“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing:  but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.” Proverbs 25:2

What a principle! The present day Apostolic movement whether knowingly or unknowingly was found on this principle. Men and women not satisfied with the status quo of the religion of their day began to give themselves to prayer, fasting, and to the searching out of the Holy Scripture. The thing previously concealed welcomed the arrival of honorable kings. The results are a matter of history, the concealed now revealed as what we passionately call the Apostolic movement.

The principles found within Scripture are sure and stable. Some of the greatest fortune 500 companies and the most powerful CEO’s have prospered because of their understanding and practice of the principles found within Scripture. Perhaps this is what Jesus was referring to when He made this statement “for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” Luke 16:8. Sadly, much of the church world is now beginning to embracing the Feasts and certain aspects of the Hebraic Roots movement solely for the purpose of being blessed which usually only translates into financial blessings.

Those things revealed such as the importance of Jesus’ name, Oneness, and Holiness were not the only things lost or concealed. Some things remain hidden awaiting the arrival of a new wave of honorable kings.

Anyone who has studied the Council of Nicea which was convened in 325 AD (CE) by the Emperor of the Roman Empire, Constantine who was a worshipper of the sun-god and claims to have converted to Christianity can plainly see the Hebraic roots and more importantly the Scriptural roots of the early followers of Jesus being covered up and a new state form of Christianity emerging. In a classic role reversal those Christians previously persecuted by the Roman state and the surrounding pagan cultures now after the Council of Nicea became the agents of persecution.

State sanctioned religion has suppressed and will continue to do the same. Unfortunately for the state of this world there is a coming harvest and along with it a coming revealing of the once hidden. A people without roots are a people without a sure future. I believe the end time harvest will also bring a restoration of all things so that our future reign with Him will be on a good foundation.

It is my hope and intent to inspire some thought in this general direction. When facts collide with social norms, political aspirations, and religious traditions they are generally rejected by the majority. The vast majority of all cultures tend to only see what is relevant for their today. We see through the lens of our pre-conceived ideas.

The resulting condition is a lack of or complete absence of the ability to discern. The politicians and lawmakers shape our society and when people have lost the ability to discern honest politicians and realistic promises society suffers. Likewise, religious people are not encouraged to study to show themselves approved but rather to believe and follow. Again, the results are no surprise. The community of believer’s looses their ability to rightly divide the Word of God and the Kingdom suffers.

When we look at the roots of early Christianity we see some rather troubling things emerging. We only need to turn to writings of the so called early church fathers to witness another foundation being built upon.

Ignatius Bishop of Antioch (98-117 A.D.) – Epistle to the Magnesians

“For if we are still practicing Judaism, we admit that we have not received God’s favor … it is wrong to talk about Jesus Christ and live like Jews. For Christianity did not believe in Judaism, but Judaism in Christianity.”

 

Justin Martyr – Dialogue with Trypho (Between 138 A.D. and 161 A.D.)

“We too, would observe your circumcision of the flesh, your Sabbath days, and in a word, all your festivals, if we were not aware of the reason why they were imposed upon you, namely, because of your sins and the hardness of heart. The custom of circumcising the flesh, handed down from Abraham, was given to you as a distinguishing mark, to set you off from other nations and from us Christians. The purpose of this was that you and only you might suffer the afflictions that are now justly yours; that only your land be desolated, and your cities ruined by fire, that the fruits of your land be eaten by strangers before your very eyes; that not one of you be permitted to enter your city of Jerusalem. Your circumcision of the flesh is the only mark by which you can certainly be distinguished from other men … as I stated before it was by reason of your sins and the sins of your fathers that, among other precepts, God imposed upon you the observance of the Sabbath as a mark.”

 

John Chrysostom (344-407 A.D.) – One of the “greatest” of church fathers; known as “The Golden Mouth.” A missionary preacher famous for his sermons and addresses.

“The synagogue is worse than a brothel … it is the den of scoundrels and the repair of wild beasts … the temple of demons devoted to idolatrous cults … the refuge of brigands and dabauchess, and the cavern of devils. It is a criminal assembly of Jews … a place of meeting for the assassins of Christ … a house worse than a drinking shop … a den of thieves, a house of ill fame, a dwelling of iniquity, the refuge of devils, a gulf and a abyss of perdition.” … “I would say the same things their souls …As for me, I hate the synagogue … I hate the Jews for the same reason.”

 

Saint Augustine (c. 354-430 A.D.), Confessions, 12.14

“How hateful to me are the enemies of Scripture! How I wish that you would slay them (the Jews) with your two-edged sword, so that there should be none to oppose your word! Gladly would I have them die to themselves and live to you!”

 

John Calvin A Response To Questions and Objections of a Certain Jew

“Their (the Jews) rotten and unbending stiffneckedness deserves that they be oppressed unendingly and without measure or end and that they die in their misery without pity of anyone.”

 

Martin Luther – 1543  On The Jews and Their Lies

“What then shall we Christians do with this damned, rejected race of Jews? Since they live among us and we know about their lying and blasphemy and cursing, we cannot tolerate them if we do not wish to share in their lies, curses, and blasphemy. In this way we cannot quench the inextinguishable fire of divine rage nor convert the Jews. We must prayerfully and reverentially practice a merciful severity. Perhaps we may save a few from the fire and flames (of hell). We must not seek vengeance. They are surely being punished a thousand times more than we might wish them. Let me give you my honest advice.

 

First, their synagogues should be set on fire, and whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread over with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a cinder or stone of it. And this ought to be done for the honor of God and of Christianity in order that God may see that we are Christians, and that we have not wittingly tolerated or approved of such public lying, cursing, and blaspheming of His Son and His Christians.

 

Secondly, their homes should likewise be broken down and destroyed. For they perpetrate the same things there that they do in their synagogues. For this reason they ought to be put under one roof or in a stable, like gypsies, in order that they may realize that they are not masters in our land, as they boast, but miserable captives, as they complain of incessantly before God with bitter wailing.

 

Thirdly, they should be deprived of their prayer-books and Talmuds in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught.

 

Fourthly, their rabbis must be forbidden under threat of death to teach any more …

 

Fifthly, passport and traveling privileges should be absolutely forbidden to the Jews. Fro they have no business in the rural districts since they are not nobles, nor officials, nor merchants, nor the like. Let them stay at home … If you princes and nobles do not close the road legally to such exploiters, then some troop ought to ride against them, for they will learn from this pamphlet what the Jews are and how to handle them and that they ought not to be protected. You ought not, you cannot protect them, unless in the eyes of God you want to share all their abomination …

 

To sum up, dear princes and nobles who have Jews in your domains, if this advice of mine does not suit you, then find a better one so that you and we may all be free of this insufferable devilish burden – the Jews …

 

Let the government deal with them in this respect, as I have suggested. But whether the government acts or not, let everyone at least be guided by his own conscience and form for himself a definition or image of a Jew. When you lay eyes on or think of a Jew you must say to yourself: Alas, that mouth which I there behold has cursed and execrated and maligned every Saturday my dear Lord Jesus Christ, who has redeemed me with his precious blood; in addition, it prayed and pleaded before God that I, my wife and children, and all Christians might be stabbed to death and perish miserably. And he himself would gladly do this if he were able, in order to appropriate our goods …

 

Such a desperate, thoroughly evil, poisonous, and devilish lot are these Jews, who for these fourteen hundred years have been and still are our plague, our pestilence, and our misfortune.

 

I have read and heard many stories about the Jews which agree with this judgment of Christ, namely, how they have poisoned wells, made assassinations, kidnapped children, as related before. I have heard that one Jew sent another Jew and this by means of a Christian, a pot of blood, together with a barrel of wine, in which when drunk empty, a dead Jew was found. There are many other similar stories. For their kidnapping of children they have often been burned at the stake or banished (as we already heard). I am well aware that they deny all of this. However, it all coincides with the judgment of Christ which declares that they are venomous, bitter, vindictive, tricky serpents, assassins, and children of the devil, who sting and work harm stealthily wherever they cannot do it openly. For this reason, I would like to see them where there are no Christians. The Turks and other heathen do not tolerate what we Christians endure from these venomous serpents and young devils … next to the devil, a Christian has no more bitter and galling foe than a Jew. There is no other to whom we accord as many benefactions from whom we suffer as much as we do from these base children of the devil, this brood of vipers.”

 

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