It happened again, just recently.
A supposedly mature, evangelical Christian spewed an anti-Semitic remark
during a conversation. The comment
was something to the effect that Jews are despicable because they are in
positions of control and wealth in the world today.
I was deeply grieved. Yet,
given the history of the Jews, I was not shocked.
Once again, God’s sentence upon this special people more than 2500 years
ago found a willing participant amongst the Christian Gentiles.
And many anti-Semitic Christian Gentiles there
still remain. In fact, in one form
or another — anti-Zionism being just one — there is a surge of anti-Semitism
today. Sadly this is also true among
supposed Christians, both individually and institutionally.
It is a topic to take very seriously.
Why? Because the Bible
clearly indicates some serious consequences.
For this and a number of others reasons, it is timely to investigate
further. Also intersecting this
topic, as we will see, is the fate of America.
As we tackle this topic, however, a word of
warning to Gentiles. It must be approached with great humility.
For He is the Judge, the one who says,
“It is mine to avenge; I
will repay.” (Deuteronomy 32:35)
For all will fall under judgment, Jew, Gentile and Christian.
Jews? According to Scripture
To ensure that we launch our investigation on a
firm foundation, let’s begin with what Scriptures have to say.
After all, it is a document written exclusively by the Jews. We must
first remember who it was that made a covenant with Abraham and issued the
pronouncements upon all of his children and heirs. It was, He, Jehovah, that
very early in the written prophecies of the Hebrew prophets, inspired them to
write His taunt that no false god or idol would ever dare wager.
He stared down all doubters to his Glory with the
unhedged claim, “I make known the end from
the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will
stand, and I will do all that I please.”
(Isaiah 46:10) Therefore, it
is the subject of fact and required belief that all Spirit-inspired prophecy
will come to be fulfilled.
The prophecies applying to the Hebrews — almost all of them very
plain and clear — are also true no matter what modern theologians may think or
what preferential positions or vested interests some denominations may like to
appropriate for themselves. The prophets clearly outlined the result of Israel’s and Judah’s disobedience, demonstrating
God’s foreknowledge of their choice, as well as their yet-coming Millennial
Seemingly countless times — in fact, many tens of
times — warnings were given to the Israelites that they would be scattered to
the four corners and all nations of the world.
Not only that, but much worse: “I
will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrent
to all the kingdoms of the earth and an object of cursing and horror, of scorn
and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them. (Jeremiah 29:18-19)
would be scattered, its people facing conditions of scorn and persecution during
that time of dispersion.
But, crucially, something else was also prophesied: That the Jews
would be restored.
But not just restoration to Old Testament primacy, but being placed
at the head of the nations … in other words, the entire world.
The Jews will yet rule the world and reign from
conditional blessings set down by Moses would finally be righted.
But for Gentiles that have oppressed the Israelites there is one
more prophecy to acknowledge:
“May the praise of God
be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance
on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters,
their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against
(Psalm 149:6-9) Just as
played out in the Book of Esther, the Jews themselves will be used as the
instruments of God’s vengeance.
These developments – all of them to yet to fully
unfold in the future — holds some great admonitions for all people, Christians,
Jews and Gentiles alike.
Why the Chosen People
Why did God choose the Hebrews as His people?
This topic is a stumbling block for many.
Why did He make one people superior … superior in the sense that they
might be “super humans? To begin
with, this question reveals an incorrect perspective.
God did not
choose the Hebrews for their greatness or superiority in any sense.
Said Moses, “The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you
were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.”
To believe that God needs superior numbers, or
peoples or armies, contradicts Scripture.
Said Paul: “But God chose the
foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the
world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the
despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so
that no one may boast before him.”
(1 Corinthians 1:27-29)
Christians who have received undeserved grace would identify with the
“lowly things of this world,” having no reason to boast.
The same applies to the Hebrew.
Therefore, the question of selection may never be answered or understood.
For the Lord says, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion
on whom I will have compassion.” (Exodus 3:19)
A point to recognize in the case of the Hebrews,
is made by Michael Medved, a high-profile talk-show host and author who is a
Jew. “According to Scripture,
the Jews have been chosen for distinct responsibilities, not for unique
privileges: we accept special obligations, rather than claiming special power.”[i]
The Hebrews were
not chosen to have special privileges or might to take over the world, but
rather were given a task. “I
will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to
the ends of the earth." (Isaiah 49:6)
The Hebrews were made servants of God.
Israel, are My servant, Jacob, whom I have
chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend.” (Isaiah 41:8, KJV)
By contrast, believers in Christ
(whether Gentile or Jew) become God’s spiritual children.
“Yet to all who received
him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of
God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's
will, but born of God.” (John 1:12-13, NIV)
Scripture, therefore, it will be the Jews that finally spread the Gospel to the
four corners of the world, after the Church is gone.
Blessings of the Jews
The Bible clearly says that the Jew will be a blessing to the world
in many ways, this also being the case during the Diaspora.
“As you have been an object of
cursing among the nations, O Judah
so will I save you, and you will be a blessing.” (Zechariah 8:13)
Possibly without major exception, every nation that gave harbor to
the Jews eventually prospered and rose in prominence.
For example, during the Golden age of Poland of the
mid-1800s, approximately 30% of all Jews were estimated to be living in that
country at that time. Later, the
Jews were severely persecuted. It
has been a long time since
has been a prominent country. The
same applies to Spain
after the 1400s. Before that time,
Jews were a large reason for the prosperity and progress of Spain.
To no surprise, Spain rapidly declined after 1492,
the year the Jews were expelled.
Indeed, the Jew has brought great blessings to
the world in many ways. Just as the
Bible said: “The remnant of Jacob will be
in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass,
which do not wait for man or linger for mankind.” (Micah 5:7)
Other examples could be cited, including Russia and even the
Ottoman Empire, a Muslim empire that during one time allowed a great deal of
freedom to the Jews (however, not at other
times, nor hardly so in Turkey today). But how does this observation reflect
upon the world today? Frankly it begs the question of the role of the Jew in
today in which live approximately 60% of the Diaspora Jews.
Consider that the period since the 1950s has been dubbed by some as the
Golden Age of the America Jew. We
will consider the implications of this situation in Part II.
The Jew’s state of separateness combined with
cycles of oppression and their fervent belief that they have a future,
contributed to the crucible out which were forged great achievements.
This incredible state that God has cast upon them — in a sense, ensuring
their survival and the fulfillment of the prophecies — brings to mind Johnny
Cash’s famous song, “A Boy Named Sue.”
Not at all attempting to belittle this topic,
consider the song’s central message. The story is told of a father who would not
be around to raise his son, so he named him “Sue.”
Because of the ridicule and trouble that this name would bring the boy,
the Father was sure that he would survive.
In this sense, God has also marked the Jew.
After He divorced and abandoned them to the Diaspora and they continued
to stay separate and practice the Sabbath, the factors contributing to their
persecution has pressurized them to excel and survive.
Albert Einstein was to have said,
“It may be thanks to anti-Semitism that we are able to preserve our existence as
a race; that at any rate is my belief.”
So we see that a repetitive and chronically
depressing cycle has played out over the millennia.
Wherever and whenever Jews were allowed an environment to do so, out of
the crucible of their oppression, they prospered.
The nations in which they resided also prospered.
Then, usually, after a period, jealousy or some other type of loathing
set in and they were expelled, suppressed or murdered.
Why? While there are many reasons, one factor certainly always played a
The world is thankful for the many achievements
of the Jewish people, the many Jewish Nobel prize laureates—about one-fifth have
been Jewish—the great inventions and arts.
We see that the Jew has excelled in almost every faculty with the
possible exception of sports.
Gentiles laud Jews for these achievements.
Few would feel jealous that many of the greatest violin soloists were
Jewish or that an outsized number of the Boston Symphonic Orchestra may be
Yet, there is one area that has almost always
unleashed a renewed hatred of the Jew—“the
love of money.” It seems that
the Jew is connected with the topic of money. Is this reputation deserved?
To no surprise, the Koran (written
in the 7th century) makes this claim about the Jews:
"They delight in twisting words and distort even the word of God.
They break their contracts and are treacherous. They hound the people for money.
They boast of special privileges in the life to come, yet cling tenaciously to
life on this earth."
But now we tread on a charged topic.
Therefore, before considering this issue any further, a review of history
and facts is first necessary to ensure that we present a balanced answer.
To begin with, that money should be such an
effective instrument to incite the persecution of the Jew should be no surprise.
It is important to understand the dynamics at play here so as not to fall
prey to this satanic scheme. Crucial
to remember is that the love of money strikes to the very core of mankind’s
susceptibly corrupt nature.
According to Apostle Paul, “the love of
money is the root of all kinds of evil.” (I Timothy 6:10)
An improper attitude to money, whether jealousy or obsession, is an
extremely potent lure to destruction for both Jew and Gentile.
The second point to realize is that there is no
mystery to the basic task of accumulating capital.
Simply viewed, it takes time, disciplined saving and only a little bit of
extra effort. Were you to save only
2% more of your earnings than your neighbor every year, and work only 2% harder
(everything else being equal) it would
take only 25 to 35 years for you to be twice as wealthy.
And, this is a conservative scenario.
It is not unusual to see immigrants work harder.
Why? They feel a more urgent
need to establish themselves. Imagine how
much more disciplined and striving would be a people that throughout history has
been persecuted. It is no surprise
that such people do generally become wealthier, if allowed the opportunity.
Lastly, though Jews in America have
become wealthier than the general population in the past half-century, this is
usually taken far out of context. To
begin with, many immigrant groups have risen to prominence or above-average
achievement in one sense or another.
This is true for Asians, Chinese and others.
It is also true for Muslims.
They have higher incomes as a group and a much greater concentration in
professional job categories such as medicine and academia.
So why pick on the Jews?
While many today believe that various Jewish
lobby groups have a significant influence upon the American government, their
impact is certainly debatable. It
could just as easily be said and proven that Arabs have even an even greater
influence upon America.
There is no contesting the fact that America, for example, has a very special
relationship with Saudi Arabia
or even Kuwait.
has sent a number of armies into the Middle East
to protect the interests of these countries. However,
for some reason, this influence does not elicit as many howls of protest.
We come back to this main point: Whenever the Jew
has been allowed to prosper, eventually money has played a role in a following
persecution. Invariably, the Gentile
took great pleasure in stripping the Jews of their homes and wealth.
Even governments and kings would participate in these confiscations.
For example, the king of France, Philip Augustus, during the expelling of
the News in 1198 AD and King Ferdinand during the expulsion of the Jews (1492)
who required that 20% of all debt repudiation to Jews accrue to him.
We want to come back to the role of the Gentile throughout history
in relation to the Hebrews. It would
be at their hands that the Jew would suffer.
The history books are full of unspeakable atrocities and injustices.
A Gentile can only utter graven silence at the specter of this gargantuan
Jesus Christ says of himself through the prophet
Zechariah, “After he has honored me and
has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you
touches the apple of his eye—I will surely raise my hand against them so that
their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has
sent me. (Zechariah 2:8-9)
We are alerted to understand that just because
God has decreed a disciplining or punishment upon His people, it does not
absolve Gentile people and nations whom He might use as His instruments to do
so. The example of Babylon’s role in the Old Testament in this
regard illustrates this point clearly.
While the prophets far in advance identified Babylon
as the tool that God would use to bring His judgment against Judah, it was
still counted as evil that this nation would touch Jacob.
"But when the seventy years
[ of captivity]
are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the
land of the Babylonians, for their guilt,"
It was the same of the
Edomites, the descendants of Esau.
Though Esau was the brother of Jacob, his progeny was punished for their
adversity and plundering of the Jews.
(See Joel 3:19 and Amos 1:6 to 2:1)
If this was the case, we can be sure that members of the Church, part of
the Olive Tree, will surely be accountable for their deeds and thoughts against
While God has been the author of the Jew’s
sentence into the Diaspora, both the Gentile and Jew have been complicit it is
carrying out and completion.
However, a Christian need not — must not — be part of these injustices though
God may have allowed the Gentile role in this manner.
Though God decreed this time upon our brother, the Jew, we still
individually have a choice in the matter.
We dare not be part of this sin, for it indeed is something that will be
severely punished. For the Bible
will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed
through you." (Genesis 12:3)
In the final part of
this topic series, we review the role of the false church and America in the
prophesied time-line of the Jew.
October 2007 –
Wilfred J. Hahn
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Michael Medved, Why the world hates the Jews, August 9, 2006. Accessed