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The Real End Times: Why Israel is Irrelevant

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If you read through our material on the end times, it won’t take you long to notice something very strange.

We don’t talk about Israel.

But wait—we are prophesying about the end times, aren’t we?  Yes, we are.  And we are claiming to be getting our information directly from God, aren’t we?  Yes, we are.  Unlike so many false prophets who get together and synchronize their “visions” before they publicly broadcast their messages, we don’t give a flip about what any other yahoo is telling you about the end times.  Such is the freedom of knowing when God is talking to you: you don’t need the big boys to agree with you. 

In the Church today, there are a lot of big names cranking out the books and visions and seminars on how the end is near.  And of course they talk about Israel.  It’s what Christian prophets are supposed to do—the fake ones, anyhow.  Israel always sells.  Israel has a bunch of handy historical moments that we can all point to over and over again to pretend that the end is drawing near.  Oh look, Israel was established as a nation in 1948.  Oh wow, Israel kicked butt in her famous Six Day War.  See how she’s beating heads and blasting people off the map in her determined fight to get all of the “Promised Land” back because she’s such an entitled twerp?  Whoops, that last comment didn’t sound very “pro-Israel” did it?  That’s because we don’t worship Israel, we worship God.

Israel needs to get over herself.  For thousands of years, we’ve had to listen to her whining about her God-given rights while she pays no respect to the God who she thinks gave them to her.  Israel’s attitude towards God is as snarky as America’s.  While Americans have the gall to ban prayer to Jesus while simultaneously passing out the “God Bless America” stickers, ethnic Jews yank certain promises from Yahweh out of the Old Testament and then they pretend that those promises are irrevocable and unconditional.  In their dreams.  All of God’s promises have conditions, and if ethnic Jews were to read all of their Scriptures, instead of just the sections they like, then they’d realize how out of line they’re being to act like God owes them anything.  How rebellious do you have to be to think you can blow off the revelation of Christ but still retain the favor of Yahweh?  It is the adherents of Judaism who are really clinging to the notion of Israel being built up into some mega world power everyone else will bow before.  They think this because of the way they handle the Old Testament prophetic books.  And of course the butcher job they do on the Old Testament is just as bad as the butcher job Christians do on both Testaments.  We’re all just obsessing over the passages we like and pretending all of the other passages never happened.

Here’s some Old Testament prophecy about Israel that you never hear quoted:

“My inheritance has become to Me like a lion in the forest: she has roared against Me, therefore I have come to hate her.” (Jer. 12:8)

“Judah’s sin is engraved with an iron tool, inscribed with a flint point, on the tablets of their hearts and on the horns of their altars. Even their children remember their altars and Asherah poles beside the spreading trees and on the high hills. My mountain in the land and your wealth and all your treasures I will give away as plunder, together with your high places, because of sin throughout your country. Through your own fault you will lose the inheritance I gave you. I will enslave you to your enemies in a land you do not know, for you have kindled My anger, and it will burn forever.(Jer. 17:1-4)

So according to Yahweh, Israel has lost the inheritance she’s always yammering about.  She lost it quite a long time ago, in fact.  And it says right there in Scriptures that Yahweh’s anger will burn forever against Israel.  In Jeremiah 12:8, Yahweh says He hates Israel because of her foul attitude towards Him.  Her attitude is still pretty foul today, so why are we all pretending that she’s Yahweh’s favorite nation?  Do you see how it works with Israel?  The whole thing is just a carnal game.  For every “God loves Israel” verse that false prophets throw at you to encourage you to fawn over some  political nation, we can show you plenty of others that demonstrate how acrid Israel’s actual history with God has always been.

Israel has never been the most important nation on the planet.  The only reason you have that impression is because the Christian Bible is a collection of documents which were all composed by ethnic Jews.  If you read about history from the viewpoint of patriotic Americans, you’re going to find endless talk about the United States.  Her role in human history will be emphasized, her importance exaggerated, and all other nations will be portrayed as mere supporting characters around her. It’s the same with the Christian Bible.  It’s focused on Jewish history, it’s written by fiercely patriotic Jews, so of course Israel is in center stage.  But what’s so fun about the Bible is that it has real prophecy in it—that means we find a bunch of fiercely patriotic Jews recording messages from a God who isn’t nearly as impressed with them as they are.

Once you understand how pro-Israel guys like Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel were, you can start to appreciate how miserable it was for them to have to choke out a bunch of prophecies from Yahweh in which He is describing His utter disgust with rebellious Jews and declaring devastation for Israel.  No Jewish prophet wanted to predict horrors for his dearly loved homeland, and yet Yahweh has never allowed the Jews to get away with disrespecting Him just because they had the right genetics.  Yahweh simply doesn’t think ethnic Jews are the cream of humanity.  The Jews have always thought that about themselves, and their condescending view of non-Jews comes through loud and clear in both the Old and New Testaments.  But God is not a Jew, and He doesn’t think the Jews are better or worse than anyone else.  What He did with the nation of Israel was give her a big dollop of spiritual illumination about who He is and what He demands.  What this did was make Israel extra accountable to Him—because we are judged by what we know.

If you don’t know who God is, then God doesn’t accuse you of disobeying Him.  But once God knows that He has given you a specific command, then He will certainly hold you accountable for how you respond to that command.  You will either sincerely care about pleasing God because you respect His Authority, or you’ll blow Him off and act like His opinion is irrelevant.  The Jews were given a fat list of commands way back in the days of Moses—what they call the Laws of Moses and what Christians call the Old Covenant.  Their Torah—which is the first five books of the Christian Old Testament—only demonstrates how accountable they are to God.  This is what is so very obnoxious about the whole pro-Israel obsession: we try to justify our worship of ethnic Jews by saying it’s Scriptural, and yet in those same Scriptures Yahweh is saying how disgusted He is by Israel’s constant hatred of Him.

The Jews spend the entire Old Testament chasing after other Gods.  Then in the New Testament, we find Jesus firing off a series of angry parables that are all slamming the Jews for being such rebellious little twerps.  It was Jesus who said that famous line:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” (Lk. 13:34)

How is it that both Yahweh and Jesus can express such negative feelings towards the Jews yet today we’re all acting like it’s critical for us to all suck up to Israel?  And let’s get real: the only reason Christians are so into Israel is that we’re hoping to get a share of all the goodies she says she’ll be getting.  It’s all a bunch of carnal rot, and while we’re making an epic fuss about something as irrelevant as ethnicity, we’re acting like the opinions of our Gods don’t matter.  In the Bible Yahweh says that He hates Israel, but do we bother to ask why?  Do we ask Yahweh to help us understand what is motivating Him to make such a strong comment so that we can make sure that we’re not siding with His enemies?  Not hardly.  When Jesus praises a non-Jewish Roman centurion as having greater faith than any ethnic Jew living in Israel at that time, do we pause to contemplate how very tragic it is that a bunch of Scripture quoting Jews could so despise the God who they are quoting?

It is beyond absurd to say that the Bible supports the theory that Israel is God’s favorite nation.  The Bible does nothing of the kind.  Israel is and always has been an abominable spiritual role model.  We have all the documents to prove how she has treated Yahweh like dirt for thousands of years, and today she tries to use the same Scriptures which record her hideous behavior to support the notion that Yahweh has promised to unconditionally bless her.  It’s like we’ve all decided that Yahweh doesn’t get to have any negative emotions towards Israel.  He just has to think she’s amazing 24/7, no matter how openly she despises Him.  He owes her some chunk of land, He owes her a bunch of glory and power.  It doesn’t matter that Judaism rejects Christ as God and pretends that Yahweh’s Messiah has never shown up.  It doesn’t matter that a bunch of ethnic Jews are trying to rebuild the Temple so that we can all grossly insult both Yahweh and Christ by firing up a sacrificial system which They have both called an end to.  If Israel wants it, God has to give it to her, because she’s His favorite child. If Israel doesn’t like someone, then God will curse them, because He exists to make the Jews happy.  Well, if we think the real Yahweh is such a boundaryless doormat, then we don’t know Him at all.  All of Yahweh’s promises are conditional, and He has never treated our hatred of Him as some “whatever” issue.  Being a biological descendant of some twerp named Jacob who was so aptly renamed “fights with God” (aka “Israel”) doesn’t give anyone a free pass to spit in God’s face without consequences.

When you suck up to ethnic Jews just because they’re Jews and you act like Israel’s perspective is more valid than God’s, you’re being an obnoxious little twerp. As a Christian, you’re supposed to be siding with your Gods, not obsessing over ethnicities.  No, you’re really not going to be able to get a share of Israel’s downpour of blessings, because Israel doesn’t have any such downpour coming to her.  It’s only in her delusional mind that she’s slated to become a world power who has purged her “inheritance” from all who irritate her.  Any Christian prophet who tries to promote Israel as being God’s gift to the world is only demonstrating how out of touch with the real Gods they are.  You need to stop quoting biblical prophecy until you actually read the context for yourself and figure out what Yahweh was really saying. When you do, you’ll discover that the theory that “the Jews can do no wrong” is not found anywhere in the Bible.

ISRAEL & THE END TIMES

The reason we don’t talk about Israel in our end times material is that she is irrelevant to the end times.  Will she be involved?  Of course.  The whole world will be involved.  But this business of Israel rising to be some great world power is an absolute crock.  She’s never going to be a world power, she’s never going to experience the “restoration” she’s waiting for, and you won’t see the day that Yahweh says to her: “Hey, Israel, love the way you pretend I never sent My Messiah. Oh, and I love how you act like you own the Promised Land.”  It’s more like He’d say: “Clearly you missed that line in your Torah when I said that I was the true Owner of the land and that all of you were just tenants who I could evict at any time.  But the way you’re working so hard to build a bunch of Temple equipment to spec so that you’ll be ready fire up the sacrificial system if you can ever get the Muslims to surrender the Temple Mount to you—priceless.  No matter how many times I scatter you Jews throughout the world, you just won’t learn, will you?  Maybe if you spent less time at the wailing wall and more time actually listening to Me, we’d get somewhere.  But of course you just can’t stand not having a Temple where you can profane My Name, sacrifice blemished animals, set up idols to false gods, and build a bunch of courtyards which will make true worshipers of Me feel like inferior scum.  Given how you abused My Temple when it was actually in operation, how is it that you’re so mystified by the fact that I’m blocking you from rebuilding it?  Do you people ever actually read the Scriptures that you’re always carrying around with you?”

The tragic truth is that if the Jews ever did manage to rebuild the Temple, Christians would be rushing to join in the dedication ceremony.  No doubt we’d all get in line to sacrifice our lambs to God while we pretended that the Lamb of God never showed up.  You see, there’s just no room for sucking up to Israel.  As Christians we should be loving all people the same—not getting sucked into Israel’s bigoted mindset.  But since God has gone to the trouble of informing us of how dark His personal history with Israel has been, we should certainly not be blowing that off as irrelevant.  Prophets who try to tell you that the Old Testament is one long song of “Yahweh loves Israel” are utterly delusional.  To help you stop being so easy to con, we’re now going to explain some principles of Bible application that every Christian should understand.

CONTEXT MATTERS

Whenever we ignore context, we end up misinterpreting and misapplying what was said.  Ignoring context is like Shannon eavesdropping on a conversation her friend Mary is having with someone.  Shannon hears Mary say, “I hate Shannon.  She’s such an idiot.”  When this is all Shannon hears, is she going to get her feelings hurt?  Of course she is.  She’s going to hurry away in a big tearful huff and get all bitter towards Mary and decide that her friend is a big meanie. And yet this is all just one big misunderstanding because what Mary really said was:

“This woman came up to me the other day and said, ‘I hate Shannon. She’s such an idiot.’  Boy, did I set her straight. Shannon is the best.  No way do I let anyone tear her down in my hearing without telling them what for.”

See the difference context makes?  Context is huge.  Paying attention to context is about letting someone share their entire thought before you react.  Context has many aspects to it: who is talking, who is being spoken to, and what’s going on at the time of the message.  As a general rule, Christian teachers do a terrible job of teaching you context when they quote the Bible.  Christian prophets are much worse—they are notorious for yanking out one liners and then lying to you about what the verse means.  But why do people do this?  Because quoting the Bible is a way to quickly gain credibility.  Prophets want you to just blindly trust them.  They don’t want you to think critically, and they certainly don’t want you asking God what He thinks about their messages. So they rip lines out of the Bible just to make you think they’re really smart when really they’re talking like fools.

The more someone wants you to agree with them, the more they will lie to you.  This is especially true when it comes to the area of finances.  Christian leaders want your money—they want it bad.  So they whip out Malachi 3:10—that verse about Yahweh saying He’ll mega bless anyone who brings Him tithes.  What no one ever tells you is the context of Malachi 3.  The verse has nothing to do with Christians tithing.  God isn’t even in a good mood when He says those words—He’s actually super mad.  If you just isolate Verse 10, Yahweh sounds like He’s in a good mood—like He’s putting out some cheery promise about how much He’ll bless generous givers.  But no, this isn’t at all what He was saying (see All About Tithing).

Context is huge.  Misunderstanding context can lead to epic deceptions.  Today many Christian leaders are getting mega rich by lying to people about the context of Malachi 3:10.  But at the same time, you set yourself up to be conned when you just blindly believe what other people tell you.  This is why we’re always telling you to talk to God for yourself.  Ask Him directly what He thinks—don’t just believe what other Christians tell you.  Okay, you don’t know your Bible that well.  But you’d be surprised how little Bible teachers know.  By the time a guy is constantly lying about context, should we really be calling him an expert?  How knowledgeable can you be if you try to say that Malachi 3:10 applies to Christians?

The better you know the Bible, the more you recognize misapplications.  The disturbing truth is that Christian leaders are misapplying the Bible all the time.  We even find misapplications of Scripture right inside Scripture—Paul and the author of Hebrews are notorious for yanking Old Testament passages out of context and making up utterly absurd lies about what those passages really mean.  There’s nothing new about folks intentionally mangling Scripture.  This has been going on so long that Yahweh even talks about it in the Old Testament. In Jeremiah 8, He refers to Jewish Bible teachers—aka scribes—intentionally altering the Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy) in order to make it suit their own purposes:

“How can you say, ‘We are wise, for we have the law of Yahweh,’ when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?” (Jer. 8:8)

Have you ever heard this verse quoted before?  Probably not, and this is another important aspect of conning people: we quote certain verses all the time while never quoting others which are just as important.  In doing this, we end up skewing our understanding of what the Bible says and what its main themes are.

WHEN GOD TALKS TO JEWS, HE TALKS LIKE A JEW

God talks to a lot of folks in the Bible, but most of the time, He’s talking to an audience which includes a lot of ethnic Jews.  Why is this?  Because as we explained before, the Bible is a collection of documents written by ethnic Jews, and it’s mainly focused on Israel’s relationship with Yahweh.

Now every culture has certain values that it emphasizes.  Every culture has certain sayings that it uses.  Every culture encourages people to express themselves in certain ways.  In modern America, we don’t rip our clothes to show the world that we’re upset.  In ancient Israel, tunic tearing was all the rage.  The ancient Jews were a highly emotive, theatrical, dramatic, exaggeratory people.  All humans have emotions, but we don’t all think it’s a great thing to flaunt those emotions.  The ancient Jews were all about flaunting their emotions.  While Brits talk about having a “stiff upper lip,” when ancient Jews were upset, they wailed at the top of their lungs, threw dirt on themselves, tore their clothes, put on scratchy material and fasted.  Is this a bad thing?  No, it’s just different.  God loves variety.  He wired some of us to want to share every emotion with the globe, while others of us strive to keep our true feelings a secret.  No style is right or wrong, but understanding the Jewish love of drama becomes very important when you’re trying to understand something God said to Jews.

When God is talking to Jews, He talks like a Jew.  In both the Old and New Testament prophetic books, we find Yahweh and Jesus using all kinds of metaphors, expressions, imagery, and cultural references which only meant something to ancient Jews.  For example, in the book of Revelation, there’s a reference to Jezebel.  Jezebel was a queen over Israel who reigned with King Ahab.  Jews understood who Jezebel was, and they knew she was a demon worshiping pill, so when God refers to Jezebel, He is intentionally conveying a very negative sentiment.  But suppose you were a Roman or a Greek: then you wouldn’t know who Jezebel was unless a Jew explained it to you.

The book of Revelation is filled with images and references that are only meaningful to ethnic Jews.  Not any Jew—specifically ones who were living in the Roman Empire at the time Jesus and Yahweh gave the Revelation visions to John.  Do you know why you find Revelation so confusing today?  It has nothing to do with you being dumb or uneducated or spiritually out of touch.  You’re not an ethnic Jew living in the Roman Empire.  Because of this, much of what is said in Revelation is going to go over your head.

This is how it always works when God is speaking to a very limited audience: if you aren’t a member of that audience, you have to work harder to try and appreciate the original sentiment.  It’s like when God refers to Babylon in Revelation.  If you’re not familiar with Jewish history, that name just sounds strange to you, and you believe all of these dingdongs who are trying to tell you that Babylon is a symbol of America or New York City or some other modern day place.  But if you were a member of God’s original audience, then it would be super obvious to you that Babylon was referring to the Roman Empire and only the Roman Empire.  This isn’t a metaphor that can mean different things over time.  It’s a very culturally and time specific metaphor.  You see, in the Old Testament, the Babylonians conquered Israel, thus in Jewish minds, the term Babylon became synonymous with the concept of hated oppression, just as the name Hitler makes everyone think of World War 2 today.  Well, by the time of the New Testament, the real Babylonian Empire was long gone, but the Jews were feeling very oppressed by the Roman Empire. Rome was like another Babylon to them.

Today, if some tyrant starts rising to power, people might call him Hitler, and we’d all understand that they are trying to say the man is a power hoarder who can’t be trusted not to run amuck.  In the same way, by referring to Rome as Babylon, God was demonstrating that He understood how intensely the Jews hated Roman oppression.  It wasn’t some mysterious code that we were supposed to obsess over for the next 2,000 years.  It was a super obvious metaphor which God’s original audience found quite applicable to their situation.  We can say the same of 666, the dragon that slinks out of the ocean, the antichrist, the river of life in Heaven, and the seals that angels keep breaking while strange beasts sing songs to God.  Revelation only seems freakishly strange to you because you’re not a member of God’s original audience.  You don’t have the same cultural values as the Jews God was talking to.  You don’t view Israel’s history the same way they did, you don’t share their superstitions, and you don’t use the same cultural metaphors that they did.  So when Christian prophets come along and try to freak you out with the strange language in Revelation, they’re just taking advantage of your ignorance to whip you into some fearful lather.  If they really cared about you, they wouldn’t just jerk you around like this.  Instead, they’d be taking the mystery out of prophetic passages in the Bible by helping you understand how God’s original audiences would have interpreted them.  But if we’re not scaring people, then how can we make a bunch of money?  It’s really quite shameless how Christians today are abusing the prophetic calling.  But as a non-prophet, you need to stop letting these people walk all over you by so freely giving away your trust.  Prophets are not God, so stop treating them like they are.

Most of the Christian prophecy you’re going to come across in your life is going to be 100% hooey, so before you actually accept something as true, you need to talk to God.  The fact that someone is claiming to be a prophet doesn’t excuse you from having to use your brain.  In the Old Testament, we can find several passages where Yahweh is really ticked at people who are refusing to seek His wisdom in life.  So you need to do your own spiritual work in life and stop slacking just because some self-anointed blowhard is quoting the Bible at you.

EXAGGERATORY LANGUAGE

Now we’ve already explained that the ancient Jews were an extremely dramatic people.  Where there is drama, there is exaggeration, and the Jews were big fans of using ridiculously extreme language.  We can certainly relate to this—modern humans exaggerate as well.  Today Americans say things like, “She talked my head off,” or “I had to wait forever and a day for someone to pick up the phone.”  Do we really mean that we were verbally decapitated or that we have spent longer than eternity on hold?  Of course not.  Being so ridiculous with our language is a way that we emphasize how strongly we felt in a situation.  We also use exaggeration to gain credibility.  When two Americans are in love, they really bust out the absurd guarantees like, “I’ll never let you down,” or “I’d swim across the ocean for you.”  In these cases, we’re really trying to say, “Trust me: I’m really committed to this relationship.”

In the Bible, we find the ancient Jews exaggerating for the same reasons that we do today: to emphasize the intensity of their feelings, to gain credibility, and to attract attention to themselves.  Well, when God is talking to Jews, He talks like a Jew, so in the Bible we find both Yahweh and Jesus being absurdly extreme with Their language.  They make grand promises that They have no intention of literally fulfilling, They use “forever” language when They don’t mean forever at all, and They make future events sound far more wonderful and terrible than they will actually be.  Once you understand how much our Gods adjust Their communication styles to work for Their various audiences, you learn to stop being surprised when God doesn’t fulfill many of the prophecies He makes in Scripture.  You also learn to be cautious about taking God too literally.

Now today when people talk about “relevant preaching,” they often mean “let’s not offend anyone.”  When Yahweh talks to Jews using Jewish vernacular, He’s not adjusting His speaking style in order to spare feelings.  Instead, He’s adjusting His language in order to be clearly understood by the people He’s talking to.  Plenty of what Yahweh has to say to the Jews in the Old Testament is very negative.  By using Jewish sayings and Jewish exaggeration, Yahweh punches home His threats with great force.  So don’t think for one minute that God is the kind who tiptoes around our feelings.  He has no use for political correctness, and once you understand how New Testament Jews defined “rude” language, you start to appreciate what a dirty mouth Jesus had when He went around referring to Jewish pastors as whitewashed tombs, vipers, and filthy cups.  Yahweh also flaunts a very foul mouth in the Old Testament as He likens certain Jews to pieces of poop, speaks of tossing their carcasses out in a field to be devoured by animals, speaks of smearing animal poop on the faces of Jewish priests, and talks of bringing invaders in to molest His chosen people’s private parts in broad daylight (see Creating a Different God: How the Bible is Being Changed to Lead You Astray).  But of course no one tells you how rude and crude your Gods are being in the Bible.  Their best zingers are rarely quoted while we are all taught to focus on the happy images of passages like Psalm 23.  Yet avoiding the crass side of our Gods is not a wise choice—especially when we are so close to the start of the end times.  If there’s one thing we learn from the Bible, it’s that when God is angry, He dispenses with manners just as we do, and He talks to us down on our own low level.

So how does understanding God’s exaggeratory side help you defend yourself from modern day prophets who are bulling you about Israel’s role in the end times?  Well, the whole Israel worship fest is built on a few promises that Yahweh made to Abraham way back in Genesis before there even was the concept of a Jew.  Abraham was not a Jew, by the way.  The Jewish ethnicity began with Abraham’s grandson Jacob, who was renamed Israel.  Today Jacob and his twin brother Esau are viewed as being of two different ethnicities: an utterly absurd idea, but there it is.  It’s rather like a woman giving birth to twins today and declaring one to be Chinese and the other to be German.  Today we wouldn’t do such a thing, but this is what happened with the twins Jacob and Esau.  Jacob was the Jew, and Esau was the Edomite (Edom was a nickname for Esau).  The Jews eventually became the nation of Israel, while the Edomites established the nation of Edom.  Of course they hated each other and fought like brats for centuries until Edom was eventually wiped out.  Today there aren’t any Edomites, but there are a boatload of entitled Jews insisting that the promises made to Jacob’s grandfather Abraham apply to them.  There are two promises that they are particularly interested in: one is that the Jewish people will be perpetually blessed by God, and the other is that the Jewish people will always get to keep the Promised Land.  You have to accept that these promises still apply to modern Jews, or the whole “Israel is God’s favorite” package collapses like a wet taco.  All of the other Old Testament passages prophets pull from books like Isaiah and Jeremiah to support the supremacy of Israel depend on those original Abrahamic promises to be true.  So are they?  Let’s take a look.

THE LAND PROMISES

Here are some of the passages prophets love to quote to convince you that the nation of Israel has a Divine right to certain territory.

Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” (Gen. 12:7)

“I will establish My covenant as an everlasting covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” (Gen 17:7-8)

Note the phrase everlasting possession.  That’s the part everyone has decided to take literally today.  In fact, whenever God says anything positive about the Jews in the Bible, many Jews and Christians insist that He’s being quite literal.  When He’s saying something negative about Israel, well, we all just turn the page and pretend that never happened.  There’s a reason most Christians don’t know about the passage where Yahweh speaks of smearing poop on the faces of Jewish priests.  We don’t quote the negatives.  We just talk about the positives.  Yahweh swore to Abraham that Abraham’s descendants would get to keep the land of Canaan (later referred to as the Promised Land) as an everlasting possession. But here’s what you’re not told: Yahweh lied.

You see, at the time Yahweh first started promising land to Abraham and Abraham’s descendants, the man had no children of his own.  By the time Abraham died, he’d fathered eight sons by three different women: his first wife Sarah, his second wife Keturah, and the slave Hagar.  Did you know that Abraham had so many sons?  Most people don’t know this, because only the sons Ishmael and Isaac get focused on.  Especially Isaac, because Isaac goes on to have Jacob and Esau, and Jacob is the first Jew.

Well, if we’re going to try and pretend that Yahweh’s land promises can be taken literally, then the wording of the promise clearly states that all of Abraham’s descendants will own the land.  It doesn’t say just some of Abraham’s descendants would own the land.  Ethnic Jews are just a small fraction of all of Abraham’s biological descendants because the man had eight sons and who knows how many daughters (girls often didn’t make it into Jewish genealogies).  There’s a big difference between the concepts of all and some. But what happens in Genesis is that after repeating His all promise over and over, Yahweh suddenly changes it into a some promise by later saying that the promises are only going to apply to Jacob’s descendants.

After Abraham has his first son Ishmael, he’s 99 years old when Yahweh suddenly shows up to re-confirm His promise about blessing Abraham.  Yahweh starts by saying:

“I am God All-Powerful. If you obey Me and always do right, I will keep My solemn promise to you and give you more descendants than can be counted.” (Gen. 17:1-2)

Notice that condition. IF Abraham stays faithful to God, THEN God will bless him with many descendants.  At this point, Abraham just has one son.  God then goes on to say:

“I promise that you will be the father of many nations. That’s why I now change your name from Abram to Abraham. I will give you a lot of descendants, and in the future they will become great nations. Some of them will even be kings.

I will always keep the promise I have made to you and your descendants, because I am your God and their God. I will give you and them the land in which you are now a foreigner. I will give the whole land of Canaan to your family forever, and I will be their God. (Gen. 17:4-8)

So who is God promising to give the land to?  ALL of Abraham’s descendants.  Yahweh then goes on to stress that Abraham’s descendants must stay faithful to Him—because God’s promises always have conditions.

“Abraham, you and all future members of your family must promise to obey Me. As the sign that you are keeping this promise, you must circumcise every man and boy in your family. From now on, your family must circumcise every baby boy when he is eight days old. You must even circumcise any man or boy you have as a slave, both those born in your homes and those you buy from foreigners. This will be a sign that My promise to you will last forever. Any man who isn’t circumcised hasn’t kept his promise to Me and cannot be one of My people.” (Gen. 17:9-14)

So what happens if people aren’t faithful to God?  They are rejected by Him and they don’t get to benefit from this land promise.  How many of the Jews who are whining incessantly about their Divine right to land today are being faithful to God?  Not many.  Because you see, being faithful to Yahweh means you’re now worshiping not just Yahweh, but also Christ and the Holy Spirit as the Supreme Authorities of your life.  Followers of Judaism do not recognize Christ, yet it is followers of Judaism who are trying to argue that they still qualify for all of the promises Yahweh gave to Abraham.  Well, no, they don’t, because they’ve turned their backs on Him.

Now let’s take a closer look at this promise language, because Yahweh is not being nearly as straightforward as you’re led to believe.  In the first place, this land promise is conditional, not unconditional.  Yahweh says it only applies to those who stay faithful to Him.  Here in Genesis 17, He’s saying the promise only applies to descendants of Abraham—any descendants, as long as they are faithful to Yahweh.  But He’s already going to have broken that “rock solid” promise before this speech even ends.

Right now, Abraham just has one son: Ishmael.  Ishmael is 13 years old and his mother is Hagar, a slave of Sarah.  Sarah has never had any kids, and now that Abraham has conceived with Hagar, it’s pretty obvious to everyone that Sarah is infertile.  So when Yahweh now says that Sarah is going to have a son with Abraham, no one believes Him.

Abraham bowed with his face to the ground and thought, “I am almost a hundred years old. How can I become a father? And Sarah is ninety. How can she have a child?” So he started laughing. Then he asked God, “Why not let Ishmael inherit what You have promised me?”

But God answered: “No! You and Sarah will have a son. His name will be Isaac, and I will make an everlasting promise to him and his descendants.

I have heard what you asked Me to do for Ishmael, and so I will also bless him with many descendants. He will be the father of twelve princes, and I will make his family a great nation. But your son Isaac will be born about this time next year, and the promise I am making to you and your family will be for him and his descendants forever.” (Gen. 17:17-21)

Now wait a second.  First Yahweh is making grand promises to all of Abraham’s descendants, now He cuts Ishmael out and says the promises will only apply to Isaac.  Later on when Isaac has twin sons, God is going to revise this “everlasting” promise yet again and say that only the descendants of Isaac’s son Jacob will get to inherit the land.  So what we have here in Genesis is Yahweh telling one lie after another, but do we ever face this awkward truth? Of course not.  We’re the fools who go around saying “God never lies.”  Well, there’s a big difference between God saying, “I’m giving this land to you and all of your descendants,” and Him saying, “I’m actually just giving this land to the descendants of one of your many grandsons.”  God lies in the Bible—a lot.  He’s also notorious for saying “forever” when He really means “only temporarily.”

LYING ABOUT FOREVER

When God starts taking oaths and swearing by Himself and throwing around terms like “forever” and “everlasting,” we all like to pretend He’s being literal—as long as whatever He’s talking about is positive, of course.  If it’s something like Hell, well then we pretend that God can’t be serious about eternally torturing people, because we don’t approve of that concept, and obviously God has to bow to our will in every area.

Exaggeration is a form of deception.  It’s when we say something that isn’t literally true.  We’ve already demonstrated how Yahweh was grossly exaggerating when He said that all of Abraham’s descendants would possess Canaan, because He knew from the start that He was only planning to give the land to the descendants of one of Abraham’s grandsons.  Well, once God is exaggerating on one point, you’d be a fool to decide He can’t be exaggerating on other points as well.  A thorough reading of biblical prophecy will reveal that God has a long history of lying about timeframes.

Since King David is a better known Bible character, he’s a good example to use in demonstrating how Yahweh lies about time.  Like Abraham, David was very pleasing to Yahweh because he sincerely cared about obeying Yahweh.  So just as He did with Abraham, Yahweh encouraged David to remain faithful by giving David a bunch of exciting promises.  Like Abraham, David had no way of realizing how totally exaggeratory Yahweh was being with His promises, so David got a lot of joy out of taking Yahweh much more literally than he should have.  One of Yahweh’s most famous promises to David which still gets quoted today is His promise that David would always have a biological descendant ruling from the throne in Jerusalem.  Boy, what a fat lie that turned out to be.  But now let’s explain.

The famous package of Davidic promises was delivered to David via the prophet Nathan.  The timing was important: David had just decided that he wanted to build Yahweh a grand Temple in Jerusalem to replace the tent Tabernacle that had been in use since the time of Moses.  David’s reasons were honorable: he wanted Yahweh to be publicly honored.  He didn’t like the idea of his royal palace looking fancier than God’s Tabernacle.

Now the construction of the Tabernacle was Yahweh’s idea, and Yahweh approves of everything He does. So Yahweh tells David that He doesn’t agree with the suggestion that His Tabernacle is subpar.  But Yahweh then goes on to say that He does like David’s desire to honor Him.  Now to get as excited about this promise as David did, you have to understand that being remembered and having one’s family line continue on long and strong was extremely important to the Jews.  Should it have been?  No, this is a totally backwards priority.  We shouldn’t be so fixated over what’s happening on earth after we’re gone, and it’s not some terrible thing when we are forgotten by those who are living.  The dead are supposed to be forgotten by the living: that’s the healthy way to do things.  We shouldn’t be stuck in the past.  But the ancient Jews didn’t think like this.  It was a huge deal to them to have descendants.  Rather than lecture the Jews about their wrong priorities, we find Yahweh using their silliness to His advantage.  Here in 2 Samuel 7, Yahweh knows He is thrilling David by promising that after David’s gone, the next ruler of Israel will do well. Here’s the prophet Nathan passing on a message from Yahweh:

“Furthermore, Yahweh declares that He will make a house for you—a dynasty of kings! For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong. He is the one who will build a house—a Temple—for My Name. And I will secure his royal throne forever.” (2 Sam. 7:11-13)

Today many will try to tell you that this is a reference to Christ.  But no, it’s really a reference to Solomon, as the next section should make very clear.  Solomon built the Temple.  Solomon was also a rebellious twerp.  Christ did not build a Temple, and Christ did not need discipline, which is why trying to apply this speech to Christ as the author of Hebrews does is so insulting (see Applying Hebrews 1: Exposing the Lies).

“I will be his father, and he will be My son. If he sins, I will correct and discipline him with the rod, like any father would do. But My favor will not be taken from him as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from your sight. Your house and your kingdom will continue before Me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.’” (2 Sam. 7:14-16)

There’s that word forever again.  Yahweh promises David that David’s kingdom will endure for all time.  This was a big deal, because Yahweh has already ripped the kingdom of Israel away from one family line—Saul’s—and given it to David.  Naturally David would be concerned about Yahweh ripping the throne away from David’s descendants at some point.  Remember, these people were obsessed with their future descendants doing well. Knowing that this is a concern, Yahweh makes David this fabulous promise that David’s line will rule in Jerusalem forever, and that they’ll always have a secure kingdom and throne.

So did they?

Not at all.  Solomon turned out to be such an idolatrous yuck that Yahweh smashed Israel into two pieces after Solomon’s death.  David’s future descendants did continue to rule in Jerusalem—but over a kingdom that was only a fraction of the size it once was.  The southern kingdom of Judah was significantly smaller than the northern kingdom, so while Yahweh paints a fabulous picture of David’s descendants ruling securely, that’s not at all how it worked out.

After many kings and a boatload of strife in Judah, Yahweh finally crushed the whole kingdom, burned down His Temple, flattened Jerusalem, and left the place in rubble for seventy years.  During that time, David’s descendants weren’t ruling in Jerusalem or anywhere else.  Eventually Jerusalem and the Temple were rebuilt, but did a Jewish descendant of David take the throne?  No, because by then Israel was the property of another, much larger Gentile nation.  For centuries Israel was passed from empire to empire.  First the Babylonians owned her, then the Persians, then the Greeks.  The Jews finally got a very brief moment of independence after the Greeks, only to be seized by the Romans a short while later.  The point is that Yahweh’s promise to David turned out to be a total lie.  David’s descendants didn’t rule forever from Jerusalem—not even close.  Yahweh was clearly being exaggeratory with His wording to pep David up, and indeed David was very thrilled by the promises God gave him.  They didn’t turn out to be true—but David never lived long enough to realize that.

Now if we flip over to Isaiah, we find Yahweh putting out another fib about forever which you’ll probably find more familiar.  This time it’s the coming Messiah that Yahweh is speaking about when He says:

“For a Child will be born for us, a Son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. His dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over David’s kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of Yahweh Almighty will accomplish this.” (Isa. 9:6-7)

This is a prophecy about Christ.  Did Christ ever reign in Jerusalem?  Nope.  But this prophecy clearly states that Christ would function as a king over the political nation of Israel.  It says His kingdom will be very large and forever prosperous.  So was it?  No, because Christ never had an earthly kingdom.

Christ is God Almighty. He owns everything.  The whole idea of God having a “kingdom” doesn’t really work because a kingdom suggests boundaries.  There is nothing that God doesn’t rule over, so the whole “kingdom” language can easily lead us astray. But here in Isaiah 9, Yahweh isn’t being metaphorical.  He’s talking about raising up an actual King who will literally rule from Jerusalem over a vast kingdom.  By the time of Isaiah, David’s descendants were still ruling in the south, and no one was anticipating the Davidic line of kings being interrupted.  The fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of Yahweh’s Temple were horrific concepts which no one was ready for.  So when Isaiah starts preaching about a Messiah, everyone thinks that Israel’s golden age is just around the corner.  Isaiah makes it sound like any minute Yahweh is going to raise up some young Jewish lad to be a great king over Israel.  But instead what happened was that Isaiah went to his grave never seeing the Messiah, and never dreaming how many centuries would pass before that Messiah would actually come.  And of course when the real Messiah came, He was nothing like the Jews expected: some grubby son of a carpenter who wandered around getting into fights with Jewish preachers and talking about what a spiritual zero Israel was.  Then Jesus turns all suicidal and hands Himself over to be executed—so much for reigning on the throne of David.  No wonder the Jews rejected Jesus.

Jump ahead to the Gospel books, and we find that Jesus is just as much of a fibber as Yahweh is.  After promising His disciples that He’d return in a matter of decades, Jesus says:

“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near—at the door! I assure you: This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” (Matt. 24:32-35)

That bit about Jesus’ words never passing away is His way of saying, “This here is a rock solid promise.”  But it turns out that our Gods use the term never as loosely as They do the term forever, and 2,000 years later, we’ve realized that Jesus was lying about coming back so soon.

MORE LIES

Read through the Old Testament prophetic books and you’ll find Yahweh exaggerating all over the place.  He’ll talk about punishing the world, wiping out most of mankind, and knocking the whole planet out of its celestial orbit when all He really means is that one nation will attack another.

“I, Yahweh, will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their sin. I will crush the arrogance of the proud and humble the pride of the mighty. I will make people scarcer than gold—more rare than the fine gold of Ophir. For I will shake the heavens. The earth will move from its place when Yahweh of Heaven’s Armies displays His wrath in the day of His fierce anger.” (Isa. 13:11-13)

In other places, Yahweh talks about the sun growing dark, stars falling, and the moon turning red when once again, all He’s really talking about are military battles which are extremely limited in scope (see Distinguishing Between the Real End Times & the Day of Yahweh).  In Revelation, things get so extreme that it’s almost funny as Yahweh describes annihilating the Roman Empire over and over and over again (see Applying Revelation 17: Rome Gets It…Again).

When you start getting more honest about how many of God’s promises fail and how many of His prophecies never come true—even prophecies about Christ—you can start to appreciate how utterly absurd it is to act like Israel is some critical key to the end times.  Israel isn’t critical to anything.  She’s just one of many nations, and today she’s hanging onto a bunch of promises which aren’t even valid because she’s either totally discounting context or she’s failing to meet the conditions that God attached to those promises.  It’s only when you buy into the idea of the Jews being God’s favorite people that you end up thinking Jewish history is something we should all be paying extra attention to.  But no, it’s really not.  It’s God who we need to listen to, and according to God, the real end times aren’t going to be anything like we’re all being taught to expect by our lying leaders.

PRIORITIES

When God speaks, He exalts Himself, He doesn’t exalt the Jews or any other created beings.  In mainstream prophecies about the end times, you’ll find a whole lot of time being spent talking about Israel.  Ethnic Jews are being glorified while no one bothers to talk about God’s priorities.  Anytime we’re being encouraged to admire humans or fear demons while we act like God is some background detail, we should realize we’re being led astray. God exalts God.  God does not encourage us to be impressed by mere created beings.

In our end time material, we don’t talk about Israel because she’s irrelevant.  Focusing on Israel is only going to distract you from the far more important issue of how you are going to stay in alignment with God during the end times.  What soul attitudes does He want from you?  How does He want you to treat His end time prophet?  How does He want you to respond to His epic destruction of life and property?  How can you avoid landing on the wrong side of His patience?  Studying Jewish history isn’t going to help you find the answers to any of these questions, and your time for preparing is rapidly running out.  So forget about Israel and focus on God.  The end times are going to be His show, and you aren’t going to stay on the right side of His patience by obsessing over entitled Jews, foolish Christians, and a bunch of lying prophets who have lost their fear of misrepresenting God.

FURTHER READING:
Practicing Discernment: Jesus Lies
Practicing Discernment: Yahweh Lies
Communicating with God: Why He Lies
The End Time Prophet: Driving Us Closer to God
Your End Times Faith Crisis: Staying Aligned with a Scary God
Blood Moons: The Mechanics, the Hype & the God-Honoring Response
Anticipating the End Times: Steering Clear of the Hype
More Lies from Paul: God Loves Jews More Than Gentiles (Romans 11)
No Antichrist in the End Times: Can it really be true?
Practicing Discernment: Bible Promises

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