God is Not an Antisemite

“The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel. Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.” (Joel 3:16-17 NIV)

We may have heard of cases where, figuratively, the tail wags the dog. Prominent Christian teaching on the end times gives two major examples of how theology (the tail), or one’s view of God, wags our doctrine on last things.

A century and a half ago, Dispensational theology was quickly growing in legitimacy among conservative British Bible scholars. Seeing the Bible in terms of “dispensations” of 1000-year increments seemed to be a valid explanation of God’s workings (dispensations) in history. As a theology, it offered a step forward in presenting a more literal understanding of Scripture. However, as an explanation for the end times, it fell far short in the accuracy department. The tail wagged the dog of Bible interpretation and out came Pre-tribulational Rapture (PTR) doctrine. PTR dogma fits the Dispensational grid, yet, it does not stand up to objective scrutiny. (See a more detailed treatment of this in “Lifesaver: Rescuing God’s People from the PTR Ship”.)

What Dispensationalism could not overcome was Christianity’s long-standing antipathy (veiled hatred) for the Jewish people. With all its advances in promoting Zionism (the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland), PTR continues to make harsh false distinctions between the Church and Jews. For example, it is commonly taught the Church escapes suffering in the rapture while Jews remain to endure Antichrist’s persecution. Where is the love?

Moses rejected the pleasures of Egypt’s palace to participate in the suffering of God’s people (Hebrews 11:24-26). Do we hear today of an eagerness to follow Moses’ lauded example and participate in Israel’s suffering?

Does God show favoritism? Would Jesus, the King of the Jews, celebrate in heaven with Christian saints while his fellow Judahites cry out to God for help?

This superior attitude has been around for nearly two millennia, or from the time Gentile Christians forgot the earliest church was exclusively Jewish. PTR’s position of consigning the Jew to another holocaust is nothing more than Antisemitism. The proliferation of this teaching in books such as the “Left Behind Series” paints our God to be unsympathetic to the Jews. But the above Scripture as well as others (Isaiah 40:1-2, Acts 1:6) confirms the Lord is all about restoration. Our God will not harboring his anger forever.

Worse on the Antisemite spectrum is Amillennialism, another popular end times’ view among Christians. It has been wagging the dog since the 4th century. We will see next how Amillennialism has formed an anti-Israel, Pro-Hezbollah, Pro-Hamas god of gold.

2 Replies to “God is Not an Antisemite

  1. I agree 100% with the post. Jesus is described as the Good Shepherd who will leave the 99 “good sheep” to rescue the lost sheep. Does that description of Jesus correlate with the Lord having a honeymoon in heaven with “the church” while others are enduring persecution? Jesus is heavily involved in events on earth throughout the 70th week. He intervenes after the last martyr is killed (cf: Revelation 6:9-17). Jesus plays the role of high priest in Revelation 8 and He is the mighty angel coming down from Heaven in Revelation 10:1. Compare that scripture with how Jesus returns in Acts 1 and you know that Jesus will be returning to earth during the 2nd half of 70th week. Jesus himself confirms this when he says “and unless those days were shortened no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake (chosen ones), those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:22 NKJV). Jesus’ purpose for His return is to establish His kingdom on earth and maintain a remnant from every nation to enter.

    PTR have a major problem when they take the promises of Daniel 7:27 and apply them to the church, yet reject the idea that Daniel 7:25 also would apply to the church. If we place the events of Daniel 7:13-14 and compare it with the events in Revelation 7:9-16 we see beautiful symmetry in the chronology of events. The saints who will inherit all things will come out of the Great Tribulation, which is the 2nd half of the 70th week.

  2. You put the final nails into the coffin of PTR doctrine. What could they say in response to your use of Scripture and common sense? Unfortunately, they would probably resort to a personal attack rather than “come let us reason together”.

    Brethren, who claim PTR theology as your own, how long will you hold onto a Biblically unsupported position? Produce one Scripture that states Christ will return at any moment to rapture His Church. One verse that clearly tells us Jesus’ return is imminent vs. many, many prophecies regarding the signs leading up to our Lord’s coming to deliver His saints, is it too much to ask?

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