know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan," said Christ M. from the Spirit to John, about 96 AD (Revelation 2:9). At that time true Scripture believers had accepted Christ and called themselves Christians. The Sadducees had disappeared, according to the Jewish Encyclopedia, and the Pharisees were in complete control. Judaism was synonymous with Pharisaism (See Exhibit 264).
The question arises whether the boasts of present day Pharisees "which say they are Jews" have any genealogical backing. Are the so-called Jews of today descendants of the patriarch Judah? The Bible is the best answer to this. And the answer is that they are not. There was barely enough record in Christ's time to identify Him and a few of His followers, as descendants of a certain Israel tribe. St. Paul was a Benjaminite, for example.
Whether or not they were lineal descendants of the patriarch Judah, a sinner, was not the issue. They had had access to the word of God, and instead, adopted a pagan tradition which nullified, as Christ said, the commandments of God (Matt. 15:3-9; Mark 7:5-9). He said: "Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."
Faith in God and His Word was the test. As Paul said: "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly . But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly . in the spirit . whose praise is not of men, but of God." (Romans 2:28-9) Again, Paul makes it clear that the promise of blessing through Abraham was Christ. "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made, He saith not . seeds of many, but as of one ... which is Christ .. ."(Galatians 3:16)
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 28-9)
The saintly Prophet Isaiah was a prophet indeed when, after recounting the abominable practices of the Judah tribe, he foretold:
"And 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 65:15) This was shortly after his Godly prophecy that Christ would be born from the line of Judah.
Thus saith the Lord I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and one of Judah an inheritor of my mountains [Jerusalem] and mine elect shall inherit it but ye are they that forsake the Lord (Isaiah 65:9-).
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