The concept of “Jew” is so thoroughly within the wheelhouse of Holy Scriptures that a failure to address this topic is a failure to take the Holy Scripture seriously. The term Jew is overwhelmingly present in Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, John, and the book of Acts with scatterings elsewhere including Jeremiah and the Revelation.
The fraud and deception perpetrated upon, and within, the Evangelical Church regarding the status of the Jew is astounding. There is no Scriptural basis for making the claim that today’s self-identifying Jews are “God’s chosen.” There is overwhelming evidence that modern Jews, however conceived, are not God’s chosen people at all. Let’s consider what constitutes a Jew.
Here are three working definitions:
1) Religious — those who have converted to, or practice, Judaism. The central tenet of Judaism that interests us is the identity of Jesus Christ; Judaism is incompatible with the belief that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. The Holy Scripture makes it clear that those who reject the Father and the Son, and those who reject the fact that the Messiah (the Christ) has already come in the flesh, are “antichrist.” Judaism was not the religion of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses or David and the other Prophets. Any educated Jew will acknowledge this. The Patriarchs all served Jesus Christ — He existed as the Lord long before His Incarnation and He made that clear in the Gospels: “Before Abraham was born, I AM.”
2) The Jew as from a specific geographic area called Judea. Under this definition, Jews may have a tie to a specific geographic area roughly around Jerusalem. In this case, being a “Jew” means to be a Judean — a man from Judea. But if identity is tied to a geographic area, then should not the sons of Israel be in fact called “Egyptians” since they nation was formed in Egypt? Or, better yet, should Hebrews not be called “Canaanites” because they invaded and settled in the land of Canaan?” Is being born in Judea enough to make one a Jew? If so, then virtually none of modern Jewry can trace their ancestors to Judea except those born in the modern State called Israel. The modern state of Israel has nothing to do with ancient Israel except as a matter of national identity theft, claiming what belongs to someone else. The false claim to the identity of the Patriarch Israel by modern Jews gets to the heart of why Jesus Christ speaks of those “who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars.”
3) Finally, the idea of a Jew as a biological descendant of the man “Judah,” one of the twelve sons of Jacob (renamed Israel). Of the three conceptions of “Jew,” this is most interesting because Biblical nations are bloodlines. This has been true from the sons of Noah, to Babel, to the Patriarchs, to the lineage of Jesus. But this by no means validates a “Jew” as God’s chosen. Jesus called the original Pharisees sons of hell, and their converts “twice the sons of hell,” even though some of the Pharisees actually had some claim to descent from Judah (although Saul did not). Jesus quite specifically called “Jews” of “their father the devil.” This article walks through John, Chapter 8, in detail, the most important section of Scripture illustrating Christ’s views on Jews.
Clearly Jesus was a descendant (only from His mother’s side) of David, who was from Judah. All biblical genealogy is Patrilineal — there are no examples of matrilineal descent in the Bible. Had descent been matrilineal, Mary would have transmitted the sin nature to Jesus Christ. Because blood descent is Patrilineal, and she was a Virgin (never having become one flesh with a man), Mary did not pass on the sin nature to Jesus Christ. Saul (who becomes Paul) was not a descendant of Judah — he was a Benjamite.
So, was Saul a Jew based on Geography, race, or religion? He was born in Tarsus and not a native of Judea. He was not a descendant of Judah. But he was a fierce adherent to the antichrist religion we now call Judaism. Back then, Saul/Paul referred to their beliefs as the “traditions,” which becomes written down later on in the Talmud which is the foundation of all religious Judaism today. The Torah (the Books of Moses) are not the foundation of Judaism. It is fraudulent to say the Jews follow the writings of Moses — even Jesus Christ denied this: “If you had believed in Moses, you would have believed in Me.”
The concept of the Jew emerges during the Babylonian exile — that is when the term “Jew” began to be used. It did not refer to people born in Judea, but likely those who could trace their ancestry in some fashion back to Judah. Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther are the foundation of “Jewry” in the Holy Scriptures. Regarding to two prophets, they returned to the land of Judea with some people and called themselves Jews (both in Babylon and then in the return from Exile). They endeavored to follow the God of the Patriarchs and the Law from Moses.
Esther is another story completely and perhaps best exemplifies the identity and religion of the Jew, a godless, rootless people devoted only to themselves, their influence, their survival, and the extinction of those they consider a threat. Esther is foundational in understanding Jewry — it completely breaks any sense of identity linked to the God of the Patriarchs, or Moses and the Law.
The Jews, according to the book of Esther, are an existential threat to anyone they have decided to hate, and they hate the white Christian race. Many Jewish intellectual leaders have expressed hatred toward Europeans. Noel Ignatiev called for the elimination of the White race. Jews are a huge enemy of explicitly Christian influences in society. Talmudic Judaism is fundamentally anti-Christ. Jews make accommodations only for compromised “Judeo-Christian” concepts that support the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
Christians must pull out of that unholy union; according to 1 John 11, the Christian who welcomes a Jew as a Jew (which is to say, as an antichrist) himself partakes in their evil works.
“ For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. 9 [a]Anyone who [b]goes too far and does not remain in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who remains in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not [c]give him a greeting; 11 for the one who [d]gives him a greeting [e]participates in his evil deeds.” 1 John 2:7-11
It is far past time for Christians to unburden themselves from this anti-Biblical obsession with the modern Jew who remains the enemy of all mankind, is the synagogue of Satan, and manifests the spirit of the Antichrist.
Fritz Berggren, PhD
17 February 2023