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Are Today’s Jews Really “God’s Chosen People”

In hearing a recent sermon by renowned pastor, John MacArthur, of Grace to You Ministries wherein he stated that today’s Jews are God’s chosen people and that God has a separate plan of redemption for Jews and Gentiles (dual covenant theology), I felt compelled to write a biblical and historical retort.

Are today’s Jews really God’s chosen people?

In a nutshell . . . No! In fact, not all of Abraham’s physical descendants were children of the Old Testament Abrahamic covenant. Nor were all of them children of the promise. God made his covenant with a person “Abraham” and not a nation, and it was by faith that he and his descendants were justified by God, not national origin (Gen. 15:6, Rom. 4:3-22, Jas. 2:23).

Moreover, it was Isaac, his second-born, supernaturally selected by the Spirit, and not Ishmael who was born of the flesh by his bondservant Hagar, through whom God’s blessings would flow (Gen. 21:12).

Then through Isaac’s twin sons, by His sovereign right and election, God chose Jacob and rejected Esau to carry forth the Abrahamic seed promise of God. Covenants were always ratified by faith not by flesh.

Four hundred years later God made a conditional covenant with Moses and the Jewish people. It was faith again and not physical lineage that would determine inclusion or exclusion for those “called” as “God’s Chosen People.”

Under this nationalistic, Mosaic covenant, God set the ethnic nation of Israel apart from other nations, and brought them into a conditional covenant relationship with him. One of those conditions was to be holy (Lev. 20:24, 26) and would provide either blessings or cursings (Exod. 19:5; Deut. 28). Membership was restricted to Israelites, but could be gained or lost. Gentiles could be included via proselyte laws (circumcision, ritual cleansing, repentance, obedience to the Torah, and renouncing their natural parentage and heritage. Israelites who committed certain high sins and refused to repent were excommunicated, treated as pagans. Through their unbelief, hardening, idolatry, or refusal to keep the Law, they lost their citizenship and covenant privileges. Again, it was faith, not flesh, that was the basis of inclusion.

Then with the birth of Christ, the long promised and prophesied New Covenant broke into human history (Jer. 31:31-37; Ezek. 16:60; 36:26,27), two designations for one identical people. The “Israel of God” and “God’s Chosen People” were covenantally redefined (Gal. 3:16; 26-29; 4:21-31; 6:15-16; Acts 2:16-21; 1 Pet. 2:9-10). The basis of inclusion or exclusion changed (John 3:1-8; Luke 19:9) and extended to the whole world (Matt. 21:43).

Jesus clearly delineated His “Faith-Only” inclusiveness and the dichotomous division within the Jewish people of His day when he said:

“Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt. 22:14).
“You belong to your father the devil”( John 8:44a, Rev. 2:9, 3:9).
“Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham” (Matt. 3:9).

Even before Jesus, Isaiah had prophesied of this contrast between these two Jewish groups and their different destinies (Isa. 65:7-16). Hosea likewise prophesied about many Jews, “Ye are not my people” (Hos. 1:9-10; 2:23). They were only Jews outwardly, not inwardly (Matt. 3:9; John 8:37,39; Rom. 2:28,29). The apostle Paul confirmed as much “For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel” (Rom. 9:6). It’s obvious that either a Jew or a Gentile could be a member of Israel physically, nationally, culturally, and religiously without being a member of the true Israel—spiritually. Inclusion was never grounded in physical/biological descendancy.

Although God chose Israel out of all the nations (Amos 3:2) to be a people of Himself, a witness to the nations, the conduit for His revelation, and through whom the Messiah would come, the whole nation of Israel never was “God’s Chosen People.” It was only the faithful remnant (Rom. 9:27; 11:5; Isa. 10:20-22) of that time. That’s why today neither the modern day nation of Israel nor all the ethnic Jews worldwide comprise of “God’s Chosen People.” Who counts as the true Israel, the children of the promise, was never determined by a blood-line or a race-line, but by a faith-line (Gal. 3:6-9). In Old Covenant times, only the righteous remnant of Israel were considered “God’s Chosen People” and the true Israel of God. Today, Abraham’s real descendants (“seed”) are believers in Jesus Christ whether they are racially Jews or Gentiles. It’s a level playing field, the ultimate in fulfilled bible prophecy—one common denominator, one road to redemption for all mankind . . . Jesus Christ.

Until next time . . . Wake Up America!

Kevin A. Lehmann

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  1. 15 Comment(s)

  2. By Anita K. Wilson on Apr 1, 2012 | Reply

    Kevin, I have always been taught the “Chosen People” view. You have certainly given me something to think about. I definitely appreciate the Scripture references. I am going to be doing some studying.

  3. By Ron Cram on Apr 1, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Kevin, I didn’t hear John’s message so I don’t know what passage he preached on. I do think the nation of Israel is a fulfillment of the prophecy in Ezekiel 37. How else can you explain the existence of the nation of Israel after them not having a land of their own for nearly 2,000 years?

    This is not the same as believing Israel is going to replace the church. In Romans 9-11, St Paul makes it clear that God has plans for the nation of Israel yet. This does not mean that every person in the nation will be saved. They will be saved by grace through faith the same as gentile Christians. But God is planning to work through the instrument of the nation of Israel. I think these plans are just getting ready to play out.

  4. By Kevin A. Lehmann on Apr 1, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Ron, you’re a few thousand years late :-) The immediate historical settings for the literal fulfillment of all the “return-to-the-land” prophecies were on two returns of the Israelites from either their Assyrian or Babylonian exile/captivity in the 8th and the 6th/5th centuries B.C., respectively. Besides, even if you tried to affix the return of Jews to Palestine during the 1800′s and through 1948 and afterwards, it wouldn’t pass the litmus test. And what was God’s litmus test? Faith and obedience to the law! A return in unbelief (most all Jews in Israel today are non-believing secularists and atheists) was never promised or prophesied, nor would it qualify as return fulfillment.

  5. By Kevin A. Lehmann on Apr 2, 2012 | Reply

    Are you sure about that Ed? Read my article, especially the scriptures cited; study Israelite history and think.

  6. By ma baker on May 20, 2012 | Reply

    What you missed to notice Kevin, however true about present Israel being atheists etc, is that Bible says on the 2nd coming of the Christ to the Earth the Jews will realise that He is the Messiah whom they crucified in the past & they will be full of sorrow & remorse, their hearts changed by God.God chose Israel to prove the whole world that all the prophesies in the Bible came true. In this sense Israel is a “chosen” race, there’s nothing special about them apart from this. They were chosen by God, both blessed or punished throughout the history, as His witnesses and for the whole world to see how God’s plan of human salvation works.

  7. By Kevin A. Lehmann on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    That’s right Ma Baker, and the Jews did realize it. That was nearly 2000 years ago. Has nothing to do with who we refer to as Jews today or the modern country of Israel. Christ wasn’t warning us; he warned the people of his generation that were alive and witnessed the destruction of the temple system exactly when Christ prophesied it would happen.

  8. By ma baker on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    For the 2nd time intheir long history the Jews have returned to their land, in fulfillment of the words of their ancient prophets [present Israel]. The Scriptures reveal that the most important event is yet to happen – they will return to their God! It will involve their acceptance of Jesus Christ, the heir to David’s throne in Jerusalem [Luke 1.26-33]. Many prophecies about Israel foretell the future restoration of their kingdom [Psalm2;Psalm72;Isaiah9.1-7;11.1-12;Micah chapter4;Zechariah chapter12]. Prophecies provide the answer how this will happen – how Israel will be brought to accept Christ as their Messiah [Ezekiel chapters 38& 39; Daniel11.40-45; Joel chapter 3; Zechariah chapter 14]. These passages combine to give a devastating future attack on Israel, which Scripture describes as “the time of Jacob’s trouble” [Jeremiah 30.7]. This conflict will follow a period of peace & prosperity [Ezekiel 38.10-13], and will shatter their State & leave them with only part of Jerusalem under their control, but in a state of siege [Zechariah 14.1,2]. It will be at this time of crisis,when Israel seems to face certain destruction, that Divine intervention will take place. The Jews will then recognize Christ as their Messiah as foretold by the prophet [ Zechariah 12.10]. Then the promised Kingdom of God on earth will become a reality and with it, blessings ror all the nations as promised to Abraham [Genesis12.2,3. Galatians 3.8]. This is the hope of every true Christian & this is what Jesus meant when He said “salvation is of the Jews” [John 4.22]. The Biblical prophecy regarding Jews returning to their promised land refer to modern Israel & not them returning just from captivity in Babylon! Amen.

  9. By Kevin A. Lehmann on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I have been on the Messianic Judaism trail because of the deeper insights into Christianity gained through the study of the Jews, their faith and culture. I continue to study these things because of the richness and depth it reveals of our salvation. However, in my opinion, it is a fruitful road only in so much as it glorifies Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the Son of God, God incarnate, the fulfillment of the promises – NOT AS A JEW! This is not meant to be, in any form, an anti-Semitic statement. I have heard it said that Jesus is our Torah, and I have no problem with that, but I am bombarded with ‘Torah is Jesus’ and therefore we enter into a study of the law of Moses and the rabbinical writings, and things of the Old Covenant. Although there is some spirituality mixed and woven throughout, for the most part, it becomes a study of “tradition” and things written on tablets rather than the HEART. Ironically it is the “orthodox” Jews that miss Yeshua as Messiah. Things have not changed that much.

    Now we might say that Jesus is the fulfillment of the law, therefore we must study to find out what He fulfilled. This sounds agreeable, but do we sometimes lose sight of that which fulfills (Jesus) for the object of fulfillment (Torah)? Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Much of the approach to these studies would suggest ‘Torah is the way, the truth, the life.’

    Jesus certainly was a Jew (the Lion of the tribe of Judah), not who we acknowledge as a “Jew” today. And he only ministered to Jews, yet he never spread “Judaism.” We know that He kept the festivals. Many Biblical verses are pointed out that reveal Paul’s ‘Jewishness’ and the fact that he kept the festivals. However, it is also exceedingly clear that he did not endorse the Jewish traditions or hoist them onto the newly accepted gentiles. The letter to the Galatians explicitly bears this out, as well as the Jerusalem counsel in the book of Acts. He did not instruct them in Torah, circumcision, festivals, etc. “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ” (Col. 2:16,17). Rather he instructed them “in Christ.” Why is that Ma? Christ was fulfilling the law, not men, not Judaism. Obviously this was a period of transition. Both covenants existed side by side as did Ishmael and Isaac (Gal. 4) so Paul had to very carefully not condemn Judaism from which salvation has come out of, but simultaneously not place the Judaic yoke onto the gentiles. This point is made crystal clear repeatedly in the New Testament writings. What is the message here? It was to keep the law and the traditions for those who were Jewish in that generation, and yet not apply a pattern of these traditions (from which salvation grew out of) to the newly accepted gentiles. Never do we see anything preached but the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Is it meaningful that the N.T. is written in Greek, the accepted world language at the time, rather than Hebrew?

    In addition, Paul makes it exceedingly clear that ALL are made ONE in Christ. There is no difference between men, women, Jew, Greek, etc. Christ is the “all in all.” Jesus came to reconcile us as ONE to God in the Spirit. Today, one is “of Israel” if he is circumcised of the HEART. Is salvation of the Jews? Yes, of course. Without God’s promise to the Jews, there is no salvation for anyone. The gentiles are PARTAKERS of what is given to the Jews, and what has come through them as a nation and people. Is this a reason to thank the Lord if we are a Jew? Not unless you live in the Old Testament because back then Jews were the only 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; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen” (Rom. 9:4,5). Today it makes no difference what sex or race or position in life you hold. It is of the Spirit. Today the fountain of living water is given freely and flows to all people of all nations.

    The New testament tells us that we are in the New Covenant and that the laws (Torah, if you wish) of God are written on the human heart. That is what God said, and that is what I believe, period. Paul said, “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away” (II Cor. 3:6,7). Paul also said, “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law” (I Cor. 15:56). Now, to be sure, there are also many verses that tell us to obey the laws of righteousness. How do we reconcile these?

    The answer is Jesus Christ. Not Torah, Not tradition, Not “in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Didn’t Jesus say, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Mat. 22:37-40)?

    Most Christians have bought into the dispensational premillennial view that Christ is coming back to the physical earth and that is why He is restoring the land of “Israel.” People are talking about a rebuilt temple, and the red heifer and so forth. Arguably the most Jewish book in the New Testament, the letter to the Hebrews, makes it clear through shadows and types and Jewish idiom and speaking of earthly things, “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect” (Heb. 10:1). Did you get that? The Hebrews letter makes it clear that animal sacrifices were never acceptable to God, but the blood of Jesus was complete. The letter also says that Abraham looked for a HEAVENLY country and was a stranger and pilgrim on the earth. God has made that spiritual city ABOVE (the New Jerusalem) which Paul calls “the mother of us all” because the Sinai Jerusalem is in bondage with her children (Galatians 4). The letter to the Hebrews says, “The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing” (9:8) It also says that Jesus is made way (is our way) into the holiest place. The letter says that He is in the very presence of God for us. Jesus says, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2,3).

    So the most Jewish book of the New Testament reveals to me an incredible amount concerning Christ and salvation. I don’t see ANYTHING about a new EARTHLY temple or animal sacrifices. I don’t see anything about an EARTHLY Jerusalem being restored. I don’t see anything built by human hands. The entire letter talks about eternal things, in the heavens, made by God, not temporal, but eternal. Jesus says He goes (to the right hand of the Father in HEAVEN) to prepare a place that we might be where He is. Later Paul says, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (II Cor. 5:1). Hebrews says Jesus will “appear” (it doesn’t say “return”) a second time for those who look for Him without sin to salvation (9:28). Doesn’t this match the typology of the high priest on the Day of Atonement “reappearing the second time” to let the people know the sacrifice was accepted? Has the sacrifice been accepted?

    Getting back to the Torah. Paul makes it exceedingly clear that no one is saved by the keeping of the law.

    “But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified” (Gal. 2:14-16). We know that Abraham was justified by faith before the law was given.

    Going to Israel, preaching the Gospel to the Jews, learning how to read and speak Hebrew, studying the Jewish feasts and traditions, attending synagogue or church, giving to the poor, loving your neighbor, NONE of these things bring salvation. Jesus Christ, and he alone, is the entire focal point of our salvation.

    Paul said, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col 1:3). Jesus said, “I am not of this world” (John 18:23). Abraham, whom was given the promises, “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city” (Heb. 11:16). Jesus said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad” (John 8:56).

    Sadly, most believers are waiting for Christ to “appear” on the earth in temporal form. Generations of the past two thousand years have been waiting and unfortunately, generations of misled believers will continue to erroneously look for the physical return of Christ for another 2000 years unless and until they actually believe the Bible and confirm Christ’s claims by studying church history and ancient Jewish history. Paul said, “Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual” (I Cor. 15:46). Is there any reason to believe “first that which is natural, afterward that which is spiritual, and then the natural again?

    The study of eschatology is tough stuff, but well worth the journey if you can rid yourself of your presuppositions and predisposition towards the fallacious dispensational premillennial eschatological view that currently dominates the commercial church system. Trust Christ, not Christianity.

  10. By BOB on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    YOU HAVE HEBREWS TRUE TO GOD AND THE TORAH , THEN YOU HAVE THE ZION JEWS TRUE TO THE TALMUT AND TRUELY THE EVIL IN THIS WORLD ,EAZY TO TELL ONE FROM THE OTHER , ONE IS FORBIDEN OF USERY ,THE OTHER LIVES OFF OF IT

  11. By JS on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    “YOU HAVE HEBREWS TRUE TO GOD AND THE TORAH …” If you’re suggesting that there are non-Christian Jews who are in covenant with God you are wrong. Jesus called Jews who rejected Him – devils. Scripture is replete with scriptures that excoriate Jews who reject Christ. There is no difference between a non-Christian Jew and a non-Christian gentile. They are both lost. If a Jew truly believes the Torah, he/she will accept Jesus as Messiah! There is no salvation outside of the blood of Jesus the Christ given for our redemption.

  12. By Kevin Moore on Mar 3, 2013 | Reply

    Judah married and had sons to the daughter of foreign gods——a Canaanite woman. Malachi, chapter 3 & 2:11., Genesis 38:1-10

    Malachi, chapters 3 & 2:11, “Judah has done an abomination in Israel and in Jerusalem for he has profaned the Sacred Jehovah whom he loves and married a daughter of foreign gods.
    Jehovah will cut off the man who does it………….”

    See, “The Book of Adam and Eve”. S.C.Malan., quote – chapter 4,

    “Then after this Judah took to himself a wife whose name was habwadiya, that means, “house-wife” but in the law her name is Sewa. She was of a Caananitish family, and Jacobs heart suffered much on that account; and he said to Judah his son who had married that wife, “The God of Abraham and of Isaac will not allow the seed of this Canaanitish woman to mingle with my seed.”………. “……….Then Judah married his son Onan to Tamar, saying, “He shall raise seed unto thy brother.” But him also did God kill because of his evil deeds; on account of Jacobs curse, “That no Canaanitish seed should mingle with his own.” So God would not let any of it mingle with that of Jacob the righteous. Therefore did Tamar go to Judah her father-in-law, who had intercourse with her, not knowing she was his sons wife; and she bare unto him twins, Pharez and Zarah.” [Genesis 38:6-30]
    ……. Chapter 6, ………… “After this, there began to issue a race from Naason [a descendent of Pharez], who was great among the sons of Judah; and from him began a kingdom and a priesthood, and the Jews became celebrated through him…….” Gen. 38:11-30, Ruth 4:18-22
    TBofA&E cont.
    “And the angel said unto him [Melchizidec] “Shem, the son of Noah, thy father’s grandfather.” See also Hebrews Ch.7. Shem accompanied Melchizidec in taking Adams body from the Ark to the place of Christs crucifixion for Adams burial, eventual baptism and resurrection…… “But a voice cried from within the Ark and said, Rejoice, O thou priest of the most high God, for that thou hast been found meet to enter upon the office of priest of God; the first created by Him in the world.” Hebrews Ch.5 —— Hebrews Ch7. Christ abolished the Levitical priesthood and Himself became a new priest according to the order of Melchizidec of the tribe of Judah———– Hebrews Ch.8 “…….Because this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord, giving My laws into their mind, and I will write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people…….”

    “And what agreement has Christ with Belial? Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever? And what agreement does a temple of God have with idols? For you are a temple of the living God, according as God said, ‘I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” 2Corinthians 6:15 -16.

    Hebrews 10:30-31 “For we know Him having said: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord; and again, The Lord will judge His people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

    As the Bible says, “the two shall become one”, – “For this a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife; and the two shall be one flesh.” Ephesians 5:31.

    “Canaanite”, Strongs Hebrew Concordance 3669, a merchant, a trafficker.

    No blemished Judah blood [Judah/Canaanite] was allowed in the line chosen to antecede Jesus Christ.
    Jesus Christ is the end of the pure blood Chosen line — Judah/Tamar, Pharez, Naason, David — Ruth, Mary that was chosen to antecede Him. Christ has not fathered physical descendents, therefore there is no pure blood – physical line of Judah that can be said to have descended from Christ. Those who hate Christianity and call themselves Gods Chosen People in the flesh are liars [John Ch.8] – those of all nations who call on the name of Christ are of Judah in Spirit. Jesus Christ – the King of the Jews. Gen. 38:11-30, Ruth 4:18-22
    Acts 2:29 – 31, “Men, brothers, it is permitted to say to you with plainess as to the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is among us until this day. Being a prophet then, and knowing that God swore with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loin, as concerning flesh, to raise the Christ to sit on his throne; foreseeing he spoke about the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in the grave, nor did His flesh see corruption.” Psalm 132:11, Luke 1:32, 2Samuel 7:12 – 16,
    Matthew 12:17-18 “……So that might be fulfilled that spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, Behold, My child whom I chose, My Beloved, in whom My soul has found delight! I will put My Spirit on Him, and He shall declare judgement to the nations.” Cor.1:26-31 “……he that glories let him glory in the Lord.” John 20:28 “And Thomas answered and said to Him, My Lord and my God!”
    Barnabus 3:16-17, “Consider this also: although you have seen so great signs and wonders done among the people of the Jews, yet this not withstanding the Lord hath forsaken them. Beware therefore, lest it happen to us; as it is written, There may be many called but few chosen.”
    John 1:29 “On the morrow John sees Jesus coming to him, and says, Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”
    Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore brothers, I call on you through the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,in order to prove by you what is the good and pleasing and perfect will of God.”
    Malachi 1:14 “But cursed be a deceiver, and there is in his flock a male, yet he vows it, but is sacrificing to the Lord a blemished thing. For I am a great king, says Jehovah of hosts; and My name is feared among the nations.”
    John 15:17-19, “These things I command you that you love one another. If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you……”
    Mark 13:20 “……..and if the Lord had not shortened the days, not any flesh would be saved, but because of the elect whom He chose, He has shortened those days.” [ see the time period of Christs crucifixion.]
    Matt. 22:14, “For many are called, but few chosen.”

    Jesus is literally the Son of David. Psalm 132:11, Luke 1:32, 2Samuel 7:12 – 16, Acts 2:29 – 31

    From “The Book of Adam and Eve” S.C.Malan

    “The former scribes however could not find a good lineage for the Virgin and her father, or kindred; wherefore did the Jews crucify Christ, and taunt Him, and mock Him, and say to Him, “show us the fathers of Mary the Virgin and her people, and what is her genealogy.” Therefore did they blaspheme her and Christ.

    But henceforth shall the mouth of those unbelieving Jews be closed; and they shall know that Mary is of the seed of David the King, and of that of the patriarch Abraham. Moreover, the unbelieving Jews had no registers to guide them aright, neither did they know, how the lines of kindred ran at first, inasmuch as the law and the prophets were three times burnt out from them…..”

    ……………..But after the birth of Christ there remained no more trustworthy reckoning of kindred to the Jews. For Christ was the end of generations; He took it and gave it to us.

    ……………………Thus the Magi when they read in their books, knew from them, that Christ should be born in the land of Judah.

    So they went upon a high mountain in the east, while coming westward; and they took with them the presents they had prepared ere they set off on their journey; that is, gold, frankincense and myrrh —– that had been with Adam in the Cave of Treasures. Gold, namely as a king; frankincense, as unto God; and myrrh, as for His death.

    But when Hor, king of Persia, heard who it was they called King Of Kings, he prepared his chariot and mounted it. Basantar also king of Saba, came out; and Karsundas, king of the east, got himself ready and came out also.

    They were all in great tribulation, and also all the other kings in the borders of the West trembled with them, and every country in the East was in great alarm at the sight of that glory…….”

    Revelation 3:9,”Behold, I give out of the synagogue of Satan those saying themselves to be Jews, and they are not, but they lie,. Behold, I will make them them come and bow down before your feet, and they shall know that I loved you.”

    Romans 2:28-29 “……….For he is not a Jew that is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that outwardly in the flesh; but he is a Jew that is one inwardly and circumcision is of the heart, in spirit, not in letter; of whom the praise is not from men, but from God.”

    Philippians 3:2-3 “Look out for the religious corrupters; look out for the evil workers, look out for those who stress circumcision of the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who by the Spirit of God worship and boast Christ Jesus and not trusting in the flesh.”

  13. By Mike on Jun 9, 2013 | Reply

    The proof of God’s selection of Israel as His own people is the continued existence of Israel despite being literally surrounded by enemies.

  14. By Kevin A. Lehmann on Jun 10, 2013 | Reply

    Mike, dual covenant theology is totally unbiblical. It’s tough to let go of our predispositions when it comes to the proper understanding of eschatology. It’s a grueling study that requires a lot of research and letting go of our presuppositions. Hopefully this monograph will help you out. http://catchkevin.com/christs-return/

  15. By Michael on Jun 22, 2013 | Reply

    Jews struggle with this chosen person issue quite a bit as well. We do believe that we are the spiritual descendants of those who were at the foot of Mt Sinai when the law was given. Both Christians and Muslims have their own version of who is now chosen and why. For Jews, it mostly means chosen to get the law (Torah) and keep it. Chosen does not mean perfect or better. The latter is taught by the part in Leviticus where Moses comes down with the commandments only to see the children have made an idol. I think that what really get’s the goat of folks from the other Abrahamic faiths is that Jews pretty much did not acknowledge these other faiths as true for them and did not generally convert unless by force. That led to the Jews being the scapegoats for those religions.

  16. By Jphillips on Oct 14, 2013 | Reply

    http://bibleendtimesreexamined.fhero.net/index.html

    InvitationToVisit-Online Bible study that answers the question, “Who Are God’s Chosen People…Really?”

    Thank you

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4) Insert the following HTML code just before your closing tag of your website. Again, remember to change the URL to your own: