Light To The Nations
THE HISTORY OF JESUS
Against The Antichrist
By Cohen G. Reckart
"Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Messiah (1John 2:22); By this you shall know the Spirit of God: Every person that confesses that Jesus Messiah has come in the flesh is of God, and every person that does not confess that Jesus Messiah has come in the flesh is not of God (1John 4:2-3).
These verses were written to expose Talmudic Pharisee Jewish antichrist from 30AD down to today who deny that Jesus is and was the Messiah. Several have written asking: "are you not anti-semitic in the way you are against unbelieving and hostile Jews?" My answer has always been: "No, I am not being anti-semitic, I am being anti-Pharisee, anti-antichrist, and anti-Talmudic."
Since Jesus was a Jew, all of his Apostles were Jews, the New Testament was written by Jews, and the Gospel was preached first by Jews, AND I EMBRACE THEM AND IT, how could I then be anti-semitic when I believe whole-heartedly in the Jewishness of the New Testament Israel of God? The claims of anti-semitism against many are false charges used to prop up illegitimate Pharisee Judaism (Talmudism) and to protect it from any theological rejection proving that Christian Messianism is the real and only true valid Israel of God. Pharisee Judaism and Talmudism are the greatest usurpation of religious history, taking away from Messianic Judaism the right and dignity of exclusiveness as the real Israel of God and replacing it with a religious philosophy contaminated with gnosticism, Greek philosophy, mysticism, the occult, and Asian and Oriental heathen religious practices. We are not then anti-semites, we are the REAL SEMITES following the faith of Jesus Messiah. Those opposed to us are the real anti-semites!
Was Jesus real? Did he ever exist? Was he a figure made up by Gentile Romans to use to develop anti-semitism and then as an excuse to persecute Jews? Jews themselves are divided over these questions. The more intelligent will not deny Jesus existed. Their books in fact contain claims and numerous proofs he did exist. It is the radical and bigoted antichrist sects who promote hatred against Jesus and his Messianic Israel who are the instigators of hate. Our response to that hate by means of writing against thier falsehoods and bigotry is where the rubber meets the road. These see the Messianic Israel of Jesus as a threat to the existence and continuation of Pharisee Judaism now known as Talmudism in its various branches of Orthodox, Conservative, & Reformed. Here is their radical antichrist claim that Jesus did not exist:
"It still amazes me, to this day, that people believe in this "Yeshua" (Jesus)--the great Rabbi and Torah keeper. The fact is, there is no historical evidence to support the claim that Jesus existed, much less the Christian claim that he is the "son of G-d." There is not even one ounce of Jesus' story which is supported by any legitimate historical source. Furthermore, there is no evidence that Mary or Joseph ever existed. (Unknown author, see (http://members.aol.com/JewishCo/index.html)."
No historical support? Are not the wirtings of the Jews historically accurate or false? They include the fact that Jesus lived. To now deny that he lived, is to make all of their histories false and questionable! The Jews who have at least a fourth grade education will not deny the existence of Jesus. They confess that they helped the Romans against Jesus that fulfilled prophecy of hatred against the Messiah and the Messianic believers. In the year 1998 there were six laws being considered to make it illegal to be a practicing Christian in Israel and trying to witness to convert Jews to Jesus. The penalties were fines, confiscation of personal property, and jail. Throwing a Christian into a cell block with other criminal antichrist Jews would be the death sentence without need of a future trial. Imprisonment of Christians in Israeli jails would certainly lead to deaths and abuse. Below is Jewish hatred against Jesus and Christians put into Israeli national law:
"Under the Law of Return, as defined by the Supreme Court of the State of Israel, neither "Jews" for Jesus nor Messianic "Jews" qualify as Jews. Rabbis in the United States will not allow Jews who believe in Jesus as Messiah to have a Jewish burial, or perform weddings wherein they are parties, or knowingly convert a Jesus believer to Judaism. Jews who worship Jesus as Messiah or Son of G-d are apostates (The Quiet Holocaust, The Perfidious Plot to Convert Jews, by Meira Bat Avraham.
As the reader can easily see, Jesus did exist and there is still plenty of hate remaining within unbelieving Pharisee Judaism to prove it. This hate is what the Pharisees used when Pilate asked them what he should do with Jesus whom they had delivered to him for sedition, ...and they said "crucify him, crucify him, away with him." The Pharisee Jews chose the manner of death of Jesus! Now the very image of the Cross is an offense to them! The word *away* means literally to kill! Were it not for this horrible event that has damned Pharisee Judaism forever, it is possible that this unbiblical Babylonian sect of Judaism in the first century would not exist today. The need of Talmudic Phariseeism to crush out the Messianic Judaism of Jesus and the Apostles gave it a reason to survive across the centuries. They certainly do not observe the Law of Moses in its practices and use the death penalty now contrary to the very Law of which they claim to be the protectors and guardians. Much of present day Judaism is so mixed with Gentile heathenism, philosophy, the occult, mysticism, Asian and Oriental religious practices, and ancient Babylonian gnosticism, that for them to claim that pure Judaism of the Old Testament prior to the Babylonian Captivity is still among them, is absolutely a falsehood! Jesus Messiah rejected the religious hypocrisy mixture of Greek Hellenism, Babylonian gnosticism, and Jewish mysticism. Rejecting the entire religion as being of the devil, Jesus had a right to create a new Israel where he restored the fundamental principals of human relationships in the Old Testament while giving a New Covenant reintroducing the true worship of God in Spirit and Truth. As heir and son of David he resurrected the Kingdom throne of Israel and today reigns over all Jewish and Gentile Messianic believers from heaven. His Kingdom shall never come to an end regardless of who (Jews or Gentiles, the United Nations) might fight and war against it (See Daniel 2:44, Acts 2:30, Rev 17:14) it can never be destroyed. Yea, although there shall arise a false Messiah among the Jews in Israel and in Jerusalem, and although he shall begin a world-wide killing spree of Christians and Messianic believers, this system shall not stand and it will be destroyed. Then shall come the end of the age and all of those who joined in this final antichrist persecution shall be consumed at the brightness of the return of King Jesus. Reign King Jesus REIGN, we will not deny the BEST and GREATEST Jew who ever lived upon this earth!
Did Jesus exist? Not using the New Testament which is a valid historical document, consider the following as a sample of the proofs:
The ancient Jewish Talmud in a secret book called *Tol'doth Yeshua,* said to have been written around 33AD and passed down by the Babylonian Masoretes, Jesus is referred to as "Ben Pandera" (Son of Pandera). In the Babylonian Talmud it is mentioned about Jesus ... "and hanged him on the eve of Passover;'' The Talmud refers to Jesus as Ben Pandera or Ben Pantere (a corruption of the Greek word parthenos, meaning "son of the virgin;" In the Baraila it is recorded "On the eve of Passover they hanged Yeshu (of Nazareth);" In the Amoa it records "And do you suppose that for (Yeshu of Nazareth) there was any right of appeal;?" Sanhedrin 43a also references the disciples of Jesus; The Toseft mentions, and "Yeshu ben Pantere taught me."
Flavius Josephus: This 1st century Jewish historian and Pharisee wrote before 70AD: "Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ, and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principle men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him." (Antiquities.xviii.33).
Letter Of Mara Bar-Serapion: A British Museum manuscript (written by a father to his son, sometime after A.D. 73) states, "What advantage did the Athenians gain from putting Socrates to death? Famine and plague came upon them as judgment for their crime. What advantage did the men of Samos gain from burning Pythagoras? In a moment their land was covered with sand. What advantage did the Jews gain from executing their wise King? It was just after that that their kingdom was abolished. God justly avenged these three wise men: the Athenians died of hunger; the Samians were overwhelmed by the sea; the Jews, ruined and driven from their land, live in complete dispersion. But Socrates did not die for good; he lived on in the teaching of Plato. Pythagoras did not die for good; he lived on in the statue of Hera. Nor did the wise King die for good; He lived on in the teaching which He had given."
Thallus the Samaritan: This 1st century historian affirmed the reality of Messiah (Christ) and the fact that darkness consumed the land upon His death (cf. Mark 15.33), attributing the incident to naturalistic causes (a solar eclipse).
Phlegon: This 1st century historian wrote about Messiah's (Christ's) death and was quoted by Africanus as saying, that "during the time of Tiberius Caesar an eclipse of the sun occurred during the full moon." This account further substantiates similar claims made in both Matthew 27.45 and Luke 23.44. (7/IIB, sect.256f16, p.1165.)
Julius Africanus later exclaimed how unreasonable this theory seemed in light of the natural evidence for "divine" manipulation: the season in which Messiah (Christ) died, the season of the Passover "full moon." In other words, it was "Supernatural" for a full moon and a solar eclipse to occur simultaneously.
Cornelius Tacitus: This Roman historian and Governor to Asia (AD 112) alluded to the death of Messiah (Christ) and the presence of Messiahians (Christians) in Rome (Annals XV.44).
Lucian of Samosata: This 2nd century satirist and author wrote repeatedly and scornfully of Messiah (Christ) and the Messiahians (Christians) (see, The Passing Peregrinus, section 25, and Alexander the False Prophet, section 29).
Plinius Secundus (A.D. 112): As the Governor of Bithynia, he wrote extensively on the government's attempt to annihilate Messiahians (Christians). In a letter to Trajan, he appeared bewildered by the fact that Christians refused to bow down to either the bust of Trajan or to curse Messiah (Christ) even when threatened with death (Epistles X.96).
Suetonius (A.D. 120): This Roman historian, a court official under Hadrian (and annalist of the Imperial House), recorded incidents relating to Messiah (Christ) and his followers (see, Life of Claudius 25.4, and Lives of the Caesars, 26.2).
Justin Martyr (ca. A.D. 150): Appearing before Emperor Antoninus Pius, the apologist Justin Martyr tried to explain Pilate's report to the Emperor. He remarked, "They pierced my hands and my feet [is] a description of the nails that were fixed in His hands and feet on the cross; and after He was crucified, those who crucified Him cast lots for His garments, and divided them among themselves; and that these things were so, you may learn from the Acts which were recorded under Pontius Pilate." (Recent claims by antichrist Jews claiming that Justin Martyr was himself Antoninus Pius or Piso and that he and his family concocted the entire story of Jesus and wrote the New Testament books, is a fraud).
Tertullian (A.D. 197): This jurist-theologian of Carthage defended Messiahianity (Christianity) in front of the Roman authorities in Africa. In his recapitalization of an exchange between Tiberius and Pontius Pilate he confirmed Tiberius's (Caesar's) recognition of the "Divinity" of Jesus (see Apology, V.2).
Philopon (De opif. mund. II21) stated: "Phlegon mentioned the eclipse which took place during the crucifixion of the Lord Messiah (Christ), and no other (eclipse), it is clear that he did not know from his sources about any (similar) eclipse in previous times... and this is shown by the historical account itself of Tiberius Caesar." (4/IIB,sect.257f16,c,p.1165.)
Encyclopedia Britannica: Concerning the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth, this worldwide publisher proclaims: "These independent accounts prove that in ancient times even the opponents of Christianity never doubted the historicity of Jesus, which was disputed for the first time and on inadequate grounds by several authors at the end of the 18th, during the 19th, and at the beginning of the 20th centuries" ( Evidence That Demands A Verdict, Vol 2, pp 81-87, Josh McDowell).
It was not until the 1700s that there arose an antichrist attempt among Jews and Gentile apostates to actually deny Jesus ever existed. The Pharisees, now known as the Talmudist, have openly admitted the existence of Jesus, the Apostles, and the Kingdom in their *holy* books and in their synagouge prayers. Why have a prayer in the synagouges between 30-100AD for God to root out the Messiah Kingdom if Messiah and the Kingdom did not exist and was not an opposing group claiming to be the real Israel of God?
When it was determined by the Pharisees that there must be a final break between Messianic Judaism and Pharisee Judaism, the Rabbis were instructed to incorporate into their prayers a curse against Jesus and the present Messiahians that their Kingdom be rooted out
"Judaism, threatened by the popularity of this new religion,reacted by clocing its ranks. The Jews established a canon of the Hebrew Bible and condemned the writings of the Nazarenes. "Apparently the final break occured when the Jewish patriarch, Gamaliel II, included an imprecation against the Christians in the Shemoneh Esreh (Eighteen Benedictions" (Leon Poliakow, The History of Anti-Semitism) as quoted by Sandra S. Williams in her article *The Origins of Christain Anti-Semitism*, Judaic Studies Program, University of Central Florida."
The Messianic Jews refused to pray that prayer and so were completely divorced from Pharisee Judaism and all national Judaism from that time forward. Messianic Jews and Gentile converts were thereafter refered to as Christians, or people of the Messiah. Talmudic-Pharisee Jews lobbied to have laws passed in Gentile nations against Messianic Jews (Christians).
True Messianic Judaism was represented in Jesus and his teachings of the Kingdom of God based upon the predictions of the Prophets and Old Testament Messianic Hope. The New Covenant was with this *little flock* or *remnant* of Judaism and this became the Israel of God, the others being thrust out as Jesus said. Today, those who are Messianic Jews and Converts who by faith fulfill Acts 2:38 are the Israel of God. This is predicated upon several Scriptures, but Psalms 132:11 will suffice to prove that Jesus was God and he was Messiah upon David's throne. And where ever that throne is, that is the Israel of God.
Yes, Jesus did exist! There is now no difference between Jews and Gentiles in the eyes of God. To claim there is would be to validate racism and claim one group is superior because of flesh and blood inherited from some ancestor. There is a *great* possibility that the ancient Jews before the time of Jesus, and some at the time of Jesus were actually of a BLACK race stock and not white, Ashkenazi, Sephardic (European), as now is being claimed by many.
Consider that the name Abraham was originally Abram which means *father*. After the covenant with Elshaddi his name was changed to Abra-ham. The suffix *ham* is translated *nations* so that the name *Abraham* is said to mean "Father of many nations." The word *ham* does mean nations but it also means *black* and rendered as *hot* or the cause of being *black.* Egypt, called the land of Ham and of the Hamatic races were clearly of black skin (see Gesenius Hebrew & Chaldee Lexicon page 285). It is not wrong to think of the name *Abraham" as then meaning *FATHER OF A BLACK NATION.* It is within the name *Abram* where *Ab* means father and *ram* signifies multitude or nations that in its original root the name of Abraham, signifies both the founder and father of the Jewish nation of a black skin people as well as the future *Messianic* hope that through his seed, that is Messiah, that all the nations of the Gentiles would be blessed with the hope of redemption and salvation. Thus, in the seed of Abraham were to be joined Jew and Gentile into one Messianic nation. This was fulfilled in Jesus Messiah to which the greatest Pharisee who ever lived, the Apostle Paul, gives us Torah or Law when he said that those in Messiah, that is in his Kingdom, these are the children of Abraham (Galatians 2:3:29). To be baptized into the name of Jesus Christ according to Acts 2:38 is to confess faith that he was the Messiah and thereby come over under the reign of his Kingdom and his Israel of God.
This also proves that the Arabs are not Abraham's seed through Ishmael. The reason is clear: If Abraham was himself of black skin and then he took Hagar an Egyptian handmaid by whom Ishmael was born, then you do not get Arabs from two black parents. If Sarah was white she made no protest against Abraham having a back skinned Egyptian handmaid going into unto him to conceive for HER A CHILD! Why would a white woman want a BLACK child? Why would a white woman want a mixed child? The evidence would suggest that Sarah herself was of a black skin race or she would have objected to Abraham fathering a child by a black skin girl. Why then would any Black person embrace Islam except to reject Jesus as the white man's God who clearly was of a black skin ancestorage according to the seed and flesh of Abraham. That is why there is a genealogical record in Luke's Gospel showing the lineage of Jesus back through Abraham.
Why would Jesus' parents take him to a black country to hide him from Herod if he was white? If he was white as the European artist paint him then he would have been easy to find among that black skinned nation. White Christians want blacks to accept a white Jesus as their Saviour but if the tables were turned and white Christians were to be asked to accept a black Jesus as their Saviour how many would? Therein is real racism discovered. This white Preacher has no reservations of trusting in Jesus for salvation and I believe he was more of a black skin color than what we now know as white. Is it possible that part of the hatred against Jesus was that in his day he was also more of a black skin color than the Pharisees who came back from Babylon as a white colored people having mixed and mingled with the Gentiles through assimilation? Is it possible that in some subtle ancient racist practice that white Jews rejected Jesus because of his mother and father being of that ancient rack stock and this fact is covered up now by centuries of other hate and malignity? Would modern Judaism accept a Black Messiah? And if they would not and are pushing for a white one to soon come, what should that signal to the Black people of the world?
When Jesus died upon the Cross it was to reconcile all nations to God, black and white and all colors in between. Racism is not a New Testament biblical doctrine whether it is practiced by white Jews against black Jews or Talmudic Jews against Messianic Jews. Jesus, regardless of his skin color brought to this world a new Israel wherein there is neither bond nor free, male or female, rich or poor, Jew or Gentile, but one new man, the Messianic Christian; and in this Israel of God Jesus shall reign upon the throne of David forever!
Jesus did exist and his salvation is available to all the nations of the world. Jew or Gentile, fulfill the prophecy within Acts 2:38 and come into his Kingdom. All those outside of that Kingdom have no hope, have no destiny, and have no valid religion; they will be lost for ever at the great judgment.
Cohen G. Reckart, Pastor