jewish heritage. Christ's birth heritage is noted as belonging to the Royal (original) House of Judah comprised of pure Israelite stock. The terms Jew and Israelite were not then and are not now synonymous and thus non-interchangeable. As noted, His rearing took place In Galilee.)
Christ had just finished calling His twelve disciples. They were all "hand-picked" by the Master, even the only Jew among them, Judas Iscariot, who would betray Him. He called them together to receive final instructions before He sent them on their first missionary journey to the "lost sheep of the house of Israel." They were to be on their own during this venture, as He would be with them only in the spirit.
There is no record of Him giving them instructions as to what they were to say, but He did tell them where to go, what to do, and what they could expect in return. In Matthew 10:5, 6 we read: "Go not in the way of the GENTILES (Romans probably), and into any city of the Samaritans, enter ye not, but go rather to the LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL."
Now most pastors will tell you that Christ was sending His disciples to convert the unsaved Jews to Christianity. But a close look at the meaning of the Greek words for "lost sheep," will dispel this error. The word LOST in Greek, is APPOLUMI which is made up of two root words; APO, which in this case means: "separation", and OLLUMI, which in this case means 'PUNISHMENT." So we see that this word LOST literally means: "those who were separated, or banished for punishment," which is what happened to Israel. This word LOST is used 16 times in the New Testament, and 14 times, it has the meaning given above. In the other two, Matthew 5:13 and Luke 14:34, Christ was speaking about the Christian salt which has LOST it's savor, (ability to act like salt and hold back corruption.)
Of course "those who were banished as punishment for their sins," were the "lost sheep of the House of Israel," as can be seen from a study of the book of Hosea. In 1:10, we read God's own words concerning "LOST ISRAEL." "Yet the number of the children of Israel (not Jews), shall be as the sand of the sea which cannot be measured nor numbered; (notice carefully now:) "and it shall come to pass in the place where it is said unto them. 'Ye are not my people;' (remember God divorced them!) there it shall be said unto them, 'Ye are the children of the living God."'
Doesn't it seem strange to you, that the pastors of America who insist that the White Anglo-Saxon and related people are not "true Israel," will opt instead for a group of anti-Christ's who bear none of the fingerprints which "true Israel" was to have in the closing out days of this Age? The people we call JEWS, cannot now, and never have fit into the description given in God's Word, which identifies "true Israel."
But back to that first missionary journey in Palestine. Christ told His disciples to take no money or provisions with them, but to "live off the land," so to speak. They were to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out evil spirits, and above all preach the Kingdom message. These other things were merely confirmation of their authority from the King.
He warned them that He was sending them forth as "sheep among wolves," and told them to beware of those to whom they were being sent, for they would deliver them upto earthly tribunals, and persecute and kill some of them. He told them that as men had persecuted Him, the Son of God, so they would persecute His followers.
This warning was not only for that limited missionary effort, but was for our day as well. We can see it in operation today. If you are willing to placate the Babylonian authorities you can have large fashionable churches, with many members, and make millions off your TV ministry. But if you preach the truth, and tell men what God expects of them, and warn them of their short comings, they will persecute and hate you. In one place Jesus said, a time would come when people would think they were pleasing God, by killing you, (John 16:2). I believe we are very close to that time now, as the Christian world turns it's back on the truth of God's Word, and the messengers who proclaim it. Men and women who refuse to bow the knee to worldly authority, but worship the king only, have always been hated by the complacent religious crowd.
We can assume that there were many Israelites living in Judea at this time, and we know this is where the disciples went, for our Lord sent them south, telling them not to even stop over in Samaria.
Could it be that He sent His messengers first to an area heavily populated by Jews, to show that the Jews were a "stiff-necked, self-righteous lot" whose father's had murdered God's servants in the past, and would refuse the truth then?
At this time, He was not looking for martyrs for the cause and told them in essence that if the wolves attacked, they should "run for their lives."
There is also an indication here that this message was for the future, since He told them: ". . . Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, til the Son of God be come." He was already here, so why would He make a statement such as this? The disciples could have easily visited every city in Judea in two weeks, so he could not have been referring to Judea, or even Palestine. I believe He was pointing ahead to this Age, when His kingdom Message must be preached in "all the cities and towns of true Israel," scattered across the earth, before the king returns the second time. I know this will get the Preterists upset, but so be it!
Then He told them something I keep reminding my "boys" in the Prison ministry about. When they complain because fellow inmates will not listen to the truth, I tell them. "REMEMBER, you are not to be the PERSUADER. That is the task of the Holy spirit. It is your duty to take the truth to your fellow men to the best of your God given ability. What they do with it then becomes a matter between God and them." In Ezekiel 33:6, we are told these sobering words. If the "watchman" on the walls of Israel, (and this is as true today as when this was written in 587 BC.) fails to warn his people when he sees evil approach, whether it is because he has gone to sleep at his post, or has become careless, or has been bribed by the enemy not to give warning; if as a result of this God's people are harmed "their blood will I (God) require at the watchman's hand." Think about that, Mr. Preacher, the next time you want to preach "Peace! Peace when you know there is no peace!" Think about that the next time you want to glorify God's enemy as His Chosen People, when you know this is false and will lead to their harm. Think about this, Mr. Politician, when you are tempted to "sell out" our people to better your political position. GOD WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE FOR ANYTHING THAT HARMS HIS PEOPLE!
That's why I preach hard. That's why I'm harsh at times! That's why I "tell it like it is," in stead of trying to "soft soap" the unpleasant things. My task is to "Cry aloud, lift up thy voice as a trumpet, and show my people their transgressions..." (shortcomings) Isaiah 58:1. I'm not here to win a popularity contest and I don't ever want to be in the terrifyingly embarrassing position of having to explain to the King, why I went to sleep on sentry duty. Vs 9 of Ezek. 33 tells us that if the watchman gives the warning, and the people refuse to listen, they will "die in their sins, but thou hast delivered thy soul."
So our Lord, using picturesque language, told His disciples not to waste their time on those who did not want to listen. He said: "cast not your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and rend you." This is often what happens when we attempt to force feed TRUTH, to those who do not want to accept it.
There is no record that they made many converts. There was nothing in the daily news about their filling the coliseums (football stadiums), there was nothing which indicated that 45,000 at one meeting "signed commitment papers," to follow the Lord.
But, they came back rejoicing, saying: "Lord, even the devils were subject to us!" There is no record that Jesus gave them any words of praise either, for they were merely doing their duty. I am always skeptical about these Christian leaders, and I could name some that you know, who tell about stopping in a garage for a short time while their car is being fixed, and in that short period leading ten or twelve men to the Lord. Friend, it just doesn't work that way!
A few years ago, before I came into the Identity truth, I was speaking at Bob Jones University, Greenville, North Carolina. I was discussing with Dr. Bob, Jr., the reasons that Billy Graham had turned from being a stalwart "soldier of the cross," into an unbelievably compromising Christian who would not hold a city meeting, unless the apostate National Council of churches was invited to attend. Dr. Bob told me, that a few weeks earlier, Billy and his wife had been visiting the school. Dr. Bob said, "I asked Billy straight out why we had made this change, and he refused to answer. But Ruth, his wife, looked me straight in the eye and said: 'Bob, we will do anything necessary to fill the football stadiums."' This kind of Christian action, is killing America!
There are many instances of Christ praising the Gentiles, (and here remember the true meaning of the word). Many times He contrasted their actions to those of their Jewish neighbors. Probably the best known is that of the Good Samaritan, as told in Luke 10:30-37. Then when He cleansed ten lepers in Luke 17:15-18, it was only the Jew despised Samaritan who gave Him thanks.
So with the vivid pictures, Christ painted in the Gospels, a honest person is forced to admit that Christianity came into being, not from the heathen apostasy of Talmudic Judaism, but in spite of it!
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