37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
In 1992, Dr. Michael Brown, a Jewish believer in Yeshua, wrote an astonishing, enlightening and painful book titled, “Our Hands are Stained with Blood.” In this work Brown carefully documents the shameful history of anti-semitism in the Christian church. It is shocking to any true believer in the Messiah. Horrendous acts by the church, Catholic and Protestant, reveal a hatred and thoughtlessness that is simply heartbreaking. How do people with that mindset live with themselves? Really?
The sin of anti-semitism, or any type of racial hatred, needs to always be confronted. Yeshua, Jesus, was Jewish. The Jewish people were chosen by God to bring His Word, the Bible to planet Earth. That should deserve our thanks, not scorn. The Mashiach, our Messiah, knows the hearts of every man, woman and child. He alone is judge. The crudeness and arrogance to hound unbelievers into faith is not to be found in any part of the Holy Bible. Anti-semitism is the devil's work, not our Lords'.
Anti-semitism is much deeper than a sociological, or psychological disorder. It is spiritual. Those who engage in hating people of any stripe are listening to, or even possessed by the spirit of hate. The demon of anti-semitism has influenced the Lord's people ever since the book of Acts. Heck, this hating spirit against God's chosen people goes all the way back to Cain and Abel!
Remember, when the Apostle Paul, a Jew, railed against 'the Jews', he was fighting those Jews trying to bring the early body of Messiah back under the yoke of religious tradition and law. Paul was not speaking against the Jewish nation or its people because they were Jewish. He was himself a Jew. He was not against God's law because he saw properly, that Yeshua, the Messiah, is God's law. As the Messiah, the Son of God is the fulfillment of Torah. Yeshua told His Jewish followers that He did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it. Paul wrote this to the basically non-Jewish congregation in Rome:
"I say the truth in Messiah, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Messiah for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:"
The hateful spirit of anti-semitism really became entrenched in what was considered the 'Christian' church under Constantine. He was the Emperor who became the first Pope. However, even before Constantine, the early believers endured 10 major persecutions by Rome. They gave up their lives for their faith. In contrast, we see the Jewish nation didn't fare any better. They were hounded though because they were Jewish. History shows that Jewish blood was shed frequently all the way up to 70 AD when Titus finally destroyed the Temple and dispersed the nation. Satan hates the Lord our God. He hates God's chosen people and the book, the Bible, He brought to the World through them.
When the Roman Empire morphed into Roman Catholicism, the demonic hatred for Jews continued. When men start making laws, especially religious laws, he will almost always give himself tyrannical freedom. As it concerned the Vatican going back 1,700 years, the hatred for Jews was institutionalized to the point they thought it a righteous act to force someone to convert to their religion even at the point of a sword. They turned the loving sacrifice of the Jewish Messiah into an instrument of brutality, totally outside the character of the One they thought they were representing.
The history of the church, and its attitudes and actions concerning Jews is an important topic for us today. In the last days it is promised the Jewish people that they have 7 years left that belong to them. Many students of prophecy, myself included, believe there will be a time when the revelation of Yeshua the Messiah will be opened up for all the Jews on Earth to see and understand. The Abrahamic blessing is still in place for all people today. God will bless those who bless Abraham (and his seed) and curse those who don't. Many Christians over the past 20 years have come to recognize the central purpose of the Jewish people, and especially the nation of Israel in God’s plan for the last days. I am a Messianic believer. I'm ready to see fulfilled in my time the great prophecy given to Zechariah.
"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."