n the so called “Hebrew Roots” movement, which continues to sweep the world with an intoxicating brew of regimented legalism, paired with the idea the Western Christians have become a heroic part of the LORD’s epic, end time’s drama concerning Israel, we find one of the most fundamental errors of our time. In this error we have “Another Israel,” and it is not the Israel described in Scripture. This was, of course, prophesied to occur during the end run to the Day of the Lord, as the Apostle Paul told us the final generation would see a deluding error of unprecedented magnitude:
“God shall send them strong delusion….because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved” (II Thessalonians 2:11,10).
The underlying Greek word rendered here as delusion, is translated error in several other verses of the New Testament – notably in I John, where the Apostle speaks repeatedly about the Spirit of Antichrist:
“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error” (I John 4:6).
In John’s epic statements concerning Yahweh the Father, and Yeshua (Jesus) the Son, we find the nature of the error – that which we would characterize as a deluding error, as the composite application of the word would communicate.
“Who is a liar but he that denieth the Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (I John 2:22).
Most quote this verse in reference to those who “deny the Son,” and ignore the fact that it states the person indwelled with the “Spirit of error” (I John 4:6), is said here to deny the Father and the Son.
Although some have suggested that John was seeking to counter the occult Gnostics in this passage, it is self evident the “many antichrists” which rejected Jesus were predominantly manifested in the lives of the majority of Jewish people who resisted the truth of the Saviour.
But how can it be said that such also denied the Father? It is obvious the Jewish leaders, as well as the general populace, did not “deny” the Father, but instead repeatedly claimed that they were the chosen of Yahweh, through the promises to Abraham:
“They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father…” (John 8:39).
Unfortunately, the “natural man” (II Corinthians 2:14), the one who has not been made alive with the Spirit of Life and Truth in Jesus, shallowly thinks the verse in I John about denying the LORD simply refers to a verbal confession of Christ – as opposed to the far more deadly error which is actually in view.
The key is in the word “denieth,” in that what John is actually saying is the “Spirit of error” – also known as the Spirit of Antichrist -- is related to the refusal to recognize that Jesus has fulfilled the promises made by the Father, to redeem Israel.
In other words, if you refuse to embrace the fact that Jesus Christ embodies the fulfillment of the promises made by the Father through Abraham, you are, in effect, also denying the Father. To phrase it another way, since the Messiah is He that was promised by the Father, if we deny any aspect of what Jesus accomplished in His magnificent life, we are, in effect, denying the ability of the Father to keep His word.
A good illustration of this is related to the time when John the Baptist, who had been arrested and had begun to experience doubt, sent two disciples to confirm that Jesus was indeed the fulfillment of the promised Saviour:
“When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? Or look we for another?” (Luke 7:20).
Christ’s response was not a simple yes or no. Instead, He pointed to the fact that everyone knew he had performed miracles, which included the giving of sight to the blind, hearing to those who were deaf, the healing of lepers, and even the raising of the dead.
“And Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John the things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached” (Luke 7:22).
Thus, if you were to “deny” that Jesus had raised the dead, or given sight to the blind, you would be denying that Jesus was the fulfillment of the prophecy which promised that He would do exactly that.
These miraculous episodes, and many other predictions, were all prophesied to occur when the Messiah arrived to redeem Israel. For instance, the old priest Zacharias, who was the father of John the Baptist, rejoiced at the news of Jesus and said the following:
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people. To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he swore to our father Abraham” (Luke 1:68, 72, 73).
It is crucial that we fully comprehend this profound truth, that Jesus Christ has indeed fulfilled every promise of the Father, and has already redeemed Israel.
Thus, the “believers,” both so called “Messianic Jews,” as well as all those Christians who claim that physical Jews are still the chosen people, who state that Jesus has not yet fulfilled the Father’s promise to redeem Israel, are denying both the Father and the Son.
This includes every Rapturist (regardless of whether or not they posit a pre, mid, or post-trib “rapture”), every “Judaeo-Christian,” every follower of the “Hebrew Roots” movement, every “Sacred Namer,” every “Two House” follower, every adherent to the misnamed “Christian Identity” fraud, and every single person who defines Israel as the modern Jewish people.
Every single person adhering to the previous categories, as well as many others not specifically enumerated here, have denied the Father and the Son.
An excellent case in point is found in the writings of Joel Richardson, who is closely associated with the Jewish Supremacist group, World Net Daily. Commenting on the Christ-child Messianic prophecies in Isaiah 9, he writes as follows:
“Consider what the Child brings about: Israel’s boundaries will be expanded; the yoke that burdens the Jewish people will be shattered; warrior’s boots and blood will be things of the past.”
“This Child will bring in everlasting peace. Yet the Child has come, but the remainder of the prophecy has not yet been fulfilled. Israel is still oppressed. Wars continue. Within this passage there is a two-thousand–year pause or gap” (Mideast Beast, Richardson, page 9, emphasis mine).
In short, this writer, and hundreds more just like him, are saying that God has not redeemed Israel.
Even though the vast majority cannot receive this astonishing truth, this is the very Snare that Jesus Himself said would overtake the entire world, shortly before the end of the age:
“For as a snare shall it come upon all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:35).
The ironies abound in this situation, for this very misread of the prophecies is that which is animated by the desire to defend Israel – and the true identity of Israel is at the heart of the issue.
Since the Gospel of Jesus Christ reconfigured Israel into a Spiritual body, all those who await a physical redemption of those who historically reject Jesus Christ are, in effect, not only denying the Father and the Son, they are also denying their own Spiritual birthright as the chosen people. In short, the Christians are born again Israel.
The refusal to acknowledge the FACT that Jesus has already redeemed Israel, by translating the formerly physical family of Jacob into a Spiritual house, is said by John to be the very definition of Antichrist. In our time, this is revolutionary, but the Apostles and the early believers clearly understood it.
John doesn’t exactly mince words, for he further states that all those “antichrists,” the massive body of “believers” who claim that God has not fulfilled His promise to redeem Israel, are liars:
“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (I John 2:22).
John further zeroes in on the concept that to deny the work of the Son as fulfilling the promise of the Father, is also to deny the Father as well. He says that if we believe not on the Son, we have made God a liar, because it is the Father who has given His word concerning the redemptive work of the Son:
“…this is the witness of God which hath testified of his Son…he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son” (I John 5:10).
This says it all, for when we deny that Jesus has fulfilled the Father’s prophetic descriptions of what the Saviour accomplished, we not only deny the Son, we also deny the Father.
Thus, those who claim the identity of Israel must be determined based upon a physical lineage (or a national basis), are denying the fact that JESUS CHRIST has translated Israel into “a Spiritual house” (I Peter 2:5) – and the New Testament plainly labels such as liars and Antichrists.
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:12,13).
--- James Lloyd