I have no problem with exclaiming, loud and clear, no real love for Israel whether it be the land they occupy or the people they are. I cannot get hung up on mistaken prophecy, by many, there is any importance to be associated with them, in these endtime events, except how they will be destroyed when Catholicism join hands with Islam. Sadly, many are looking toward the temple being rebuilt, but this has nothing to do with anything. However, the disdain of many Christians regarding anything involving Judaism will be to their personal destruction.
Christ gave a nugget of truth to the Samaritan woman and many today are missing the point she fully understood and witnessed by her immediate actions after hearing it.
“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:21-24 (KJV)
“Salvation is of the Jews.”
This is why I make it a point of understanding as much as possible regarding Jewry, their place in history, Jesus’s involvement and it helps to define my own faith and what place it has in my future.
They were of the progeny of Abraham and special emphasis placed upon them because of a promise made regardless of those who should be of the family. When you review the character of their personal father, Jacob/Israel, the character faults does not outweigh the blessings given when a change of heart occurred and it is from this we should seek within ourselves. Who of any of the sons we would wish to be except for Joseph and he’s not even mentioned prominently in the prophetic recollection! But it does not do away with the importance and value of being, well, a “Jew”.
The significance is later made by Paul for our period and how in order for us to be considered “children” of God we, too, would have to become “Jews”, not of the flesh but of the heart, and so we are considered, “spiritual Israel” for our time. So, when people ask me what faith I am, it is not unfamiliar for me to respond, “I’m a Jewish Christian”, because my salvation is from the Jews, as Christ stated, but I’m a follower of Him, which makes me a Christian, too.
Christians tend to hate anything resulting from Judaism which is evident regarding the Sabbath. The inference is they do not want to keep the seventh day Sabbath because it reminds them of the Jews, so they’d rather keep the first day sabbath (Sunday) because it is traditionally “christian”, but they fail to understand the heathen/pagan roots associated with it. If given the choice, and we do have, I’d rather choose the Sabbath of God, since this is where salvation results, than to have chosen the pagan sabbath, given from the devil’s association with the Roman Catholic Church. And, since salvation is from the Jews, as per Christ, then the opposite is true, there cannot be any salvation the other way!
So, what will you choose today? To keep what God has commanded and given to His people or attempt to keep another way, given to the world and not commanded by God?
April 30, 2016