JEWS & JESUS
of Mistreatment &
Persecution of Jews
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
FIRST BELIEVERS IN JESUS WERE JEWISH
first believers in Jesus Christ were Jewish. They were
called "Maaminim" and comprised a
spiritual movement within a scope of Judaism. The Maaminim
had their own synagogue and preached the 'Besorah' (Good News) of
H.H. Goldberg states, "Besides the Perushim (Pharisees),
Tzedukim (Sadducees) and Essenes, the 'Maaminim' - were an
integral part of the Temple community and 'Ha-aam Hayehudi' (the
Jewish people)". For the first eight years after the
resurrection of Jesus, the 'Maaminim' ministered exclusively to
deacon, Phillip, broke tradition by preaching in Samaria, among
that city’s Jewish-extracted, mixed-race population.
Cornelius’ household were the first Romans to accept the gospel
- two years later - when ‘Shimon bar Yonah’ (St. Peter)
preached to them.
‘Shaul of Tarsus’, a fanatical Pharisee, crusading to
exterminate the ‘Maaminim’, met Jesus of Nazareth - in a
bright light - on the Damascus Road and was converted.
PAUL MOST EFFECTIVE IN CONVERTING HEATHEN
the evangelists, he was the most effective in converting the
heathen. Gentile believers became known as Christians and their
houses of worship, churches (hebrew fem. of synagogue).
the Jerusalem Council-A.D. 50, the ‘Maaminim’ accepted
gentile believers into fellowship - without embracing Jewish
customs and disciples - except refraining from idolatry.
‘Maaminim’ grew so large that in A.D. 90, Gamaliel II called
the ‘Yavneh Council’ of rabbis to stem the growth of
the new Jewish movement. It was decreed that a disparaging verse
against the ‘Maaminim’ be included in the ‘Amidah’
(central prayer in synagogue service).
INCREASED ON THE JEWISH
persecution increased when Rabbi Akiba declared ‘Shimon bar
Kochba’ - who led an insurrection against the Romans from A.D.
132 to 135 - the Messiah. The ‘Maaminim’ remonstrated saying,
“There is no Mashiach - except Yeshua”.
bar Kochba’s “messiahship” was later repudiated by Jewish
leaders, but the breach with the ‘Maaminim’ remained. Whatever
happened to the Jewish believers? Why did the ‘Maaminim’ - who
continued until the fifth century - disappear?
historical record exposes one of Christianity's most shameful
chapters. The unrighteous treatment of Jesus' first
followers and God's chosen people.
persecuting Jews failed to do - it failed to destroy the 'Maaminim'
- proud, biased and spiteful gentile Christians succeeded by their
hate and rejection!
preachers had converted many pagans to Christ. But after the first
century, gentile Christians - who had become dominant - began to
persecute their Jewish brethren!
FATHERS DEMANDED JEWISH BELIEVERS RENOUNCE THEIR JEWISH PRACTICES
fathers and clergy demanded that Jewish believers renounce their
Jewish observances and practices. They forgot that the ‘Maaminim’
in A.D. 50 embraced them - on the basis of their belief in Jesus -
without changing cultures.
they demanded that the Jews change their customs - as the basis
for salvation. (Romans 11)
the ‘Maaminim’, Irenaeus wrote: “They circumcise their sons,
observe their holidays and customs of the Law and lead a life as
Jews and love Jerusalem as if it were the House of God”.
BEGINS IN A.D. 325 BY NICEAN COUNCIL
A.D. 325 Nicean Council, with 318 bishops present - no Jews -
changed the Resurrection Day from the 14th day of Nisan to a
perpetual Sunday. Hence the gap between Passover (Pesach) and
Easter. Note the anti-Semitism: “We ought not, therefore, to
have anything in common with the Jews...our worship follows
a...more convenient course...we desire dearest brethren, to
separate ourselves from the detestable company of the Jews...How,
then, could we follow these Jews, who are almost certainly
Vita. Const. Further humiliations were decreed against the Jews at
the Laodicean Synod (A.D. 343-381): “It is not lawful to receive
unleavened bread from the Jews, nor to be partakers of their
impiety” (Cannon XXXVIII).
538 - JEWS MAY NOT APPEAR IN COMPANY OF CHRISTIANS
Third Synod of Orleans (A.D. 538) ordered: “From the Thursday
before Easter for four days, Jews may not appear in the company of
Christians” (Cannon XXX).
COUNCIL A.D. 692
priestly order or layman may eat unleavened bread of Jews
Quinisext Council (A.D. 692) stated: “Let no one in the priestly
order nor any layman eat the unleavened bread of the Jews, nor
have any familiar intercourse with them, nor summon them in
illness, nor receive medicines from them, nor bathe with them;
but if anyone shall take in hand to do so, if he is a cleric, let
him be deposed, but if a layman, let him be cut off” (Cannon
INVENTED SAYS CHRISTIANS ARE TUE ISRAEL
(died ca. A.D. 165), invented the doctrine that Christians are the
true Israel and that the Church must reject its Jewish past, His ‘Dialogue
with Tryphon’ was riddled with falseness against the Jews.
WERE CALLED CAINS, MURDERERS & NOT CHOSEN PEOPLE OF GOD
(A.D. 150-225) stated that the Jews were the Cains, the murderers,
and “were rejected as the Chosen People of God”. - ‘Adversus
(A.D. 184-253) declared the Jews dangerous enemies of Christians,
and stirred up the pagans against them.
(A.D. 342-420) wrote that the Law was God’s deliberate trick to
destroy the Jews.
Bishop Epiphanius (died ca. A.D. 403), declared Jewish believers -
heretics - because they observed Jewish holy days. St. Chrysostom
(A.D. 345-407) called the synagogue “a brothel, home of vice,
refuge of the devil, citadel of Satan”. He stated “God
hates the Jews and has always done so”.
these false statements about the Jews contradict the Holy
Scriptures that remind us of God’s great love for Israel and His
Chosen People, the Jews!
DEMAND CONFISCATE & BURN ALL JEWISH BOOKS
A.D. 1236, Pope Gregory commanded all church officials in France,
England, Spain and Portugal to confiscate Jewish books on
the first Saturday of Lent. Subsequent to the decree of A.D. 1242,
thousands of volumes - filling 24 wagons - were publicly burned
A.D. 1259, a synod of the archdiocese in Mainz ordered Jews to wear
yellow badges. In A.D. 1434, Jewish men in Augsburg had to sew
yellow buttons to their clothes. Across Europe, Jews were forced
to wear a long undergarment, an overcoat with a yellow patch,
bells and tall pointed yellow hats with a large button on
LUTHER - TERRIBLE TREATMENT OF THE JEWS
Luther - the great reformer - was no better than the popes, in his
treatment of the Jews!
A.D. 1543, Martin Luther wrote in ‘On the Jews and Their
Lies’: “What shall we do with this rejected, damned Jewish
people? I will give my true counsel. First that their synagogues
and schools should be set on fire.. Second, that also their
houses be demolished and destroyed. Third that their prayer
books and Talmuds be confiscated... Fourth, that, under
penalty of death, their rabbis be forbidden to teach...that their
freedom to travel be restricted...and all their money and valuable
in gold and silver be taken”.
AND THE HOLOCAUST
HOLOCAUST WAS A CULMINATION OF 1800 YEARS OF ANTI-SEMITISM BY
EARLY CHURCH BISHOPS, MEDIEVAL POPES AND PROTESTANT REFORMERS!
God forgive the Church for all the hatred, bias and erroneous
teaching that has fueled the perverse anti-Semitic prejudices for
Council of the Evangelical Church met in Stuttgart, Germany -
October, 1945. Lutheran clergymen went on record as saying: “We
are bound to our (German) people not only in a community of
suffering but also in a solidarity of guilt. With heavy pain we
say: Through us, unending misfortune was brought to many”.
the German Bishops’ Conference - June 11, 1961 - ordered that a
special prayer for forgiveness concerning the murdered Jews,
should be offered in all Catholic churches in Germany for “the
immeasurable guilt which cannot be blotted out by human
JOHN XXII PRAYS PRAYER OF FORGIVENESS FOR TREATMENT OF JEWS
John XXIII prayed the following prayer of repentance, shortly
before his death June 3, 1961: “We now recognize that many,
many centuries of blindness have covered our eyes so that we no
longer see the beauty of Your Chosen People and in their face no
longer recognize the features of our first-born
realize that the sign of Cain is marked on our forehead. For
centuries, Abel was lying in blood and tears because we forgot
Your love. Forgive us the damnation we pronounced unjustly upon
the name of the Jews.
us for having crucified You a second time in their flesh. For we
knew not what we were doing.”
is most unfortunate, that after all the sufferings the Jews have
experienced - much of it at the hands of the Roman Church - that
it took the Vatican so long to finally recognize Israel as a
doubt the very recent “turn around” resulted in the
Pope’s proposed journey to Jerusalem!
John Paul II - Being the consummate politician that he was -
realized the need to do so in order to be invited to Israel before
his death. In any event, the Vatican was forced to finally
change their bigoted and prejudiced attitude toward Israel.
the rebirth of the Jewish State however, there is also a
re-emergence of the ‘Maaminim’, in Israel.
since hundreds of thousands of Jews have returned to Israel during
this past decade (some of them born again, spirit-filled
Christians from South America & Eastern Europe) the
Evangelical Christian Church is growing rapidly in Israel. Praise
H.H. Goldberg, spirit-filled rabbi of a Los Angeles Maaminim
congregation says, “A true Jew is committed to God, to the
land of Israel and to the Jewish people. And many Jews today
believe in Jesus as their Mashiach”.
I DO TO
said, "Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
my dear friend, God is still in the business of setting men and
women free from their sins, sorrows, heartbreaks, fears and
troubles. In this age of frustrations, nervous tensions and
mental collapses, Jesus Christ is still granting peace to the
troubled, joy to the discouraged, strength to the weary and
healing to the sick!
- You must admit that you are a sinner
Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
God”. (Rom. 3:23) “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have
turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the
iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)
- You must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God
MUST believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that Jesus died
on the cross, was buried and rose again from the dead.
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal
life. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already.” (John 3:15,18) “Verily,
verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on
Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into
condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24)
- You must repent of your sins
Bible says, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise
perish.” (Luke 13:3) “Let the wicked forsake his way and the
unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord,
and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will
abundantly pardon”. (Isaiah 55:7)
- You must receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour
Bible says: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,
but have everlasting life”. (John 3:16)
I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open
the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he
with Me.” (Rev. 3:20) “He that hath the Son hath life: and he
that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 5:12)
- You must confess Jesus Christ as your Lord
Bible says: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man
believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is
made unto salvation”. (Romans 10:9-10)
shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of man confess
before the angels of God: But he that denieth Me before men shall
be denied before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8, 9)
DO I INVITE
JESUS CHRIST INTO MY LIFE?
to God, a prayer - from your heart.
Tell Him that you
are a sinner and that you need forgiveness. Tell him that
you believe Jesus Christ died for your sins. Tell him that
you are willing to change, to turn away from sin. Ask Jesus
Christ to come into your heart and life and be your personal
as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons
of God, even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:12)
if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are
passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2
you prayed and ask Jesus Christ into your heart - YOU HAVE NOW
RECEIVED THE GIFT OF SALVATION - YOU HAVE BECOME A CHILD OF GOD.
God Bless You.
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Israel, children of Israel, the Jews, Jesus Christ,
Jerusalem, God redeeming Israel (King James
12:3 - (kjv)
- And I will
bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and
in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
(kjv) - Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise
raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
(kjv) - For this is the covenant that I will make with the house
of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws
into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to
them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
(kjv) - Thus
says the LORD, Who gives the sun for light by day and THE FIXED
ORDER of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up
the sea so that its waves roar--the LORD of hosts is His name:
this FIXED ORDER departs from before me, says the LORD, then shall
the descendants of Israel cease from being a nation before me for
ever. Thus says the LORD: If the heavens above can be measured,
and THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH BELOW can be explored, then I
will cast off all the descendants of Israel for all that they have
done, says the LORD.
122:6 - (kjv)
- Pray for the
peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
60:12 - (kjv)
- For the
nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea,
[those] nations shall be utterly wasted.
12:1-11 - (kjv)
- 1. The burden
of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which
stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the
earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the
people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against
Judah and against Jerusalem. 3.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all
people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces,
though all the people of the earth be gathered together against
In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment,
and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the
house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with
And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The
inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts
their God. 6.
In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of
fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they
shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on
the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place,
even in Jerusalem.
The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory
of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of
Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.
In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David;
and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD
before them. 9.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy
all the nations that come against Jerusalem. 10.
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants
of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and 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
In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the
mourning of Hadadrimmom in the valley of Megiddon.
4:1 - (kjv)
- If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me:
and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then
shalt thou not remove.
(kjv) - And thou shalt swear, the LORD liveth, in truth, in
judgement, and in righteousness;; and the nations shall bless
themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.
- (kjv) - Hear, O Israel: The
LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy
God, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
- (kjv) - "And
said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy
God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give
ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put
none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the
Egyptians: for I AM the LORD that healeth thee."
- (kjv) - For
Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called
thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known
(kjv) - For,
lo, I will command, and sift the house of Israel among all
nations, like as [corn] is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the
least grain fall upon the earth.
(kjv) - Then
I cut asunder my other staff, [even] bands, that I might break the
brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
(kjv) - The
burden of the Word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD,
which stretches forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of
the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
(kjv) - Fear
not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee,
saith the LORD, and they redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
not thou silence, O god: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O
God. hold not thy peace, and be not stil, O God.
For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have
lifted up the head. 3.
They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted
against thy hidden ones. 4.
They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation:
that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
43:1 - 3
- 1. But
now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, andhe that
formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have
called [thee] by thy name; thou [art] mine. 2.
When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee; and
through the waters, they shall not overflow thee: when thou
walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall
the flame kindle upon thee. 3.
For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I
gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
(kjv) - I
am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.
(kjv) - But
Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation:
ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
(kjv) - In
the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall
(kjv) - I
bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my
salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for
Israel my glory.
(kjv) - Hear
ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel,
and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the
name of the LORD, and make mention of the Israel, but not in
truth, or in righteousness.
(kjv) - For
they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon
the God of Israel; the LORD of hosts is his name.
now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his
servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not
gathered, yet shall Ivbe glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my
God shall be my strength.
say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I
also am an Israelite, the seed of Abraham [of] the tribe of
(kjv) - And
had a wall great and high, [and] had twelve gates, and at the
gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are [the
names] of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
(kjv) - I
say then, has God cast away His people? God forbid. For I
also am an Israelite, the seed of Abraham, [of] the tribe of
saith the LORD, the redeemer of Israel, [and] His Holy One, to him
who man despises, to him who the nation abhorreth , to a servant
of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall
worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, [and] the Holy One
of Israel, and He shall choose thee.
3:11, 23-25 -
there is neither Greek nor Jew ... But he that doeth wrong shall
receive for the wrong which he hath done; and there is no respect
will he give them up, until the time [that] she which travaileth
hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return
unto the children of Israel.
also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children
of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of
God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first,
and also to the Greek.
there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same
Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is
neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
And as many as walk according to this rule,
peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
(kjv) - For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days
come,saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the
house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
(kjv) - And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and thee
were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the
tribes of the children of Israel.
(kjv) - And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and
at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are
the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel;
(kjv) - Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince
and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness
(kjv) - This is that Moses, which said unto the children of
Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of
your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.
(kjv) - But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen
vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings,
and the children of Israel:
(kjv) - The word which God sent unto the children of Israel,
preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
(kjv) - The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and
exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of
Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.
(kjv) - When John had first preached before his coming the baptism
of repentance to all the people of Israel.
(kjv) - For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see
you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I
am bound with this chain.
- Who are the Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the
glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the
service to God, and the promises;
- Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For
they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
- Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is,
that they might be saved.
- But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my
hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
- I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God
forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham,
of the tribe of Benjamin.
- And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall
come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness
- Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to
speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to
see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
- And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which
have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall
sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve
thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
- He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King
of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will
- And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is,
Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
- Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that
we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with
him reviled him.
- And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord
- Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and
redeemed his people.
- And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold,
this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel;
and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
- When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned
hm about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto
you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
- That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on
thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
- Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son
of God; thou art the King of Israel.
- Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and
cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the
name of the Lord.
- Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God
hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and
- Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that
by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom
God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here
before you whole.
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