See, I set before you today life and good, death, and evil. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will have life and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But, if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. (Deuteronomy 30:15-18)
For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.( Hosea 3:4-5)
I am not a Jew nor am I a Hebrew speaker. I am a gentile Christian, a lover of the God of Israel, and of the Jewish people. I am passionate about the Jewish Bible, (translated into English) and since my Savior Jesus came into my life, I have a love for the children of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob.
Anti-Semitism is repugnant to me, and is always a sign of the Devil, as far as I am concerned.
However it is really important in this discussion I am having about Neo-Pharisaism, to explore the question, “Why have the Jews been in Exile all these 2000 years?”.
I have been listening to scads of Orthodox Rabbis, who tell me that as a Gentile I cannot possibly understand the Hebrew scripture as they can, and that Christians somehow corrupted the Text, to suit their own ends, (Which is amusing since the Septuagint came into being before there even was a Christianity, and that is the text that many of the Apostles obviously preached from).
I have also been told by the likes of Rabbi Tovia Singer, Michael Skobac and others, that Christianity has been a scourge, and has caused unfathomable suffering for the Jewish people.
Furthermore, Rabbis assert that Christians have distorted the entire concept of the Messiah, and that the Rabbis are the only real experts on Messiah, and that Torah has made it clear what the Messiah will achieve when He comes.
Was it not Orthodox Rabbis who proclaimed Simon Bar Cochba to be the Messiah, in the calamitous third Jewish revolt?
I would agree with someof the above, for example, that the Jews should be the guides and teachers of we blind Goyim, and the day will come indeed that ten Goy will grab the shirt of a Jew and ask for instruction.
But there is something wrong with this picture, and I would love to hear these neo-Pharisees acknowledge it.
Since the Rabbis are experts on the Torah itself, and also on the entire subject of the Messiah, and since they alone are truly devoted to the One God, Why are the Jews yet in Exile from the Holy land?
What went wrong, about two thousand years ago? It wasn’t the Christians, or the Romans or the Muslims who drove the Jews into Exile… only Hashem could have done that, because it is a matter of the covenant, the Torah.
I want to know from the experts what happened? How did you get to the point where Hashem actually inaugurated a two thousand year exile from the Land God gave unconditionally to Abraham, Isaac an Jacob? Why are these Torah observant experts among the Pharisees, still in exile?
Have the Parushim really turned back to God? He says they will in “the latter times”… .
Why does the LORD say in Ezekiel, that even when the Jews do return to the Land it will not be because of their own holiness or devotion.
Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.* Ezekiel 36:22-25)
Why Does the Lord God tell us that Israel will be brought back into the Land in a state of uncleanness and filthiness, and that then they will be cleansed, and renewed in heart? If the Rabbis and their Torah devotion is such a holy and pure religion, why hasn’t the exile ended?
What has been the dominant orthodoxy of Judaism, since shortly after the Temple was destroyed? Has it not been Pharisaiasm, since the councils of Jamnia?Weren’t the founders of what has become post temple Judaism, Akiva, and Johannan ben Zakkai? Whatever Orthodox Judaism is, is in direct continuity with the Pharisees. Why was Israel exiled for two thousand years shortly afterward?
Something happened about two thousand yeas ago which proved so catastrophic, it sent the Jews into exile for two thousand years. God did that to His own people, not Christians or Romans. Whatever they did to merit that must have been some massive violation of the Covenant.