Jacob Report #1.1 – Ben Israel: The Wicked Prince

Ethnic Origins of the anti-Christ; Is he Jewish and Israeli?

The anti-Christ is a man, a prominent figure in Scripture.  What he does or will do, is so significant as to warrant through the Scripture an alert to Believers generations ahead of his actual existence as well as to depict the certainty of his demise. There have been many bad men, including evil leaders, throughout history.  Yet Scripture ignores almost all of them.  Why is the evil of this individual significant enough to depict the details of his life, death, political and military activity?

And, for whom are these details included, centuries before his birth and centuries before their occurrence?  Dan. 12:10 contains the answer;

10 “. . . none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand. Dan 12:10 (NASB)

I postulate the Tenach is primarily, if not exclusively, concerned with God’s making available Salvation to all of the decedents of Adam through the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  The stage upon which this deliverance is played out is the people and nation of Israel.  Every aspect of God’s salvation is seen and understood while peering through the prism of this truth.

5 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matt 10:5-6 (NASB)

24 But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matt 15:24 (NASB)

The calendar and clock of final events is specifically spelled out in that context.  Dan. 9:24

Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city . . .”

The point here is; the entire subject of God’s plan of Salvation is played out in the Theater of and upon the stage of Israel and the Jewish people.  It is, according to Scripture, a “family affair.”  The core of the plan of Salvation is the “Messiah”, the One, we know, who delivers Salvation, first to the Jews, and through them, to the entire human race.  The disagreement over the roll or “ministry” of the Messiah is the central issue of disagreement between Rabbinic Judaism at large and the Messianic Jews and Gentile believers worldwide.  This is a Jewish question; “What is the purpose of the coming of the Messiah; to bring Salvation from sin and death or to deliver Israel from her enemies, claim the Land for Israel, and build the Temple?”  The typical Israeli or Jew answers without hesitation, “The later!”

In this light, with all the detail and text devoted to The Anti-Messiah in these same Jewish Scriptures, should not the pre-supposition be, he is not only Jewish but connected to Israel, probably Israeli?

 

Logical Reasons anti-Christ is Jewish and Israeli

The entire history of man’s redemption through the agency of the Seed of Abraham (Seed: singular) takes place on the backdrop of the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (seed: plural) the Nation and people of Israel.

The concept of “Messiah” is a Jewish one; a concept deeply rooted in the traditional Jewish (including Rabbinic) heritage.

I support the proposition the “ministry” of the anti-Christ can be divided into two segments; the 1st is as a counterfeit messiah, an alternative messiah.  There is no point in Lucifer having his candidate for a Jewish position and ministry, if the Jewish people will, on the face of it, reject the candidate out of hand as they certainly would any non-Jewish candidate!

Who do people believe is going to proclaim and receive and accept the anti-Christ as Messiah—if not the Jews?  A large portion of the gentile world has had a candidate for centuries without a ripple in the Jewish world.  To be a credible alternative to God’s Lamb, he must make a minimal effort to “fulfill” the roll . . . that means being Jewish!  It means being proclaimed as Messiah by a significant portion of the Jewish world, especially the rabbinic “authorities”; the proclaimed religious voice of all Judaism.

John 5:43 “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another shall come in his own name, you will receive him.

I believe this is one of the verses that speaks on the subject of the anti-Christ. Yeshua has come in His Father’s name, with signs and wonders, but, the religious hierarchy of the Jewish people refused to welcome Him. I believe He is predicting here the time when they will accept a man as the Messiah, one who comes in his own name.  It is absurd that they would ever proclaim a gentile, much less a catholic or a pope, as the Messiah!

If you ask, “What would it take for a significant portion of the Israeli people and Israeli Rabbinic community, to accept a candidate as Messiah?” I will propose the following.

An Israeli leader who could subjugate and defeat Israel’s historic enemies including Iraq, Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, and the Palestinians, incorporating large portions of Iraq (Babylon), Syria, Lebanon, and Iran (Assyria) into an Israeli federation or commonwealth, ether by bribe or coercion—thereby bringing “peace” to the region—would be such a candidate, according to the prevailing Jewish standard of the “Who is the Messiah?”

 

Ben Israel Receives Resistance to candidacy among Rabbinic Authorities

Zechariah, chapter 11, is one of the most fascinating in regards to prophetic details of the alternative messiah.

8 Then I annihilated the three shepherds in one month, for my soul was impatient with them, and their soul also was weary of me. Zech 11:8 (NASB)

While under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, speaking in behalf of the AC as we see from the context of the balance of the chapter, the prophet speaks of the destruction of three Shepherds, Israeli pastors, within a short period of about one month.  I believe that in the early stages of his “career,” he will allow campaigning in his behalf amongst the Israeli religious establishment.  The very thought of someone putting himself up for such a designation will be repugnant to some of the Rabbinic authorities.  In Israel, there is a chief Rabbi of the Ashkenazi as well as a chief rabbi of the Sephardic communities.  In addition there are countless ‘prominent” rabbis who speak and affect all manner of life and political decisions in behalf of various communities.  I believe this reference in Zechariah is predicting the literal murder or assassination by Ben Israel of three prominent or Chief Rabbis within a very short period, all as part of a campaign to have himself considered as the fulfillment of the awaited “messiah.”  This only makes sense if the candidate is not only Jewish, but Ben Israel, son of Israel.

It has always been maintained by Rabbinic Judaism, Yeshua could not be Messiah because He did not bring peace (to the Jewish people).  He did not defeat the (historic) enemies of Israel.  The land “promised” to Abraham has never been “liberated”.  The Israeli leader to do so could certainly maintain he had a credible claim as the promised Messiah (according to the “test” standard of traditional, rabbinic, Judaism!)

 

Ben Israel Credited with Rebuilding of (Third) Temple

For millennium it has been a “tradition” of Rabbinic Judaism that the “Messiah” will build the Temple (T3).  We know one of the bullet items on the resume’ of Ben Israel is that he is to broker a seven-year (provisional) peace deal.  In today’s Israeli political doublespeak, we are talking about the items to be included in a “final settlement” agreement with the Palestinians.  It seems reasonable provisions permitting the Jewish presence on the Temple Mount in addition to the current Islamic presence, thus allowing the Temple to be rebuilt and the morning and evening sacrifices to begin, will be included.

What prominent Jewish donor or patron does not seek to have their name associated with a synagogue they help to build? Many auditoriums and adjacent buildings are even named for their patrons.  Whatever actual credit he is due, I believe Ben Israel will be featured prominently when the announcement is made of the deal permitting the construction of the Temple. Additionally, when the construction, dedication is underway, there will be more prominent photos of Ben Israel smiling and shaking hands, as well as news articles in the Israeli papers giving him credit for the Temple’s reconstruction after two thousand years.

Since Rabbinic Judaism has rejected the Scriptural prophecies, which specifically document the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of the Messiah, the Israeli who fulfills Rabbinic Judaism’s expectations regarding the Messiah will, at least for a time, be accepted as the Messiah!! (Defeat historic enemies, thus bringing peace, incorporating promised territories, and clearing way for construction of the Temple (T3).

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