Satan (Part 27) - The Epic War: The Counterfeit Nation of Israel (Part A)Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
14. Satan sets up his counterfeit nation of Israel A. Satan has always wanted to be like the Most High (Isa 14:14). i. God made a nation called Israel and gave them the land of Palestine (Jos 21:43). ii. Therefore, it follows that Satan would make a nation called Israel and give them the land of Palestine. B. God's true Israel are His elect, both Jew and Gentile (Gal 6:15-16). i. The true Israel are those who worship God in the Spirit and have no confidence in the flesh (Php 3:3). ii. Those who are only Jews outwardly through blood, circumcision, religion, or ethnicity are not true Jews (Rom 2:28-29). iii. Whether or not a man can prove he is Jew by blood is immaterial because Jewishness means nothing to God on this side of the cross (1Co 7:19; Gal 5:6). C. God's promises to Israel of being His nation and dwelling in the land of Canaan were conditioned on their obedience (Exo 19:5-6; Deu 11:8-9; Deu 30:15-20; Psa 37:3, 29; Pro 2:21-22). i. They did not keep their end of the covenant (2Ch 36:14-16). ii. Therefore, God was not obliged to keep His end of it, and He dispossessed them of their land and carried them off to Babylon for 70 years (2Ch 36:17-21). iii. After seventy years of captivity, the LORD allowed them to return to their land (Jer 29:10). iv. It didn't take long after they returned to the land for them to go back to their old ways. v. For the next four hundred years, Israel continued in their rebellion against God which culminated in the rejection and murder of their Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ (Joh 1:11; Act 3:14-15; Act 7:52; 1Th 2:14-15). vi. The Jews have continued in disobedience to God by rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ until this day. D. God destroyed the nation of Israel in 70AD and was forever finished with them as a nation from that point forward. i. The culmination of God's judgment on Israel for their sin was poured out upon the generation of Jews living in the first century (Mat 23:29-36). ii. In 70AD, Israel's space of repentance was up and the LORD sent in the Roman armies which completely destroyed Jerusalem and either killed or carried away captive all of the Jews who remained in the city (Luk 21:20-24). iii. God's wrath came upon them to the uttermost (1Th 2:15-16). iv. Their house was left unto them desolate (Mat 23:38). a. Left ppl. - 1. In senses of the vb. Now rare exc. in left-luggage (office, etc.). 2. a. With advs. or advb. phrase; see LEAVE v.1 14. b. Leave v. - 14. Combined with advs. (For unspecialized combs. see the various senses.) a. leave behind. (Also, to leave behind one.) trans. †(a) To neglect, leave undone (obs.) (b) Not to take with one at one's departure, to go away without. (c) To have remaining after departure or removal, as a trace or consequence. (d) To outstrip. c. Desolate adj. - A. as pa. pple. Brought to desolation, laid waste: see DESOLATE v. d. Desolate v. - 1. trans. To deprive of inhabitants, depopulate. (This sense and 2 are often combined in use.) 2. To devastate, lay waste; to make bare, barren, or unfit for habitation. 3. To leave alone, forsake, abandon; to make desolate, deprive of companions or friends. e. Is left desolate implies that God laid waste, forsook, and abandoned Jerusalem and the house (nation - Num 20:29) of Israel in perpetuity. v. Jerusalem was trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled (Luk 21:24). vi. Time is divided into three sections in the scripture which accord with God's covenants. a. 1st time period: Adam to Moses - the time preceding the law of Moses, the old covenant (Rom 5:14). b. 2nd time period: Moses to John the Baptist - the time of Israel being God's nation and kingdom which was governed by the law and the prophets, the old covenant (Luk 16:16). c. 3rd and final time period: John the Baptist to the end of time - the time in which the kingdom of God was preached and setup and was given to the Gentiles who are governed by the new covenant (Luk 16:16 c/w Mat 21:43). (i) This period is the last time (1Jo 2:18; 1Pe 1:20). (ii) These are the last days (Heb 1:2). (iii) This period is the "end of the world" (Heb 9:26). (iv) Last adj. - Following all others; coming at the end. 1. a. Following all the others in a series, succession, order, or enumeration; subsequent to all others in occurrence, existence, etc. (v) There is no time after the last time, which is why it's called the LAST time. vii. The times of the Gentiles began when God opened the door of faith to the Gentiles when Peter preached the gospel to Cornelius (Act 15:7; Act 14:27). a. From this point and forward, the church began the transition from a predominantly Jewish church to a predominantly Gentile church. b. For about 1500 years, it had been the times of the Jews, but beginning in the days of the apostles the times of the Gentiles began. c. Therefore, since the times of the Gentiles began in the last time (1Jo 2:18), the times of the Gentiles is the last time. d. Therefore, there is no time after the times of the Gentiles. e. Therefore, the times of the Gentiles will last until the last day of time. viii. Since we are still in the times of the Gentiles, Jerusalem is still therefore being trodden down of the Gentiles. a. There is strong evidence that the "Jews" in the modern-day nation of Israel are, for the most part, Gentiles (Khazars) whose ancestors converted to Judaism in the 8th century (740AD) as a political move in order to not be brought into subjection by the Muslim Caliphate to the south and the Catholic Roman Empire to the east. (i) "The country of the Khazars, a people of Turkish stock, occupied a strategic key position at the vital gateway between the Black Sea and the Caspian, where the great eastern powers of the period confronted each other." (Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe, p. 13) (ii) "A few years later, probably AD 740, the King, his court and the military ruling class embraced the Jewish faith, and Judaism became the state religion of the Khazars." (Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe, p. 15) (iii) "At the beginning of the eighth century the world was polarized between the two super-powers representing Christianity [Catholicism] and Islam. Their ideological doctrines were welded to power-politics pursued by the classical methods of propaganda, subversion and military conquest. The Khazar Empire represented a Third Force, which had proved equal to either of them, both as an adversary and an ally. But it could only maintain its independence by accepting neither Christianity nor Islam - for either choice would have automatically subordinated it to the authority of the Roman Emperor or the Caliph of Baghdad." (Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe, p. 58) (iv) "At the same time, their intimate contacts with Byzantium and the Caliphate had taught the Khazars that their primitive shamanism was not only barbaric and outdated compared to the great monotheistic creeds, but also unable to confer on the leaders the spiritual and legal authority which the rulers of the two theocratic world powers, the Caliph and the Emperor, enjoyed. Yet the conversion to either creed would have meant submission, the end of independence, and thus would have defeated its purpose. What could have been more logical than to embrace a third creed, which was uncommitted towards either of the two, yet represented the venerable foundation of both?" (Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe, p. 59) (v) "There can be no question that the ruler was actuated by political motives in adopting Judaism. To embrace Mohammadanism would have made him the spiritual dependent of the Caliphs, who attempted to press their faith on the Khazars, and in Christianity [Catholicism] lay the danger of his becoming an ecclesiastical vassal of the Roman Empire. Judaism was a reputable religion with sacred books which both Christian and Mohammadan respected; it elevated him above the heathen barbarians, and secured him against the interference of Caliph and Emperor. But he did not adopt, along with circumcision, the intolerance of the Jewish cult. He allowed the mass of his people to abide in their heathendom and worship their idols." (Arthur Koestler (quoting Bury), The Thirteenth Tribe, p. 59) (vi) "After long and futile discussions, the King adjourns the meeting for three days, during which the discutants (sic) are left to cool their heels in their respective tents; then he reverts to a stratagem. He convokes the discutants (sic) separately. He asks the Christian which of the other religions is nearer the truth, and the Christian answers, 'the Jews'. He confronts the Muslim with the same question and gets the same reply. Neutralism has once more carried the day." (Arthur Koestler (quoting Bury), The Thirteenth Tribe, p. 68-69) b. When the Khazarian Empire was defeated by the Mongol invasion by Jenghiz Khan in the 13th century, the Khazarian "Jews" were dispersed into eastern Europe. (i) "In general, the reduced Khazar kingdom persevered. It waged a more or less effective defence against all foes until the middle of the thirteenth century, when it fell victim to the great Mongol invasion set in motion by Jenghiz Khan. Even then it resisted stubbornly until the surrender of all its neighbors. Its population was largely absorbed by the Golden Horde which had established the centre of its empire in Khazar territory. But before and after the Mongol upheaval the Khazars sent many offshoots into the unsubdued Slavonic lands, helping ultimately to build up the great Jewish centres of eastern Europe." (Arthur Koestler (quoting Baron), The Thirteenth Tribe, p. 141) (ii) "We remember that long before the destruction of their state, several Khazar tribes, known as the Kabars, joined the Magyars and migrated to Hungary. Moreover, in the tenth century, the Hungarian Duke Taksony invited a second wave of Khazar emigrants to settle in his domains (see above, III,9). Two centuries later John Cinnamus, the Byzantine chronicler, mentions troops observing the Jewish law, fighting with the Hungarian army in Dalmatia, AD 1154. There may have been small numbers of 'real Jews' living in Hungary from Roman days, but there can be little doubt that the majority of this important portion of modern Jewry originated in the migratory waves of Kabar-Khazars who play such a dominant part in early Hungarian history." (Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe, p. 142) (iii) "The Khazar origin of the numerically and socially dominant element in the Jewish population of Hungary during the Middle Ages is thus relatively well documented. It might seem that Hungary constitutes a special case, in view of the early Magyar-Khazar connection; but in fact the Khazar influx into Hungary was merely a part of the general mass-immigration from the Eurasian steppes toward the West, i.e., towards Central and Eastern Europe." (Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe, p. 144) (iv) "While the main route of the Khazar exodus led to the west, some groups of people were left behind, mainly in the Crimea and the Caucasus, where they formed Jewish enclaves surviving into modern times." (Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe, p. 146) (v) "Other Khazar enclaves have survived in the Crimea, and no doubt elsewhere too in localities which once belonged to their empire. But these are now no more than historic curios compared to the mainstream of the Khazar migration into the Polish-Lithuanian regions - and the formidable problems it poses to historians and anthropologists." (Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe, p. 146-147)