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'...say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.'

"Perhaps they, like the gentile Judaizers of the book of Galatians, adopted a smattering of Jewish practices and tried to force them on Gentile Christians. They may have subjected themselves to a legalistic perversion of the Torah...Virtually all commentators ignore the obvious and straightforward interpretation that Yochanan (John) is talking here about Gentiles who pretend to be Jews...In the first century, the Jewish religion was highly regarded; many Gentiles became Jewish proselytes.

"Should it nevertheless be thought improbable that Gentiles would call themselves Jews, Hebrews or Israelites, consider the follwing modern examples. The 'British Israelites' regard the British as the Ten Lost Tribes. The Mormons not only consider themselves to be the Ten Lost Tribes but regard themselves as Jews and everyone else (real Jews included) as Gentiles! A sect of mostly American-born blacks consider themselves the true Hebrews; several thousand of them are living in Israel. All of these are outside the pale of Christianity. In addition, scattered about are well-meaning Gentile Christians whose strong identification with and love for the Jewish people has made them believe--without a shred of evidence--that they are actually Jewish themselves...In fact, some years ago a congregation was expelled from the American Lutheran Church because, along with a general drift into weirdness, its pastor and dozens of its memberes claimed to have heard from God that they were really Jews; many even said they knew which tribe they belonged to."

(Jewish New Testament Commentary, David Stern)

There are quite a few organizations now claiming that Christians should be celebrating feast days and sabbaths and have reverted back to the law and tradition. The root is JESUS, not Judaism. Beware.

...when in the Book of Revelation in the Christian Scriptures the writer violently attacks the "Jews who are not Jews," he is not criticizing the majority of Jews of his time, who did not accept that Jesus of Nazareth was the prophesied Messiah...rather, he is specifically attacking the Samaritan "Jews who are not Jews," because of their Babylonian, magic-based distortion of Judaism...Recent archaeological digs in Israel have unearthed numerous Samaritan "synagogues." The symbolism used in these structures points to what both traditional Christians and Jews would have considered pagan "demon worship"--that is, treating the (astrological) "starry hosts" to be "gods"--playing a large role alongside traditional Jewish forms of worship. This strange combination is similar to the mixture of Christian symbolism and African animism that makes up Caribbean voodoo and Santeria.

(Cracking the Bible Code, Jeffrey Satinover)

"Christians [baptised persons] were by the Heathens called Jews."

(The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible)

See also Smyrna
See also Philadelphia


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