Jewish Press: I just finished Bari Weiss’ book, How to Fight Anti-Semitism. I suggest that you read it.
Not because I agree with everything in it, especially her answers to the question implied by its title. Be proud of being Jewish, she says, stay liberal, don’t hide your Jewishness, don’t let the Linda Sarsours push you around, live your life according to Jewish principles (by which she seems to mean the ones you learn about in a Reform synagogue, not the traditional mitzvot) and more. Even “support Israel.”
The first thing I notice is that much of the diaspora is already lost. There are almost no Jews left anywhere in the Muslim world, and Hitler and Stalin put an end to the Jews of the former Russian Empire and Central Europe. There is no future for Jews in France. The UK is on the cusp of a similar fate, dependent on the political whim of the 99.56% of the population that is not Jewish. Even if Corbyn is not elected, conditions for Jews in the UK are almost certain to be worse in the future than they are now.
That leaves the US and Canada. Perhaps, as Weiss suggests, if the Jews could be more unified they could resist antisemitic trends and personalities better.
Weiss wants to fight antisemitism by being honest, liberal, proud, and enlightened. All those qualities are useless against enemies that are precisely the opposite in all respects, and that is the case with antisemites. more …
Opinion: A few years ago I realized that the small group I was leading seemed confused about God’s redemptive plan for the Jew. In the beginning of each class my wife would hand out 7-8 multiple choice test questions. I instruct the group to answer quickly and honestly and leave their names off the paper.
What I found verified my suspicion that the problem lies in disparate theologies:
- Replacement Theology
- Covenant Theology
- Dispensational Theology
Most in our group had no idea how to define each one but all were confident in the church being central in God’s prophetic plan and were unsure of His plan for the Jew. I realized that I needed write a new study to address what the Bible has to say about each, and work began the ‘Two Trains’ study.
It was on October 27, 2018, the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre of 11 elderly Jews that I realized the rise of anti-Semitism as not just an EU problem. That Amalek, whom God had told us would show up in each generation (Exodus 17:16), was in the US as well.
We finished the study and presented to two small groups for a trial run. The central theme is that anti-Semitism today bears an eerie similarity to 1938 and no western nation is exempt.
Jeremiah 30:7 calls it the time of Jacob’s trouble. If we are near the fulfillment of the tribulation, we can can expect to find anti-Semitism growing rapidly particularly in the West. Since 2018, we have cataloged dozens of headlines from around the world (here) that show that the time is rapidly approaching.
We have dedicated this blog to sounding the alarm on anti-Semitism. That God will use the time of tribulation for the the descendants of Jacob to save them (Zech. 12’10; Rom.11:25-27). And that the church cannot be present (1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 3:10) and in the blink of an eye everything will change (1 Cor. 15:51-52) .
“Alas! For that day is great,
So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble,
But he shall be saved out of it.“ Jer. 30:7