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Sorry neo-Nazis, the Jews have already replaced you

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Do you remember the scene from The Mummy where the crazed mob walks in unison chanting the name of the story’s villain, the undead creature from the underworld?

Imhotep… Imhotep… Imhotep…

A similar scene played out in real life last Saturday when zombie-like Neo-Nazis marched through the courtyard of the University of Virginia.

The Jews will not replace us.”

Ad infinitum

“The Jews will not replace us.”

Ad nauseam

From what I can surmise, this chant was the method by which the Neo-Nazis sought to communicate their fear of being “replaced” – in some obtuse sense of the word – by the Jews, evidence of their collectively-twisted paranoia, deeply held insecurities, and self-loathing. Not wanting to face their own vulnerability, the spell-bound supremacists formed a collectivist mob to confess their fear and hatred of their own inferiority.

But, there is one glaring problem. The Neo-Nazis are a few thousand years too late: they have already been replaced. The good guys already won. Like a yellowed copy of The New York Timeslining the bottom of a wastepaper basket, the alabaster Aryans are already irrelevant. They’ve yet to have noticed, but God emancipated the Jews from the Egyptian “Confederacy” back when Moses – a Jew – parted the Red Sea. Humanity has been liberated from sin through the blood of a Jew who was crucified on a cross.

In spite of the secession of attacks and persecutions over the course of thousands of years, God has freed his people from the grips of tyrants time and again. Large empires have risen and fallen. The Jewish people have outlasted them all, and the greatest, most just civilization that the world has ever known – Western civilization – was built on the Jewish principles of faith, free will, personal accountability, and equality in the eyes of God. From medicine to mathematics and everything in between, the Jewish people have continued to influence and enrich the world.

“The Old and New Testaments are the Great Code of Art.”

William Blake (artist and poet)

In Visual Art:

Thousands of reprints of Vincent Van Gosh’s Starry Night adorn living room walls, and Van Gogh’s Irises is one of the most popular computer background images. Hanging in thePhiladelphia Museum of Art is Paul Cézanne’s The Large Bathers, a post-impressionist deconstruction of the human body which broke from traditional portraits of the period and paved the way for generations of new artists to explore different techniques of visual representations of the human figure. Both Cézanne and Van Gogh were mentored by a Jewish impressionist and post-impressionist painter named Camille Pissarro, a Dutch-French artist with a gentle spirit who painted portraits of the “common man” in natural settings. Pierre-Auguste Renoir referred to his work as “revolutionary.” Paul Cézanne once said of Pissarro, “He was a father for me. A man to consult and a little like the good Lord.” Camille Pissarro is the only artist to have his work featured at all eight of the Paris Impressionist Exhibitions. He mentored all four of the major impressionist artists who later influenced artists around the world: Georges SeuratPaul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin. The art world and every art lover is indebted to Camille Pissarro.

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”

Camille Pissarro

In Music and Dramatic Art:

Ever since the doe-eyed Judy Garland sang Over the Rainbow on the big screen 1939, The Wizard of Oz has captivated audiences. From middle school auditoriums to Broadway, Over the Rainbow is sung to the delight of audiences across the globe. (My personal favorite version of the song is by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole.) In 1938, a man named Harold Arlen, who had been hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to compose the songs for The Wizard of Oz, came up with the famous song after seeing a rainbow appear above Hollywood. Yip Harburg was hired to write the lyrics for all the songs in The Wizard of Oz, including Over the Rainbow. Both men won Academy Awards in 1940, for Best Original Song. Both men were Jewish.

In fact, the liturgical, rhythmic chants of the ancient synagogues are the origin of Gregorian Chant, which is the origin of Western classical music. Perhaps it is no surprise then that from 1934-2016, 48% of composers in receipt of the Best Original Song award were/are Jewish; 50% of lyricists are/were Jewish. Today, our Karaoke play lists abound with many of the songs written and/or composed by Jews that have won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, including The Way You Look Tonight (1936), White Christmas (1942), Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (1947), Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) (1956), Chim Chim Cher-ee(1964), Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head (1969), The Way We Were (1973), (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life (1987), Under the Sea (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), and My Heart Will Go On (1997).

Since inception, the theater has offered audiences a respite from the world, a place to forget the worries of life. The works of famous poet and playwright William Shakespeare drip with Biblical influences. The Book of Genesis from the Old testament is said to have been the inspiration for Shakespeare’s great farewell to the stage, The Tempest. From Biblical influences to liturgical chants, from to classical orchestras to the be big screen, a plethora of Jewish musicians, directors, singers, song writers, playwrights, and performers have brought entertainment and joy to people across the globe, the joy of letting one’s imagination run wild. In 1939, two Jews and a young Judy Garland did exactly that: they transported audiences across the country over the rainbow.

“In the Old and New Testaments of the Jews, the book of Divine righteousness, there are men, events, and words so great that there is nothing in Greek or Indian literature to compare with it.” –

-Friedrich Nietzsche

In Literature:  

There is a multitude of great literature written by Jewish authors in modern times. We can, however, thank the crypto-Judeo conversos subculture that developed during the Spanish Inquisition’s 250 years of Jewish persecution (from 1478-1834) for the creation of one of the Western world’s major genres of literature. Writing in The Spain of Fernando de Rojas, literary scholar Stephen Gilman states, “the conversos contributed many things to Spain… but what they contributed to the world was nothing less than the possibility of the major literary genre of modern times: the novel. Cervantes, and the men who provided him with this translation – Mateo Aleman, Alonso Nunez de Reinoso (Spain’s first reviver of the Byzantine novel), Jorge de Montemayor (creator of the first pastoral novel in Castilian), the anonymous author of Lazarillo de Tormes, Fernando de Rojas, the “sentimental novelist” Diego de San Pedro, and earliest of all, Alfonso Martinez de Toledo, who in the Corbachofirst brought speech into Castilian prose – were all, although certain scholars fight reargued battle in individual cases, conversos.” In addition to the novel, the essay was created by Michel de Montaigne who was a descendent of the Spanish-Jewish conversos.

It has been said that the single greatest legacy of the Jews is the Bible, “the most widely read and influential body of literature in all of human history.” The Bible has been translated into over 2,000 languages and has been the inspiration behind many of history’s great literary masterpieces, including Joseph and His Brothers by German novelist Thomas Mann, Paradise Lost by John Milton, and Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Translations of the Bible are constrained, strictly adhering to and preserving the original meaning of the Scriptures. Such restricted translation would at first appear to compromise the value and overall effect of the poetry therein. Yet, the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Psalms is arguably the world’s most beloved collection of poems, certainly the most recited. Of the Psalms, the Greek classicist and English statesman William Gladstone said, “All the wonders of the Greek civilization heaped together are less wonderful than the single Book of Psalms.”

Through the Jews came the most splendid and most peaceful spread of religion the Planet has known: the spread of Judaism and of Christianity through written and spoken Word. Through the spread of these religions and their values the bedrock of our great society was formed. The principles found in the Bible are the touch stone of Western civilization; a society built upon Judeo-Christian values. From our great society mankind has flourished. Of our great society, some of the world’s most brilliant minds and talented individuals were born. For our great society contributions of Jews were given.

No, white people didn’t build Western civilization: Jews and Christians of all colors lead the charge. Yet, Neo-Nazis are resigned to a collective weltering, wallowing in their inferiority and imprisoned within the concentration camps of their minds, dreaming of an ivory spring that never was and that will never come. Their cursed cause will remain defeated. The Jews have already won. Thank God for that!


To learn more about the Jewish influences on Western civilization and the many Jewish contributions to our society, go to www.jinfo.org.

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Does Matthew 22:29-30 indicate Jesus was referencing the Book of Enoch?

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Does Matthew 2229-30 indicate Jesus was referencing the Book of Enoch

Extra-Biblical texts such as the Book of Enoch are often frowned upon by churches. Some see 1 Enoch as fake. Others say it’s a good historical reference but not inspired. The Ethiopian Bible includes it as scripture. Should we read it?

To understand the answer to this question, we need to consider three things. First, it was referenced as holy by many of the early church fathers, but was excluded from official canon. Second, Enoch is referenced multiple times in the Bible: Genesis 4 and 5, Luke 3:37, Hebrews 11:5, and Jude 1:14. Third, Jesus makes a statement in Matthew 22:29-30 that references “scripture” but what he is saying is only found in 1 Enoch.

Many who oppose the validity of Enoch say that it was written after the Book of Jude because the it includes the quote that Jude references, but fragments of Enoch were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, which most scholars date to before Jude was born.

The scripture in question is Matthew 22:29-30:

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

Nowhere in the 66 Books of the Bible does it say angels neither marry nor are given in marriage. What did Jesus mean when he said “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures” in reference to the angels not marrying?

Here is 1 Enoch 15:5-7:

5. Therefore have I given them wives also that they might impregnate them, and beget children by them, that thus nothing might be wanting to them on earth. 6. But you were ⌈formerly⌉ spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations of the world. 7. And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the heaven, in heaven is their dwelling.

Hmm.

As with anything regarding extra-Biblical texts, I must urge caution. Many who believe 1 Enoch is authentic refute the authenticity of 2 Enoch and 3 Enoch. Then, there’s the question of inspiration and protection of the text. Many Christians believe the Bible has been able to survive and flourish despite so many attempts to disrupt it is because it has been protected over the millennia. If that’s the case, why was Enoch not included the whole time?

The answer to this question, to those who believe in its authenticity, may be found in the first two verses of the manuscript.

1 The words of the blessing of Enoch, wherewith he blessed the elect and righteous, who will be 2 living in the day of tribulation, when all the wicked and godless are to be removed. And he took up his parable and said -Enoch a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw the vision of the Holy One in the heavens, which the angels showed me, and from them I heard everything, and from them I understood as I saw, but not for this generation, but for a remote one which is 3 for to come. Concerning the elect I said, and took up my parable concerning them:

If Enoch is real, it’s meant for a later generation living in the day of tribulation. If it’s a fake, then it’s intended to deceive those in the end times. Either way, it’s understandable that it would not be included in most Bibles.

I tend to believe 1 Enoch is legitimate, but not to the point that I would teach on it. Not yet. Much more prayer and study is required before I would ever risk misleading anyone.

Nevertheless, the reference in Matthew 22 is compelling.

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The ‘church fathers’ and the Book of Enoch

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The church fathers and the Book of Enoch

This article first appeared in Torah Driven Life. The site appears to be down currently, so we’re including this page here for reference.

The following is a compilation of attestations to the authenticity and acceptance of the Book of Enoch as Scripture by the fathers of the early church. This list is, by no means, an exhaustive list of quotations from the church fathers, but is rather just skimming of the surface. At any rate, the case is clear, that even beyond Jude’s open reference to it, the Book of Enoch had some degree of acceptance in early Christianity.

Tertullian and the Book of Enoch

Tertullian, an early church father and founder of Latin Christianity, wrote a few positive things concerning the Book of Enoch. Tertulian writes as follows in his 2nd century work, On the Apparel of Women I 3:1-3.

“I am aware that the Scripture of Enoch, which has assigned this order of action to angels, is not received by some, because it is not admitted into the Jewish canon either. I suppose they did not think that, having been published before the deluge, it could have safely survived that world-wide calamity, the abolisher of all things. If that is the reason for rejecting it, let them recall to their memory that Noah, the survivor of the deluge, was the great-grandson of Enoch himself; and he, of course, had heard and remembered, from domestic renown and hereditary tradition, concerning his own great-grandfather’s ‘grace in the sight of God,’ (Genesis 6:8) and concerning all his preachings; since Enoch had given no other charge to Methuselah than that he should hand on the knowledge of them to his posterity. Noah therefore, no doubt, might have succeeded in the trusteeship of his preaching; or, had the case been otherwise, he would not have been silent alike concerning the disposition of things made by God, his Preserver, and concerning the particular glory of his own house.

“If Noah had not had this conservative power by so short a route, there would still be this consideration to warrant our assertion of the genuineness of this Scripture: he could equally have renewed it, under the Spirit’s inspiration, after it had been destroyed by the violence of the deluge, as, after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian storming of it, every document of the Jewish literature is generally agreed to have been restored through Ezra.

“But since Enoch in the same Scripture has preached likewise concerning the Lord, nothing at all must be rejected by us which pertains to us; and we read that ‘every Scripture suitable for edification is divinely inspired.’ (2 Timothy 3:16) By the Jews it may now seem to have been rejected for that very reason, just like all the other portions nearly which tell of Christ. Nor, of course, is this fact wonderful, that they did not receive some Scriptures which spake of Him whom even in person, speaking in their presence, they were not to receive. To these considerations is added the fact that Enoch possesses a testimony in the Apostle Jude.” (Jude 1:14-15)

Origen and the Book of Enoch

Origen appeals to the Book of Enoch as having the same canonical authority as he does the Book of Psalms. He writes as follows in De Principiis IV.

“But some one will perhaps inquire whether we can obtain out of Scripture any grounds for such an understanding of the subject. Now I think some such view is indicated in the Psalms, when the prophet says, ‘My eyes have seen your imperfection;’ (Psalm 139:16) by which the mind of the prophet, examining with keener glance the first principles of things, and separating in thought and imagination only between matter and its qualities, perceived the imperfection of God, which certainly is understood to be perfected by the addition of qualities. Enoch also, in his book, speaks as follows: ‘I have walked on even to imperfection;’ which expression I consider may be understood in a similar manner, viz., that the mind of the prophet proceeded in its scrutiny and investigation of all visible things, until it arrived at that first beginning in which it beheld imperfect matter existing without ‘qualities.’ For it is written in the same book of Enoch, ‘I beheld the whole of matter;’ which is so understood as if he had said: ‘I have clearly seen all the divisions of matter which are broken up from one into each individual species either of men, or animals, or of the sky, or of the sun, or of all other things in this world.’”

These quotations which he attributes to Enoch are not found in the Ethiopic text of the Book of Enoch, upon which our modern translations are based. There are, however, two sufficient reasons to believe that Origen is still quoting from the Book of Enoch. First, notice how Origen mishandled Psalm 139:16, “My eyes have seen your imperfection,” as if to indicate that God had imperfections which could be seen. Psalm 139:16 is more accurately translated, “Mine unformed substance Thine eyes saw.” (YLT) So it is very possible that Origen was simply incorrectly quoting passages that do exist in the Ethiopic text. Second, it is known from the discovery of Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts of Enoch found in the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran that there are large portions of text that are not present in the Ethiopic manuscripts. (See 4Q209 and 4Q211) So it is also possible that he was quoting from portions of Enoch that may have not been translated into the Ethiopic text, and hence have not survived to today.

Irenaeus and the Book of Enoch

Irenaeus, in his work The Proof of the Apostolic Preaching 18, records a condensed retelling of Enoch 6-8. He does this without directly citing the Book of Enoch, yet the citation here is unmistakable.

“And for a very long while wickedness extended and spread, and reached and laid hold upon the whole race of mankind, until a very small seed of righteousness remained among them: and illicit unions took place upon the earth, since angels were united with the daughters of the race of mankind; and they bore to them sons who for their exceeding greatness were called giants. And the angels brought as presents to their wives teachings of wickedness, in that they brought them the virtues of roots and herbs, dyeing in colours and cosmetics, the discovery of rare substances, love-potions, aversions, amours, concupiscence, constraints of love, spells of bewitchment, and all sorcery and idolatry hateful to God; by the entry of which things into the world evil extended and spread, while righteousness was diminished and enfeebled.”

The Epistle of Pseudo-Barnabas and the Book of Enoch

The Epistle of Pseudo-Barnabas is frequently ranked among the Apostolic Fathers, i.e. the founding documents of gentile Christianity. This letter contains several blatant quotations from the Book of Enoch, citing it as “Scripture” in Barnabas 16:5-6.

“Again, it was made manifest that the city and the temple and the people of Israel were to be delivered up. For the Scripture says, ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days that the Lord shall deliver the sheep of His pasture, and the sheep-fold, and their tower to destruction.’ (Condensed from Enoch 89:54-56) And it took place according to what the Lord said. But let us inquire if a temple of God exists. Yes, it exists, where He Himself said that He makes and perfects it. For it is written, ‘And it shall come to pass when the week is ended that a temple of God shall be built gloriously in the name of the Lord.’ ” (Similar to Enoch 93:6-7)

Given that the writing style of Pseudo-Barnabas does not always give exact quotes from the Scripures, but frequently handles them in a very midrashic style, it is probable that the author is giving a condensed paraphrase of the passages in question from the same version of Enoch we have in our possession today.

Athenagoras and the Book of Enoch

Athenagoras of Athens, in his work 2nd century work Legatio, claims to regard Enoch as a true prophet, and this same work relies heavily upon the angelic cosmology presented in the Book of Enoch.

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Ezekiel’s prophecy and the truth about false prophets

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Ezekiel's prophecy and the truth about false prophets

The topic of “false prophets” is often difficult to discuss on the internet in general and social media in particular because invariably whenever we warn of false prophets, we’re accused of being false prophets. Such is the nature of our struggle to live a faithful life and spread the Gospel. Naysayers and mockers are always there.

This topic in particular is a challenging one because it’s based upon a set of verses that some believe has been misinterpreted in most churches today. The verses in question are found in Matthew 24, verses 4 and 5.

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

The standard interpretation says that there will be people in the end times who claim to be Christ. While this is also true, as we see regularly, an alternate (and in my opinion, much more credible) interpretation is that false teachers will come in the end times in the name of Jesus Christ and will lead their flocks astray.

The argument is all in how the context is understood. Most read it as people saying, “I am Christ,” as in they’re claiming to be Christ. But what I believe he’s saying is people shall come in His name saying that He (Jesus) is Christ, and then shall deceive many. It changes the risk factor for believers because it insinuates there are those who may be leading a church today who pretend to be teaching the Gospel but are actually preaching a self-serving version of it that still claims to be a message from our Lord and Savior but is actually a great deception.

Those who have seen or even been brought into the prosperity “gospel” may have a very clear idea of what I mean.

This video goes into much more detail about prophetic events told of in both the Old and New Testament. I strongly recommend watching it, if only to make you think about what’s happening in the world around us.

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