Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Who Hates America, Who Hates Jews?

Dennis Prager takes a look at who hates America and why we shouldn't be ashamed of it: So, we're hated

Why have the Jews – always among the weakest and smallest of peoples – attracted the hatred of the most evil people? Because of what the Jews represented. The civility of the Jews' lives and the values the Jews brought into the world – especially ethical monotheism, i.e., a standard of right and wrong based on a moral and judging God – made them loathsome in the eyes of those who led particularly uncivil lives and who celebrated moral chaos and cruelty.

Turning to hatred of America, the same questions and answers apply.

Either America is evil, and hatred of it is merited, or America is a decent country and the haters are evil.

The correct explanation is so obvious that only one who already hates America or who is simply morally confused would choose the first.

Jews are hated by the most evil people not just because of what the Jews represent but because of who they are. It was through Judah that God provided the means by which all the efforts of Satan and his cohorts to destroy God's plan and His creation have been rendered useless and in vain. He has been disqualified as king and ruler of the Earth but he is still living here until the return Of Jesus Christ. He tried desperately to destroy Christ at His birth and throughout His life and tempted Him at every turn to get Him to sin just once, thereby rendering Him an unfit sacrifice and killing not only Christ but all humankind, for all time.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

Finally, Satan was able to kill Jesus, or so he thought. I'm not sure Satan fully understood that it was God's plan that Jesus Christ must be killed, that He was the unblemeshed sacrifice that would atone for all the sins of humanity and would enable God to give the gift of eternal life to those who repent of living contrary to Gods laws. If he did understand then it was only his blind hatred that caused him to do it, perhaps his reasoning was Jesus would sin if tortured enough. Certainly no human being understood, the Jews were (and still are) expecting the Messiah to lead the physical nation of Israel to it's former glory, even though all the sacrificing that Israel was required to do pointed to the sacrifice of Christ.

For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be on His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

What is not understood is that He would come as a lamb to slaughter first, returning a second time in all the power and glory of the Eternal God, to conquer the nations of the world and bring the government of God (and salvation)to the whole world and not just the nation of Israel.

Now, although Satan and his demons are very powerful spirit beings they are not permitted to use their power directly against human beings or against the Earth. They can influence us, put thoughts and ideas into our minds and on occasion can actually enter into or possess us or animals. They can cause natural disasters, but not wholesale destruction. They live here among us and they have places they call home and they influence the culture and habits of those humans who live in the same place. The arch-angel Gabriel, speaking to Daniel, said:

But the ruler of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days. But lo, Michael, one of the chief rulers, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Daniel 10:13

Michael, Gabriel and Lucifer(Satan) are the three covering cherubs, the most powerful angels who are leaders among angels. If the king of Persia could hold back Gabriel and it took Michael to help him, it's a good possibility the king of Persia was Satan himself and so Satan may call that part of the world his home. Persia was where Iraq is today, where King Nebuchadnezzar II ruled Babylon and Saddam Hussein was said to have believed himself a reincarnated Nebuchadnezzar, trying to recreate the Babylon of old.

Satan tried to destroy Jesus, but failed. He took a third of the angels with him in his rebellion against God.

And another sign was seen in the heavens. And behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads! And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them onto the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman being about to bear, so that when she bears he might devour her child. And she bore a son, a male, who is going to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her child was caught up to God and to His throne.
Revelation 12:3-5

He started another war in heaven but was cast out and is now restricted to the earth ...

And there was war in Heaven. Michael and his angels warring against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels warred, but did not prevail. Nor was place found for them in Heaven any more. And the great dragon was cast out, the old serpent called Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world. He was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Revelation 12:7-9

...where it is his great pleasure to persecute the Jews.

Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and those tabernacling in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and in the sea! For the Devil came down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has but a little time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who bore the man child. Revelation 12:12,13

And that is real reason Jews have been persecuted so much.

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