Judeo Christian: I Don’t Think So

By Dr. Ken Matto

(1 Th 2:14-15 KJV) For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: {15} Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:

In recent years many Christian broadcasters and pastors have begun to use the term Judeo-Christian when referring to things like ethics, even attaching this erroneous moniker to the ethics of the founding fathers of this nation. It seems this description is being used at an increase rate when speaking of things Christian. The ignorance of those Christians who use this term to try and please the Christian Zionists and the ignorant Christian population at large is endemic. The attempt to amalgamate Christianity and Judaism is akin to trying to amalgamate Islam and Judaism or Hinduism. I have never heard terms like Judeo-Islam or Judeo-Hindu. That is because all these religions stand on their own. The attempt to force Judaism on Christianity is another attempt by Satan to lessen the impact of Christianity and to neutralize it. The bottom line is that Judaism is the enemy of Christ and Christianity and is totally antithetic to Judaism.

One must understand that Judaism is not the Old Testament, it is a commentary based religion void of biblical truth. It is based on the Talmud and the Mishnah which is taught by the Rabbis that along with the written law on Mt. Sinai, God gave an oral law which was handed down verbally with thousands of years of embellishments.

(Mark 7:6-7 KJV) He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. {7} Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Even at the time the Lord Jesus was on Earth, the oral law (traditions) was well established. The problem with an oral law, is that it can be changed at will and no one can ever know the real truth. In this case, there is no truth to the oral law at Sinai simply because God gave Moses (an Israelite, not a Jew) the written law which contained the Sinaitic covenant.

Judaism had its beginning in the time of the Babylonian captivity which lasted from 587 BC to about 517 BC. It lasted 70 years and in that time frame we have the beginnings of the Babylonian Talmud. Since Israel was unable to partake of any of the ceremonies in the temple, which God commanded them, they introduced the synagogue system where they met on the Sabbath. It was during this time that they switched from the Hebrew Scriptures to the Talmudic system. Israel, the northern kingdom, had gone into captivity about 721 BC and were never heard from again because they assimilated into the population and was never to be heard from again. Judah went into captivity in Babylon but a remnant was brought out to go back to the land . Through this remnant came the Lord Jesus Christ and when He went to the cross, that signaled the end of the ceremonial law and all the feasts. All the ceremonies and feasts were instituted for the express purpose of being a foreshadow of the Lord Jesus Christ, they never stand alone. Then in 70 AD, came the final end to the nation of Judah when we see a prophecy come to pass.

(Dan 9:26 KJV) And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

In the book of Daniel, we read this verse that for many years people have told us that this was going to be the action of a physical Anti-Christ who was going to come against the nation of Israel in the final days of Earth’s history. However, that is an erroneous interpretation. Daniel 9:26 is telling us that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is going to send forth an army to destroy Jerusalem. Why? It is no longer the center of worship to God and God is now dealing with the entire world. The nation of Judah came back to the land briefly for the purpose of bringing forth the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ was not a Jew, He was a pure Israelite. This is confirmed by the fact of His lineage which we find in Matthew 1 and Luke 3. These were not placed there for theologians to argue over but they were placed there to show the lineage of Christ through the tribe of Judah. When you look at the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, you will see a focus on genealogies. These were done to see who was of pure lineage and who was of mixed breed. So the Bible gives us divine evidence that the Lord Jesus was pure Israelite. There is not one Jew living today who can trace their lineage back to more than 300 years. When Titus razed Jerusalem, all the temple records were destroyed, so all the records of who was a pure Israelite versus who was mixed breed are gone forever.
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