Class Notes: 7/4/2012
The doctrine of Anti-Semitism in our study of Esther and Divine providence
In our study of Esther and the providence of God, we saw that Haman had become the "enemy of the Jews" Esther 3:10; by his edict to hunt down and kill all of the Jews in the Persian Empire. This is an example of anti-Semitism and so we started a study of the doctrine of anti- Semitism.
Last time we saw that the Bible describes the Jews as Racial, Regenerate, and Religious and that racial Jews are not the recipients of God's unconditional covenants to Israel.
Physical descent is useless in the transmission of eternal divine promises on which Israel was founded because the divine promises can only be transmitted through the eternal life of second birth.
In his illustration in Rom 9:6; Paul, states that the Word of God has not failed, and that the promises of the Word are for those who are born- again. The Jewish race was perpetuated through a promise made to Abraham that he would have a son.
This means that regeneration is the secret to the foundation of the Jewish race. Abraham was born again, Rom 4:1-5;. Isaac and Jacob were born- again. In the formation of Israel the racial Jew has to become the regenerate Jew. Therefore, Christ is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Rom 9:13; expresses the difference between physical birth and regeneration. Descendants of Abraham who are unbelievers are not included. The anthropopathisms that are used to describe this emphasize the perfect Holiness or righteousness and justice of God.
The promises of the unconditional covenants therefore only apply to the born-again Jew. Physical descent or natural birth is useless in the transmission of divine promises. Therefore, such divine promises demand eternal life and can only be transmitted through regeneration.
The religious Jew is a legalist and tries to keep the Law in an effort to earn favor from God. He has distorted the Mosaic Law into a system of legalism and ritual.
Religion includes all of Satan's counterfeits of doctrine and grace. Religion is evil. Religion is a conspiracy against grace. Religion and grace are antithetical and mutually exclusive.
In religion, man works to try to gain God's approval. In regeneration, God seeks man through the salvation work of Jesus Christ on the Cross and man approaches God through personal faith in Christ alone. (Faith alone in Christ alone) Eph 2:8-9;
Religion has its own salvation by works; its own Gospel by keeping the Law; its own communion table, 1Cor 10:20-21; its own counterfeit spirituality, Gal 3:2-3; its own counterfeit maturity, Matt 23:1-35; and terrible self-righteousness and arrogance that Christ describes as being a curse Matt 19:16-28.
In religion, legalism is represented through man's plans, talents, thoughts, and works, for the purpose of gaining the approbation from God. The religious Jews that were known as Judaizers persecuted Paul and they are condemned in Romans and Galatians for their attempt to become righteous by keeping the law.
There is a correlation between the rise and fall of nations and their attitude toward and their treatment of the Jews.
Individuals, nations, and empires have been destroyed by their anti- Semitism. Spain rose, then fell because of its persecution of the Jews. The same happened with England, France, Assyria, Persia, and Rome. Germany under Hitler's anti-Semitism is a classic example or this. Client nations must be careful about their attitude toward the Jews.
Individuals, nations, and empires have also been blessed by their kind treatment of the Jews. Alexander the Great, Cyrus the Great, Caesar, England under Cromwell, Germany prior to and during World War I, and the United States under Franklin D. Roosevelt had a kind attitude toward the Jews, and the results are evident.
The principle of anti-Semitism is documented in the Encyclopedia Britannica, 14th edition, Volume 13, p.51, "It is a noteworthy fact of history that great conquerors like Alexander, Caesar, and Napoleon have always treated the Jew well.
On the other hand, lesser men, endowed with narrower outlooks, have failed to recognize the Jew, and have sought to destroy him. But such methods are contrary to nature. And tyranny, whether toward the Jew or any other, has never secured permanent results.
The same policy of religious unification, anti-Semitism, has characterized subsequent dynasties from the Assyrian to the Romanov. And the same fate has overtaken them. The Jews have survived their disappearance."
We have seen that anti-Semitism is declared as a part of the Abrahamic covenant in Gen 12:1-3; This was prophesied in Gen 3:15 because Israel was to become the source of the humanity of TLJC in incarnation and Hypostatic Union.
The race began with Abraham and the nation began with Moses. The Messianic line descends from the tribe of Judah and the family of David. One reason why anti-Semitism is Satanically inspired is that it was designed to destroy Israel prior to the Cross. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob must be attacked, then Judah, and then David's line, especially the lines of Solomon and Nathan.
It is demonstrated throughout Old Testament history and restated in Zech 2:8. Net note 10 Anti-Semitism reaches its peak when Satan himself tries to destroy all Jews in the middle of the Tribulation. Rev 12:1-6; Satan is the author of anti- Semitism.
Under the Constitution of the United States of America, religion, or the lack of it, is solely a matter of individual privacy. Apart from the Bible the U. S. Constitution is the greatest document for the protection of the Jews.
Freedom is based on the divine institution of human volition, and the sacredness of life, property and privacy. Government must be balanced in its protection of our basic freedoms because freedom without authority is anarchy and authority without freedom is tyranny.
The Constitution not only protects the Jew as a race, but also protects their religion. The U.S. Constitution protects the Jewish citizen against racial and religious persecution. Until recent trends of negative volition and reversionism in this country, race in the United States was not an issue.
Citizens have rights, but these are not related to race or religion. Rights are simply just or lawful claims. You have a right to life. You have a just claim to be free. The federal government doesn't give you life or freedom. God gave you life. The federal government has no right to interfere with your freedom, your life, your property, or your prosperity.
This means that the government has no right to steal from the rich and give to the poor. Government has no right to try to make you prosperous or give you property.
This means that your rights do not include a federal government providing them for you. Your right is not life, freedom or property, but is a just and lawful claim to these things. You simply have the opportunity and freedom acquire them without interference.
As a result of the negative volition and evil reversionism that has occurred in the Unites States the socialistic concepts of the welfare state have eliminated "just" and replaced it with "right." This has created an evil entitlement mentality.
We as citizens have inalienable rights, but that doesn't mean the government is to provide these rights. The government's job under the laws of divine establishment is to simply provide freedom; each individual is personally responsible to do the rest.
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