This is the second installment of our series The Error of Dispensationalists: Did Israel Reject Jesus?
Part 1 can be read here.
In his series of lectures, Did Israel Reject Jesus?, Sheldon Emry exposes the fundamental flaw in dispensational Christian theology that falsely encourages the belief that because “The Jews” rejected their promised messiah — Jesus Christ — that God changed His mind, broke His eternal covenant with the Israelites, and transferred His promises of salvation to all other races and peoples merely on the sole condition that they “believe in Jesus.”
Sheldon Emry continues:
We started with John 1:11 because this verse is used by so many to teach that the Israel people rejected Christ:
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But it’s immediately qualified by the next two verses:
12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
We have seen that most of the Judeans in John so far could claim Abraham as their father, but only part of them reacted in the manner that Israel was to react by coming to him, listening to him, and believing him, but another part of these people who claimed Abraham as their father rejected him, but not only rejected him but they hated him and attempted to kill him.
And Jesus said to these people,
John 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
We have seen that the only people who could meet that qualification of being from Abraham but not God’s sheep would have to be the Canannite people descendant through Esau called the Edomites in Genesis 36.
And yet they were living in Jerusalem and Judea at the time of Christ and naturally would be called by the same geographical name ‘Judeans’. And the King James translators translated this word Judean as “Jew” when they translated the Greek scriptures 350 years ago.
So some of these people called “Jews” were obviously not Israelites, and some of them were. And the only way we can tell the difference is their reaction to Jesus.
Some of them, because they hated Him, must have been what the scripture would call Edomite or Canaanite Jews. And the word “Edomite” as we saw before means “red” so they would be Red Jews, just as they are today. There are political and economic theories today that Jews follow what we would call communism, and communism is red, and they still use the same that fits Edom way back in Genesis 36.
[Note also that the head of world Jewry today, The Rothschilds, whose eretz name means “red shield”: Ed.]
I want to lay to rest once and for all this double lie — that’s what this is, a double lie that comes from the Jewish-dominated church — and when I say “Jewish-dominated church” I’m referring to Henry Ford who wrote a book 50 years ago [The International Jew, ed.], which after his investigation, he said every Protestant seminary in America was controlled by the Jews. So we have, in effect, a Jewish-dominated church in America today called the “Christian Church” and they preach a double lie:
First part is that the Jews are Israelites, and then followed by the second part that therefore Israel rejected Jesus 1,900 years ago. This is simply not so — the people who were rejecting Jesus 1,900 years ago were Canaanites, not Israelites.
Today we have we have many Jews in positions of power in America today, and they are kept there and allowed there primarily because the American people think they are Israelites, and they are not. And if that truth were known, they would be removed.
Now the high priest in John 11:47 is a Canaanite:
Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
Caiaphas apparently was an Edomite, but he was the high priest in Israel just as today we have many Jews in Christian pulpits. But Caiaphas was given a prophecy that follows in the next verses:
49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not, 51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
Now he did not say this on his own accord. Apparently from the context here, God put these words in his mouth because he was the high priest and he said a prophecy.
Now what “nation” is Caiaphas referring to? Obviously not his nation but for that other nation. What nation did Jesus die for but the Israelite people?
John 1:31 John the Baptist said,
And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
John 1:47 Nathaniel knew Jesus came to Israel:
Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
John 6:58 Who is Jesus telling that he was the bread of life:
This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
He’s referring to their father, so they must be the descendants of the fathers of Israel or the Israel people.
John 10:7. We have seen in the Bible that the only people called “sheep” are the Israelite people:
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
Matthew 2:6. All the prophecies are to the Israel people:
And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, 68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people.
If Christ came to do all of this, then it is obvious the high priest here in John 11 [Caiaphas] must have been speaking, when he said “that people”, of the Israelite people. When he said, “One man should die for the people that the whole nation perish not.”
Christ came to die for Israel that Israel might not die. Now this fits in with all the prophecies that we read about Jesus giving everlasting life to his Israel people.
In verse 52, the high priest said,
52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
Now what was that prophecy? That prophecy followed the one that He would die that they might not die — that He would gather together in one people the children of God that were scattered abroad. That must mean that He was going to gather together the Israelites in Judea with the Israelites in the dispersion.
And we know that dispersion was into the coast of the Mediterranean, into Europe, into the “Isles of the Sea,” up into Britain and as far as Scandinavia, already at the time of Christ. That is why, in the New Testament, we read so often about the Israel people who were not in Judea. This was ten tribe Israel gone into the dispersion.
And that reference to gathering them together into one by the high priest is the same as Jesus’ own prophecy John 10:16:
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
In other words, there was a fold of Israelite people in Judea — there was another fold of Israelite sheep somewhere else. That was Jesus’ mission — to regather the scattered Israel people back to the Israel people still in Judea and make them one fold with one shepherd.
What did that mean? He would make the Israel people one people with one God. Jesus Christ would be the shepherd over all of Israel, both scattered and in Judea.
If we teach today — as most of the churches teach — that the Canaanite Jews are those Israel people, then we make that mission of Jesus a farce and a failure — and we say nothing ever happened — from all that Jesus did, the Jews are still rejecting him.
The first chapter of Ephesians is a letter by Paul about the predestination. He’s talking about the Israel people being predestinated to come to God almighty. But as you read it, you must remember the Northern House of Israel, ten tribed Israel was divorced, was taken away, scattered through the nations, and were gone, and they had to be brought back, and they had to be brought back because they were predestinated to be brought back.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.
Now some people say, “We chose Jesus.” Paul writes to these people and said He chose us before the foundation of the world, “…Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself.” How would these predestined people become the children of God? Through Jesus Christ. That’s what Jesus said, “I have another fold of sheep whom I must bring and make one.”
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
So he tells these people at Ephesus that they were chosen before the foundation of the world and they were predestined to become one through Jesus Christ. What was he saying? “You Israel people, in Ephesis, are now joined back in the household of Israel and become one household, the children of God through Jesus Christ.”
Jesus told the Jewish Pharisees, on the other hand, they were predestinated not to come to Jesus Christ. He said, “You cannot hear my word.”
Now it doesn’t make sense again that Jesus cold have been talking to Israel when he said, “You cannot hear my word” because the whole scripture says that they would hear it.
Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.
The scripture tells us that where there is no law there is no trespass. So this verse identifies the people at Ephesus as Israelites. The only way they could be “dead” and “trespassing in sin” is if they had the law and disobeyed it. Where God has not given the law, He does not count their trespass sin, and only Israel has the law.
Ephesians 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.
Who was that? Israel. Cast off, divorced Israel. Strangers from the promise but now in Christ Jesus:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
They had become “gentiles in the flesh” but He said you are now brought back by Christ:
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.
The two sheep folds have now the partition broken down to make one fold:
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Both of who? Jews and Gentiles? The modern church today, in effect, teaches that Jesus Christ broke down the middle wall partitioned between the Jews and Gentiles. In fact, in the Living Bible translation that corruption of God’s word has been changed to say specifically that — that the Jews and Gentiles are now one people.
History proves that is false. They are not. The Jews have a religion which is antiChrist. The Christian people of Israel have one God even though we do not follow the Bible too well, we still, as a race — history and current events prove it —and the Bible prophecy proves it — that the only God worshiped by the Israel people — if they worship a god at all — is Jesus Christ.
The ‘Gentiles in the flesh” — divorced, cast off, ten tribed Israel — were reunited with the House of Israel through the body and the blood of Christ. And to make this a uniting of the Canaanite Jews with some so-called non-Israelite “Gentiles” is nonsense. It makes this word confusion.
John 12:10. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; 11Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
Here we still have the division continuing — those Judeans called “Jews” by the translators who are Israelites are believing. Those Judeans called “Jews” but actually Edomites are not believing — in fact, they want to kill Lazarus.
12. On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord…19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.”
The Israelites rejecting Jesus? No, apparently so many of them were following Him and proclaiming him the King of Israel that the Pharisees — or the Edomite Jews — said the whole world is going after Him.
Now some do not believe, even among these:
37But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 38That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? 39Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
These people did come to Jesus — these Israelites — but as far as believing in the manner that we call conversion today, they could not because the Holy Spirit had not yet been given. We will see they followed, they came like sheep, but there was some rejection, of course, of the lack of the Spirit.
42Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 43For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
In Christendom today that, perhaps, is the main problem — perhaps a lot of men in the pulpit who are physically descendant of Jacob-Israel believe upon Jesus Christ but because of fear of the Edomite Jews, they do not say or speak out what they should.
Some people are confused as to how Jesus could choose twelve men and then one would turn out to be a traitor, one would turn away from him.
John 6: 70
Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.
Modern theology which teaches that the Jews are Israel implies that Jesus didn’t know that the Israelite people were going to reject him, but what follows suggests that Jesus believed that the Israelites were going to follow him, but Jesus did know of his twelves disciples that the one would betray him. He was God incarnate, he knew that, and he said this one was a devil.
Now we already read about the Pharisees being called by Jesus Christ “the children of the devil” so it’s almost a certainty that Judas was not an Israelite but was among the Edomites.
When Judas had left, Jesus said to the remaining disciples:
31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. 34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Jesus had the good sense to know that Judas was going to betray him, but according to common theology today, He didn’t know that these other disciples were all going to turn around and go back and follow Judaism and deny him. That’s literally what is taught by the churches today. And Jesus is telling his disciples that He expects them to follow him and become Christians, not reject him.
John 14 directed toward his disciples, his sheep, not the one who would betray him:
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Jesus Christ intended the Holy Spirit was to come and dwell in these Israelite followers of Christ.
26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Does that sound like something the God of Creation would say to a people that He would have known would reject Him and turn around and go worship the religion of AntiChrist?
You know what that kind of teaching does? It makes Jesus a fool. It makes it appear that everything He said here was stupid and foolish, and never came to pass.
Ninety percent at least of the so-called Protestant churches in America today actually teach that these people to whom Jesus came and preached and said, “You believe in me, You know the Father, I am going to send the Spirit,” they teach that these people all turned around and within one or two generations and went back and followed Judaism, which denied that Jesus was even the Son of the living God…
Let’s read on in John 14:
29And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
Jesus told the disciples of His coming death and resurrection and going to heaven. Now, they did not understand, and we read this in other gospels. They did not understand what He meant, but here’s the purpose for which He told them. He says “I told you when it comes to pass ye might believe. I told you, Israelites, of my death and resurrection and ascension to heaven so that after it happened, ye might become Christians.”
Now if we turn around and say, “None of these people believed after the resurrection” of course, we nullify all of Jesus’ intentions here in the Gospel of John.
John chapter 15, He continues to talk to His Israelite disciples:
15Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Jesus ordained His disciples, these Israelites, to be Christian disciples, but we are told they refused and became the followers of Judaism. Now that would make Jesus appear to be a God without power, a God without prophecy, a God without knowledge because He said, “I HAVE done this.”
But the ministers come along and say, “It didn’t work.” And yet Jesus Christ says all power was given unto Him in heaven and in earth.
20Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
This is a specific prophecy. In effect, Jesus said, “These Edomite-Canaanite Jews who have persecuted me, they will persecute you.” In other words, they will be AntiChrist and anti-Christian.
He said further, “If they — in other words, those who do believe — if they believe me, they will keep yours also.” What does that mean? It means that the Israelites who did believe upon Jesus would then — following Jesus’ death and resurrection — believe the disciples and become Christians….what Jesus said they would do.
The God who knows the End from the Beginning, according to modern theology, was all wrong. No, they became Christ followers, not AntiChrist.
Who did Jesus tell that they did not know Him? The Esau Edomites:
21But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not Him that sent me.
And here is why Jesus did come and preach to the Edomite Jews. He came because they had to hear His word, they had to hear His voice, because if He didn’t, then they would be able to say, “We never heard Jesus. We don’t know what he was talking about. We didn’t know who he was.” This way, they have no cloak, no excuse.
23He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
Yet today we are told, “Oh, the Jews believe in the God of the Old Testament.” Jesus Christ said no. Those who hate me hate the Father also. Modern theology taught by most churches today, if you will examine it, is literally 180 degrees from the truth. It is the opposite of God’s truth. It says the same people who hated Me then are going to be the ones who hate the Christians in the age to come. And, of course, that is Jewry.
24If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
Jesus was quoting the Psalms 35:
19Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
Who hated Jesus without a cause? He says, “Mine enemies.” Nowhere in God’s Bible will you find that Israel was said to hate God without a cause. This is repeated, double witness, Psalm 69:
4They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.
In both cases, David identifies the people who hated Christ as the enemies of God. Now Israel, as we’ve seen, are called “the children of God,” “the sheep of God,” and all other names that relate them to God, but they are NEVER called the “enemies of God.”
Did Israel Reject Jesus? (Part 3)