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Are European Jews Really Gentiles
Whose Ancestors Converted To Judaism?

New York Times Report
October 29, 1996

European-Descended Jews may have no Blood line to Abraham

The facts are clear now, that most of those who call themselves Jews are not real seed of Abraham Jews and have no claim to the land of Palestine because they have no genetic relationship to Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob. This truth must no longer be suppressed within Christian dispensational theory. The October 29, 1996 N.Y. Times, in an article entitled, "Scholars Debate Origins of Yiddish and the Migrations of Jews," states:

"Arching over these questions is the central mystery of just where the Jews of Eastern Europe came from. Many historians believe that there were not nearly enough Jews in Western Europe to account for the huge population that later flourished in Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine and nearby areas."

"By reconstructing the Yiddish mother tongue, linguists hope to plot the migration of the Jews and their language with a precision never possible before.

"It has even been suggested, on the basis of linguistic evidence, that the Jews of Eastern Europe were not predominantly part of the diaspora from the Middle East, but were members of another ethnic group that adopted Judaism."

"...One linguist has recently argued that Yiddish began as a Slavic language that was 'relexified,' with most of its vocabulary replaced with German words."

"...Even more troublesome are demographic studies indicating that during the Middle Ages there were no more than 25,000 to 35,000 Jews in Western Europe. These figures are hard to reconcile with other studies showing that by the 17th century there were hundreds of thousands of Jews in Eastern Europe."

"...Some scholars believe the roots of Yiddish, and even the Ashkenazic people themselves, lie much farther east. In his 1976 book, The Thirteenth Tribe, Arthur Koestler made the startling suggestion, never taken seriously by linguists, that the Eastern European Jews were not really Semitic -- that they were largely descended from the Turkish Khazars, who converted en masse to Judaism in medieval times."

"More recently, Koestler's controversial thesis has been revived and expanded in a 1993 book, The Ashkenazic 'Jews': A Slavo-Turkic People in Search of a Jewish Identity (Slavica Publishers), by Dr. Paul Wexler, a Tel Aviv University linguist."

"Wexler uses a reconstruction of Yiddish to argue that it began as a Slavic language whose vocabulary was largely replaced with German words. Going even further, he contends that the Ashkenazic Jews are predominantly converted Slavs and Turks who merged with a tiny population of Palestinian Jews from the Diaspora."

Our questions are:

1.)  If the European Jews are descendants of Gentiles who converted to Judaism, then would they have a blood or flesh link to the nation of Israel and the Covenant of Abraham? If they have no blood and flesh connection, then how can they claim Jewishness by race, blood, and or flesh?  Would it be falsehood to do so?  If they are Gentile descendants of converts to Judaism how can they be Priests and Rabbis since Talmudic law mandates that no Gentile convert can receive any office of Rabbi or Priest, as these positions and offices cannot be obtained by conversion, adoption, or birth into a family lineage of Gentile converts;

2.)  If these Khazar, German, Polish, Russian, or other white or Turkish-Slavic Gentile-Jews have no direct pedigree back to Israel and the twelve tribes, can they escape being saved through Jesus Messiah claiming their Jewishness gives them a right to salvation through ancient promises in the Covenant of Abraham?  If these think they can avoid the necessity to come to Jesus Messiah for salvation claiming conversion of an ancestor's conversion to Pharisee Judaism, are they deceiving themselves? Would it not be a Christian's duty then to seek to convert these alleged Jews who are really Gentiles?

3.)  If these have no blood and flesh link to Abraham, what rights do they have to any part of Israel today, to be a part of its governing body, or to control and or be the head of that religion?  If these are not real Jews who have created Israel in 1948, but Gentile descendants of Gentile converts, then would it not be true that Israel is NOT A REGATHERING OF THE TRUE JEWS?

4.)  Is it possible that the real Israelites were of a black ethnic race and what are now the Ashkenazi and Sephardic groups are all Gentile converts to ancient Judaism and not REAL Jews at all?

These questions are asked because true interpretation of all Prophecy concerning Israel and Jews hinges upon a careful application of Scripture.  As Christians we are obligated to love all people the Jew first, and even those who have pretended to be Jews all of these centuries but who are really Gentiles who have rejected Jesus as the Messiah to live under Pharisee Judaism interpretation of the Old Testament.  

We are taught by our Lord Jesus to know the Truth on all things.  Jesus clearly instructed all Christians not to follow the Pharisees in any doctrine.  If there are Gentiles claiming Judaism by conversion to Pharisee-Talmudism, and then these Gentile converts or descendants of Gentile converts, turn and say to Christians, YOU ARE AN ANTISEMITE FOR NOT LIKING OUR HATRED OF JESUS, we can say: BALONEY!  And if these pretend-Jews whose ancestors converted to Pharisee Judaism turn and say to us in Christian Judaism:  YOU CANNOT CLAIM JUDAISM AS CHRISTIANS BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT FOLLOWERS OF THE PHARISEE SECT; we would say:  Who are you Gentiles and descendants of Gentiles to be lords over us with the Pharisee Sect religion and tell us what we can and cannot do?  

There has been absolutely no validation from God that the Pharisee Sect has been designated the holders in due title of the religion of ancient Israel, nor that their religious traditions and oral laws are of God, sent by God, and approved by God as a replacement of or equal to the original as given by Moses and contained in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

 In fact the opposite is true.  Since the Pharisees came to power at the time of Jesus, God has been against them and because of them sent Titus his servant to destroy the Temple and Jerusalem.  And to this day, after nearly 2,000 years, they are still void of God validating their Sect as the depository of the Divine Covenant.  Christians believe that the New Covenant replaced the Old and specifically any and all Pharisee traditions of the Elders, their oral traditions, and the decisions and opinions of their Rabbis.  Thus, any opinion, book, theology, or tradition based upon that which has been rejected has the value of blank paper.

In Jesus Messiah all believers both Jew and Gentile are adopted and converted to Christian Judaism (Messianic Judaism) and we together are heirs and joint heirs, the one body, the household of faith, the Israel of God, the true elect, and made ONE in ALL of the promises and blessings of Abraham.  We exert that inheritance and lay claim to it through Acts 2:38, regardless of who or what kind of Pharisee or Gentile deceived by them, tries to deny our family relationship to the true Israel of God (Rom 8:16-17; Gal 3:29; Titus 3:7; James 2:5).

The conclusion is, that it does not matter if a person is a Jew, a Gentile claiming to be Jewish, or a Gentile; all must come to Jesus Messiah for salvation or they are not the people of God.  The entire New Covenant is a contract between God and man and it is predicated upon GRACE not RACE.  There remains no longer a contract of God and man through the LAW!  Paul said in Romans 10:4--Messiah is the END of the Law.

Arise ye Israel of God according to the New Covenant, Shout, for the Lord your Messiah giveth you the victory over all enemies (see Rev. 17:14).