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Is There A Connection Between Eschatology and Racism?

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Samaritans and Racisim

The origin of the Samaritans can be traced back to the 8th century B.C., when the king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthan, Ava, Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel; and they took possession of Samaria and dwelt in its cities. And it was so, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they did not fear the Lord; therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them." (2 Ki. 17:24-25).

It is because the Samaritans were not Israelites, but emigrants that they were despised by their Jewish neighbors who lived in southern Israel (Judah and Jerusalem).

When we encounter the Samaritans in the New Testament, we learn from the Samaritan woman that "'Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans''. Thus, the woman was surprised that Jesus came directly through Samaria and ask her for a drink of water. (John 4:9)

Jews felt the same way about Gentiles. Several schisms which occurred in the New Testament church involved relationship issues between Jews and Gentiles.

Jews refusing to eat with Gentiles, Acts 10:14, Gal. 2:9-10
Debates over Circumcision and the Sabbath, Acts 15
Temple restrictions, Acts 21:28
The Lord's Supper, 1 Cor. 11:17-22
Controversy over eating meats sacrificed to idols, 1 Cor. 8:10-13

Goal of Eschatology

The goal of eschatology was unity. It is God's means of restoring the two houses of Israel making the two one in the last days. The last days were the closing period of Jewish age during the times of Christ and the apostles (Heb. 1:1; 1 Pet. 1:20) which consummated in the destruction of the temple and Jewish cultus in 70 A.D..

According to Dispensationalists and Christian Zionists who follow the teachings of Edward Irving, John Darby, C.I. Scofield, Charles Ryrie, John Hagee and others, God has two separate programs, one for the Jews and one for the church and never the twain shall meet.

These views, among other doctrines also serve to perpetuate the racism that exists more widely among European Jews. Surveys of Middle Eastern and African Jews do not reveal the deep-seated racism that exists among their European counterparts.

This is generally a taboo subject because many experience guilt and fear of being called anti-Semitic. This is largely due to ignorance about what Semitic means. It is not a race or an ethnic group. There is no "Jewish gene" as demonstrated from DNA studies.

Arthur Koestler's Thirteenth Tribe records the remarks of Raphael Patai:

The findings of physical anthropology show that, contrary to popular view, there is no Jewish race. Anthropometric measurements of Jewish groups in many parts of the world indicate that they differ greatly from one another with respect to all the important physical characteristics - stature, weight, skin colour, cephalic index, facial index, blood groups, etc.

Koestler remarks, "This is indeed the accepted view today among anthropologists and historians. Moreover, there is general agreement that comparisons of cranial indices, blood types, etc., show a greater similarity between Jews and their Gentile host-nation than between Jews living in different countries." Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe, The Khazar Empire and its Heritage, p. 182.

Eran Elhaik, student at John Hopkins University produced research with the resulting findings that there is no Jewish genome.

Naturally, his work has received criticism, but it has also received praise among respected scholar and Israli Historian Schlomo Sand, author of the Invention of the Jewish People.

Semitic a Language Not A Race

Semitic is a language, not at all common in origin of Europeans. Rather, it was spoken by more widely by the descendants of Ham who's people account for the Iraqi's or Babylonians from which Abraham came. Most of Ham's descendants inhabited Ethiopia, Egypt, Lybia, Palestine and Mesopotamia, all of whom were Semitic speaking people.

Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and the subject of controversial remarks regarding blacks, is accused by some of being a Jew. He expressed his views that he did not want black people or Latinos at his games citing in part, the culture of the Israeli's as his justification.

It is quite common knowledge that Zionists do not consider Palestinians or other non-white ethnic groups as equal in status to Jews. Christian Zionists fully support this segregationist mindset in direct defiance and disobedience to the Bible.

Two Become One in Christ

The great mystery of the gospel was the uniting of the two peoples Jew and Gentile into one body. (Eph. 2:11-22; 3:1-6). Paul urged the church to keep this unity in the bond of peace, (Eph. 4:1-3)

In fact, the northern tribes of Israel, following the idolatrous practices of King Jeroboam, were led into Assyrian captivity and were themselves "cut off" from God. The book of Hosea describes God's judgment upon them saying, "they were not his people" and he would not be their God". As a direct result of the Assyrian captivity, God said they were "swallowed up among the Gentiles.

"Israel is swallowed up; Now they are among the Gentiles like a vessel in which is not pleasure. For they have gone up to Assyria, like a wild donkey alone by itself; Ephraim has hired lovers." (Hos. 8:8).

However in the last days, God would gather Israel through the call of the Gentiles. This is not scheduled for some future time in the 21st century or beyond. Nor did it occur in 1948, with the Balfour Declaration.

Rather, Paul affirmed the prophecies of Hosea concerning the regathering of Israel were being fulfilled in the first century.

"As He says also in Hosea: "I will call them My people, who were not My people, and her beloved, who was not beloved.' 'And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people, ' There they shall be called the sons of the living God. (Rom. 9:25-26). See Hosea 2:23

Peter, quotes the same prophet and said it was fulfilled in his generation. Writing to the Diaspora among Israel (1:1) he said, "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. See Hosea 1:9, 10.

Israel Reborn In Christ

Rather than having two separate people, God made both into one people in Christ. As Jesus told Nicodemus, their fleshly birth was insufficient for entrance into the kingdom of God. The nation had to be born again. (John 3:3-5). Peter told his original readers they had been "born again" not of "corruptible seed" (human birth, blood or will) but by the word of God which lives and abides for ever.

They became one people in Christ, Gal. 3:26-29, so that God's true seed of Israel are only found in Christ where there is neither Jew nor Gentile, bond nor free, male nor female, but all are one.

The Mystery of God is Finished

God completed the mystery of bringing Jew and Gentiles together in one body, when he fulfilled all prophecy at the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Luke 21:20-22, 32; Rev. 10:7. For Christians Zionists or any Christians today to practice racism in the name of supporting a separate program from Jews is ungodly, and contrary to the gospel of Christ.

The blindness and callous hearts of Christian Zionists are appalling in their complicity and support in the stolen land of the Palestinians, the murder of children, fathers and mothers, open prison camps, bull-dozing of homes and farms, while supporting the sending of more aid and bombs to wipe these people off the earth.

"We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue but in deed and in truth." 1 Jn 3:14-17)

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