by Alberta Parish
Messiah came to restore the lost sheep of the house of Israel, and to also save the Gentiles if they repent and keep His commandments. He was the fulfilling of the prophetic passages contained in the Old Testament books. Today, Israel is still scattered throughout the four corners of the earth, which first occurred during their captivity by the Assyrians and later the Babylonians. Then, the Greeks and Romans scattered them. Again, they were scattered when the Papacy had declared war upon Africa wherein the two tribes – Judah and Benjamin – resided. The kings and queens of Europe sent armies of men – many were complete savages and disgraced convicts – who kidnapped the Israelites and put them upon slave “cargo” ships beginning in the 15th Century. The Israelites were stripped of their identity, were introduced to a false image of the Messiah who was never known except as a Judean “Hebrew” to the Israelites, and they were forced to accept pagan idolatry including eating meats sacrificed unto idols. The Arabs and Africans had sold the Israelites unto their enemies. They immediately put to death all the elders of the people so that they could not teach the children who they are and where they had come from. All Israelite records and images were whitewashed so that those who knew nothing of their culture, language or religion may look upon images of past holy men and women of Israel (Moses, Miriam, Deborah, David, Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Job, Mary, John, Paul) as well as the Messiah (Yeshu’a/Jesus) who did not look anything like them.
Some white Babylonians happen along and find some white Jews to capture in ancient times. Hmmm…- cs
The “Christians” in the early churches who were Israelites/Judeans existing throughout Asia Minor to whom (Yeshu’a/Jesus) told His disciple John to write letters unto were the churches of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea, each representing a specific era during the existence of Christianity. One such church was Thyatira where the members allowed Jezebel who called herself a prophetess to teach and seduce the servants of God to eat things sacrificed unto idols and commit fornication (Revelation 2:20). This particular church represents an era when an apostate church would rise and seduce true believers (i.e., saints) to practice idol worship and eat meats sacrificed to idols. Yeshu’a said that He gave Jezebel space to repent meaning He gave the apostate church space to repent of her idolatry and false teachings. However, she did not and continues to teach idol worship and her own false doctrine to this same day. The apostate church whitewashed the image of Christ who was a dark or brown complexioned man, of the tribe of Judah who has always existed as a people having melanin. Then gave them the image of Cesare Borgia, the son of Pope Alexander (1431-1503) as the face of the Messiah. The whitewashing of Hebrew Israelite images was already a practice long before the 15th Century. In fact, the book of the Apocrypha in 1 Maccabees explicitly states the Greeks “laid open the book of the law, wherein the heathen had sought to paint the likeness of their images.” Even now, many King James Bibles show an image of Moses who looks like the Greek god Zeus.
Subsequently, prophetic passages contained in the apocryphal Wisdom of Solomon, implicating the fulfilling of a future act that would deceive the whole world, states that “a father afflicted with untimely mourning, when he hath made an image of his child soon taken away, now honoured him as a god, which was then a dead man, and delivered to those that were under him ceremonies and sacrifices. Thus in process of time an ungodly custom grown strong was kept as a law, and graven images were worshipped by the commandments of kings. Whom men could not honour in presence, because they dwelt far off, they took the counterfeit of his visage from far, and made an express image of a king whom they honoured, to the end that by this their forwardness they might flatter him that was absent, as if he were present. Also the singular diligence of the artificer did help to set forward the ignorant to more superstition. For he, peradventure willing to please one in authority, forced all his skill to make the resemblance of the best fashion. And so the multitude, allured by the grace of the work, took him now for a god, which a little before was but honoured. And this was an occasion to deceive the world: for men, serving either calamity or tyranny, did ascribe unto stones and stocks the incommunicable name.” Many believe these passages to be about Pope Alexander’s commissioning of his son’s image as the Christ, which then became the universal image that the Papacy used to deceive the world and promote idol worship.
Today, we are in the church age of the Laodiceans, which represent the lukewarm church. Each of the churches in Asia came under judgment for very specific deeds that they were either committing themselves or allowing within the church, except for the churches in Philadelphia and Smyrna. In fact, Yeshu’a said to the church in Smyrna that “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
There was a period in church history wherein Christians residing in Smyrna had come under Roman persecution. Polycarp, a disciple of the apostle John, also Jew and bishop of the church in Smyrna during the 2nd Century, was martyred for the Word of God and the testimony of Christ. After his death, a letter was written to the Smyrnaeans recounting the events. (Wikipedia Foundation). In the letter, it was written that “Eventually, when those wicked men saw that his body could not be consumed by the fire, they commanded an executioner to pierce him with a dagger. When he did this [a dove flew out and] [*this may well be a later interpolation or transcription error] such a great quantity of blood flowed that the fire was extinguished. The crowd were amazed at the difference between the unbelievers and the elect – of whom the great Polycarp was surely one, having in our own times been an apostolic and prophetic teacher, and bishop of the Catholic Church in Smyrna. For every word he spoke either has been or shall be accomplished” (Church History Institute).
The disciples were first called Christians by the populace in Antioch at a time when Judea was a colonized Roman territory, which had been previously Hellenized centuries before upon the arrival of the Macedonian conqueror Alexander and his armies in Jerusalem in 332 BCE. When a Greek king named Antiochus Epiphanes reigned in Judah, he had caused the sacrifices and keeping of the law of God to cease, setting up an idol to Zeus upon the altar of God, and sacrificing swine’s flesh upon it as he viciously desecrated the temple. Certain men of Israel led chiefly by Mattathias and his sons rose up against this evil king, refusing to obey his laws to eat unclean animals sacrificed to idols and worship the Greek gods. According to the book of the Maccabees, Antiochus had passed laws forbidding burnt offerings, drink offerings, and sacrifice in the temple. He profaned the sabbaths and festival days, set up altars, groves, and chapels of idols. The Israelites were forbidden to be circumcised, and whoever was found having the book of the covenant in his possession was put to death. As a result of Antiochus’s laws, warfare against the Greek ensued. Thus, the Maccabean revolt lasted between 167 and 160 BCE.