Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore
March 18, 2018
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-5:
1)“Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgements, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land wither ye go to possess it:
2) That thou mightiest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life and that thy days may be prolonged.
3) Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promise thee, in the land that floweth with mild and honey.
4) Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God is one LORD:
5) And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
In Genesis 3:15 the LORD decreed that there would be a mutual conflict between two seed lines; the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman. They have been at war ever since. They both have different laws that they live by and they have a different destination. Today’s scripture reading contains the laws that were given to Israel and what will to happen when they are obeyed by the hearers and what will happen when they are not obeyed.
One of these two races will be annihilated at the end of this age. They both cannot be on the same earth at the same time in the same place for very long. The one will always cause problems for the other. One reason is because it is natural for them to lie, steal and murder. They are unable to hear the words of God correctly. They are of the evil one.
I found a pamphlet written by Charles A. Jennings, a Christian-Identity preacher in Oklahoma, “Jewish Opposition to Jesus Christ And the Gospel”, that tells of the characteristics of one seed line that produces fear in the other. It also shows the many scriptures that teach that it was this wicked seed line that persecuted, harassed and blasphemed the disciples of Jesus and even had many of them killed. Notice it wasn’t the Blacks, or Browns or Asiatic, it was the Kenite/Canaanite/jews. I have preached at his conference in the past and enjoyed it greatly. Most of this sermon is taken from his pamphlet.
BIBLICAL CHARACTERS WHOSE ACTIONS WERE DETERMINED BY THEIR “FEAR OF THE JEWS”
- The worshippers at the feast of tabernacles did not speak openly of Jesus because of their fear of retaliation from the Jewish leaders.
John 7:1, 13:
1) “After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for He would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.
13) Howbeit no man spake openly of Him [Jesus] for fear of the Jews.”
- The parents of the blind man who Jesus healed, feared being expelled from the synagogue for confessing that Jesus was the Christ.
22) “These words spake his [the blind man’s] parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already that if any man did confess that He was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.”
- Many chief rulers believed on Jesus but would not confess Him openly for they feared being expelled from the synagogue by the Pharisees.
42) “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:”
- Joseph of Arimathea secretly sought the body of Jesus for fear of the Jews.
38) “And after this Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.”
- Following the crucifixion of Christ, His disciples hid themselves for fear of the Jews.
19) “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.”
POLITICAL LEADERS WHO YIELDED TO JEWISH PRESSURE TO WIN FAVOR WITH THE RULING JEWISH POWER STRUCTURE
- Herod persecuted the Christian church, killed James and arrested Peter to win the favor of the Jews.
1). “Now about that time Herod, the king, stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
2) And he killed James, the brother of John with the sword.
3) And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. Then were the days of unleavened bread.”
- Felix prolonged the imprisonment of Paul, because he yielded to Jewish pressure. In being willing to show the Jew a pleasure, Felix no doubt received political favors in return.
27) “But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix’s place; and Felix, willing to show the Jews a favor, left Paul bound.”
JEWISH PERSECUTION OF EARLY CHURCH CHRISTIANS
- Before his conversion, Saul of Tarsus received his authority for harassment, imprisonment and execution of Christians from the Jewish High Priest.
Acts 9:1, 2:
1) “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,,
2) And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.”
- After the conversion of the Apostle Paul and his proclamation of Jesus as the Christ, the Jews took counsel to kill him.
22) “But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
23) And after many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him;
24) But their lying-in wait was known by Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
25) Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.”
- The Jews were filled with envy because Paul had attracted the multitudes.
45) “But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.”
- The Jews contradicted and blasphemed the preaching of Paul.
45) “But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.”
- The Jews convinced the honorable women and chief men of the city against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them out of their coasts.”
50) “But the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their borders.”
- The Jews poisoned the minds of the people against the Apostles.
2) “But the unbelieving Jews [Judeans] stirred up the Gentiles [lost tribes of the Israel nation], and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.”
- The Jews divided the loyalty of the people of the city to weaken the effects of the preaching of the Apostles.
Acts 14:4, 5:
4) “But the multitude of the city was divided; and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
5) And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them.”
- The Jews despitefully used and stoned the Apostles.
Acts 14:4, 5: See above verses.
- Certain Jews heckled Paul from city to city persuading the people against him. They finally stoned him, supposing he was dead.
19) “And there came there certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city [Lystra], supposing he had been dead.”
- The Jews created an atmosphere of confusion and havoc throughout the city to assault the house of a Christian believer and accuse him before the civil authorities.
Acts 17:5, 6:
5) “But the Jews who believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain vile fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city in an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6) And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come here also;”
- The Jews stirred up the people of Berea against Paul and the Word of God.
13) “But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also, and stirred up the people.”
- The Jews made insurrection at Achaia and then brought false accusations against Paul.
12) “And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made an attack with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,
13) Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
14) And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked crime, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you.
15) But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters,
16) And he drove them from the judgments seat.
17) Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes,the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.”
- The Jews even used witchcraft and black magic to try to discredit the work of Paul.
13) “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them who had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus, whom Paul preacheth.
14) And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, who did so.
15) And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
16) And the man in whom the evil spirit was, leaped on them and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”
- The Jews again attempt to kill Paul.
Acts 20:3, 19:
3) “And there abode three months [in Greece]. And when the Jews laid wait for him [Paul], as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia.
19) Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and trials, which befell me, by the lying in wait of the Jews;”
- The Jews again stirred up the people against Paul and accused him of religious heresy.
27) “And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews who were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people and laid hands on him,
28) Crying out, Men of Israel, help! This is the man that teacheth all men everywhere against the people, and the law and this place; and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.
29) (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus, an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.
30) And all the city was moved, and the people ran together; and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple and at once the doors were shut.
31) And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar;”
- The Jews caused Paul to be scourged.
22) “And they [Jews] listened to him until this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth; for it is not fit that he should live.
23) And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,
24) The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the barracks, and bade that he should be examined by scourging, that he might know for what reason they cried so against him.”
- The Jewish high priest wanted to see personal physical vengeance taken against Paul.
Acts 23:1, 2:
1) “And Paul earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.
2) And the high priest, Ananias, commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.”
- A band of Jews placed themselves under a vow in determination to execute Paul.
12) “And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
13) And they were more than forty who had made this conspiracy.
14) And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a greatcurse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.
15) Now, therefore, ye, with the council, signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you tomorrow, as though ye would inquire something more perfectly concerning him; and we, before he comes near, are ready to kill him.”
- The Jewish leaders hired orators to convince the civil authorities against Paul.
5) “For we [Jews] have found this fellow this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes,
6) Who also hath gone about to profane the temple; whom we took, and would have judged according to our law [Talmudic].”
- Again the Jewish leaders connived with the authorities to have the opportunity to kill Paul.
Acts 25:2, 3:
2) “Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him,
3) And desired a favor against him, that he would send him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him.”
JEWISH METHODS USED IN OPPOSING THEIR ENEMIES
- When Pilate was willing to release Jesus, the Jews declared that Pilate should follow their law and have Jesus killed. Jewish mentality demands that their law supersedes all others, and in the final analysis all judgment must be made to their satisfaction.
“The Jews answered him [Pilate],We have a law, and by our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”
The tactic of name-calling against their opponent is what the Jews resort to when they are losing an ideological argument.
- Demon possessed: John 7:20: “The people [Jews] answered and said, Thou [Jesus] hast a demon; who goeth about to kill thee?”
- A half-breed: John 8:48: “Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a demon?
- The Jewish leaders oppose anyone who practice their skills or profession outside of the Jewish “legalized standards”.
John 5:15, 16:
15)“The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
16) And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because He had done these things on the sabbath day.”
- The Jews smear and seek to destroy anyone when they oppose them on any issue.
John 8:59: “Then took they [Jews] up stones to cast at Him [Jesus]; but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.”
- The Jews love to mock and humiliate their enemies.
65) “Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy! What further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now ye have heard His blasphemy.
66) What think ye? They [Jews] answered and said, He is guilty of death.
67) Then they spat in His face, and buffeted Him; and others smote Him with the palms of their hands,
68) Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who smote thee?”
- The Jews love to appear as great philanthropists, even using their money at the price of another’s blood.
6) “And the chief priests took the silver pieces [money taken by Judas to betray Jesus], and said, It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
7) And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.
8) Wherefore, that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.”
- The Jews persuaded the multitudes to believe them so that they may vilify their opponents more effectively.
“But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
21) The governor answered and said unto them, Which of the two will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
22) Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus, who is called Christ? They [Jews] all say unto him, Let Him be crucified.”
- One of the most effective methods of the Jewish authorities is bribery.
12) “And when they [Jews] were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave much money unto the soldiers,
13) Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while we slept.
14) And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
15) So they took the money, and did as they were taught; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until his day.”
- When truth is undeniable, the Jews pervert it and present only a half-truth to the masses.
Matthew 28:12-15: See above verses.
JEWISH GUILT FOR ALL CHRISTIAN MARTYRDOM AND PERSECUTIONS
- Jesus prophecies that the Jews would be the persecutors of the Christian church.
16) “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be ye, therefore, wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17) But beware of men; for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues,
18) And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19) But when they deliver you up, be not anxious how or what ye shall speak; for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20) For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaketh in you.”
33) “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
34) Wherefore, behold I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes; and some of them ye shall kill and crucify, and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city.
35) That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zechariah, son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
36) Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.”
11) “And when they [Jews] bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, be not anxious how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say;
12) For the Holy Spirit shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.”
- The Holy Spirit through the prophet Agabus warns Paul concerning Jewish persecution awaiting him in Jerusalem.
Acts 21:10, 11:
10) “And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judea a certain prophet named Agabus.
11) And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Spirit, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this belt, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.”
- Jesus identifies the persecutors of the church at Smyrna as being the Jews who are the synagogue of Satan. These aren’t true Judeans as they claim but are imposters or Jews.
8) “And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These things saith the first and the last, who was dead, and is alive.
9) I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty (but thou are rich); and I know the blasphemy of them who say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10) Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer. Behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried and ye shall have tribulation ten days; be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
- The Jews assumed upon themselves blame and guilt for the death of Christ by proclaiming that they are guilty.
25) “Then answered all the people [Jews], and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.”
- After the opposition and blasphemy of the Jews against the preaching of Christ, Paul “said unto them, your blood be upon your heads.” Paul no longer felt responsible to preach to them and said, “I am clean, from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles [or Israelite nations].
Acts 18:5, 6:
5) “And when Silas and Timothy were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.
6) And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean. From now on I will go unto the Gentiles.”6. Paul blames the death of Jesus, the prophets and the persecution of Christians upon the Jews. Paul is so convinced of their guilt that he said that God’s “wrath shall come upon them to the uttermost.”
1 Thessalonians 2:14-16:
14) “For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judea are in Christ Jesus; for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews.
15) Who both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men.
16) Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always; for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.”CONCLUSION Name one other race of people who hated our LORD and His laws, with such a fierce wrath that they:
Plotted and took counsel to plan His murder and those of His Apostles,
Constantly contradicted and blasphemed the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom,
Despitefully used and stoned His Apostles,
Constantly stirred up the people against Jesus and His apostles,
Constantly heckled and persuaded the people against His apostles,
Made insurrection at Achaia and then brought false accusations against one of the Apostles,
Used witchcraft and black magic to try and discredit the work of the Apostles,
Put themselves under a vow in determination to execute Paul,
Hired orators to convince the civil authorities against Paul,
Bribed the Roman soldiers to lie about the resurrection of Jesus,
Killed Jesus the Christ during the feast of Passover,
and are now are looked upon as the leaders of the religion that gave us the basic points, people, and rituals of Christianity! Nonsense! They are our enemies who are providing the test of whether we will serve our God our theirs! Modern pastors do not start with God’s purposes. Practically every preacher today, does not say one word about the kingdom of God. They all teach personal salvation to all the world or to the elect of all the world. Very few teache the kingdom of God—Israel, that is found in both the Old and New Covenant (Testaments) writings. The following part of this sermon is taken from Pastor Everett Ramsey’s book, Kingdom Parables, pages 70-72. The true starting point of the Kingdom must begin with father Abraham, and it must continue to teach the story of the origins of the Kingdom’s race. The preacher of God:
Must show that the Ten Commandments were spoken by God to Israel only and that they are the basis of the laws of the Kingdom.
Must not fail to tell his listeners that the Kingdom was ruled by God Himself for several centuries while He sat on the mercy seat inside the Most Holy Place, where God’s throne, represented by the Ark of the Covenant was located.
Must not forget to tell the story of the Throne of David, and where it is now located, for it will never end during this age.
- Must show the meaning of the captivity of the Kingdom nations: 1. The Syrian, 2. The Assyrian, and, 3. The Babylonian captivities.
Must demonstrate its great disciplinary experience, its greater redemption, and wonderful restoration at the end of the term of punishment.
Must teach the importance of the great volume of Israel prophecies which tell of the removal of God’s people from Palestine to another place, of their new national development in the isles, of their acceptance of the Messiah, and of their great place in the world after their redemption.
Must identify who the enemies of Israel are today as well as yesterday. For they are the same evil seed line that were attempting to kill and deceive our Israel nations from its beginning, as well as our Savior and His disciples 2000 years ago. Today, our people need to be informed what our enemies are doing in their attempt to destroy our culture and true beliefs that we once held to be true.
Must also tell of the strategies that they are using to cause God’s people to sin.
Must complete the story of the old before he can teach the true meaning of the new. And then, he will be able to enforce the wonderful truths which came with the dawn of the new era:
The joy of Bethlehem,
The beauty of Nazareth and Galilee,
The wonder of Calvary,
The glory of the Cross,
The power of the resurrection,
The victorious ascension, and
- The great promise of Christ’s return to reign over the Kingdom.
In other words, the teacher of the Kingdom is plainly told by our Lord that it takes the treasure of both the Old and New Testaments to tell the story of the Kingdom. In this regard, the following two passages are most illuminating.
Matthew 13:11: “He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given.”
Who is meant by “you” and who is meant by “them”?
Mark 4:18: “Without a parable spake He not unto them; and when they were alone, He expounded all things to His disciples.” From these verses, it is clear that:
The parables contained mysteries of the Kingdom.
God ordained that the disciples should know these mysteries.
- Our Lord fully explained the mysteries to them.
Therefore, the disciples were prepared to go out and preach the “gospel of the Kingdom” to the “lost Sheep of the House of Israel.” And, when questioned by the Master, they could truthfully say, “Yea, Lord.” They had been “instructed unto the Kingdom” by our Lord Himself, and understood the parables by which He had taught the people. The modern preachers do not understand the instructions given to His disciples, and say, “No, this is all wrong. It is not necessary any more. The disciples did not know; they did not perceive the true Kingdom.” We can only reply that if the disciples were wrong, then our Lord was also wrong. If their conception of the Kingdom was erroneous, then our Lord had wrongly taught them. If they blundered in relating the Kingdom teaching to the history and destiny of Israel, then they were only doing what Christ Himself did, for their conclusions harmonized perfectly with what our Lord frequently declared concerning His mission. Truly the disciples were right, and the modern teachers are wrong; but we must have faith to believe that ere long our leaders will have their eyes opened, and will then joyfully say as the disciples did. “Yea Lord” and will bring forth out of their treasure, “things new and old” concerning the Kingdom of God. To be continued. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel.