Defending the Jews
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Defending the Jews:
The Truth about Israel (and the Catholic Crusades)
(Part 1 of 2)
Defending the Jews:
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion Exposed
(Part 2 of 2)
Defending the Jews: The Truth about Israel
(and the Catholic Crusades) (Part 1 of 2)
Defending the Jews: The Truth about Israel
(Part 1 of 2)
For thousands of years Israel was recognized as an important nation in the Middle East. During different periods of Israel’s history, kings and rulers gave her tribute and gifts. She was accepted as being a legitimate country and was envied by her neighbors. During the days of King Solomon, Israel had vast stores of gold and silver and precious stones: wealth that today would exceed the wealth of billionaires. This was ancient Israel’s golden age. But it didn’t last.
When Israel turned away from their God and served the idols of the nations around them, they became wicked and burned their children in the fires of Moloch, the Caananite god of child-sacrifice.
God brought them warning, by the mouth of prophets, time and time again, but they did not listen. Finally, God allowed the Assyrians to capture the northern kingdom of Israel, leaving the southern kingdom of Judah and Benjamin. The Jews in Judah and Benjamin did not learn from their northern brothers and continued in a period of idolatry (which was broken up by periods of returning back to God).
Again, God in His mercy sent prophets to warn the people and to turn them back to Him, but the people (for the most part) did not listen. And, eventually God allowed Babylon to take the Jews into captivity. After a period of 70 years, just as God had promised, He returned the Jews back to their land.
Some time went by and then Jesus Christ, the Messiah, came. Jesus Christ fulfilled all the prophecies of the Messiah who God promised to be the Savior of the Jews and of the Gentiles (see Genesis 3:15, Psalm 22, and Isaiah 53). The self-righteous, arrogant Pharisees and Sadducees rejected Jesus Christ as the Messiah, even after all the miracles He did, and had Him crucified on a Roman cross. But, other Jews believed in Jesus Christ and they spread the Gospel message of salvation to the world, starting at Jerusalem. (Paul the Apostle was a Jew, as were all the 12 disciples of Jesus.)
In 70 A.D. Titus, a Roman general, besieged Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple, and Jews were scattered into many countries. In their new countries, they gathered together in communities and preserved their culture as best they could.
Jews in Europe
(Jews wearing yellow badges in Medieval Europe.)
During their whole existence in Europe and elsewhere, the Jews were despised by their Gentile neighbors. Sir Walter Scott, author of Ivanhoe, gives the reader a taste of the hatred and loathing Europeans felt toward Jews during the middle ages.
Scott writes (Ivanhoe, Chapter IV, pg. 1.):
Oswald, returning, whispered into the ear of his master, "It is a Jew, who calls himself Isaac of York; is it fit I should marshall him into the hall?"
"Let Gurth do thine office, Oswald," said Wamba with his usual effrontery; "the swineherd will be a fit usher to the Jew."
"St Mary," said the Abbot, crossing himself, "an unbelieving Jew, and admitted into this presence!"
"A dog Jew," echoed the Templar, "to approach a defender of the Holy Sepulchre?"
"By my faith," said Wamba, "it would seem the Templars love the Jews' inheritance [the land of Israel] better than they do their company."
"Hush," said Cedric, "for here he comes."
Introduced with little ceremony, and advancing with fear and hesitation, and many a bow of deep humility, a tall thin old man, […] approached the lower end of the board. His features, […], would have been considered as handsome, […][but] during those dark ages, was alike detested by the credulous and prejudiced vulgar, and persecuted by the greedy and rapacious nobility [….]
[…] Cedric himself coldly nodded in answer to the Jew's repeated salutations, and signed to him to take place at the lower end of the table, where, however, no one offered to make room for him. […] and the very heathen Saracens, as Isaac drew near them, curled up their whiskers with indignation, and laid their hands on their poniards [daggers], as if ready to [kill him] [….]
Jews have been vilified and mistreated for thousands of years and it is nothing they have earned. Many people today detest them for simply being Jewish. But, this attitude is nothing new. It has been around for a long time. During the middle ages Jews, who were sometimes vilified as “Christ-killers”, were denied the right to own land. Because the Catholic Church did not permit their members to lend money, Jews were allowed to do the lending (a) (see Works Cited in part 2). They also were allowed to serve kings as tax collectors, and sadly many people despised them (a).
The Knights Templar and the First Crusade
During the first Catholic “Crusade” in 1096, Catholic knights entered Ghettos and massacred Jews in Worms and Trier (towns in Germany) and in Metz (France) (a).
To justify this mass murder, people falsely accused Jews of ritual murder and of host desecration (the false allegation of mistreatment of the host or wafer of the Catholic Eucharist) and the blood libel (the false claim that Jews' murdered Catholic children for blood) (a).
Hundreds of years later, in Hitler’s Germany, Nazi propaganda accused the Jews of blood libel. Hitler revived the 12-century compulsory yellow badge that Medieval Jews were forced to wear at different times in Catholic Europe. The way Nazis forced Jews into Ghettos was more extreme and ruthless than had been done previously in Europe, but segregated Jewish Ghettos had existed in Europe for hundreds of years, even up until the early 19th and 20th centuries (a).
We need to stress that the Catholic monastic knights (such as the Hospitallers, the Teutonic Knights, and the Knights Templar) and the Catholic Church of the middle ages were primarily behind the mistreatment of the European Jews (of course, they were not the only ones). The Knights Templar and the other orders despised the Jews almost as much as they hated the Muslims.
Interestingly, the Knights Templar order was connected to what is now called Freemasonry. If a master mason choses the York Rite of Freemasonry (instead of the Scottish Rite), he can work toward the goal of reaching the Knights Templar degree, the highest known degree in the York Rite of Freemasonry (b). It is no coincidence that this highest degree is named after the Knights Templar order. They have been said to be instrumental in making Freemasonry what it is today.
As a side note: The Knights Templar obtained vast estates, castles, and great wealth during the Crusades and afterward. It is not know why exactly, but King Philip of France wanted to eliminate the Templars. He pressured Pope Clement to disband the Templar order and the pope eventually agreed. On March 22, 1312, Clement gave all the Templar property to their rivals, the Hospitallers, and the Templars were disbanded and forced to confess to crimes which they did not necessarily do (c).
These men may or may not have decided to go underground with their order. But, it is true that the Knights Templar exists as the highest degree in the York Rite of Freemasonry. And, it is true that the Templars and other monastic knights were known for their hatred (or extreme dislike) toward Jews.
This brings us to the mistaken belief that Jews are behind the Illuminati and the New World Order. This belief was made popular by The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion (published in 1905). Read part two to learn the truth.
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Defending the Jews: The
Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Exposed (Part 2 of 2)
In part one, we looked at Anti-Semitism in medieval Europe and during the Catholic Crusades. We saw how Medieval rule forced Jews to wear special badges identifying them as Jews (just as in Nazi Germany), and how they were forced into ghettos, and how they were wrongfully accused of unfounded crimes (both in Nazi Germany and in medieval Europe).
Defending the Jews: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion Exposed (Part 2 of 2)
The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion Exposed
There is a mistaken belief (existing even today) that Jews are behind the Illuminati and a sort of Jewish New World Order. Henry Ford believed it and he wrote many newspaper articles attacking the Jews, claiming that they were part of a conspiracy to destroy America (g) (see Works Cited below). This belief was also made popular by the publication of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. The book was published in Russian in 1905 by Sergei Nilus (d). In the book the Jewish characters are conversing back and forth about their plans for controlling the world. It has been proven that The Protocols… is a hoax and was based on an earlier publication.
In 1865, a book titled “Dialogue aux Enfers entre Machiavel et Montesquieu, ou la Politique de Machiavel au XIX. Siècle. Par un Contemporain” (or "A Dialogue in Hell Between Montesquieu and Machiavelli") was published in Brussels, Belgium (e). Its author Maurice Joly was a lawyer and satirist who lived during the reign of Napoleon III. He wrote the book as a dialogue between different characters with the intention of criticizing his government (d). He was arrested shortly after its publication and was sentenced to 18 months of jail time (e).
Some 40 years later, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion was published. Its similarity to “Dialogue in Hell…” by Maurice Joly is very striking.
“Machiavelli: You do not know the unfathomable cowardice of humanity, servile in the face of force, pitiless in the face of weakness, implacable before blunders, indulgent before crimes, incapable of supporting the contrarieties of a liberal regime, and patient to the point of martyrdom before all the violences of bold despotism, upsetting thrones in its moments of anger, and giving itself rulers whom it pardons for actions the least of which would have caused it to decapitate twenty constitutional kings.”
Now, compare The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion to "Dialogues in Hell".
[Number 3, Paragraph 16]
“It is the bottomless rascality of the goyim peoples, who crawl on their bellies to force, but are merciless toward weakness, unsparing to faults, and indulgent toward crimes, unwilling to bear the contradictions of a free social system but patient unto martyrdom under the violence of bold despotism. It is those qualities which are aiding us to independence. From the premier-dictators of the present day the goyim peoples suffer patiently and bear such abuse as for the least of them they would have beheaded twenty kings.”
There are many more examples of plagiarism in “The Protocols.”
“MONTESQUIEU: How are loans made? By the issue of bonds entailing on the Government the obligation to pay interest proportionate to the capital it has been paid. Thus, if a loan is at 5 per cent., the State, after 20 years, has paid out a sum equal to the borrowed capital. When 40 years have expired it has paid double, after 60 years triple: yet it remains debtor for the entire capital sum.”
“A loan is an issue of Government paper which entails an obligation to pay interest amounting to a percentage of the total sum of the borrowed money. If a loan is at 5 per cent., then in 20 years the Government would have unnecessarily paid out a sum equal to that of the loan in order to cover the percentage. In 40 years it will have paid twice; and in 60 thrice that amount, but the loan will still remain as an unpaid debt.”
As you can see, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion plagiarized Maurice Joly’s much earlier publication. The only reason for it being published was to spread lies about the Jews. Sadly, Henry Ford bought into this big lie, as did Adolf Hitler. In Hitler’s Germany, the Nazi party published and distributed large quantities of “The Protocols” (h).
Hitler wrote (in Mein Kampf) in strong support of “The Protocols” (h):
“[...] the Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion, [is] so infinitely hated by the Jews. [...] For once this book has become the common property of a people, the Jewish menace may be considered as broken.” Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf (München: Zentralverlag der N.S.D.A.P. Franz Eher Nachf., G.M.B.H., 1935). Volume 1; Chapter XI: Nation and Race (pp. 307-308; Mannheim translation).
I encourage the reader to consider that if Hitler, who killed millions of Jews (Gypsies, and others) and who started WWII, thinks highly of this fraud of a book, why do so many people also believe this book and hate the Jews?
The Bible clearly teaches…
12:1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.
Let's take that promise God gave to Israel to heart (in Genesis 12:1-3 and Genesis 27:29) and show love to Jews, not hate. While Jews have achieved great success in the areas of medicine, science, and music (and others), these people have been mistreated and misunderstood for most of their existence since the times of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We need to put Anti-Semitism to an end and let the Jews live in Israel, their land of promise which God gave to them (see Genesis 15:18-21).
If You Would Like to Have a Relationship with the true God, Be an Adopted Child of God, and Go to Heaven…
God loves us so much that He sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins and shed His precious blood to pay for all of these sins (John 3:16 and 1 Corinthians. 15:3-4). And He rose from the grave on the third day (1 Cor. 15:4).
The Bible says this about Jesus and Salvation:
John 14:6“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
1 Timothy 2:5“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
Acts 4:12“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
HOW TO GET SAVED and KNOW GOD:
1. If you believe and confess aloud, genuinely from your heart, that Jesus Christ has paid for all your sins with His precious blood and has risen from the dead (…knowing that you cannot earn this free gift of salvation) (Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; and Colossians 1:14);
2. And if you repent from your sins (You do this by confessing only to God Himself that you are a sinner and that you want to turn away from sin.) (Romans 3:23; Acts 3:19; and 1 John 1:8-9);
3. And if you have made Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, you are saved (Jesus cannot be your Lord if you are serving yourself and living selfishly. If He is not your Lord, you would have another master. Jesus said in Luke 16:13: “No servant can serve two masters…”) (Romans 10:9-10 and Luke 16:13).
4. Now seek God with all your heart. Seek to know Him and you will (Jeremiah 29:13).
We need to emphasize this: God does not want us following a strict system of rules in order to please Him. God loves us and is about having a good personal relationship with each one of us as we seek Him and obey Him. God loves you and wants you to get to know Him personally.
John 17:3 says: "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
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(h) "What are "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion"?" holocaust-history.org. Holocaust History Project. n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.