Anti-Semitism and the Christian

First of all, allow me to define anti-Semitism as simply as possible. Anti-Semitism is a hatred, dislike, or even apathy toward the Jewish people. In fact, if you are not for the Jews, you are against them. There is no middle ground. The rest of the world will not allow you to remain neutral. Either you support the nation and the people of Israel or you do not.

Next, allow me to define “Christian” as simply as possible. Christ is a Greek word that translates into Messiah in Hebrew. A Christian is a follower of Christ. That is to say that a Christian is a follower of Messiah.

Messiah is meant to mean the Jewish Messiah that was prophesied throughout the Old Testament (the Jewish Tanakh). Therefore, to be a Christian, one must embrace the Jewish Messiah. It is, then, incongruous to harbor ill feelings toward Jewish people and still call yourself a Christian. To follow the Jewish Messiah means that we embrace His people. As Ruth of old did with Naomi when she said these words, “Your people shall be my people, and your God shall be my God”. In like manner, we must echo her words to our wonderful Savior, the Jewish Messiah.

There are those who believe that the Church has replaced Israel as God’s people. This could not be farther from the truth. We have been “grafted into the olive tree”. Replacement Theology is anti-Semitic! There has always been a remnant of Jewish people as well as a remnant of God-fearing Gentiles who stayed true to God. This is called Remnant Theology.

It was the Gentile followers of Yeshua who were first called Christians (followers of Messiah) at Antioch. The Gentiles were called this as an attempt to slander them. It was an anti-Semitic gesture aimed at ridiculing the Antioch believers because of their faith in a Jewish man. Those believers at Antioch, however, embraced the name and we have been using that name for centuries. It became a badge of honor to be associated with the Jewish people through the Jewish Messiah.

Today, we need to reconnect with the people who are the people of our Lord. We need to support them. We need to encourage them. We need to help them. We need to esteem them as our own family. The Jewish people are returning to their land, the land of Israel. We should help finance their return! We should pray for the peace of Jerusalem. It is a “badge of honor” to identify ourselves with the Jewish people.

The Jewish people are putting together the various parts of the Temple. They believe that Messiah has not come yet and are expecting Him any moment and they want to be ready to build the Temple upon the very location of the Dome of the Rock when He comes. Their expectation coincides perfectly with our expectation of the return of Yeshua. Our goals are similar. It would behoove us to support the building of the Temple with our finances, for the building of the Tabernacle is part of end time events.

In these last days, we cannot allow ourselves to remain impartial to the Jewish people. Soon we shall see our Savior, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ) coming in clouds of glory and we will meet Him in the clouds. He will be coming just as they saw Him go. He left as a Jewish man and He will return as a Jewish man. He will eventually set up His millennial kingdom in Jerusalem. According to the prophets, in the millennium, all men will go to Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish feast of Tabernacles.

You cannot escape this reality; you are inextricably connected to the Jewish people. You might as well embrace it!

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