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The Great Awakenings

The Essence of Contemporary American Religion

Part Fifteen


By Shlomo Phillips © 1989
(most recent update February 24, 2015)

"Messianic Judaism" Jesus warns his followers:

Revelation 2:9 (King James version) I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

An old/renewed heresy is taking place among Fundamentalist Christians today. It has been growing since the 1970's: so-called Messianic Judaism. These people are not religiously Jews, and the vast majority are not halachically Jews. This Christian sect began with the group Jews for Jesus, a Trinitarian heresy of born Jewish converts to mainly Baptist Christianity. Most "Messianics" today are Fundamentalist Christians from one of the denomincations. Many of them are also committed Zionists. They often use Zionism to gain acceptence from Jews and then seek to convert them away from Torah.

"Messianic Jews" maintain all or most of the essential Christian beliefs and dogmas but put forth a Jewish veneer meant to establish them as "spiritual Israel." This is the most offensive form of Christian Replacement Theology of all. Their intention is to convert Jews away from Torah and to Christianity. Sadly their deception is producing the desired results. Some Torah ignorant Jews are being deceived. The ultimate goal is to turn the nation of Israel into a Christian nation and thereby usher in the Messianic era as they conceive of it. To accomplish this, they hope to spiritually genocide the Jewish people. These Christians are not our allies!

There are many forms of this anti-Jewish "Messianic" community. Some go back to Jews for Jesus, while other date back to the Third Great Awakening in the mid to late 1800s. Messianic Jews include Jews for Jesus, the Netzarim, the Holy Name and Hebrew Roots movements, Chosen People Ministries, Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, Messianic Jewish Alliance Israel, Union of Messianic Congregations, British Israelism (i.e. Garner Ted Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God splintered groups), and many others. For more information about this biblically misguided belief system feel to contact me. If you are Jewish and considering this heresy you also may wish to contact Jews for Judaism.

Even as the Protestant Reformers sought not the disintegration of the Roman Catholic Church, but rather its reformation, so too contemporary Fundamentalists are seeking to ignite a Church-wide revival, one that generally excludes the Catholics which many believe to be "Babylon the Great" even though the Catholic Church is their mother organization (for a bit of irony on this see Revelation 17:5). The Messianic Movement is a key part of this strategy as converting Jews is seen as a confirmation of their beliefs. Like so many of their beliefs, this one directly contridicts the Biblical prophets:

Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
And yet they seek to convert us. The Fundamentalists hope to spark a return to what they deem traditional, biblical Christian beliefs and values. As discussed above, those beliefs arise from the dogmas of the Catholic Church, not from the Bible nor from the historic Y'shua ben Yosef.

In support of their agenda, Fundamentalist Christian scholar C.I. Scofield (note 13) wrote:

There are two forms which Babylon is to have in the end-time: political Babylon (Rev. 17:8-17) and ecclesiastical Babylon (Rev. 17:1-7) ... Ecclesiastical Babylon is all apostate Christendom, in which papacy will undoubtedly be prominent; it may even very well be that this union will embrace all the religions of the world (SB. Rev. 18: 2 footnote).

Modern Fundamentalists are following in the footsteps of the predecessors, the Protesters. They are generally sincerely seeking to correct problems within the Church, however like the Protestant Reformers, they fail to recognize the central problem: Their beliefs violate the Torah (see Matthew 5:18, Revelation 2:9, 3:9).

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