Doing God ‘Service’
Vol: 29 Issue: 1 Thursday, December 1, 2016
At the heart of most anti-Israeli or anti-Zionist arguments is the contention that the modern day Israeli is an imposter. The Zionists of Israel, say both the Arabs and the Christian replacement theologians, are not the Jews of the Bible.
The Biblical Jews are lost to history, they say, and the modern claimants have no standing. The following is from a homily given by Fr. Louis Campbell in the October, 2002 edition of the Daily Catholic.
“Officials at the Vatican are pretending that the modern state of Israel can lay claim to the promises God made to Abraham, which would mean that the Jews have a divine right to claim the whole territory between the Nile and the Euphrates. John Paul II supports the false claims of Jewish Zionism, thus contributing to the cause of war in the Middle East.
For if, as the Church has always taught, the Scriptures say that the promises were fulfilled in Jesus Christ and His Church, how can it be said at the same time that God promised Jerusalem to the Jews? To affirm one interpretation is to deny the other. To support the false claims of the Jewish Zionists is to deny the Church its inheritance and to scandalize the little ones-faithful Catholics. ‘…You are a scandal to Me; for you do not mind the things of God, but those of men’ (Mt.16:23).”
To make this theological reason for opposing Israel work, it is necessary to ‘spiritualize’ the Jews and thus delegitimize the current claimants to the literal seed of Abraham. If God is done with the Jews, the thinking goes, then there are no remaining Chosen People and the state of Israel is populated by imposters claiming to be historical Jews.
The world denies Israel’s claim to the land on a similar basis. Instead of spiritualizing the Jews out of literal existence, the world denies the basis for the argument by denying the legitimacy of Scripture.
Here’s how the carnal reasoning works. Since the Bible is not true, the Jews have no legitimate claim to a Jewish state, since there is no independent evidence of a historical Abraham to receive the Promise or Moses to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land.
Got all that? It’s a little hard to explain it the way they do and sound convincing. That’s because it isn’t true, so it takes real artist to make believable.
The day following the Israeli cabinet decision to expel Yasser Arafat, then Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said many calls ‘of concern’ came in from governments across the world. “They’re asking us to do nothing against Yasser Arafat,” he said.
Then he asked the sixty-four thousand dollar question; “Has the world turned on its head?”
Indeed, it would appear that it has. The Jew is reviled the world over, mostly for the crime of killing Christ. What is fascinating is that even people who deny Christ will justify their antisemitism using the same libel.
Why do I say it is a ‘libel’ — a historical untruth? After all, when Pilate washed his hands of responsibility for the execution of Jesus, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it,” the Jewish mob chanted in reply, “His blood be on us, and on our children.” (Mathew 27:24-25)
Jesus was tried and convicted by the Jewish Supreme Court, the Sanhedrin, in an illegal trial in which no fewer than 13 Jewish laws were broken. Since the Jews, being an occupied province of Rome, were not sovereign, their courts could not order an execution. Which is why they took it to Pilate in the first place.
So, if the Jews themselves, following an illegal trial, had Jesus murdered at the hands of an unwilling occupation authority who would have preferred to have released Him, why is it a ‘libel’ to call Jews ‘Christ-killers?’
Jesus told his disciples,
“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” (John 10:17-18)
No man could have TAKEN Jesus’ life. Not Pilate, not the Jews, not Satan or his legions. In the Temptation in the Wilderness, Satan quoted Psalms 91:11-12, which says, “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” If Jesus alone had the power lay down His life, and that no man could ‘take’ it, then the crime cannot be laid to any human being’s charge. Indeed, at the Cross, Jesus cried, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
If Jesus pronounced their forgiveness at the Cross for participating in a pre-ordained and necessary sacrifice in which Jesus VOLUNTARILY laid down His life as a propitiation for all sin, how then, can the modern Jews be responsible for the sins of their fathers? Especially when the One against Whom they sinned had already forgiven them at the Cross for their participation?
In John 16:1-2, Jesus tells His disciples(all Jews of Israel), “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.”
What an incredible prophecy! Not only were the Jews put out of the synagogues at some point in history in virtually every country they had adopted, the persecution of the Jews was always for the specific crime of being the ‘killers of Christ’.
History is filled with stories of pogroms, confiscations, expulsions, attempted genocide and persecutions against Jews, all in the Name of Christ.
But the Jews not only survived with their ancient language, culture, dietary and religious laws and religious traditions intact, they returned to the Land of Promise, as the Bible said they would do in the last days.
To the world, the existence of Israel is a thorn in its collective side. Because Israel is a thorn in the side of the god of this world. He has thrown everything he could at the Jew for two thousand years, trying to wipe him from the face of the earth and break God’s prophetic promise of Israel’s national redemption in the last days.
The survival of the Jew, and the restoration of Israel to the land is proof positive that God remains on the Throne, that His Word will NOT return to Him void, and that all the chaos and terror of the world notwithstanding, all continues to go according to His plan. And, that these ARE the last days.
“But these things have I told you, that WHEN THE TIME SHALL COME, ye may remember that I told you of them.” (John 16:4)
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