Friday, March 6, 2020
Has someone stolen your identity – not credit card, banking or SS identity, but your identity in Christ? Have you considered that possibility or its implications? The May 14, 1948 rebirth of Israel marked not only the beginning of the last generation of this age, but catapulted the hyper-preaching of the false pre-tribulation rapture which has deceptively drawn many Christians into an unholy alliance with the Jews of Judaism.
Dispensational pre-tribulationism teaches that Jews of Judaism are yet God’s chosen people, but God wants you to be delivered from the error of that teaching. Jews of Judaism will not inherit or possess eternal life or the land of Israel, for its believers washed in the blood of Christ who will inherit eternal life and Israel’s land, because true Christians are “the Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16).
Spiritual ecumenism with Judaism shares in its evils of unbelief and blasphemy. Jews of Judaism curse Christ. And God said to believers “Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 1:8–11).
First, Jews of Judaism are not saved. They are lost, unless “if they do not continue in unbelief, [they too] will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again” (Rom. 11:23). If given the opportunity, we should declare to them the Truth, but in that process must be very careful, for, understand, they already know who Christ is and yet, they hate and revile Him both personally and publically. And when Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6), that includes the Jews of Judaism. They do not have salvation by another means, regardless of many dispensational preachers teaching otherwise.
I am spiritually troubled that millions of professing Christians give tithes and offerings to Jews of Judaism which only serves to strengthen the lost spirit within them to continue their evil deeds of blasphemy and unbelief of Christ. True Christians have no spiritual fellowship with Judaism, absolutely none! But one would never know that by the false ecumenism being preached by many high profile, popular and copycat dispensational pre-tribulation rapture preachers.
Many Christians give money to the Jews of Judaism for the rebuilding of their third temple which will be for the sacrificing of animals, an abomination before God – “For the death that He [Christ] died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God” (Rom. 6:10), and “who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself” (Heb. 7:27), and “Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption” (Heb. 9:12), and “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:10); and so, the Holy Spirit said “I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).
While it’s true there was a time when God said the Jews of Judaism were “a special treasure to Me above all people…[who] shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exo. 19:5–6), that Word was conditioned on His command “if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant” (Exo. 19:5a). But anyone who knows the Old Testament knows that Israel did not, nor does it today, obey God’s voice nor keep His commandments, but willfully pursues unbelief and spiritual adultery, for which God gave the Jews of Judaism a certificate of divorce, Jer. 3:8, and God has never remarried her. Yet today, they continue their deliberate, unbridled unbelief.
God identified for His saints who the Jews of Judaism really are, saying “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham…But now you seek to kill Me…You do the deeds of your father…If God were your Father, you would love Me…[but] You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do” (John 8:39–44).
Though Jews of Judaism reject Christ, God’s calling of His true Jews was never rescinded, because “the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Rom. 11:29). And anyone who, by faith through grace, accepts Christ as Savior and Lord, is God’s true Jew, because “he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, [namely Jews of Judaism] nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God” (Rom. 2:28–29).
True believers “are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus…[because] there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:26–29). [My emphasis added] Jews of Judaism are not believers of Christ, and true Christians must refrain from enabling their unbelieving cause, and “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Eph. 5:11).
We now live at the end of this present age when many false teachers unite Christianity with both Judaism and Islam as though all three worship the same God. NO WE DO NOT! Both Islam and Judaism reject Jesus Christ as the Son of God and as a result neither have God! Again, see 2 John 1:8–11. And sadly, many Christians live under a stolen identity because of false teachers.
Lastly, to deny that an exchange took place regarding the chosen people of God is to deny God’s Word. Post-Calvary, God said to true believers “you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people…who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (1 Pet. 2:9–10). Yes, a change occurred, from the Jews of Judaism to true Jews, believers of Christ by faith through grace. Jews of Judaism scorn Christ, but true Jews worship Him for His redemptive death at Calvary followed by His glorious resurrection.
Marlin J. Yoder