Many people believe based on a cursory reading of the Bible that the term
"Israelites" and "Jews" are synonymous. We fell into this category
until recently. A closer examination of the Bible reveals that
these two groups are NOT the same. This article will provide
evidence to explain why.
First and foremost let's begin by checking out what the Bible has to
say on the subject. The first stop should be the Book of Revelations 2:9:
“I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are
rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and
are not, but are a synagogue of Satan." [Rev. 2:9, Bible, NKJV]
Then we look at Revelations 3:9.
"Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say
they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and
worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you."
3:9, Bible, NKJV]
Now in my opinion, an alarm should be going off in any readers head.
To put it more bluntly it appears that there is some sort of identity
crisis happening amongst those who call themselves "Jews".
Next we go to John 8:30-59.
As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.
The Truth Shall Make You Free
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in
My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free.”
They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and
have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever
commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in
the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the
Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Abraham’s Seed and Satan’s
“I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill
Me, because My word has no place in you. I speak what I have seen
with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”
They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.”
Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would
do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill Me, a Man
who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not
do this. You do the deeds of your father.”
Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we
have one Father—God.”
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love
Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of
Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech?
Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your
father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He
was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth,
because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks
from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of
you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not
believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears
God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
Before Abraham Was, I AM
Then the Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly
that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”
Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father,
and you dishonor Me. And I do not seek My own glory; there is One
who seeks and judges. Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps
My word he shall never see death.”
Then the Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon!
Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My
word he shall never taste death.’ Are You greater than our father
Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Who do You make
Yourself out to be?”
Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is
My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.
Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not
know Him,’ I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep
His word. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it
and was glad.”
Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old,
and have You seen Abraham?”
Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before
Abraham was, I AM.”
Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid
Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them,
and so passed by.
Here we find Jesus speaking to some "Jews", again we see these are
not what they seem to be. The majority of people still equate the
term "Jew" with "Israelite". These verses show that that can not be the
case. These "Jews" claim they were never in bondage, hence they cannot
be Israelites, for it is well known that the Israelites were in bondage
in Egypt. They were more than likely Edomites, [Josephus] who wrote
about the history of the "Jews" claimed that Edom was in Jewry, at that
time. I am sorry that I can't give you a cite at this time as I
don't have that book with me.
The next stop, should be somewhat familiar to you, seeing as
how you wrote about it in your book. Head for the book of Esther
and check out Esther 8:17.
"And in every province and city, wherever the king’s command
and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a
holiday. Then many of the people of the land became Jews, because
fear of the Jews fell upon them."
[Esther 8:17, Bible, NKJV]
Now, I ask you how does one go about changing ones 'race'. I do hope
you get my meaning here.
I don't know if you are aware of it or not, but there are two
branches of so-called Jewry today. One of them is the Sephardic branch,
more or less than 500,000 is approximate pop..The other branch is known
as the Ashkenaz, numbering in the range of 10-20 million, I would
venture a guess. Anyway the name Ashkenaz could be familiar to you, go
to Genesis 10:3
The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah."
10:3, Bible, NKJV]
. . .and or 1 Chronicles 1:6.
"The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Diphath, and Togarmah."
Chron. 1:6, Bible, NKJV]
Here we find that Ashkenaz is the son of Gomer, and brother to
Togarmah. You may want to check out Isaiah to find out more or what God
has to say about them.
One more stop, so to speak, check out Genesis 36:12
"Now Timna was the concubine of Eliphaz, Esau’s son, and she
bore Amalek to Eliphaz. These were the sons of Adah, Esau’s wife."
36:12, Bible, NKJV]
Here we find the descendants of Esau (Edom). Pay particular
attention to Amelek, and head for Exodus 17:16.
for he said, “Because the LORD has sworn: the LORD will have
war with Amalek from generation to generation.”
17:16, Bible, NKJV]
Here we find that the Lord is going to have war with these people
from generation to generation. Sound or feel familiar.
There are several books you may want to investigate as well, one is -
Arthur Koestler's, The Thirteenth Tribe , New York, Random
House,1976. The other is a booklet titled Facts are Facts,
written by Benjamin Freedman. I don't know where you can obtain a copy
of Koestler's book. The other is online at ( www.biblebelievers.org), also they have an address I believe where
you may obtain a hard copy. "Facts are Facts" is a must read.
Also, you may want to check out www.missiontoisrael.org