✡Fear of the Jews ✡
Gen. James Green
G ALATIANS 4:21-31 speaks of two women: Hagar and Sarah; two covenants: Old Testament and New Testament; two spiritual conditions: bondsman/woman and free—which represent two Zionist Movements.
In verse 22, the apostle Paul uses an illustration to show the difference between the old and new covenants:
HAGAR=Old at Mt. Sinai (v. 25), her children now live under this covenant and are secular, i.e., they do not have the Holy Spirit;
SARAH=Abraham’s real wife, represents the new (New Testament) covenant, i.e., Christian believers in Christ Jesus, SPIRIT-FILLED AND SPIRIT-LED.
Let’s review a short Bible study on the old/new covenant:
Heb. 8:6, “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”
Heb. 8-10 describes numerous aspects of the old covenant, such as the worship, regulations, and sacrificial ritual in the tabernacle; it discusses the various rooms and furniture of this Old Testament worship center. The author’s purpose is twofold: (1) to contrast the service of the high priest in the earthly sanctuary under the old covenant with the ministry of Christ as high priest in the heavenly sanctuary under the new covenant; (2) to show how these various aspects in the old covenant foreshadow or serve as a type of the ministry of Christ, the one who inaugurated the new covenant. This article summarizes the relationship between these two covenants.
(I) Under the old covenant, salvation and a right relationship with God came through a faith relationship to God expressed through obedience to His law and its sacrificial system. Sacrifices in the Old Testament or covenant had three main purposes:
(a) They taught the people of God the gravity of sin. Sin separated sinners from a holy God, and they could be reconciled to God and find forgiveness only through the shedding of blood (Ex. 12:3-14; Lev. 16; 17:11; Heb. 9:22).
(b) The sacrifices provided a way for Israel to come to God through faith, obedience, and love (cf. Heb. 4:16; 7:25; 10:1).
(c) They pointed forward to or foreshadowed (Heb. 8:5; 10:1) the perfect sacrifice of Christ for the sins of the human race (cf. John 1:29; 1 Pet. 1:24-19; see Ex. 12:3-14; Lev. 16; see Gal. 3:19, note).
(II) Jeremiah prophesied that at some time in the future, God would make a new covenant, a better one, with his people (Jer. 31:31-34; cf. Heb. 8:8-12). It is a better covenant than the old (cf. Rom. 7) because it completely forgives the sins of the repentant (Heb. 8:12), makes them children of God (Rom. 8:15-16), gives them a new heart and nature so that they can spontaneously love and obey God (Heb. 8:10; cf. Ezek. 11:19-20), brings them into a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the Father (Heb. 8:11), and provides a greater experience in the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28; Acts 1:5, 8; 2:16-17, 33, 38-39; Rom. 8:14-15, 26).
(III) Jesus is the one who instituted the new covenant or New Testament (both ideas are present in the Greek word diatheke), and His heavenly ministry is far superior to the ministry of Old Testament earthly priests. The new covenant is an agreement, promise, last will and testament, and a statement of intention to bestow divine grace and blessing on those who respond to God in obedient faith. Specifically, it is a covenant of promise for those who by faith accept Christ as God’s Son, receive His promises, and commit themselves personally to Him and to the obligations of the new covenant.
(a) Jesus Christ’s position as mediator of the new covenant (Heb. 8:6; 9:15; 12:24) is based on His sacrificial death (Mat. 26:28; Mark 14:24; Heb. 9:14-15; 10:29; 12:24). The promises and obligations of this new covenant are embodied in the entire New Testament. Its purpose is:
(I) to save from guilt and condemnation of the law all those who believe in Christ and commit their lives to the truths and obligations of his testament (Heb. 9:16-17; cf. Mark 14:24; 1 Cor. 11:25), and
(ii) to form them into a people for God’s own possession (8:10; cf. Ezek. 11:19-20; 1 Pet. 2:9).
(b) Jesus’ sacrifice is a better one than the sacrifices of the old covenant because it was a voluntary and obedient sacrifice of a righteous person (Jesus Christ) rather than the involuntary sacrifice of an animal. Jesus’ sacrifice and fulfillment of God’s will were perfect and thus made a way for complete forgiveness, reconciliation to God, and sanctification (Heb. 10:10, 15-17).
(c) The new covenant can be called the new covenant of the Spirit, for it is the Holy Spirit who ministers life and power to those who accept God’s covenant (2 Cor. 3:1-6; see John 17:3).
(IV) All who participate in the new covenant through Jesus Christ receive its blessings and salvation only as they persevere in faith and obedience (see Heb. 3:6, note). The faithless are excluded from its blessing.
(V) With the coming of the new covenant through Christ, the old covenant became obsolete (Heb. 8:13). In doing so, however, the new covenant does not render the entire body of Scripture in the Old Testament obsolete, but only the Mosaic covenant whereby salvation was obtained by obedience to the law and by the sacrificial system. The Old Testament is not obsolete; much of its revelation points toward Christ and, as God’s inspired Word, is still profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteous living. (End Quote)
Paul closes chapter 4 with a Hebrew history that all Jews were familiar with. Paul wrote of Arabia’s Mt. Sinai and contrasted it with Jerusalem. But the Jerusalem that Paul was referring to was spiritual, not carnal; carnal Jerusalem was, in the days of Jesus (and in Paul’s day), an unholy “Holy City,” full of vice, injustice, violence, and murder, and NOT FREE!, for it was under Roman occupation. Over against all this, Paul paints a spiritual picture of a celestial city, the Heavenly Jerusalem above, Sarah, the free woman, was the ancestress of its citizens, who were the people of faith (in Christ) and of freedom in Christ.
The heavenly Jerusalem was and is the Universal Ekklesia, the body of Christ, whose members are colonists from Heaven sent to prepare men-women for the full establishment of God’s Kingdom at Christ’s second coming (see Phil. 3:20; Col. 3:1-3).
The Biblical root of all this, the concept/idea of the future and heavenly Jerusalem is found in Isaiah 54 (other descriptions are located in Ezekiel 40-48; Zech. 2:1-13; Hag. 2:6-9, also Tob. 13:9-24; Ecclus. 36; Ps. Sol. 17:33). Much could be written about this: the New Jerusalem belonged to both worlds, just like Christians do—to heaven and earth, the present and the future.
The War Is On!
THE JUDAIZERS of Paul’s day found all this unacceptable, as do those of today; they stuck to the Old Testament Torah, as they do today.
To be honest, the State of Israel is illegal. THE JEWS DID NOT KEEP COVENANT, THEREFORE THEY LOST IT. No amount of verse twisting will make it legal. America, a supporter of Israel’s invasion, is also in rebellion.
“FOR YE are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.”
Here we find the author of Hebrews contrasting Sinai—where the Old Covenant was given (see Gal. 4:25), and Mt. Zion—the Heavenly Jerusalem—where Christ Jesus is King. Zion in v. 22 is called, “the City of the living God,” and the Church or (Greek) Ekklesia of Christ, in stark contrast to the political state of Israel (in Palestine). Verse 24 tells us that Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant. So, to be a Christian, one had to (has to) believe in Jesus, not in Judaism. Judaism, as Hagee tells us, is for the Jews.
The “old” was tangible, therefore transient. The new is invisible, spiritual, and the land of the real. The old inspired dread. Those who are born again (John chapter 3) are the true people of God; racial Jews have become pagans/unbelievers. The old covenant could not assure that men/women/boys/girls sins were forgiven. NO JESUS=NO SINS FORGIVEN! Jesus tasted death for everyone, yet not everyone is saved. Only by repenting of one’s sins can one receive newness of life—Spirit life.
REVELATION 11:8 tells us about, “dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” Here the writer is speaking of the natural city of Jerusalem, a place of hatred and murder. This same “great city” was BURNT by fire and destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70.
Remember, the carnal Jews shouted, “We have no king but Caesar,” meaning that they rejected their King/Messiah. Well, Jesus predicted their destruction in Matt. 24 and Luke 12:27.
Christ waged the war on “terror,” and since that time, till now, the unconverted Jews have waged war against the true (Spiritual) Zionists—the born-again Christians.
Earthly Or Heavenly
TELL ME, why would Jesus die for all men (for salvation), and then permit the racial Jews to carry on with their form of religion…under the Law? THERE IS NO SALVATION IN RELIGIOUS JUDAIC ZIONISM, and certainly not in political Zionism. Salvation can only be found in Christ-centered Zionism (not right-wing “Christian Zionism” of the John Hagee type).
One author has well said that, “The Roman invasion of Judea which destroyed the temple and political state of Israel in A.D. 70, was Christ’s final answer to the High Priest” (see Matt. 26:64).
The “Christian Zionists” (and many others) await Christ’s second coming to Jerusalem, literally. Stupid! If Christ had no desire to rule in literal Jerusalem over a political regime, pray tell me why He will in the future? His throne is Heavenly Zion—in Heaven, at the right hand of His Father.
Actually, the state of “Israel” has no right to use that name. THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL WAS DESTROYED CENTURIES AGO. This myth persists by both Jews and Christians who still believe that the Jews are God’s chosen people. Israel–just as the Roman Empire, has disappeared; Israel remains in name only. THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE ISRAEL TODAY: SPIRITUAL ISRAEL.
Note that here in Exodus (just one Scripture of dozens)19:5 we read: “Now therefore, IF (the “if” clause!) ye will OBEY My voice indeed, and KEEP My covenant, then (“then”=the consequent, “if”=the antecedent; both called “conditional syllogisms”) ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people…” Hagee and others tell us that God’s covenants to Israel were/are unconditional. They LIE!
We know by Scripture that ancient Israel DID NOT keep their side of the covenant(s), therefore they LOST OUT! There are dozens and dozens of texts proving what I write. Try to prove me wrong.
Romans 1:17 tells us that, “the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’” Where is that written? (Habakkuk 2:4; see New Testament John 3:36 and Gal. 3:11.)
From Genesis to Revelation we find conditional covenants. From the beginning—from Abraham, to the very end, and here in the present, redemption / salvation was / is by faith. There were covenants that related to racial Jews/Hebrews/Israelites, and there are covenants relating to non-Israelites/ethnic Jews. BUT THE NEW TESTAMENT COVENANT IS NOT ETHNIC, SALVATION IS FOR ALL (ponder Acts 3:22, 23; Gal. 5:4; 3:28, 29; Romans 9:8). True Israelites/Zionists/Jews or what have you, are by “Spirit,” not by heritage/race/flesh. The first true New Testament believers were from the ethnic people of ancient Israel…they became the first to become the “Spirit people of Israel.”
WE PRAY THAT MORE AND MORE WILL JOIN THE FLOCK OF GOD.