A sad day for me…
I have closed the comment section because of some the rabid antisemitic remarks that are posting there. This combined with an attack on Cavalry Chapel – I’m speaking at one of them in Albuquerque – is just beyond the pale. I could go on and defend Chuck Smith and the incredible ministry that he is responsible for, but I won’t. Instead I’ll tell you a personal story. When I was coming out of the occult and fighting for my life, I met my first pastor, who was a pastor at Cavalry Chapel, Pastor Fred Nicholas, who along with Wayne Kendall mentored me. I would meet with Pastor Fred every week for the next two years. In the beginning days it was sometimes twice a week. Fred taught me the Bible and helped me get rooted and grounded in the WORD. Fred was a pastor and considered Chuck Smith his pastor. Cavalry Chapels have been and continue to be a place where people can get healed saved and delivered and come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord and savior. Thank you Cavalry Chapel, Chuck Smith and Pastor Fred.
Now onto the Synagogue of Satan. Please read Dr. Stephen Yulish’s post below.
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. Alot 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 as 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.