About 6 B.C. Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem as promised in Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” There were many virgins in that day (not many today) but none had ever given birth, but that was to change. That promise was fulfilled hundreds of years later as recorded in Matt. 1:23, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Thus was fulfilled the Plan of the Ages–God’s work of redemption of mankind because of a Jewish baby who grew up to die for the sins of the world. And to rise from His grave as proof of his deity.
In the following years, Christians were persecuted and butchered throughout the Roman Empire, especially in Rome itself. But wild men in Rome (one of them being a state-certified nut) hated Jews as well. As happened often in their history, Jews in Judah were dominated by Rome and gave the Roman authorities more problems than the other provinces. They rebelled in Jerusalem in 70 A.D., resulting in over a million Jews slain, the Second Temple and all homes destroyed, and the remaining living scattered.
About 60 years later, the Roman Empire scattered the Jewish people all over the known world–again, following the rebellion of Bar Kakhba (declared by some to be the Messiah) in 132-135. A. D. There was enormous bloodshed on both sides. Bar Kakhba led 100,000 men and he expected God to intervene on their behalf. Rome’s best general Julius Severusled commanded his troops consisting of half the Roman Army, and three times the troops used by Titus in 70 A.D.! Rome never doubted the outcome, although it cost them dearly.
In that war (known as the last of the Jewish-Roman Wars), 585,000 Jews were killed, and 50 fortified towns and 985 villages razed. The Romans “went on killing until their horses were submerged in blood to their nostrils” according to the Jerusalem Talmud. (A slight exaggeration!) All Jews and Christians (even though Christians did not support the revolt) were barred from Jerusalem, and were spread over the land, especially in Galilee.
The Jews revolted when they discovered Emperor Hadrian’s decision to build a pagan temple to Jupiter although he had promised to build a Jewish Temple upon the foundations of the Second Temple. Hadrian antagonized the Jews further by changing the cities’ name and “Ploughing up the Temple.” Then Hadrian abolished the rite of circumcision considering it a mutilation. Hadrian forgot the first rule of diplomacy: use religion, don’t fight it. Hadrian was not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Hadrian continued to make stupid decisions by deciding that Judaism was the cause of all his troubles and outlawed the Torah and the Hebrew calendar. Then he butchered Hebrew scholars, a tactic that all tyrants have always used: kill all the intellectuals. He installed two statues upon the Temple Mount, one of himself and one of Jupiter. His coup de grâce was to rename the nation after their ancient enemies–the Philistines: Judea was now “Palaestina.” That is where the modern “Palestinians” get their “credentials,” to be called, “Palestinians.” They did not rightly get the name from living thousands of years in the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The Jews, without a Temple and with many of their scholars exterminated and others exiled from their land, spread all over the known world building synagogues for their teaching and worship. The majority of the Jewish population of Judea was killed, exiled, or sold into slavery. Others had settled in various parts of Judah.
How does a nation survive 2000 years of persecutions, prosecutions, and pogroms? Jews are very familiar with boycotts and banishments. They know firsthand about gossip, ghettos, and the grave. There is no human explanation how they became such a successful nation. They are indestructible because of God’s plan, provision, protection, and preservation. It does help to know the right Person.
Israel–the Jews–don’t always do the right thing as shown in their criminal attack upon the USS Liberty when it was attacked in international waters. Israeli forces on June 8, 1967, killed 34 Americans and wounded another 174. The Israelis knew it was an American ship and nine hours after that information was received, they proceeded with their attack as the American flag waved over the top of the mast. The cover-up persists to this day.
I do not slavishly defend everything Israel does. In fact, I hold them accountable as I do all nations. It would be dishonest not to do so. They have over-reacted at times and some of their first years, they did some very wrong things–such as bombing the King David Hotel on July 22, 1946, killing 92 British, Arabs, and Jews and wounding 46 others. There had been many false bomb threats called in and when the real warning call was made, the British officials and hotel staff rebuffed it. A British official retorted, “We don’t take orders from Jews.”
Before Jew-haters crank up their computers (before turning on their brains) to correct me, I admit that some of the world’s more repulsive, repugnant, and reprehensible people have been and are Jews. Some of the most despised, deranged, dangerous people on earth have been Jews. There, that should satisfy the haters. Of course, my statement is true, but that only proves that we are a fallen race consisting of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, Lenin (rumored to be Jewish), Sigmund Freud, Adolf Eichmann, Bernard Madoff, George Soros, are among the “ugly” in my opinion.
Of all Nobel Prize winners, at least 20% were Jews, although Jews make up less than .2% of the world’s population! Moreover, America’s greatest comedians were and are Jewish. Americans have laughed at Jewish comedians for a hundred years, but the mistreatment of Jews for thousands of years is not funny.
And I can assure you that God is not laughing.
Fact, Fraud or Faith?
by Don Boys, Ph.D.
Only an uninformed fanatic says that evolution or creation can be proved scientifically. Christians believe in creationism because we believe in the veracity of the Bible but we also have scientific evidence to support our position. In every debate I’ve had with evolutionary scientists, the arrogant, asinine accusation is made, “Well, evolution is scientific while creationism is religion.” Evolution is about as scientific as a voodoo rooster plucking ceremony in Haiti. Almost.