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The religion of Judaism that the world knows today is not the religion of Judaism in our Holy Bible. God had chosen the Levites and the priests as the spiritual leaders of the people of Israel. But in the modern religion of Judaism called Rabbinical Judaism or Rabbinism, it is the Jewish rabbis that serve as the spiritual guides and leaders of the Jewish people. The Jewish rabbis, or shall we say, the Pharisees like the Sadducees Party, have rejected and denied Yeshua as their Promised Messiah. That is like denying God the Father that sent Rabbi Yeshua to save the Jews who are under the Law.
There is a reason why God had permitted the second Temple to be destroyed by the Romans. There is a rationale behind the continuous destruction that the Jewish people are going through for two thousand years now.
“Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity. They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us. Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest” (Micah 3:9-12).
The Jewish people of Rabbinical Judaism have denied God and His Son. It is just proper for Rabbi Yeshua to regard their worship as the worship in the synagogue belonging to Satan the Devil. Somehow the Jewish people have unintentionally become the adversaries of God today.
The Jewish people of Rabbinical Judaism though they are physically Jews are not really Jewish before the eyes of God spiritually. As I stated earlier Paul was referring to the unbelieving Jews, when he wrote, “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God” (Romans 2:28-29, KJV).
It is not a sin to be Jewish today. What is sinful is when you do not keep all the things written in the Law of Moses and you still think of yourself as a Jew. When a Jew sins before the eyes of God, he lost his holiness or his Jewishness. The unbelieving Jews are not really keeping the Torah utterly on account of their rejection of Jesus. But no Gentile or Christian today can enter the Kingdom of God without the guidance and help of the Jewish rabbis concerning the Torah of Moses.
Before God and Yeshua HaMashiach, Jewishness is not only by physical appearance, or by skin and clothing, but by the heart and mind. The Law of Moses must dwell within the mind and heart of a Jew and should be seen outside as well. Most important of all, a real Jew must follow and obey God. He should accept and not deny the Heavenly One that God the Father has sent to redeem the people of Israel from their sin.
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
“Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zechariah son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar” (Matthew 23:27-35, KJV).
The Jewish rabbis today are the modern descendants of the Pharisees of the first century CE. Rabbinical Judaism continuously rejects Yeshua the Christ as their Promised Messiah for they believe what the Roman Catholic Church and the rest of the Christian people are claiming. They thought Yeshua was truly the founder of the false religion of Christianity. The Jewish rabbis teach and admonish the Jewish people to deny and reject the Jewishness of Yeshua HaMashiach. The Jews are instructed not to read the New Testament writings, for they erroneously assume that will make the Jewish people forsake the Law of Moses.
The sin of the Jewish father is clearly apparent when we consider the book titled ‘Kosher Jesus,’ written by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and released on February 1, 2012. Two Jewish rabbis, namely Rabbi Jacob Immanuel Schochet and Rabbi Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf, immediately condemned the book that shows Yeshua was a Torah observing Jews and even go as far as having Rabbi Boteach excommunicated. These are the kind of rabbis that get the Jewish people condemned by God for destruction.
They are disputing the fact that Yeshua had kept the Law of Moses faithfully as a Jewish rabbi and as a priest anointed by God.
So what does our Lord God think of the people or the Jewish rabbis doing that?
“Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus (Yeshua) is the Christ (Messiah in Hebrew)? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also” (insertion in italics by the writer, 1 John 2:22-23, RSV).
Whosoever denies Yeshua as the Son of God, denies also the Father and that is exactly what the unbelieving Jews of Rabbinical Judaism are doing in their non-acceptance of Yeshua as our Promised Messiah. They are also denying our God the Father and if they do not have the Father, who are they with right now? Who is the God that they have right now?
Is it right for us to say that they are with Satan the Devil in spite of the fact that they are keeping the Torah and many traditions of Judaism?
They are wrong about Yeshua of Nazareth. They are wrong in the counting of the Omer that leads to Shavuot, the Day of Pentecost. They are wrong in their observance of some of the commandments of God. But, without them we will never know God and the Torah. Without the rabbis and sages of Rabbinical Judaism we will never know how to observe many of our Jewish traditions and other religious customs and practices. We cannot do without our unbelieving Jewish brethren and if they are, in fact, “the synagogue of Satan” then they are going to discover and accept Yeshua quickly soon.
Rabbi Yeshua loves the Jewish congregation of Philadelphia for they are keeping the Torah of Moses and also following the true teachings of Yeshua the Son of Yosef and Miryam.
Concerning the difference between the prophesied two synagogues of Satan, JFB Commentary says, “I will make--Greek present, "I make," literally, "I give" (see on Revelation 3:8). The promise to Philadelphia is larger than that to Smyrna. To Smyrna the promise was that "the synagogue of Satan" should not prevail against the faithful in her: to Philadelphia, that she should even win over some of "the synagogue of Satan" to fall on their faces and confess God is in her of a truth. Translate, "(some) of the synagogue." For until Christ shall come, and all Israel then be saved, there is but "a remnant" being gathered out of the Jews "according to the election of grace." This is an instance of how Christ set before her an "open door," some of her greatest adversaries, the Jews, being brought to the obedience of the faith. Their worshipping before her feet expresses the convert's willingness to take the very lowest place in the Church, doing servile honor to those whom once they persecuted, rather than dwell with the ungodly” (JFB Commentary on Revelation 3:9, e-sword software).
The Jewish people are going to see and believe that God is working in the New Jerusalem congregation. They will understand that God really love this particular religious group that returned to the true religion of Judaism. Whatever might come to pass, there will be a New Jerusalem congregation that shall fulfill the prophecy about the prophesied church in Philadelphia.
The synagogue of Satan or its members are converted and circumcised in contrast to the Christian people on earth for if they are not, why is it written that God will no longer allow the uncircumcised or those who are not really converted to become part of the Church in the wilderness (Acts 7:38).
We must not forget the fact that a satanic cult often claims their group are the only one that will be saved. The New Jerusalem belongs to all of the Jewish people and to all of the faithful and true believers in Yeshua HaMashiach. Yeshua is the head of the Church or Congregation and the body is composed of the true and faithful disciples of Yeshua the Christ. When the right arm of the body receives salvation, the rest of the body shall also be saved.
“Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean” (Isaiah 52:1, KJV).
God has promised to protect the Church in Philadelphia from false brethren and from harm today. The members of the ‘synagogue of Satan’ that converted into the religion of Judaism through the New Testament Church during the Smyrna era were not really converted and they remained uncircumcised. They were the Gentile people that accepted and believed in Yeshua the Christ. During the eras of Ephesus and Smyrna the Body of Believers was Jewish and part of the religion of Judaism. The Gentile converts that did not keep the Law of Moses at that time became part of the Church that has started the Christian religion. They later became known as the Roman Catholic Church—the remnant of the Church of Ephesus.
During the era of Smyrna, it is very clear to the Romans that the so-called Christian Churches were Jewish, even if they were not worshipping God like the Jewish people. Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah and His apostles and disciples that were headquartered in Jerusalem were all Jewish. Consequently, that was how the Christians in Rome were perceived by the Romans as well. Thus, the synagogue of Satan in Rome whose members were calling their own selves as Christians, falsely declared themselves as Jews even though they were only pretending to be. They were uncircumcised and that is what God is telling us that He will prevent from coming into His Church in the wilderness in this end of time.
However, history shows that most of the Christians in Rome in the era of Smyrna were of different brand. They followed the wicked Bishops in Rome and were not part of the Jewish congregation based in Smyrna that were being led by Polycarp and Polycrates. The Christians in Rome had originated from the gnostic group of Simon the Sorcerer that Paul of Tarsus had struck blind.
God will even forbid from coming to the Holy Nation of Israel all of the Gentile and uncircumcised people on earth like what happened when the people of Israel had gone out of Egypt during Exodus time. The people of Israel had committed sin before God in the wilderness because of those uncircumcised and unclean Gentiles that had joined them when they came out of Egypt.
The members of the New Jerusalem congregation have a duty and responsibility to ward off and prevent the unconverted people on earth from being a part the Children of Israel unless they repent, live and worship God like the Torah-observant Jewish people on earth.
Being Jewish is one of the proofs that those that believe in God and Yeshua the Christ are truly Philadelphians for the simple reason that the people belonging to the Synagogue of Satan will not consider worshiping with the people on earth that are not really Jewish or even ‘wolves in sheep clothing.’
Most of the things that Yeshua HaMashiach had transmitted and conveyed in His letter to the Church in Philadelphia have already found their fulfillment on the New Jerusalem congregation. If you are interested in joining the New Jerusalem Congregation, you must keep and love all the laws, ordinances, judgments, statutes and commandments that are written in the Torah of Moses. Contact us.