Chapter 11
Why Christianity?


What a dilemma we have as we look at the origins of Christianity, and compare it to the modern church.  The original goals and intentions of Christianity were never realized and yet, as a religion, it has grown into something that has definitely changed the world. 

What has caused this to happen? If God has planned everything from the beginning, what is the reason for Christianity? Was God creating a new religion? If so, why? If not, what is He doing?

It is evident, from reading the Bible, that the plan of God involves his chosen people, Israel. And yet, if the end time prophecies of the Bible focus on the Jewish population, how do Christians fit in?

Just by looking at the world around us, you would have to conclude that Christianity is ALSO part of God’s plan. In fact, it seems to be an essential part; without it the world would be a much different place.

How has Christianity affected the world? Let’s stop for a moment and consider the impact that the Christian faith has had. It has been the Christian religion that has brought the Holy Scriptures (the Tanakh or Old Testament) to the world.  If it were not for Christianity publishing and distributing Bibles to the most remote parts of the world, the knowledge of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be limited to whatever Jewish communities there happened to be; and western civilization, which is for the most part a Bible based society would only exist within those Jewish communities.

The concepts of messiah and a future redemption, along with sayings like, "Love your neighbor as yourself" and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", although Jewish in origin, have been presented to the greater population through the Christian faith.

In addition, much of the humanitarian efforts in the world today are sponsored by Christian organizations.

Christianity seems to have affected the world in dramatic ways, and yet when you read through the the prophecies of the Bible about the end times, there is little (if any) indication of its existence.

There have been several attempts to solve the apparent gap in the Bible when it comes to recognizing the Christian faith outside of the New Testament.

Three Christian Theologies

Three prominent theological perspectives that attempt to bridge that gap are: Replacement Theology, Dispensational Theology, and Covenant Theology.

Replacement Theology is basically where the word “Christianity” simply replaces the word “Israel” wherever it is mentioned (in a positive way) in end-time Bible prophecy.

Dispensationalists believe that God works with different people at different times in different ways. God’s laws, therefore, are not universal but, rather, are the somewhat arbitrary guidelines he uses at different times throughout history.

Covenant Theology is where God’s relationship with people is dependent upon the covenant or agreements between them.

All of these views have the same basic premise. The Jews WERE God’s chosen people who were given certain laws UNTIL he sent their messiah to them. Since they rejected their messiah, God rejected them and chose a NEW people and new set of laws.

The problem is that the Bible simply does not support this premise.

What then is going on? Does God still consider the Jews his chosen people, or has he chosen a new group of people?  How does this strange relationship between Jew and Christian fit into God’s plan? Do Jews need to convert to Christianity in order to be saved or must all Christians become Jewish?

Again, what is Christianity all about? Was Christianity all just a big mistake? Why was so much misunderstood?  Why didn't it's founders seem to accomplish their mission?  ...Why Christianity?

Maimonides, a rabbi from the 13th century hinted at Christianity being a transitional religion. Transitioning from what, or to what?

The New Covenant

God has a chosen people. He has NOT chosen ANOTHER people. EVEN when He makes a new covenant, He does so with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. He does not makes a covenant with Gentiles.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 & Hebrews 8:8-12

31 Look! The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel, and with the House of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. They broke my covenant even though I was a husband to them, says the LORD.
33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the House of Israel at that time, says the LORD, I will put my Torah into their very being, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they will be my people.

Again, NOTICE the NEW covenant is NOT made with Gentiles. It is made with the WHOLE nation of Israel (both houses), where God will write His laws on the hearts of the House of ISRAEL. Why doesn’t he write His laws on the hearts of the House of Judah?

Hosea 1:6b-7

I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away. But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.

Saving the Jews

In November of 2001 the Vatican issued a 210 page report entitled The Jewish People and the Holy Scriptures in the Christian Bible. In this document, the top theologians of the Roman Catholic Church have made some significant paradigm shifts.

According to Eugene Fisher of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops:

"We don't need to work or pray for the conversion of Jews to Christianity. God already has the salvation of the Jews figured out, and they accepted it on Sinai, so they are OK. Jews are already with the Father. We do not have a mission to the Jews, but only a mission with the Jews to the world. The Catholic Church will never again sanction an organization devoted to the conversion of Jews. That is over, on doctrinal, biblical and pastoral grounds.”

The Catholic Church is citing "biblical" grounds for this new teaching which has become official church doctrine. So, what do the Scriptures say about the Jews and salvation? In John 4:22 Yeshua says:

You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

Many people make the mistake of believing that Yeshua thought his mission was to save the Jews.  Clearly this is not the case.  Neither did he believe his mission was to "graft in" Gentiles.

The mission of Meshiah ben Joseph (who Yeshua believed he was) is to save the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel. It is the House of ISRAEL who needs to return to God, not Judah.

Messiah ben Joseph is to redeem and to die for the House of ISRAEL’s sins; NOT  the House of Judah and NOT the Gentiles.

In Acts 5:31 is reads:

God exalted with his right hand [to be] a prince and a saviour, for to give repentance to ISRAEL and forgiveness of sins.

So what does this have to do with Christianity?   Remember what Maimonides said.  Christianity is a transitional religion.  Christianity transitioned the the world from Greek polytheism to the belief in the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob.  It has spread throughout the entire world, and yet developed and retained enough paganism to be unacceptable as a branch of Judaism.

Although Christianity developed quite differently from what it's founders had intended, it would appear that this is certainly part of a master plan for humanity. 

Christianity, however, is not a replacement of Judaism. Rather, Christianity could be viewed as a VEHICLE by which God will bring back the LOST House of Israel from exile, reuniting them with the House of Judah.

Hosea 1:11

11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

All end time prophecy is fixed around one major event; the return of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel. Even though God had exiled Israel, and removed its identity, God promised to gather them again.

Jeremiah 29:14

You will find me, says the LORD, and I will reverse your exile. I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places to which I have banished you, says the LORD. I will bring you back to the place from which I exiled you.

The prophet Hosea tells what the history of the house of Israel (the Ten Tribes) will be in the first chapter of his book.

Hosea 1:2

2 …And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.
3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.
4 And the LORD said unto him, Call his name

Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
5 And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.
6 And she conceived again, and bore a daughter. And God said to him, Call her name Loru-ha-mah: for I will have no mercy anymore upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.
7 But I will have mercy on the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.
8 Now when she had weaned Loru-ha-mah, she conceived, and bore a son.
9 Then said God, Call his name Lo-ammi: for you are not my people, and I will not be your God.
10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said to them, You are not my people, there it shall be said to them, You are the sons of the living God.

“Son of the living God” is a Messianic title that refers back to this passage in Hosea, because it is through the efforts of Messiah ben Joseph that the House of Israel will return. Remember how the apostle Peter refers back to this passage. When Yeshua asks his disciples who the believed he was, Peter answered:

Matthew 16:16

And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Messiah, the son of the living God.

Again, Peter was not saying that Yeshua was God, rather he was saying that Yeshua was the messiah who brings about the return of the tribes.

Later Peter in his own writings would allude to Hosea to indicate that the purpose of Christianity was to reach the lost sheep of the House of Israel (Hosea 1:6-10):

1 Peter 2:10

10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Fishers of Men

At the beginning of his ministry Yeshua tells his talmidim that they will be “fishers of men.”

Matthew 4:19

19 And he said to them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

The reference to “fishers” is also found in the writings of the prophet Jeremiah. This again is in reference to the House of Israel returning to both the land and to God.

Jeremiah 1:11

16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, says the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

This passage seems to put the redemption of Israel in two stages, using first fishers, and then hunters.

According to the prophets, the redemption of the House of Israel (the Lost Ten Tribes) does not happen till the end of the age. How then does God accomplish this task?

God is not arbitrary. His laws are consistent, and He doesn’t make mistakes.  God has not changed or done away with his laws. The word of God and His commandments are the same as they have always been.

1John 2:7

7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

The End From the Beginning

God also has had His plan for mankind from the beginning. God knows exactly where He is going.

Isaiah 46:9

9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.

As the Israelites were in the desert in the wilderness, God told them about their return from exile.

Deuteronomy 30:1

2 and when you and your children return to the LORD your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today,
3 then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you.
4 Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you and bring you back.

John 10:16

16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd.

So if the plan of God was to redeem Israel, why didn’t he do it in the first century? Because he would NOT redeem Israel until the END of the age.

This may explain Yeshua's strange explanation as to why he spoke in parables.

Matthew 13:10

10 And the disciples came, and asked him, Why do you speak to them in parables?
 11 He answered and said, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
...14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, "By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."

Who is God talking to Isaiah about?  And why wouldn't God want to heal these people?  This is the nation of Israel that God would punish by taking away the knowledge of who they were till the end of the age. The first century simply was NOT THE TIME for the Lost Tribes to remember and return, but it was necessary to set up a mechanism for the return when that time arrived.

So, who are the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel and when will they return?


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