Month 9:20, Week 3:5 (Chamshee/Teruah), Year 5935:250 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Thursday 15 December 2011
The Zionist Cult
Why We Have Nothing to Do With It
One of the most immotive subjects of discussion amongst both evangelicals and messianics is Zionism and the little state in the Middle East styling itself as 'Israel'. To be against this Israeli State in any way is tantamount to being against Yahweh Himself in their eyes and to so much as voice a criticism against Jews or Israel is worse than being 'anti-semitic' - it is to be against the "apple of [Yahweh's] eye" (Dt.32:10; Zech.2:8) and therefore be against Yahweh on two counts.
I passionately believe in Israel and in Zion. I have to. Israel is defined as Yahweh's people. Therefore to be one of Yahweh's people I have to be an Israelite, and to be a follower of Messiah I have to be a Messianic Israelite - to be a Christian and to be a Messianic Israelite ought to be one and the same. There are no two questions about that. I am not going to get into a debate about the word 'Christian' today - when I speak of 'Christians' and 'Messianics' I am referring to the same thing, namely, talmidim (disciples) or followers of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), however thelogically correct or incorrect they may be.
As Messianic Evangelicals, we are against replacement theology too. We absolutely do not believe that the 'church' has replaced 'Israel'. They should be one and the same. I am not, however, going to go into a discussion today on the meaning of words such as 'church', 'ekklesia', 'synagogue', 'assembly', 'fellowship', 'koinonia', or 'congregation' either, which is a whole discussion in itself. To keep things simple and for the sake or argument we shall regard them as one and the same, namely, Yahweh's people, then we won't get sidetracked off the main point.
So the big question in any discussion of Zionism is: what, who and where is 'Israel'? At the same time we are asking ourselves this question, we must also recognise and identify every and any counterfeit 'Israel'. We must also be able to identify what and where the "Synagogue of Satan" (Rev.2:9; 3:9) is and was. We also need to know what and where "Satan's throne" (Rev.2:13) is and where "Satan dwells" (Rev.2:13) because there is so much confusion about these things. Finally, we have to consider the whole counsel of Scripture and not just take a few isolated verses here and there and erect hermetically sealed theologies around them. If we erase so much as one line of revelation from Heaven's Witness we risk having our names erased from the Book of Life (Rev.22:19). Our sacred duty, then, is to consider the whole.
If we accept that there is a counterfeit Israel and a counterfeit Zion, as there must be (because Satan counterfeits everything originating in Heaven), then it must be prominent and dangerous enough as to be a snare for true believers everywhere. We should also expect to find counterfeit Judahites and Israelites. To be sure there are always multiple counterfeit 'Israels' and 'Israelites' on a smaller scale, whether they be Mormons, 'Black Hebrews', 'White Hebrews' (British Israel, Armstrongism, KKK, etc.), Jehovah's Witnesses, and so on, and one could, I suppose, view these collectively as 'counterfeit Israel'. However, as we have seen, the "Synagogue of Satan" is not a modern phenomenon as these false groups are, but existed in the days of the apostles and first believers. Whatever this false Israel is, it existed 2,000 years ago too. And it is specifically identified as a "synagogue" and not as a 'church', 'ekklesia', 'koinonia', or anything else. The counterfeit has been around in its original form for a long time. In other words, it has called itself 'Israel' when it wasn't.
What is Biblical Israel? Is it a group if people - a race - or is it just a covenant people? And if it is a covenant people, do they remain 'Israel' irrespective of their moral condition? Can they, for example, be idolaters and still call themselves 'Israel'? The answer to the last question is emphatically NO. To remain in the covenant and to be called 'Israel' or 'Israelites', these people must remain in obedience:
This precedent was set in the days of Abraham who was told:
"If ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that Yahweh thy Elohim shall keep unto thee the b'rit (covenant) and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers" (Deut.7:12, KJV).
"Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of Yahweh your Elohim, to observe carefully all His mitzvot (commandments) which I command you today, that Yahweh your Elohim will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of Yahweh your Elohim" (Deut.28:1-2, NKJV).
You have to remember that Israel is not a natural name - it is a title bestowed upon Jacob for overcoming the flesh and being properly surrendered to Yahweh, and remains a title upon all those who subsequently do the same. Under the New Covenant we retain this name and its blessings if we are properly yielded to Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus):
"For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of Yahweh, to do righteousness and justice, that Yahweh may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him" (Gen.18:19, NKJV).
"And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws" (Gen.26:4-5, NKJV).
In other words, the only true Israelites and Israelite Nation are those who belong to Messiah and obey His Torah! ANY OTHER ISRAEL IS COUNTERFEIT.
"If you are Messiah's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal.3:29, NKJV).
Who, then, were the counterfeit Israel - the "Synagogue of Satan" - two millennia ago when John penned the Book of Revelation? Those who called themselves 'Israel' or 'Israelite' but who rejected the Messiah! And obviously they worship in synagogues.
This means that all the covenants made to Abraham (Gen.12:1; 14-15; 15:18; 22:17) and the patriarchs after him were, and are, conditional covenants - conditional upon emunah (faith) and obedience. This includes any national covenants or agreement concerning the Promised Land. It doesn't matter who inhabits the Promised Land - Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Maccabees, Romans, Selucid Arabs, 'Christian' Crusders, Turks, British, Jews, Palestinian Arabs or anyone else - if they are not fulfilling the terms of the covenant (which is the New Covenant of Messiah), they aren't Israelites and they don't have the right of residence in, or title to, the Holy Land.
If you still doubt this, please read my 5-part series, Jacob's Trouble where you will discover that the same spiritual descendants of those who hated and crucified Messiah two thousand years ago are in charge again, under the rights and prerogatives of another covenant altogether, the firstborn right of Esau. This covenant has a time-limit which is soon to expire. This means that the political entity in the Middle East styling itself 'Israel' is soon to be destroyed so whatever you do, don't immigrate there. The real Israelites (including the authentic Judah) will be moving there under completely different circumstances to the way this entity was created in 1948.
What, then, ought our attitude be to this Middle eastern state and the people who live there? As far as the state is concerned, the 'Republic of Israel', along with the 'Palestinian Authority' (which will probably achieve statehood before too long) are like any other nation on this planet - they are a part of the Babylonian system. As far as the people are concerned, they are like any other people on the earth - loved by Yahweh, in need of salvation, but possessing no special status in heaven. Anyone there - Sephardi Jew, Ashkenazi Jew, Arab, Druze or Samaritan - who accepts Yah'shua (Jesus) as Messiah and obeys His Torah becomes an Israelite. As for the land, it's Yahweh's own Real Estate belonging to none of these people. Those who are there are temporary residents until Messiah returns and establishes His Theocractic State of Messianic Israel, with the capital being the New Jerusalem that descends ready-made out of Heaven, not the City of Hagar that is earthly Jerusalem:
Christians and Messianics alike have been blinded by Zionism and deceived into thinking that biblical Israel was 'restored' in 1948. Most don't stop long enough to consider the absurdity of that and instead choose to ignore all the failed manmade prophecies concerning it. If you are still unsure, please see my series of sermons on Jacob's Trouble - if you love the emet (truth), you owe it to yourself and your families to at least consider that you may have been duped. I used to be a Zionist, and a strong supporter of the Israeli Republic. Tares always look like wheat until they mature and can be seen for what they are. The Israeli Republic is virulently anti-Messianic/Christian, it was started by communists (the original Zionists), its government is not democratic but totalitarian (even though it appears to be on the surface), and it exists only because of the billions of dollars poured into it by the United States government manipulated to do so by the powerful Jewish lobby in Congress. When the US dollar collapses, so will the Israeli State, if it isn't invaded or nuked before then. It recently lost a neighbour essential to its stability when Hosni Mubarak fell and the Muslim Brotherhood started taking over in Egypt. Worse is yet to follow.
"For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children -- but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all (talmidim/disciples)" (Gal.4:25-26, NKJV).
Believers have got to get their spiritual vision back again when it comes to Zionism. How many Evangelicals and Messianics do you know who tell you that we should not try to evangelise Jews? I don't, moreover, want to get into the question of Torahless Christians - I represent written (as opposed to 'oral') Torah-obedience. Many ministries, like that of John Hagee, forbid evangelising Jews, and I know of at least one Messianic ministry that claims Jews are already saved because of their 'covenant', and therefore don't need the Messiah! The Old Covenant is over - we are under a New One. There is no protection under former covenants any longer. Either you're in Yah'shua (Jesus) or you're not - either you're saved or you're damned. There aren't - and never have been - two Gospels. There is only "one Master, one emunah (faith), one mikveh (baptism); one Elohim (God) and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (Eph.4:5-6, NKJV). There are no longer any divisions between people - remember, remember:
There is no literal, biological seed any more - it's all mixed. There are no 'Jews' or 'Gentiles' - they don't exist in Yahweh's eyes. The only seed that matters is spiritual seed - whether you are IN Messiah or not.
"There is neither Jew nor Greek (Goy/Gentile), there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Messiah Yah'shua (Christ Jesus). And if you are Messiah's (Christ's), then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal.3:28-29, NKJV).
How can Christian and Messianic Zionists dare to say we are no longer to evangelise Jews (whoever they may be - again, another huge subject) when Scripture says the opposite - does not the Book of Acts open with the messianic imperative to first proclaim the Besorah (Gospel) to the Jews in Jerusalem and the land of Israel and then to the whole world? If the Jews were, and are, already saved without Messiah. why did the first talmidim (disciples) witness to them? Why didn't they abandon the 'Land of the Saved' entirely and go elsewhere? And if the Jews were already 'saved', why did they persecute those Jews who were saved? Do you see the complete logical fallacy of Christian and Messianic Zionism? And if the former covenant was still valid for Jews, why does the Bible say that the New Covenant (we shan't get into the 'Renewed' Covenant myth today) applies to Israel and Judah?
The apostle Paul states with great clarity that Yahweh's blessing was not promised to the physical descendants but to the spiritual descendants of Messiah:
"Because finding fault with them, He says: 'Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah -- not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says Yahweh" (Heb.8:8-9, NKJV).
And yet millions of believers - lawless and Torah-compliant - have been fooled by this carnal Zionist teaching, that places Yahweh's blessing on the flesh. Since when did Yahweh ever acknowledge a fleshy Besorah (Gospel)? Never! Yahweh has never promised that the Promised Land would be occupied with His blessing by those who have no emunah (faith). Who were the leaders of the early Zionist movement who founded Israel? Communists and terrorists (Irgun, Stern Gang, etc.). Nowhere in Scripture does Yahweh say that unbelievers are worthy to receive the Set-Apart Land and be converted later- nowhere! Re-colonisation of the land takes place only after teshuvah (repentance), converstion and entering the new and everlasting covenant of Messianic Israel. Christian Zionism does little more than twist a handful of of biblical verses and give them a fleshy, materialistic, unconditional interpretation that totally ignores Yahweh's spiritual terms of emunah (faith) and obedience.
"Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, 'And to seeds,' as of many, but as of one, 'And to your Seed,' who is Messiah" (Gal.3:16, NKJV).
Ask yourself the question: what was the reason that Yahweh had the original Israelites and Judahites removed from the Set-Apart Land?
Zionists are asking us to believe that Yahweh has now changed His standard of morality for residency in the Promised Land - now you can be an unbeliever and an idolater and it's fine...so long as you convert later! Do you really believe Yahweh has changed? Sych a teaching is rank heresy. Yahweh has already stated the conditions for return:
"When you beget children and grandchildren and have grown old in the land, act corruptly and make a carved image in the form of anything, and do evil in the sight of Yahweh your Elohim to provoke Him to anger, I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon utterly perish from the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess; you will not prolong your days in it, but will be utterly destroyed. And Yahweh will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where Yahweh will drive you" (Deut.4:25-27, NKJV).
Those of you who have been deceived by the Zionist lie, WAKE UP! Can't you see that Yahweh's authentic Israel and Judah can only return to the Promised Land in ONE WAY - viâ teshuvah (repentance)! Indeed, what does Scripture say about unbelieving Jews and how we are to view them?
"Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Yahweh your Elohim drives you, and you return to Yahweh your Elohim and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your lev (heart) and with all your soul, that Yahweh your Elohim will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Yahweh your Elohim has scattered you" (Deut.30:1-3, NKJV).
How many people dare preach such 'anti-semitic' passages from the Bible which declare that all unsaved Jews are liars and adversaries?
"For you, brethren, became imitators of the assemblies (churches) of Elohim (God) which are in Judea in Messiah Yah'shua (Christ Jesus). For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, who killed both the master Yah'shua (Lord Jesus) and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please Elohim (God) and are contrary to (against) all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost" (1 Thess.2:14-16, NKJV).
Indeed, how can the Jews (who are supposedly by default 'saved') prevent their [authentically] saved [in Messiah] brethren by forbidding them to bring salvation to the goyim (gentiles)? What does that even mean? The only conclusion is that Jews are utterly unsaved without Yah'shua (Jesus).
Are we not warned to "beware of the leaven" of Judaism (Mk.8:5). Again and again we hear the Zionists playing the old scratched record, "Pray for the peace of Jersualem!" (Ps.122:6) but you'll never hear them repeat the words of Yah'shua (Jesus) who calls the earthly Jerusalem "Sodom and Egypt" (Rev.11:8, NKJV), the embodiment of the sexual perversion of Babylon and the occultism of Egypt, where His two witnesses will be murdered in the last days? Since when did Yahweh ever say that spiritual adultery was allowed for entrants into the Promised Land? I guarantee most Christian and Messianic Zionists have no idea that the modern Jerusalem is one of the most promiscuous and perverse sexual cesspits on earth today.
"Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie" (Rev.3:9, NKJV).
"Concerning the Besorah (gospel) they are enemies..." (Rom.11:28, NKJV).
People have got to overcome their fear of offending the world - be they Jews or anyone else - and speak the plain emet (truth). The unsaved descendants of the Twelve Tribes have, in any case, a terrible history of spiritual whoredom and are collectively called the mother of it at least 80 times in the Tanakh (Old Testament). Read Hosea and Ezekiel. It is naïvely assumed that only the Roman Catholic Church is the "great harlot" (Rev.17.1; 19:2) and it is assumed that both her liberal Protestant children are free of this crime as well as the "Synagogue of Satan" - Judaism, long before the Catholics perverted the pure religion of Israel, and Judah went awhoring.
When Zionists forbid criticism of Jews, Zionism and the Israeli Republic, what they are really saying "don't warn us of the divine curse on us!" Yahweh is as proud of His true talmidim (disciples) rebuking wicked Jews as He is when they rebuke wicked 'Gentiles' - in other words, wicked people. Ted Pike warns:
"By forbidding criticism of Israel under threat of divine curse, Christian Zionism collides with the fact that God encouraged His biblical prophets and saints to warn wicked Jews away from their sins. He did so without any hint that such was anti-Semitic. On the contrary, God looked for and was proud of anyone who under His leading and out of love would rebuke wicked Jews. If God is unchanging, He also encourages and blesses those who rebuke evil Jewish leaders today. Don’t you think God wants Christians, as in the time of Jeremiah, to rebuke Jewish supremacist groups, like the Anti-Defamation League, who persecute Christians under hate laws and encourage sodomy and removing Christian symbols from America? God is grieved that not one national evangelical leader has the courage to publicly identify ADL as a threat to America but cowers before it, fearing the dreaded, potentially ruinous epithet “anti-Semitic!”
"What precedent exists in Scripture to hold up 17 million non-Christian Jews today as beyond criticism? Scripture contains no example of exalting even one righteous Jew or Gentile beyond reproof! Christian Zionism thus not only flagrantly omits Scripture it doesn’t like; it creates a false obligation to bless the wicked just because they are Jewish. This is a perverse, even racist, violation of the commandment in the book of James not to show favoritism to persons. This is a spiritual perversion. God hates it" .
Messianic Zionists can be, and often are, even more fanatical because many of them are Jewish converts but they feel obligated because of their cultural roots. But in truth they are no more obligated to their Judaism than I am to my former Anglicanism - no-one is obligated to their roots precisely because in Messiah we are uprooted and replanted in a spiritual soil that admits to no pride of any sort in racial, cultural or national distinctives for "our citizenship is in heaven" (Phil.3:20, NKJV) - that's our new country, our new culture, our new 'race', our new identity. Yes, I was once British, but now I am Messianic Israelite. I have certain obligations to my country but my true country is heavenly. That is as true of Jerusalem as it is of London or Washington D.C.
"Many secular critics of Israel and Talmudic Judaism say Jews are mostly evil and corruptive and therefore cannot possibly be God’s chosen people. Yet such falls on deaf Christian Zionist ears.
"Most Christian Zionists agree that Israel is in spiritual darkness, even apostasy, en route to ultimate enlightenment through Christ. But no amount of Jewish evil can shatter their loyalty. Such includes creation of Communism, media control, promotion of homosexuality, or injustices in the Mideast. Christian Zionists feel obligated to protect even the vilest supremacist Jews from investigation, criticism, or exposure — shielding them from any “anti-Semitism” that could possibly result in killing of Jews or even destruction of modern Israel, which they believe would frustrate God’s plan of the ages and delay Christ’s return. Such unbiblical fanaticism helps explain why literally no magnitude of evil coming from Judaism can disenchant most evangelicals". (Ibid.)
The fact that I am a Messianic Evangelical anti-Zionist does not mean I am a Muslim anti-Zionist or even a secular anti-Zionist (socialist, nazi, or whatever) for I am not. I am not against Jews and I certainly mean them no harm. They are people like everyone else whom we should love and desire salvation for. But they are not some special apple caste of Yahweh's eye. That honour is reserved for those who are in Messiah, love Him, and obey Him. Does anything else actually make any scriptural sense?
The knee-jerk reaction of most messianics to such assertions by evangelicals is that these people are lawless. Well, that is perfectly true, they are lawless and need to repent but that does not alter the emunah (truth) that Messianics supporting Zionism are also lawless and in need of repentance themselves. Two wrongs don't make a right. And remember, those who believe in lies open doors to demonic oppression, as evidenced by the callousness and hard-heartedness - not to mention blind fanaticism - of so many pro-Zionist Christians and Messianics. This blind allegiance is a symptom of cultism - I have seen it in Mormonism and elsewhere - it's the same religious spirit the broaches no criticism, even when done gracefully. That ought to terrify anyone who claims to be a believer!
The New Testament describes Christ-rejecting Jews as dry, withered, castaway branches, devoid of special covenant protection. Jesus (Yah'shua) affirmed such withered branches are “burned” by God (John 15:5-6). He said those who say they are Jews but reject Him are not true Jews at all (Rev.3:9). Paul says such “children of the flesh” are not the seed of Abraham (Rom.9:6-8) but are “broken off” (Rom. 11:19).
"Sadly, Israel-first evangelicals are so habituated to ignoring Scripture that even the clearest Bible passages will usually not alter their protectionism.
"Cults do not produce fruits of wisdom, love, righteousness and justice but lead their followers into service of evil. By encouraging evangelicals to give first loyalty to Israel rather than Christ and the whole Bible, including evangelism to Jews, Christian Zionism makes Christians the servants of wicked men. Taught to bless Israel no matter what, Christians become callous and depraved toward the Arabs, whom God loves as much as Jews. Like Saul of Tarsus, who held the cloaks of those who stoned righteous Stephen, the pro-Zionist church bids Godspeed to evil men and becomes “a partaker of their evil deeds” (II John 11).
"The verdict is clear: “Christian Zionism” is not authentic Christianity [or Messianism]. It is devoted to a single monstrous heresy: that wicked Jews can reoccupy God’s holy land, a region of the earth originally set aside by Him to signify heaven. It rejects God’s command that His church not be unequally yoked with one of the vilest, most arrogant and oppressive systems of all time.
"If there is one verse Zionist Christians should take to heart, it is Revelation’s last day’s cry to God’s people to flee “Babylon the Great,” the Harlot Israel."
We need not be intimidated by the wicked who do not wish their sins to be exposed. Though I don't agree with his antinomianism, I recommend you read Israeli dissident and Christian Ro'i Tov's book, The Cross of Bethlehem and visit his website. And if your stomach can handle it and you are willing to face any demonic rage that might rapidly surface if you are a still Zionist, then I also recommend you visit Texe Marrs's website, if you can get past his Baptist antinomianism and not use that as an excuse to strike back or defend yourself. And then, if you're not in some Zionist coma, I recommend you read his book, Conspiracy of the Six-Pointed Star and see my devotional, Deadly Star: The Mystery of Solomon's Seal Revealed.
I fully expect to lose a lot of messianic friends after this article but like others have said, I would rather you hate me and scream 'heretic' or 'Christian' for telling the emet (truth) than to love me for supporting a lie. Remember, our main enemy is not people but "principalities and powers", and if we ever forget that, then it is a warning sign that we have departed from the Besorah (Gospel) of our Master Yah'shua (Jesus):
The emet (truth) alone can set you free from the kind of demonic control that makes you rage and have murderous thoughts. If the latter happens, you have to hand it over to Yah'shua (Jesus) or run the risk of being dragged right down to that place of torment. Remember, our allegiance is to the Jerusalem above, not to the one below.
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph.6:12, NKJV).
 Ted Pike, Why 'Christian' Zionism is a Cult in Zionist Outrage, 2 November 2011