By Christine Egbert
Ruth: A Type & Shadow
The book of Ruth lays out Yah’s plan for how Gentiles can come into covenant with the Most High. Ruth, a Moabitess, who became the grandmother of Israel’s King David, set the pattern through which Gentiles enter into covenant with the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.
How did she do this? RUTH declared, “YOUR PEOPLE shall be MY PEOPLE, and YOUR GOD, MY GOD.”
Ruth’s alliance with Israel and Israel’s God set the stage for Boaz, who prefigures Yeshua in his redemptive work as Israel’s Go’el Haddam (the Redeemer of blood) to take Ruth as his wife.
Paul Lays It Out
Through faith in Yeshua, Gentiles are grafted into Israel’s cultivated Olive Tree (Rom 11). They are granted citizenship into Israel’s Commonwealth, through which they can then partake of Israel’s Covenants (please note that “covenants” is plural, not singular/ Eph 2:12). Through faith in Israel’s Messiah, they are no longer Gentiles!
Today, after 1,700 years of indoctrination with unbiblical and far too often antisemitic doctrines of men, many believers proclaim, “Your God will be my God, but your people will NEVER be my people!”
DISTURBING CHURCH HISTORY
During the Fourth Century Constantine and the Roman Catholic Church codified doctrines which defied God’s instructions. He declared this about the God WHO NEVER CHANGES: “Let us then have nothing in common with the detestable Jewish crowd; for we have received from our Savior a different way.” (Eusebius, Life of Constantine, Vol III Ch. XVIII). Clinging to their centuries old hatred of the Jews, instead of becoming a part of Israel as the Most High intended, these Gentiles mixed their old pagan practices with their new Christian faith (in a process termed syncretism).
Historian Alexander Hislop writes: “Then look at Easter. What means the term Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the QUEEN OF HEAVEN, whose name, as pronounced by the people of Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country. That name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar (The Two Babylons, p. 103).
Here is a brief synopsis of the atrocities perpetrated by the Roman Catholic Church, in the name of Christianity, between the 4th and 7th centuries.
325 AD Council of Nicaea. The Church changes God’s calendar, separating Easter from Passover.
388 AD Incited by a bishop a Christian mob plunders, then sets fire to a synagogue in Callinicum.
399 AD The Western Roman Emperor, Honorius, confiscates from the synagogues the gold and silver collected for Jerusalem.
415 AD Jews are falsely accused of ritual murders during Purim. Bishop Cyril of Alexandria forces his way into a synagogue, expels the Jews, and gives their property to a Christian mob which stones Prefect Orestes almost to death for protesting these atrocities.
419 AD The monk Barsauma for three years incites his followers to destroy synagogues throughout Palestine.
439 AD The first imperial compilation of laws, the Codex Theodosianus, prohibits Jews from holding judicial and executive offices and positions involving money. The building of new synagogues is banned. These anti-Jewish statutes apply also to the Samaritans. The Western Roman Emperor, Valentinian III, accepts the codex.
451 AD King Sassanid Yazdegerd II of Persia abolishes the Sabbath and orders executions of Jewish leaders.
465 AD Council of Vannes. Gaul (France) prohibited Christian clergy from observing Jewish (YHVH’s) feasts.
529–559 AD Byzantine Emperor Justinian the Great publishes Corpus Juris Civilis. Jewish civil rights are restricted: Servitus Judaeorum (Servitude of the Jews) is established: Jews cannot testify against Christians. Hebrew language is forbidden in worship. Shema Yisrael (“Hear, O Israel, the Lord is one”) is banned. Conversion by force is enacted. Synagogues are remade into churches.
538 AD The Third Council of Orléans (of Gaul/France) prohibits Jews from employing Christian servants, and from appearing in the streets during Easter:
589 AD The Council of Narbonne, Septimania, Jews are forbidden to chant Psalms when burying their dead.
614 AD Fifth Council of Paris. Jews holding military or civil positions and their families are forced to accept baptism.
629 AD Byzantine Emperor Heraclius, who was supported by Jewish inhabitants, marches into Jerusalem and massacres hundreds of Jews. Thousands fled to Egypt.
681 AD The Twelfth Council of Toledo, Spain orders all Talmuds burned.
692 AD Quinisext Council in Constantinople. Christians who bathe in public baths with Jews, employ a Jewish doctor, or socialize with Jews are excommunicated.
694 AD 17th Council of Toledo. King Ergica demands that Jews forfeit into his treasury all land, buildings, and slaves. Jewish children over the age of seven are taken from their parents and raised as Christians.
The sad TRUTH is this: Since the Roman Catholic Church transformed Israel’s Jewish, Torah observant Messiah, Yeshua, into a blonde haired, blue-eyed, halo (sun-god disk) wearing Gentile Christ, who nailed His Father’s TORAH to the cross, most Jews have never been presented with the TRUTH of the Gospel. They’ve only been told about a Catholic Jesus, who replaced the biblical Sabbath with Sunday, outlawed YHVH’s Feast Days, rescinded biblical dietary law, and nailed the TORAH to the cross. In the name of Christianity, Jewish people have been savagely persecuted and slaughtered down through the centuries: in Crusades; in the Inquisition; and in Pogroms, which began in Russia in 1881. The most brutal massacre took place in 1905, in Odessa Ukraine, one day after Orthodox Easter. Led by priests, mobs throughout Odessa cried, “Kill the Jews!” And they did! They slaughtered them like sheep–120 Jews were murdered, 150 injured. As babies were being torn to pieces, the police made no attempt to end the terror. By sunset, corpses piled the streets. In the Ukraine and Bessarabia, Pogroms broke out, as well as in 64 other cities and 626 towns. Then, in Germany, during the late 1930s, Hitler began his holocaust.
The horrific history chronicled above was a direct result of the Council of Nicaea and subsequent Church Councils that added to and took away from God’s Instructions, His Torah! When the Catholic Church outlawed Lord YHVH’s Sabbath and Feasts Days, replacing them with popular pagan holidays, it invited in evil.
In Acts 20:29, Paul warned that “grievous wolves” would come in among us and not spare the flock. These grievous wolves, known by their fruit, are named among the so-called early Church Fathers.
HATE SPEECH DEFIES GOD’S WORD
“Epistle of Barnabas” Chapter 4,vs 6-7 (between 130A.D. and 138 A.D.)
Take heed to yourselves and be not like some piling up sins and saying that the covenant is theirs as well as ours. It is ours, but they lost it completely just after Moses received it.
Origen of Alexandria (185-254 A.D.) – An ecclesiastical writer and teacher who contributed to the early formation of Christian doctrines.
We may thus assert in utter confidence that the Jews will not return to their earlier situation, for they have committed the most abominable of crimes, in forming this conspiracy against the Savior of the human race…hence the city where Jesus suffered was necessarily destroyed, the Jewish nation was driven from its country, and another people was called by God to the blessed election.
John Chrysostom (344-407 A.D.) – One of the “greatest” of church fathers; he was known as “The Golden Mouthed.”
The synagogue is worse than a brothel… it is the den of scoundrels and the repair of wild beasts…the temple of demons devoted to idolatrous cults…the refuge of brigands and debauchees, and the cavern of devils. It is a criminal assembly of Jews…a place of meeting for the assassins of Christ… a house worse than a drinking shop…a den of thieves, a house of ill fame, a dwelling of iniquity, the refuge of devils, a gulf and a abyss of perdition.…I would say the same things about their souls… As for me, I hate the synagogue…I hate the Jews for the same reason.
These hateful words defy everything Scripture teaches: Jews are loved by God because of the fathers, Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. (Rom 11:28) And their “election” is irrevocable! (Rom 11:29) Their words defry Romans 11:29, which says that the gifts and call of God are without repentance!
These and many other so-called “Church Fathers” made egregious proclamations, either in ignorance of, or in open rebellion to God’s WORD. Their spiritual blindness plunged the world into the “Dark Ages”.
Paul asked, “Have they (the Jews) stumbled that they should fall?” He then answered his own question with, “God forbid!” He then went on to explain that through their fall salvation would come to the Gentiles.
Rom 11:24 After all, if you were cut off from what is naturally a wild olive tree, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much easier will it be for these natural branches to be grafted back into their own olive tree! 25 For I want to let you know about this secret, brothers, so that you will not claim to be wiser than you are: Stubbornness has come in part to Israel until the full number of the gentiles comes to faith.
But that wasn’t all Paul said!
He went on to prophesy that the receiving of the Jews would be “life from the dead!”
Rom 11:13-16 I am speaking to you gentiles. Because I am an apostle to the gentiles, I magnify my ministry in the hope that I can make my people jealous and save some of them. For if their rejection results in reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance bring but life from the dead. If the first part of the dough is holy, so is the whole batch. If the root is holy, so are the branches.
WHAT HAS THIS TO DO WITH
REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY IN THE END-TIMES?
It’s happening again! Many big-name evangelical leaders, names most of you would recognize, are aligning themselves with the Pope and the Catholic Church. Kenneth Copeland is a leader of this ominous movement. On January 21st of 2014, Copeland and Tony Palmer, an Anglican priest and friend of Pope Francis, called for a realignment of Protestants with the Roman Catholic Church. In the name of unity in the body, he urged Christians to place themselves once again under the authority of Rome. “If you are born again,” Palmer said, “then you are a Catholic.” Six months later, this self-proclaimed prophet in the spirit of Elijah, Tony Palmer, was killed in a motorcycle accident.
In Sweden, on March 9, 2014, Ulf Ekman, pastor of a large Word Faith (prosperity message) ministry, in likely response to Copeland’s appeal, announced he was joining the Roman Catholic Church. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
MORE DISTURBING FACTS TO PONDER
Pope Francis called that terrorist Mahmoud Abbas, who is the president of the ‘State of Palestine,’ a man of PEACE. He referred to Abbas’s Bethlehem office as his “presidential palace.” Pope Francis was the first Pope in history to bypass greater Israel and fly directly into Bethlehem, which is under Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.
Was that snub a signal? You decide!
GROUND WORK LAID IN MID 1990s
But, wait! There’s more! Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Shmuel Meir, at a press conference in Jerusalem, way back in 1994, announced that the Vatican had been granted “extraterritorial status” to Jerusalem. Two years later, Shmuel was killed in a car crash. The driver at fault was never charged. And on June 15, 1994, the Israeli government signed an agreement with the Vatican to allow the Roman Catholic Church to participate in negotiations that will determine the future of Jerusalem. Then, on July 9th, 1994, Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican’s Foreign Minister, made the following statement while in Jordan. “Before territorial problems can be resolved, we have to find international guarantees to safeguard the uniqueness of the city and assurances that never again will one party (the Jews) claim Jerusalem as its possession.”
BAD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS
The bad news is this: The Catholic Church, which has been spewing venom in the form of replacement theology and anti-Semitism for two thousand years plans to usurp Israel’s sovereignty over the Old City of Jerusalem, the city in which YHVH placed his name, in order to de-legitimize the descendants of Abraham.
Because as long as Jews control Jerusalem, the Vatican’s claim of being the “New Jerusalem” cannot be realized. But make no mistake! Rome plans to impose its version of theology on the world once again. But never fear! The good news is YHVH has His own plan.