When I was a young senator, I used to say, ‘If I were a Jew I’d be a Zionist.’ I am a Zionist. You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist.Joe Biden,1 Shalom TV interview (April, 2007)
Ever wonder why the subject of ‘anti-Semitism’ is so fraught with controversy, and seemingly unresolvable? I was recently asked a question I’ve been asked many times, which usually goes something like:
Do you think the Jews have anything to do with what’s going on?
The simple answer is; first we must define terms. I realize that sounds like obfuscation, but I dare say most if not all familiar with the discussion will agree. Make no mistake, the discussion has been intentionally obscured throughout the centuries, particularly most recently, in order to mislead many, and foment conflict. My hope is that all who feel compelled to seek out the matter will do so.
This post is not meant as an exhaustive treatise, but merely to serve as a primer for those whose curiosity to the matter has been aroused. For the sake of brevity, I’ve chosen to set aside many, or perhaps most of the more controversial and ‘conspiratorial’ aspects of the issue, and instead focus on what I believe to be the most pressing and relevant aspects. With that, I offer the following ‘clues’ to help guide one’s journey, not as a cybernetic totalist23 (‘steersman’ a.k.a. manipulator) but simply to expedite the journey. So, keep what you find valuable, and set aside the rest.
The etymological roots of the term are in relation to Shem’s descendants (anti-Shem-ite). So, if you are considered an ‘anti-Semite’, logically, one could deduce you don’t like Shem, or his descendants. What’s provocative to observe is the fact that, on the world stage, you’d be hard-pressed to identify the ‘Shemites’ of today. However, we hear this term of art a great deal, used tactically and strategically by folks who have no more relation to Shem or his descendants than I.
It’s important to note that, as the Lord told Samuel, “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” Since He’s the author of these terms and names which have been intentionally blurred, it’s important to keep in mind that it is He alone who knows the hearts of men.
Genesis 10: In Genesis 10:3, we read that Ashkenaz is the grandson of Japeth – not Shem. So, those who refer to themselves as being of ‘Ashkenazi’ decent can logically not lay claim to the term ‘anti-Semitism’ in reference to themselves or others of ‘Ashkenazi’ decent. It’s also interesting to note the other names mentioned in Genesis 10. Cross-referencing those names with passages like Ezekiel 38 it’s interesting to observe that what is commonly presented as ‘nation warring against nation’ sounds a lot more like a familial dispute – albeit, on a very large scale.
Genesis 35: In Genesis 35:10, God gives the patriarch, Jacob a new name; Israel. So, before Israel was considered a land, it was a person, namely Jacob (and his descendants).
Obadiah: Sepharad is a region mentioned in Obadiah 1:20. Therefore, logically those who refer to themselves as ‘Sephardic’ or ‘Sephardim’ originate from this region, in the same way African, Chinese, Japanese, etc. This however, obviously does not speak specifically to a person’s; family tree, or religious preference.
Romans 2: In Romans Romans 2:28-29, Paul defines the term (‘New Testament’) Jew very clearly. This is by no means ‘replacement theology’, as there is no ‘replacement’ in God’s economy. He does not ‘bait-n-switch’, and throughout the book of Romans in particular (the Holy Spirit through) Paul does a magnificent job of detailing ‘the mystery at work’, which brings salvation to all; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek, culminating in what I like to refer to as an[other] ‘Ark moment’ in Romans 11:25.
Romans 9: Centering around Romans Rom 9:6-8, Paul reiterates the Biblical (i.e. OT/NT) concept of “the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.” There is also much more in the chapter with which to wrestle.
Romans 11: Throughout Romans 11, we are reminded of God’s providence, and cautioned against any sort of ‘replacement theology’, and also reminded again that, unlike man, the LORD looks at the heart. We also see in Romans 11:25 “that a partial hardening has happened to Israel” for the expressed benefit and blessing of the rest of mankind. Through this magnificent ‘mystery’, now all of mankind has an opportunity formerly viewed as exclusive to a select group. It turns out, He “is patient … not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” But in that “partial hardening” I believe is also the devil’s opportunity to sow seeds of confusion and distortion, which I believe helps to facilitate and perpetuate the beguilement and fraud at the heart of the matter in question. In simple terms, that partial hardening gets passed off as something else, and also comingled.
Revelation: In Revelation 2:9 and again in 3:9, among the ‘seven letters to seven churches’, Jesus Himself refers to a people ‘who call themselves Jews, but are not’. What I find most fascinating is the absence of discussion, particularly in the American pulpits, concerning these passages, and the concept they present. To whom is Jesus referring? More importantly; is this cast of characters around today?
I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
Revelation 2:9 [NASB]
Behold, I will cause [those] of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie–I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and [make them] know that I have loved you.
Revelation 3:9 [NASB]
This is another one of those terms of art that we could spend lengths unpacking. Suffice it to say, wrapped in this encrusted jewel are terms like ‘Israel’ and ‘Jew’, which have been captured and conscripted to the devil’s errand of fomenting turmoil and conflict around the world, culminating in the WWIII scenario outlined in Pike’s (August 15, 1871) letter to Mazzini. Following are a few more clues, in an effort to help the thoughtful traveler.
- Neturei Karta: From Wikipedia:
Neturei Karta opposes Zionism and calls for a dismantling of the State of Israel, in the belief that Jews are forbidden to have their own state until the coming of the Jewish Messiah. While the Neturei Karta consider themselves true Jews, the US-based Jewish Anti-Defamation League has described them as “the farthest fringes of Judaism”.
Incidentally, the ADL referring to any organization as ‘fringe’ is patently ironic. The ADL is a terrorist organization, and wouldn’t know orthodox Judaism if… Well, you get the point.
- Alison Weir: A woman with a giant heart of gold, Alison Weir is the heart and soul of the project If Americans Knew – What every American needs to know about Israel/Palestine. She is a journalist who heard rumors concerning the so-called Israel / Palestine conflict, and ‘went to see for herself’. What she discovered was shocking and astonishing. For those unacquainted with Alison Weir, here’s an excellent subject matter primer.
[To be continued…]