Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?


The Palestinian Jesus

posted by jfletcher

The Blaze has reported that the mayor of Bethlehem, Victor Batarseh, hopes for a most unusual Christmas gift:
“Christmas inspires peace on earth and goodwill toward men (as written in Luke 2:14), so one might wonder why the mayor of Bethlehem used the launch of festivities at the birthplace of Jesus to compare Israel to apartheid-era South Africa and call for a cultural boycott of the Jewish state.”

And that isn’t the half of it. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad:

“Who pressed the button lighting up the 50-foot decorated tree in Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity, also inserted a political message into the holiday. According to AP, Fayyad said Christmas is an opportunity to ‘celebrate the Palestinian identity of Jesus Christ.’”

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem's Old City

Batarseh, a Marxist and member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) emphasized his desire for a boycott, while Fayyad’s assertion that Jesus Christ was a Palestinian is a grotesque lie, but one that is increasingly embraced even by American evangelicals.

Fayyad was schooled in Soviet-style propaganda, like his old boss, Yasser Arafat, and the “Jesus was a Palestinian” whopper—though thoroughly false—has real currency among those who don’t like Jews.

It has even found its way into the language of Christians who should know better, or do know better. Back in the ‘90s, bestselling author Philip Yancey referred to Jesus as a “Palestinian rabbi” in the pages of Christianity Today.

You see, if Palestinians and other enemies of the Jewish state can convince people that Jesus was a Palestinian, they further separate Christians and Jews.

Newt Gingrich endured a storm of protest recently by asserting that the “Palestinians” are an invented people. The issue for us now at this Christmas season is that this political “Jesus” is invented. The Palestinian Jesus does not exist. He would have been an Arab man devoid of any Scriptural reality.

The historical facts are these: neither Jesus nor the apostles would have known anything about “Palestine.” They lived in Judea in the first century, as Jews. The region was re-named a century later by the Romans, who wanted to carve-away Jewish connection to the land. Evidently, it’s a popular tactic that’s never gone out of favor.

“Jesus was a Palestinian” is really a diabolical lie, because it is hatched from a desire to be disingenuous.

Jesus Christ, the biblical Jesus, was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth (Luke 4). In Luke 1, we read about his heritage, including that of his Jewish cousin, John, born of the priest Zacharias and his wife, Elisabeth. Zacharias wasn’t a priest in a mosque, by the way. He served in the Jewish temple (also denied by the current Palestinian political leadership).

Scripture tells us there were 14 generations from Adam to Abraham, 14 generations from Abraham to David, and 14 generations from David to Jesus. In the famous “Table of Nations” in Genesis 10, we are able to read about the lineages of both the Jews and the Arabs.

In the famous account (Luke 4) of Jesus reading from the scroll of Isaiah in the synagogue (again, not a mosque or a church, but a Jewish synagogue), he affirms that He is the fulfillment of prophecy:

“And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

“And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

“To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

“And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

“And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

Besides highlighting the astonishing fulfillment of biblical prophecy—unequaled among other sacred books—Jesus was and is clearly Jewish. He was raised by Jewish parents, in the Land of Israel.
His synagogue reading, from Isaiah 61, is also quite fascinating in its entirety, for He was so precise in His reading that he stopped short of reading the rest of what we know as Isaiah 61:2. After reading, “To preach the acceptable year of the Lord,” He left off the rest of the sentence: “…and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn…”

The Day of Vengeance is still to come.
The rest of the chapter also describes the restoration of Israel in the latter times, another hateful reality for the Palestinians, especially Christians and their counterparts in the West who do not like the presence of Jews in Scripture.

Ironically, while a growing number of evangelical Christian leaders in America are siding with the Palestinians, they challenge Christian Zionists to embrace the New Testament more than the Old. The problem for them is that the Jewish heritage of Jesus is ubiquitous there, as well.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Pat Finnegan

    Hi Jim–your post is spot-on! This whole nonsense about “Jesus is a Palestinian” is absolute poison. And it is disgusting to know that so-called ‘evangelicals’ are swallowing this lie whole.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Myles

    It is quite sad when one is so full of themselves that they hear not, see not, and will not, come to the truth about who Jesus is and what His words mean and say for mankind.

    The word of God, and I mean the words of the very God who came into this hell bent world to saved a people for Himself was born Jewish and no mortal sinful man whether he be educated with a PhD or Dr. of Theology or the Pope for that matter is going to change that fact, pure and simple!

    That problem here is the lack of fear of God and what He said He would do to those who curse Israel and His people “The Jews”!

    1 Samuel 9:16
    16To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.

    2 Samuel 3:18
    18Now then do it: for the LORD hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies.

    2 Samuel 7:10
    Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,

    1 Kings 6:13
    And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.

    1 Chronicles 17:9
    Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning,

    2 Chronicles 6:5
    Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel:

    2 Chronicles 6:6
    But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.
    Jeremiah 12:14

    Thus saith the LORD against all mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.

    Jeremiah 30:3
    For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

    Ezekiel 25:14
    And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD.
    Ezekiel 36:12

    Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men.

    Ezekiel 39:7
    So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.

    Matthew 2:6
    And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

    For a Child was born in Bethlehem, in the land of Juda (not Palestine) to a Jewish father and conceived of a virgin who also was Jewish by the very Holy Spirit of God, lived in this sinful world and died a cruel death on a cross and they knew Him not as God!

    Romans 1:21
    Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

    Isaiah 45:16-18
    16They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.
    17But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
    18For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

    Daniel 12:2
    And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

    It is a foolish heart, darkened by the lies of men that will one day face the Lord in judgment for what they did to His people Israel, and then the truth will be made known to all, but for many it will be to late!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jim

    Rev. Wes, Jesus was a Jew from Judea. Palestine was a named attached by the Romans a century later. Current political and religious propaganda is perpetuating the real lie that is outlined in the blog.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rev. Wes

    This article is the lie. Jesus was from the geographical land of Palestine, thus, he was Palestinian!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Myles

    We live in a time that the Bible says many shall depart from the faith;1 Timothy 4:1
    [ Some Will Depart from the Faith ] Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons; this invented lie that Jesus was not Jewish is just that born from deceitful spirits and teachings of demons!

    Many lazy self described christian will not read the word of God…The Bible, but will turn to other teachings and writings of man and believe them than the Holy Scriptures given to us passed down from Moses and all the rest of the Jewish writers inspired by God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!

    They just willfully will not come to the truth!

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