Judaizers

“If I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? Then is the offence of the cross ceased. I would they were even cut off which trouble you.” – Galatians 5:11-12 (KJV)[1]

return-of-the-judaizersAfter Pentecost, the apostles battled Judaizers – false Jewish converts who preached circumcision for salvation (Acts 15:1, 5). Faith in the atoning death of Jesus Christ wasn’t enough for them. Judaizers wanted Gentile converts to keep the Law of Moses, a “yoke” that Jews themselves weren’t “able to bear” (15:10). These “false brethren” even spied on the Gentiles’ “liberty” in Christ in order to “bring [them] into bondage” (Galatians 2:4). Why? “Righteousness without the law” offended them (Romans 3:21).

We don’t battle preachers of circumcision today, yet Judaizers have still ruined the church. These false converts produced Catholicism, a disguised fertility cult laden with Cabbalistic (occult) signs and rituals in the second or third century. Now Judaizers have nullified the Reformation in order to lead Protestants back to Rome. Why? Their Messiah is the antichrist, and they want Christians to worship him when he’s revealed. If people look at “Christian” culture and “Christian” churches, then they might notice that both resemble Old Testament Judaism! See the list below.

Dominionism
“Kingdom now” theology isn’t just post-millennial, which is unbiblical, since great tribulation will come first. It’s also Jewish! God promised the Jews an earthly kingdom (land and throne) under the old covenant. They still want one, although this covenant has been superseded in Christ and the Jews’ kingdom has been taken away forever. The kingdom of God is within converts through the Holy Spirit and is the promise of the eternal kingdom in heaven. This isn’t enough for Judaizers. They want land and a throne – now. However, we aren’t here to win cities or nations for Christ, so we shouldn’t “prayer walk” any property. We’re here only to preach the gospel of repentance, to individuals.

Old Testament Prophecy
Linked with dominionism are prophecies that some people claim are unfulfilled because they refer to the last days, i.e. latter rain revival. Wrong! They were fulfilled at Jesus’ first advent.

  • Tommy Bates loves to preach about God rearing up “the tabernacle of David” (Amos 9:11). James said that this prophecy was fulfilled with the salvation of Cornelius, a Gentile (Acts 15:13-17).
  • Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and Hillsong love to sing about God pouring out his spirit “on all flesh,” as well as of visions and dreams (Joel 2:28-29). Peter said that this prophecy was fulfilled at Pentecost (Acts 2:14-17).
  • Eddie James’ song “Shift” talks about “new wineskins” and a “new breed of Christians” called Nazarites, who are “lovers of the King.” Yet “new wineskins” (KJV “bottles”) are the new nature, provided for us at the cross (Matthew 9:17). The new covenant did away with Nazarites too (Numbers 6:1-21). In Christ we’re all holy, i.e. spiritually separated or set apart for the Lord (2 Corinthians 6:17).
  • Other songs ask God to send heavenly fire down to earth: “Ancient Wells,” “Holy Spirit Rain Down,” “Send It on Down,” etc. Yet “cloven tongues like … fire” sat on each believer at Pentecost (Acts 2:3). Under the new covenant, the Holy Spirit remains. We don’t need to pray for fire to fall! It’s inside us! The false prophet will make “fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men” (Revelation 13:13). Is this a clue?

Spiritual gifts, callings, and power – as well as spirit-led worship – are for the church age, which began at the cross and ends with the rapture. There is nothing new. Anyone who claims something new for the end times other than great tribulation and widespread deception is a false prophet!

holy-land israelHoly Land
Also linked with dominionism is the concept of Israel as the “holy land.” Yet wherever God is, is holy. I’d go further: wherever a spirit-filled Christian is, is holy. Our bodies are “temple[s] of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19). Wherever we walk, God is there. “Holy” land died at the cross, so churches should stop calling Israel “holy”! They don’t even need to visit!

Church / Temple
Paul said that our bodies are “temple[s] of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19). How did we forget something so basic and replace our spirit-filled bodies with 3D buildings? Most churches today resemble the Old Testament tabernacle and temple, namely the physical design and the service schedule. We put altars near the front of the “sanctuary” (Old Testament word) and worship on Sundays – one day per week like the Jewish Sabbath. Paid worship leaders (priests) and volunteer choirs lead singing. A paid pastor (priest) preaches the Word. Then we beg people for 10% of their income (tithes). Guess what? All this died at the cross!!!

  • We don’t need sanctuaries or paid priests to lead us. We’re supposed to be a family – one Father (God) and many brothers and sisters (believers). So all we need to do is read the Bible, pray, and worship, either by ourselves or with other believers. We can gather anytime, not just on Sunday, and anywhere, not just in a church building.
  • 1st, under the new covenant, 10% is too little. God wants it all. Look at the widow’s mite and the land Barnabas sold (Mark 12:41-44, Acts 4:36-37). 2nd, tithing is a tax. What happened to “cheerful giver[s]” (2 Corinthians 9:7)? 3rd, our money shouldn’t support Levites (church staff, preachers) or the free gospel, just believers.

End Times / Fall Feasts
Also troubling are end-time scenarios that claim to be biblical but are really based on Jewish (i.e. man-made) traditions of Mosaic feasts. First, why should a Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah or any other feast predict the nature of Jesus’ second coming? This information is extra-biblical. Week-long Jewish marriages have nothing to do with the future!  Second, Jesus fulfilled the Law of Moses at the cross (Matthew 5:17-18). It is finished (John 19:30)! The new covenant superseded the old! This fulfillment includes the feasts, so all were fulfilled at his first advent. I don’t know how exactly, but I do know that Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) was fulfilled at the cross. Read Hebrews 9!

rosh-hashanah israel-feastWhy does everyone equate the “trumpet,” “last trump,” and “trump of God” of the rapture with Rosh Hashanah (Matthew 24:31, 1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16). This phrase never appears in conjunction with the feast, just “blowing of trumpets” (Leviticus 23:24). Anything else is extra-biblical, which is man-made tradition rather than the Word of God. Besides, there’s another explanation for the rapture trumpet: either the seventh seal or the seventh trumpet within the seventh seal. “Great tribulation” is Satan’s wrath. The “day of the Lord” is God’s wrath; it comes after the sixth seal (Revelation 6:12-17). The seventh trumpet within the seventh seal finishes “the mystery of God” (10:7). Here are some final tidbits.

  • The “elect” in Matthew 24 are Jewish and Gentile believers, not Jews alone.
  • The “day of the Lord” – Jesus’ second coming and the rapture (“our gathering together to him”) – won’t “come unless the falling away comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).

Eternal Security / OSAS
Eternal security is a heresy. Why? God’s promises of salvation in the New Testament are conditional “if” clauses contingent on obedience. Holiness isn’t legalism or works-based salvation! What bothers me is how Jewish this mindset is. OSAS believers rest on their “positional righteousness,” not their spiritual nature. They don’t want a new nature that transforms them from within. These people are like the Pharisees who claimed to be children of Abraham by virtue of physical birth (Matthew 3:9, John 8:39). Yet John the Baptist told them that God could use “stones to raise up children unto Abraham” (Matthew 3:9). Why? Only believers in Jesus are Abraham’s spiritual children (Romans 4:11-12, Galatians 3:7-9, 29) because they “do the works of Abraham” (John 8:39). Paul is explicit: “They which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham” (Galatians 3:7). DNA and circumcision aren’t enough. A person must have the Holy Spirit. Therefore, unbelievers – Jews included – aren’t children of Abraham because they have no faith. What makes OSAS believers any different, since they don’t have a new nature?

book-of-galatians bible paulConclusion
Paul told Gentile converts, “If I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. … If righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:18, 21). The Law of Moses and extra-biblical Jewish traditions can’t save anyone. Ask God to open your eyes to a grand deception, foisted on you by Judaizers (Jesus-hating Cabbalistic Jews), and see where this deception is leading – into the arms of the antichrist.

The gospel is simple: repent and believe in Jesus’ atoning death for your sins. Church is simple: you are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Gather with other believers when and where you can. Sunday is no more sacred than any other day. A church is no more sacred than a home, school, or business either. The future is simple: prepare yourself spiritually for tribulation and deception. Flee false prophets and churches too!

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[1] All Scriptures are from the King James Version (KJV), unless otherwise noted.

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5 thoughts on “Judaizers

  1. This is an excellent post. I agree with you on the majority of what you wrote.

    Here are a few very minor points of my own –

    1. re: “They still want one, although this covenant has been superseded in Christ”
    You are certainly correct the Levitical covenant has been made obsolete by the New Covenant. The Jewish prophet Daniel clarifies that the Levitical covenant would one day be forever supplanted by the blood of Christ.
    https://truthlife.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/daniel-chapter-9-201608011.pdf

    2. re: “the Jews’ kingdom has been taken away forever.”
    I disagree because when the appointed day of the Second coming of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem arrives it seems that one third of Jews living in Israel will repent and turn to Jesus as Savior and Lord! (Zechariah 12-14, Romans 11). In the meantime the gentiles have already been grafted spiritually into Israel! (Ephesians 3:2-6)

    3. You make a compelling commentary regrading church/temple and you make many excellent points about unnecessary taxation the leaders have been imposing upon the flock. Despite these provocations the pastor still deserves his pay (Mat 10:10, 1 Tim 5:18, 1 Tim 5:17-18). However here is my challenge to church leaders: Why do you elders pay senior pastors differently than non-senior pastors? Because the model of the first church was that everything was “held in common” (Acts 4:32) and Paul wrote that there should be no favoritism among the flock. Any why do you pastors/teachers keep writing books and selling them for personal gain? This is an ugly blight upon the church because it reveals your unhealthy greed and selfishness. If a leader has been given something from the Lord then that leader ought to give it freely to the flock just as Jesus commanded.

    4. You are so right about the tribulation which is prior to the return of Jesus. Unfortunately is seems that the majority of preaching pastors have got this point reversed.
    https://truthlife.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/rapture-will-happen-during-the-great-tribulation/

    5. I see clearly the “sixth seal” rapture of the church and I hope to convince you using scripture –
    https://truthlife.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/the-sixth-seal-rapture-of-all-christians/

    • Thanks for the instructive comment and links! I’ll read them.

      2. I have a problem with dispensational theology. Why can’t “all Israel will be saved” refer to believing Jews and Gentiles, rather than a specific ethnic group (e.g. Jews)? Paul makes it clear in Romans and Galatians that “children of Abraham” are believers, even if uncircumcised Gentiles. So unbelieving Jews aren’t Abraham’s seed and can’t expect an inheritance. Zechariah 12:10 was (partially) fulfilled at the cross. See John 19:37.

      3. I love your challenge to church leaders! Everyone should be paid the same and personal gain doesn’t help the church. Yes, pastors deserve pay, but it should be low (like minimum wage) to detract wolves in sheep’s clothing. Or they could get full-time jobs elsewhere. One pastor in Kentucky takes no money for preaching and visiting the sick; he gets all his income from selling coffee table books because he’s a full-time painter. Paul said he deserved pay but refused to take it so that the gospel wouldn’t be hindered (1 Corinthians 9:12-18).

      • re: “Why can’t “all Israel will be saved” refer to believing Jews and Gentiles,”

        Ro 11:11-15
        “Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring! I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?”

        Ro 11:25-26 “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved.”

        Ep 3:6 “This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.”

      • True Israel, or God’s ‘elect’ and ‘chosen’ people (one olive tree) = believers in Jesus Christ, both Jews and Gentiles. “They are not all Israel, which are of Israel” (Romans 9:6). A true Jew has a circumcised heart (Romans 2:29). Faith has always been the key to God’s kingdom, not DNA. Please read this series on Matthew 24. [I have issues with part 10. I don’t support modern Israel, a satanic creation of the Rothschilds. It’s also our place to judge what happens in the church.] Also, don’t use the occult NIV! http://www.birthpangs.org/articles/biblical/matt24-1.html

  2. re: “True Israel, or God’s ‘elect’ and ‘chosen’ people (one olive tree) = believers in Jesus Christ, both Jews and Gentiles. “They are not all Israel, which are of Israel” (Romans 9:6). A true Jew has a circumcised heart (Romans 2:29). Faith has always been the key to God’s kingdom, not DNA.”

    I agree with you up to this point.

    2 Cor 3:7-18
    Jer 31:31-37

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