My friend Steve Mc Henry – who comments regularly on this BLOG – wrote me yesterday saying, “that everything was just way to calm, what’s up?” As with any major conflict the aggressor waits until he believes he has attained the upper hand, the military advantage that will make his nations campaign a success. The current situation that I believe is brewing in the Middle East is no different. Kings go to war in the spring and what we see is a jockeying for position, in the Middle East. We hear of SCUD II missiles being shipped to Hezbollah. We hear the vitriol and saber-rattling between Syria and Israel, Iran and Israel, Turkey and Israel. The we have the Jordanian King Abdullah warning that unless a two state solution is reached there will be a regional war. The Israeli’s have stepped up their program of issuing gas-masks to all 6 million citizens, a task that was initially slated to happen in a years time. The winds of war are blowing. Now there is talk, coming from The Quartet, that Israel may be forced into going back to its pre 1967 borders. Of course this is dividing the land, and I would draw your attention to the fact that this pre 67 border deal would include Jerusalem. This week on Acceleration Radio my guest was David Brennan who discussed the catastrophes that followed in the wake of the quartet’s meddling with Israel’s borders. Is this happenstance? We will continue to watch and see what develops in regard to these startling “coincidences.” There is no doubt that the vitriol against Israel is reaching a fever pitch. Iran continues her march toward becoming a nuclear power and the so-called free world does nothing to stop her from reaching her goal. The reason I bring this up is because Iran poses an existential threat to Israel. There is no denying the caustic remarks from Iranian president Ahmadinejad. He has repeatedly remarked that Israel should be wiped off the map. Now, he has threatened to detonate what I assume are dirty nukes, embedded in US cities, if Iran is attacked. As I have mentioned before, this is right out of P.P.&S. There is a calm at the moment. No one really want to go to war, despite all the blustering and posturing on both sides. However, it would appear that the region is headed toward that day when something tips the scales and the war begins. There some of you who say that modern Israel is the Synagogue of Satan. This position is what I believe, a ploy from the enemy himself. I have asked Dr. Stephen Yulish to write an article addressing this. It is posted in this months News Magazine, but I have reposted it here as I think it nails down the rising anti-Semitism and wrong theology that is creeping into the church. Unless we understand that Israel and the church are two different entities, we will never begin to make sense out of the prophetic word….
The Synagogue of Satan concept is the real anti-Semitism
By Stephen Yulish PhD
“…the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not but are a synagogue of Satan’ Revelation 2:9
“I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not but lie” Revelation 3:9
I was asked by the editor of this newsletter, Mr. Marzulli to write about this concept of the synagogue of Satan as it relates to issues of anti-Semitism. A lot of people, some of them Christians, believe from these passages that all Jews are the synagogue of Satan and thus they are evil fueling much of modern anti-Semitism. The bottom line is that these Biblical passages clearly state that the synagogue of Satan are not Jews and to say so is a blasphemy and those who say so are liars. This lie of Satan has caused much harm to Jews over the centuries. Jerry Golden, a Messianic Jew who lives in Israel agrees with me and sees how these Scriptures are often misused to persecute Jews. They result in anti-Semitism. At the least, these scriptures have erroneously been used to explain that modern day Jews including modern Israelites are not the same as Biblical Israelites.
Who misuses these scriptures in this way? Hitler and the Arabs used them as do some Christians like Texe Mars. Satan hates God and His chosen people the Jews. They gave us the Temple service and the Torah and the Prophets and even the Messiah and His Apostles. Satan tried for millennium to destroy the Messianic birth line to prevent the birth of Christ. When he failed, he still has tried to destroy the Jews and Israel because this is where Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem to rule and reign for 1000 years from a rebuilt Temple. He is not returning to Rome or New York or Salt Lake City but to Jerusalem. How then could Jews be the synagogue of Satan? They are God’s people. This misreading is a great lie of Satan’s anti-Semitism and it continues to this day.
I looked up Synagogue of Satan on the internet and it was described as “the secret history of evil conspirators responsible for all wars and financial debacles”. They were called the Jewish Illuminati and were the source of the world’s problems. This is why most Jews including me shun conspiracy theories because they usually blame us. One source even stated that “the media continues to prop up stories of alleged Jewish suffering (holocaust) to divert attention away from their own oppressive activities.” That is horrible.
Texe Mars, the supposed Christian author made a big deal about the synagogue of Satan motif and he even called the Star of David a star of Moloch and of Satan and said that modern day Jews are not Biblical Israelites.
These Jews were also linked to the Jesuits, the Bilderbergers and the Council of Foreign Relations. Remember these are not Jews as Jesus said to the churches at Smyrna and Philadelphia above. Thus the Synagogue of Satan is not made up of Jews a normal reading of the above scriptures shows.
Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam also erroneously speaks of Jews as the Synagogue of Satan. The Southern Poverty Law Center speaks of this concept as the root of much modern anti-Semitism especially among “radical traditionalists”. Ashamed Mohammed and his radical group TEI also speaks of Jews as the synagogue of Satan. This concept is compared by Jews to the infamous “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” anti Semitic propaganda of a century before.
Many people call themselves Jews today and are not including so called Lost Tribes of Israel and some Messianics. I would not call them the synagogue of Satan but they are misled. Some call themselves British Israelites after Herbert Armstrong and others who claim that the kings of England were Jews. I have known some people who claim to be Jews and were not and often spread lies about Jews. At the least they profited from classes on Jews that they knew little about. Others call themselves rabbis who never went to rabbinical school and are just Christians but want to be called rabbis like Jesus. This really turns Jews off as it did me at one time.
The people who really bother me are the racists and bigots and anti-Semites who continue to blame the Jews for all wars and financial debacles in the guise that they are not Biblical Jews and are instead the synagogue of Satan even though Jesus clearly said that there not Jews. You could see why Jesus called them liars and blasphemers who attack Jews erroneously as the “synagogue of Satan. God have mercy on their souls.