Few Christians realize that the very practices of Paganism for which the Prophet Isaiah denounced the Judaites about 698 BC, are in use today in Judaism's "synagogue of Satan." Lingering in cemeteries to invoke the dead and eating swine's flesh, which was sacred to the sex-goddess Astarte, are abominations named earlier in the 65th chapter [of Isaiah].
In that same chapter, Isaiah promised the Messiah, Christ, as "a seed out of Jacob [Israel, as the Lord called him] and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains [always the series of mountains on which Jerusalem is located] . But ye are they . that prepare a table for that troop [of demons] and that furnish the drink offering unto that number. Therefore . ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord God shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name." (Isaiah 65:9, 11, 15) And His servants have not been called "Jews" or "Israelites" since the "Inheritor," Christ, came nearly 700 years later.
Many good Christians believe that present-day Jews are heir to God's promise to Abraham, found in Genesis 12:3 and 22:18 — 'I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed . in thy seed shall all nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice."
Often, when this verse is discussed, whether in the pulpit or on radio and TV, a common interpretation is that we must always help the Jews and never criticize them or say anything against them, because if we do otherwise we will be cursed by God.
God's promise to Abraham does show of course, that there is a group of people which God looks upon with special favor. But are these Jews? Does God bless those who profane and blaspheme every tenet of the Scriptures? Who are the rightful descendants, the spiritual heirs of Abraham? To whom do these and other promises recorded in the Bible apply?
In the Old Testament Scriptures, God's chosen people were known as Israelites or Jews. The Israelites were the ones "to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises." (Romans 9:4) Yet the Apostle Paul tells us, "They are not all Israel which are of Israel. Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, in Isaac shall thy seed be called." St. Paul goes on to explain, "That is, they which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed." (Romans 9:6-8) The promise in Genesis was given to Abraham "because thou hast obeyed my voice." Today's Jews, as for almost 2,000 years, have not obeyed God's voice, but have rejected and cursed Christ and make a mockery of the teachings of the Bible.
The Old Testament prophets, speaking infallibly and without error, thus foresaw this development, and that there would be a group called Israel and Jew which would not be the rightful heirs of Abraham. As previously noted, Isaiah said to the true heirs of Abraham, "Thou shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name . and you shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord God shall . call his servants by another name." (62:2; 65:15) Although God changed the name of His chosen ones once, He will never do so again, for He said of this new name, "I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off." (Isaiah 56:5)
The New Testament Scriptures reveal this new name. When the Messiah, Christ, came, Abraham's true children welcomed Him, and received Him as their Saviour. The Pharisee Jews rejected and crucified Him, fulfilling Old Testament prophecies.
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